President's Newsletter

September 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 13

Dr. John W Rice Award

College Receives Dr. John W. Rice Award Honorable Mention

Moreno Valley College received an honorable mention selection for the Dr. John W. Rice Student Success Award. Established in 2001, the Dr. John W. Rice Awards recognize community colleges leading the way in progressing student success, and diversity and equity. The California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) evaluated statewide data in meeting the Vision for Success Goal, which included student success outcomes in percent increase in attaining degrees, certificates, and transfers while reducing the number of units.

Giving Week

Giving Week Scheduled for November

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.

Town Hall – Voting 2020:
Access & Equity

There will be a Voting 2020: Access & Equity town hall discussion on Thursday, October 1, at 1 pm with Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Faculty and staff can participate via Facebook Live. The town hall will be moderated by Guillermo Ochoa, Telemundo 52 news anchor.

Voting Town Hall
Trio Students

US Department of Education Renews
College's TRIO Grant

The US Department of Education announced that Moreno Valley College's TRIO program has been renewed for $1.265 million over the next five years. This year's budget allotment is a 3.5 percent increase over last year. The College is one of 1,131 institutions which received funding, and one of 119 in California.

Employment Placement

Employment Placement Continues
to Aid Students

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Employment Placement continues to assist students with job opportunities and externship programs. Eleven new businesses - Aerotek, AT&T, Cardenas Markets, Charter Communications/Spectrum, Coca-Cola, Converge One, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Hussmann Corporation, Inland Empire Health Plan, Phoenix Motor Cars, and Southern California Edison - have partnered in sharing their openings for students.

Nikki Cook, Employment Placement coordinator, says there are currently 215 students signed up for weekly job opportunities. Since July, 11 students have obtained employment. The office also assisted the Dental program, partnering with dental offices in Moreno Valley, Perris, Riverside, Corona and Redlands so students can fulfill their externship hours.

BCTC Platform Scenario Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for
Platform Scenario Training Building

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 8 for Moreno Valley College's Platform Scenario Training Building at the Ben Clark Training Center. 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.

The 3,642-square-foot facility provides experiential and interactive jail scenario training, giving recruits the opportunity to work through potential real-life situations and scenarios to shape their judgment and decision-making while developing specific skills needed to work within jail facilities. The project was completed in partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The Platform Scenario Training Building was funded by Measure C, a $350 million bond that voters approved in March of 2004; Strong Workforce funds; and a Title V grant from the Department of Education. The project was completed at a cost of $3 million.

Groundbreaking at Welcome Center

College Celebrates Groundbreaking
of Welcome Center

Moreno Valley College and District officials celebrated the construction on the Welcome Center, a $14 million single-story building that will house enrollment services and other student services divisions. The Welcome Center is 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 2004 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.

Carlos Lopez

Lopez Appointed to
Statewide Task Force

Carlos Lopez, vice president of Academic Affairs, has been appointed by the statewide organization of Chief Instructional Officers to serve on the Vision for Success Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. In the Task Force's 2020 report to Governor Gavin Newsome, it outlined recommendations in order to increase faculty and staff diversity in the California Community Colleges system.

District Adds its Name to Skills for CA Letter

Riverside Community College District leadership signed on to the Skills for CA letter to the California's Future Work Commission. The letter supported a commitment to racial equity and a strategy that emphasizes quality jobs and offered five workforce development strategies for consideration as the state charts a reimagined economy.

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Student Services Live

College Launches Student Services Live

Moreno Valley College has launched its Student Services Live, a virtual center for everything student services. The center is a Zoom meeting that stays active throughout the day. Staff from Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Assessment and Counseling, and other student-centered services maintain breakout rooms for meetings with students. This service compliments the new Student Hub in Canvas, which consolidates links and improves access to other services such as library support, academic services, and even technical support without requiring students to leave Canvas.

Veterans Scholarship

District Representative to Serve as Guest Speaker for Veterans Scholarship Event

Altie Holcomb, a district representative for Senator Richard Roth, will deliver the keynote at this year's Veterans Scholarship Event. The virtual event will be held on November 10 at noon.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 20, 1971, Holcomb joined the United States Marine Corps in August of 1989, a couple months after graduating from high school. Holcomb served 20 years and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He supported US efforts as a logistics officer, embarkation officer and detachment commander during the Iraq War.


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