We are pleased to share news that the Madera Community College Center has been recognized by the California Community College system Board of Governors as as a full fledged community college. The State’s newest Community College! The initial phases of design and construction of the project were completed in 2004. For more information about this award winning project check out the feature page here. Since the completion of the initial phases, Darden has the opportunity to work on several projects on the campus including the forthcoming Academic Village 2 pictured below.
Edsource.org featured this story in an article this morning. The following is an excerpt:
California has its newest college: Madera Community College.
The college, located in California’s Central Valley north of Fresno, was recognized Monday by the California community college system’s Board of Governors as the 116th college in the system. Previously, the campus was Madera Community College Center and operated as a satellite campus of Reedley College.
“This accomplishment is something that our community has been waiting for a long time and much needed,” Angel Reyna, president of the college, said in a statement. The new college’s goals include becoming “student and community centered,” and providing “equitable outcomes for each of our students, and to that end we commit towards transforming ourselves into an anti-racist institution while producing the future workforce our community needs,” Reyna added.
As a college rather than an educational center, Madera Community College will receive more state funding that will go toward additional programs and staffing. The college will also be eligible to have athletic programs in the California Community College Athletic Association. The campus enrolls about 5,600 students and opened in 1996.
The college will now operate independently within the State Center Community College District, the district that also includes Clovis College, Fresno City College and Reedley College….
Special thanks to State Center Community College District for the opportunity to work on this project. We look forward to what lies ahead for this new local community college. Also thanks to the author of the Edsource.org article Michael Burke for covering this important story.
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