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UDC opens new community college headquarters

The District's first freestanding community college, the Community College of DC, officially opens Thursday afternoon in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new headquarters at 801 N. Capitol St. NE.

President Allen Sessoms appears to be on schedule in opening the rented facility, 88,000 square feet on a site two blocks from the rail hub. Classes are under way.

UDC split last year into two entities, a community college and a four-year university, a move that allows selective admissions and higher tuition for baccalaureate candidates and moves the institution's considerable remedial operations under a separate roof.

Jonathan Gueverra, a former administrator at Northern Virginia Community College, is chief executive of the new community college.

A prior release said the rented facility would house classrooms, labs and a "one-stop student center," which will include a bookstore and fitness center.

Community college courses will be offered at other locations, with the North Capitol site serving as a base of operations.

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By Daniel de Vise  | October 14, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories:  Community Colleges, Facilities  | Tags:  UDC, UDC north capitol, UDC ribbon cutting, University District of Columbia  
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