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September 14, 2011


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


(Fontana, CA) More than 100 people attended a dedication ceremony officially opeingn the new Academic Center on the Chaffey College Fontana Campus yesterday. "This academic center means so much to our students as well as the city of Fontana," said Dr. Shannon, superintendent/president in his remarks. In 1997, the Governing Board, college administrators, and leaders from the City of Fontana established the first Chaffey College center in Fontana. In 2007, college officials opened the Ralph M. Lewis Center to serve the increasing number of students. Even with these two facilities, there was a need for more classrooms and academic offerings.

On September 13, 2011, the Chaffey College Governing Board dedicated the Fontana Campus Academic Center. The opening of the academic Center represents the latest milestone in the district's efforts to offer a comprehensive education to the residents in the eastern portion of the district.

"Such dreams would not have come true if it weren't for the ongoing partnerships between the college's Governing Board, the City of Fontana, the County of San Bernardino, and the Fontana Unified School District," said Dr. Eric Bishop, dean of the Fontana Campus. "The college is honored to have such a strong relationship with these partners."

Jerika Hargis has been a Chaffey College student for two years all at the Fontana Campus. She remembers coming to class and going home. "There were no interactions between students, now with the addition of this new building the campus seems more student oriented and active," says Hargis.

The Academic Center is a 30,000 square feet, two-story building that opened the first day of the fall 2011 semester. Construction of the new academic center was made possible through funding from the State of California and a partnership with the City of Fontana. "This center truly supports student success," exclaimed Dr. Bishop. "The residents of Fontana have strongly supported Chaffey College and the expansion of the campus and it is an honor to expand the campus for our students and the community," he added.

On the first day of the fall 2011 semester, 2,510 students were enrolled in classes on the Fontana campus compared with 2,198 in fall 2010. Students now have the opportunity to enroll in science, art, dance, and physical education courses, and the total number of classes offered increased from 110 sections in fall 2010 to 134 sections in fall 2011.

The Fontana Campus Academic Center includes:
  • 10 classrooms
  • Art studio
  • 2 science laboratories
  • Physical Education/Dance laboratory
  • 6 faculty offices, meeting rooms
  • Assessment Center/Computer Lab
  • Library Resource Center
  • Student Lounge
  • Bookstore
  • Student Success Center

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