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LEMOORE — West Hills College Lemoore announced June 1 the completion of Bond Measure L which funded the construction of the new student union, other buildings and repairs.

The student union is now the hub of student life. It includes the bookstore, the campus café, a help desk, offices, meeting space, study space and lounge space.

Agustin Perez, a recent graduate of West Hills College Lemoore, said that before the student union opened in 2017 there was no space for students to build community. Perez said that this building has helped improve campus life.

“I like that everything is all in one place,” Perez said. “Sometimes teachers will hang out there too and it makes them more accessible.”

The construction of the student union began in 2015 and was completed in 2017.

West Hills College Lemoore officials said that some of the funds also went toward the construction of an instructional building and educational facilities.

Measure L also funded the construction of more parking at the college.

Although the union and other projects may have finished several months ago, Measure L was not officially complete until all tasks were completed such as making sure the contractors were paid.

In a press release, Dr. Kristin Clark, the school’s president, expressed gratitude for the community’s support of the college and the voters that made the passing of Measure L and Measure E possible. Clark said the facilities include state-of-the-art instructional equipment.

Measure L was passed in 2012 with around 57 percent of the votes coming from Fresno and Kings counties, according to a previous article.

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The amount approved by voters to go toward the bond measure was $12.6 million.

Measure L was a reauthorization of funds from the $31 million Measure E that passed in 2008 and was completed in 2016.

Measure E funded video surveillance, parking lot signage, campus road repairs and other projects.

“On behalf of the administration, faculty, staff and West Hills College Lemoore students, we sincerely thank the citizens for their continued support,” Clark said.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

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