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by Matt Paulson
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In a continued effort to blanket the Inland Empire region, the University of La Verne has opened its doors to a new campus building in its Victorville High Desert Campus.

The building, which is not strictly used by the University, is ULV’s eighth regional campus, said Arely Rivas, director of regional programs for the High Desert Campus.

Beginning in January, it will offer School of Continuing Education students six rooms, three offices and a computer lab.

The High Desert Campus has always offered programs such as accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

However, classes were held in hotels, community colleges, restaurants, and any other space available.

Now, all classes will be relocated to the new building.

“We wanted a central location,” Rivas said.

The location will also house academic advisers, who, in the past, were in Rancho Cucamonga, and if the Victorville students needed to see them, they would be forced to commute down the hill.

“It’s going to be really convenient for the students up there,” Rivas said.

The town of Victorville will also benefit from the new campus building.

“It brings the community another level of prestige,” said Bob Hunter, mayor pro temp.

Businesses also look to a community’s education institutions in examining the qualified work force available.

They look for four-year universities to provide employees. The new campus building is one step closer to this, Hunter said.

The unveiling of the Victorville campus center is the most recent action of the 2002-2008 University Strategic Plan.

One of the goals of the Plan was to not only consolidate and strengthen off-campus locations but to focus on Southern California.

Victorville satisfies both of these goals, said Provost Dick McDowell.

The accelerated programs offered at Victorville include 10-week semesters.

Students can earn their major degrees in 18 months to two years.

Next year, in another effort to make satellite locations mimic the main campus, the High Desert Campus is hoping to add the credential program, Rivas said.

In addition to the director and academic adviser, the new building will also house a recruiter.

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