As we enter the fifth week of the semester, I thought I’d take this time to update you on a number of major college and leadership initiatives underway.
Strategic Planning: Work is underway to finalize the PVCC 2020-2023 Strategic Plan with a target completion date by the end of the semester. In December, approximately 80 faculty, staff and students reviewed the work to date and provided additional input and comment. While the plan is currently in a pre-draft stage, three driving “wildly important” goals are emerging: 1) ensure high levels of student success and equity through enhance measured student learning and engagement; 2), cultivate innovative and competitive advantages in workforce development, and 3) strengthen our local impact through positive social change.
Health Sciences Building Expansion: Funded through a direct allocation from the Governor’s Office in 2019, PVCC was award $3.6m to expand our RN program and to offer incumbent specialty training for nurses currently in the workforce. To meet the needs of the growth in our nursing program, construction will begin this semester to expand by 5,000 square feet the Health Sciences building. The expansion will provide space for a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation laboratory and additional learning spaces.
The Puma Commitment: Watch for the continued “roll-out” of the Puma Commitment, our public pledge/covenant to our students and each other to: Engage, Challenge, Support and Care. Living the Commitment provides the underlying cultural markers that ensures students have the maximum opportunity for success. The Puma Commitment is also a direct tie to the founding principles around student and employee development.
Planning for an Exciting New STEM Summer Program: PVCC was recently awarded a Verizon Innovative Learning grant to provide a summer STEM camp for middle school young men. This summer, 50 students will learn about: 3D design, artificial intelligence, robotics, and design thinking. Watch for more details soon.
Small Business Program for Federal Corrections: Under the leadership of Dr. Preston-Ortiz, PVCC was awarded a federal contract with the Federal Corrections Institution (north of Phoenix) to offer the small business management program to inmates who are near their release date. Research shows that recidivism is dramatically reduced when employment is enhanced. Classes begin early this summer.
Facilities Master Planning: PVCC along with SMCC and GWCC have been selected as the first three MCCCD colleges to begin the process to update our facilities master plan. The last plan expired with the completion of the 2004 bond cycle ending in 2014. This is critically important as we need a planful and system approach to addressing: major maintenance, shortage of administrative and student support space, and renovation of learning spaces.
College Advance: Formerly known as the “President’s Advance,” – our annual commitment to take one day and focus on an issue deeply important to student learning and success – will focus this year on improving student performance in the classroom. The Advance will be held on Friday, February 28. Watch for details soon.