President's Newsletter

August 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 12

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Platform Scenario Training Building

A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony for Moreno Valley College's Platform Scenario Training Building at the Ben Clark Training Center was held on September 8 at 9:30 am. College and Riverside County officials were on hand, with select guests present since attendance was limited to 50 attendees.

Attendees included Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president of Moreno Valley College; Mary Figueroa, president of the RCCD Board of Trustees; Chad Bianco, sheriff from Riverside County; and Robert Gunzel, assistant sheriff from Riverside County during the 45-minute event.

With the addition of Moreno Valley College's Platform Scenario Training Building, the program becomes one of a few correction academies on the West Coast with an in-house corrections scenario and simulation training capability with infused scenario-based learning domains. MVC correction academies receive interactive training, providing the tools needed to work in real-world situations as well as learn through live scenario strategies.

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Viewership Results for Virtual Graduation Rewarding

Moreno Valley College's virtual graduation in June received 6,184 webpage views, 1,791 new users, and 1,226 clips were viewed. There were 2,815 sessions which indicated that users returned multiple times to view their clip and relive their graduation moment.

President's Dinner Replaced With a Giving Week

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Riverside Community College District Foundation in conjunction with the President's office have replaced the annual President's Dinner with a Giving Week which will be held November 2 - 6. Sponsorship opportunities, which begin at $500, are available by contacting the Foundation at (951) 222-8626 or by email.

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Welcome Day at MVC

College Holds Annual Community
Welcome Day Virtually

Moreno Valley College's annual Community Welcome Day event was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was open to new and returning students as well as interested community members. Attendees were greeted with messages from Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D., chancellor, Riverside Community College District; Mary Figueroa, president of the Board of Trustees, RCCD; Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president of MVC; Jenifer Floerke, president of the Academic Senate; and Andrew Graham, vice president of CSEA.

Attendees were able to take virtual tours of the campus, Dental program, iMAKE Innovation Center, and the Library. Student clubs were highlighted and there was a Discovery Fair highlighting programs, financial aid, student services, student resources, academic and career possibilities, and tips for learning in an online format.

The first 1,000 individuals who completed a short survey at the conclusion of the event received an MVC facemask.

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MoVaLEARNS – Mayor's Challenge Wins Prestigious International Award

The city of Moreno Valley's MoVaLEARNS - Mayors Challenge program, which helped Moreno Valley Career & Technical Education students stay in school in order to complete their degree/certificate, received the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)'s Local Government Excellence Award for Community Diversity & Inclusion category.

The program assisted students at Moreno Valley College with a $250 monthly award for eight months. The idea was to help students advert the "earn versus learn" trap. The "earn versus learn" phrase refers to when students are low on funds and are forced to pause their studies and usually take a low-wage job. Many students never recover from the decision because they never return to finish their studies.

"For me, the funds alleviated the financial strain that I was experiencing being a single mother and a full-time student," Bonnie Galloway said. "I was able to purchase the rest of the things I needed for school, such as books and supplies (that I would have had to put off)."

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Ground Broken on Welcome Center

Ground has been broken for Moreno Valley College's Welcome Center, the latest project from monies from the Measure C bond measure that taxpayers approved in March 2004. The $14 million Welcome Center, a single-story building, will house enrollment services and other divisions within student services, such as Admission & Records, Assessment Center, Cashier's Office, Counseling, Dream Center, Financial Aid, First-Year Experience, Outreach, and Student Employment.

The Welcome Center will be located next to Student Activities and behind the Science and Technology Building. When completed, the Welcome Center will join Student Academic Services, the Dental Education Center, and the Network Operations Center as buildings completed under the District's Measure C bond measure that was approved by voters in order to finance new construction and remodels across the District in order to accommodate the growing number of students the colleges are serving.

After completion of the Welcome Center there are plans to renovate the existing Student Services Building as well as a portion of the Library. Tilden Coil Constructors, Inc. is the construction company and HPI Architecture of Newport Beach is the architect for the project.

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iMake Innovation Center Hosts
Women in STEAM Virtual Camp

The iMake Innovation Center held a two-day Women in STEAM Virtual Camp.

Attendees were addressed by leaders in STEAM industries and learned about the impact women can have in STEAM fields. Robin Steinback, Ph.D., MVC president, provided opening remarks. Jackie Melendez, deputy city manager, city of Moreno Valley; Angel Orta-Perez, assistant director of TRIO/Upward Bound; and Kasey Nguyen, Ph.D., in CIS/Cybersecurity were the featured speakers on day one. Claire Jefferson-Glipa from Western Region Ambassador-National University; Anna Marie Amezquita, dean of Instruction; Jacqueline Gilyard Jones, founder/CEO of BioPower Enterprises, LLC; and Melody Graveen, Ed.D., dean of Instruction for CTE, spoke to the attendees on the final day.

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College Launches Extended Learning Program

This past summer, Moreno Valley College launched its Extended Learning Program. The Extended Learning Program offers free noncredit courses. The intended targets of these courses are individuals looking to gain professional expertise in order to expand their career opportunities or grow a business, learn foundational skills to enter a Career & Technical Education pathway or just augment educational experiences while taking credit courses.

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iMAKE Innovation Center Staff Make Presentations at Conferences

Melody Graveen, Ed.D., dean of Instruction, Career & Technical Education; Donnell Layne, director; and Jason Kennedy, supervisor, of the iMAKE Innovation Center, participated in two national conferences recently.

Safe Return

RCCD Orchestrates Plan for Returning to Traditional Education

The Riverside Community College District has formulated a plan to return to traditional education delivery. Last May, the District convened a Safe Return Taskforce with leadership from Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College along with faculty, staff, students and administrators throughout the District. The Taskforce was charged with developing recommendations for restoring on-site operations while ensuring the safety of students and employees.

The recommendations of the Taskforce have been organized into phases and are compliant with the California Resilience Roadmap: Stages 1-4 as well as specific County Health Department directives. The recommendations also consider the unique environments and educational programs of each college.


WalletHub Names MVC as the Nation's 11th Best Community College

WalletHub, a website dedicated to helping individuals efficiently attain financial fitness, ranked Moreno Valley College as the nation's 11th best overall community college for 2020. WalletHub compared more than 650 community colleges across 18 key indicators of cost and quality. Their data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.

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


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