Mt. SAC President and CEO William Scroggins, the Board of Trustees, and Walnut council members cut the ribbon to the Design Technology Center on April 12 officially recognizing the building’s completion.
Many attended the ribbon cutting of the $27 million building including Walnut Mayor Mary Su, former Mt. SAC president, Dr. William Feddersen, alumni and current students. The ribbon cutting was followed with guided tours of the building allowing the guests to see the classrooms and also some work done by the students.
The 65,000 square foot facility will cater to thousands of students majoring in the fields of animation, architecture, interior design, photography, and graphic arts. The Design Technology Center includes a 400-seat assembly hall along with classrooms that were each designed for a certain area of study such as the architecture class which was built with no ceiling enabling that classroom to be used as a learning tool. The building has been opened since the start of the spring semester.
These particular designs of the classrooms and the building itself prepare the students when going out in the work field.
“What you will see here is training opportunities that look like what our students will see when they go to work in the high-tech economy that surrounds us,” Scroggins said. “That’s what really heart-warming about this facility.”
Measure R passed in 2001 funded $16 million towards the construction of the facility. The state bond funds the school with $221 million going towards construction of new facilities and renovations.
Construction on other buildings on campus have already begun or been completed such as the Early Childhood Education Center, the Astronomy Dome and the Administration Building.