Vote yes for ‘safe, inviting, functional and up-to-date learning spaces’

To the editor:
Glen Oaks Community College has served residents of this county and many from beyond for over 50 years, providing immeasurable benefits to thousands and thousands of people of all ages as they’ve sought to expand their possibilities through education.  
Through those decades, the college has continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of its students and continues today, providing top-notch instruction to those attending.  Presently, nearly one half of its students are high schoolers, taking advantage of no-cost classes while moving forward towards careers and further education.
Completed in 1968, the core GOCC building has served its public well.  It has been maintained and renovated to meet the challenges of expanding course offerings and its aging infrastructure.  The time has come, however, to address a number of significant deficiencies to keep the structure up to par and to forestall numerous problems that become more apparent as weather, use, obsolescence and fatigue take their tolls.  
I urge GOCC district voters to vote yes on the Nov. 6 ballot proposal that asks for a .5 mill levy that will sunset in five years per unanimous votes of the college’s board of trustees.  In so doing, St. Joseph County will ensure that its community college will have safe, inviting, functional and up-to-date learning spaces for its students for decades to come.

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