"This is a large grant that keeps us going, and without it we would have to close shop," Fessette said.
One of its most important missions is to provide area teachers with the professional development they need to maintain their certification.
"The greatest impact would be for teachers not to have the resources we have," Fessette said. "The reality is we are an important resource to the community."
Dr. David Hill, Plattsburgh State's dean of education, health and human services, agrees.
"It is incredibly vital," he said. "It is a major resource for teacher workshops and teacher networking.
"It is critical."
He stressed that Plattsburgh State students benefit immensely from the services provided by the center, utilizing workshops and training offered by area educators.
"I know that the budget crisis is real, and it is significant, and it hurts," Hill said. "I just wish it didn't have to hurt like that."
Fessette, an educator from Peru Central School, came to the center as a teacher in residence and after half a year knew it was where she wanted to be. She'll return to the classroom if it closes, but she worries what that cost would be to the area.
"The budget isn't finalized yet," she said. "So we'll have to wait and see."
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