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WVMCCD Board Approves November Bond Measure

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- The West Valley-Mission Community College District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to place the Affordable Career & Job Training, Repair, and Veteran Support Measure on the November ballot for voter consideration.

“Tonight we’ve heard from students, faculty, and community members who have spoken about incredible, and successful, District programs. There is clearly a need to continue investing in West Valley and Mission campuses to provide facilities and technology that prepare students for 21-st century jobs in a fast-paced, competitive environment,” said Board of Trustees President Anne Kepner

“With the cost of education at a U.C. or Cal State university, our colleges are an essential resource for students, whether seeking university transfer, specialized job training, or as an educational resource for veterans, returning to civilian life,” said West Valley-Mission Community College District Chancellor Dr. Patrick Schmitt. 

If enacted, the Affordable Career & Job Training, Repair, and Veteran Support Measure would upgrade educational facilities and technology for career technical education in fields such as science, engineering, nursing, and firefighting, improve educational resources for veterans, provide updated labs, and enhance campus accessibility.

The measure, if enacted, would authorize the District to issue $698 million in bonds, levying $13 per $100,000 of assessed value. As is the District’s tradition, the funds generated would require strict fiscal oversight including an independent Citizen Oversight Committee and financial audits. No funding could be used for administrative salaries 

The District has had two previous bond measures—Measure H (2004) and Measure C (2012), each which received over 60 percent approval from the community. Measure H was a bond for $235 million and Measure C was for an additional $350 million. The District currently has a Triple A bond rating for its fiscal responsibility.

In January 2018 Mission College opened its new Student Engagement Center, which replaced its first permanent building on campus, built in 1979.

History of Construction on Mission College Campus
  • 1972 -- Governing Board approves West Valley College sister college
  • January 1973-- Concept for new campus conceived with faculty and staff
  • Spring 1974-- Some 50 community planning sessions were held for input
  • Fall 1975 -- first campus at 3585 Monroe Street in Santa Clara opens. (former Jefferson Intermediate School). Enrollment is 1,000 students and 32 faculty. Warren Sorenson is the first College President.
  • July 9, 1976 -- Groundbreaking on 160-acre site for the Main Building (and current home).
  • September 5, 1979-- Classes begin in the Main Building. The Main Building, housed everything on campus-- faculty and staff offices, classrooms, dance studio, library and even a clothing store.
  • September 9, 1979 -- Gala to open Main Building, which included pancake breakfast hosted by the Optimists Club, an Olympic 10K and 3K Run to raise money for the 1980 Olympic Team, Santa Clara Mayor William Gissler, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Gary Meyers and John Casey, Jr served as master of ceremonies.
  • 1979-- In partnership with the City of Santa Clara, Mission College expanded by adding tennis courts and softball and baseball field.
  • 1980-- Mission Temporary Portables opened to house the influx of students.
  • 1985-- As curriculum grows and a hospitality management program is added, a Hospitality Management building is dedicated and opened.
  • August 27, 1992-- Groundbreaking for the campus gym. Among those present were Santa Clara Mayor Eddie Souza, Mission College presidents Floyd Hogue and Dick Hayden and Board President Nancy Rucker.
  • 1994-- The campus gym opens.
  • 1999-- The Campus Center opens allowing students a place to gather.
  • 2000-- The Telecommunications (TAV) and Library both open.
  • 2001-- Child Development Center I opens.
  • 2002-- Locker rooms are added for the athletics teams and the student body.
  • 2004-- Science building opens.
  • 2011-- Hospitality Management building is refurbished.
  • 2012-- Child Development Center II opens along with our Instructional Services Building.
  • 2014-- The Gary C. Gillmor and Family Academic Center, along with the Fire Tower open
  • 2015-- Facilities building opens
  • 2016-- James & Vincee Viso Sports and Kinesiology Complex opens.
  • January 24, 2018-- Student Engagement Center officially opens with Congressman Ro Khanna leading the ceremonies. Also present were Santa Clara Vice-Mayor Kathy Watanabe, Board President Anne Kepner, Mission President Daniel Peck and the offices of State Assemblyman Kansen Chu and State Senator Bob Wieckowski. Santa Clara Vanguard performed.