Cypress College Celebrates Groundbreaking for New SEM Building

A groundbreaking ceremony on Friday (February 8, 2019) marked the beginning of construction on Cypress College’s new Science, Engineering and Math Building.

The ceremony marks the first project funded from the $574 million Measure J bond, which was approved by voters in 2014 on behalf of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). Providing state-of-the-art facilities to support the sciences was a top priority for North Orange County voters.

Funds from Measure J will facilitate the construction of a 106,023 square foot facility for Cypress College that will incorporate the creation of a 100-seat immersive digital classroom, as well as the addition of new lab spaces and classrooms with design features that allow for future expansion. The brand-new SEM Building will be open for classes in 2021. When completed, the building will be the first new instructional space to open on the campus since 1976 and the first new building since 2007.

With current and future students — along with employees and community members — in attendance for the ceremony, Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D., shared a quote from Carl Sagan: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

“It is our goal to ensure that everyone in Cypress and North Orange County will know about science and technology, and that our college will continue to be a point of pride in this community,” Dr. Schilling said. “We believe that the science of today leads to the technology of tomorrow. And with your support, the technology of tomorrow will be created by the students who pass through the halls of Cypress College and this state-of-the-art building.”

Two current STEM students, an alumnus of the program, and a faculty member also spoke during the ceremony, held on the site of the new building. North Orange County Community College District Chancellor, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, and SEM Dean Richard Fee also shared their comments about what the new building will mean to students and the community.

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the NOCCCD Board of Trustees awarded a construction bid to Sundt Companies, Inc. for the construction phase services of the project.

“Cypress College has served the North Orange County students and surrounding communities for over 52 years, and we are thrilled to start construction on this beautiful new addition to our college,” Dr. Schilling said following the Board decision. “We take pride in offering exemplary educational programs in science, engineering and math, and are proud to be contributing to the future careers of our students and the local businesses that employ our students.”

Cypress College’s SEM division contains 7 programs, including: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Physics. The division currently offers 289 course sections to 8,287 students.

The College invites families, staff, students and the community to celebrate the groundbreaking on February 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. Please park in Lot 1, located off the Valley View entrance to the campus. The ceremony will take place by the Pond in the center of campus.

Student Activities, International Students Relocate During Construction

The construction of the new SEM building, new Veterans Resource Center, and the renovation of the Student Activities Center is scheduled to begin in December of 2018. As a result, the Student Activities Center and International Students Program have relocated to the second floor of Gym 2. Student Activities is in room 210 and International Students Program is in room 204. Please check back for updates.

Quad to be Closed During Measure J Construction

The construction of the new SEM building, new Veterans Resource Center, and the renovation of the Student Activities Center is scheduled to begin June 1, 2018. As a result, the Quad will be closed from June 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. During this time, traffic will be rerouted. Please check back for updates.

Plans Available for Measure J-Funded Veterans Resource Center

Cypress College is committed to serving its student veterans. The Measure J bond approved by District voters in 2014 provides the College with the necessary resources to significantly upgrade technical job training facilities, aging classrooms, and veteran amenities. Plans and renderings for the new Veterans Resource Center, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden are now available. For the full presentation, click here.

This is what the Pond and current Student Activities Center area of the Cypress College campus will look like when the VRC and Veterans Memorial Plaza and Tribute Garden are completed.

The Pond and current Student Activities Center area of the Cypress College campus will look like this when the VRC, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden are completed.

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The new VRC will be built in front of the current Student Activity Center and connected to the existing building, which will be renovated. The new SAC will also house the International Student Program.

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This is a detailed floor plan of the new Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center.

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This is a rendering of the front of the VRC building. In planning sessions with constituent groups, veterans voiced their desire for glass paneling that would not impede their view of their surroundings.

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The new VRC lobby is expected to look something like this.

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This is a detailed drawing of the new VRC, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden. The garden will feature the U.S. flag, flags of the five military branches, and POW flag.

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This is a photo rendering of the VRC, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Tribute Garden from the northeastern corner of the Pond area.

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This is a photo rendering of an aerial shot of the College’s new Pond area.

Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center Timeline

Program Validation: December 2016-February 2017
Schematic Design: February-April 2017
Design Development: April-July 2017
Construction Documentation: July-October 2017
Groundbreaking: June 2018
Construction Completion: August 2019
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment: August-September 2019
Opening: September 2019

Veterans Memorial Plaza Timeline

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Please remember all future dates are tentative and highly subject to change.

