Moreno Valley College President's Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 6

October 2019

Ben Clark Firefighter Trainees

Ben Clark Training Center Moves Step Closer
to Earning Education Center Status

Moreno Valley College received notification from the California Community Colleges Finance and Facilities Planning Division that the College's letter of intent to establish the Ben Clark Training Center as a state-funded education center has been reviewed and approved.

The Finance and Facilities Planning Division found the College's letter of intent is complete and in alignment with the required elements of the review criteria. With this approval, the College may proceed with the preparation and submission of a need assessment, which will be reviewed by the Chancellor's Office and forwarded for consideration for educational center status by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

MVC, in collaboration with RCCD's Facilities Department, has compiled the required information and is on track to submit the needs assessment paperwork next month. It is anticipated that if the Chancellor's Office approves the needs assessment, it will be on the January docket of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

Peace Officer Trainees

BCTC is one of the largest public safety training centers in Southern California. BCTC offers subject area and general education courses that lead to certificates and degrees in public safety and emergency medical services. A regional training site, BCTC provides basic and advanced training to public safety personnel. Each year, the College prepares hundreds of students to work in law enforcement and corrections and firefighting and paramedic services.

Moreno Valley College BCTC is done in partnership with Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, Riverside County Fire Department and Riverside County Probation Department.

MVC is in the planning to build two permanent buildings on the BCTC campus. Phase 1, a corrections' building of approximately 3,642 ASF, is funded in part by a Title V Grant from the US Department of Education for Hispanic Serving Institutions. The building will provide lab space, a simulated jail, a scenario-based learning platform for the corrections program, and public safety programs as well as house EMT/Paramedic and the Firefighters' programs. Construction should begin in late spring, with occupation expected in late 2020 or early 2021. Phase 2, an education center of approximately 17,300 ASF, is funded by the Measure C General Obligation Bond. The building will provide classroom and laboratory space for EMT and Paramedic programs, classrooms, academic and study support services and administrative offices. Construction will begin in 2020, with occupation expected in late 2021.

Sequence to Success DNA Barcoding Challenge

STEM Students Accepted Into UCR's Sequence to Success
DNA Barcoding Challenge

Moreno Valley College had 15 STEM students accepted into the UCR College of Natural and Agricultural Science (CNAS) Sequence to Success DNA Barcoding Challenge. The students are participating in a four-week research experience, working as part of a team at the College to extract DNA from fish and perform a barcoding experiment. Students from Riverside City College, Norco College, Mt. San Antonio College and El Camino College are also competing. The students are members of the College's STEM Club which is under the direction of Kasey Nguyen, Ph.D., assistant professor, CIS.

College Hosts Championships

College Hosts Championships: Empowering
the Next Generation to Win Conference

Moreno Valley College, in collaboration with Val Verde Unified School District and Moreno Valley Unified School District, held Championships: Empowering the Next Generation to Win Conference for middle school students. Over the course of three consecutive Fridays in October, the College hosted 10 middle schools from the local districts.

The goal is to reach students early in order to motivate, inspire and empower them to pursue higher education.

"We know that boys and young men of color face profound challenges in our society and through our college's commitment to access and equity, we believe it's our responsibility to reach out to these young men to let them know that Moreno Valley College is here for them when they graduate from high school," Dyrell Foster, vice president, Student Services said. "Our message to them is that we care about your future and your success. We want you to win in life. Moreno Valley College wants to be a part of your success. It's so important for them to come to our college and have a positive experience early on, one that they will remember and will serve as a foundation for their future success."

Topics that addressed understanding themselves in the context of the broader society; understanding the importance of education, specifically higher education; and discussing strategies to be successful in life are discussed with the students. Kendrick Davis, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Medicine, UC Riverside provided the keynote.

Micki Grayson, director, TRIO Programs, said The Office of TRIO Programs is proud to be a part of this amazing collaborative effort with the Office of Vice President of Student Services, Outreach, First Year Experience, and the STEM Innovation Center and Maker Space in partnership with Moreno Valley Unified School District and Val Verde Unified School District.

The conference is funded through MCHS Partnership, a TRiO grant, and MVC general fund.

Puente Students

Puente Students Attend Transfer Motivational Conference

Moreno Valley College had 32 Puente students among the 600 students from Southern California Puente at the Puente Transfer Motivational Conference at UC San Diego. The keynote speaker was Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, a memoir about the hardships and heartbreak from a child's perspective of having been left behind when parents made the difficult decision to depart their home country to make a living in the United States. Students enrolled in the Puente program also received chrome book computers, providing students access to CANVAS for web-enhanced courses and to enhance synchronous and asynchronous support and collaboration among the students, faculty and mentors.

"It was a beautiful opportunity to see our MVC Puente scholars participate in the Puente Transfer Motivational Conference and be introduced to UC San Diego and Chicano Park," Emma Pacheco, assistant professor, English and Puente co-coordinator, said. "It was an empowering event and our students were ecstatic to network with Puente students from all over Southern California."

