Waubonsee Community College recently celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking for its 33,000-square-foot Plano Campus that will greatly expand educational opportunities for local residents. The event featured speeches by Waubonsee officials and Plano Mayor William Roberts.
The college’s new Plano campus will be located at Route 34 and Waubonsee Drive, just west of Eldamain Road, on a nine-acre site donated by Lakewood Homes. It will be comprehensive, allowing students to earn their complete associate degrees at this one facility, and is expected to open for classes in spring 2011.
â€œWe believe the development and construction of our new Plano campus is occurring at the perfect time,â€ Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said. â€œThe new campus represents a very tangible symbol of Waubonseeâ€™s mission, from our founding in 1966 to the present, to provide quality, accessible education.â€
The Plano campus is Waubonseeâ€™s first to be located in a residential neighborhood. The campus will offer general education courses and transfer degree programs, as well as occupational programs in areas such as business, computers and health care. Those interested in careers in civil service or as first responders can study criminal justice, fire science or in the emergency medical technician program.
Other Plano campus offerings will include developmental education, adult education, GED classes, English as a Second Language classes, community education programming, and workforce and professional development. These courses and programs will take place in the buildingâ€™s 15 classrooms, which include nine general classrooms, two science labs for biology and earth science, two computer labs, an interactive television classroom and a certified nurse assistant lab.
The building, which is projected to cost $13 million, was designed by Holabird and Root. JJR is the projectâ€™s landscape architect, and Turner Construction is providing construction management.
For more information about Waubonseeâ€™s Plano Campus, visit www.waubonsee.edu/plano.