The south side of Temple College will be getting major enhancements soon, thanks to action taken by the college’s board of trustees.
At its Nov. 16 meeting, the board voted to issue $4 million of revenue bonds to fund several facilities-related projects on campus. Among these projects is a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the Instructional Services Center, ISC, that will go on the side of the building that faces the H.K. Dodgen Loop.
The bond package will be funded by student fees that come in for tuition and other expenses. It is not a taxpayer-funded bond.
Part of the expansion will be used to house the Testing Center, which is currently located on the second floor of One College Centre. The new location for the Testing Center will make it easier for that center to be open on evenings and weekends because just that portion of the ISC can be unlocked. It also will give the Testing Center significantly more space than it currently has.
The other part of the expansion will be used to house programs such as Adult Basic Education, the Writing Center, the Math Tutoring Lab and the Educational Assistance Center, which offers tutoring in areas other than writing and math.
“These are all support services students may need on evenings and weekends,” said Temple College President Glenda Barron. “This new area will make that possible.”
Construction on the expansion is expected to start in early 2016 and be finished in time for the fall 2016 semester.
The bond package includes funds to renovate the east side of the ISC, where the Student Success Division is located. Portions of several other existing buildings also will be renovated, including the second floor of the administration building, and several rooms in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center and the Watson Technical Center.
The bond package also will enable the college to purchase the property just north of campus at 2114 and 2120 S. First St. to allow for future expansion.