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MJC, Cal State Stanislaus partner in Turlock education center

POSTED February 11, 2011 8:33 p.m.

California State University, Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College announced on Wednesday a partnership which will see MJC offer classes on the CSU Stanislaus campus.

“We are delighted to initiate what we hope will be a productive, long-standing partnership with California State University, Stanislaus, that is geared toward promoting the success of college students from the Turlock community,” said Modesto Junior College President Gaither Loewenstein.

The two colleges will work together to build the Turlock Education Center, comprised of two state-of-the-art, energy-efficient modular classrooms. Each will hold approximately 40 students.

The classrooms will primarily be used to offer classes not available at CSU Stanislaus, such as vocational and English as a second language courses. Those classes will help prepare students for success in university-level classes and the working world alike, the university said.

 “This is a historic moment for CSU Stanislaus, as we partner with Modesto Junior College to offer Turlock and the surrounding community vocational and English as a second language courses not currently available at the university,” said CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani. “Our shared site will allow us to work together to better serve the community and region, and will open up opportunities for future collaboration.”

Development of the center, sited near the corner of W. Monte Vista Avenue and Geer Road, will be financed with $900,000 in Measure E bond monies, approved by voters in November 2004. The center is expected to open for the fall 2011 semester.

To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail acantatore@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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