Truckee’s Sierra College set to open doors early |

Truckee’s Sierra College set to open doors early

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With construction on schedule and a curriculum boasting a variety of new classes, doors may open early at the Sierra College campus in Truckee and enrollment is filling up fast.

“The new campus is really driving increased interest,” said Interim Dean Kurt Heisinger. “There are far more courses that are full this go-around than ever before.”

Completion of the 28,000-square-foot campus was originally slated for December, but Heisinger said he’s hopeful the students and faculty will move out of their current Pioneer Trail location and into the McIver Hill facility by late October.

Spring semester enrollment opens in November and staff is anticipating a swell in registration due to new and expanded programs, Heisinger said.

“We’re encouraging our students to enroll as early as possible so we know what our numbers look like before the first day of class,” Heisinger said.

The Tahoe-Truckee campus includes 14 classrooms, which will house brand new courses like three-dimensional art, chemistry, an emergency medical technicians program, and expanded business and computer integrated electronics programs, Heisinger said.

Designers and construction crews are still aiming for a silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification ” or LEED ” which is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s strict set of guidelines, said Rob Koster, project manager.

The campus may even earn the title of greenest building in Truckee thanks to unique sustainable features like evaporative cooling instead of refrigerants, recycled-yarn carpeting and a 90 percent recycled-steel frame.

By September, the interior of the building will begin to look like a center for higher learning as crews move in furniture and academic equipment, Koster said.

Roadwork along the Highway 89 corridor will wrap up around Oct. 15, allowing students and staff to make the transition from Pioneer Trial shortly after, Koster said.

Truckee-Tahoe residents and voters who authorized Measure H ” a $35 million general obligation bond passed in 2004 ” can look forward to a wider range of not-for-credit programs and community education classes, Heisinger said.

“There’s no doubt people are anticipating this new campus,” Heisinger said. “It’s created a real excitement in the community.”

Oct. 15: end of roadwork construction

Nov. 5: spring semester registration opens for continuing students

Nov. 19: spring semester registration opens for new students

Dec. 13: last day of fall semester instruction

Jan. 12: spring semester instruction begins

Jan. 24: add/drop/refund deadline