Cerritos College is considering making improvements to its campus card office, pending the approval of additional funding at the college’s Associated Students of Cerritos College (ASCC) Senate meeting.
The way forward would see the college work with a different card service reseller in Card Integrators Corporation, or CI Solutions for short. A local card and service provider, CI Solutions would provide local support for any technical problems that may occur at the college.
As reported by the Cerritos College Talon Marks, the Dean of Student Services oversees the ID Center at Cerritos and has stated that there are plans to relocate the campus card office, among others, in the near future. Per the report, the Dean of Students stressed that providing students the best, most productive, most reliable IDs would help significantly with the college’s branding as well as help to develop school pride.
The initial start up cost for the move and improvements will be $23,131, with funding going toward hardware including a card printer, high quality cameras and new software. The ongoing costs of the card office are expected to remain unchanged from their current levels.
CI Solutions provides fully integrated security, identification, loyalty management, data collection and control systems to the university space nationwide. From its Los Alamitos, California headquarters, CI Solutions provides ID cards for other community colleges in the area and provides service to more than 85% of the California Community college market.
Currently, the Cerritos College ID features both a barcode on the front and two magnetic stripes on the back. Despite the availability of more robust technologies, the college is contemplating dropping the magnetic stripes and focusing solely on barcodes.
For the time being, however, the card office revamp will issue higher quality and more durable cards. The new card printer, meanwhile, is expected to last the college for eight years, with the new cards expected to last roughly five years under normal use.
If the college’s senate meeting does not approve the funding request, the college will stay with its current vendor for the ID cards.