West Hills Magazine - Spring 2019 (Issue 12)

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Spring 2019


Annual Report Edition

Grants Office Reaches New Heights

Future Leaders Series Landing the Job: West Hills Partnerships




Copyright 2019 by West Hills Community College District. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission prohibited. WEST HILLS MAGAZINE Number 12 Published Spring and Fall Marketing, Communications and Public Information Office Contact us by mail at the address below, or, by phone or email at: West Hills CCD Marketing Office 9900 Cody St. Coalinga, CA 93210 (559) 934-2132 ambermyrick@whccd.edu ADVISORY BOARD Stuart Van Horn, Chancellor, WHCCD Brenda Thames, President, WHCC Kristin Clark, President, WHCL BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark McKean, President, Area 5 Nina Oxborrow, Area 1 Salvador Raygoza, Area 2 Jeff Levinson, Area 7 Steve Cantu, Area 6 Martin Maldonado, Area 3 Bobby Lee, Area 4 EDITOR Amber Myrick Director, WHCCD Marketing, Communications, Public Information EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Jamie Applegate WEBMASTER Carlos Posadas PHOTOGRAPHY Dennis Gallegos, Kelly Peterson GRAPHIC DESIGN Robert Jesus


table of


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History of Our District A Record Breaking Year for West Hills Community College District Ongoing Initiatives Landing the Job: West Hills Partnerships Help Employment Become a Reality for Students West Hills College Lemoore Agriculture Leadership Class


The Making of a Moonshot West Hills’ Grants Office Reaches New Heights

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College Introductions and Student Data

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The Communities We Serve Deputy Chancellor’s Facilities Update Strategic Plan Update Farm of the Future Strategic Plan Summary Professional Development Series Continues to Grow Future Leaders at West Hills The Impact of Scholarships WHCC Foundation Donors Foundation Annual Report Data

Driving Economic Development: How West Hills Moves the Needle

This academic year had more than its share of new and unique expectations, experiences, emotions and outcomes for our students, faculty, and staff. Student enrollment at our two colleges and educational center was the highest in the 87-year history of the West Hills Community College District and the year ushered in a new era of performance-based funding mechanisms, legislative decrees, and increased mandates from the state. More than a dozen new programs and services were implemented, colleges were enabled to increase the type and mix of campus-based services, and we successfully hired nearly ten new full-time faculty and numerous staff positions. Our real-time data reports blossomed well beyond just economic measures and great strides were implemented to understand the human side of the student ledger as critical to organizational performance. We ended the year with a record number of certificate and degree student completers that understand the importance of problem-solving and troubleshooting; both critically-important skills and characteristics vital to employers seeking to thrive in a rapidly-changing, technology-fueled global marketplace. The year included earning high marks with regulatory Accreditation requirements, powered by a spirit of continuous improvement, and of identifying actionable data aimed at bettering the outcomes that matter most for our students enabling us to capitalize on the state’s new funding formula. As importantly, the work of our distinguished faculty and staff encompassed an ever-growing variety of student segments, increased our market share, removed student entry barriers, altered teaching and learnings to embrace Open Educational Resources and time and cost-cutting innovations such as our credit for prior learning initiative. New tools were developed to assist our management staff in improving approaches and practices to increase our efficiencies in strategic enrollment management and the year featured a significant number of grant partnerships with public and private sector entities to drive economic development in the region and address community challenges affecting classroom performance of our students through our Broadband initiative, unique partnership with Univision and numerous philanthropic ventures championed by our Foundation. And we have more important work ahead. I look forward to another year of innovation and responsiveness by our colleges to create educational, economic, cultural and social opportunities for the citizens of the region.

Dr. Stuart Van Horn, Chancellor West Hills Community College District

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Coalinga High School campus


Coalinga campus


North District Center Firebaugh


Kings County Center Lemoore


West Hills Community College District has a rich history of serving the educational needs of the west side of the San Joaquin Valley for more than 80 years. The district traces its roots back to 1932, when the Coalinga Extension Center for Fresno State College was founded to offer classes through the local high school district. In the 1940s, Coalinga College ended formal ties with Fresno State and came under the control of the Coalinga Union High School District. In 1956, a new 40 acre campus for the school opened on Cherry Lane in Coalinga. In 1961, the school separated from the high school district and, in 1969, became known as West Hills College. As time went on, the college expanded its reach into surrounding communities. In 1962, Lemoore and Avenal became a part of the district. The following year, Riverdale and Tranquillity High School Districts followed suit. Outreach increased in Firebaugh with the opening of the North District Center in 1971 and in Lemoore, with a West Hills presence at both Naval Air Station Lemoore and Lemoore High School.



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Current North District Center West Hills College Firebaugh Lemoore


New District Office Coming Fall 2019


New North District Center Firebaugh

While classes were offered as early as 1964 in Lemoore, a classroom and office were built in 1981 on land purchased from the city and named the Kings County Center. In the early 1990s, the California Postsecondary Commission designated West Hills College as the community college provider to the Hanford and Armona areas. The approach of the new millennium brought even more changes. Online classes were offered starting in 1999. In 1998, approximately 107 acres of land was donated by the Pedersen-Semas families for the building of a full-fledged campus in Lemoore. The same year a $19.5 million bond measure, Measure G, passed to fund the building of the college and remodeling at both the Coalinga and Firebaugh campuses. The first new community college built in California in this century opened in 2002 west of Highway 41 on Bush Street. The campus earned college status from the Board of Governors in 2001 and full accreditation in 2005, giving the district two separate colleges, jointly governed by the West Hills Community College District. WHCL became the 109th community college in California; there are now 112, making it the largest system of higher education in the U.S.

Where the Money Comes From, and Where It Goes: WHCCD is proud of its reputation for strong fiscal responsibility and tracks historically lower than other California community colleges when it comes to expenditures for salaries and benefits as a percentage of revenues. WHCCD prides itself on being good stewards of the taxpayer’s money and keeps an eye on expenses and at the same time works hard to apply for grants that offset costs.

