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College setting up satellite rooms in Savanna, Morrison

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – High school students farthest from the Sauk Valley Community College campus soon will be able to take dual-credit classes right from their schools.

Sauk is setting up satellite classrooms at West Carroll and Morrison High, the two schools in its service area that are farthest from the campus in Dixon. That not only will offer a greater presence in those schools, but also provide a service to the communities, President George Mihel said.

“It’s a little bit of a recruitment tool for us,” he said, “but it’s more to give back to those communities. It’s difficult for them to come here, so we’ll take our services there.”

The classrooms could be used during the day for high school students to take dual-credit classes and at night for community members to take adult education classes or complete training courses.

The classrooms also could become a place for students to obtain information about college.

Sauk will provide new furniture and technology to give the classrooms a collegiate feel, Dean of Instructional Services Jon Mandrell said.

The college also will highlight high school graduates who have been successful at Sauk.

“We want to make it look like a college classroom,” he said.

Sauk has had a similar classroom at Oregon High School for more than 5 years, Dean of Information Services Alan Pfeifer said.

The classroom at West Carroll High School in Savanna is set to be ready in time for the Sauk spring semester, which resumes Jan. 14. The classroom at Morrison High School will be transformed over the summer.

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