Governor’s Budget Revision Impact On California Community Colleges
On May 9th, Governor Newsom presented his May revision to the initial budget proposal presented in January. The Governor maintains the four notable expenditures for California Community Colleges with some slight adjustments.
The California legislature recognized all California Community Colleges with a proclamation declaring the month of April as the California Community College month. Most historians point to the founding of Joliet Junior College outside of Chicago as the first public community college. The Junior College concept may have begun in Illinois but it was California that provided the leadership for the expansion of community colleges in the country.
MAAS Companies, Inc. stands at the helm of the West Los Angeles Community College (WLACC) new Watson Center. On Saturday, April 13, 2019 Largo Concrete, Inc. poured roughly 1,800 c.u. yards of concrete over 10 hours laying the foundation for the building. More than 180 trucks of concrete fed four robotic arm pumps, as seen in the video. Upon completion, anticipated in Q4-2019, the Watson Center will be the flagship of the Motion Picture/Television Production Program. Designed by TSK Architects, the 16,310 SF building will house a state-of-the-art sound stage and support facilities.
Comings & Goings
Hartnell College Superintendent/President
Application period ends May 31, 2019.
Orange Coast College President
The Coast CCD Board of Trustees approved the selection of Angelica Suarez as the new President at Orange Coast College (OCC) on April 16th. She is currently the Vice President of Student Affairs at Southwestern College (SWC) that serves over 20,000 students at five locations in San Diego County. She has previously served as Acting Vice President Academic Affairs and Acting Superintendent/President at SWC. She begins her new role in July. Interim President Kevin Ballinger will return to his position of Vice President of Instruction at OCC.
Oxnard College President
With the sudden departure of Oxnard College President Cynthia Azari, VCCCD Chancellor Greg Gillespie is moving quickly to name an Interim President to lead the College and begin the process to find a permanent replacement.
Porterville College President
KCCD Chancellor Thomas Burke announced Ulises D. Velasco, Vice President of Student Services at Mendocino College; and Claudia Lourido-Habib, Vice President of Madera & Oakhurst Community College Centers as the two finalist who will participate in the campus forums on April 30th at Porterville College. A third finalist withdrew from the process.
Rancho Santiago CCD Chancellor
Four finalist were announced on April 29th: Utpal Gasvami, President at Metropolitan College-Kansas City since 2003; Patricia Hsieh, President of San Diego Miramar College since 2005; Marvin Martinez, President of East LA College and Past President of LA Harbor College; and Arturo Reyes, Superintendent/President of Mendocino College since 2013.
Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President
Five finalist were announced to participate in the campus forums on May 6th: Albert Roman, Vice Chancellor Human Resources Los Angeles CCD; Arturo Reyes, Superintendent/President of Mendocino College; Cynthia Olivio, Vice President Student Services Pasadena City College; Marvin Martinez, President of East LA College; and Patricia Hsieh, President of San Diego Miramar College.
Santa Barbara City College Superintendent/President
Process under development. Board of Trustees to select search firm at future meeting. Start date for new S/P anticipated for January 2020.
Ventura College President
VCCCD Chancellor Greg Gillespie announced Kim Hoffmans, Vice President Academic Affairs at Ventura College has been selected to become the new President at Ventura College. Dr Hoffmans replaces Interim President Damon Bell and officially begins on June 1, 2019.
West Valley Mission Chancellor
Board of Trustees are expected to interview the final candidates during the week of May 13-17, 2019. It is expected the Chancellor will join the District on July 1, 2019.