Data: $54.2 Million The District’s total balance and revenues in the general fund

0% Capital Outlay

Expenses: Other Operating 14%

11% Property Taxes

31% Academic Salaries

19% Other Outgo 19% Employee Benefits

2% Supplies

Revenue Source:

6% Misc

15% Classified Salaries

2% Enrollment Fees

7% Beginning Balance

Other Operating: Software Contracts, Maintenance, utilities, travel/mileage reimbursement Other Outgo: Loan payments and transfers

$46 per credit

74% State Apportionment

Misc. Revenue: Facility Use, Student Fees, Homeowners Prop. Taxes, FA Admin


The amount students pay in tuition costs to attend WHCCD (and all other California Community Colleges). Unlike CSU and UC systems, CC tuition is set by the State and the money collected by the colleges goes into the State’s general fund

The percentage of total revenues spent on salaries and benefits throughout the district. This is a significantly smaller percentage of revenues compared to of our state’s community college districts. West Hills has a conservative approach to spending coupled with an institutional policy to maintain a strong fiscal condition even when the State’s higher education budgets go through ups and downs

That was just the beginning of a new phase of construction running into the 21st Century. In 1998, NDC Firebaugh moved to a new building. Several major bond measures were passed in 2008 and in 2014.

Measure C

in 2008, which benefitted West Hills College Coalinga and provided

$11.6 million

in funds to build new agriculture facilities at the Farm of the Future and modernize several campus buildings.

Measure E

was passed in Lemoore at the same time, providing $31 million in funding for several planned new buildings. The state of the art Golden Eagle Arena opened in 2011 and a new 23,000 square foot student center opened in 2017.

Measure Q

an $11.8 million measure, was also passed in 2008 to provide funds for the North District Center, Firebaugh.

Measure T

a $20 million bond issue, was passed in 2014 to fund district-wide ongoing technology upgrades for the next 20 years.

California Proposition 51

was passed in 2016, which has provided remaining funds needed to build a new

41,633 sq. ft.

North District Center in Firebaugh.

The district covers nearly 3,500 square miles with colleges in Lemoore and Coalinga, the North District Center in Firebaugh, eight child development centers throughout neighboring rural communities, and the Farm of the Future facility at the north end of Coalinga — which also houses the current district office. Planning is underway for further expansion at all three WHCCD sites and in other communities in the district.

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A RecordBreaking Year for West Hills Community College District By Amber Myrick

The 2017-18 school year was a record breaking year for the West Hills Community College District in many respects. The district saw the highest number of Full Time Equivalent Students (FTEs) in its history, had more students complete certificate and degree programs, and is seeing its Career Technical and Education students earning more money after program completion. Additionally, WHCCD student completion rates are well above the California Community College state average. As West Hills closes the current school year, it continues to see an upward trend of more students, more completers, and more students earning a living wage after completion. We’re moving the needle on student success and we believe we’ll see that needle move even further in the coming years.

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018

39.7% 40.0% 47.8% Scorecard - Completion Indicator Overall 1,441 1,507 1,683 Degrees/Certificates Awarded 5,290 5,361 5,724 FTES Generated vs. Target 5-Year Goal 49.3% 48.0% 55.5% CTE Employment Outcome Survey Results (wage gains)



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West Hills Community College rate:

Bay Area


Central Valley

35.3 Inland Empire

South Central


31.8 Los Angeles


39.3 San Diego


Completion rates per region: Spring 2019


ONGOING INITIATIVES Prior Learning Assessment

Open Educational Resources

West Hills Community College District’s Prior Learning Assessment program continues on and was recently given a soft launch in Spring 2019. The program, which allows students to earn credit for skills developed in the work force through a portfolio creation process, was marketed to the public and is now being offered to students both current and potential. At the system-level, there is momentum around credit for prior learning.

West Hills College Lemoore continues to be a thought leader for the use of Open Educational Resources. WHCL is currently offering two zero textbook cost degrees (Z degrees) and will soon be launching a third. The two current degrees are an Associate of Science Degree for Transfer in Psychology and an Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Elementary Teacher Education. An Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Sociology will be launching soon. Currently, over 40% of courses at WHCL are using OER. In the spring of 2019, 43 total ZTC courses were being offered, and 168 sections.

ZTC Course and Section Offerings 145 97

75 The Foundation for California Community Colleges responded to a Lumina Foundation request for information. In it they proposed a 12-college coalition that included West Hills Community College District assembled for the purposes of scaling college initiatives that support adult learner degree completion. The coalition planning will soon be underway.



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32 FALL 2017





SPRING SUMMER FALL 2018 2018 2018

TOTAL ZTC Sections

52 23



Additionally, WHCL has saved students $743,144 in textbook costs in 2017-2018 and $1,165,138 in the 2019 school year, approximately $1.9 million total. West Hills College Coalinga is also growing its OER offerings and is working on implementing a zero textbook cost degree of its own.

Achieving the Dream West Hills College Coalinga and West Hills College Lemoore are both working heavily with Achieving the Dream to encourage student success. Achieving the Dream is a targeted reform movement geared toward student success. A network of higher education institutions, partners, and advisors, ATD is focused on helping students achieve their academic dreams. ATD uses a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment tool that enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement, integrating current efforts at the college.

Child Development Grant and Apprenticeships West Hills Community College District has been awarded a $500,000 California Apprenticeship Initiative Grant, which will go toward creating new Child Development Educator apprenticeship opportunities in rural, Central California communities served by WHCCD. The grant will fund education and apprenticeship opportunities across the district’s service area. Through West Hills, local childcare providers have committed to the creation of new, sustainable living wage child development jobs in the area, to be supported by funding from the Apprenticeship grant. The apprenticeship pathway will offer interested jobseekers paid work while they earn their Associate of Arts degree in Child Development through West Hills College.

