YEAR IN REVIEW: Sutter campus for Yuba
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After years of a visible presence in Yuba, Colusa, Lake and Yolo counties, Yuba College finally got a campus of its own in Sutter County in 2012, in the form of a two-story, 55,000-square-foot building on Pease Road in Yuba City.
In August, some of 1,200 students who'd signed up for clas es for the fall attended the building's first day of classes, with many remarking on its clean feel and new, modern look.
The college center's executive dean, Brian Jukes, said the hope is a lot more students will make those discoveries in 2013. Enrollment for the spring semester is ahead of pace compared to last fall, and he said he expects a surge in the final week before classes begin in January, as is typical for community colleges.
As well, spring will see evening classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and community development classes in such courses as computing on other evenings and weekends, Jukes said.
If there's an area where Jukes said he'd like to do more, it's to make the Sutter County center go beyond just being a place where people take classes and have more of a college feel.
"Many of our students are not attending the Marysville campus," Jukes said, referring to Yuba College's original campus in Linda. "We're trying to provide a hub for their college activities."
Two events last fall, a guitar concert and student game, were the start of the kind of activities of which he would like to do more.
As the new center continues to grow, though, the bond used to build it came under question in 2012.
Community college district trustees said they were appalled in September, when a review by district Chancellor Doug Houston found the $4.6 million bond voters passed in April 2011 would have $54 million in interest payments over its life.
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