Donation Creates State-of-the-Art Teaching Room

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Washington State Community College will offer a modernized and high-tech classroom experience in the newly remodeled first-floor teaching lab, located in the Arts & Sciences Building, room 106.

as106 2According to WSCC Foundation Executive Director Gail Reynolds, the updated classroom was made possible through a generous donation by former member of the Board of Trustees and current Foundation board member John Greacen.

"Two rooms are being combined into one to create a high-tech learning environment," explains Reynolds.

Reynolds says that over 50-inch monitor screens will be placed throughout the classroom so even those furthest in the back can see graphic and video components of the lecture clearly.

The room will also have wireless internet access available and a sound support system.

Teaching lab technology specifics includes:

  • Two 52-inch LED televisions
  • A master control podium with touch screen annotation monitor for faculty use, document camera with zoom in-zoom out capabilities, full standard PC, high-definition Blu-Ray player, wired and wireless microphones, and guest device connectivity
  • Ceiling speakers, providing all audio needs in the room
  • New carpet and furniture with seating for 64

According to Reynolds, Mr. Greacen donated over half of the cost of renovating the facility. Total renovation cost was $95,000. A dedication of the college's innovating learning environment was held during the afternoon board meeting on October 17.

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