West Hills College Lemoore was named an ATD Leader College in January 2019. Leader college status is a designation awarded to Achieving the Dream institutions that have shown progress in improving the success of all community college students. As a Leader College, WHCL can now compete for all grant-funding learning initiatives and are expected to provide support and leadership to other schools in the ATD network. WHCL will also share what it has learned as an ATD school and what has worked for them. WHCL has been involved with ATD since 2014. For the first time, West Hills College Coalinga became an ATD member college and held an ATD meeting this semester to outline next steps. The goal was to find a structure to bring cohesion and outcomes to current WHCC initiatives, goals and objectives. The kickoff established a kickoff committee and goals and expectations. The main goal was that in the next four years, WHCC aims to close the gap between certain student success indicators to reflect a 90% course completion with a corresponding minimum course success rate of 85%.

The program’s intent is to tackle serious labor market demand for child development educators in the San Joaquin Valley’s rural communities, including increasing employment opportunities for marginalized populations. At the time of grant writing, there were 214 vacant preschool teacher and child development educator positions listed locally, accounting for over 1,300 qualified early childhood educator job openings annually in the region. WHCCD is also intent on creating apprenticeships in other fields through its Westside Works program.

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Landing the Job:

West Hills Partnerships Help Employment Become a Reality for Students

By Jamie By Jamie Applegate Applegate

PARTNERSHIPS West Hills Community College District is a part of many of them, all aimed at increasing student success. Two of these partnerships have already had an impact on students: Bitwise’s Geekwise Academy and The Wonderful Company’s Ag Career Prep program and Agriculture Career Camp. Bitwise is in the middle of its third cohort of students while, last year, The Wonderful Ag Career Prep program saw its first group of students graduate from high school and West Hills College Coalinga simultaneously. Both partnerships have begun to bear fruit in several different ways and students are seeing the benefits.

West Hills College Coalinga and The Wonderful Company have been partners since 2013. The first Wonderful Agriculture Career Camp was held at West Hills College Coalinga in 2013. Through this camp and the more extensive world of Wonderful Education, students start down a career path in agriculture as early as middle school. Students from Avenal and Mendota middle schools attend the camp and learn hands on skills in agriculture, ranging from learning about welding to hands on plant science projects. Students then have an opportunity to apply for the Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program in 9th grade. In the program, they are able to learn more about agriculture career fields, participate in job shadowing and take West Hills College Coalinga classes.



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Last May, WHCC graduated its first cohort of Wonderful Ag Career Prep students, who earned an Associate's degree at the same time they graduated from high school. This May, WHCC will graduate its 2nd class, from Avenal High School. More than 30 students will earn their Associate's. The first class from Mendota will graduate in spring 2020. Esther Olmos is one of the graduates from the first cohort and, for her, the Ag Prep academy was life changing. Olmos was one of the first students to attend the Agriculture Career Camp and is now attending Fresno State, studying social work. Beyond just seeing the effect that getting her first two years of college out of the way has had on her academic schedule, she also someday hopes to return to Avenal and bolster the work the Agriculture Prep Academy is doing for students there. “When I first joined the program, I didn’t know if it was right for me,” she said. “Did I want the pressure? I didn’t want to go into agriculture. But it ended up being amazing for me. I hope to become a social worker now so that I can go back to Avenal and promote this wonderful program. It’s not just a degree and it’s not just about agriculture. It gives you the basics you need to succeed in college and I want more students to take advantage of it.” Esther Olmos

Now, thanks to a recently received California CCAP STEM Pathway Academy Grant, the program will continue to grow and in a way that will help increase employment opportunities for graduates of the program. Through this grant and existing partnership between The Wonderful Company and West Hills College Coalinga, new apprenticeship pathways will be available at Avenal and Mendota High Schools targeting students, who may ultimately wish to fast-track their career with a high-paying Ag job right out of high school. These students will earn their associate’s degree, but over a six-year period with extensive work experience including a two-year work rotation at multiple Wonderful Company business units. “Wonderful Ag Prep provides real-world learning experiences that prepare our students for the high-tech jobs of the future,” said Noemi Donoso, executive vice president of Wonderful Education at The Wonderful Company. “It’s a game-changer to arm high school graduates with real-world work experience and an associate of science degree. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with great schools such as West Hills College Coalinga and use this grant funding to further expand upon this important work.”

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West Hills has partnered with Bitwise since 2016. Bitwise is another program that is helping students to connect with real world job opportunities. As part of that partnership, students from both WHCC and WHCL have participated in Bitwise’s Geekwise Academy. As part of the Academy, the students learn computer programming languages including AngularJS and MEAN Stack and how to build websites and mobile apps. They also get tips on how to freelance in the tech industry and how to land a job and work on actual projects for Bitwise, including web development. The first phase of the Geekwise Academy partnership began in Fall 2016 with 20 students total. The second cohort started off with 30 students approximately. The third cohort is currently learning how to freelance. “They currently have about $10k in prospective projects in the pipeline, said Bethany Mily, Geekwise Academy CEO. “Across the last two cohorts, students have developed and delivered more than $100,000 in projects for clients. This partnership and West Hills web development cohorts are important because West Hills students represent a group of people that have been historically underrepresented in the technology industry. Through programs that target important populations in our region, we have the opportunity to help create a technology industry that is representative of the Valley's population. The freelancing phase of our programs is particularly important because freelancing allows individuals to work on projects from anywhere in the world. Individuals in Coalinga, Firebaugh and Lemoore can live in the place they call home and still access the high wage, high growth opportunities offered by the technology industry.”

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Carlos Flores knows the opportunity firsthand. He graduated from the Bitwise program in 2017 and is now studying computer science at Fresno State. In addition, he’s helping West Hills College Coalinga develop an e-sports competition team, students who compete in online sports. “Bitwise was great career wise,” he said. “It convinced me to switch to computer science. Because of the program it opened my eyes to the tech field and that’s what made me switch majors. Now, I know what I want to do for my career.”

