The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees voted on Aug. 4, 2014 to place a bond measure on the November 2014 ballot. See the Aug. 5 press release.
The bond will provide MSJC with the funding to expand classes for job training, educational services for our returning military veterans and increase opportunities for students to transfer to four-year universities.
Students depend on MSJC to provide them with quality education at an affordable price. Students save about $40,000 by attending MSJC on their way to earning a four-year degree.
Regional employers depend on MSJC to provide them with a skilled workforce to fill jobs in nursing, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement, auto and computer technicians and other jobs important to our region.
Q) Why now?
MSJC is a 52-year-old community college and some of its buildings are temporary modulars from the 1960s.
MSJC’s General Fund dollars currently support: Classrooms; Programs; Student Services; Maintenance and Repairs; New Construction.
Bond funds will be used for maintenance, repairs and construction and Free-Up General Fund dollars to create and expand programs, add more classes and boost student services.
The San Jacinto Campus is nearly 50 years old, the Menifee Valley Campus is not yet complete and MSJC must build new facilities for our growing communities in the I-15/I-215 corridor, including Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore, and meet the educational needs in Banning and Beaumont as those areas grow.
Q) What is the bond amount?
- The $295 million bond will cost voters $13.20 a year per $100,000 of a property's assessed value.
- The average assessed home value across the district is $190,000.
- That’s about $26 a year, or slightly more than $2 a month.
Q) What will the bond pay for?
Here are a few of the improvements:
All Locations Districtwide
- Improve disabled access
- Expand educational services for military veterans
- Expand services for students
- Upgrade technology
- Install money-saving energy conservation equipment
- Expand job training programs
- Expand 4-year transfer pathways
- A local bond will make MSJC eligible for matching funds when available from the state
Modernization of the nearly 50-year-old San Jacinto Campus
- New Math/Science Building
- New Cultural & Performing Arts Center with multi-use Classrooms
Completion of Menifee Valley Campus (now about 60 percent complete)
- Math/Science building
- Athletics facilities - Physical Education - Kinesiology
San Gorgonio Pass
- Construct & Equip Permanent Facility
Q) Can bond money be used for salaries?
- No. By law, bond measure funds cannot be used for salaries.
- A 9-member Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee comprised of representatives from throughout the district will be formed to watch how the money is spent.
- Annual Financial Audits will be conducted to monitor spending.
MSJC Student & Institutional Achievements:
- Top 150 Aspen Institute – chosen out of more than 1,000 nationwide based on student success rates and other data
- 2013 Military Friendly Institution – Top 20 % in the nation to serve veterans
- Full Accreditation
- High number of students earning Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships, Coca-Cola Scholars and more.
- Awarding-winning faculty
- Bill & Melinda Gates Grant recipient to start a Massive Open Online Class available to students around the world