ARC Students See Changes to Campus Educational Facilities and Services – The American River Current

More opportunities and in-person services at the CRA are intensifying

Students are back in the classroom at American River College’s new Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics building — one of many changes on campus. (Photo by Jaqueline Ruvalcaba & Carla Montaruli)

Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, many aspects related to educational facilities and services have changed at American River College.

Returning students who have not been able to walk on campus since the closure will find many changes, including more crowds.

“I hear people say that when they walk around campus they see a bigger crowd,” said Scott Crow, ARC Public Information Officer. “It definitely shows the energy that may have gone unnoticed [as much] in the old days.”

At the same time, the ARC administration is trying to strike a balance between in-person and online classes, so that students can have a good compromise.

For those who were enrolled in classes defined as “impossible to convert”, this aspect has not changed much.

ARC students can find more services in the reception and assistance centre.

“We really want to try to make this building a one stop shop if you want for a variety of different student services and needs,” Crow said.

A student can go to the center not only for his financial aid, but they can also find Admissions Records, Business Services, Transfer Center, and Beaver Cares all in one building.

According to Crow, there is another significant change regarding the Native American Resource Center.

“It used to be on the second floor of Davies Hall and now it’s in the Student Center, inside the Unite Center,” Crow said.

Former students will also notice the new Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that replaced the 1960s Liberal Arts Building. Prior to March 2020, the building was still under construction and surrounded by fences.

“It will be the biggest change for students,” Crow said. “We’ve been offering classes there for a few semesters now.”

According to Patricia Wood, director of the Kaneko Gallery, students will soon see pieces from the Kaneko Art Gallery’s art collection hanging on the walls inside the STEM building.

“We have prints from the Museum Art Project [donated] by nationally acclaimed photographers,” Wood said. “A lot of them…will be in the STEM building. Just those related to science.

Students will continue to see construction fencing on campus, this time in the area of ​​technical education. The fencing will be followed by demolition to make way for a new technical education center, Crow said.

According to Crow, automotive, welding, and horticulture classes are still ongoing, as the process for that will happen later in the build process.

As more students begin to line the halls and fill the classroom, access to food on campus has become a concern. With the subway gone and Starbucks soon to be replaced by 5 Sips, another option for college students is Oak Cafe Bakery, which will open soon.

“For those of us with a sweet tooth,” Crow said. “There’s nothing quite like going to Oak Cafe Bakery in the morning and eating something unhealthy and high in calories.”

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