The new Weber State University Community Education Center, located at 2605 Monroe Blvd., Ogden, will host a grand-opening ceremony Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m.
The public is invited to the celebration, which will include a ribbon-cutting, a short program, live music, entertainment and refreshments.
The Community Education Center will help WSU further integrate into the Central Ogden area by offering residents English as a second language and basic computer-skills courses, such as Microsoft Office and Excel. Classes will teach job-search skills, including interviewing, cover letter and resume writing. All courses will be offered in English and Spanish. Additionally, the center will help community members with college registration and financial-aid applications.
“Navigating the large university campus can be intimidating for many underserved groups,” said Luis Lopez, WSU Continuing Education programs director. “This center will be a welcoming place for area residents and future WSU students. Regardless of whether our community members are pursuing a college education or developing skills that will prepare them for education or a career, this center is theirs.”
The 12,030-square-foot building was designed by GSBS Architects and built by Hughes Construction. The building has four classrooms, two of which are divided by a partition, allowing them to combine into one larger classroom. One classroom serves as a computer lab. Additionally, the building has office space for each organization housed in the facility, a conference room, observation room, kitchen and lactation room.
The center will also house a pre-school aimed at helping children get a head start on their educational path. The children’s school will have its own classroom, restroom, office and food preparation room.
The new facility will house the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School extension, the Ogden Civic Action Network and the Center for Community Engaged Learning Community Partnerships Extension.
“Weber State University has a mission to serve the community,” said Brian Stecklein, Continuing Education associate dean. “The Community Education Center reaches out and helps those who may not think furthering their education is attainable. It is a place where people can come and prepare for the next steps in their educational process.”