Ribbon cutting celebrates COC library expansion and TLC

by Jessica Pineda 0

The construction walls have come down, and the wait is finally over. Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees, and other local leaders officially dedicated the completion of the library expansion and TLC project Wednesday.

At the event, Van Hook; Michael Berger, the president of the Board of Trustees; Jan Keller, COC’s founding librarian; and James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Educational Technology praised the finished building and recognized the planning and innovation required to bring these resources to students.

State and local officials also attended the event, including Scott Wilk, candidate for California State Assembly, and a representative for Congressman Buck McKeon.

The new, 10,000 square foot extension of the library’s second floor adds an abundance of open study space, 10 multimedia group study rooms, and the Information Commons – a computer lab that more than doubles the amount of available computers in the library from 45 to 100.

The expanded library also offers more space to showcase student artwork and a Special Collections room to display artifacts and materials of historic significance to the community.

The Learning Center’s tutoring space has tripled in size and offers seven group study rooms (equipped with flat screen monitors and webcams for collaboration), club rooms, workshop classrooms, and a computer lab.

The computer lab allows students to access programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite 6, AutoCAD, and Solidworks.

The Library Expansion Project was made possible by the approval of local tax measures C and M in 2006.

According to the college’s tax measure fact sheets for Measure C and Measure M, the funds were supervised by financial audits and a citizens’ oversight committee. All of the money went to improving the college, such as repairs, adding classrooms, building labs, and improving availability of technology.

No money went to the state.

“We promised the voters that we would use their money that they approved to build this kind of facility, and we can’t do anything else with it. We wouldn’t want to do anything else with it, because this kind of facility leads to student success,” James Glapa-Grossklag, Dean of Educational Technology said.

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