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The STEM Capital Campaign

In 2017, ARC embarked on a fundraising campaign called “Investing in Knowledge, building for the Future” to build a state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Center to help train and create a skilled STEM workforce. The three-story, 57,000 square foot building provides critically needed infrastructure, contemporary classrooms, and laboratory spaces, which are essential for 21st century teaching and learning. Design elements provide shared, flexible, and movable spaces and labs for programs and disciplines that include Business & Computer Science, Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics and Engineering, along with the STEM Center (MESA), the American River Immersive Education and Innovations Lab (ARIEL), and computer and statistics labs.

STEM Building Front Entrance

The Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center

Local and state bond dollars earmarked for STEM modernization projects in community colleges paid for the ($32M) cost of construction of the building and $2.5M was raised from the generous support of alumni, employees, emeriti, and corporate and community partners to purchase technology and equipment for students to gain hands-on experience using the same cutting-edge tools they will encounter at high-tech employers. This experiential learning will ensure that Sacramento’s students have access to the highest quality, affordable and most up-to-date STEM education available.

The new Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center is named in honor of American River College alumnus Diane Bryant whose generation donation of $500,000 is one of the most significant donations in college history and served as the leadership gift for the Campaign. Bryant is a former Group President of Intel’s Data Center Group and former Chief Operating Officer of Google’s Cloud Platform and current Chairman & Chief Operating Officer of NovaSignal. She received her associate’s degree from American River College and her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Bryant received the Distinguished Alumni Award from California Community Colleges in 2016 and the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year from UC Davis in 2017. Bryant was named one of the 50 most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine in 2015 & 2016 and was ranked No. 32 in the Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider. She holds four U.S. patents for chip design.

Major Donors 

We thank the following donors for their generous lead gifts during the STEM Capital Campaign:

2021 Chemistry Faculty
Art Mark
Bob Bruns and Sue Lorimer
California American Water
Cindy & Tim Burke Family
Damon Antos
David & Jane Viar
Dr. Fred Evangelisti & Molly Evangelisti
Dr. Metwalli Amer & SALAM
Frank M. Booth
Jayne Overgard
Joan Brenchley-Jackson
John and Maggie Frisch
Julie Hayes and Chris Stroop
Kaiser Permanente
Linda Dixon
Louise Lockhart
Marie B. Smith
PASCO Scientific
Ray Di Guilio
Richard C. Dorf & Joy M. Dorf
SAFE Credit Union
Schools First Federal Credit Union
Science Area Associates
Shashi Gupta
Tom Kandris
Thomas Greene
Wei-Jen Harrison Family
William E. Hixon Foundation