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South Orange County Community College District Dedicates First Building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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On April 18, the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) dedicated the first building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin. Over 200 people came together to mark the grand opening for the new Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) Building. Following the ceremony, guests interacted with exhibits from community partners and programs within the School of IDEA.  

The IDEA building will house career technical education programs for Irvine Valley College (IVC) at the ATEP site, which is currently under development and comprises 62 acres at the former Marine Corps Air Station at the Tustin Legacy

ATEP will focus on advanced technology, career technical education, and workforce development training programs to support high-demand jobs. The district’s two colleges – Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College – are expanding academic programs and collaborative partnerships at ATEP with business and other educational institutions.

Timothy Jemal, president of the SOCCCD Board of Trustees, said, “ATEP gives our district the unique ability to create public-private partnerships and provide essential training and education for jobs that support local industry. The IDEA Building is the first of many buildings that will bring this innovative space to life.” 



IVC President Glenn Roquemore said, “The investment of $29.35 million by the South Orange County Community College District to fund this state-of-the-art collaborative learning space will be transformative for our region.” 

The dedication and ribbon cutting of the IDEA Building at ATEP included tours of the 32,492- square-foot building, which boasts specialized teaching facilities and laboratories for alternative energy, optics/photonics, electronics, and automation/digital manufacturing. The building’s large central lobby will serve as a social corridor for students, faculty, and community members. The project includes 50 kilovolts of solar electric power and will be a LEED Gold-equivalent building.

The builder and architectural team of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Dougherty Architects worked hand-in-hand with SOCCCD to design and meet the strategic vision for the IDEA building.

ATEP is part of the 1,600-acre Tustin Legacy redevelopment project, which includes regional parks, housing, public schools, commercial business, a million-square-foot mall, a research park, conference center, and hotels. IVC, a member of the Greater Irvine Chamber, and Saddleback College will both offer programs at ATEP to strengthen workforce training in the region. Saddleback College is planning its own Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education, which is the next building slated to open at ATEP. The location in the heart of Orange County offers unique strategic advantages for future education and industry partners.

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