SACSCOC - 2.11.2 Physical Resources
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Core Requirement 2.11.2
The institution has adequate physical resources to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services.
The three locations of Central Alabama Community College provide adequate physical resources to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services. Central Alabama Community College also offers Distance Learning, cosmetology lab courses at the Talladega City High School Career Technical Center, and a Dual Enrollment Program at Sylacauga High School.
According to the Alabama Higher Education Facilities Inventory referred to here as the College Building Facilities Report, Central Alabama Community College has a total of 437,998 square feet of gross building area to support academic and technical programs and the mission of the College.
The College's Facilities Master Plan further describes plans for physical resources. A comprehensive list of institutional improvements is found in Core Requirement 2.5.
The combination of these three locations, the dual enrollment site and distance learning resources, provide adequate facilities for an array of academic and technical programs, and thus provides a variety of academic experiences for the residents of central Alabama. Thus, the College has physical resources that effectively support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services to the students and community.
Alexander City Campus
The George C. Wallace Administration Building houses offices for academic administration, admissions, financial aid, student services, business office cashier and purchasing agent, and student support services plus five classrooms and a computer center. The Business, Mathematics, and Science Building houses the majority of all academic programs.
A new modern library replaced the old Thomas D. Russell Library and has 22,600 square feet as shown on the College Library Floor Plan. The W. Byron Causey Health, Education, and Arts Complex is a multipurpose health education and fine arts building containing the bookstore, a wellness/fitness center, gymnasium, faculty offices, and a performing arts auditorium. The complex has 52,400 square feet of space as defined on the College Building Facilities Report – Alex City.
The Betty Carol Graham Technology Center is dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of companies, improving the effectiveness of the workforce throughout the State, and enhancing Alabama’s economic development efforts through a flexible and responsive combination of education, technical assistance, and technology transfer. Rockwell International has made the Center one of only a few training sites for Allen Bradley controls, the worldwide standard control in the robotics industry. The Center contains a multipurpose auditorium with the capability of seating 750 people, an industrial maintenance lab, multimedia classrooms, computer labs, and administrative and faculty offices.
The Athletic Department’s outdoor facilities include the Cal Alison Tennis Complex, which has nine lighted courts and a tennis pavilion. A lighted walking track surrounds a multipurpose athletic field. The softball field, located on the north side of the campus, is designed for intercollegiate competition. The intercollegiate baseball field is located on the front side of the campus adjacent to Highway 63. The golf house is located on the north side of campus. The Maintenance Building houses maintenance equipment and supplies. This building contains a two-bay garage, carpentry shop, maintenance supervisor, and storage area for supplies and equipment.
The Childersburg Campus contains approximately 126,646 square feet of space as shown on the College Building Facilities Report – Childersburg. The Administration Building (Building A) houses the administrative offices, adult education and skills training, a WorkKeys lab, student services, the bookstore, and the business office which includes the cashier’s office and the accounting department. Programs offered in the Administration Building are computer science, office administration, and cosmetology along with faculty offices for each program. Building B houses the electronics program and provides classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for the program.
The Industrial Development Center (Building C) houses the wellness center and offices for the personnel involved with the TRIO program in addition to three classrooms. Building D houses the welding and heating and air conditioning programs. The Science Building (Building E) is home to mathematics and the biology department. Classrooms, faculty offices, a mathematics computer lab, a biology lab, and a chemistry lab are located in the facility. Building F houses the machine shop program. The Margie Sanford Center (Building G) houses an auditorium and a conference room. Building H houses the English Department. A computerized writing lab as well as classrooms and faculty offices are housed in Building H.
The Bill Nichols Building (Building I) houses a library and student support services. Drafting and design technology is offered in Building I. The Jim Preuitt Nursing and Allied Health Building (Building J) houses the associate degree nursing and the practical nursing programs. The building provides classrooms, a lecture hall, a conference room, a student lounge, a computer lab, a skills laboratory, and faculty and administrative offices.
The Talladega Center includes one building unit which contains approximately 26,007 square feet of space as shown on the College Building Facilities Report – Talladega Center. The Talladega Center has a cashier office and offers an array of academic transfer courses. The building is a modern design and houses progressive classroom designs with sufficient current technology. The center houses three computer labs including the drafting classroom, one chemistry/biology lab, four instructional classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices.
Talladega City High School Career Technical Center
Central Alabama Community College offers cosmetology lab courses at the Talladega City High School Career Technical Center. Students enrolled in these courses have access to one classroom. The classroom has approximately 1200 feet. The students have access to five washing stations, five dryer stations, 12 hair stations, two facial tables, and one Pedi-spa chair.
Dual Enrollment Program at Sylacauga High School
In addition, Central Alabama Community College offers a dual enrollment program at Sylacauga High School. Sylacauga High School students enrolled in Central Alabama Community College classes have access to two classrooms and six (6) full computer labs within the high school.
The dual enrollment program is housed in two classrooms at Sylacauga High School. Each classroom has about 1,012 square feet. Current classes offered are Robotics, Principles of Construction Wiring and Machine Shop. In addition to the six computer labs, the following equipment is provided by the high school to enhance the dual enrollment program: (1) AIDT Training Trailer, four (4) manual Bridgeport milling machines, four (4) manual Le blond lathes, (1) metal cutting band saw and one (1) basic floor type drill press. No additional machinery is provided for the Machine Shop classes from Central Alabama Community College.
Central Alabama Community College also provides distance learning opportunities to students as part of a formal educational process as defined in the Distance Learning Policy Manual. A distance education course may use the internet; one way and two way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or video cassettes, DVD’s, and CDROMs as part of the program. Some of the specific technologies that the College uses to enhance student learning are Moodle, MyCACC, Google E-mail, Interactive Distance Learning (IDL), and SchoolCast.
All students taking online courses are required to use Moodle as their Open Source Course Management System. Traditional and Dual Enrolled students also have the option of using Moodle. It can be accessed from the front page of the Central Alabama Community College website.
In addition, Central Alabama Community College utilizes Polycom conferencing technology to transmit courses taught from one site remotely to another site. The units are Polycom 8000 units with Polycom room cameras, doc cameras, computers, or computer inputs. The displays are flat screen monitors or projectors.Through the use of the remote system, students can interact with other students and the instructor. Courses taught via Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) include Math, Economics, Accounting, and Spanish. Courses that are typically only taught at one location can be broadcast to all three locations, saving students valuable travel time and money.
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