Spring semester classes for Sheridan College in Johnson County will be held at a new location as classes start Monday, the former Clear Creek Elementary School.
College spokesperson Wendy Smith says 34 courses will be offered at the center this spring, and include accounting, Pilates and Chinese. At the new location, the college classroom number doubles in size, from 2-4, and will have three offices, a conference room, and a room for adjunct staff.
Derek Andrews, who has directed the college for the past year and a half, said a feasibility study and public comments supported the move, rather than to tear the building down. He said the community has rallied behind the move, and for that he's grateful. The space will definitely serve his students better, he said, because enrollment in the past year nearly doubled, from 25 in the spring of 2012 to 45 last year.
He said a strong partnership between the college's Johnson County advisory board and the Johnson County School District were key facilitators in furthering higher education in Johnson County and helping to make the transition possible. He said the partnerships with the school districts, with having more than 40 concurrent enrollment courses, benefits the high school students of Buffalo and Kaycee because they can take the courses without having to pay for them.
The college will share the building with the Boys and Girls Club of America.