Moreno Valley College President's Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 2

Spring 2019

College, Community Gather, Create Roadmap for Campus Buildout

After holding five forums and meeting with 350 community members and staff, Moreno Valley College has finalized its Faculty Master Plan (FMP). The FMP will serve as a road map for developing additional education facilities as well as creating and growing programs.

With the assistance of the DLR Group, an integrated design firm of architects and consulting experts, College officials held planning meetings with community, faculty and staff stakeholders. A successful plan is only built with critical input from students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members. College leadership will present the plan to the Riverside Community College District Trustees and District leadership at its June 5 board meeting.

The workshops explored the educational needs and the wants of the College's growing communities. The California Department of Finance projects that Riverside and neighboring counties will continue to grow in population through the year 2060. Riverside County's population will reach 2,863,260 residents by 2030, which is a 13.9 percent increase when compared to the current estimated population, according to a recent environmental scan.

In 2019, the City of Moreno Valley had a population of 214,000 with expectations of a 5 percent growth rate through 2023 (Moreno Valley Business). Currently, only 8.84 percent of the population in Moreno Valley hold a bachelor's degree.

Additionally, the growth needs of Ben Clark Training Center (BCTC), a comprehensive integrated training facility for police, fire and emergency personnel, were also addressed. The recent agreement on a land grant will allow the College to complete two projects. Phase 1 is a 17,000-square foot facility for general and EMT classrooms, EMT labs, administrative offices, student services, a library, computer lab and lockers and showers. Phase 2 will add a three-story, 70,000-square foot facility.

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College Lands Grant for New Makerspace Implementation

Moreno Valley College was one of 24 colleges to receive a California Community College Maker Implementation Grant from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The Chancellor's Office awarded MVC $100,000 to create an inclusive makerspace community, provide internships, and develop curriculum to prepare students with innovation and entrepreneurial skills to thrive in the regional economy.

California Community Colleges are building makerspaces so students, faculty and staff can interact with others who have shared interests, learn to use tools, make class projects, and develop their knowledge through exploration and hands-on experiences, explained Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CCC Maker Statewide Project Manager.

"This grant will allow the College to further develop leaders," Robin Steinback, Ph.D, said. "Everyone needs a little inspiration in their career journey and this grant provides students with experiences beyond the classroom, opportunities to explore careers and learn through real-world scenarios. As a result of the CCC Maker Grant, MVC will be able to develop an innovative education model for students, giving them the opportunity to be better prepared to work in our regional economy."

MVC partners include the city of Moreno Valley, Vocademy, and the Desert Regional Consortium. The vision of the statewide initiative is to drive innovation in education and prepare California Community College students for success in STEM/STEAM careers that demand 21st century skills.

College Preparing to Launch Guided Pathways Initiative

Moreno Valley College continues its work for implementing Guided Pathways, a state-funded initiative. The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has a goal of introducing the Guided Pathways model across the California Community College system. To qualify for Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative funding, colleges must complete a self-assessment and develop multi-year work plans.

Moreno Valley College's self-assessment timeline concluded in March 2018. The College forwarded to the Chancellor's Office its Self-Assessment documentation for review. The self-assessment indicated that the college had already made significant progress in the areas of improving mathematics and English acceleration, creating transfer pathways to four-year colleges, improving partnerships with K-12 schools districts, offering dual enrollment classes at local high schools, and assessing the learning of students.

As a result of the self-assessment, the College identified four primary areas to develop in order to increase implementation of the guided pathways framework:

  1. Create clear connections for students between careers and academic programs by organizing all degrees and certificates into career focused Fields of Interest;
  2. Create degree and certificate maps that enable students to easily identify the sequence of courses they should enroll in by term in order to make efficient progress toward completion;
  3. Begin creation of a new structure for the college that integrates the academic programs, academic support, and student support services that will allow the college to serve more students and increase completion rates;
  4. Re-assessing college progress and planning future areas of work towards full implementation of the guided pathways framework.

In support of the guided pathways framework, Riverside Community College District is implementing EduNav, an improved student education planning and registration system. With EduNav, students plan and register for their courses in a guided, intuitive system personalized to meet their needs and preferences, including visualizing their pathway to graduation, term by term and viewing their entire academic history including any courses transferred from other institutions. The College is phasing the rollout with select students, with plans to make EduNav available to all students by the end of the 2019 year.

During fall 2018, the District rolled out EduNav to 3,000 students districtwide pursuing ADT's in Communications, Psychology, and Business Administration. This spring, the District will increase the number of students using the system to nearly 14,000 districtwide. This project is well aligned with the College's Guided Pathways process, as degree maps and two-year course rotations are being shared with the EduNav programming team as they are created by faculty. Thus far, instructional discipline faculty and counseling faculty have worked together to complete degree maps for the following targeted ADTs: Business Administration, Computer Science, English, Political Science, Sociology, Communication Studies, Early Childhood Education, Math, and Psychology. Additional degree and certificate mapping sessions will be held later this spring.

There are four key segments to the Guided Pathways framework, beginning with improving student completion by addressing equity, social mobility and economic health. The framework provides students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success. The framework integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get assistance.

The California community college system is the largest education system in the world, yet persistence, rates graduation numbers, achievement and equity rates have become an issue. Recent studies have shown that 48 percent of community college students left without a credential or failed to transfer after six years; students who complete a two-year education, earning an associate degree, takes on average of 5.2 years; more than 40 percent of the state's community college students are 25 years or older, yet colleges continue to gear to programs toward graduating high school students; achievement and equity gaps stubbornly persist for underserved populations such as African American and Latinx students; regions, such as the Inland Empire, are not served equitably.

Students depend on California Community Colleges for education, career training and social mobility while the State of California depends on the community college system for economic improvement and to close the skills gap. Moreno Valley College is working hard to do its part for its students and the region.

