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November 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 15

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Giving Week

Giving Week Raises Over $23,000

Giving Week will be held November 2-6.

Moreno Valley College's first Giving Week raised $23,870 for the President's Excellence Fund. Contributions support continuing innovation in our programs and provide scholarships, equipment and other resources in direct support of students. Donations are still being solicited in order to meet the goal of $25,000.

Twenty businesses and individuals supported Giving Week as sponsors, including the Associated Students of Moreno Valley College, Highland Fairview Properties, and Dr. Robin and Mr. Glenn Steinback who gave at the Gold level. Silver sponsors include Altura Credit Union, Eastern Municipal Water District, Tilden-Coil Constructors, City of Perris, Philip and Micki Grayson, Donnell and Alicia Layne, and Frankie L. Moore. Bronze sponsors were Total Plan Business Interiors, Inc.; DNG — an Avidex Company; Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Eden Endom; Department of Communications, English & World Languages; Julio Gonzalez; Martinrex Kedziora, superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District; MVC Academic Senate; Art and Dawn Turnier; and Michael Paul Wong, Ph.D.

"First, I would like to thank our sponsors who supported Moreno Valley College's Giving Week," Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, Moreno Valley College, said. "Now, more than ever, there is a need to support students. These funds will directly impact students as they progress in their field of study. Even the smallest piece of equipment can prove to be impactful in their studies or scholarship assistance can be the difference between remaining in school or dropping out. Therefore, thank you for your continued support of Valley students."

Foundation CCC grant

MVC Students to See Assistance from
Donation to Foundation for California
Community Colleges

Moreno Valley College was named as one of the targeted institutions to receive assistance from the largest philanthropic gift to community colleges in the nation to date. The $100 million, 20-year pledge to the Foundation for California Community Colleges will help eliminate regional educational gaps by providing scholarships to students who are close to completing a certificate or degree at a California community college or transferring to a university, and emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected financial hardships.

“The announcement made by Chancellor Oakley and the Foundation for California Community Colleges that Moreno Valley College, along with 33 other community colleges in the state, will receive funds to support our students is thrilling,” said Christopher T. Sweeten, vice president of Student Services. “The generous gift from the Jay Pritzker Foundation will help eliminate regional educational gaps and support our students to finish their desired academic programs. As the Inland Empire grows and develops, we know the importance of having individuals with the skillsets to take into tomorrow. This financial support will help our students attain their goals and become the future leaders we need to tackle problems in vast industries. As MVC continues to be a leading institution in creating greater access and retention for students, this gift will contribute significantly to our students' success and the Moreno Valley and Perris communities.”

For the first five years, FoundationCCC will deliver grants to 34 community colleges in the three regions of California with the lowest percentage of adults who have college degrees as identified in the Vision for Success: Strengthening the California Community Colleges to Meet California’s Needs. In this first year, FoundationCCC will grant up to $150,000 per college. Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, 100 percent of the first year’s grants may be used by colleges to provide students emergency financial aid. In future years, colleges may use grants to provide a combination of scholarships and some emergency financial aid to students. The scholarship amount of up to $18,500 per student per year is intended to cover the estimated true cost of a student’s community college education which includes such costs as textbooks, instructional materials, transportation, housing, childcare, and food.

“This unparalleled level of support for our students will be life changing,” Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, said. “We are grateful to the Jay Pritzker Foundation for their generosity and recognition of the California Community Colleges as a vehicle for transformative change.”

Dan Pritzker, president of the Jay Pritzker Foundation, and his wife, Karen, said they have spent decades focusing on improving education globally and were inspired by President Barack Obama’s efforts to promote community colleges nationally. But they were spurred to action after seeing firsthand the effect of a community college experience on their daughter. She spent her first year of college at a private university on the East Coast but, “she didn’t like the school,” Dan Pritzker said. After signing up for a couple of courses at a California community college, “she loved it, she enjoyed the professors and the kids, and she decided to stay and complete her degree…that really gave us an up-close view of what community colleges have to offer students.”

Apprenticeship opportunities

Apprenticeship Program Receives Permission for Additional Opportunities, Looks to be a Leader in Growing Opportunities for Students

The US Department of Labor has approved two additional apprenticeship programs — IT Support Specialist Technician and Cybersecurity Support Specialist. The College is expecting approval from the Division of Apprenticeship Standards in December.

Meanwhile, Jennifer McDaniel, Apprenticeship director, was accepted to serve on the Cyber Security Apprenticeship work group hosted by the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

“It is truly an honor to be selected to serve on the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Cybersecurity Work Group,” McDaniel, MVC director of Apprenticeship, said.

The group consists of business representatives, higher education, nonprofit organizations, or other apprenticeship stakeholders.

“I am deeply touched that they value my experience and expertise to offer such a prestigious platform to collaborate with others and work on a united front to help expand these opportunities,” she added.

Currently, McDaniel is working with six employers to complete the required apprenticeship documentation to become registered partners as well as in discussions with three other vested partners. The Office is also partnering with the District’s Apprenticeship directors to offer career catalyst opportunities through the James Irvine grant.

“The process of securing apprenticeship programs can be quite labor intensive,” McDaniel said. “One of the first steps is identifying the need through labor market information. Luckily, our region has fantastic LMI data readily available from our Centers of Excellence and IE/DRC consortia. Then we work with faculty, administration, and staff to identify the pathway and the courses to present to employers to get their approval and buy-in.”

The aim is to help subsidize employer fees for hiring apprentices. The program will cover the first 300 hours of training for up to 15 apprentices.

