College reopens after quakes

College reopens after quakesFollowing an evacuation in the wake of recent earthquakes and aftershocks, Cerro Coso Community College reopened its Indian Wells Valley campus on Monday, July 22.

According to a spokes-person, the campus was closed for two weeks for clean-up and repairs. The report submitted to the Kern County Office of Emergency Services estimates damage at $2.3 million.

“We know the losses to our communities have been substantial, and our hearts go out to all who were affected,” said CCCC President Jill Board.

Because the Learning Resource Center appears to have sustained the most damage, college administration has focused efforts on opening the remaining buildings. The LRC will remain closed until further notice, but several of its operations will be moved to the main building in the interim.

With the reopening, the college remains on summer hours — which means that all but the Child Development Center are closed on Fridays.

“The college appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding,” said President Jill Board. “It was a massive undertaking, and we look forwarded to continuing to provide financial, academic, and emotional support to make sure the Cerro Coso family and community receive the highest quality educational and workplace experience. Their safety will always be our first priority.”

“I am proud of how quickly the college became fully operational, and grateful to the immediate response of the administration and staff of the college emergency response team,” said Kern Community College District Chancellor Thomas Burke, who met with Cerro Coso administration and staff on July 23.

“Their support was essential to Cerro Coso’s recovery.”

“This challenging time has once again revealed Ridgecrest’s extraordinary resilience and strength,” said Board. “Our college has been a leader in exemplifying this proud community characteristic.

“My sincere thanks to all of you who have rallied around those needing help the most.”

Story First Published: 2019-07-26