At the conference, the students attended culturally relevant workshops, learned more about the college admissions process, networked with college admissions representatives, and gained a greater understanding of what university life is like. They also connected with former MVC Puente student and peer mentor Emmanuel Mojica, who graduated and transferred to UC San Diego in order to pursue a degree in Engineering.

After the conference, the group visited Chicano Park in San Diego where MVC Puentistas analyzed the cultural importance of the park and its murals for one of their writing assignments, which is connected to this year's MVC One Book One College theme of Art and Politics.

"Many of the students mentioned that they left feeling inspired by what they experienced," Pacheco said. "As an educator, I find that exposing our first-generation college students to conferences, universities, and cultural activities that empower their voices and promotes their community cultural wealth, is an invaluable experience. It is a privilege to witness their growth reflected in their writing, leadership skills, and college involvement."

EMS Cadet

College Graduates 86th Correctional Academy,
20th Paramedic Academy

Moreno Valley College's Ben Clark Training Center graduated its 86th correctional academy earlier this month at Grove Church. Each of the 23 graduates received employment offers. At the same time, BCTC's Paramedic Academy graduated its 20th class on October 12 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center. In all, 21 graduates completed courses in order to earn completion status. Fifteen of the graduates passed the National Registry Exam and are employed as paramedics within the region. The remaining six graduates are completing final hours with preceptors and will soon take the board exam. All are expected to be employed in their chosen field by the end of the year.

The Moreno Valley College Paramedic Academy educates and trains men and women of public safety, preparing them to meet the high demands of a job in emergency medical services," Bob Fontaine, professor, EMS Program Director, said. "The program has some of the highest pass rates in the state and are the cadets are being offered employment while they are still completing their training. Next time you call 911, you may have a Moreno Valley College Paramedic Cadet taking care of you. These men and women are trained and ready to serve you and will be demonstrating the core values of the program – competence, character and compassion."

CTE Outcomes Survey

CTE Survey Returns Encouraging Numbers for Graduates

Moreno Valley College participates each year in the Career and Technical Education Outcomes Survey (CTEOS). The survey reaches out to completer and skills-building students who met one of the following criteria – earned a vocational degree or nine-plus CTE units. The survey addresses student perceptions of their CTE program, employment outcomes, and how their coursework and training related to their current career.

A total of 700 students were contacted resulting in 195 (28 percent) responses. Based on the survey results, there were increases in each of metrics over the 2018 CTEOS results.

The 2019 report found:

  • 90 percent had secured employment within six months (40 percent were employed immediately; 76.7 percent secured employment within three months)
  • 71.6 percent of students secured a job in a field that is very close or close to their program of study
  • 89.7 percent of students were satisfied or very satisfied with their education and training
  • 64.3 percent increase in wages after completing training (hourly wages increased from $9 before training to $23 after training); increase reflects living wage for a two-adult household with one working adult plus one child
  • 36 percent of respondents reported transferring in order to continue their education

"We are excited to see the positive impact made for our students through the use of regional and local Strong Workforce Funding," Melody Graveen, dean of Instruction, CTE said. "MVC has continued to expand our CTE offerings and delivers well-paying jobs for our graduates that meet the needs of our local community."

Screenshot from Ambuuu video game

Alums Take First Place in Dallas Dream Hack Game Jam

Two alumni, Ross Carr and Jeremiah Taylor, from Moreno Valley College's Game Art Program won first prize in the Dallas Dream Hack Game Jam. Contestants had five days to design, test and showcase a computer game that is capable of being completed in five minutes or less. The object of their game — Ambuuu — is for an ambulance crew to drive around the town and save people in a variety of emergency circumstances. Carr and Taylor, who won $1,000 at Hack Game Jam, are now focused on preparing a full-version of the game in order to take to market.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Moreno Valley College will hold a grand opening celebration for its iMake Innovation Center on Wednesday, December 4, at 4:30 pm. Located in the Science and Technology Building, the Center (Room 101) is the latest innovation to assist students, faculty, staff and community members interact on shared interests, learn to use tools, make class projects, and develop knowledge through exploration and hands-on experiences. RSVP to CTE@MVC.EDU.

November 1, the College will host its Fifth Annual Veterans Scholarship Breakfast at 7:30 am in the Student Academic Services Building. Carla Thornton, Ph.D., master sergeant, US Air Force, Ret., assistant professor, Cal Baptist University, and Moreno Valley City councilmember, is the guest speaker. Tickets, which are $30, are available through Admissions & Records.

The inaugural Pop-Up Art Exhibition at Moreno Valley College is scheduled for November 5-14. The art exhibition, which will be in the Student Academic Services Building, will open daily at 12:50 pm. The theme is Art and Politics.

Homecoming Queen and King

Homecoming King and Queen

And finally, congratulations to Moreno Valley College's Homecoming Queen – Makayla Luna, and Homecoming King – Luis Torresclemente. They were crowned at the annual homecoming football game on September 28.

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16130 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92551
(951) 571-6100

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