Three CVHEC members honored with Bee’s Central California People Choice Awards for Best College/University awards;
West Hills College Coalinga takes Gold
Congratulations to three CVHEC members for earning the Fresno Bee’s Best of Central California People Choice Awards for Best College/University including West Hills College Coalinga receiving the highest honor, the Gold Award.
Fresno State won the Silver Award in that category and West Hills College Lemoore, also a part of the West Hills Community College District, earned the bronze.
The Fresno Bee’s People Choice Awards is a highly anticipated event celebrating Central California’s best businesses and organizations. This year’s competition was fierce, with over 445,000 votes cast by more than 136,000 voters.
West Hills College Coalinga emerged as this year’s top choice, showcasing its strong community support and reputation for excellence.
“We are honored to receive the Gold Award in the Best College/University category of the Fresno Bee’s People Choice Awards,” said Dr. Carla Tweed, President at West Hills College Coalinga.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students who consistently strive for excellence. We are grateful for the community’s and our students’ overwhelming support.”
Similarly, West Hills College Lemoore has reason to celebrate as well earning the Bronze award in two esteemed categories, “Best College/University” and “Trade/Technical School,” in the Fresno Bee’s Best of Central California Awards.
This achievement followed the college’s previous year’s success when it secured the Gold award in the “Best College/University” category. These consecutive wins demonstrate the consistency and quality of education offered at West Hills College Lemoore, said James Preston, president of West Hills College Lemoore and CVHEC board member.
“We are immensely proud to have been honored with the Bronze award in two categories of the Fresno Bee’s Best of Central California Awards,” President Preston said.
“This recognition underscores the dedication and tireless efforts of our faculty, staff, and students. We take great pride in offering a comprehensive range of programs tailored to the needs of our community, empowering our students to achieve their aspirations. Earning bronze in the Trade/Technical school category proves that the career and technical education programs we have built for the past seven years positively impact our community and prepare students to go directly into the workforce.”
Dr. Kristin Clark, West Hills Community College District chancellor, said the Gold Award for West Hills College Coalinga and the Bronze Awards for West Hills College Lemoore reinforces the importance of quality education and the tireless efforts put forth by these institutions in creating a brighter future for their students and the region as a whole.
“I’m thrilled to see both West Hills Community College District colleges receive this prestigious award and recognition,” said Chancellor Clark, who is chair of the CVHEC Board of Directors. “Our two colleges have faculty and staff who go the extra mile to make students feel at home, and they are relentless in the pursuit of student success.”
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