By Joshua Inglada
The Distance Education Program Office is moving from East Los Angeles College’s main campus to a new building located 1.5 miles away.
ELAC’s Administration arranged for the move to take place because the program was becoming too large for its previous room.
The move began before the semester started on Aug. 20.
“The program was growing and space was non-existent where we were,” Multimedia Specialist Juan Chacon said.
He and the other staff members formerly operated in different rooms for the DE Office.
One of the reasons for the move is to group the staff together to make the program more effective.
“Since we moved in, we have yet to set everything up properly. We still need to show students how to use their log-in information, look up assignments and how to request adds,” Distance Learning Coordinator Pauletta Daw said. “We hope to have everything set before the winter session arrives.”
For most of this year the DE office was previously located at the Teaching and Learning Center by the Student Store.
Before that, the program was situated in G1-110.
“It looks like this will be our new home for the next year or two,” Chacon said.
The DE office offers assistance to students through its online classes and answers concerns through e mail.
Its courses range from Administration of Justice, Computer Science, English 28 and Communications.
There are more than 200 online and hybrid/blended courses offered through the DE office.
Hybrid/blended courses are held both on-campus and online simultaneously.
“This program has existed for a long time in order to help students who live in remote areas. Students who have illnesses that prevent them from stepping into a classroom, but not a computer can use this to help them,” Daw said.
Online classes are also convenient for those who don’t have the time to be on campus.
“If you’re in the military and you want to keep studying, then you can. Students who work all day or spend time with the kids can log-in in the evening,” Daw said. “It also works well for students who have face-to-face classes all day and wish to take an extra class.”
There is some concern over whether or not the move will make students procrastinate to drive or walk to the new location off campus.
“If there’s more money and new buildings set up by the school then maybe we can move back in,” Chacon said.
The newly renovated building will house the DE office at 1055 Corporate Center Drive on the second floor, Suite 201.
It takes five minutes to get to the new building from ELAC.
The DE office hours are from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 1:30-4:30 p.m. For more information on the DE office and its services, call 323-415-5313 or go to elac.edu/online.