Final details of the event are still being planned, but Lake County School District 7 and Klamath Community College will hold a grand opening celebration for the Innovation Learning Center (ILC) on Thursday, June 12.
In operation since fall last year in the Daly Middle School building in Lakeview, the ILC is a unique educational opportunity for Lake County that could become the model for rural higher education across the country. Still in the infancy of the program, the ILC offers college-level classes from Klamath Community College through high-speed video conferencing technology for core curriculum courses, with plans to expand into valuable specialized job skills programs like welding, nursing and much more.
It is perhaps not what the ILC is currently that is so exciting, but the potential for what it could become through the expansion of programs while utilizing new technology for a modern classroom experience. Through video conferencing, students in Lakeview classrooms can ask questions and interact directly with a professor teaching a class in Klamath Falls in real time.
Extensive work on retrofitting the nearly 100-year-old DMS building including seismic repairs has resulted in much of the building’s upper level being gutted in preparation of giving it a new life. With the building now prepared for the next step in the evolution of the ILC, KCC and LCSD#7 want to welcome the public and showcase their revolutionary creation with an open house and grand opening celebration.