Changes aplenty for City College

Renovations continue and programs relocate amid growth

February 8, 2010
by Jamie Santiago | Staff Writer

A number of changes welcomed faculty, staff and students back to City College this spring semester as theCenter closes, the West Sacramento campus moves into its sleek, new facility and several departments relocate off of the main campus.

While the campus has already seen several campus upgrades over the last several years, there are plans to continue renovating college grounds and buildings over the next five years.

The Downtown Center officially closed during this past holiday break and on Jan. 6, merged with the new West Sacramento center located on West Capitol Avenue.

“I like the new West Sacramento Center a lot,” said student Ana Ayon. “It’s looks really nice and modern. And it’s convenient because it only takes me two buses from my house.”

However, because of the consolidation of these two facilities, many students may need to find other alternatives or take classes at a different City College center.

“It’s a major change,” said City College Director of Operations Greg Hayman. “One of the programs that actually moved out there is the Administration of Justice. The A.J. facility has relocated out to West Sac on the third floor and they’re teaching most of the classes there. A lot of the A.J. students are going to West Sac for that program.”

Another City College program that moved during the winter break is the Aeronautics program, which is being relocated from the Lusk Aeronautical Center on the main campus to the McClellan Center, an American River College satellite facility, during the spring.

Hayman advises Measure A bond expenditures, passed in 2004, which are funding these renovations as well as upcoming projects like the Fine Arts Building and Performing Arts Center, which are scheduled for completion this June. The reconstruction of the Auditorium is the last construction project on campus to receive funding under Measure A.
Some students expressed concern that the reconstruction of the Auditorium would impact the historic fresco mural painted by Ralph Stackpole in the 1930s.

“I think it has major significance to the campus,” said student Daniel Mendoza. “As an art major, I think students should know more about the school’s history and the art within it. It‘s a very historical building.”

According to Hayman, the mural will be preserved and renovation of the lobby will be done around it. Other projects in progress include the improved and upgraded dental program and the relocation of the learning disability program to what previously housed Administration of Justice.

According to Hayman, the next major project is the remodeling of Hughes Stadium, which will receive funding under bond Measure M, and will include the renovation of the seats, stadium, infrastructure, and the addition of a new clock tower. Future projects will include the renovation of the Davis Center, Mohr Hall, Lillard Hall, and Student Services.


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