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A rending of the new Grossmont College science and technology building. Photo credit: Courtesy, Grossmont College

Grossmont College broke ground Thursday on the second phase of a $36.2 million science, math and career technology complex, which also will house a new Veterans Resource Center.

The project will expand classroom, lab and office spaces for programs including geography, oceanography, and social sciences, math and geology.

Governing Board President Brad Monroe thanked East County taxpayers for supporting Proposition V. The 2012 bond measure is financing the new building and other construction and renovation projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca College.

“This building will demonstrate to the community that their investment in our college district through the passage of Proposition V was well spent,” he said. “This building will serve tens of thousands of students in the years to come.”

Interim Grossmont College President Marsha Gable said she is excited about the new space for veterans. The center will offer counseling, tutoring and a social activities.

“With a prime location on Griffin Drive, the new Veterans Resource Center will be an easily accessible space for Grossmont College to help hundreds of former and active military, reservists and their dependents reach their educational goals,” Gable said.

The college presented the groundbreaking live on its YouTube channel.

Lynn Neault, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, said the project gives officials the chance to update a cluster of aging buildings while accommodating new technology and other student needs.

It is set for completion by spring 2023.

Phase 1, completed in spring 2020, included the full renovation and replacement of Building 31, which now houses the Administration of Justice program and Child Development Center.

Other major projects at Grossmont and Cuyamaca being funded by Proposition V include:

  • The Performing and Visual Arts Center at Grossmont, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for May 20;
  • A Student Services Building at Cuyamaca that broke ground in February, and a renovation of the campus Ornamental Horticulture complex.