The state’s 116th community college celebrates accreditation, CCC  approval Madera Community College made its official debut July 21 with a ribbon-cutting celebration after the California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unan­imously the day before to recognize MCC as the 116th campus of the state’s community college system. In June, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges granted accreditation to what until then was known as the Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers affiliated with Reedley College of the State Center…

Stan State, Merced College celebrate improved transfer program  Feb 28, 2020  Share               Stanislaus State and Merced College signed a historical agreement on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Merced College amphitheater. The agreement — which will ease the transfer process for Merced College students who plan to attend California State University, Stanislaus — symbolizes a renewed support of educational success between the two institutions. The…

CAP’s ‘Honey Badger Award 2020’ honors CVHEC for pre-AB 705 success The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium was honored in February 2020 with the California Acceleration Project’s Honey Badger Award for its early role in implementing Assembly Bill 705 that helped remove barriers to college completion by transforming placement and remediation practices at 14 of its member community colleges. Presented at the California Acceleration Project (CAP) regional conference February 28 in Sacramento,…

Central Valley Community College Leaders Form Caucus to Advocate for Full Funding FEBRUARY 26, 2020 When the California Economic Summit was held in Fresno late in 2019, it helped shine the light on the need for more investment in services in inland California. State legislators can expect to hear more from some Central Valley community college leaders due to shortfalls after a new statewide funding formula was put in place. Concerned about the…

West Hills College chancellor named new chair of Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Monday, November 18, 2019 – 11:22am FROM WEST HILLS COLLEGE The top administrator at West Hills Community College District was recently named to a key Central Valley higher education board. Dr. Stuart Van Horn, Chancellor of the West Hills Community College District, is the new chair of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Board. The Central Valley Higher…

Giving children of farmworkers an education like that offered to children of doctors BY BENJAMIN DURAN SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 06:00 AM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 06:00 AM I grew up in a family of migrant farmworkers, working in the Central Valley fields with my parents and seven brothers and sisters. But since elementary school, I only ever wanted to be a teacher. My own teachers helped make this dream a reality.…

Getting There: Are California Community Colleges Maximizing Student Completion of Transfer-Level Math and English? September 2019 A new law, Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin), is driving dramatic changes in how California Community Colleges place students into English and math courses. Beginning in fall 2019, AB 705 requires the colleges to use students’ high school grades as the primary means of placement; restricts colleges from denying students access to transferable, college-level courses; and…

Porterville College president happy to be back in Central Valley where she achieved her American dream Being a college president was never a position Claudia Habib thought she would fill. Her career, much like her life, has been an evolution with no specific end position or goal in mind. She came to the United States from Colombia with no English under her belt, and to make ends meet, she cleaned homes…

California has one of the most prolific community college scenes in the country. The Golden State is home to more than 110 public two-year institutions and features some of the lowest reported costs for community college tuition of any state in the U.S. Ever since President Obama introduced America’s College Promise in 2015, a proposal to make community college tuition-free for qualifying students, legislators and education administrators in California have been…