“The Career Catalyst program is a fantastic way to help employers subsidize new hire fees and alleviate some of the stresses of hiring new employees,” McDaniel stated. “If we are able to continue offering this program through our regional LAUNCH Apprenticeship Platform after our pilot, it could potentially help hundreds of new employers throughout our region. We have been able to design the program to provide different options for employers allowing them to participate in a way that works best for them.”

The ideal option would be for employers to hire the apprentice for a full-time position, for the Career Catalyst to cover up to 29.5 hours, and for the employer to pick up the remaining fees.

“We do have options for them to hire the apprentice on a part-time basis, or even allow for an internship-like opportunity with the expectation that they would hire the apprentice full-time upon the completion of 300 hours,” McDaniel said. “The ideal, first option, allows for the funds to be extended on a longer basis, but also allows for the apprentice to start at a full-time position.”

Statewide, the California Community Colleges system oversees programs for 95,000 apprenticeships with a goal of reaching 500,000 by 2029. Community college apprenticeship programs provide pathways to high-wage jobs throughout California. Central to the future of the apprenticeship program is the California Apprenticeship Initiative, which is a cohort of 55 community colleges that have developed over 100 new pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs through a $75 million five-year investment.

“If programs like these were more readily available, employers would be more inclined to participate in them,” McDaniel said. “Often, as we are reaching out to employers, that is one of their first questions, ‘Is there any funding available to help hire these apprentices?’ Currently, we can say yes. Right now, the pilot goes through December, and a request has been submitted for additional funding from James Irvine to continue this project.”

A press release from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office cited while traditional apprenticeship programs are focused on the fields of building trades and construction, the CAI is expanding into 10 innovative sectors including agriculture, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, culinary, early care and education, food safety, health care, hospitality, information and communications technology, and maritime.

The California Apprenticeship Initiative represents the future of California’s economy and the California Community College system is at the forefront of not only ensuring apprentices have the knowledge base necessary, but as a way to inspire lifelong learning that may lead to advancement in careers.

“During the time COVID hit, everything got a lot harder,” said McDaniel. “Employers are hard enough to stay in communication with normally, but with the added pressure of the pandemic, financials, and ambiguity of the future, everything has become more difficult. Employers became unresponsive and due to the virtual nature, there was no ability to do the surprise visits we used to do in the past.

“So, I leveraged every resource available and partnered with LAUNCH, Network Kinection and JFF to do employer outreach. We stayed the course and eventually things began to turn in our favor.”


MoVaLearns Awards Stipends to
Participating Students

Moreno Valley College students participating in the 2020-21 cohort for the MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge program received their first two monthly stipends. This marks the third cohort for MoVaLEARNS. On October 27, students received $500 checks and enjoyed a grab-and-go lunch and coffee. The partnership between the city and Moreno Valley College provides a $250 monthly stipend for eight months to help 50 qualifying MVC students avoid having to leave school for a low-wage job in order to pay their bills.

A nationally recognized program, MoVaLEARNS was created in 2018 as a pilot project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge initiative. Those interested in helping support MoVaLEARNS-Mayors Challenge can contribute to the Moreno Valley Community Foundation via its GoFundMe Charity account or by shopping online at AmazonSmile and designating Moreno Valley Community Foundation as the charity to receive a donation equal to half a percent of eligible purchases. For more information on MoVaLEARNS go to

Veterans Scholarship Winners

Four Students Awarded Scholarships at Veterans Recognition Ceremony

Moreno Valley College held its annual Virtual Veterans Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, November 10. Held virtually this year, the event raises funds for student scholarships. Four students were honored this year, two through a nomination process and two others through a drawing at the conclusion of the Zoom event. Michael Payne, US Air Force Veteran, and Marcelino Chavez, US Army Veteran, received $1,000 scholarships. Payne and Chavez were nominated and honored as students/Veterans who exemplify strength, courage and resilience.

Heriberto Belman, US Marine Veteran, and Kevin Vasquez, US Army Veteran, each received $750 upon having their names pulled, compliments of the Associated Students of Moreno Valley College.

Drive-up WiFi

College Unleashes Drive-up Wi-Fi

Drive-up wireless Internet is available during campus hours in the parking lots at Moreno Valley College beginning the week of November 16. Coverage and speeds are dependent on the proximity to the buildings adjacent to the parking lots as well as environmental variables. Funded by CARES Act II, Drive-up Wi-Fi offers students reliable Internet connectivity needed to complete online coursework from the safety and comfort of their automobiles.

Students, faculty and staff can connect to the College’s Wi-Fi using these steps:

Updated information coming up soon!

Dr. Jones becomes President of the College of Alameda

Vice President Jones Hired as Next President of Alameda College

Moreno Valley College Vice President of Business Services Nathaniel Jones, Ph.D., has been named the next president of College of Alameda. Jones, who has spent the last 20 years in higher education, has held administrative and faculty positions at the University of California, Riverside; Pepperdine University; Dartmouth College; Northern Arizona University; and the University of Maryland. He finished his doctoral program in Health Policy in 2002 while at the University of Maryland. Jones also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In an Alameda College issued press release, Jones said that he looked “forward to bringing my skills in strategic planning, fiscal matters, instruction, research, and evaluation to the College of Alameda and working closely with students, faculty and staff to build upon the College’s progress.”

Jones becomes the second member of the Moreno Valley College management team to receive a presidency in the last year. In February, Dyrell Foster, Ed.D., was named president of Las Positas College.

“I’d like to congratulate Nathaniel on his hiring as the next president of Alameda College,” Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, said. “He has been a key member of the administrative team here at Moreno Valley College. There is no doubt that he will be a valuable addition at Alameda, especially as the state recovers from the pandemic.”

Steinback said that she will forward with an interim position, but plans to have the position filled by early 2021.


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