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President's Office

Monday, May 02, 2022

 

I hope everyone is doing well and had a wonderful weekend.

 On Monday, April 25, the Board of Trustees announced my appointment as their new superintendent/president. First, I would like to thank everyone who supported and encouraged me over the years. Without your support, friendship, and advice, none of this would be possible. I'm truly honored and grateful. When I first came to Imperial Valley College nearly six years ago, I couldn't even imagine the possibility of becoming IVC's President. All I wanted was to do an excellent job in serving you, our students, and the community. I promise I will continue to do my absolute best to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and the community-at-large.

 So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you. It is not a solo act when one achieves this type of accomplishment, but a team effort. I could not be in this position today without your support.

 I especially thank the Board of Trustees for entrusting me with this incredible role and opportunity. I am humbled by the thought and assure you I am here to serve our exceptional students, faculty, staff, administration, and the Imperial Valley community. Thank you, IVC.

 COVID Update
As you are aware, cases continue to decline across the nation and county, and according to Dr. Fauci, the U.S. is "out of the pandemic phase." This is great to hear, but we definitely want to continue to exercise caution, i.e., use PPE, practice social distancing where appropriate, etc. According to the health department, there are 59 active cases as of 4/28/2022. The seven-day positivity rate is 10.4%, and the county averages 2.9 cases per day. IVC's vaccination rate is 88%, and the booster rate is 80%.
 
Aspen Recognition
On April 27, the Aspen Institute announced 25 semifinalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, including IVC! Congratulations to you! This is a tremendous accomplishment, considering we are one of the top 25 community colleges out of 1167 CCs nationwide.

As of now, 25 colleges are eligible for the $1 million prize and are to be awarded the next year. The expanded prize field signifies growing momentum for community college reform. The $1 million Aspen Prize is the nation's signature recognition of community colleges that are closing equity gaps, improving student outcomes, and meeting transfer and career placement objectives. In years past, only ten finalists have been named on the road to the winner, and this change is designed to highlight the increased number of colleges across the country doing excellent work. I am so proud of each one of you. You are committed to putting students first, changing and adding programs to best meet students' needs, and delivering education with care and compassion.

Summer/Fall
We are excited to be welcoming more and more students back to campus. As we have more campus engagement, you'll find we are beginning our "Why IVC" campaign to encourage students and the community as to why we are The College of First Choice.

As the summer intersession and fall semester approaches, we plan to have roughly 50% of our classes face-to-face and 50% online, some of which will be asynchronous, hybrid, or hyflex. Our schedule continues to be flexible to accommodate students from online, real-time online, hyflex, hybrid, and face-to-face. We are super excited that we can offer so many different modalities to meet our students' individual needs and interests. This is the very definition of meeting students where they are.

We are continuing our community outreach. We hosted an 'Explore IVC' event on April 29, where HS teachers, counselors, and administrators, were invited to learn about our programs and initiatives and witness demonstrations in fire, nursing, electrical, and POST programs. We anticipate this to be just the beginning, as we want to show the community all of the great things IVC has to offer.

IVC will not be able to offer free tuition to students any longer. Please do not let this discourage potential students; we have programs available to assist our students with economic challenges. I encourage you to send students in need of services to our Student Services Department, where they can receive what they need. We are committed to their success, and we do not want finances to be a barrier.

Website:
I encourage you to please take a look at your respective website pages for accuracy and access to student resources. Often, we may be a students' last resort to basic needs or tuition assistance and being able to provide reliable and current information for our students, employees, and community is a team effort.
Additionally, our website is accessible 24/7 and can assist our students or prospective students in exploring IVC and assisting in their needs after hours. If you identify changes necessary, please complete the form here.
 
Construction Update
College Center should be completed by May 30, 2022
The gymnasium should be completed by May 23, 2022
Library Restrooms should be completed by May 3
The nursing building should be completed by May 30.
 
New Beverage Service Vendor
The current Pepsi contract expires in August 2022. As a result, an RFP calling for beverage services was distributed in early mid-April and closes by May 27th, 2022, at 4:00 pm. The Business Department will be providing us updates and the selection of the new vendor will follow the same process (selection by committee) than the food service operator.
 
Food Service Vendor
An RFP for a food service vendor was distributed in early March and closed Friday, April 29. The potential vendors attended a mandatory site-walk through on April 8, and the next step is to review and interview the applicants. A committee is currently being formed, and we plan to have a food service vendor on-site in early August.
 
