New satellite campus to offer services for students

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SPSCC plans to open a new campus June 2015. The eight-acre satellite campus will be on Sixth Avenue in Lacey.

This plan has been developing since April. College officials, architectural firm NBBJ and the Thurston County Economic Development Council (EDC) are working on schematic plans for the main building, Building 1. The entire campus will include five buildings, some of which currently have tenants.

47,000-square-foot Building 1 will be renovated to include typical school spaces such as classrooms and faculty offices.
NBBJ planners took student suggestions at an open house Oct. 1 in the Student Union Building for what should be included at the new campus.

Many of the requests centered on administrative functions that would allow students to attend without having to commute to the Mottman campus, according to Kim Selby, senior associate for NBBJ. Requests included: student services, tuition and financial aid offices, one-step enrollment, academic counseling, learning support services, natural light, gym facilities, engineering programs, career services, tutoring services, satellite classes and disability parking.

Some of the programs that college officials are considering integrating into the new campus are entrepreneurial and business courses, adult basic education and English as a second language.

The EDC and the college are planning on working together to create an entrepreneurial center.

According to the informational boards displayed at the open house, “The EDC and SPSCC will share a building and resources. Housed together, each entity’s services will be enhanced by the other.”

Merrill Williams, student senator for diversity and equity, said she would like to see programs like carpentry, woodworking and glassblowing available at the new campus. She said this will attract new types of students, like retired people, who do not normally get the chance to study or participate in these arts.

Williams said she would also like to see a pool, or other gym facilities, since the college spends thousands of dollars in student fees every year for SPSCC students to have the ability to use the recreation center at The Evergreen State College.

Williams also said that an additional auditorium would be useful, because the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts is owned by the Washington Center for Performing Arts, and our arts programs have to pay to perform there.

Student Life organizations would want to offer the same sort of events at the Lacey campus as at the Mottman campus, such as open houses and other student outreach events, according to Williams and Teal Christensen, student senator for legislative affairs.