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…

JUNE 04, 2019 BY STUART VAN HORN, ED.D. Preparing the Way for a Central Valley Renaissance Recently, Governor Newsom announced his new “Regions Rise Together” initiative. Launched in partnership with California Forward and the California Economic Summit, this initiative is in recognition of the fact that the substantial economic and job growth that the state has experienced since 2010 has been concentrated in the state’s coastal areas and has largely passed…

July 5, 2017 California needs 1.1 million more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2030 to keep up with economic demand, PPIC research has found. Three regions will play an especially critical role in addressing this challenge: Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire, and the San Joaquin Valley. Improving college enrollment and graduation rates in these regions could help close more than half of this projected statewide skills gap, according to a…

Sonya Christian and Lynnette Zelezny January 20, 2019 Bakersfield is home to two major institutions of higher education — Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield. Each has a rich history and tradition of serving students and meeting the needs of the Bakersfield community. Since opening its doors to 13 students in 1913, BC has grown to serve more than 33,000 students annually. And since its founding in 1965, CSUB has grown…

A national educational movement that started in 2009 is becoming more powerful and widespread each year, extending now from coast to coast. Complete College America is an initiative encouraging college students to earn their degrees as expeditiously and conscientiously as they can. In the last decade, studies have shown students who create an aggressive educational plan and follow it are more likely to graduate than those who slowly and gradually move toward graduation.…

CHSU Now Offers the First 4-Year Medical School in the Valley December 2018 California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is proud to announce that our College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) now has approval to accept applications from students for Osteopathic Medical school! “We are exceedingly proud to hold the distinction of being the first, 4-year medical school in the Valley,” exclaimed Dr. John Graneto, Dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.…

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/25/18  Contact:Angel Ramirez, Communications Manager (559) 698-4665 or angelr@csufresno.edu Higher education leaders and legislators will convene to revisit policy and legislative action that will have a great impact on higher education at the annual CVHEC Policy and Legislative Summit (Fresno, CA – October 26, 2018) – The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) will hold its annual Higher Education Policy and Legislative Summit on Friday, October 26,…

May 6, 2018 More than 50 presidents, CEOs, college chancellors and board of trustee members representing more than 30 colleges attended the “Doing What Matters” CEO Institute at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center Thursday. Hosted by College of the Canyons, the one-day symposium, which also attracted representatives from various Economic Development partnerships throughout the state, focused on what it means to lead campuses and make a positive impact…