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UDC eyeing Red Line satellites

The University of the District of Columbia is considering a site on North Capitol Street as a potential second campus for its new community college, according to a report in Friday's Washington Business Journal.

UDC President Allen Sessoms, hired last year, has overseen the division of the institution into a community college and a separate four-year university, with higher tuition and academic requirements. He has told The Post he is working on the new student center and satellite facilities throughout the city. A 10-year plan calls for enrollment to grow from 5,500 to 45,000.

UDC spokesman Alan Etter confirmed that Sessoms is "aggressively serious about expanding the institution into the city" and looking at a number of sites along Metro's Red and Orange lines. Sessoms has spoken of building out UDC as a "Red Line University."

The Business Journal article places a potential community college campus at 801 N. Capitol St. NE, a former site of city planning and housing offices. Other sites under study: the former Backus Middle School, 5171 South Dakota Ave., near the Fort Totten Metro station, and a development planned near the Minnesota Avenue Metro station on the Orange Line.

Etter would not discuss specific addresses: "These leases are still being negotiated," he said.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  January 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Community Colleges  | Tags: UDC, capital projects, community colleges  
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