Major Land Exchange Benefits Sheridan College and Community Organizations
The vocational technology programs at Sheridan College will see an expansion this fall, thanks to a property exchange agreement between several community partners that yielded 26-acres of land and two buildings to expand the construction technology program and future innovative educational technology.
The multi-entity land exchange had been in the works for the past eight months, according to Whitney Benefits Foundation Executive Director Patrick Henderson, and involved land exchange agreements between Whitney Benefits, Sheridan College, the Casey Osborn family, the HUB, Sheridan Education and Economic Development Authority (SEEDA) Joint Powers Board, and the City of Sheridan.
The exchange involves three parcels of land totaling 31.03 acres and includes four buildings. In one exchange, according to Henderson, Sheridan College accepted the Osborn family’s 26-acre land gift located on Solutions Way, while the HUB accepted the Whitney Benefits property located next to its current location. In a third exchange, SEEDA agreed to transfer the Early Childhood Education Center (First Light) onEast Brundage Streetto the Osborn family, in exchange for five acres of land on the western side of the former EMIT site on Solutions Way. That land was then gifted to Sheridan College.
“This cooperative endeavor is an outstanding example of what makes Sheridan such a special place,” Henderson said. “Very rarely do all these community partners come together for the greater good of education and the community.”
The Whitney Benefits Foundation anticipates continuing opportunities with many partners. The addition land donated to Sheridan College will be used as a central location for career training (construction technology and future innovative educational technology).