Sierra College Welcomes Students, Community Members for Grand Opening

September 19, 2023
Exterior of Q building and outdoor plaza
Exterior of new instructional building, Building Q, and plaza on the Rocklin campus.

Celebration of New Instructional Building and Start of Fall 2023 Semester

Fall 2023 semester instruction at Sierra College began on August 21 with increased enrollment and a new instructional building, Building Q, made possible by the community’s support for Measure E

The students were the first priority in the new building when the fall semester began on August 21 and on September 19, Sierra College welcomed community leaders for a tour of the 77,000 square foot building with classrooms, art studios, student collaborative spaces, and an easy to access location on the Rocklin campus. 

“The new instructional building is an inviting space intentionally designed to enhance learning and increase student connections,” said Willy Duncan, Sierra College Superintendent/President.  “With classrooms built to be both user-friendly and flexible, this building will serve our students for the next 50 years. Thanks to the support of our community, our students are benefiting from incredible updates to our campus.”

Facts About the Q Building

  • With approximately 36 classrooms, including four art labs, the Q Building can accommodate more than 1,000 students  
  • Designed to house about 60 percent of the classes offered on the Rocklin campus 
  • Inviting common spaces encourage students to connect and remain on campus 
  • New technology to improve the experience for the increased number of online students 
  • Classroom and lab spaces built to state standards, which will help the district remain competitive for state funding of future construction projects

The Q Building is the second to be completed through the community supported Measure E bond, the first being the new parking garage, completed in 2021. Information on the new instructional building and other ongoing construction projects at Sierra College is available at