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Palomar College upgrading Escondido campus - North County Times

The changes are intended to alleviate some overcrowding and allow the campus to expand course offerings for both credit and non-credit classes, according to Palomar officials, who also stressed the importance of the aesthetic changes."Our goal is to make this campus feel more like a collegiate environment," said Norma Bean, director of extended studies for Palomar. "The administration has decided to make a total commitment to the Escondido center."A new commitmentBean attributes that commitment to the arrival in January of President Bob Deegan, who decided that new satellite campuses planned for Fallbrook and Poway in the next decade would not eliminate the need for a formidable campus in Escondido.Previous administrations, Bean said, have not always been committed to the Escondido campus. The college bought the 4-acre mini-mall on East Valley Parkway 15 years ago with a facility in mind similar to what is now being developed."When we first got that property, we had some existing leases that prevented us from making too many changes," said Nancy Chadwick, president of the Palomar College Board of Trustees. "But now that we have a chance to update our facilities and be responsive, we are taking the opportunity. A lot of good things are - more available

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