May 8, 2002


Los Angeles Mission College will dedicated its new 12-classroom building on May 16, formally naming it in honor of the community activist credited with bringing an institution of higher learning to the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The Guadalupe S. Ramirez Collaborative Studies Building will be dedicated at ceremonies on the Sylmar campus, with family and friends of the late Ms. Ramirez expected to be in attendance.

Prior to the college's founding in 1975, Ms. Ramirez, waged a long but successful campaign to convince state lawmakers to place a proposed community college in the northeast San Fernando Valley. For her efforts, she became known affectionately as "the mother of Mission College." She died in January 2000 at the age of 84.

"The naming of this building for my mother shows a respect for her and her commitment to the community," said Ms. Ramirez's daughter, Eriana Guerrero. "It will be an on-going reminder of her dedication to the people of the northeast San Fernando Valley."

Ms. Ramirez also played key roles in founding the first Head Start childcare program in the Valley and the founding of the Chicano Studies Department at Cal State University, Northridge.

Highlights of the Guadalupe S. Ramirez
Collaborative Studies Building at a Glance

Contains 12 "smart" classrooms* Contains 20,000 square feet of space
Built with state funds at a cost of $3.7 million Four classrooms, two on each floor, can be converted into large community meeting rooms
Contains 9 faculty offices, a conference room Capacity for 650 people and two bathrooms

*(Each "smart" classroom will be equipped with a slide-down projection screen and an audio-visual unit that will allow instructors to show material from videotape, DVD, CD Rom, or PowerPoint. This will eliminate the need to "cart in" VCR's, television sets, overhead projectors and the like. At present, the "smart" technology is installed in only one of the rooms. Once the pilot room proves itself successful and trouble-free, the technology will be placed in all 12 classrooms.)

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