President's Newsletter

December 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 16

Holiday Message

Moreno Valley College Receives
Five Financial Awards

Umoja student Jason Johnson receives a Chromebook

Moreno Valley College has received five financial awards, totaling $254,234. These awards include: the Jay Pritzker Foundation Award, Assembly Bill AB1645 Award, Pritzker Foster Care Initiative, and the Umoja Grant and Growing Inland Achievement's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

MLK Ceremony

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Ceremony to be Held Virtually

Moreno Valley College will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Ceremony on January 20 at 3 pm. To register for the free virtual event, click here. This annual event celebrates Dr. King's achievements and legacy. An influential American civil rights leader, Dr. King is well known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.

Through this MLK Recognition Ceremony, the College provides scholarships to Moreno Valley College students and Moreno Valley and Val Verde unified school district students. The College students compete in a speech competition, while the high school students submit essays. Three MVC students will receive scholarships, with the top competitor winning $1,000. Second- and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Two winners from each school district will win $500 scholarships.


Twelve Instructors Receive Tenure

Moreno Valley College has granted tenure to 12 faculty members. A faculty member qualifies for tenure after the fall semester of their third or fourth year of teaching. A committee of peers, by majority vote, make a recommendation for tenure to the administration for action as specified under the law. This year, the instructors below have been approved for tenure. Each was asked to respond to one of the following questions of their choice:

  • What advice would you give to young scholars about teaching at the community college level?
  • What does tenure mean to you and your future career endeavors?
  • What is more important when it comes to teaching today, research or service?

To read their replies, see the full story.

Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways Begins Final Stretch for Implementation

Moreno Valley College officials continue to make quick work of implementing the Guided Pathways model. The latest success has been the creation and development of engagement centers that will be attached to each school.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Ph.D., developed Guided Pathways through its Vision for Success initiative. The state wants to increase transfer rates by 20 percent, as well an increase in degree and certificate completion while seeing a significant reduction in the number of units that students ultimately take at a community college.

Guided Pathways grew out of a 2015 report on how to redesign community colleges across the country. Five years later, Guided Pathways has quickly become the model across the United States. The fundamental idea behind Guided Pathways is to shift from a paradigm that asks, "are the students ready for college?" to one that asks, "is the College ready for students?"

The California Community Colleges system was quick to embrace the Guided Pathways model, selecting 20 colleges to implement an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers.

"Our vision for Guided Pathways is for it to be a transformational change that occurs across all areas of the College," Carlos Lopez, vice president of Academic Affairs, said. "We envision our Guided Pathways programs to not only be for students attending MVC, but our vision includes a continuum of support and opportunities, beginning with high school dual enrollment, to pathways support at MVC, and then to transfer to a four-year college or directly into the workforce."

Art Turnier

Turnier Reflects on His Time
at Moreno Valley College

The best way to describe my time at and with Moreno Valley College is blessed.

In 2015, I had the opportunity, and gladly accepted, the appointed as the dean of Public Safety, Education and Training, now the School of Public Safety after serving as a lieutenant with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and as a colonel in the Army Reserve as a finance officer.

I will remember by what we were able to achieve, not only due to the skill and dedication of our classified staff and faculty, but also our relationship with our partners at the Riverside County Sheriff and Fire. Everyone's focus was on the success of our students and because of this, we have graduated a significant number of public safety professionals who are competent tacticians and well educated decisionmakers that now serve our communities.


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