President's Newsletter

June 2020 | Volume 1, Issue 11

Virtual grads

College Holds Virtual Graduation

Moreno Valley College held a virtual graduation for its 2020 class. Graduates, family and friends heard from a number of education leaders, including Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president of Moreno Valley College, as well as student speaker Crystal Williams. The graduation featured a personalized slide for each graduate which showcased their degree/certificates, a personal message, and future plans. Nearly 350 students participated in the online ceremony. Graduates have the choice of returning in 2021 for an in-person ceremony.

Virtual Welcome Day

Welcome Day to be Held Virtually

Moreno Valley College's Community Welcome Day will transition to a virtual event this year. The event will showcase the College and its education programs. The community and new students can learn about student clubs, programs and support services, financial aid and assistance on applying for college, and enrolling in classes.

Journalism Program Launches College Newspaper

The Moreno Valley College journalism program published its inaugural edition of the Moreno Valley College Herald, an online publication covering news of the College, along with features, entertainment and editorial content. The publication is student run by those enrolled in Introduction to Journalism, Intermediate Journalism, News Production, and Photography.

Journalism Program Launches College Newspaper
Cyber Camps Become an International Draw

Cyber Camps Become an International Draw

Although, Moreno Valley College's Cyber Camps have been forced online it hasn't dismissed its draw. The Beginner Cyber Camp attracted 179 students while the Advanced Cyber Camp 2020 sold out with 100 registrants. The camps provide cybersecurity training for beginners and advanced cybersecurity learners and coders. In the Advanced Cyber Camp, students will learn Windows, Linux and network cyber defense strategies for CyberPatriot competition and prepare for future careers in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. The Beginners Cyber Camp is an introductory training week for individuals interested in information technology, computer science and cybersecurity.

Virtual arts

Pandemic Pushes End-of-the-Year Events Online

As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed learning online, the use of educational technology has increased. None more so than with the arts. Two disciplines at Moreno Valley College – Art and Music – transitioned end-of-the year in-person events to virtual presentations.

Moreno Valley College Reflection

Moreno Valley College Reflection
by Travis R. Gibbs, Ph.D.

One of the basic principles of teaching and learning is to listen and be listened to–both help to relate with the instructor and the material. It took me a while to get it.

After high school, I went to a four-year institution, but in 1966 I dropped out after a bit more than a year. I could not relate to being schooled by being told how much I didn't know. After a couple of years, I went back to college at RCC. I did alright, but college still seemed unrelatable, though at least I became interested in the academic process of learning. Then I dropped out again.

2020 Census

Be Heard, Be Counted

The US Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, has restarted field operations in California as of June 8. If you haven't completed your household's census report, you are encouraged to do so. Each decade, the United States holds a population census count. The data collected by the census determines a number of things which can affect California and its residents. Through the census, billions of dollars are distributed by the federal government to local communities, universities, community college districts such as Riverside Community College District, and municipalities. The process is immense as some 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units will need to be accounted for. You can help by ensuring your household participates in the California Census.



Middle College Celebrates 20th Graduating Class

Middle College Celebrates
20th Graduating Class

At just 17 years of age, Giselle Martinez has seen the highs and lows of life.

Martinez, who recently earned her high school diploma from Rancho Verde High School, is one of 60 students from the Middle College High School who comprise the 20th graduating class. The 60 MCHS students this year earned 151 degrees, with 27 graduating with Great Distinction and another 23 with Distinction.

MCHS was established in 1999 by the three educational organizations through a special grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. MCHS students complete their last two years of high school at Moreno Valley College while enrolled in high school and college courses. MCHS students enroll in college courses which satisfy high school graduation requirements, courses that are transferable, or classes that can be applied towards an associate degree.

Bond Discovers a Career While Seeking Independence

Bond Discovers a Career While Seeking Independence

For Ashley Bond independence came at a cost.

"I lived a privileged life," Bond said of her upper-middle class lifestyle provided by her parents. She attended military school and after graduation enrolled at La Sierra University. Eventually, she decided to forge a life on her own.

Ayanna Robinson Luis Cuevas

Robinson Leaves Her Mark on College, Honors Program

When Ayanna Robinson graduated with her six associate degrees and four real estate classes, she had her team to thank – her husband, Romel, and children, Aaliyah-Jade (11 years of age), 7-year-old identical twins Ava-Jolie and Aubrielle, Romeo (4) and Roman (2).

"My family was very supportive, and I am grateful," Robinson said. "[When I started school], I was unsure of how I would parent and complete my studies, but it has worked out for us as a unit. It got easier with time, but it was rough at times. It was a team effort so as long as we all kept that mindset, it worked."

Cuevas Pursues a Passion for Science

A "B" turned Luis Cuevas into an "A" student and a Chancellor's Scholar.

A one-time future scientist, Cuevas completed his transfer requirements this year after earning his associates degree last year. A TRIO Scholar in the ACES Student Support Services Program, he says it was a "B" in James Namakata's MAT-35 class that got his attention.

"It really knocked me off my feet and humbled me," he said. "It was way harder than any math class I took before that. I thought I knew what to expect."


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