Local Family Gives College Million-Dollar Gift

El Vaquero Staff Writer

A generous donation of $1 million received this fall toward building the new health science building on campus is only the second award of that amount ever given to the college. The new complex will be named the Bhupesh Parikh Health Science and Technology Building in honor of donor Bhupesh Parikh and his family.

Parikh came to the U.S. from India as a young man. He earned a master’s degree in structural engineering from USC and proceeded to establish an engineering and construction business in Glendale. The Parikh family has lived in Glendale since 1969. Parikh’s wife, Kumud, attended accounting classes at GCC.

After its anticipated completion in 2007, the new three-story building will feature digital arts and graphics labs, a pharmacy lab, nursing and emergency medical technicians labs, and more than 2,600 square feet of lecture classrooms.