S. RAMIREZ CLASSROOM BUILDING
TO BE DEDICATED AT L.A. MISSION COLLEGE
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.
of the Guadalupe S. Ramirez
Collaborative Studies Building at a Glance
12 "smart" classrooms*
20,000 square feet of space
with state funds at a cost of $3.7 million
classrooms, two on each floor, can be converted into large community
9 faculty offices, a conference room
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.)