Cerro Coso Main Building Grand Re-Opening to Occur on May 29

Cerro Coso Main Building

The public is invited to the grand re-opening of Cerro Coso Community College's Main Building on Wednesday, May 29, 2019  from 5 to 7pm.

The event will take place in the Main Building of the Ridgecrest Campus located at 3000 College Heights Blvd., in Ridgecrest, CA.

School facilities can have a profound impact on both employee and student outcomes. The Main Building project sought to completely renovate and modernize the original 47,000 sq. ft. building, constructed in 1973, that serves as the hub of the East side of the campus. The student-centered facility is exciting and innovative and designed to foster creativity, collaboration, flexibility, and communication. 

The flexible learning spaces provide students and educators the freedom to adapt to their needs at any given moment. These types of spaces allow users to modify their environment to fit a variety of learning styles and activities, from individual to small group to large group exercises. Adjustable spaces can increase engagement, and foster active teaching and learning to elevate the educational experience.

The project also sought to streamline and digitize the student experience, all while improving the efficiency and service for students. The one-stop student-centered focus provides a central location to seek assistance with registration, financial aid, counseling, assessment, payments, and Access Programs and trained staff to either provide the assistance or make an appropriate referral.

Today's colleges also need greater access to technology that can result in a more valuable college experience. Technology trends today have a myriad of options to bring digital learning to students and plays an essential role in keeping them informed and engaged. Making sure the network infrastructure was not only up-to-date and sufficient enough to properly support end users now, but would also have the capacity to support future expansion was vital to the project. 

Wrought with challenges from the very beginning, this construction project transformed the Ridgecrest campus. Ultimately, it will improve the quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and the community as a whole.

“The complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, workmanship, innovation, and safety of this long three year project has resulted in creating an inspiring, innovative, energy efficient and flexible environment that will meet the needs of today's college students,” said Jill Board President. “And we are excited to share it with our community.”

The Main Building Modernization Project was funded by Measures G and Measure J. “We were overwhelmed by the confidence shown by voters who supported both of these construction bond measures to make essential campus improvements and technology upgrades to provide first-class education to our students and better prepare them for university transfer and high demand, high skill jobs. Please join us in seeing the incredible results of this project.”

Guests will be given tours, information, promotional material, and refreshments. Parking will not be enforced.   

For more information please contact the College Public Information office at (760) 384-6262.