April 25, 2014
Folsom Lake College (FLC) will break ground Wednesday, April 30 on the first phase of its new Rancho Cordova Center. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 am at 10259 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova (northwest corner of Paseo Drive and Folsom Boulevard).
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."
The Rancho Cordova Center has operated for more than 40 years out of several locations in the area, but this will be its first permanent location. It is strategically a crosswalk away from the Mather Fields/Mills Station light rail stop. The Los Rios Community College District chose the Paseo Drive and Folsom Boulevard location to accommodate local and neighboring commuter students.
"The new Rancho Cordova Center is the latest example of the Los Rios District's commitment to educating our region in a smart, financially responsible manner," said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King. "We look forward to the day we will open the doors to this new educational center, offering students in this area greater access to success and opportunity."
The cost of the first phase of the new center is $17.8 million, which is paid for by Measure A and M local bonds. Sacramento architects Stafford, King, Wiese designed the building and Roebbelen Contracting, Inc., of El Dorado Hills is the lead contractor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Rancho Cordova Center?
It is an extension campus of Folsom Lake College, offering courses for individuals who want to prepare for college level courses, learn new skills for job promotions, change their career path altogether, or take affordable core college courses that transfer into a 4-year degree.
When will the Rancho Cordova Center open?
Completion is scheduled in time for fall 2015 semester.
When can I enroll?
Right away! We're ramping up for the big move and adding dozens of courses to the schedule at our existing site at: 10378 Rockingham Dr. in Rancho Cordova.
Where are contractors planning to park?
Construction crews are being instructed to park on site whenever possible and along El Caprice Drive, adjacent to the work site.
What are the contractors' hours for working at the site?
Monday - Friday, from 7:00am-7:00pm. During special installation circumstances, and with city permission, the contractor may work outside of those hours or on weekends.
Will there be construction noise or a lighting nuisance?
As with any construction site, there will be periods of noise, dust, and some increased traffic to and from the site. Since normal work hours will coincide with daylight hours, use of exterior bright lights is expected to be minimal.
When completed, how many students will it serve?
When it is fully utilized, we anticipate up to 2,500 students will be enrolled each semester. Of course, not all of them will be on campus at the same time as their courses will be staggered throughout the day.
Will there be night courses?
Yes, there will be evening and night courses, with the last class ending at 10:00pm, Mondays through Fridays.
Will you be hiring for the new center?
Yes, check the Los Rios Community College District for positions at FLC at: http://www.losrios.edu and click on "Job Openings."
What will the center look like upon completion?
The two story building will be approximately 26,000 square feet in size with classrooms, computer labs, student services, administrative and faculty offices inside. (see rendering above)
How will traffic flow?
Entrances and exits to the Center building will be off of Paseo Drive. Students will park in the lot east of Paseo and enter and exit the lot to and from Folsom Boulevard.
How close will the new center be to the light rail?
Directly across the street. The Mather Fields/Mills Station light rail stop is 50 yards south of the center with a controlled cross walk connecting the rail to the center.
Who may I contact for a more specific question?
Folsom Lake College Communications and Public Information Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Rancho Cordova Economic Development Director: 916-851-8781 or email@example.com