California State University, Bakersfield today unveiled its new Antelope Valley campus building, opening a new era in providing higher education to the Antelope Valley.
The 11,000-square-foot structure at 43909 30th Street West is the new home to CSUB's Antelope Valley operation. Previously CSUB leased office and classroom space from Antelope Valley College. While CSUB still needs to lease classroom space, the new building, on the northeast corner of the AVC campus, for the first time provides the university with an Antelope Valley home of its own.
The front entry opens to a spacious reception area, with administrative offices for Jim Daniels, CSUB's Antelope Valley campus director; and Michelle St. John, the campus's coordinator of academic programs and services. It also contains offices for professors, a conference room and break room.
The building contains four classrooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab.
Two of the classrooms are interactive television studios, with two-way video and two-way audio. In these classrooms, students will participate live in a class being taught from Bakersfield. "Students in Antelope Valley will see their professor in Bakersfield, and be seen by him," Daniels said. "They will be able to participate live in classroom discussion and ask questions, just as their fellow classmates in Bakersfield are doing."
The other two classrooms are "smart classrooms," where students can plug their laptop computers right into their workstations.
The building's opening culminates a decade-long effort by Antelope Valley College, the local communities and CSUB to bring higher education to the Antelope Valley. After 10 years of providing classes through CSUB's Extended University, CSUB hired Daniels in 1999 from CSU San Bernardino, where he was director of academic programs and services for CSUSB's Coachella Valley Campus.
Following Daniels' appointment, CSUB moved to increase its class offerings, and began state-supported classes at Antelope Valley in the spring 1999, establishing a range of baccalaureate programs for the high-desert communities.
CSUB's new Antelope Valley campus will allow students to complete degree requirements through the regular program of the university, pay regular university fees, and do all of the work in the Antelope Valley.
With the advent of regular class, 254 students enrolled last spring at the Antelope Valley campus. That number jumped to 352 this past fall, and is projected to be nearly 400 for the winter quarter. Some 433 students are expected to matriculate at Antelope Valley during the spring quarter.
Terry Dunn, CSUB's director of institutional planning and research, projects that more than 1,000 students will be enrolled at Antelope Valley by the 2004-05 academic year.
Currently, 72 classes are being offered at Antelope Valley this quarter, either live or via interactive television. "We offer English, economics, communications, criminal justice, liberal studies, psychology, natural resource management multiple subject teaching credential, special education credential, clear credential, masters in educational administration, a masters in curriculum and instruction, and a master's in business administration," St. John said.
CSUB continues to offer a variety of programs and courses through the Extended University, including certificate programs in drug and alcohol counseling, human resource management, attorney assistant, and workers' compensation counseling.
"This is an important occasion for both Cal State Bakersfield and the Antelope Valley," CSUB President Tomas Arciniega said of the building's opening. "We see enormous demand for our services here. We are delighted to be partnering with Antelope Valley College in working to meet the higher education needs of this fast-growing area."
Daniels said that the Greater Antelope Valley, which includes Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill, is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. He said CSUB's Antelope Valley campus also draws students from California City, Mojave, Boron and Edwards Air Force Base in eastern Kern County.
"We'll continue to add programs," he said. "Nursing will be added this fall, plus engineering and a bachelor's in business. I anticipate that as we grow we'll hire more professors who live in the Antelope Valley. In fact we're already planning for our next building since enrollment has already exceeded our expectations."
Added St. John: "We look forward to examining the area's educational needs to bring people the programs that they want and need. We anticipate continued growth over the next several years of our course offerings."
For more information about CSUB's Antelope Valley campus or any of the course offerings available, please call 661/722-1205.
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