Victor Valley College is likely to partner with the city of Hesperia in building a Workforce Development Center, according to college and city officials.


One of two locations is being considered for the new education center: a parcel at Main Street and Highway 395 or another at Mariposa Road and Eucalyptus Street. Officials have communicated with the owners of each of the privately-owned parcels about a possible purchase and project development.


Hesperia is enthusiastically welcoming the possibility of a VVC facility in the city, according to Director of Economic Development Steve Lantsberger, who was one of several area officials making presentations during last Thursday's bond workshop at the college. With projections indicating that the majority of the valley's population growth will be on its south side, the city is eager to do whatever it can to promote educational opportunities and increasing economic viability, he said.


"This is a giant step for building that nucleus of prosperity in the High Desert," Lantsberger said.


The project, which could start development as early as next July, would be built in three phases. The first phase would cost $51.1 million. The second phase would start in 2013 and cost $41.2 million while the final phase would start in 2014 and have a projected budget of $68 million.


When completely built out in 2018, the center would have a "One Stop Shop" for students to receive all educational needs on the site, basic skills classes in English and math, a business academy with state-of-the-art training and equipment, and an extensive Health Sciences Academy and Hospitality program.


The Workforce Development Center in Hesperia is part of VVC's proposed $297.5 million bond resolution, which could appear on the November 4 ballot.


Besides the proposed Hesperia facility, the bond would help pay for a proposed $25 million Fire, Paramedic, Police, Public Safety Training Center in Apple Valley and numerous improvements to the VVC main campus, which is projected to run out of room within a matter of years. Key proposed improvements at VVC are a science building addition, increased campus parking, expanded physical education fields, and vocational technology building.


According to bond proponents, the bond would cost property owners about $1.70 per month of $100,000 in assessed value.


The Victor Valley College Board of Trustees will consider the measure, known as the Victor Valley College Public Safety/Health Care/Job Training Measure, at their Aug. 5 meeting. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in VVC's board room.