West Hills College Lemoore Agriculture Leadership Class

Trains the Next Generation of Ag Leaders In 2017, California’s crops were estimated to have generated over $50 billion in profit, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. California grows over 400 types of crops and a third of the country’s vegetables. However, California agriculture faces a dilemma: who are going to be the agriculture leaders of the future? West Hills College Lemoore is heading a regional community college agriculture leadership program to tackle this exact issue, and the first class of agriculture leaders is underway. This January, Agriculture Business 22 launched with a cohort of students interested in agriculture and developing their leadership skills. The unique class mixes classroom instruction with hands-on, practical assignments and weekly guest speakers from the agriculture industry. “On the industry side, Agriculture has no choice but to develop their leaders,” said Kris Costa, Dean of Career Technical Education at West Hills College Lemoore. “Agriculture, in California especially, is struggling with uninformed voters, a declining farmer population, increased regulations, and decreasing support for the quality food that comes from the most prolific ag state in the world. We as an industry have to preserve agriculture in this state by growing our own leaders.” The agriculture leadership program aims to do exactly that: develop ag leaders. The course introduces students to the state, national and global impact of Agriculture. St udents majoring in diverse agriculture fields ranging from plant science to ag business and ag communications are exposed to a view of the place of California agriculture in the world and its importance to the state. In addition to online discussions, the students

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also importantly meet with movers and shakers in the agriculture industry: there is a guest speaker nearly every Friday for the duration of the course. The cohort is also diverse itself: it’s made up of students from across many different schools, not just West Hills since it’s a regional effort to train ag leaders. “These students are majoring in Plant Science, Ag Business, Business, and Ag Communications and have technical knowledge, but their exposure is somewhat limited due to their geography,” Costa said. “This program widens their knowledge base in a way that will allow them to enter the workforce with a world view of the agriculture industry. These students are meeting with the movers and shakers in the industry – talking with these high level leaders is changing their mindset on agriculture and their place in it.” Students have also benefited from the assistance of four industry members, who helped them to develop presentations for a trip to Sacramento in May. The group went on a tour of the state Capitol building and presented on agricultural issues, developed as projects as part of the class, to an audience of over 50 guests. They also met with legislators and members of the governor's administration. Academically, students are being challenged. Each week, they must complete a comprehensive, master’s level difficulty research assignment. “These assignments lead to advanced thinking of challenges and possible mitigations facing the average person involved in agriculture here in California,” said Tony Oliveira, who is teaching the cohort. “Some of the students are posting amazing responses and this in turn helps those that may have not learned yet to think at that level and or to research with such in-depth applications.”


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The Making of a


West Hills Grants Office Reaches New Heights Brian Boomer compares the West Hills Grants Office to astronaut Michael Collins. As third man on the Apollo 11 mission, Collins stayed in the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their places in history as the first people to walk on the moon.

By Matt Weeks

“Michael Collins wasn’t on magazine covers or the nightly news,” says Boomer, the newly hired director of the Grants Office. “But they couldn’t do it without him. His part of the mission was vital.” Similarly, the Grants Office is part of the behind-the-scenes machinery that keeps West Hills running steady, finding funds that help students reach for the stars. Each year, the office brings in about $10 million — money that funds everything from classroom technology to after-school programs.

But staying steady doesn’t interest Boomer. His sights are set on the horizon.

“My goals are to diversify the kind of grants we bring in,” he said. “My No. 1 goal is to go after grants that make students’ lives better. I want to be strategic, and I want to be more adventurous. For example, I want to focus on undergraduate research because it’s something that’s been shown to improve student outcomes and it’s something few community colleges are doing.”



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If recent successes are any indication, Boomer’s approach is working. For example, a recently acquired grant of approximately $500,000, awarded at $166,666 per year for three years, will go toward developing a Child Development Apprenticeship Program. The program will allow students to receive training by allowing them to work at childcare centers while earning a degree. The funding defrays the often-prohibitive costs associated with hiring new workers at child-focused facilities. In short: student outcomes are improved through real-world experience and businesses close skilled labor gaps. It’s a win-win situation. There is also a new Ag Tech Apprenticeship Pathway grant from the CA Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office awarded at $333,000 for four (4) years. The funding guarantees the continuation and expansion of the Wonderful Ag Career Prep program, which will add an additional cohort of 30 Ag Prep apprentices at Avenal High School and Mendota High School annually, beginning Fall 2019. The grant provides funds to give agriculturally inclined 9-12 graders the opportunity to begin a college degree pathway during high school. After high school graduation, students transition to West Hills College Coalinga to complete the remaining course work for an Associate’s degree as well as participate in a two-year paid apprenticeship with The Wonderful Company. The combination of the college degree and paid apprenticeship experience is designed to equip students for successful careers as Ag Technicians. “Before I worked for West Hills, I didn’t know there was a Grants Office applying for funding for things like after school programs.” said Diana Enriquez, newly hired Grant Development Specialist at West Hills. “The reality is that the Grants Office plans months in advanced to apply for grants that will bring new programs. If we don’t, those programs are gone.” Enriquez says working in the Grants Office has given her a new perspective on the relationship between the West Hills and the surrounding communities. “My favorite part about working for the Grants Department is researching new ways to bring in money, and then watching programs evolve in the communities we serve," she said.

It is natural for workers in the Grants Office to take a mile-high view of success. Their work makes it possible for faculty to teach in more effective ways and for students to get the help and guidance they need.

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WHCL President’s Message

Focused on Helping Students Get Strong, Start Strong, Stay Strong, and Finish Strong

This year, WHCL has focused intently on our relentless pursuit of student success with a primary focus on our Strong Framework to ensure students Get Strong, Start Strong, Stay Strong, and Finish Strong. To that end, faculty have been engaged in professional development that focuses on teaching and learning, ranging from conversations on best teaching practices to tours of leading educational facilities. We consistently remove financial obstacles our students face with financial aid, free college tuition for full-time freshmen, free parking, on campus jobs, and Open Educational Resources: almost 50% of our course offerings this fall will have zero-cost textbooks. This fall, we will open a new Student Engagement Center in our Library focused on providing additional academic support for students. The WIN (Workforce Internship and Networking) Center has had another successful semester, hosting EntrĂŠe to Employment for 80 + employers and students in Administration of Justice and Cybersecurity, supporting students in the Eagle Dress for Success Closet as they interview for internships and entry into their careers, and completing the full launch of the employer-student connection platform, Jobspeaker. Our relentless pursuit of student success is paying off. More students start strong with an informed education goal, we have significantly reduced the time to completion, and WHCL conferred almost 30% more degrees and certificates in 2018-19 than last year. This year, WHCL was one of six colleges in the Achieving the Dream network to be granted the prestigious Leader College status. We are proud of our accomplishments and committed to continuing our focus on decreasing academic achievement gaps, promoting upward mobility, and strengthening the economic development in the Central Valley. Kristin Clark, Ed.D. President, West Hills College Lemoore

