Spokane Community College opens Pullman campus

College leadership hopes the branch will help students of all ages adjust to higher education


JESSICA HARJA | The Daily Evergreen

Erica Austin, Vice Porovost for Academic Affairs, relays a speech with the audience regarding a new campus location for Spokane Falls Community College at the WSU Pullman campus on Thursday September 7th in the Wadleigh Theatre.

JONATHAN VILLANUEVA, Evergreen reporter

Washington State University hosted the grand opening of the Spokane Falls Community College in Pullman on Thursday.

The event began with refreshments served in every room and attendees mingling. Darren Pitcher, acting president of SFCC, said he hoped the Pullman branch would give students of all ages opportunities to grow.

“[I’m] so excited about the partnership between Spokane Falls and WSU,” Pitcher said. “I think it’s great for the students and I’m looking forward to a great year.”

This branch campus offers resources for students who are trying to transition out of high school and into the college atmosphere.

The tour guides escorted attendees out of the Math Learning Annex, and into Daggy Hall for speeches. There were five people speaking that day: Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson, Pitcher, Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson, Vice President of ASWSU Garrett Kalt, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Erica Austin.

One by one, each of the speakers talked about how much of an impact the community college will have on WSU. Kalt, was one of those people.

“When first hearing, that SFCC was here in Pullman, I was excited,” Kalt said.

After the speeches, Joal Lee, assistant dean of SFCC, introduced the four tour guides to everyone. Once everyone found a tour guide to be with, they left the auditorium.

One of the tour guides, Alyssa Bourbonnais, an English professor at SFCC, began to give the group a tour of the facility.

The first room shown was the offices and student lounge located upstairs. Bourbonnais explained that this is where students come to play games and relax from a long day.

The second room that Bourbonnais showed was one of the rooms downstairs. Beyond the administration offices, a multi-purpose classroom sits between another classroom and a hallway.

Bourbonnais explained that the classroom was for many different disciplines. When asked about classes that would be held in the building, Bourbonnais said that they are mostly held in the Math Learning Annex.

The last room on the tour was the adult basic education room. It was for those who are not built for colleges yet.

Dyan Bledsoe, the work first manager and instructor for adult education, said she helps students from all ages adjust to college-level curriculum.

During the tour, Johnson said the facilities the college has will help those who are in need of an opportunity, regardless of age.

“[This opening] is a culmination of a long planning session to improve opportunities students from our community and students here in Pullman,” Johnson said, “It will open doors of opportunity for our students and that is what we are all about.”