The new Firebaugh Center of West Hills Community College is now open to help new and continuing students with applications, financial aid, registration and student support.

With fall classes staring August 15, the center’s opening, which happened on August 1, is timely. Students and guests can come to the center during extended hours Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The center will also offer “Extreme Registration” August 3 from noon to 7 p.m. during which students can speak with an advisor, print their class schedules, request technology support and access additional student services.

Students and guests can also get a first-hand look at the new center which features state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, a fine arts room, science labs and an expanded library.

Although the center is now open, its official ribbon cutting will take place September 27 at 11 a.m.

Firebaugh Center Dean Bethany Mattos offered several reasons why persons interested in college should attend the center. “We have small class sizes, which means our students have more one-on-one time with instructors.

“We also have,” Mattos added, “a variety of financial aid options including scholarships and grants. The center has free parking, and students can access loner-laptops and hotspots free of charge. And all students have access to our Falcon Food Pantry.

“Most importantly,” Matos said, “we at the West Hills Community College Firebaugh Center care about student success.”

For more information, stop by the center at 900 O Street or call 559-934-2980.

The Westside Express