Measure J Construction to Begin June 2018

***Timelines Updated Wednesday, April 19, 2017***

Planning and design of Cypress College’s Measure J construction projects are currently underway. Groundbreaking for both the new SEM building and new Veterans Resource Center with renovated Student Activities Center begins next April and June, respectively.

The new SEM building is expected to open April 2020; the new VRC and renovated SAC are anticipated to open at the end of 2019.

The pond area will be impacted by construction and laydown areas during the projects. Due to noise and obstructed passageways, events should be held elsewhere during construction.

The new SEM building will be built in a portion of Lot 7 near the current SEM building. The entire lot will be closed during construction.

SEM Building Timeline

Program Validation: June-October 2016
Schematic Design: November 2016-March 2017
Design Development: March-July 2017
Construction Documentation: June-October 2017
Groundbreaking: June 2018
Construction Completion: June 2020
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment: June-September 2020
Opening: September 2020

Veterans Resource Center and Student Activities Center Timeline

Program Validation: December 2016-February 2017
Schematic Design: February-April 2017
Design Development: April-July 2017
Construction Documentation: July-October 2017
Groundbreaking: June 2018
Construction Completion: August 2019
Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment: August-September 2019
Opening: September 2019

Veterans Memorial Plaza Timeline

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Please remember all future dates are tentative and highly subject to change.

Dr. Simpson Delivers Annual Report to Trustees

President Bob Simpson presented his final Annual Report to the NOCCCD Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, lauding Cypress College students and the employees who support their success. The annual report presentation encompasses the Cypress College Annual Report and the Cypress College Institutional Effectiveness Report.

In providing an overview of the two printed documents, Dr. Simpson covered eight primary topics:

  • Measure J Bond Projects
  • Participation in the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Equity
  • Academic Achievement
  • Completion and Transfer
  • Environmental Stewardship

“It is my honor this evening to present to you an overview of the 2015-2016 academic year at Cypress College. The College’s accomplishments will resonate and propagate decades into the future,” Dr. Simpson said in opening his presentation to the Trustees for the North Orange County Community College District and other leaders.

The Board’s decision to approve a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building served as the first significant highlight in Dr. Simpson’s report.

“This new building will support the education of our next generation of scientists, engineers, technology experts, and mathematicians,” he said. “In this new facility, students will learn concepts we can’t yet conceive.”

Construction of the new SEM building is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The project will run in tandem with construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center and Memorial Plaza that includes a bridge spanning the pond.

The presentation continued with an update on development of the College’s baccalaureate degree in Funeral Services. One of 15 programs included in California Community Colleges pilot program, instruction in the Funeral Services B.S. degree program will begin in fall 2017. In the past year, curriculum has been developed and the accrediting agency approved the key components of the bachelor’s degree.

A highlight of the year was the Yom HaShoah event in May. Focusing on the College’s core value of Inclusiveness, the Yom HaShoah commemoration featured portraits of Holocaust survivors created by Photography Department Chair Clifford Lester. About 1,000 people attended the event, which featured survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach.

In the area of equity, Dr. Simpson highlighted the first-ever Equity Summit held in April and the shift in employee demographics to more-closely resemble the student body. He also noted that nearly half of the incoming freshman class were first-generation college students.

Speaking about academic achievement, Dr. Simpson said the number of associate degrees awarded has grown significantly in the past five years from 753 to 1,201.  The number of certificates awarded has also increased over that same period. In addition, 458 transfer degrees were awarded in 2015-16, up from 114 in 2012-13.

The College also exceeded its target for both degree and certificate completion. The most common degrees awarded by Cypress College are in Liberal Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Math, and Business. Students earn the highest number of certificates in Automotive Technology, and in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Arts program.

Finally, speaking about environmental stewardship, Dr. Simpson noted a recent state award presented to the College as a leader in energy efficiency.  Water consumption at the College was reduced by 30% and electricity usage by 5.4 million kilowatt hours last academic year. More than 8,600 energy-efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs were installed by College employees — generating an annual savings of approximately $80,000.

“These are good times at Cypress College and the unsolicited accolades we have received are the result of commitment, hard work, and a true investment in our students,” he said. “Fifty years ago, people of foresight and vision committed to the development of a new college serving the needs of North Orange County.  We and the students who have been served over the years are the recipients of that grand vision. Today, we are laying the groundwork for the next 50 years. It is a privilege to be a part of that legacy and to know that because we have dared to Dream Big Dreams, we are now positioned to Do Great Things.”

He closed with the observation that the two printed documents “validate the commitment of the College to our Core Value of Excellence.”

