September 2 marks the start of the fall semester at Columbia College and continuing students will notice many new changes at the college. Among them are a brand-new library, a new general zoology course instructor, a new associate in science degree major, and two new certificates of achievement.
The Learning Resources/Media Technology Center will open its doors for use on the first day of school but will celebrate an official grand opening on October 8. Built at a cost of $8.1 million, the contemporary two-story building consists of 20,021 gross square feet and will house a state-of-the-art library, media technology services department and a number of faculty offices.
The center is the first permanent structure built on the college grounds in 12 years. It holds a commanding view of the San Diego Reservoir, is conveniently located in the middle of the campus, and has direct access from the lake pathway and upper campus road. The libraryÂ´s large collection of research and reference books are available to the general public for borrowing.
“The original library in the Manzanita Building was built in 1968 to serve an enrollment of about 1,500,” said Dr. Jim Riggs, president of Columbia College. “With our present enrollment of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 full and part-time students each semester, we were seriously impacted for space in our old location.”
Dr. Jonathan J. Robinson joins the collegeÂ´s adjunct faculty as a biological sciences professor with a bachelorÂ´s degree in genetics from the University of Georgia and a masterÂ´s and doctorate in biology from Harvard University. Most recently, he was a senior research microbiologist at the E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto.
“We are very pleased to have an instructor of Dr. RobinsonÂ´s caliber on our staff,” said George Railey, Jr., dean of instructional services (arts & sciences). “He brings a wealth of education and experience to our college, including serving as a research scientist on three oceanographic expeditions to hydrothermal vent sites in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Thus, he intends to incorporate his oceanographic knowledge and data into his general zoology (Biology 4) class here.”
Soon-to-be-approved is a new major for an associate in science degree: tourism (recreation). The program is designed to provide college transfer and entrepreneurial training for students with coursework centered on economic development opportunities for the Mother Lode region. Currently available are certificates in travel & tourism (recreation) and the eco-adventure/heritage tour business.
Others that will also be approved shortly are certificates in management information systems and web development and design. Management information systems coursework helps prepare students for entry-level jobs in management analyst occupations. Web development offers students an opportunity to specialize in a field that is fast becoming an essential part of doing business.
Registration for Columbia CollegeÂ´s fall semester is being conducted now. Students can register online at www.gocolumbia.org, by touch-tone phone at 536-5400, or in person at the admissions and records office. Call 588-5231 or 5233 for registration information.