Public forum on college campus March 22

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Oakhurst Community College Center (OCCC) will host a community feeedback forum, 6-8 p.m., March 22, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Residents interested in providing recommendations for the educational goals and/or physical facility features to be considered for the proposed new campus in Oakhurst are welcome to attend.

This forum is not for collecting recommendations for specific sites, but will take into consideration community feedback on qualities they would like near the new campus such as type of location (for example in town, near services).

Participants will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback on the expansion of instructional programs, student support services, community use and facility resource sharing, along with additional community priorities for the college campus.

For proper planning, college officials ask attendees to RSVP by Monday, March 20, to Monica Armenta, (559) 675-4874, or reedleycollegersvp@reedleycollege.edu.

Oakhurst firm hired to help with site analysis

Odell Planning & Research, Inc. of Oakhurst has been selected to help with the site analysis for proposed locations for the Oakhurst Community College Center.

Scott Odell provides planning and environmental consulting services to California public agencies, with an emphasis on school districts and community college districts.

“We are a small firm and have been in business for more than 40 years providing responsive personal service to our clients,” Odell said.

Odell has been involved in the site selection process for most of the schools constructed in the Clovis, Fresno, Central, Sanger and Kings Canyon Unified School Districts during the past 30 years.

These include the Buchanan, Reagan, and Clovis North Educational Centers in Clovis Unified; Sunnyside High School and Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School in Fresno Unified; the Koligian Educational Center in Central Unified; Sanger High School; as well as more than 40 elementary and middle schools in these and other districts.

For a substantial number of these schools, Odell has coordinated the state site approval process to obtain approval from the California Department of Education (CDE).

The firm has also prepared site selection studies for State Center Community College District including the Clovis Community College Center, the planned Southeast Community College Center in southeast Fresno, and the Madera Community College Center, located southeast of the City of Madera.

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