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STEM Industry Partner: Edison Grant Supports Astronomy Program

Cypress College Astronomy

(Photo Credit: Edison International)

Cypress College regularly partners with industry to strengthen classroom studies so that students are better prepared for career opportunities and transfer to some of the nation’s best universities and liberal arts colleges. Southern California Edison (SCE) has done much to support our programs, faculty innovation, and student success. With guidance from CC Foundation Board Member and SCE Local Public Affairs Manager, Janelle Bader, Cypress secured a $25,000 grant in 2013 from SCE’s parent company Edison International, to fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies .

Astronomy Professor Michael Frey received $5,000 of the grant to buy a 10-inch Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, which is larger and more advanced than other telescopes owned by the College. Frey uses the instrument to give students and the community high-powered views of above. During select days of the semester you can catch him in action by the Pond, both during the day (with students observing the sun, pictured above), or at one of the several evening “star parties” (open to the community) that he hosts in collaboration with the Astronomy Club. Frey also takes students on field trips, including to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert (photo below).

In an interview with Inside Edison, Frey describes how through astronomy he feels connected to the past:

“I name the stars, then have the students name them. I tell them the ancient names of the stars, that our ancestors were people just like you and me and that they have mouthed the words of the ancients, connecting them to the past.”

A view of the night sky from Joshua Tree:

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(Photo Credit: Edison International)

Michael Kavanaugh, Manager of Systems Technology at the College, is a former student of Professor Frey. He was so inspired by Frey’s teaching and the course material that he now volunteers his time to help Frey with astronomy events. For Inside Edison, Kavanaugh describes the power of the Meade Ritchey-Chrétien telescope on a recent trip to the desert:

“We saw this big blue ball — Neptune — and Uranus and nine of the planets one night. The image was so bright that I had to put on sunglasses.

Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at SCE, spoke with Inside Edison about the value that that Edison International sees in students getting this type of experience:

“As an energy company, we recognize the skills needed for our future workforce and business growth as well as the country. So we focus our educational funding on programs that prepare students to excel in the STEM fields.”

Frey and the College are planning future steps for the astronomy program, including an observatory and planetarium in a brand new Science, Engineering, and Math building that will be constructed under the Measure J Bond Program, which voters approved in November 2014. The Meade Ritchey-Chrétien and other telescopes, which currently have to be hauled out for each viewing event, will have a permanent home in the observatory.

Frey and Kavanaugh exemplify the dedication and innovation that Cypress faculty and staff are able to bring to their jobs with the support of the community. A big thank you to Jenelle Bader, Edison, and all of the College’s partners who make this type of service to our students possible!
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New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.

An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The new facility was approved by the NOCCCD Board of Trustees last wee as part of the Measure J program.

A brand new Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building will replace the existing facility. The decision to start from scratch rather than conduct a full remodel was approved by the Board last Tuesday when Trustees reviewed a study comparing costs for the two options.

Providing modern facilities to support the sciences was a top priority of voters when they approved Measure J in 2014.

“I believe this decision is one of the most significant and positive actions taken by our Board during my time in the District,” said Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson, who then addressed his two primary themes in communicating change to employees. “When I consider ‘Dream Big Dreams’ and ‘Do Big Things,’ this is what I am talking about.”

The decision facilitates the construction of a state-of-the art facility that will not be constrained by the existing building’s footprint and unalterable interior concrete walls. The current building does not meet existing student demand. In addition, the new building can incorporate both a planetarium and design features that allow for future expansion. Designing and building fully modern labs is another key benefit of starting from the ground up.

The decision came on a unanimous 6-0 vote by members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees at their meeting on Tuesday, December 8. Dr. Simpson and Vice President Karen Cant presented Trustees with the result of a study comparing the benefits of the two options, a renovation versus new construction, as well as a fiscal analysis.

Cypress College will begin planning for the new building, which will be constructed adjacent to the existing building and the Library/Learning Resource Center. Once construction is complete on the new SEM building, the existing facility will be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. Another advantage of building a new facility is that it eliminates the need for a multi-million-dollar, temporary and disposable “science village” and for $19 million in upgrades to the the existing building to bring it up to code prior to a full renovation. It also means that expensive and delicate equipment will only need to be moved once, rather than both to and from a temporary facility.
In addition to allowing for expansion to meet current needs and for future expansion should the program continue to grow as projected, the new building facilitates stronger ties with the College’s Nursing Program and its Mortuary Science Program.

Campus, Community Members Provide Feedback About Upcoming Construction Projects

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.

An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.

