CSC Relocates Offices to Better Serve Students and the Community

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

As Carl Sandburg College prepares for the upcoming academic year, which begins with the fall semester in August, offices and classrooms will be moved to better utilize facilities and resources and allow the College to increase enrollment in high demand programs. Beginning in mid-May, a number of educational programs and services will be moving to various locations.

The CSC Learning Center, formerly called the Adult Learning Center (ALC), which houses Adult Basic Education (PreGED)/GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), computer literacy, literacy tutoring and family literacy programs, will move to the Sandburg Mall, 1150 W. Carl Sandburg Drive, Galesburg. The CSC Community Education Offices, including business and community education, College for Seniors, and Kids on Campus, currently housed at the Educational Technology Center (ETC) at the mall, will be relocated to the Main Campus, Building G, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg.

The ETC (Educational Technology Center) was an outcome of the partnership between Knox College, Galesburg CUSD #205 and Carl Sandburg College—The Educational Technology Consortium. The consortium originated in 1995. The first center opened in 1996 which provided an open public lab when computers were scarce at CUSD #205, CSC, Knox College and in the community. Even though the consortium will no longer maintain a physical facility, the partnership remains a viable entity.  The Gale Scholars Program is an example of the continued commitment to the partnership.

Community education services will now be offered at the College’s Main campus. “We are pleased to combine the business and community education staff at one location. Future community education programs will be scheduled in Building G on the east side of campus. This separate stand-alone facility provides convenient parking and easy access for anyone interested in the workshops for business professionals, continuing education, general interest or hobby classes, senior college offerings and youth programs,” stated Sherry Foster, dean of business and community education.

“Moving the Learning Center to the mall will allow the services such as the GED preparation classes and ESL to be much more accessible and we’ll have more square footage,” said Jim Rich, dean of adult and developmental education. The new location is centrally located in the community, easy to access, has bus service, more parking, and offers a less intimidating environment to adult learners. The Adult Learning Center annually serves 400 students with ESL, adult education and adult literacy tutoring at this site.

The CSC nursing program will move into the building currently used by the Adult Learning Center at the Main Campus. It is a program in high demand due to the shortage of nurses. The program needs additional space to support the increase in enrollment. “The move will provide students with an additional nursing lab, stationary computers for digital education and the opportunity for all levels of nursing students to interact in preparation for entry into practice," said Rosemary O’Daniel, coordinator and assistant professor of nursing.

An open house will be held Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for community education patrons at Building G on the Main Campus. The Learning Center will have an open house at a later date.