WHCC President’s Message

Community Engagement and Continued Growth

Student and community engagement has been one of the primary areas of focus for WHCC during this past academic year. In our relentless pursuit of student success WHCC became an Achieving the Dream College. As a member of the Achieving the Dream Network the college has continued to assess and explore practices and processes that build pipelines and streamline access to college; cultivate a college going culture; foster student success through structured educational pathways; facilitate degree/certificate completion and transfer; and build programs and partnerships that lead to high wage jobs within our region. We have spent time out in the communities that we serve inviting our fellow residents to join us in conversations regarding our programs, services, and student success goals. We look forward to continuing to build partnerships and strengthen those community connections. WHCC is thriving with continued enrollment growth; new faculty and staff; and projects to refresh and revitalize the facilities on campus. It is an exciting time in the history of the campus as we complete infrastructure requirements and prepare to begin construction on the new North District Center facility. The college has begun to assess and define the programs and opportunities that will be expanded, enhanced, and added in the North District service area. WHCC students have benefited greatly from the strong longstanding partnerships and alliances we have formed with many educational, civic, industry and individual private partners throughout our service area. In partnership with the WHCCD Foundation the college is excited to be expanding circle of friends, residents, civic, and industry partners involved in bringing this project to fruition. In the coming year we will continue to actively seek input, participation, and contributions to the development of this community asset that will serve generations of college students in their own community in the years to come. WHCC remains committed to student success, strengthening our transfer and workforce training programs, and developing new and innovative collaborative relationships and partnerships. However we could not do any of this without the strong partnerships that we have within the communities that we serve. Thank you for your continuing support of our college! Brenda Thames President, West Hills College Coalinga



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Unduplicated Student Headcount

10,343 students

Enrollments Across Our Service Area and Beyond Dos Palos 40 Firebaugh 502 Clo vis 77 Fresno 356

Mendota 441 Tranquillity 53

Kerman 105

San Joaquin 320


Cantua Creek, 65

Caruthers 66

Five Points 21

Riverdale 179 Lemoore 2018

Huron 308

Coalinga 1230

Selma 35 Laton 102 Armona 161

Stratford 70


Visalia 231

Hanford 1844 Corcoran 236

Kettleman City 70

Avenal 840

Source: WHCCD Office of Accreditation, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Planning

Student Demographics Age


19 and under

4,146 4,409

41.5 % 42.6


2,708 2,591

27.1 % 25.1



13.3 % 12.7


1,688 1,749

16.9 %


287 276

2.9 % 2.7



0.0 %


Tulare 134

With locations in Coalinga, Firebaugh, and Lemoore as well as hundreds of online course offerings, West Hills Community College District touches the lives of students from across our service area and beyond. In 2017-18 we served thousands of students from the local communities shown on the map above. The Central Valley cities with the largest number of enrollments are, in order: Lemoore, Hanford, Coalinga, Avenal, Firebaugh, Mendota, and Fresno. At the same time, our online courses also reach students throughout California and in 20 other states.

2016-17 2017-18


5,620 5,984

56.3 % 57.9


4,140 4,160

41.5 % 40.2


219 199

2.2 % 1.9

WHCCD Student population Ethnicity breakdown for Percentage 2017-18 of WHCCD Unduplicated Hispanic White Non-Hispanic African-American American Indian/ Alaskan Native Asian Filipino PaciďŹ c Islander Unknown/Declined to State Two or More Races

Students 65.8% 19.2% 4.5% 0.6% 3.4% 1.9% 0.3% 1.9% 2.3%


Headcount 6,802 1,988 470 67 356 194 32 201 233

Source: WHCCD Office of Institutional Effectiveness; U.S. Census American Community Survey Five-Year Estimate (2016)

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About the Communities We Serve KEY FACTS HOUSEHOLDS BY INCOME 121,707




Median Household Income

Median Age

3.5 Average Household Size



Total Businesses


Total Employees



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The largest group: $50,000 - $74,999 (17.6%) The smallest group: $200,000+ (2.3%) INDICATOR






$15,000 - $24,999



$25,000 - $34,999



$35,000 - $49,999



$50,000 - $74,999



$75,000 - $99,999



$100,000 - $149,999



$150,000 - $199,999






Bars show deviation from California


White Collar

Blue Collar


Unemployment Rate



Per Capita Income

Median Household Income



Median Net Worth

15% 5.8%




No High School Diploma


High School Graduate


Some College


Bachelor's/ Grad/Prof Degree

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Deputy Chancellor’s Facilities Update Following the retirement of Ken Stoppenbrink, Dr. Richard Storti joined West Hills as Deputy Chancellor in January 2019. Dr. Storti has a substantive history in a mix of public and private sector leadership positions. By Dr. Richard Storti

Since the beginning of West Hills College in 1932, with a few classes offered at Coalinga High School, the District has a long history of strategic expansion to meet the needs of students and the community. This growth has included the openings of West Hills College Coalinga in 1956, West Hills College Lemoore in 2002, and the North District Center’s current location in 1998. To continue the District’s strategic growth, support student demand and provide top instruction facilities, two major construction projects are currently underway. The first project is a new state of the art building encompassing 41,623 square feet of classroom, lab, library, and office space at the North District Center located in Firebaugh. The project timeline includes several stages over a multi-year period. The Division of State Architect (DSA) is currently reviewing architectural plans and working drawings for the project with approval anticipated in June 2019. The project timeline calls for construction to commence in October 2019 with a December 2021 completion date. The West Hills Community College District is committed to promoting and increasing student success by maximizing access to programs and services throughout the region. With a service area of approximately 3,400 square miles, completing the NDC project is vital as it will enhance our programs and offerings at the northern section of our district. We are extremely excited about completing this key project as it will provide state of the art classrooms, labs, library and office space to better serve our students and community.