Members of the campus community and the public have participated in four open forums designed to provide information and solicit input about upcoming projects derived from the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College. Feedback from the forums will guide evolution of existing plans and help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

At the most-recent forum, held for employees and students on August 27, Vice President Karen Cant and architects provided an overview of the long-term and initial plans. The first projects to enter construction will likely include expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center and construction of a Veterans Resource Center — something voters expressed a strongly desired. A new concept that has gained traction is the potential to build a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building rather than renovating the existing facility. Once the new building was complete, the current SEM Building would be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. The concept would foster a more-efficient right-sizing of classes and labs and result in cost savings from eliminating the need for portable buildings. It would also allow construction to continue in permanent facilities, rather than temporary quarters.

In addition to the August 27 forum (summary not yet available), members of the campus community also gathered on May 18 (read the meeting summary). Two forums focused on gathering feedback from the College’s neighbors were held on June 25 (meeting summary) and July 29 (meeting summary).

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

During her Opening Day presentation to College employees, Vice President Cant shared additional detail related to Measure J planning. These include:

  • Cypress Campus Architects hired Spring 2015 – DLR Group
  • Cypress Capital Projects Manager – hiring committee formed
  • Program Management Company recommended to the Board – MAAS Company
  • Comprehensive Master Facility Plan to be updated
  • Established a Measure J Bond web page: cypresscollege.edu/measure-j-bond-program

In addition, she also noted several projects that are underway or have recently been concluded:

  • Orchestra Pit Cover
  • Laser Leveling of Soccer Field
  • Water Conservation Project
  • Thermal Energy Project
  • Baseball Fieldhouse
  • Fire Alarm/Mass Communications Pilot Project
  • New Campus Marquee

Public Invited to First Community Forum About Measure J Bond Program

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The public is invited to a community forum to learn about the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College and to provide input into existing plans that will help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

The first community forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, from 6-8 p.m. It will take place in the Cypress College Complex Building, Room 414. The forum is free, though an RSVP is requested to help determine a headcount of participants.

For those unable to attend the first forum, the program will be repeated on Wednesday, July 29, also from 6-8 p.m., and also in CCCPLX-414. The RSVP for that date is available here.

The input of community members is an important component of the College’s effort to design and build the best possible facilities. View the invitation here.

Members of the campus community were invited to participate in a forum on May 18 (read the meeting summary) and an additional internal forum will will be held on August 27, from 2-4 p.m.

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

Campus Forum on Measure J Bond Program

Over the next 20 years,  Cypress College will be implementing new construction and renovation projects as a result of Measure J, a voter-approved bond from the November 2014 election. The Bond was formally titled the “Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Repair and Student/Veteran Job Training Measure.” Measure J will provide $574 million for facility improvements, and repairs for the North Orange County Community College District.

At Cypress College, the initial projects will include addressing facility needs of the Science, Engineering, Math programs, build-out of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and a Veteran’s Resource Center.

The first Campus Forum has been scheduled to allow for the sharing of information on the timeline, initial projects, options, and allow time for questions or comments. This Forum will also introduce the Cypress Campus Architects, The DLR Group, who have been newly selected after the Planning & Budget Committee’s participation in architect interviews and presentations over the last month.

The Campus Forum will be held:

Date:    Monday, May 18, 2015
Time:    4-5 p.m.
Location: Complex Building Conference Room #414 (CCPLX-414)

Community forums will be scheduled for a later date. The NOCCCD is currently seeking members interested in serving on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

NOCCCD Seeking Applicants for Citizens' Oversight Committee

Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,” this science lab is part of the Measure capital improvement J project list.

Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,”
this science facility is part of the Measure J
project list.

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NOCCCD is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Positions available:

  • student representatives
  • business representatives
  • senior citizen group representatives
  • taxpayer organization members
  • members active in support organizations for the College(s), such as a foundation
  • at-large community members

For more information and to download the application, visit: http://www.nocccd.edu/Departments/FandF/FacilitiesBond/FacilitiesBondInfo.htm.

Applications are due to the Chancellor’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2015.

Measure J's Voter Approval Upheld by OC Superior Court Judge

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Measure J’s election victory was validated by an Orange County Superior Court judge yesterday. In response to the court ruling in favor of the North Orange County Community College District and the Registrars of Voters in both Orange and Los Angeles counties, NOCCCD Interim Chancellor Fred Williams shared these thoughts:

It is my pleasure to inform you that today NOCCCD’s Measure J victory was upheld by a judge from the Orange County Superior Court. The judge found unequivocally in our favor. This has been a long journey, but in spite of the narrow margin, the recounts, and the lawsuit, NOCCCD has prevailed!

