The City of Roseville’s multipronged quest to transform itself into a higher education hub took a step forward Wednesday as officials from four institutions announced their intentions to join Sierra College in operating a joint university center at the community college’s existing Roseville site.
The colleges joining the city and Sierra College in signing a memorandum of understanding are Sacramento State, University of the Pacific, Brandman University and William Jessup University. Complementing the decade-long effort by developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, in 2011 the city created a task force aimed at wooing institutions. The overriding belief of the task force – supported by the City Council – is that bringing more higher education opportunities creates a more educated workforce, which in turn attracts desirable high-wage jobs.
“An educated workforce is a key factor for businesses deciding where to locate,” said Mike Isom, a staffer for the city task force.