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Facilities: Facilities Master Plan

The Antelope Valley College Facilities Master Plan is a product of the college’s Educational Master Plan.

The districts Educational Master Plan is updated on a regular basis. This sizable task involves community members from every business sector, educators from other Antelope Valley school districts, educational consultants, AVC administrators and most of all the individual academic divisions. The dean and faculty of each academic division make great efforts to assess, revise and expand programs to meet the demands of future AVC students. The final plan defines the academic, technical/career education, athletics, student services support programs and technology requirements. The Educational Master Plan becomes a completed document once the Board of Trustees receives and approves the plan.

The Facilities Master Plan is developed to support the Educational Master Plan. To meet forecasted enrollment goals for each program there must be adequate facilities and equipment. Future building plans consisting of laboratory, lecture, office and support space are created to meet the forecasted growth of each program and placed on the master campus plan. Each year several building projects are selected as the most viable projects for state approval and then submitted to the state for review. Due to the intense competition for project funding among 110 state community colleges and the continual shortage of state funds to meet all viable projects, a project is approved by the state for a college, typically, every three to four years. Due to a variety of factors, including growth rates and local funding contributions, project approvals may occur more often or less frequently.

The current Facilities Master Plan for Antelope Valley College provides facilities for 20,000 plus full time students. The new Palmdale campus is currently being planned for 10,000 plus full time students. Plans for both campuses are being transformed into dynamic physical plans that will support the higher education needs of the community well into the 21st century.