The attached press release has more information, but I think we can finally feel secure in the results and move forward with completing our Master Plan. Thank you, again, to everyone who helped on the Measure J campaign. This was truly a team effort and it is a team win.

You can read more in the NOCCCD’s full statement at: http://nocccd.edu/documents/MeasureJLawsuitWinPressRelease.pdf.

Voters to Decide Fate of Measure J in Tuesday’s General Election

Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,” this science facility is part of the Measure J project list.

Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,”
this science facility is part of the Measure J
project list.

If approved, the measure would provide $574 million for construction projects — including renovation of SEM and Fine Arts.

Voters on Tuesday will determine if Cypress College will be able to undertake a much-needed renovation of the Science, Engineering, and Math Building — a project that has been years in the waiting — along with several other major projects that include the Fine Arts Building and a new Veterans Center.

Measure J, if approved by a 55% or higher margin, would provide $574 million in revenue to the North Orange County Community College District for construction projects here and at Fullerton College.

The measure was placed on the ballot by NOCCCD Trustees in July and is backed by Supporters of Fullerton and Cypress Colleges Yes on J, a non-profit political action committee. There is no formal opposition to Measure J, though a group of local taxpayers have expressed concern about the measure.

Measure J has been endorsed by CSEA, United Faculty, the Cypress College Academic Senate, the Cypress College Veterans Organization and a number of other external organizations, including the chambers of commerce in both Cypress and Fullerton. External support from individuals includes endorsements from U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez, State Senator Lou Correa, Assemblyman Tom Daly, along with several local elected officials, veterans, and business, civic, and education leaders.

Background information about Measure J can be found on the NOCCCD website at http://nocccd.edu/MeasureJ/MeasureJ.html and at the Orange County Registrar’s website, located at http://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/ user_upload/elections/gen2014/measures/8505.pdf.

Trustees Place Measure J on November Ballot; Campaign Underway

Voters in the District will decided on the bond, which would provide for the renovation of SEM, FA, other Master Plan projects.

The North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on July 22, 2014 to place Measure J — the Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Repair and Student/Veteran Job Training Measure — on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

If approved by voters in the fall, Measure J would provide Fullerton College, Cypress College and local continuing education programs with $574 million for significant upgrades to technical job training facilities, aging classrooms, and veterans resources.

“This is about staying relevant well into the future,” NOCCCD Chancellor Dr. Ned Doffoney said. “Many of our campus classrooms and buildings were constructed 50-80 years ago. As a result, students are learning science and other technical, in-demand disciplines with greatly outdated labs and technology. To keep high-paying jobs in our area and attract more high-tech jobs, we need facilities that have the capacity to keep up with the educational and job-training demands of our times.”

Key Measure J investment priorities include:

  • Upgrades to antiquated science labs, lecture halls, technology and instructional equipment to better prepare students for growing fields of study and high-skill careers.
  • Enhancements of classroom space and training centers for future nurses, firefighters and other first responders, as well as technically-trained workers.
  • Expansion of veterans’ facilities and services as well as job-placement centers to train and re-train veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce.

Improvements also call for general health and safety repairs, energy-efficiency enhancements, and other needed facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses.

The Board’s decision follows a June poll suggesting Measure J could be a success. Nearly 72% of likely voters surveyed recognized a funding need and indicated support of the measure.

“The community understands the value of our institutions,” said NOCCCD Board of Trustees President Jeff Brown. “More local residents than ever are relying on our high quality and affordable education programs to prepare them for competitive job opportunities or for transfer to CSU or UC campuses. We need to make sure that we’re able to continue to equip them with the skills they need to succeed.”

Passage of Measure J would amount to a projected $14.90 per $100,000 assessed value for property owners, and would include citizen oversight and regular audits to assure accountability and transparency. By law, funds from facility bond measures can only be spent on buildings, classrooms or instructional equipment. No bond funds can be spent on administrator pensions or salaries.

To pass this November 4th, Measure J would need 55% support by voters falling within NOCCCD boundaries which include the cities of: Anaheim, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Cypress, Buena Park, Placentia, Brea, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Rossmoor, Garden Grove, La Mirada, Orange, Seal Beach, Stanton and Whittier.

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Affectionately known as Frankenstein’s Lab, renovation of this SEM instructional facility is one of the projects that would be funded by Measure J.

Affectionately known as Frankenstein’s Lab, renovation of this SEM instructional facility is one of the projects that would be funded by Measure J.