Oroville, CA – The Butte College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to place a local education bond measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot following community input from Butte and Glenn County residents.
“Over the past several months we’ve heard from students, business owners, veterans, faculty, and community members who have spoken on how we need to continue to help our students prepare for living wage jobs and transfer to four-year universities,” said Samia Yaqub, Butte College President. “This measure will allow Butte College to upgrade classrooms and job training facilities, and make basic repairs, so we can continue to offer the high caliber of affordable education Butte College is known for.”
The cost to attend California’s public universities has increased significantly. As a result, local students are relying on Butte College to provide affordable education they may not otherwise receive.
The Butte College Repair, Safety, Job Training Measure is a $190 million education bond that would make repairs and upgrades to the College in order to increase opportunities for local students and veterans to earn college credits, transfer to 4-year universities, or learn valuable skills to obtain good paying jobs in our community.
“Butte College is where our community’s nurses, police officers, firefighters and 911 emergency responders are trained,” said Denise Adams, Butte College Dean of Career and Technical Education. “We must make sure that Butte College can continue to play this vital role in keeping our communities safe. Additionally, Butte College has served many military veterans in our area, and now needs to expand its veteran services and job training to make sure veterans receive the support they need to complete their education and re-enter the civilian workforce.”
If adopted, this measure would allow for the repair and expansion of vital job training facilities and an expanded permanent Veterans Resource Center.
Butte College provides essential training job training and workforce preparation for students and veterans of all ages. If approved by voters, this measure would upgrade facilities and technology that help students learn new skills and find better paying local jobs in areas such as automotive technology, nursing preparation, agriculture trades, early childhood education, law enforcement, welding, construction, engineering, and technology.
The College has taken great strides in planning for future needs, and is finalizing an updated 2016 Facilities Master Plan. A community outreach program, initiated by the College earlier this year has informed the priorities included in the proposed bond.
“Many Butte College buildings, classrooms, science labs, and job training equipment are over 40 years old and are deteriorating, run down, and in need of repair.” said Butte College Vice President Andy Suleski. “We must address urgent and basic repairs such as upgrading electrical systems, gas and sewer lines, replacing outdated plumbing and wiring, removing asbestos, and upgrading water and security systems to make our local college campus clean and safe.”
The proposed measure includes strong accountability provisions – no money can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions, and a Citizens’ Oversight Committee will monitor expenditures and report to the community.