Graduation
As mentioned in my April 6 Campus Update, I am very excited to announce that we plan to have an in-person graduation on June 11 in the gym. In order to accommodate the large number of graduates, we will be offering two back-to-back ceremonies at 9 am and again at 1 pm. As of today, we have 1,015 unduplicated degree applications for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms, of which 283 students have submitted their intent to participate in the commencement. Graduates and all attendees (including staff, faculty, and administrators) will also be required to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of the commencement date. Please visit www.imperial.edu/commencement to learn more. Note: COVID-19 protocols for commencement are subject to change.
Additionally, the ceremony will be live-streamed.
 
Athletics
Congratulations to our Women's Softball Team and a special acknowledgment to pitcher Yeraldine Carrion on another no-hitter. For their final regular-season game, IVC Softball took on nonconference opponent Mt. San Jacinto on the road in Menifee, CA. Carrion took the mound and threw a complete game, no-hitter, while striking out 19. IVC Softball finished in second place in the PCAC standings. California Community College Softball's regular season ended on Wednesday, April 27. Playoff seeding and standings will be announced shortly after the conclusion of the regular season. The first round of softball playoffs would start Friday, May 6. Let's wish our athletes the best of luck out there. GREAT JOB, Team! We are so proud of you.

Check out the article in Calexico Chronicle.

Sincere Appreciation
· We recognize our esteem faculty this week as it is Teacher Appreciation Week, May 1 thru May 8. Thank you for your contribution to our students and IVC!
· On May 15 thru May 21, Classified School Employees Appreciation Week, we recognize our outstanding Classified Staff. Thank you for all you do!

 

Final Thoughts:
We are all doing tremendous work at the college. Being recognized as a top 25 community college in the nation is surely evidence supporting this statement. We may be a small college in a rural area, but there is nothing small about IVC! We are doing Big Things in a Big Way and having a Big Impact! We have the best faculty, staff, students, administrators, and trustees. We are committed to excellence in every way, and, we care about our students and our community. I am so honored to work among so many incredible individuals! Thank you for being you and making a difference!
 
Sincerely,
Lennor

 


 

Friday, March 07, 2022

Greetings, Campus Community:
 
I hope this email finds you well and in good spirits. The semester is in full swing, and I cannot tell you enough how ecstatic I am to see students back on campus. Being able to attend in-person events with our students, staff, and faculty has been something I've been looking forward to doing for a long time. You all motivate and inspire me. This pandemic has taught us to appreciate the little things in life, as they may not be available in the future. Socializing with people is something I will never take for granted again. I hope you do the same, as many of us are social by nature.
 
Enrollment Update
The IVC team has been working hard to overcome the enrollment drops that have impacted all of California's community colleges and many universities. Since my last email, we have increased enrollment by 17.1% over the prior year. I want to remind you; our goal was to increase spring enrollment by only 5% over the preceding year. Our Unduplicated headcount also jumped considerably. We increased headcount by 390 students (5.7%) over the prior year. I don't know how else to describe what a fantastic team we have, and I am truly grateful for the hard work, ideas, and great energy we have. Let's continue to build on our enthusiasm and share your out of box ideas because we have so many talented individuals on campus!

It should be noted that although we are reversing the negative enrollment trend of the past two years, we are still considerably down from 2019/20 year by 18%, which is our hold harmless year. We need to build on this momentum and get back to 19/20 enrollment level our plan is to achieve this by next year. I know we can do it!

While our late enrollment period has ended on a positive note and we continue to be a dynamite team, it is important to keep contacting and encouraging our students to not only attend IVC but to stay enrolled and relay available resources to our students.

COVID Update
As of 3/2/22, IVC has 2 active cases, 145 recovered, 86% vaccination rate, and booster 60%. Imperial County has 50,558 positive cases, 444 active cases, and has a 74% vaccination rate.

We have all done an incredible job working together to protect the health and well-being of our community. Let's continue to work together to keep our community safe and healthy. If you haven't gotten your booster shot, please do so and upload your vaccination card with the booster vaccine to receive the incentive. Click here.

Construction
In an effort to provide temporary restroom facilities, an additional two units have been added. These units consist of a two-stall plus ADA unit to the south side of Building 400 and a 10-stall unit to the east side of Building 1100. Pictures are attached as a visualization of their general location; please see the map below for their location. A notice will be going out to students as well.
 
