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Despite well-known budget cuts and course reductions in the Los Rios district, millions have been spent for campus modernization at Sacramento City College.

Two voter-approved bond measures directed money specifically for facility upgrades at all four colleges in the Los Rios Community College District.

City College has most recently used the money to upgrade the Fischbacher Fine Arts building and build a new West Sacramento Education Center.

Originally located downtown inside the original Sacramento High School, the campus relocated
to Freeport Boulevard in 1926, according to the City College website.

Many campus structures and facilities are old and in need of repair or upgrades,according to Robert Martinelli, vice president of administrative services.

Additionally, enrollment demand has increased as 400,000 new residents have moved into the Sacramento area over the past decade, said Susie Williams, associate vice chancellor of communications and research.

Solutions to these problems were found when Measure A was passed by local voters in 2002, authorizing $265 million. Also, Measure M approved $475 million in 2008.

The combined amounts are being divided equally between the four colleges and many individual projects will also receive matching state money, Martinelli said. City College is spending that money to modernize and add classroom space.

According to the City College website, the Technology building, originally built in 1957, was modernized in 2005 at a cost of $4.1 million, and the North Gym, built in 1937, was modernized in 2008 at a cost of $7.2 million.

The Fischbacher Fine Arts building, originally built in 1939, was just completed at a cost of $6.5 million.
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The changes taking place at City College are already yielding benefits to both students and faculty.

Indy Gurm, a 21-year-old art student, said, “It helps to have better facilities with proper equipment to do the work of art.”

Jennifer Griffin, an art instructional assistant, said the old art building didn’t have hot water or air conditioning.

Another art instructional assistant, Mimi Fong, said the new space and equipment creates the feeling of working at an art studio.

The Auditorium and Performing Arts Center is under construction, and is due for completion in October 2011 at an estimated cost of $4.6 million.

In addition, the City College affiliated West Sacramento Education Center, which cost $10.1 million, opened in January 2010 to more than 5,000 new students.

The facility, which operates seven days a week, already has two expansions planned, according to the center’s dean and director, Debra Luff.

The Davis outreach center has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students and is currently leasing classroom and office space. The center also broke ground in June 2010 for a new facility to be completed by January 2012 at an estimated cost of $12.4 million.

These centers are being built to help relieve main campus enrollment pressure, according to Associate Vice Chancellor Williams.

“Colleges take 20 years to plan and build, and these centers are viable solutions to meet an urgent demand,” said Williams. “They are close to where students live and are built near current or future light rail stations.”

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