By Bill Greulich
Public Information Officer
Victor Valley College
VVC, now in its 53rd year, serves an area encompassing roughly 2,200 square miles and is located on a 253 acre campus at the center of the three major communities of the Victor Valley (Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville). VVC also features a 13-acre Regional Public Safety Center in Apple Valley. VVC serves a population base of approximately 400,000 people and has over 20 feeder high schools and diploma-granting institutions. VVC now offers Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees in 23 different disciplines plus more than 100 certificates.
Enrollment for 2013/2014 is approximately 17,000 students, with spring numbers reaching 3.900 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES). A full-time equivalent student is a person taking more than 12 credit units or three part-time students taking a single 4 credit class. VVC employs over 800 employees.
During the 2012/13 academic year, VVC conferred more than 1,100 Associate Degrees and Certificates of Completion. Programs that are featured include but are not limited to: Nursing, Liberal Arts, Science and Math and other Transfer Courses, and 16 Career Technology Programs such as Computer -Aided Design, Airframe and Power Plant Technology, Fire Technology, Administration of Justice, Digital Animation, Respiratory Technology, Paramedics, Construction Technologies, etc.
Victor Valley College has also received approval from the Chancellor’s Office to offer six new transfer degrees to California State Universities. Currently, VVC offers an Associate in Science for Transfer in Administration of Justice, An Associate in Science for Transfer in Mathematics, an Associate in Arts for Transfer in Sociology, Associates in Arts for Transfer in Communication Studies, Associates in Arts for Transfer in History, and Associates in Arts for Transfer in Early Childhood Education.
Victor Valley College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed; however, a follow-up report was requested and submitted in March. This report includes a provision for the college to submit a long-term financial plan that guarantees future balanced budgets based on the current year levels of revenue being allocated by the State. VVC also delivered a required midterm self-study report that addressed continued progress on all standards established by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, (ACCJC). In April the college will host a visit by an accrediting team who are charged with the responsibility to validate the information contained in these reports. A letter from the Commission will be forthcoming in June.
Search for a new Superintendent/President
In the interim period, the College Board will proceed with the search process to select a new Superintendent/President for the college. The selection process should be completed by the first week in July.
The Music Building Upgrade and Construction
The Board of Trustees approved the modernization and construction project for the Music building that was built about 1965 for an amount of 3.8 million dollars as part of the Measure JJ bond Funds projects to bring current buildings up to current day standards. During construction, the Music department was relocated to the lower campus until the project is completed. Initially, the building was first abated of all asbestos-containing material and cleared safe for demolition and construction work. Construction should be completed this June and ready for students at the start of the Fall semester. The project consists of new construction of restroom and office areas; the rest of the project involves the modernization of the existing building and bringing it up to current ADA compliance.
New Science and Health Building
The next major project to be constructed on campus for Victor Valley College is the new Science and Health Building. This Building is being funded by Measure JJ Bond funds. The 25,000 square foot building will feature several new labs and faculty areas dedicated to the study of Science and Health. The plan features highly specialized training labs for the Nursing program that includes a simulation lab and fundamentals lab, a Chemistry lab, additional Life and Physical Science lab (digital), an Anatomy lab, a faculty suite and Dean’s office. The plan for this free-standing building also includes an outdoor, covered courtyard area for student and faculty interaction to promote a collaborative and technology-driven learning environment.Victor Valley College has selected Balfour Beatty Construction and NTD Architecture to construct this project. It will be a one-story structure located adjacent to and on the west side of the existing Science Building 31. The college has instructed the builders that they will contract with local consulting firms and contractors to provide training and jobs for the local community.
The expansion of the vocational complex will create a diesel facility and enhance classroom space for both automotiveand welding. Cost is $6.5 million. Completion is expected in 2014-15.
Future Hesperia Campus
VVC owns 55 acres at Main Street and US Highway 395 for a future campus. At this time VVC is focusing on building future enrollment and goodwill. Currently, VVC offers classes at both Silverado High School and Hesperia High School as a means to meeting current academic needs in this region of the High Desert. All of these projects are funded by Measure JJ.
Recently Constructed – now in Service
In 2012 the college opened the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center in Apple Valley. The center is located on the corner of Navajo and Johnson roads near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The $31.4 million center is the first construction project funded by Measure JJ that was approved by voters in 2008. The center features a multi-agency learning environment to maximize disaster training by incorporating Fire Science, EMT, Paramedic training, and Administration of Justice & Corrections.