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SB169 $8.8 Million Grant
I have even more exciting news to share with you! I am pleased to announce the Department of Finance recommended to fund IVC $8.8 million to expand housing opportunities for our students. What's even more unique is that we will partner with San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus to address student homelessness together. This is AWESOME! I especially want to thank the Student Housing team and SDSU for submitting two outstanding and collaborative grant proposals.
 
Upcoming Events
Please check out our booths, and the Tiny Home display at the Mid-Winter fair. The Team has done an outstanding job setting it up. A huge thank you to Maintenance and Student Affairs departments for assisting the Public Relations team in setting up the booths! In addition, I want to sincerely thank everyone who signed up to work the fair! As you know, the fair is a staple in the community, and as we begin to open up, our presence is needed now more than ever.

I encourage you all to visit IVC's Fairbooth at the Casa de Manana building next to San Diego State University from now until Sunday, March 13, 2022. I look forward to seeing you there.

Join us at the next State of the College Town hall meeting on March 17, 2022, at 3:00 pm. At the Townhall, we'll share updates on the happenings at IVC as well as take questions from the audience. Please submit your questions in advance at https://forms.imperial.edu/view.php?id=868214.

Immediately following the Townhall, we'll have our DSPS Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:00 pm. It took us a long time to get here, and we are extremely excited to provide a better facility with enhanced student resources for our students with disabilities.

Leadership Transition
I'm very sad to announce that Dr. Henry Covarrubias has resigned from his interim Vice President of Student Services position effective April 15, 2022, to pursue an opportunity closer to his family in Bakersfield. Dr. Covarrubias will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

In the meantime, we plan to conduct informal interviews with interested parties to identify an Interim Vice President of Student Services. If you or someone you know is interested and meets the qualifications, please email Clint Dougherty and me directly.

In closing, keep up the amazing work, Team! We are IVC!

Sincerely,

Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent/President
 
 

Friday, February 14, 2022

Greetings, Campus Community:

I hope this email finds you well and in good spirits.

First, I would like to say, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our colleague and friend Mark Duva. He passed away on February 5, 2022. Mark began employment with the district on August 15, 2014, as a Psychology Professor. He was an outstanding faculty member who his students adored. He will be truly missed. It is important to note that COVID did not cause his death but another health condition. If you would like additional information regarding funeral arrangements, don't hesitate to contact Dave Drury, Interim Vice President of Instruction.

We offer Mark's family and friends our sincerest condolences.

Spring Semester:
On a positive note, we are very excited to kick off the spring semester next week. Our enrollment is up, and the registration activity has been excellent. It is clear that students are ready to continue their education. And, to be honest with you, I miss their presence, as well as yours.

Since my last email, we have increased enrollment by nearly 500 FTES, which brings us to 16.14% over the prior year. I remind you our goal was to increase spring enrollment by only 5% over the prior year. Unduplicated headcount also jumped considerably. We went from being down 931 students to being up 277. What a turnaround! Either I set the goal too low, or we simply have a fantastic team that is committed to student success. I believe it to be the latter.

I want to acknowledge the outstanding work that Vice President David Drury and the Deans are doing. They worked closely with faculty and the program chairs to adjust classes to meet enrollment demands and students' preferences. Also, I want to thank our outstanding faculty who have been working with the VP and the deans to make these accommodations. I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the Student Services team, who actively encouraged students to enroll and take additional units. They are also bringing IVC to the community by participating in parades, fairs, and standalone IVC events. Last, I must acknowledge our Marketing department. I have seen our ads and promotional collateral more this year than in the last six years combined. OUTSTANDING JOB, EVERYONE! We know it takes a campus to enroll, retain and graduate a student. You all are doing it! Thank you!

Many of our buildings are under construction. As a result, many walkways and restroom facilities are unavailable. Upon entering the campus, you will be provided a map of the impacted areas. There will also be staff strategically around campus who can assist you and our students. I sincerely apologize for this disruption and the inconvenience this may cause. Most of our buildings and major equipment are very old and well past their serviceable life. We are actively trying to modernize our facilities to better serve our students and you.

For your reference, the following construction projects are scheduled to be completed by:

  • Building 2100 Nursing: April 30, 2022
  • Building 700 Gym: April 30, 2022
  • Building 200: August 30, 2022
  • Building 600 College Expansion: April 30, 2022
COVID:
I am also excited to announce that the omicron tide is just about behind us. New cases are dropping daily; we went from a high of 40% positivity rate to now 31.2. What's more is hospitalization has decreased considerably. The variant spread quickly, but it was not as lethal. Researchers are also saying that omicron may be the piece that causes herd immunity and the factor that gets us back to a "new" normal.

