College Initiatives Update

As we move into the month of November with our sights on the end of year activities, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you an update on a number of college initiatives.

PVCC 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Work continues on developing the next generation strategic plan for the college. Our plan will be aligned with the District’s primary drivers of: Ensuring high levels of student success and equity; Cultivating a sustainable, competitive market advantage; and Building a great place to work through organizational effectiveness. A work session will be held on November 22, during which time the framework will be developed. If you are interested in participating in this session contact Ms. Lori Espinoza.

Puma Promise. During the fall convocation work began on the development of the Puma Promise – a covenantal statement that will publicly define our relationship with each other and with students. Watch for the release of draft statements for your input and comment.

Vision for an Integrated Learning Center. A group of faculty and staff have been working on a new vision for the E Building that will transform this space into the learning hub of the campus. While funding for this project is yet to be determined, our shared aspiration is to provide better student access, integrate the major entities (library, computer commons, Learning Success Center), and dramatically enhance space for students to learn in the out-of-class environment.  More details to be shared soon.

FY21 PVCC Budget Process. I’ve reviewed the preliminary budget recommendations from the Budget Planning Committee and am pleased to see, while meeting current operational needs, some funds carved out for innovation and new programming. Additionally, we will be submitting new funding requests to the District in early November.

Faculty and Staff Led Initiatives. Teams are working diligently to address the college’s current strategic priorities including: Guided Pathways, Equity NOW, Diversity and Inclusion, Critical Thinking Academy, and Success by Design. I am pleased to see significant progress on all fronts.

Expansion of PVCC Nursing Program. As you know, PVCC was awarded approximately $3.6 million to support the expansion of our nursing program. In order to accommodate new programs to serve incumbent nurse training and to expand the RN program, an addition will be constructed on to the Health Sciences building for a high-fidelity simulation laboratory.

Clearly these projects are aligned with our 2019-2020 leadership priorities:  a renewed focus on the student experience, redefining PVCC around innovation, creating conditions for employee success, and strengthening our local impact through positive social change.

Learning and student success is alive at PVCC.