Associates Science Center, built in in 1971, received a major overhaul this summer. Renovations of the facility, which included new floor coverings, ceiling tiles and lighting, have been completed in time for use this fall.
The nursing program occupies the upstairs floor of the south wing of Associates Science Center (ASC). Two classrooms, a skills lab, a simulation room and a control room are dedicated to nursing classes. In addition, research labs, faculty offices, supply room and a student lounge were included in the renovations.
Mathematics and computer science classes remain in the Associates building. Three downstairs classrooms have been equipped with multiple power screens and two rooms are equipped as iLearn classrooms.
The renovations to ASC represent a huge improvement for the math and computer science programs, according to Dr. Kenan Casey, chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS). The iLearn classrooms will be used by general education math and science classes, for courses such as college algebra and physical science. These rooms have multiple projectors, Apple TVs, ample whiteboard space, and new modular furniture.
Additionally, two former biology labs have been converted to classrooms for computer science courses. One room is equipped similar to the iLearn rooms (multiple projectors, Apple TVs, whiteboards, new furniture) and will be used primarily for computer science courses. A new systems lab will be used for hands-on system administration and networking courses. All four rooms provide students with a greatly improved learning environment, according to Casey. “These rooms provide the MCS department with the best facilities and equipment for teaching a variety of courses. We are excited by the opportunities to enhance student learning and incorporate technology into our courses,” he said.
Virtually all of the work was done in house at a cost of a little more than $100,000, according to Dr. Dwayne Wilson, executive vice president.