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A ribbon cutting was held Friday, September 23, for a satellite location in Warrenton where East Central College will hold classes.  ECC and Lindenwood University will start offering evening classes at the Warrenton site in January.


The Warren County R-III School District recently purchased a building at 1037 Armory Road to serve as the district’s alternative school.  That facility, the Alpha Academy, is currently being renovated into classroom space.  The school district will utilize the building during the day for the alternative school beginning later this fall, with college classes scheduled there in the evenings beginning in early 2012.   The school district will provide the space rent-free to the colleges for two years. 


Last year a committee consisting of school district administrators, government officials and community members worked to bring colleges to Warrenton.  As part of the proposal, the R-III school district, Warren County Commission, and the cities of Warrenton and Truesdale agreed to contribute funds as part of a package to entice the colleges to offer classes in Warrenton.


The approximately 6,300 square foot facility will contain two computer labs, two classrooms, office space and a commons area.  Furnishings, including computers, will be supplied by Lindenwood and the school district.


“We are delighted to partner with the various entities in Warren County and Lindenwood University to hold classes at a satellite facility in Warrenton,” noted ECC President Dr. Ed Jackson.  “We really appreciate the commitment from the school district to provide this space to us at no charge.”


Warren County is in ECC’s service region and the college began offering classes in Warrenton in February of 2007. 


Jackson stated that ECC has worked with the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, the R-III School District, and other community entities for several years to come up with suitable locations to offer classes.  “Though we offered classes here for nine semesters in various locations, it will be great to have a dedicated space giving residents of Warren County and the surrounding area the opportunity to take college classes close to home.”


Registration will get underway in mid-November for the classes that ECC will offer starting in January.  Tuition and general fees for most Warrenton area residents would total $104 per credit hour, ECC’s out-of-district rate. 

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