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FRC begins semester with some needed repairs and planning for new housing

     Classes began on Monday at Feather River College and students, instructors, and staff has been navigating both a new semester, and some much needed structural repairs and some improvements in signage. The following are some highlights coming into the new semester.

Much needed repaving is happening all over the FRC campus. The dorm parking lot is looking smooth and is now slightly larger. Photo submitted

     For starters, there’s new signage with new logo along Trombe Wall (the Art and Outdoor Recreational Leadership building) as you make your way up the campus. There are also new ‘e-billboards’ around campus, which are networked and can communicate and remind students of upcoming events on campus.

     Asphalt repair will be happening all over campus and some of the first repairs were just completed at the Hillside Apartments (dorms) parking lots. The rock wall in the middle of one of the lots was removed to make a larger lot with more parking area.

     “It is such an improvement and helps our students enter safely,” said FRC President Kevin Trutna.

     Asphalt grinding will be happening on all the walkways throughout the campus and those using them are asked to be “aware of signs and alternate routes” throughout these first couple of weeks.

     On Aug. 16, a panel of former Quincy and Portola high school and Plumas Charter School students spoke about their transition to becoming FRC students.  This was part of the Plumas-Sierra Educational Consortium with K-12 educators and FRC employees.

     On Aug. 18, there was a team conducting geo-technical site analysis testing as part of the on-campus student-housing proposal that is due to the state in October.

     Through AB 183, the state budget includes funding to FRC for planning a new on-campus student housing facility.  The submission for funding includes a 126-bed facility. The FRC board will start discussions with the architects about inclusion of a location on the Facilities Master Plan during upcoming board meetings.  “We do not have specific funding direction from the state at this time, but we do know that the planning funding for FRC is included in the state budget,” said Trutna.

     Three site options include near the tennis courts, behind the baseball field, and near the current Hillside Apartments.

     FRC has also submitted an application for an Ecosystem Restoration and Applied Fire Management Bachelor’s of Science degree.

     Only one course at FRC currently fulfills the California State University Ethnic Studies requirement. FRC, according to an update by Derek Lerch, will need to develop courses to meet that requirement for Fall 2024.


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