ID center upgrade still to be voted on

Michael Garcia

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The ID Center and student IDs could be seeing improvements coming if the Associated Students of Cerritos College (ASCC) Senate passes the funding for it in today’s senate meeting.

The meeting will be held today at BK 111, which is located east of the bookstore and across from the game room.

Dean of Student Services Dr. Gilbert Contreras oversees the ID Center and said that there are plans to move the ID Center along with other offices to move to the one-stop sometime in the near future. He said that he has been working on addressing this issue all year.

Dr. Contreras said, “It’s one of the things that I work to continually improve. I feel that getting students the best, most productive, most reliable IDs would really help with our branding and with our institution and help develop school pride.”

As for cost, the initial start up cost will be $23,131. Costs will go to the hardware like the printer and the high quality cameras and software costs. After that, ongoing costs would remain around the same as they are currently.

The new ID Cards would be provided by CI Solutions, a local card and service provider that will be on site for any technical problems that may occur.

CI Solutions is a company that provides ID Cards for other community colleges and provides service to more than 85 percent of the California Community college market.

“They’re on site and they offer the most advanced technology, the best printer on the market and I want to bring services to Cerritos that give our students the best that’s out there.”

Currently, ID cards have both a bar code on the front and two magnetic stripes on the back. The campus is continually looking to unify how cards are used and plans on dropping the magnetic stripes on the back and focusing solely on the bar codes.

There would be technical support available on site and students will be able to vote on a design for the new ID cards.

He said the cards are high quality and durable. The new printer is expected to last for eight years and the new cards should last for at least five years.

Nikki Jones, Administrative Clerk of the ID Center, said that the new IDs would be a good idea because they have had the same design for so long.

She said, “The way they look is fine but I think it’s a good idea that they’re trying to improve them.”

If the ASCC Senate does not approve the request, the current vendor will remain for the ID cards. Improving the look of Cerritos College IDs will be delayed and Student Affairs will look at other options for Cerritos College IDs.

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