The state of California and other states are planning to lift many of the mandates. The indoor facemask mandate for vaccinated people will be lifted on February 16. As in the past, we'll continue to follow the local, state, and federal guidelines. Thus, vaccinated persons will no longer have to wear a facemask starting next week. However, we strongly encourage you to wear a face-covering in close or highly populated areas. Considering that a large percentage of our students will be back on campus next week, we are discontinuing the adjusted schedule. If you feel a special accommodation for your area should be made, please consult your manager and your vice president or executive officer. We'll consider these requests and get back to you as soon as possible.

Our goal is to keep you as safe as possible while we return to campus. We will continue to do screenings at the entry points. We have ordered plenty of N-95 masks that will be provided upon request. We have testing kits that will be provided to employees and students. If you are feeling sick, you should test yourself before coming on campus or stay home. We'll continue to do on-campus testing and vaccination clinics. Also, if you haven't gotten your booster shot, please do so and upload your vaccination card with the booster vaccine to receive the incentive. https://forms.imperial.edu/view.php?id=812177. Last, if you require any additional PPE, please let us know. We have masks, gloves, shields, disinfectants, and other safety supplies for you.

Upcoming Events:

Now that the spring semester is starting, I look forward to attending and participating in our scheduled campus events. Here are a few upcoming events. I hope to see you there!

Holtville Carrot Festival Parade (12/12: 10:00 am)
ASG Valentine's Day (12/14: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Spring Welcome Back Resource/Outreach Fair (2/16: 4:00 – 7:00 pm)
Black History Month Trivia (2/17: 3:30 – 4:30 pm via Zoom)
Black History Month Event (2/25: 3:30 – 7:00 pm in Student Affairs Lawn)
IVC Kitchen Food Distribution (2/24: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Social Justice and Equity Forum (2/23: 2:00 – 3:30 pm via Zoom)

We also plan to have the Spring State of the College address and DSPS grand-opening event in early March. More details to come.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you next week!

Sincerely,

Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent/President

Friday, February 4, 2022

Greetings, Campus Community:

Accreditation:
I am very excited to announce that ACCJC has acted to Reaffirm Accreditation for the remainder of the cycle. Congratulations IVC!

In fact, in my conversation with one of the officers, they were so impressed with our response and action that if we had the metasystems and governance structure (Integrated Consultation Council) prior to the first visit, we would have most likely received a commendation. Please see the attached notification.

Again, I want to thank the entire campus for this tremendous effort. You made this happen! Thank you!
A special acknowledgment to Yolanda Catano, Dixie Krimm, Dr. Jia Sun, CART committee, Ric Epps, Linda Amidon, Oliver Zambrano, Jose Carrillo, and Kevin Howell, and any others who played a critical role in this process.
 
COVID-19:
Omicron has hit the Valley hard. Active cases as of 1/27/22 are at 3926, and the positivity rate is 36.1%. With this high transmission rate, we are thankful that the omicron variant is not as life-threatening as the other variants. In this regard, we must stay vigilant.

Considering this spike, we will continue the on-site work-schedule adjustments made early this month through the first day of the semester, February 14, 2022. At that time or before, we'll determine if an extension is warranted. For events and large gatherings, we will approve them on a case-by-case basis. The criteria will be, can it be done safely, such as in a large classroom that allows for social distancing, or can it be done outdoors? Meetings should continue to be held online when possible. The State has extended the indoor masking mandate until February 15, so we'll continue to follow suit. Lastly, I would like to reiterate we have plenty of PPE, N-95 masks, social distancing decals, disinfectants, and other safety materials. If you need anything that can help reduce the spread and keep you safe, please let us know, and we'll try our best to provide those materials.

The board approved the booster vaccination incentive January 19, 2022. Please take advantage of this opportunity, as it will help keep you safe and well. Please click on the following link to upload a copy of your Vaccination Card with the Booster Vaccine https://forms.imperial.edu/view.php?id=812177

Enrollment:
Considering the current environment, enrollment trends, and student behavior, the VP of Academic Services has been authorized to work with deans and faculty to convert low-enrolled face-to-face courses to online where possible. We hope that this will help us with our enrollment and meet students where they are.
 
Other:
The Mascot Identity Taskforce has launched the Mascot Design Contest! This contest is open to everyone so please share far and wide. The contest will consist of the top three voted on mascots, Desert Warriors, Desert Fox, and Suns. The committee will be judging the contest entries and select top three submissions that will then be submitted to a vote of the full campus after being touched up by a graphic artist. All entries must be submitted by February 28th and must include a name and artwork.

