Saturday, May 8, 2010

Vacaville now has a college - Solano Community College dedicates campus

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here: Solano Community College's Vacaville Center will be officially dedicated on Saturday. Relative newcomers may be scratching their heads, but longtime residents will recall that the college's current building on North Village Parkway, just off Vaca Valley Parkway, is a "temporary" one.

When it opened in 1996, officials hoped that construction on the 60-acre Vacaville campus would be started within five years. Failed state bond measures thwarted that timeline. Solano County voters put the project back on track in 2002 when they adopted Measure G, a $124.5 million bond that has paid for renovations on SCC's main campus in Fairfield, a new center in Vallejo and, now, the start of the Vacaville campus. At 10 a.m. Saturday, local and state dignitaries will gather across the street from the "temporary" building to dedicate a $27 million, 40,000-square-foot, two-story multipurpose building that will serve college students for decades to come…. In years to come, the center hopes to partner with four-year colleges to offer classes, and become the hub of SCC's biotechnology program, an especially good fit, since it is located across the street from Genentech.

These ideas and more may take time to bring to fruition, but as the Vacaville campus itself has already shown, good plans do eventually take root. Saturday's celebration is something this community has looked forward to for nearly two decades.

Welcome to Vacaville, SCC.