New $65 Million South Gate Educational Center Groundbreaking Celebration
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March 8, 2019
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ELAC TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING FOR EXPANSION OF SOUTH GATE EDUCATIONAL CENTER
From left to right in the photo: California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, LACCD Board of Trustees President Mike Fong, Former South Gate Mayor Maria Davila, LACCD Board Trustee Andra Hoffman, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, South Gate Mayor M. Belén Bernal, ELAC President Marvin Martinez, LACCD Board Trustee David Vela and South Gate City Council Member Al Rios.
SOUTH GATE, CA – East Los Angeles College (ELAC) held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, March 22, 2019 at the former Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. factory near Firestone Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue to celebrate the historic groundbreaking for the permanent new home of the ELAC South Gate Educational Center.
East Los Angeles College opened the current South Gate Educational Center in 1997 to address the higher education needs of the community in southeast Los Angeles. The center has been located in the same temporary single story location for over 22 years.
The new LEED Certified 105,000 square foot state-of-the-art institution will include a library, lecture hall, classrooms and laboratories for the career technology education, liberal arts and science programs. The new campus design will incorporate water efficient landscaping and over 10,000 square feet of permeable pavers to create inviting public spaces for students to gather and study. The South Gate Educational Center current served estimated 7,223 students last school year but that number is expected to rise. The campus will offer over 100 bicycle racks, access to public transit and priority parking for low-emitting and electric vehicles.
“We at East Los Angeles College are proudly student-focused and this new, state-of-the-art campus is evidence of our commitment to providing the best for our students. This campus will provide enhanced educational opportunities to the South Gate community and will help future generations to achieve their higher education and professional training goals,” ELAC President Marvin Martinez said.
Martinez was joined by California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, 63rd District, (D- Lakewood); U.S. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, 44th Congressional District; LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D.; South Gate Mayor M. Belén Bernal; LACCD Board of Trustees President Mike Fong, plus many others for the ceremony noting a new chapter of educational and economic opportunity for the site and the residents of South Gate and Southeast Los Angeles.