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PDC open for business

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo -- You can tell by the children splashing in the base pool, playing at the parks and perhaps by the lack of yellow buses in the mornings and the afternoons that school is out, but for the members of team Whiteman attending college, classes are just getting started.

Students with State Fair Community College, Park University and Webster University are in their first week of classes in the PDC as the colleges get settled into their new home.

This $12.66 million building is now home to Airmen Leadership School, the career assistance adviser, First Term Airman Course, education center and the base library.

"We are excited to be out of boxes and back in business as classes start up," said Cathy Brogan, education services officer.

The 76,000 square foot building offers larger classrooms with the latest state-of-the-art audio visual aids and computers labs.

The PDC offers top-notch classrooms and equipment to go with the first-class education provided by the schools on base, said Sara Nass, 509th Communication Squadron and full-time student at State Fair Community College.

State Fair Community College is taking advantage of larger classrooms, a 16-station computer lab, a fully equipped biology lab and a chemistry lab during their first eight-week session in the PDC.

Technologically advanced classrooms, resource facilities and a computer lab are in use as Webster University enters its' first week of summer classes.

Park University is in full swing with initial classes in the PDC enjoying four additional modern classrooms to go with the larger innovative classrooms.

ALS and FTAC are also making good use of the PDC.

"The two additional modern classrooms, a 24-station computer lab, a stadium seating auditorium and a student lounge at the PDC gives the first term Airmen a great first impression of Whiteman," said Tech. Sgt. Gene Kapuchuck, NCO in charge of FTAC.

ALS's amenities include larger classrooms, a computer lab, a game room and day room, which will be put to the test Thursday with their first class in the PDC.

The testing center will remain in the old education building until further notice.

"The education center is proud to call the PDC its new home and is looking forward to serving the Whiteman community," Ms. Brogan said.