President/Superintendent's Office for the Ohlone Community College District
Ohlone is in the Top Ten among all 112 California Community Colleges according to Student Success Scorecard data collected by the Chancellor’s Office. We take pride in knowing that our students are successful and are able to achieve their goals of transfer and completion.
Ohlone is preparing for a March 2014 Accreditation visit. Progress on the Self Study is moving at a good pace. We have eleven Learning and Assessment Teams working on evaluating our adherence to the Accreditation Standards, including a team conducting a Focused Assessment on Distance Education. We will have a complete working draft of the Self-Evaluation Report ready for governance review in the fall. Our goal is to have the Self-Evaluation Report approved by the Board in December for submission to the Commission in January 2014.
The Ohlone Community College District passed a $349 million General Obligation Bond, Measure G, in November 2010. This bond allows the college to repair, upgrade, and replace facilities on the 45-year-old Fremont campus and make upgrades and add additional facilities to the Newark campus. Here is a summary of our progress on Measure G projects.
Gilbane/EIS was selected to work with the College as the Bond Program Management Firm. They have been instrumental in all of the following:
- The College has approved the District Facilities Master Plan, and the Educational Master Plan, and the Technology Master Plan (PDF) is nearing completion, all of which are guiding the planning process.
- The College has hired the master architects, the firms of Cannon Design and Anderson Brulé Architects, which have been actively engaged with College user groups in developing priorities and plans for the core academic buildings, parking structures, and athletic fields on the Fremont campus.
- Plans for interim space or “swing space” have also been developed so disruption to college activities during construction will be minimized.
Several smaller projects are underway or have been completed. These include:
- A one-megawatt solar energy collection field on the Fremont campus, activated in August 2012 that, in addition to reducing our power consumption, will result in a $1 million rebate from PG&E.
- A second solar panel array, also generating a maximum of one-megawatt of energy, has been constructed over parking lots at the Newark campus. This array will be activated in October 2013. When operating at full capacity, the power generated by this array, combined with the rooftop solar array, will put the Newark campus at Net Zero and will supply two-thirds of the power for the Fremont campus.
- A $10 million Technology Endowment was established to create a long term source of funding to integrate new technologies and equipment into the curriculum as technology changes.
- A number of smaller projects related to accessibility and safety have been completed or are in progress. These projects, and other information about the bond, are described on the Measures A & G website.
I am proud of Ohlone's programs and facilities, its opportunities for students, and its student successes.
Again, welcome to Ohlone.
Gari Browning, Ph.D.
Ohlone Community College District
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