Broadband Disparity: Equity Issue in California’s Central Valley -- Adequate Access Is Essential to Increasing Degree Attainment Rates (May 6, 2021) -- After the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, Fresno Pacific University student Verónica Méndez García returned to the Central Valley grape fields to help her family earn income. But she faced a new challenge: finding adequate broadband access as she took breaks from picking and packing grapes to pull out her laptop at the…

Three Central Valley college students share their experience during the pandemic in a CVHEC-commissioned video highlighting broadband disparity. Broadband Disparity: equity issue in California’s Central Valley - adequate access is essential to increasing degree attainment rates  Benjamin T. Duran, Ed.D. CVHEC Executive Director Greetings Colleagues and Friends of CVHEC, We are delighted to share with you a video project the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium undertook to highlight the state of broadband in the Central…

Dr. Sonya Christian, Bakersfield College president, has been selected as the sixth chancellor of the Kern Community College District succeeding Dr. Tom Burke who is retiring, the KCCD Board of Directors announced April 19. Dr. Christian, a former Mathematics instructor who earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA, has served in a variety of roles in the community college setting for over thirty years. During that time, she’s served in…

  A Mix Of Live, Virtual, Drive-By Parades And ‘Cut-Out Fans!’   Central Valley student success — and perseverance — is about to be on full display. As commencement season unfolds and pandemic restrictions abate, university and college members of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium are planning to celebrate their students’ degree attainment with either in-person events or variations of virtual celebrations that will honor the Classes of 2021 and…

Central Valley colleges and universities are serving California and their respective communities as key partners in the state’s plan to provide safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by lending their campuses as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. One of the first mass vaccination sites in the Central Valley was Reedley College. This opened the door for 10 fellow CVHEC members to follow suit and provide locations for local community residents to get the…

Dr. Kristin Clark was named West Hills Community College District’s third chancellor April 20  by the WHCCD Board of Trustees, culminating a nationwide search begun last fall for a successor to Dr. Stuart Van Horn who retires June 30. Dr. Clark, who has served the Central San Joaquin Valley’s Westside as president of West Hills College Lemoore (WHCL) since January 2016, will begin her new duties July 1. Dr. Clark holds…

The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium has launched its Equity, Race, and Social Justice Taskforce which includes a three-pronged strategy to assess and recommend action for its member institutions – 29 colleges in a nine-county region. Findings and recommendations will be presented as part of the CVHEC Higher Education Fall 2021 Summit Series that is now being planned, said Dr. Benjamin T.  Duran, CVHEC executive director, in announcing the roster and…

Post-secondary systems seeking to emerge from the pandemic stronger and better able to help all learners thrive can look to a new report by California’s Recovery with Equity Taskforce that provides recommendations the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium will explore during an upcoming Higher Education Fall 2021 Summit Series. Recovery with Equity: A Roadmap for Higher Education After the Pandemic, submitted recently to Governor Gavin Newsom and the Governor’s Council for…

Miguel Contreras, a 22-year old student majoring in nursing at College of the Sequoias (COS), was featured in a special year-long project by photojournalist Rachel Bujalski for The Lumina Foundation (Lumina), a partner of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium. For the past year, Bujalski has followed and documented the lives of a handful of California students whose lives reflect that of many of today’s students. Her work, including compelling photos and narrative that depict a candid, close…

  The Charles A. Dana Center of the University of Texas at Austin will offer two virtual workshops series to CVHEC member institution faculty and staff. Participants are welcome to participate in all six workshops or the workshop that best fits their schedule. Registration deadline for the workshops is Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.  • Pedagogy Workshops (support faculty in implementing student success strategies) Helping Students Transition to Learners  February 23, 2-4…