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The second major project underway is the new District Administration Office Building located in Coalinga. The new building is 21,150 sf in size. Construction is currently underway and completion is anticipated in Fall 2019. Completing the new District Office building will provide improved efficiencies, work areas, meeting space, and technological improvements to support district level departments and operations. The new DO project is an important step to position the District to capitalize on and support new and existing programs and services. Along with the NDC and District Office projects, other facilities and maintenance related projects are underway to help ensure existing facilities continue to meet the needs of our students and programs. Other scheduled maintenance related projects throughout the District include air conditioning, roofing, painting and lighting upgrades. With limited resources, scheduling these types of projects is important to ensure the facilities support state of the art learning environments and maximize the useful life of facilities.

First walls installed

Reactions to the District Office Building

Construction continues

“The new office will be a more professional setting than we are in now,” said Becky Cazares, West Hills Community College District Human Resources Director. “It will afford us more space we desperately need. I’m very excited about the new building.”

Reactions to the North District Center building “The expansion of the West Hills College Coalinga North District Center (NDC) supports the commitment of the District and Coalinga College to lead the way for Westside residents in earning higher education degrees, receiving career technical trainings and transferring to colleges and universities," said Dr. Bertha Felix Mata, Associate Dean/North District Center Director. "In the tradition of community colleges, NDC will partner with several agencies by housing them within the new building. In addition to increased classrooms and educational amenities, the College Center will include other amenities including offices for the Fresno Agriculture Commissioner, and a Library shared space with the City of Firebaugh public library. All these features along with student study areas and meeting spaces throughout the building will provide a comfortable education environment conducive to learning and professional development. The communities in the Westside are excited and eagerly waiting for the new college building!”

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Toward a Shared Vision In 2017, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office established the Vision for Success setting out a series of six goals for California Community Colleges:

Increase the number of students earning credentials by at least


Increase the number of students who transferred by 35%

Reduce average units accumulated by students who complete degrees to 79%

Increase the number of students who get jobs in their field of study to 76%

Reduce equity gaps among underrepresented students by 40% over 5 years and eliminate in 10 years

Eliminate regional achievement gaps in 10 years






Throughout the spring, West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga have both been engaged in wide-ranging campus conversations around setting their own goals that will align to these goals for the California Community College system. Once finalized, these local Vision for Success goals will serve as the basis for the District’s new 2021 Strategic Plan, which is currently under development.



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Goal 1

Promote and increase student success, emphasizing educational planning, basic skills and timely completion.

The district’s revolutionary Reg365 option, which lets students sign up for an entire year of classes at one time, has placed emphasis on the importance of completion-oriented planning rather than the traditional term-to-term view of class registration and enrollment. The colleges emphasize the importance of individual student educational plans and are focused on improving student success and persistence rates, increasing the number of degrees and certificates awarded and the number of students who transfer to 4-year institutions, and shortening the time to completion for each associate’s degree earned.

1.1 Educational Plans 1.2a Scorecard - Remedial Math Completion Rates 1.2b Scorecard - Remedial English Completion Rates 1.2c Scorecard - Remedial ESL Completion Rates 1.3a Basic Skills English Success Rates 1.3b Basic Skills Math Success Rates 1.4 Success Rates 1.5 Persistence 1.6a Scorecard - Completion Indicator Overall 1.6b Scorecard Completion Indicator (College-prepared) 1.6c Scorecard Completion Indicator (Unprepared for College) 1.7 Degrees/Certificates Awarded 1.8 Time to Completion of Associate Degree 1.9 Transfers to 4-Year Institutions/Transfer Degrees * Lower is better

2015-16 Rate

2016-17 Rate

78.6% 26.9% 39.4% 14.3% 68.3% 50.0% 70.7% 54.6% 39.7% 69.6% 34.3% 1441 3.3 611

80.9% 30.6% 34.0% 12.1% 58.9% 48.0% 71.4% 53.4% 40.0% 74.6% 35.6% 1507 3.3 794

2017-18 2020 Rate District Target 73.9% 37.7% 46.0% 11.4% 54.2% 52.2% 72.5% 54.7% 47.8% 74.5% 40.9% 1,683 3.3 708

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Goal 2 Strengthen the District’s fiscal position by pursuing resource development and increased efficiency while meeting FTES targets. The district strives for efficiency, constantly monitors its course offerings, and projects FTES and enrollment in order to strike the optimal balance between growth, funding, and student access. WHCCD consistently exceeds its annual targets for Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) and continues to focus on improving scheduling efficiency rates and the percentage of students receiving a Pell Grant.

2015-16 Rate 2.1 2.2 2.3

FTES Generated vs. Target 5-Year Goal Enrollment Management/Scheduling Efficiency Percentage of Students Receiving a Pell Grant

5290 475 35.3%

2016-17 Rate 5361 448 32.5%

2017-18 2020 Rate District Target 5724 458 31.2%

100 FTES over 100% No goal set, for monitoring only 50.0%

Goal 4 Through the use of technology, increase access to educational programs and services that contribute to student success and strengthen the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community. WHCCD was an early adopter of online education and has seen its online programs grow and improve over the past 20 years. The district uses technology not only to train students in the tools needed in a 21st century workforce, but also as a means of providing wider and better access to higher education to students throughout our service area and beyond. Both colleges are focused on student success within online course offerings, increasing the number of courses that use Open Educational Resources, closing student equity achievement gaps, and creating new online CTE programs.

2015-16 Rate 4.1 Online Success Rates 4.2 Use of Open Educational Resources 4.3 Student Equity - Course Success Achievement Gap ** 4.4 Number of New Online CTE Programs Created * Lower is better



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61.7% 1 GE Area 8.0% 0

2016-17 Rate 64.4% 3 GE Area 7.5% 0

2017-18 2020 Rate District Target 66.8% All GE Area 7.3% 1

66.0% 100% of GE Courses Elimination of Achievement Gaps* No goal set, for monitoring only

Goal 3 Maximize access to programs and services throughout the region, focusing on all segments of the adult population. Access to higher education is critical to the growth of our communities and is a core component of our mission. Increasing the number and percentage of adult learners in our district and service area is a critical area of focus for West Hills. The colleges plan to continue to encourage students to develop education plans, take advantage of Reg365 by enrolling a year in advance, and to enroll in 15 or more units per semester.

