WCC announces new-campus opening

Sugar Grove/Aurora—Waubonsee Community College announced that its new downtown Aurora campus, located at 18 S. River St. on the west bank of the Fox River, will open to the public June 1, 2011.

The college’s current Aurora campus, located one block away at Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard, will close at the end of the business day May 26, 2011, so that college personnel can move to the new campus. Students will be able to access student services online or at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus during the brief period when the Aurora Campus is closed.

When the new campus opens June 1, student services including Admissions, Counseling, Financial Aid and Registration, will be available to students. The first classes will begin June 6 with the start of the regular summer session.

The 132,000-square-foot new downtown Aurora campus will be comprehensive so that students can start and finish an associate degree entirely at the campus. Students will learn in a state-of-the-art educational environment with 52 classrooms including two science labs, 11 computer classrooms, and other specialized instructional spaces. The educational programming at the new campus will expand to include additional transfer programs, career education degrees and certificates, developmental education, community education classes, as well as the workforce development and adult education programs offered at the current Aurora campus.

In order to meet the June 1 open date, Waubonsee expects to remove the construction barricades and fencing by early November. The college will work through the winter and spring to complete the interior finishing and technology installation necessary for the operation of the new campus. The current 88,000-square-foot Aurora Campus, housed in two historic buildings on Stolp Island, is available for sale.