News Release
  October 9, 2002

An expanded student services center designed to better fulfill the needs of students at Los Angeles Mission College was dedicated today in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Sylmar campus.
The $1.3 million expansion is the first construction project completed in the Los Angeles Community College District with funds from the voter-approved Proposition A.
"It's a great distinction to complete the first Proposition A project," said Dr. Adriana Barrera, college president. "We're very grateful to the voters in the district who recognized the benefit of improving our community college campuses."
Proposition A was approved by voters in April 2001. The $1.2 billion bond provides for the renovation and revitalization of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. Mission College's expected share of the bond proceeds is $111 million.
Chancellor Mark Drummond and members of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees were on hand to assist with the ribbon cutting. Earlier in the day, the trustees held their regularly scheduled meeting at Mission College.
More than 3,000 square feet of space have been added to the wing now occupied by the admissions, counseling, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S), and financial aid staff. In addition, the 6,000-square-foot office space that existed prior to expansion has been completely remodeled.
Highlights of the expansion include:

  • Sixteen enclosed offices for counselors and administrators;
  • Two vaults for student records, a Career Center and a conference room;
  • Fourteen counter stations divided among admissions, counseling, EOP&S and financial aid to serve students;
  • A prominent, centrally located Information Desk;
  • Twenty-five workstations for employees.

In all, nearly 60 employees are now housed in the student services center, whose prominent features also include large glass windows and doors, a skylight, and the 42-foot tall clock tower that adorns the front of the building.
Soon to be installed are 12 computer kiosks through which students will be able to access a large amount of information. At a touch, the state-of-the-art computers will provide student records, as well as information about financial aid, classes, and college programs. Students also will be able to use them to make counseling appointments.

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