|PJC prepping for new Sulphur Springs campus
Record enrollment creating need for more space
|Paul Bailey | PJC Information Services|
June 17, 2005 - Paris Junior College is in the process of selecting an architectural firm to begin developing plans for construction of a new campus center in Sulphur Springs.
Dr. Pamela Anglin, president of Paris Junior College, said the proposed construction — part of a five-year strategic planning study for the college — will be designed to accommodate the increasing educational needs in Sulphur Springs.
“We need to provide space for the increasing enrollment at the center and be able to expand our course offerings and faculty,” Dr. Anglin said.
Record enrollment at the Sulphur Springs Center, which exceeded 700 students last spring, is creating scheduling problems for classes. Dr. Anglin also said there is a great need to expand academic and technical programs.
The PJC Board of Regents recently approved the selection of five finalists in the bidding for a college architect. Regents will interview representatives of the five architectural firms on July 7.
The architectural firm that is finally engaged by the board will begin drawing proposals for future growth in Sulphur Springs, as well as Paris and Greenville. Proposals will include a new facility in Greenville and new residence halls in Paris.
Dr. Anglin said the proposed construction of a new center in Sulphur Springs is a part of the college’s 2005-2010 strategic planning study that was completed last fall and later approved by the board of regents.
“This is the first step in moving forward all of the facilities in the Paris Junior College System,” Dr. Anglin said. “We are aware of the educational needs in all of the communities served by Paris Junior College, and our administration wants to meet that obligation with the best opportunities possible.”
Dr. Anglin said that beyond the expansion of the physical campus, the college embraces technology as a way to reach more students. Instruction television (ITV) classes are offered at all campuses, and the college offers a large variety of Internet- based courses.
The Sulphur Springs Higher Education Center has shown continued growth over the last decade, a trend that has been evident throughout the PJC system. The Sulphur Springs Center has seen its student population grow from 385 students in the fall of 2000 to 719 students last fall.