Sierra College gets its own digs in Truckee
The days of limited facilities, class times geared towards night owls and an administrative office that resembles a closet will soon be over for students, faculty and staff at Sierra College?s Truckee branch.
After years of making due with whatever scraps of space and time that Tahoe-Truckee High School offered, the community college will soon have a home of its own in a $900,000 state-of-the-art facility on Pioneer Trail.
“This is so exciting for us,” said administrative coordinator for the Truckee Branch Joanne Zahn, as she motioned to the massive wooden and corrugated steel classroom structure behind her.
“For so long now, we?ve felt like we?ve been under-serving the Truckee community. This will really allow us to establish our own presence here, as well as better serve the public. It?s also going to be nice to be able to give our students a place of their own rather than having to send them to the high school.”
The Truckee branch of the Rocklin-based school will serve anywhere from 500 to 600 students, diversify course offerings, and increase its hours of operation.
“Now we?ll be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., as opposed to before, when we were open to students from 6 to10 p.m.,” said Nilo Velazquez, program manager in charge of special programs, services and economic development, who?s heading up the project.
“Right now we?re just really pushing our crews to get this thing done as fast as possible so we can move people in. We?ve only been building for 60 days at this point, so it?s really amazing that we?ve come this far already,? Velazquez added.
Although the 7,200-square-foot facility won?t be ready for at least another month or so, the college is holding a grand opening celebration Tuesday.
“We?re going to set up a big tent in the parking lot, as well as give tours of the school,” he said.
The tours will take people through the spacious art lab, two computer labs, an administrative office, conference center and three large “smart classrooms” specially wired and tricked out to accommodate the latest in technology.
“We?re also putting a little courtyard area with tables under the trees so students can study, have lunch, and visit outside,” Velazquez said.
Zahn said the school is likely to expand and utilize space in other buildings in the Pioneer Commerce Center that houses the new facility.
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