NVC Prepares for New Look in 2020

In every team and department at Northwest Vista College, there are always great stories to tell that show faculty and staff going above and beyond.

While it’s hard to capture every story, we hope to periodically share in this space some of the major accomplishments or projects that are taking place. Members of the executive team will write about important topics that they feel NVC employees should be made aware of.

Let us know about the positive things your area is doing to help students or improve processes by contacting myself or NVC Public Relations.


– Dr. Ric Baser, NVC President



Erin Sherman
NVC Vice President of Colleges Services

The landscape of Northwest Vista College will change around spring break 2020 with the opening of the Desert Willow Welcome Center and Texas Ash Parking Garage. We will open the first of our capital improvement projects as we kick off NVC’s 25thanniversary.

The Desert Willow Welcome Center will have an absolutely transformative effect on the Northwest Vista College campus and will provide a central location and front door of exemplifying our commitment to student-centered services. The state-of-the-art building will be the hub for providing services that students depend on throughout their educational journey. The Desert Willow Welcome Center will accommodate future enrollment of 20,000 students and will add to the beauty of our unique college campus. The adjacent Texas Ash parking garage will accommodate nearly 650 parking spaces and will provide easy access to the campus.

The teams that have been working on planning, designing, and monitoring the CIP projects have been hard at work for nearly two years, and work continues on designing and planning for the STEM building and the renovation of the Cypress Campus Center. The work for the new STEM building begins at the end of this semester with the removal of the portable buildings to allow for site preparation and construction during the winter break. Cypress Campus Center renovations will begin near the end of the spring 2020 semester.

NVC students will also benefit from projects outside of the capital improvement projects, including renovation of the Juniper Hall Open Lab and carpet being removed from the Redbud Learning Center. These projects will be completed during the winter break, and NVC students will experience upgrades in these two locations during the spring 2020 semester.

Planning for the Veterans Affairs and Advocacy Center is also underway, thanks to the $6 million award sponsored by Texas Senator Jose Menendez. Our students face challenges each and every day, and this facility will provide a centralized location to support the varied needs of our students. Our veteran population will have a dedicated space designed to support their needs, and the advocacy center will help us provide wrap-around support services through our advocacy model.

Thank you to our faculty and staff for working with us to make accommodations around construction sites, for power outages that tie into the new construction, and for assisting with preparations for construction and projects. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated and is allowing these complex projects to remain on target.


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