Santiago Canyon College Dedicates New Science Center

** Facility will help to expand course offerings **


Santiago Canyon College (SCC), a college within the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), will officially dedicate a new 60,000 square foot science center. The new center will allow the campus to offer a comprehensive science and engineering curriculum, adding microbiology, organic chemistry, and engineering to its current course offerings which include astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics and the physical sciences. Special features include:
• 12 laboratories
• Six lecture classrooms
• An auditorium, seating more than 180
• Faculty offices

In keeping with the college district’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the Science Center has been constructed with recycled and low-emitting materials, energy efficient systems, water efficient plumbing, and solar shading devices. The design maximizes natural lighting to reduce electricity, has been equipped with outdoor watering systems to reduce water use and landscaped with heat tolerate shrubs.

WHEN: SCC Science Center Dedication Ceremony
Wednesday, June 23
3:00-4:00 p.m. (ceremony)
4:00 p.m. (self guided tours of the center)
WHERE: 8045 E. Chapman Ave., Orange
(Enter at the Chapman Ave. entrance. Turn right and follow signage to parking.)
WHO: The dedication ceremony will be led by the RSCCD Board of Trustees, Chancellor Edward Hernandez, College President Juan Vázquez, and faculty leaders. Students, faculty and the community are expected to attend. The event is open to the public.
HOW: The Science Center, a $31 million project, was funded by Measure E ($21 million) and state construction funds ($10 million). Measure E, a $337 million general obligation bond, was approved by local voters in 2002 to build new classrooms and modernize campus facilities to provide the best possible learning environment for students. Since the passage of Measure E, SCC students and the community have benefited by the construction of the Orange Education Center, as well as a student services building, library, athletic fields and facility improvements on the main campus in east Orange. Construction will be underway soon on a humanities building and gymnasium/aquatics complex.
BACKGROUND: Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is one of the newest community colleges in California. Accredited in 2000, the college serves about 10,000 students at its main campus in Orange, as well as approximately 8,000 students at the Orange Education Center, a Continuing Education facility. SCC’s service area includes Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim Hills and portions of Tustin. SCC provides students with quality educational opportunities in a state-of-the-art learning environment, offering courses leading to academic transfer, career development and advancement, workforce training, professional development and personal enrichment.
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