El Cajon - Delivery trucks have been pulling up to the doors of Cuyamaca College's long-awaited "One-Stop Student Services Center" as faculty and staff move into the $4.5 million facility.
The three-building complex consolidates more than a dozen student services into one convenient location at the college entrance on Rancho San Diego Parkway, just off Fury Lane and Jamacha Road in Rancho San Diego.
NTD Architects in San Diego designed the 21,000-square-foot facility, and Nowell and Assoc., also in San Diego, is the landscape architect. Also involved in the project were: GEM Engineering in San Diego (mechanical); Van Buuren Kimper Engineering in San Diego (electrical); KNA Consulting Engineers of Laguna Hills (structural); Hirsch and Co. for civil engineering. C & S Doctor of San Diego was the contractor.
Ground breaking took place in November 1999 for the center, which will house Admissions and Records; the switchboard and information center; Community Learning; Weekend College; counseling; Cuyamaca WORKs; the college cashier; the career center; job placement center; financial aid; public safety office; the transfer center; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services; Disabled Students Programs and Services; and Student Services Administration.
Moving the student services offices to one central location means the space previously used to house those offices can now be transformed into eight much needed classrooms.
A fall grand opening is planned for the one-stop center, which was financed through lease revenue bonds.
Cuyamaca College is also preparing for the opening of the 10,500-square-foot, $3.5 million Child Development Center later this year. The center located just southeast of the main parking lot will provide childcare and also serve as an on-campus fieldwork site for students in the child development program.
Other Cuyamaca building projects on the horizon include a Student Center and a Science and Technology Mall.
Cuyamaca College, at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon, has en enrollment of about 6,900 students, a number that is expected to more than double by 2015.