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Sac City College Davis Center adds new services, housing option

The Sacramento City College Davis Center, which opened last fall in the West Village neighborhood on the UC Davis campus, has a few spaces left in its summer courses, and openings still available for fall. In addition, up to 60 community college students who are on the path to transfer to the university may live at West Village, thanks to a new agreement with UCD. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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From page A1 | June 19, 2013 |

The Sacramento City College Davis Center — in the West Village neighborhood on the UC Davis campus — has added several features as the program moves toward the first anniversary of its new building.

And after several years during which just about every class offered by the Davis Center was packed to the rafters in advance, there are now a few open seats for students who want to register at the last minute.

* There’s now a Learning Resources Center, which provides a study space and basic office services, like a self-serve copier.

“It’s for students who are study, tutoring, doing group work,” said Don Palm, dean of the Davis Center. “And it is available from the moment we open at 8 a.m. until we close at 9 p.m. at night. Students don’t have to leave the Davis Center campus.”

The Learning Resources Center also provides library services. Books from the Sac City College library may be reserved and brought to Davis, and Davis Center students can get community borrowing privileges at Shields Library at UC Davis for $15 per quarter.

* A career services desk is available certain days of the week on a walk-up basis.

“The services are provided by counseling interns from Sacramento State,” Palm explained. “You don’t need an appointment. It gives us a new dimension, and allows our regular counselors to focus more on academic advising. Students can come in and talk about careers with people who have a very contemporary understanding of the current job market.”

The services are available at a desk by the center’s front door, he said.

* The Davis Center also has an arrangement with UCD to allow as many as 60 community college students who intend to transfer to UCD — after studying at the Davis Center or another Los Rios Community College District campus — to live in West Village student housing. Palm said 14 students are already signed up.

“It is great environment; you can bike or walk to academic events or entertainment at the main UC Davis campus, there is also a free bus that goes every 20 minutes,” Palm said. “Our Davis Center students can be members of UC Davis clubs and intramural activities.”

The arrangement appeals to students whose families live too far away for an easy daily commute, as well as students who want a bit more independence from home life.

* Palm also reports that a few spaces have opened up in summer courses at the Davis Center, and there are still spaces for classes that will start in the fall.

“I think the economy is changing, and more students are finding economic opportunities, so there are some students who had enrolled in summer courses but are now taking other opportunities like summer jobs — something we haven’t seen much during the past three years,” Palm said.

“So we are encouraging students to identify summer classes that they might like to take, and then show up and see if they might still get a seat. Students will find classes are much more likely to be open than they were last year, when we had long waiting lists.”

Palm added that for the fall classes, “Our program will be about the same size as it was last fall. But we have added some geology courses with an emphasis on sustainability. And we’re trying to find the right kinds of career-oriented courses — we’ve got one in graphics communications for 3-D animation.”

Most important, Palm said, is that “we want to keep emphasizing that in our new building, if a Davis Center student takes a full course schedule, you can take the whole schedule and be ready to transfer (into UCD or some other four-year institution) in two years. And there are seats available.”

A transfer counselor from UCD visits the Davis Center on a regular basis to advise transfer-oriented students, and the guarantee arrangement with UCD — for students who take the required courses and maintain a high grade-point average — remains in place.

The new building is about twice the size of the Davis Center’s former digs on Galileo Drive in South Davis.

“And sometime in the next five years, we are planning to go into phase two of construction that would allow us to more than double the space we have now,” Palm said.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.

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