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Report 93-16: Proposed Construction of the Madera County Educational Center in the State Center Community College District: A Report to the Governor and Legislature in Response to a Request from the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

September 1993

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The State Center Community College District has proposed creating a permanent educational center in Madera -- a three-quarter hour drive on Highway 99 southeast from Merced, and a half-hour drive northwest from Fresno. The Madera County Educational Center would become the third permanent facility in the district, joining Fresno City College and Kings River Community College in Reedley. The 125-acre site on which the center would be located will be donated by a consortium of landowners in the area and would become part of a much larger development project.

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges approved the proposal for the Madera center at its July 15-16 meeting, and the Commission then approved it on September 13. In reviewing the district's proposal for the center, the Commission found that it satisfied all but one of the criteria contained in the 1992 revision of its guidelines. That lone exception concerned submission of an Environmental Impact Report, which has not yet been completed. As a result, the Commission noted in its recommendations for approval "that the State Center Community College District provide the Commission with a copy of the final Environmental Impact Report upon its completion" (p. 4).

Both the size of the site and the strong population growth in the area suggest evolution of the center into a full-service college early in the next century. Therefore the Commission also notes "that should the State Center Community College District propose to convert the Madera County Educational Center to a full-service community college, it should submit a request for that conversion to the Commission" (ibid.). Further information about the center may be obtained from the State Center Community College District at 1525 East Weldon Avenue, Fresno, California 93704; telephone (209) 226-0720.


Related Topics: Facilities Review
 

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