Hope College has a new home and some new students.
When classes begin on September 5, students will have a better facility to study in, said Dave Watson, Chief Education Officer. The new college site is better for students with reduced mobility and is near MH Enterprises and other services used by Hope College students.
"[Where] we're going is just a little bit smaller but roughly the same price. But we think it's just much better visibility. I think it's going to be more condusive for students," said Watson.
Watson explained that renovations to the new space are still ongoing.
"Our first class is the fifth and it probably won't all be done. But, we'll have one classroom area open and then there'll be still some renovations happening. We have a kitchenette we're putting in, there's a few things that we need to do yet, but it'll be open for business on Tuesday."
Attendance numbers are going up slowly, said Watson.
"I believe we will be in that 10-15 student range, starting on Tuesday. By the new year, we usually do gain 2-3 more students. I'm fairly optimistic by next spring we should have 20 full-time students."
The new school is located at 106 3rd ave. E.