Chester County Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Educational Campus

CCIU Celebrates CCDC Great Valley Campus with Groundbreaking EventSubmitted Image

MALVERN, PA — The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, June 18, to mark the beginning of construction for the Child and Career Development Center’s (CCDC) new Great Valley campus. The event gathered staff, educational partners, and community leaders to celebrate a significant milestone.

A New Era in Education

Scheduled to open in September 2026, the Great Valley campus will serve as an extension of CCDC’s current Coatesville campus. It aims to accommodate 187 students from across Chester County, providing them with essential services and a conducive learning environment.

Dr. George F. Fiore, Executive Director of CCIU, highlighted the importance of this new development. “Today marks a significant milestone in our commitment to fostering an inclusive, nurturing, and forward-thinking educational environment for our learners,” he said. “It represents more than just a new building. It represents our unwavering dedication to equity in opportunity and excellence in education.”

Benefits for Students and Families

One of the primary advantages of the new campus is its location. Currently, many CCDC students endure long bus rides—sometimes over an hour—to access services. The Great Valley campus will alleviate this burden by bringing critical services closer to home, making daily commutes shorter and more manageable for students and their families.

The design of the new campus also emphasizes accessibility for everyone, including students, staff, and visitors. Dr. Fiore mentioned the focus on scenic views and natural light, elements intended to enhance mental health and foster a connection to nature.

Support and Vision

State Senator Carolyn Comitta praised the project, stating, “I love the vision for this project. It’s going to be good for the kids, for the staff, and for the parents; everybody who is in this space. A space can really open up your heart and mind and be nourishing. Thank you to the CCIU for thinking about the needs of the children today and in the future.”

The ceremony featured remarks from other notable figures, including CCIU Board President Bonnie J. Wolff, Chair of the CCIU School Authority Board Thomas Wolpert, Esq., CCIU Director of Student Services Dr. Siobhan Leavy, and Great Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Daniel Goffredo. Students were also present, representing those who will directly benefit from the new campus.

Looking Ahead

The Great Valley campus symbolizes a forward-thinking approach to education in Chester County. By reducing travel times, enhancing learning environments, and prioritizing accessibility, the CCIU demonstrates its commitment to creating an equitable and excellent educational experience for all students. As construction begins, the community looks forward to the opportunities this new campus will bring.

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