The two-year college enrolled 11,150 students in degree courses this year. It also has 15,000 students taking noncredit courses.
At the top of the school's agenda is establishing a satellite campus on the eight-acre site of the old Leedom Carpet Mill in Bristol Borough.
Vincent said the site was undergoing a cleanup of soil contamination. When it's completed, the Grundy Foundation will deed the property to the community
college, which will demolish all but two buildings and open them as a campus within three years, Vincent said.
Vincent, who estimated construction costs at $4 million, said the campus would specialize in basic arts and science courses as well as computer and nursing instruction.
A vigorous demand already exists for the facility in Lower Bucks, he said. The college projected enrollment of 300 for its leased quarters in the Bucks County Business Center, formerly Delhaas High School in Bristol Township, but 525 students are taking courses, he said. The college also leases space at the Bristol Borough Junior/Senior High School and at Bensalem High School. Only the Bensalem High will continue when the Lower Bucks satellite campus opens.
Besides its satellite campus in Bristol Borough, the college expects to establish a similar $4 million campus in the Quakertown-Perkasie area. A permanent site will be chosen by the end of the year, Vincent said. The
college offers courses at Pennridge and New Hope-Solebury High Schools and at Log College Junior High School.
The bulk of the proposed bond issue - about $10 million - will go toward building classrooms for job training and retraining at the college's 200-acre Newtown Township site, Vincent said.