The Modesto Junior College community is debating the best location for a one-stop building for student services such as registration, financial aid and advising.
Administrators are holding a forum Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to discuss seven options and pick one, hopefully by consensus. Architects will be on hand to answer questions during the forum in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
Having student services at one, central location should help MJC enroll and keep students, many of whom leave after frustrating trips between separate buildings and campuses, administrators and students say. It also makes such trips easier and more efficient for current students, they say.
Initial plans put the building in the east campus quad next to the administration building. Other options include south of the science building, east of the science building and north of the art building, as well as on west campus, southwest of Yosemite Hall.
A recommendation will be brought to MJC President Richard Rose, who can accept or reject it.
Many students and instructors don't want the quad destroyed by the structure. Architects have already drawn plans for the quad, so if another option is chosen, the junior college will lose time and money waiting for new designs. Funding is from Measure E, $326 million in school bonds approved by voters in 2004.
MJC and Columbia College committees are deciding how to spend the money on construction projects at each campus over the next several years.
MJC will hold another forum Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to discuss improvements to the east campus Founders Hall, where most MJC lectures occur. That meeting will be next door to the hall, in Forum 110, 435 College Ave.
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To view the pros and cons of the options for the student services building and to see a map of the recommendations, visit www.virtualyosemite.cc.ca.us.