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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chris Bender, Southwestern College
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Southwestern College Announces Modernizations to Student Services Center

Upgrades Include New Computers, Safety Upgrades; Will Improve Student Experience

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced a series of modernizations to its Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Center, including new computer stations and safety improvements to the building itself. Construction is scheduled from December 1, 2010 to January 5, 2011, taking advantage of the College’s winter break.

"Success in our classrooms is supported by first-class services outside the classroom. With these modernizations, Southwestern College’s student services will do even more to help our students reach their educational goals," Dr. Raj K. Chopra, Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. "We thank our students for working with us during construction – and South County voters for approving the funds to build our College for the future."

The upgrades will include:

  • new configuration of the first floor computer commons that will feature 28 computer stations;
  • improved signage in the interior of the building;
  • restroom accessibility upgrades; and
  • modernizations in the Center for Technical Education & Career Success/Women’s Resource Center, Student Employment, Counseling and Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS).

During construction, students will have access to computers in the Career Center located on the second floor. The actual construction cost is $220,000 with improvements funded by Proposition AA which South County voters approved in November 2000.

"The student body is looking forward to the renovations to our Center," Nick Serrano, Vice President of Public Relations for the Associated Student Organization, said. "We believe that it will provide for efficient and effective use of the facilities and provide the students with more access to student support services."

Located on the College’s main campus in Chula Vista, the Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Center serves as a one-stop for Admissions, Counseling, EOPS, Veterans Services, Disability Support Services, Financial Aid and many other critical programs. Students taking classes at the College’s Higher Education Centers in San Ysidro, National City and Otay Mesa can receive similar services on site.

The changes at the Center are one of several construction projects underway on the main campus funded by Propositions AA and R. In October, the College broke ground on its corner lot development, the College’s largest construction project since opening in 1961. The $55 million project will include new classroom space and a state-of-the-art bookstore, creating a center of activity for community. The College is also constructing a new café to replace the current snack bar. It will include indoor and outdoor dining with WiFi access for students and is scheduled to open in April 2011.

Other Prop AA construction projects include:

Upcoming or Currently Under Construction

  • Snack Bar Project
  • Building 570 (Photo Lab) Modernization
  • Building 510 Modernization
  • Child Development Project
  • Campus Lighting Upgrades
  • Beam & Lattice Project
  • National City Bookstore Project

Recently Completed
  • Math & Science Building Upgrades
  • Chemistry Lab Upgrades
  • Roofing Upgrades

About Southwestern College

Fully accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County and is the primary source of higher education for approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College serves approximately 20,000 students each semester and offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options.