BOARD NEWS: Clovis Community College President’s Breakfast/State-of-the-College
President Bennett: Finishing Touches on a 30-Year Career
The Clovis Community College President’s Breakfast on Oct. 25 featured President Lori Bennett’s final State-of-the-College Address before her retirement Jan. 4 culminating nearly 30 years in higher education with the last seven as the head of CCC. She is also a CVHEC board member.
During President Bennett’s tenure, Clovis Community College introduced 70 new degrees and certificates and a competitive athletics program.
Student retention and completion rates have improved and the college has been honored for the high rate of student transfers to four-year colleges including the Campaign for College Opportunity formally recognizing the college four years in a row for its work in increasing the number of students receiving associate degrees for transfer that guarantees transfer to a California State University.
Among the highlights was a presentation on the PODER Program (Title V grant) and a video presenting its successes in increasing the number of Latino and low-income students in the Central Valley who have access to and complete degrees or certificates in STEM disciplines through guided pathways and partnerships that support increased transfer into four-year university STEM programs.
The campus is now preparing for the 6th Annual “Giving Tuesday” Nov.29.