Mesa State makeover

Students who returned to Mesa State College this week, after a summer away from the campus, may be surprised by the changes, even if they knew the projects were in the works.

A half dozen new buildings are under construction, nearing completion or have been completed in recent weeks. Five are on the main campus of Mesa State. One was recently purchased in Foresight Circle, near Western Colorado Community College.

Add these recent projects to other Mesa State construction in the past few years — more student housing, classroom buildings and a new parking structure, just to name a few — and it’s clear that Mesa State has undergone an extreme makeover during the past half decade. That has been a boon, both to the college and its students, and to the community, which has benefitted from the construction jobs and additional facilities.

But the makeover hasn’t been just in the bricks and mortar of the college structures.

There are other changes.

Student population is continuing to grow. Not so many years ago, it was a big deal when the number of Mesa State students (including those at the community college) topped 5,000. This year, the total full-time-equivalent student population is nearing 7,000.

There have also been curriculum additions. For example, the mechanical engineering program offered in conjunction with the University of Colorado is now in its second year.

The 96 students now enrolled in the program far exceeded initial projections.

The Mesa State Board of Trustees, along with Mesa State President Tim Foster, his staff and the students at the college deserve credit for contributing to a changing — and prospering — asset in this community.


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