SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Mission College in Santa Clara will officially open its new Student Engagement Center on Wednesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. with Congressman Ro Khanna as the featured speaker.
Khanna, an advocate for education, is in his first term as Congressman for the 17th District. He believes in affordable and debt-free college and supports STEM education focusing on technology, science, and creativity. In addition, he supports opportunities for under-served groups and women to enter the STEM field.
Other speakers include Chancellor Patrick Schmitt, West Valley-Mission Community College District; President Anne Kepner, WVMCCD Board of Trustees, President Daniel Peck, Mission College; Kathy Watanabe, Vice-Mayor, City of Santa Clara and presentations by the offices of state Assemblymember Kansen Chu and state Senator Bob Wiekowski.
The 101,000 square foot SEC replaces the college’s three-story Main Building, which served as its first campus structure, beginning in 1979. The college opened in 1975 at the site of Jefferson Intermediate School on Monroe Street with 1,000 students and 32 faculty.
Santa Clara Vanguard, which actually performed at the 1979 opening, will perform again nearly 40 years later.
Today, Mission College has 8,000 students and has a population as diverse as its surrounding area which has grown from Mission and Great America in the 1970s to an array of high tech businesses. Mission College currently has students from 33 countries, of which over 40 percent are Asian and 25 percent are of Hispanic origin.
The new three-story building will house the Welcome Center, Admissions, and Financial Aid, Counseling, the International Center as well as a number of student services. Offices, as well as spacious classrooms, will be located on the second and third floors.
Lionakis was the chief builder of the project and was designed to meet LEED Gold standard for energy efficiency. The building showcases a number of sustainable systems including natural ventilation, displacement ventilation, radiant heating, solar hot water heating, municipal reclaimed water use, and controlled LED lighting throughout.
The campus’ recent construction was made possible by the voters, who passed both Measures H (2004) and Measure C (2012) with 60 percent approvals each time.
Measure H was a bond for $235 million for the West Valley-Mission District, of which $97 million went to Mission. Measure C approved $350 million in bonds for both Mission and West Valley Colleges, of which $157 million was dedicated to Mission. The District currently has a Triple-A Bond rating.
Mission College’s spring semester begins January 27. Enroll at apply.missioncollege.edu.