Mission College will cut the ribbon on its new building Wednesday with the help of Rep. Ro Khanna, who’ll speak at the opening ceremony for the Student Engagement Center on the Santa Clara campus. The first-term Democrat has been an advocate for affordable college education, as well as programs that get more underserved groups and women into STEM fields.
The 101,000 square-foot, three-story building building replaces Mission’s Main Building, which had been in use since the community college — founded in 1975 with 1,000 students and 32 faculty members — moved to its current site in 1979. The new facility will be home to the Welcome Center, the International Center and offices for financial aid, counseling, admissions and other student services. There’s also classroom space on the second and third floors.
In an appropriate bookend, the Santa Clara Vanguard drum corps, which performed at the 1979 opening of the Main Building, will perform at Wednesday’s 11 a.m. opening ceremony.