Area legislators address policy issues with CVHEC-member CC chancellors, presidents
By Cory Burkarth
Madera Community College
The meeting brought together Central Valley state legislators, chancellors and presidents to discuss a variety of policy issues facing community colleges. The forum also provided the colleges the opportunity to highlight their respective academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.
State Senator Anna Caballero and Assemblymembers Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Juan Alanis and Esmeralda Soria attended the summit, along with staff representing the Office of the Governor, State Senator Shannon Grove and Assemblymember Jim Patterson.
“We had wonderful conversations throughout the day with our legislators and staff,” said Dr. Angel Reyna, president at Madera Community College.
“We discussed many of the successes our community colleges have delivered over the last several years, especially as it relates to student success and seeing our graduates enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. We also identified areas where we can work together to ensure we have the resources and support needed to continue serving our students and communities. It was a very insightful and productive day and I’m grateful to our legislators for their continued support for our campuses and the work they do to help us deliver a first-class education to our students.”
The CVCCCC summit was led by Dr. Chris Vitelli, president of Merced College and chair of the Central Valley Community College CEO Caucus, and Dr. Kristin Clark, chancellor of West Hills Community College District who is also board chair for the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium which helped convene its community college members for the event.
Media inquiries: Cory Burkarth, director of Marketing & Communications at Madera Community College – 559.675.4129