SCC Trustees Approve West Burlington Campus Classroom Addition, Review Enrollment Report
At its monthly meeting on Monday night, the SCC Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new building addition on the West Burlington campus.
The addition will consist of two multimedia computer classrooms, a lab space and offices. The contract was awarded to Myers Construction of Sperry, Iowa. Total estimated construction cost of the addition is approximately $850,000. It will house the College’s popular Graphics Communications program and provide space for a future program.
Vice President of Administrative Services Bill Meck stated, “it’s always a tight fit as we try to accommodate our Graphics Communications students. The new space is much larger and we’ll be able to increase capacity by 40%.”
The computer lab space currently occupied by the Graphics Communication program will be allotted to the Information Technology program once construction is complete.
Construction is scheduled for completion by mid-July 2011.
The Board also reviewed official enrollment numbers for the 2009-2010 academic year. Total unduplicated headcount was 5,230 students who enrolled in 86,247 credit hours. It was the largest enrollment in the College’s history.
Vice President of Student Services Joan Williams presented the report to the Board.
“Numbers are steadily growing in the arts and science college transfer program. Career and technical programs are also growing, but at a slower pace. However due to new reporting requirements at the state level, the percentage breakdown doesn’t truly reflect that growth,” Williams explained.
Williams continued that the change is more of a shift in numbers between the program areas.
The report also stated that 46% of students are 21 years of age or younger and that more students are opting to take classes via a variety of means offered by the College. Almost 32% of students took classes at a combination of locations and via the internet, up from 27% in 2009.
Williams said that students are opting to take classes at their convenience. A full-time student might take a combination of classes at one of the campuses, maybe a class at the center in Fort Madison or Mount Pleasant, and a class or two online.
“Our students are spread across the region. Over half are older than 21. They have jobs and families, so it’s important that we continue to make attending college as convenient as possible. I believe these statistics reflect that we’re on the right path.”
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