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OC planning for future

This map illustrates Olympic College’s plans for expansion in the next few years.  - Courtesy of Olympic College
This map illustrates Olympic College’s plans for expansion in the next few years.
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Olympic College may not possess a crystal ball but it is looking into the future.

With just six years remaining on its current ten-year master plan, administrators for the school are working to develop a plan looking ahead even further.

“We are looking 20 to 25 years down the road,” said Mike Connolly, the school’s vice president for administrative services. “A simple update would add just four years to the plan but that’s not what we’re doing.”

Connolly said the planning involves figuring out what buildings and parking areas can be fit into the space the college has available. He said the plan has building sites plotted without knowing what programs will be inside of them. The college must plan for the growth of existing programs as well as the addition of new ones, and provide space for them.

The master plan must be presented to and approved by the Board of Trustees. From the 20 to 25-year master plan, a 10-year facilities plan is extracted, Connolly said. The timeline for the plan is that it must be finished by the end of this year, and ideally within the next three to four months.

Connolly said he compiles ideas for the plan from a variety of sources including instructional,

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