2015-16 Rate 3.1 3.2 3.3

Adult Participation Rates (Ages 18-24) Adult Participation Rates (Ages 25-64) College Going Rates for HS Graduates

18.7% 2.5% 36.4%

2016-17 Rate 19.8% 2.6% 32.2%

2017-18 2020 Rate District Target 19.3% 2.6% 34.2%

No goal set, for monitoring only No goal set, for monitoring only 34.0%

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Goal 5 Increase and coordinate Workforce and Economic Development activities that are designed to meet the needs of employers and improve student employment and success in Career Technical Education programs. There is an increased focus on Career Technical Education (CTE) and customized workforce training at West Hills Community College District. The district has placed emphasis on CTE degrees and certificates and seeking to increase student completion in this area. In addition to its for-credit course offerings, the district will continue to expand in the area of contract training, providing flexible and timely training opportunities to local businesses and industry.

2015-16 Rate 5.1 CTE Completion Rate (Scorecard) 5.2 CTE Employment Outcome Survey Results (wage gains) 5.3 Time to Completion for CTE Degrees/Certificates 5.4 CTE Degrees/Certificates Awarded 5.5 Contract Training Certificates Awarded * Lower is better



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58.2% 49.3% 3.75 831 179

2016-17 2017-18 2020 Rate Rate District Target 59.0% 48.0% 3.75 826 339

63.7% 55.5% 3.75 932 279

69.1% No goal set, for monitoring only 3.4 years* 630 No goal set, for monitoring only

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2018-2023 Farm of the Future Strategic Plan on the Way West Hills College Coalinga’s Farm of the Future is currently in the midst of planning its strategic plan, a regularly produced set of goals, standards and guidelines to guide the work of the farm.

2018 2019


2021 2022


The Strategic Plan will provide guidance and direction for administration of the Farm of the Future and the Agriculture and Industrial Science Department, as well as specific direction in areas of concern. The planning process encompassed West Hills Community College District Educational and Facilities Master Plans, college institutional goals, input from stakeholders and advisory boards, and input from current and past staff.



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Three broad areas have been determined to be the foci for the next five years:

Farm of the Future

Educational Programming


For each of the three foci, this Plan provides a statement of significance, goals, and measurable outcomes.

“The Farm of the Future is a resource that will provide basic ag literacy as well as serve as a leading example of advanced technology and processes to our students, the community, and the Central Valley,�

General goals include participating in outreach activities, growing crops at the farm to encourage practical experience, and building cooperation and partnerships with local companies and growers.

Terry Brase - Director of the Farm of the Future.

The full strategic plan will be released online and in print soon.

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Professional Development Series Continues to Grow Future Leaders at West Hills By Jamie Applegate At West Hills, professional development is the name of the game and for 30 staff, faculty and administrators, it’s been an important part of their year. West Hills is continuing its Future Leaders Professional Development Series and is now on its second cohort of participants. WHCCD, along with partner groups Future Leaders and Mindful Choice Coaching, LLC, developed the series as a way to provide participants the opportunity to focus on professional development, including insight into who they are as working professionals and current behavior. Each participant is also provided with professional coaching related to team transformation and cultures in order to be a more productive and efficient leader. The first cohort, 15 staff, faculty and administrators, started their training in October and finished with individual training in April. The second cohort kicked off in January and will finish in July. Training includes both group training with leadership coaches and one on one coaching to work on specific, individual concerns.



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Andrea Pulido, West Hills College Coalinga’s Educational Services Coordinator, said the program has been instrumental for her, providing the skills she needed to grow in her position. “It has provided me with the skills needed for lifelong learning in self-awareness and emotional growth,” she said. “I have a deeper appreciation for the way each individual that I work with processes information and how to better approach them when working on projects and in meetings. I am more self-aware of the way I communicate with others and how I am perceived by my peers. As a result of this Program, I have developed an action plan with measurable outcomes to become a leader that will be able to balance the strengths that I have.” In the first phase of the program, participants meet with coaches and leaders, including WHCCD Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Frank Gornick, to analyze their personalities through personality assessments and emotional intelligence assessments. They learn how to better understand their personalities and work better with their coworkers. In the second phase, they meet with a leadership coach who helps them to work on their leadership styles.

Trista Haggard, Evaluation Coordinator for the West Hills Community College District and a member of the 2nd cohort, said the experience so far has helped her better understand how to work with coworkers and approach projects. “Participating in interactive activities with my co-workers allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of my thoughts, decisions, and behaviors and how they affect others,” she said. “The activities not only enhanced my self-awareness, but helped me view situations from the perspective of others. It was interesting to openly engage in conversation with co-workers who have different personalities than me. During our interactions, I think we all realized how differently we each take in information, process it, and react to it. Analyzing where I began my career, how my journey has developed, and where I want it to go has required me to take a deeper look into the past decisions I have made and the future actions I can take to create the results I want.”

