ASCC president wants to have Scantron vending machines on campus

Rob Flores

Associated Students of Cerritos College President Eduardo Del La Rosa is planning to get a Scantron vending machine for the campus.

Before he can do so, he plans to work with members of the Phi Theta Kappa Club to get student feedback on which courses utilize Scantrons.

De La Rosa explained that the administration and Follett bookstore are still in discussion as to how to handle the matter of getting a Scantron vending machine.

He said, “I hope that maybe [Follett] can pick up some of the cost because it has a contract with the vending machine company, so it makes sense that maybe it can provide the Scantrons.”

The vending machine company is UAI Vending, Inc. Located in Moreno Valley, California.

They serve over 300 campuses across the United States with over 400 machines.

Examples of locations served include: Fullerton College, CSUSB, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Follett Corporation, Chaffey College and Hawk Bookstore.

De La Rosa offered four possible locations for the vending machine: next to the Library entrance, the Bookstore, the Elbow room or his preferred choice inside the Liberal Arts vending room.

If a machine was to be placed in the Liberal Arts Building vending room, Dr. JoAnna Schilling said she would make sure the room is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Among the items up for negotiation,the vending company is willing to waive the $400 shipping fee and the $400 graphics fee for Cerritos College.

Cerritos College President Dr. Jose Fierro has provided feedback on the current progress.

He said, “We first are looking for a vendor who would donate the machine.”

The search for a donation option will be a month long.

Vice President of Business Services Dr. David El Fattal said, “We have tried to secure machines, but we have encountered that these devices get jammed more with Scantrons.”

El Fattal said, “We are looking at options, we want to save students’ money by finding a vendor for little to no cost.”

He noted that Cerritos College has renewed the contract with Follett for five years with a financial benefit for students.

Until the Scantron vending machines become a reality, Fierro has a side plan to distribute Scantrons during midterms and finals.