DIXON – Students at Sauk Valley Community College will no longer have to visit different offices to enroll in classes.
Beginning in the fall, Sauk will have one universal place for admission, registration, financial aid and academic advising, among other services. There will also be a new, centralized entrance to the college.
The new offices will include advising, financial aid, admissions, records, recruitment, student activities and community education.
“We will have all the services that a student would use when they come to the college,” said Jon Mandrell, dean of academics and student services. “It will be a convenient, centralized location and all the staff will be working together.”
Sauk broke ground on the $1.9 million support center last week. The project is scheduled to be completed by September.
Anyone who visits the One Stop center will be assisted by a trained student services professional. They will assist students with enrollment, paying their school bills and financial aid, among other things.
The project is designed to be more helpful and efficient than requiring a student to go to multiple offices to complete the enrollment process.
“This has been a high priority for us for a long time,” said George Mihel, president at Sauk. “Students will get very quick, fast answers to their questions in one spot in a simple manner.”
There will be a student lounge area created as part of the new entrance.
“The centralized entrance will also include a help desk for students,” said Janet Matheney, assistant dean of student services. “We will all be in this one area directly off the entrance.”
Students who use the new offices will also begin using Who’s Next, an online appointment scheduler.
“Students can come in and schedule appointments, and they can reschedule,” Matheney said.
In addition to the physical changes taking place, the staff is going through cross training.
“We have taken our employees, and we will expand their knowledge,” Matheney said. “They have gone from working in individual departments to working with each other.”
Until the new offices are complete, admissions and enrollment services are housed with advising services.
“We had to move things around to open that construction area,” Mandrell said. “We have also started the cross training.”
Despite the construction on the first floor of the college, Matheney said there will not be a stoppage in services.
She said students can still register at Sauk for the fall semester, and construction will not impact the start of classes August 17.
“Our student services are functioning right now, but we are in a tighter space,” Matheney said. “We are moving through the process pretty efficiently.”