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Thursday, September 17, 2009.

Facilities: Measure R

A Message from the College President

Keep the gold shovels handy!

Every time we launch a new building project on campus, we have a groundbreaking ceremony using gold-painted shovels.

We had such a groundbreaking recently for our West Campus Expansion, which will create new physical education facilities, expand parking, provide access for those with disabilities, and create infrastructure to support thousands more students at Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus.

That project is just the first of many we expect to see the next several years.

In a few months, we expect to break ground on two other projects:

  • A theatre next to Avenue K.
  • A new agriculture complex for students and a maintenance/warehouse facility on the north side of campus.

The agriculture and maintenance project will enable us to relocate those functions to make room for construction in 2008-09 of a health and science building, which will provide much-needed lab space for our science and health sciences programs. In addition, the health and science building will create lecture rooms and offices.

Meanwhile, we continue to expand AVC’s programs at our Palmdale Boulevard location as we move ahead with plans to establish a second permanent campus site in the Palmdale area.

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Dr. Jackie Fisher
President/Superintendent

District officials are currently exploring options for a permanent Palmdale site. While we remain hopeful that development issues can be resolved with a proposed college site near Barrel Springs Road and 37th Street East, we are looking at other sites in the area.

We are committed to developing a Palmdale college site to better serve residents of the greater Palmdale and South Valley areas.

The reason we are able to move ahead on all of these projects is due to the support of local voters who approved Measure R in 2004. The passage of that $139 million bond issue is enabling us to qualify for millions in state matching dollars to provide classrooms and labs to serve our community.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the college community, I thank you for your continued support.