British Columbia Unveils Designs for New Arvin Education Center | New
Bakersfield College unveiled plans for its long-awaited Arvin education center on Tuesday evening.
College officials shared architectural designs for the 27,300-square-foot center that they aim to complete by spring 2024.
The drawings show a center with five classrooms, a library, a tutoring center, a writing center, two computer labs, a laboratory classroom, a library, a bookstore, offices for staff and a room for student government association.
The designs have been submitted to the state, according to Mike Giacomini, vice president of financial and administrative services. Once approved, the project will go to tender and the goal is to pave the way by July 2022.
There will also be plenty of parking spaces, so cars don’t overflow into neighborhoods, Giacomini said.
It doesn’t look like much has happened on the empty 32.5-acre plot of land across from Arvin High, but Giacomini said the college is working to clear the way for the new center. Two houses, an abandoned water well, old water pipes and pipes were removed.
When the town of Arvin first donated the plot, prospects for the completion of construction of the BC Arvin Educational Center were somewhat more optimistic. In 2018, the college announced that the center would open in 2021.
Giacomini said there were a few issues: more than 50 easements on the undeveloped property delayed the project. BC also took the time to ensure that the new center was in line with the pedagogical master plan. The resulting design is larger than the one proposed in 2018, which reached 20,000 square feet.
“It took longer, but we are ready to go,” he said.
The college has also developed the curriculum that will be offered on campus, according to Jessica Wojtysiak, dean of education for rural initiatives.
The college plans to offer associate’s degrees for transfer in sociology and communication, as well as a certificate in general education for transfer to a four-year university. It also plans to offer certificates in welding and for emergency medical technicians (EMTs). It will also offer free non-credit courses in office skills and English for multilingual students.
College officials said Arvin students shouldn’t wait for the center to apply for college classes. British Columbia already has a presence at Arvin High School, both through its college program and evening classes.
A single college student can change a family’s fate, said Yovani Jimenez, district administrator at Kern Community College. When the center opens, it will help empower the community.
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