Thank you again for all you do! WE ARE IVC!

 

Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent/President
 
 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Dear Campus Community:

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday break.

COVID-19: Omicron

As you may be aware, the state and the country are experiencing a spike in cases primarily due to the Omicron variant. According to researchers, this variant is less severe but more transmissible. As of January 4, 2022, the County has 1264 active cases and a positivity rate of 19.2%. There is a seven-day lag in the positivity rate. Government officials project that the rate will continue to rise over the next two weeks due to the recent holiday gatherings.

The County has a vaccination rate of 86% fully vaccinated, which is one of the highest in the state. The State average is 71.2% IVC's vaccination rate is 85%. We are considering options to encourage employees and staff to get the booster shot since many of us got our last vaccination shot over six months ago.

Your safety is our highest priority. Considering the spike in cases and the virus's transmissibility, some departments may need to make temporary adjustments to their current practices from now until Monday, January 31, 2022.

  • Scheduling: Administrators will work with employees to reduce the number of employees on campus and minimize close and prolonged contact while maintaining appropriate on-campus staffing and support during normal business hours. If you work in a safe environment, such as a private office or an office space that allows social distancing, no change should be made to your on-campus schedule. There are no changes in class schedule or modality planned at this time. However, if a larger classroom is available, instructors can work with their dean to move into a larger classroom.
  • Gatherings: We will have a temporary moratorium on all on-campus indoor events. If you have an event already scheduled, please consider moving it outdoors, rescheduling it for later in the year, or as a last option, add additional precautions to facilitate social distancing indoors. The last option will require consultation with your dean and vice president.
  • Meetings: If you are hosting a meeting with more than 10 participants, please consider a virtual meeting or use a room that will allow proper social distancing.

This plan goes into effect immediately and will continue through Sunday, January 30, 2022. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as required.

CDC recently changed the isolation requirement from 10 days to 5 days. As we have done in the past, we will follow this guidance, and we have changed our decision tree, which is attached.

 

Enrollment

As of yesterday, January 3, 2022, we are slightly behind in FTES for the winter intersession (-36.68 FTES or -6%), and we are up 8.8% or 154.45 FTES for the Spring Semester. In total, we are 5% above last year in FTES, which is our goal. GREAT JOB! Let's continue to build on this momentum. I provided our 2019-20 results as a baseline comparison. Our goal is to increase year-over-year enrollment by 5% for spring 2022, and 10% in fall 2022, and another 10% in spring 2023. That would bring us roughly back to the 2019-20 enrollment baseline.

Winter/Spring Enrollment Day 56 January 3,2022
  Last Year 20-21 Current Year 21-22 Difference % Change Previous Year 19-20 PY to CY Difference % Change
Winter 611.19 574.51 -36.68 -6.0% 621.18 -46.67 -7.5%
Spring 1751.39 1905.84 154.45 8.8% 2596.72 -690.88 -26.6%
Total 2362.58 2480.35 117.77 5.0% 3217.9 -737.55 -22.9%

 

Other Updates

  • Construction:
    • The DSPS building should be fully completed in early February, and we'll have a grand opening shortly thereafter.
    • The swing space has been completed.
    • The College Center (600) and Nursing (2100) buildings should be completed by the end of April or early May
  • Food services:
    • We are in the process of searching for a food service vendor. An RFP is forthcoming, and we hope to have the vendor in place by August 1, 2022
  • Mascot:
    • The Mascot Identity Taskforce will send out the Mascot Design Contest next week to the community. A campus announcement will be sent out once it is open. We encourage you to please spread the word and help us choose our new mascot.
  • Mission, Vision, & Values:
    • We are in the process of reviewing and updating our mission, vision, and values. We have hired a consultant to lead us in this work. An Ad Hoc committee has been established that comprises faculty, staff, and administrators. The committee will solicit input from the campus community.
  • Annual Report:
    • If you have not done so, please check out our annual report that highlights some of the amazing work you have done.

Final Thoughts

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and are looking forward to an exciting year. 2021 is over, and it presented us with several challenges: COVID cases, leadership changes, enrollment challenges, and institutional changes. Despite all of these challenges or opportunities, IVC has thrived and has gotten better. You have thrived and have become more resilient! Our students have persevered and demonstrated their commitment to their studies during these difficult times. We have supported each other and have given our all to our students and community! That is truly remarkable and commendable. I'm very proud of each one of you. Thank you for being an incredible team. With this team, all things are possible, and we are ready to make 2022 the best year ever! WE ARE IVC!