Participants Employee

Elmer Aguilar Sherry Barragan Maria Battisti Brooke Boeding Callie Branan Kyle Crider Omar Gutierrez Kenny Lopez Eric Mendoza Andrea Picchi Andrea Pulido Zack Soto Kurt Sterling

Cohort 1 Title

Dean of Student Services Instructor Grants Accounting Supervisor Associate Dean of Categorical Programs Coordinator of Special Grants Director of Accreditation, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Planning Director of Fiscal Services Coordinator of Special Grants Associate Dean of Athletics Instructor/Head Women’s Basketball Coach Educational Services Coordinator Director of MESA Instructor


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Participants Employee Amber Avitia Justin Berna Brian Boomer

Cohort 2 Title

Administrative Assistant Director of Sport Operations Dean of Career & Technical Education Becky Cazares Director of Human Resources Conne Cleveland Director of Child Development Centers Jay Darnell Food Service Manager Trista Haggard Evaluation Coordinator Nestor Lomeli Director of Admissions Records/Registrar Amy Long Director of Title IV Projects Bethany Matos Director of Admissions & Records/Registrar Cecilio Mora Director of Special Grants Amber Myrick Director of Marketing Suzanne Rockwell Payroll Services Supervisor Daniel Tamayo Director of International Services Shaun Vetter Director of Information Technology Systems Jeff Wanderer Instructor/Head Women’s Volleyball Coach/Academic Senate President Kevin Wilds Instructor/Assistant Coach


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The Impact of Scholarships Whether it's financial aid, scholarships or gifts through the foundation, our mission at West Hills College is to inspire and guide students to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

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WHCC Foundation Donors 2018 to 2019

Aera Energy LLC Capra M. Allen Altsys Solar Inc. Cathy Alves AmazonSmile Foundation American Pistachio Growers America's Charities Kent B. Anderson Sharon & Mark Arce Jackie & Donald Askew Avenal Lumber & Hardware David Babb Todd Barker Bassetti Farms, Llc Norma A. Benavides de Carpente Justin Berna, I David Billingsley Tire Service Brenda E. Birdsong Jaime Blanco Brian J. Boomer Sandy & Joe Bordeau Britz, Inc Doris F. Brock Ice Bucket III Buckman-Mitchell Inc. Steve & Klytia Burcham Daurese J. Caldwell Craig D. Caldwell Karen & Roger Campbell Cannondesign Wayne Carter Linda M. Carter Leslie Catron Maria & Dagoberto Cavazos Rebecca & Javier Cazares Alejandro J. Cazares Central San Joaquin Valley Aac Chevron Products Company Robert Christiansen Kristin L. Clark Clarann & John Clatt Franki & Robert Clement Franki Cleveland Coalinga Caballo Club Community Medical Centers Hazel I. Cook Erin E. Corea County of Los Angeles Kyle A. Crider Dale Scott & Company, Inc. D. Damron Lisa David Lorna L. Davis Kathryn Defede Catherine & Gregory Delano Dement Family Trust James Dickson Cynthia Dolata



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Elizabeth W. Donovan Geri Douglas Maria I. Drappo Stacy Eastman William G. Eddings Educational Employees Credit Union Atif El Naggar Elk Grove Milling Inc Donna Elliott Martha & Marty Ennes Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. eSponsorNow, Inc. Executive Event Services, Llc Bertha Felix-Mata & Juan Mata Adriana Flores FN CO Food Services Don & Mary Forth Heather & Allen Fortune Foundation for California Community Colleges FPG LLC Leonard Francis Fresh & Natural, Inc. Pedro J. Garcia William R. Gentry Jennifer L. Giffin GKK Works Dan Goich Frank & Gloria Gornick Richard D. Grace Granite Construction Company Barbara & Alvin Graves Paul A. Griffin, M. D. Mark Gritton The Gualco Group, Inc. Jeanne & William Gundacker Omar Gutierrez Jessica M. Gutierrez Trista S. Haggard Michael G. Haines Hall Management Corp. Judy & Bob Hampton Jennifer & Justin Hampton Hanes Motel & Trailer Park Exmae F. Hao Harris Feeding Co Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant Tyler Hartley Bruce Hauger Susan M. Hayes Marta Hendrickson Kenneth R. Henry Jeanne M. Henslick Michael Henson Marisol Hernandez High Desert Wireless Broadband Barbara & August Hioco Lance Holman

Honey in the Rock Inc Clair Hough Mike & Donna Isaac Michael Jaurena Cathy & Walt Jensen Michael Johnson Maria L. Jones Anne & Steven Jorgens Anna T. Jorgens JustGiving Valerie & Jon Keller Vera Kennedy Shelly R. Kern-Bradley Kirby Manufacturing, Inc Kiwanis Club of Lemoore Michelle Kozlowski Sheilah & Edward Kreyenhagen Ernie Ladendorff Ronald Lee Leprino Foods Jeanette & Jeffrey Levinson Jeffrey Levinson, Inc. Mark Levinson Sandra J. Lewis R. F. Loken Holly & Robert Longatti Kathleen & Chico Lopes William Lord Maria A. Lourenco Dominic M. Macaranas Jay & Bobbi Mahfood Robert E. Martin Ruthie M. Martinez Amy D. Martinez Theo & Tina May Conde McGowan Megan & Mark McKean Rigoberto T. Medina, II Kay S. Meek Melmis Company, Inc Faye E. Mendenhall Laura M. Mendes-Moore Eric A. Mendoza Merced Community College District The Merz Family Living Trust Mid State Realty Mark & Rozanne Millett Harold A. Minshull Sandy Mitchell Cecilio Mora Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, L Mary B. Morris Staci Mosher & Cory Minter Sue P. Narevsky National Intercollegiate Rodeo Foundation Carl Nelson Insurance Agency Inc. Andrea Newell

Truc T. Nguyen Gabriel Nodal Larry Nott Jerry D. Oliver Glenda Oliver Michael W. O'Quin Oxborrow Enterprises, Inc. Nina D. Oxborrow Lissette Y. Padilla Delia Padilla Robert Patterson Paypal Charitable Giving Fund Richard E. Pedrotti The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. Alex Perez Ramiro Perez Pacific Gas & Electric Judith Phalin Andrea R. Picchi William Poland Cynthia Pollard Carlos A. Posadas Eugenie S. Pratt James L. Preston Garrett A. Price Gary A. Price Cathy L. Prout Shirley A. Pruett Rodney J. Ragsdale Rupinder Rai Fernanda & David Rengh Betty G. Reynolds Traci Richardson Raquel Rodriguez Debbie A. Rose Kelly B. Rouska Catina A. Ruth Julienne L. Rynda David L. Sadler Satterlee Electrical Services Dale Scott Alex Selim Delfina Serrano Kimberly J. Sheffield Jacqueline D. Shehorn Robert & Charlene Shigematsu Edward H. