Campus: SAN BERNARDINO -- April 17, 2006

College of Education to get its own home

After years of planning, Cal State San Bernardino's College of Education is finally getting a home of its own, set in motion with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $50 million College of Education building on Friday, April 21.

The new building is a long time in coming for the college, which has consistently ranked among the top campuses in the California University System in teacher preparation. With a faculty of more than 80 members, the College of Education is one of the major providers of teachers in the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California.

The new building will cover 130,000 square feet and will be one of the largest structures on campus. It will be built in the area of the temporary classrooms north of the John M. Pfau Library. The new building will house classrooms, laboratories and much needed office space for the college's faculty and staff.

Money for the $50 million building came from the passage in March 2004 of Proposition 55, the $12.3 billion statewide school repair and construction bond.

But the bond does not cover the cost of outfitting the building with technology, supplies and furnishings for the new building, said Adrian P. Stevens, director of development for the College of Education.

To aid in those efforts, the "Tools for Education" campaign is setting its course to supply the college with those necessary "tools," including such technology and equipment as technology laboratories and literacy and educational assessment centers.

The campaign's goal is to not only help credential students prepare to be teachers, but also provide service learning and other educational programs to area schools and communities in the Inland Empire, said Patricia Arlin, dean of the College of Education.

The campaign, chaired by James Watson, president of Watson and Associates, and his wife Judy, has raised nearly $1.5 million of its $4 million goal.

The building project will be overseen by the university's office of Capital Planning Design and Construction, working closely with Irvine-based project architect LPA Inc. and the project construction manager Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. of San Diego. Construction is scheduled to begin in June with the estimated completion by August 2007.

The new building will also house Cal State San Bernardino's first ever doctoral program, which will be offered to school administrators drawn from elementary, secondary, community college and four-year institutions starting in the fall of 2007. The doctor of education (Ed.D) program will provide coursework in educational leadership.

One of the other tenants will be the college's Literacy Center, which was launched in the spring of 2004 to help local children meet their literacy needs through specifically designed programs to improve and enhance their reading abilities. The program recently began working with the San Bernardino County Probation Department to assess and tutor young probation students.

For more information, contact the university's public affairs office at (909) 537-5007 and visit the university's news site at http://news.csusb.edu.


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