Celeste Galván of McFarland and her family celebrating her two degrees earned by the age of 19 thanks to dual enrollment courses through Bakersfield College before Fresno State. She is now enrolled in CSU Bakersfield's teacher credential program. All three campuses are CVHEC members.

Celeste Galván of McFarland and her family celebrated her two degrees earned by the age of 19 thanks to dual enrollment courses through Bakersfield College before Fresno State. Here they pose with her at her high school graduation in 2018. She is now enrolled in CSU Bakersfield’s teacher credential program. All three campuses are CVHEC members.   CVHEC Dual Enrollment Spotlight: Celeste Galván of McFarland From one end of the valley…

  Jamie Moore, professor of English at CVHEC-member institution College of the Sequoias in Visalia and a teacher in the statewide Puente program, was featured by the California Acceleration Project in its “Voices from the Field” blog with her entry, “Transforming The Research Paper: Using Oral History To Center  Students’ Voices And Communities.” She also is a doctoral student at CVHEC-member University of California, Merced studying pedagogy and faculty development.  CVHEC…

Mini-Grant Success Stories COS Equitable Teaching Institute supports faculty learning NOTE: For the past three years, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Mini-Grants have been awarded to member institutions in support of CVHEC’s mission to increase degree attainment rates. We are highlighting how our member institutions’ innovative uses for the grants are positively impacting students.  The Equitable Teaching Institute at College of the Sequoias this summer engaged 10 faculty in an innovative four-week…

  Mini-Grant Success Stories Reedley College’s Motivational Poster Project  seeks equitable, inclusive spaces on campus NOTE: For the past three years, CVHEC Mini-Grants have been awarded to member institutions in support of CVHEC’s mission to increase degree attainment rates. We are highlighting how our member institutions’ innovative uses for the grants are positively impacting students.  More than 70 motivational posters profiling a diverse range of student success stories were produced by the…

Dual Enrollment: success stories underscore equity-driven strategy to reduce disparities in student persistence and completion rates The Covid-19 pandemic of the past 18 months cast a shadow over joyous occasions like graduation events for Class of 2020 and 2021 high school and college students everywhere, but one narrative emerged repeatedly in the Central Valley that provided a spark of optimism for our region’s college attainment rates: dual enrollment success stories. One…

KSEE-24 Central Valley Today host Emily Erwin interviews CVHEC Director Ben Duran via Zoom.  The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium's recent video, "Pursuing the Last Mile: Broadband in the Central Valley,” was featured in several media stories shortly after it was launched in our May 6 newsletter:  • Pursuing the Last Mile: Addressing internet disparities in the Central Valley - KSEE24 Central Valley Today (May 6, 2021). • Nonprofit advocating for broadband equality for all Valley students -…

Greetings Colleagues and Friends of CVHEC, We are delighted to present the June, 2021 CVHEC Newsletter as we welcome a much anticipated culmination of the 2020/21 Academic Year.  This is our 10th issue since we began publishing a year ago. It was a delight to see commencement exercises in various forms on CVHEC member college and university campuses throughout the region where students and families once again celebrated degree attainments during this…

Adjunct Faculty Embedded Into Accelerated/Co-Requisite English, Math  Modesto Junior College recently used its Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Mini-Grant to support compliance with California Assembly Bill 705 by funding a faculty mentor program that embedded adjunct faculty into accelerated/co-requisite English and math courses during the Spring 2021 semester, addressing the key elements of persistence; time to degree; and decreasing equity gap. “Modesto Junior College’s use of the grant funds is the epitome of…

The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium Legislative and Policy Summit 2021 will be held Dec. 2 and 3, 2021, with the theme “Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley in a Post Pandemic World” at the Double Tree by Hilton (2233 Ventura St.) in Fresno. Dr. Benjamin Duran, executive director of CVHEC, announced this week the return of the regional event – which was on pandemic hiatus in 2020…

  A new podcast series by Complete College America, “CCA On the Air,” will feature Virginia Madrid-Salazar, strategies lead for the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, discussing “Committing to Systemic Equitable Change” June 22. Streaming on all platforms since February, the podcast’s short episodes feature candid conversations with higher education leaders on a variety   of topics related to student success, college completion and advancing CCA’s mission, said Brandon Protas, Ed. D.,…