Cerritos College
Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Board of Trustees construction tour | Aug. 20

Denny Cristales
The board members make their way into the Culinary Arts building.

Tilden-Coil, the construction affiliate in charge of the long-term landscaping of Cerritos College for the next few years, provided a campus tour of the construction happening at school.

Board members Carmen Avalos, John Paul Drayer, Shin Liu and Student Trustee Daniel Flores were a part of the tour.

The tour provided insight as to the direction where things are going in a long-term sense for Cerritos College. In addition to simply informing the board members in a shallow way how the construction is going.

“Having been a student here, I think it’s phenomenal to see this college come up to the standard that I know we’re known for,” Avalos said.  “The infrastructure, here, has obviously been aging throughout the years. To be able to offer facilities that are state of the art, where students can continue and achieve their goals; to be a part of those successes, that’s what we’re looking forward to. ”


A road map of the tour.
A road map of the tour. It begins at the Student Center and ends by Northwood University.


Drayer added, “We’re looking more like a university.”

The tour started with the Culinary Arts renovation site, which also encompassed the Mobile Kitchen aspect of the construction. This Mobile Kitchen provides as “swing space” while the construction is going on.

The signs for the new Culinary Arts local in the Student Center are still being set up, with the vendor not being available until the tail-end of the semester.

Fine Arts and the Child Development Center were also looked at, with construction concluding Sept. 2016 and Dec. 24 of this year, respectively.

Liu said, “I’m actually jealous of these students. We did a great job to plan all this, so students would be able to have these state-of-the-art buildings; for their children, and maybe even for their children, too. It’ll stay for awhile.”



  • The Aug. 13 Board of Trustees meeting had this Aug. 20 tour dubbed as a “special Board of Trustees meeting.”
  • Bob Arthur, Sandra Salazar, Marisa Perez and Bob Hughlett were not present for the tour
  • The next Board of Trustees meeting is Aug. 27, with a “special” start time of 5:30 p.m.
  • The items for the next meeting also include the interviewing of two firms for the position of presidency currently occupied by Linda Lacy.


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Board of Trustees construction tour | Aug. 20