Warmest regards,
Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent/President

Greetings, Campus Community and Happy Holidays:

The winter break is around the corner, and I hope you have a great holiday season! I'm sure it will be full of joy and happiness. I hope you find time to relax and spend time with your loved ones. Below you'll find the campus update on leadership changes, COVID-19, enrollment, construction, and accreditation.

Leadership Changes:
I'm very excited to announce that the Board approved the hire of David Drury as the Interim Vice President of Instruction and the hire of Dr. Cuauhtemoc Carboni as the Interim Dean of Math and Science. Both individuals have a long history of working at IVC and are familiar with our current challenges and needs. Moreover, they understand the community's needs and have solutions that could help us grow enrollment, strengthen our campus relations, improve graduation rates, and champion equity initiatives. I'm very excited to have them on board. Would you please join me in congratulating David Drury and Dr. Carboni?
 
COVID-19
Imperial County is experiencing an increase in confirmed cases, as is the nation. According to the Imperial County Health Department, there is a 12.7% positivity rate and 11 reported active outbreaks. The county still has a high fully vaccinated rate of 78.5% of persons over the age of 5 years old, and 22.2% are partially vaccinated. 26,659 booster shots have been administered. No Omicron cases have been reported in Imperial as of today.

The State of California reinstated the universal masking mandate requiring all persons vaccinated or unvaccinated to wear face-covering indoors. This goes into effect today until January 15, 2022. At that time, the State may provide new guidance. We will continue to follow the guidance of our local, state, and federal agencies.

It is very important that we stay safe and vigilant over the winter break, as we would like to see everyone return safe and well.

Enrollment
As of December 15, 2021, we are 58.24 FTES down (-9.7%) from prior year for the winter intersession, and we are up 134.75 (8.3%) for the spring semester. In total, we are pacing slightly ahead of last year by 76.51 FTES or 3.4%.
 
  Last Year 2020 Current Year 2021 Difference % change
Winter 601.69 543.45 -58.24 -9.7%
Spring 1626.45 1761.2 134.75 8.3%
Total 2228.14 2304.65 76.51 3.4%

With approximately six weeks remaining, we are doing a lot to grow enrollment. We are marketing heavily, and you may have seen the billboards, social media promotions, traditional media, streaming live TV, and mass media communication. The contact center will also work some limited hours during the break to answer questions and help students enroll. In addition, incoming Interim Vice President of Instruction, David Drury, is leading the enrollment management task force that has been charged with identifying opportunities to grow enrollment and remove process bottlenecks.

I encourage you to continue to spread the word about free tuition for the winter and spring sessions by utilizing our 2022 enrollment toolkit. This is truly an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I hope that everyone takes advantage of it.

Enrollment Toolkit (Google Drive)

Annual Report
I'm very pleased to announce the release of our first-ever annual report. Please take a look. One of our goals is to keep the campus community and community at-large informed about the wonderful things IVC is doing and how we are turning dreams into reality. We hope that this collateral will help us get the word out about IVC, encourage stakeholders to contribute to our cause, and support our enrollment efforts.

I want to acknowledge Bill Gay and his colleagues of Reliance Public Relations, Inc. and Elizabeth Espinoza for their leadership in making this annual report a reality. Also, I would like to acknowledge everyone who contributed to the creation of this document: Mike Nichols, Yethal Alonso, Paula Saldana, Daniela Estrada and to all of you. Thanks to everyone's commitment and dedication to our students' success because of you, we are able to highlight our students success.

Construction Update:
  • The Library has been completed and is available for use.
  • We are planning a Grand Opening for the DSPS building in February upon completion of the automatic door installation.
  • We are in the process of developing and engineering schematic designs for a new auto-tech building.
  • The Project Management Team and architect are getting ready to submit plans for Division of the State Architect approval on the new restroom addition, west-side lighting project, border-link antenna; and the renovation of the tennis courts.
Accreditation
We have gotten our Peer Review Follow-up Report, and the visiting team said, "The institution has addressed the requirement, corrected the deficiencies, and now meets Standards (1.B.7 & 1.B.9)." Hooray! Now, we are waiting for final confirmation from the ACCJC. A meeting is scheduled for January 12.

IVC will be closed for winter recess and will resume operations on Monday, January 3, 2022. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday break! We'll see you next year! WE ARE IVC!

