SAN MARCOS, CA (March 3, 2017) – Palomar College officials are shown at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the College’s South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo on Friday, March 3. Pictured from left are Governing Board Trustees Mark Evilsizer and Nina Deerfield; Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; former Governing Board Trustee Nancy Chadwick; Governing Board Vice President Paul McNamara; and Governing Board Secretary Dr. John Halcón.

Dr. Blake officiated at the event, which also featured comments from Halcón and Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction Dan Sourbeer.

Palomar College purchased a 27-acre property in June 2010 to house a new education center in the southern portion of the District. The site includes a 110,000 square-foot building, as well as a three-story parking structure. Planned site improvements include completion of a new interior looped road and installation of walkways, landscaping and lighting. On the building interior, plans include a lobby, classrooms for lecture and laboratory, academic division offices, spaces for student support services, a bookstore and food services, information services, plus a community room.

The site purchase and improvements are being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006.

Classes are scheduled to be offered at the South Education Center starting in summer 2018.


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