Long-Time Trustee Honored; Chavez Son-in-Law Delivers Keynote

Each year, Moreno Valley College holds three breakfasts with the proceeds funding scholarships for local high school and College students. In March, the College held its annual César E. Chávez Scholarship Breakfast, honoring Mary Figueroa, the longest serving trustee in Riverside Community College District's history, with the César E. Chávez Legacy Award.

David M. Villarino-Gonzalez, president, Board of Directors and chief executive officer of the Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD Institute) delivered the keynote. The son-in-law of Cesar and Helen Chavez, Villarino-Gonzalez manages a $7 million budget and oversees programs that serve more than 7,000 farmworkers and immigrants. Since 2002, FIELD Institute has served upwards of 55,000 people in the regions of San Joaquin, Salinas, Sacramento and Coachella Valley.

Figueroa was first elected to the Board of Trustees on November 7, 1995, having emerged from a crowded field of 11 candidates for the one open seat. She has served six terms as president of the Board of Trustees, as well as two terms as vice president and four terms as secretary. Figueroa, who has served for 24 years, is active in civic and community organizations. Born and raised in Riverside, Figueroa attended North High School and UC Riverside, becoming the first person from her family to graduate from high school and college. She earned a degree in Chicano Studies and Political Science and retired from the State of California Department of Corrections after 21 years at the California Institution for Men in Chino as a correctional counselor.

The Chavez Breakfast honors high school students based on their academic success and service to the high school and/or community. The College students compete in a visual arts competition. The College also holds breakfasts celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January) and Veterans (November). All of the events are open to the public.

Scholarship Winners:

Estefania Barajas, Gustavo Chavando, Rosendo Cervantes – Moreno Valley College
Marc Camanag, Kaira Pacheco – Moreno Valley Unified School District
Hector De Leon, Gabriel Chavez – Val Verde Unified School District

College Holds Fourth Annual Diversity Summit

The College held its annual Diversity Summit in April with Dr. David M. Joseph, a clinical psychologist and director of the Oakland Vet Center, as the guest speaker. Joseph, who through his Oakland Vet Center, provides treatment to Veterans who struggle with readjustment stress, PTSD and combat or military sexual trauma.

Dr. Joseph is also the creator of Welcome Home: Creating a Campus Climate of Wellness for Returning Veterans, an instructional program to increase awareness about the unique cultural and mental health needs of student Veterans. Since 2011, under the auspices of the California Community College Chancellor's Office and in private consultation, he has provided over 50 trainings to community college campuses, universities and conferences. He was also a creator of the Combat to Community, developed in conjunction with Swords to Plowshares. This is a POST certified training for police officers, first responders and providers on effective interventions for Veterans with PTSD.

The summit covered nontraditional students with a special focus on veteran students and formerly incarcerated students. In addition to the keynote speech from Dr. Joseph, the day included a presentation of the Diversity Award to associate professors of English, Kathryn Stevenson and Valarie Zapata.

College Moves Closer to Breaking Ground on Welcome Center

On April 16, the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees approved Tilden Coil Constructors, Inc. as the construction management company for Moreno Valley College's Welcome Center and the Ben Clark Correction Training (BCTC) Platform projects. HPI Architecture of Newport Beach is the architect of the Welcome Center.

The Welcome Center is funded through the passage of Measure C, a bond measure that taxpayers approved of in March 2004. The BCTC project is grant funded. The Welcome Center, a single-story building, will house enrollment services and other divisions within in student services, such as Admissions & Records, Assessment Center, Cashier's Office, Counseling, Dream Center, Financial Aid, First-Year Experience; Outreach and Student Employment.

Early estimates peg the Center to $14 million. There is also a plan to renovate the existing Student Services Building as well as a portion of the Library. The Welcome Center will be located on the south side of the campus, next to Student Activities and behind the Science and Technology Building.

When completed the Welcome Center will join the Student Academic Services, Dental Education Center and the Network Operations Center as buildings completed under MVC Measure C funding.

The BCTC, which houses MVC's Public Safety Education and Training programs, received a five-year institutional change U.S. Department of Education HSI Title V grant in which resources will be applied to results of initial regional and statewide research and evaluation to inform more-effective interventions and better focus on efforts to improve student completion and success in these complex and powerful programs.

The project at BCTC will provide a space for scenario training. Experiential and interactive jail scenario training will provide 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 is in partnership with Riverside County Sherriff's Department.

TRIO Program Receives Grant for STEM "U" LATE YOUR MIND

Moreno Valley College's Office of TRIO Programs, in partnership with the Riverside Community College District Foundation, has been awarded a Community Impact Grant for $20,000 from the United Way of the Inland Valleys to support its STEM "U" LATE YOUR MIND (SYM) College Connection project. The grant will allow TRIO to continue to support MVC's efforts to continue creating a multi-generational college-going culture to help grow and strengthen the local and regional economy through the investment in and development of a workforce that is prepared to meet the needs in healthcare, STEM, logistics, and green technology/sustainability.

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Commencement Caps Academic Year

This year marks Moreno Valley College's eighth commencement ceremony. The ceremony serves as an opportunity to celebrate students who have successfully completed their studies. The ceremony will be held on Friday, June 7, at 5:30 pm in College Park, an outdoor location which is located adjacent to the College. The ceremony is open to the community and parking is free. Tickets aren't needed for the 75-minute commencement. However, guests are encouraged to arrive by 5 pm as seating is on a first-come basis. Individuals who need assistance should arrive by 4:30 pm and seek out available carts for transportation to the ceremony site. The College does prohibit the use of air horns, confetti, silly string and beach balls during the ceremony.

Moreno Valley College
16130 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92551
(951) 571-6100

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