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WCC’s Plano campus opens Nov. 1

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

PLANO — The opportunities for higher education in Kendall County will be expanding as Waubonsee Community College is set to open its Plano campus on Nov. 1. Classes will begin in January 2011.

The new Plano campus will open for registration at 100 Waubonsee Drive off Route 34, next to the Lakewood Springs subdivision.

Students from Yorkville and Sandwich to Somonauk and Leland will now be able to obtain an associate’s degree without having to travel to the community college’s Aurora or Sugar Grove campuses. Noncredit classes are also open to the public in programs like: work force development, adult education or community education.

The 33,000-square-foot facility is the first of Waubonsee’s campuses to be built in a neighborhood where residents can walk to the college from nearby homes.

“People from the neighborhood can walk or ride to class,” said Jeff Noblitt, marketing and communications director for Waubonsee. “It is going to be a very family-friendly campus.”

The Plano campus will also offers a GED program and English language learners classes, as well as dual credit classes for students of nearby Plano High School and Sandwich High School. Dual credit allows a student to receive high school and college credit for certain courses.

The campus will be staffed by 12 faculty. There will be 15 classrooms, including nine general instruction classrooms, two science labs, two computer labs and an interactive TV classroom where students can tune in and participate in lectures taking place in Sugar Grove or downtown Aurora.

Waubonsee is putting an emphasis on its certified nursing assistants program in particular. The only full-time faculty member at the Plano campus is with the CNA program. The office for the CNA program is also housed at the Plano campus.

As the campus opens its doors, residents are welcome to tour the new building during two events.

On Nov. 12, a grand opening ceremony will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.; and on Nov. 13, a community open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Self-guided tours will be available both days.

The nine acres of land on which Waubonsee sits were donated by the developers of the Lakewood Springs subdivision. The $13 million campus was designed by Chicago-based Holabird & Root. The building also incorporates some sustainable architecture techniques.

“A student can come in and on Day One they can go through the admissions process, assessment placement testing, get with counselors, speak with financial aid,” Noblitt said. “If they’re just looking for a standard transfer degree, they’ll be able to get that here, too. It really does offer a comprehensive picture of what we offer as a college.”

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