Major milestones in getting the 110-acre college campus at Mountain House were met over the past few months, setting the San Joaquin Delta College staff in motion to prepare for fall 2008 classes at the new campus. The campus will be built in two primary phases including an initial “Portable Village” phase, followed by the commencement of the construction of the permanent campus.
The Portable Village will have 30,000 square feet of temporary office and classroom space, including administration, admissions, assessment, faculty, counselor and public safety offices, a student lounge, and computer/chemistry/biology/physics laboratories. The campus will offer a comprehensive program of day and evening general education classes, such as history, science, and math, which will allow students to transfer from Delta College to four-year universities.
“By fall 2008, students will be able to park their cars on campus and walk from class to class because all of the classes will be offered at one location,” said Dr. Jessie Garza-Roderick, Associate Dean of the Delta College Tracy Center/Mountain House Campus.
Construction of the permanent campus will begin during the fall of 2008. The permanent campus will include 84,000 square feet of learning space and offer a complete wireless campus, a full-service library, state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, and physics laboratory facilities, and “smart” classrooms.
The theme for the new Mountain House Campus is math, science, and technology. Several specialized academic certificate programs will be available at the Mountain House Campus. These certificate programs are designed to provide applied training in specific occupational areas that will provide students with marketable job skills. The Cisco Networking Academy Program, which is a partnership between Cisco Systems, education, business, government, and community organizations around the world, is one of the programs, which will be offered at the new campus. The Networking Academy curriculum centers on teaching students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. The program prepares students for the 21st-century workplace, while serving as a valuable model for e-learning. Dr. Ellis Fizell is also working on the curriculum for the first optics course, which will eventually lead to an optical engineering program in partnership with Lawrence Livermore Lab, University of California, Merced, University of California, Davis, and Merced College. In addition, faculty members are working on the first course for the biotechnology program.
By fall of 2008, the Mountain House Portable Village will open with seven founding faculty members and approximately 60 adjunct faculty members teaching over 150 classes.
“Our location offers a link to many of the top employers in the science and technology fields,” said Dr. Garza-Roderick. “We have been very successful recruiting top professionals from these businesses to serve as adjunct faculty.”