Sincerely,

Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent/President

 


Dear Campus Community:

The College received the attached letter dated 2-1-2021 from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). As you will recall, IVC submitted a Follow-Up Report to the Commission on October 1, 2020 after receiving three commendations and two compliance recommendations following our last Comprehensive Peer Review Visit in March 2019. Upon review of IVC's first Follow-Up Report, the Commission determined that we were compliant with Recommendation #1, but required additional time to demonstrate compliance with Recommendation #2. College Recommendation #2 (Standards I.B.7, I.B.9) states: In order to meet the standards the Commission requires the College to improve the evaluation of processes and systems that are currently in place, and ensure they are more systematic and routine.

Since the Commission saw that IVC had made true progress toward compliance with Recommendation #2, we were granted a Good Cause Extension. These are seldom granted by ACCJC and we maintain our accredited status during the good cause extension period.

In order to fully address compliance recommendation #2, the College has been hard at work through activities like the governance reorganization and the implementation of Nuventive to collect learning outcomes and program review. All of this has been described in the attached second follow-up report that you are encouraged to review. We will also have a virtual Follow-Up visit on November 16, 2021.

I am confident we will meet the recommendations since we have all worked together to improve our holistic institutional planning efforts and the process by which we will evaluate those processes. I would like to thank all of you who have contributed to the college improvements and preparing the report.

Sincerely,

Lennor

 

State of the College/Town Hall 10/21/21

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Greetings, Campus Community:

I hope you are doing well and enjoying this fine weather. The heat is behind us and the holiday season is on the horizon. I am sure you are all looking forward to spending quality time with family and friends and planning some nice "getaways." I am.

State of the College Townhall

It was a pleasure to see many of you at the town hall meeting last week. I hope it was informative and provided a comprehensive update on where the college is and is headed. I have attached the presentation for your review. It will also be posted on the website.

Below are items I would like to highlight from the town hall:

· COVID-19: Our goal is to keep you safe to the best of our ability, and we are constantly looking for ways to enhance safety while maintaining the operation. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your supervisor or me directly. At this time, we do not plan to issue a vaccination mandate since most of our county residents have been fully vaccinated, and those who have not may never due to their current situation or beliefs. The estimated return on such action may not grant us the result we are looking for. However, this will be an ongoing conversation and consideration with faculty, staff, students, and administration and may change in the future.

· Enrollment: Enrollment is down considerably (-19%), and it will take all of us to reverse this trend. The impact can be devastating if we fail to do so once the held harmless status is lifted. Along with the Enrollment Strategies listed on the PowerPoint deck, we will reestablish the Enrollment Management Task Force, which will have representation from all constituency groups. I want to thank Jeff Cantwell for the suggestion and Dave Drury's willingness to take a lead role in this task force.

· Accreditation: The ACCJC follow-up visit is on November 16. I want to recognize all who have worked tirelessly in getting us to this point. Great Job! Kudos to the entire accreditation team and a special acknowledgment goes to Dr. Tafoya, Dr. Jia Sun, Yolanda Catano, Ric Epps, Jose Carrillo, Kevin Howell, Betsy Lane, Melody Chronister, Oliver Zambrano, Linda Amidon, CART members and all others who contributed to this.

COVID-19 update

On Tuesday, October 26, the County Board of Supervisors voted to end the facemask mandate for vaccinated people indoors and align Imperial County's guidelines with the state. Official statement from the Health Department is attached. As we have done in the past, we will continue to follow the guidelines prescribed by federal, state, and county officials. Therefore, IVC will end the facemask mandate for vaccinated individuals indoors, effective Monday, November 1, 2021. However, we strongly encourage all persons to wear a facemask indoors and especially when close to others. This will help keep us safe and prevent spread.

I recognize that some of you may not agree with this decision and others support it wholeheartedly.  This pandemic has divided many of us, as each has our own level of risk and fear tolerance.  I attest, these are not easy decisions, and we take them very seriously.  Our primary purpose is to keep you safe and, at the same time, serve the district and our students.  Unfortunately, we are going through this unprecedented time and have to make tough decisions, where there is no clear right answer. 

Imperial County Daily COVID-19 Data webpage reports 508 active cases in Imperial County as of 7 p.m. on October 27, 2021. For more information, go here. As of October 27, 2021, 85.7% of the County eligible residents are fully vaccinated, which is one of the highest vaccination rates in the state. For detailed vaccine information, go here. Currently, 83.2% of our faculty and staff have been fully vaccinated.

The state has also reduced the number of isolation days from ten days to seven days for vaccinated people who have been exposed to COVID-19. The updated decision tree is attached. Also, please review Lupita Castro's email dated 10/25 with the subject line: COVID-19 Support Services and Vaccine Clinic information for additional information.

Final thoughts

I recognize there are many concerns regarding returning to campus in the spring, and I take your concerns very seriously. That is why we are gradually returning to campus instead of being fully onsite in the spring. In the fall semester, roughly 25 percent of our courses were onsite. In the spring, roughly 48% will be onsite, 41% will be online, and 11% hybrid or hyflex. This gives our students flexible options and gives IVC time to address some of our infrastructure issues and maintain a degree of safety while we transition back to campus.

I also want to note that pre-pandemic, roughly 7% of our courses were online. This number is considerably low and does not meet some students' needs, particularly working adults and students who prefer online. We will never be at this level again. On that note, we also have to stay true to our community college identity that serves all students - those with means and those without – by offering most of our courses onsite. So, over time through research and trial and error, we will be able to identify the best combination of course options. My hope is along with the academic senate and the enrollment task force, we will be able to identify the "perfect" modality mix. This will be a gradual and fluid process.

Thank you for all you do. You make the difference!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

My door is open! We Are IVC!

Kind regards,

Lennor


 

 

Dear Campus Community:hispanic heritage month

I would like to begin by wishing everyone a Happy Mexican Independence Day.

Imperial Valley College is proud to be recognized as one of the 569 institutions nationally to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). An HSI has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

Even more importantly, Imperial Valley College's designation as an HSI represents our deep commitment to a racially just campus climate and supporting our Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicanx students toward completing their personal and educational goals.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced that National Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week will be observed September 13-19, 2021, which is during National Hispanic Heritage Month. In observance and celebration of National HSI Week, Imperial Valley College will continue to build community by increasing awareness of the importance of HSIs in improving access to education, advancement of equity practices, and contributions made to the communities we serve. 

As we take this opportunity to reaffirm our appreciation and support of our Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicanx students and employees, we encourage you to join us at our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on September 30th at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn behind Student Affairs (bldg.1000). We are excited to bring a mariachi band, Mix Techo and Lucha Libre, brought to you by Venue Wrestling Entertainment. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

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Imperial Valley College President's Message:

On behalf of the outstanding faculty, staff, and administration, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Imperial Valley College. We understand that electing to continue your education during these unprecedented times may have been a difficult decision. For that, we sincerely applaud your tenacity and commitment to your education, and congratulate you on your decision to pursue higher education. You are making an investment that will prove invaluable for the rest of your life.

We are committed to your success and actively put several programs in place to ensure you are successful in this new and ever-changing environment. First and foremost, your safety is of utmost importance, and to protect you and others, we will have ongoing COVID-19 testing and on-campus vaccination clinics. We introduced the Ready Education application that provides pre-screening, vaccination reporting, and contact tracing. All on-campus community members are required to wear a face-covering while indoors. We will do daily screening upon entering the campus. We want you to be and feel safe on campus. That is our commitment to you.

In addition to your health and safety, we are committed to your academic success! Thus, we have dedicated additional resources across campus. We have enhanced our supportive services by creating a contact center, increasing tutoring, having specialty counselors for students with unique needs, and providing emergency assistance and basic food, housing, and technology support. We added more flexible class options to meet your individual needs and safety. We have several class options that you can choose from: fully online, entirely onsite, a combination of both, and Hyflex, which grants you the chance to participate in class or online.

As an IVC student, you are joining the ranks of several highly successful people who preceded you. In fact, many of our graduates have gone on to achieve great things. They are teachers, professors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, superintendents, principals, engineers, counselors, welders, fire captains, law enforcement officers, and the list goes on. Many of our students head to four-year universities, where on average are more successful than many native students in terms of grade point average and time to completion. Many other students complete certificate programs as one of the fastest and most affordable paths to gaining valuable career skills and entering the workforce quickly. You have made a great decision!

Imperial Valley College is part of a greater partnership involving community leaders, taxpayers, trustees, legislators, alums, K-12, universities, and the support of the great State of California. They all want you to succeed.

Thank you for choosing IVC. Our college has a rich history of serving Imperial County residents. We are delighted to count you among them.

Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent/President

 

PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Lennor M. Johnson, Ed.D., Interim Superintendent/President
Adriana Sano, Executive Assistant (760) 355-6219
Paula Saldana, Administrative Secretary (760) 355-6547
Located in the Administration Building, Building 10

 

 

 

 
 

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