Textbook exchange program delayed
Julian Hernandez, 19, has eagerly awaited the start of the Student Access Via Exchange program since fall term of 2009.
But because of delays in the project, he will have to wait a little longer than anticipated. Miami Dade College received $267, 298 to implement the SAVE program in the fall term of 2009, but according to Jaime Anzalotta, director of student life, the program will be officially implemented by fall 2010.
SAVE has plans to be a student-run book exchange program in which students who are enrolled in microbiology, chemistry, or anatomy I and II, can join for a nominal fee and rent and swap books for the semester.
“I heard about the SAVE program through one of my professors in the fall,” said Hernandez a biology major. “I was hoping that by spring the program would be up and running. Something like this is very beneficial to students like me.”
This semester alone, Hernandez said he spent an average of $750 buying his science-related textbooks at the bookstore.
Anzalotta is in the process of hiring a project manager who will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the program.
Malou Harrison, Dean of Student Services, said that they are “currently working toward the planning stages of the SAVE program.” All of which include: staffing, conceptual design for the interactive Web site, establishing the SAVE office space, and working toward the acquisition of inventory.
“I look forward to bringing this program fully on board in the coming months so we can bring a viable, cost favorable option for students to be able to acquire required texts for their Science courses,” Harrison said.
As of now, SAVE only involves science textbooks. But Harrison adds that textbooks from other academic disciplines may be available through the program in years to come.
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