College reopens after modernization

College reopens after modernizationCERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The public is invited to the grand re-opening of Cerro Coso Community College’s main building Wednesday, May 29, from 5-7 p.m.

“School facilities can have a profound impact on both employee and student outcomes,” said a spokesperson. The 47,000-square-foot main building — first constructed in 1973 — was renovated during the recently completed modernization project.

“The student-centered facility is exciting and innovative and designed to foster creativity, collaboration, flexibility and communication.”

The space was designed to adapt to the needs of students and educators, continued the spokesperson. “These types of spaces allow users to modify their environment to fit a variety of learning styles and activities, from individual to small group to large group exercises.

“Adjustable spaces can increase engagement, and foster active teaching and learning to elevate the educational experience.”

The project was also meant to streamline and digitize the student experience.

“Today’s colleges also need greater access to technology that can result in a more valuable college experience. Technology trends today have a myriad of options to bring digital learning to students and play an essential role in keeping them informed and engaged. Making sure the network infrastructure was not only up to date and sufficient enough to properly support end users now, but would also have the capacity to support future expansion was vital to the project.”

“The complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, workmanship, innovation and safety of this long three-year project have resulted in creating an inspiring, innovative, energy efficient and flexible environment that will meet the needs of today’s college students,” said CCCC President Jill Board. “And we are excited to share it with our community.”

The project was funded by Measures G and J. “We were overwhelmed by the confidence shown by voters who supported both of these construction bond measures to make essential campus improvements and technology upgrades to provide first-class education to our students and better prepare them for university transfer and high demand, high skill jobs.

“Please join us in seeing the incredible results of this project,” said Board.

Guests will be given tours, information, promotional material, and refreshments. Parking will not be enforced.

For more information call 760-384-6262.

Story First Published: 2019-05-24