Waubonsee became a network of four campuses this past spring as the college opened its building in Plano. Located near the intersection of Route 34 and Waubonsee Drive, the 33,000-square-foot campus offers full associate degrees, along with community education, workforce development and adult education.
"We are very grateful to be a part of such an exciting, vibrant and growing area where quality educational programs and services are welcomed and valued," said Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek.
With this campus, Waubonsee will serve students not only from Plano, but also from Yorkville, Sandwich, Somonauk and Leland.
Plano Campus students have plenty of offerings from which to choose. The campus is comprehensive, offering full transfer and occupational associate degrees, as well as certificates in a variety of in-demand fields, including business, computers, health care, criminal justice and fire science.
"This campus serves students from all walks of life with all types of goals," said Dr. Deborah Lovingood, Waubonsee's Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs and Chief Learning Officer.
Courses and programs take place in the building’s 15 classrooms, which includes nine general classrooms, two science labs for biology and earth science, two computer labs, an interactive television classroom, and a certified nurse assistant (CNA) lab.
To support the college’s curricula and students, several services are also available on-site, including admissions, advising, assessment, financial aid and registration. The campus also houses a resource center providing tutoring, a computing lab and access to library services.
All of these programs and services are especially convenient and accessible, not only because of the campus’ location off of Route 34 but also because of its unique residential location. Located adjacent to Lakewood Springs on a nine-acre site donated by Lakewood Homes, this is Waubonsee’s first campus in a residential neighborhood, which allows students to easily walk or bike to campus.
The building, which cost $13 million, was designed by Holabird and Root. JJR was the project’s landscape architect, and Turner Construction provided construction management.
The Plano Campus development is part of Waubonsee’s 2020 College Master Plan, which would not have been possible without successful passage of college referenda in 2002 and 2003. This plan provides the roadmap for Waubonsee to meet the growing demand for education locally. In addition to this campus, other projects have included the construction of four new buildings at the Sugar Grove Campus and the construction of a new campus in downtown Aurora that opened in June 2011. Voters in the district overwhelmingly expressed their support of these projects.