MSJC to open new facilities

Temecula and San Gorgonio Pass area services boosted

Menifee goes high-tech

Students of the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District will soon be able to take multimedia and GIS classes in a new high-tech building in Menifee, register for classes and meet with counselors in the San Gorgonio Pass area and take classes in the new Temecula Education Complex.

The district is preparing to open the three new facilities in Menifee, the San Gorgonio Pass and Temecula soon to provide more educational services to those communities.

MSJC’s new Technology Center on the Menifee Valley campus is scheduled to open to students on Jan. 22, the start of the spring semester.

The building, a total of more than 35,000 square feet, is on the campus on La Piedra Road near Antelope Road. It will provide space for 10 labs, two lecture rooms, a 186-seat assembly room and several staff offices.

Students will be able to take classes in geographical information systems, graphic arts, multi-media, digital media, business and computer information systems.

“MSJC is proud to have this new state-of-the-art building that reflects the latest instructional trends in the technological arts,” said Dennis Anderson, interim vice president of Instruction.

The Pass Area Service Center is scheduled to open in February, said Roger Schultz, vice president of Student Services. The center is located on Ramsey Street in Banning across from the Sizzler restaurant. Pass area students will be able to register for classes, take assessment tests and meet with counselors instead of driving to San Jacinto for these services.

MSJC is also preparing to open the Temecula Education Complex the end of March. The 28,000-square-foot complex will open in phases, starting with eight classrooms in March.

The facility will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and allow students of southwest Riverside County to study before classes, meet with counselors and register for classes, among other services.

The complex will offer courses that cover a wide range of disciplines, Anderson said.

Laurie McLaughlin, dean of instruction for off-site programs, said the complex will prepare students for transfer to four-year universities. She also said MSJC was working with the area chambers of commerce, economic and workforce development agencies and the city of Temecula to focus career and technical programs around what would be relevant for students in the area.


“They will be able to pursue a transfer program as well as career and technical programs” at the new complex, McLaughlin said.