RANCHO CORDOVA – Folsom Lake College (FLC) will break ground 10 a.m. April 30 on the first phase of its new Rancho Cordova Center at 102359 Folsom Blvd (northwest corner of Paseo Drive and Folsom Boulevard).
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The first phase — a 26,000 square foot building — will house classrooms, computers labs, and student services, as well as faculty and administrative offices. When the new center opens in fall 2015, it will triple the number of classes and students now being served at the center’s current location, near Mather Field Road on Rockingham Drive.
“This new facility is not only fulfilling the Los Rios Community College District’s promise for public higher education in the Rancho Cordova Community,” said FLC President Rachel Rosenthal, “but, it is allowing Folsom Lake College to provide greater access and opportunities to the people of this community.”
When the first phase is completed, an estimated 2,500 students will be able to enroll each semester in a wide range of courses. For instance, students interested in a four-year degree could take their lower division college courses closer to home and at a lower cost. Students who need to sharpen their skills in math and English could take classes to prepare for college-level courses, and students who want to train for the workforce or change careers could enroll in a number of career technical courses.
“We are excited to not only meet the needs of the traditional students in the area,” said Rancho Cordova Center Dean Dale van Dam, “but now, when local businesses tell us they need more students with technical background, or have employees who need to upgrade their skills, we will be able to meet that demand.”
With such a huge expansion only 16 months away, van Dam is facing the unique challenge, of offering more classes immediately at the smaller center on Rockingham Drive. “Funding has been approved for additional classes at our existing center. We’re taking full advantage of this opportunity to ramp up as we plan for our big move into the expanded facilities on Folsom Boulevard.”