Testing center could one day serve entire South Valley

From left, Bakersfield City Councilman Rudy Salas, Testing Center Director Lou Montano, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Soraya Coley, Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Jacqueline Mimms, and President Horace Mitchell cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the CSUB Testing Center on March 29, 2011.
Enrollment Management staff enter the new Testing Center at its grand opening on March 29, 2011.
Dr. Jacqueline Mimms, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, right, speaks with Josie Guillen, advisor for the Student Success and Retention Center, left, at the grand opening of the Testing Center on March 29, 2011.

As local dignitaries cut the ribbon for the new Testing Center at CSUB on March 29, they celebrated the grand opening of a resource that will extend beyond our campus and someday serve the entire Southern San Joaquin Valley.

The center houses 18 computer stations inside the modular building adjacent to the Campus Police Department. The building, which is also shared by CSUB‘s new Emergency Operations Center, was donated to CSUB by the military many years ago and was once home to our Nursing Simulation Lab. (The lab is now in Science I.)

Testing Center Director Lou Montano shared these benefits of the new Testing Center:

  • It will help with enrollment by providing quality testing services to potential students. We will increase our ability to provide English/math placement (EPT/ELM) exams, provide more chemistry placement tests and ACT residual exams. Students will come to CSUB to take these exams.
  • We will be able to enhance our service in proctoring exams for students taking correspondence or distance learning courses.
  • For our graduate students, we are in the process of getting the GMAT and GRE computer-based exams. Currently students have to drive two hours to Fresno for the GRE and to Santa Maria for the GMAT exam. (We currently administer the Miller Analogies Test to graduate students.)
  • It will enhance the stature and visibility of CSUB in the community.
  • It gives us the potential to work closely with corporations, hospitals, government agencies, private business and organizations needing employee testing for certification or assessment.
  • And, we now have the potential to become the largest testing site in the Southern San Joaquin Valley providing testing and assessment for high school and college students.

“We have come a long way,” Montano said. “When I started working with Testing in 2004, we were located in the Health Center. There were many times that we had to proctor exams in the locker room. Trying to reserve the conference room in the Health Center made it very difficult to schedule exams. We then moved to Modular West (next to the Children’s Center), and things got a little better. We had one room for paper-based exams and one room for computer-based exams. However, there was only one computer. Now, with our new Testing Center, we have 18 new computers!”

— Jennifer Baldwin, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator