Graduate Studies Center
The Graduate Studies Center (GSC) began with a group of CI faculty, staff and administrators looking for a space on campus to renovate. Members of the GSC team of the Project Vista Learning Community (2010-2012) were Joan Karp, Elizabeth Quintero, Bill Cordeiro, Jane Sweetland, Cindy Wyels, Janet Egiziano, Wendy Olson, Celina Zacarias and Kaia Tollefson. Wendy Olson went on to become the first Activity Director for the GSC, serving in that capacity from 2012-2015. Joined over the years at various times by staff members Sara Alcalá, Angélica Gonzalez, Marilyn Medina and Jennifer Lugo and by student assistants Angélica Pérez, Jennnifer Lugo, Rosa Alvarez, Prathyusha Garamidi, Ciara Blackwell and Amanda Balades, the GSC team worked with campuswide partners to create a home and services for credential and graduate students and faculty. The GSC achieved institutionalization status in Fall 2015.
The GSC is dedicated to providing academic, professional and personal support services for post baccalaureate students at CI. Services aim to facilitate access to post baccalaureate programs, to promote student success and program completion, and to foster professional, personal, and workforce development.
With Project ACCESO, Project Vista renovated El Dorado Hall in 2011, and the GSC opened its doors in February 2012. The Center is envisioned as a one-stop shop for post baccalaureate and graduate student services, face-to-face and online, designed to accommodate the needs of adult learners and working professionals.