Utah State University's Brigham City Education Center will have a new home in the old Fred Meyer shopping complex come late spring.

Work is now under way to refurbish the former Golden Harvest restaurant at 275 West 1100 South.The new 2,800-square-foot center will contain four classrooms, including two rooms for distance education students and one computer classroom. The center, located on one floor, will be handicap accessible, said Lou J. Workman, director.

Work to refurbish the building is being done by the Weber Basin Job Corps under the direction of instructors from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America PreApprentice Training Program and the United Painters and Allied Trades.

When work is completed in time for summer-quarter classes, the former restaurant will be dishing out a different kind of cuisine for Box Elder County residents - food for thought.

Classes toward nine master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees are currently being offered through the center, including degrees in business administration, secondary education in health, physical education and recreation, social science, rehabilitation counseling, applied ornamental horticulture, psychology and liberal arts.

Through the distance learning COM-NET program, which allows students an interactive television link with a college professor teaching from the USU campus, three complete degrees can be obtained at the Brigham City Center. Some of the COM-NET courses can also be taken in Tremonton, Workman said.

The Brigham City Center has served thousands of students since 1984. Classes have been offered to Box Elder County residents through the university's continuing education division since 1981. There are currently 135 students enrolled at the center, she said.

The center is currently located in a two-story house leased from the Box Elder School District at 23 South 200 East, just south of the old National Guard Armory.

Workman said the move to the new building will better enable the center to accommodate the increasing number of students it has experienced the past few years.

"I'm really excited about it," Workman said. "It's what we've been looking for. It will give us increased visibility and accessibility."

She said the new location, adjacent to the main thoroughfare on 1100 South, will provide easy access for students living in the outlying areas of the county.

Registration for spring quarter classes is now under way. Classes begin March 25. Financial aid is available. Students unable to register in person may do so by mail.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information call 734-2277.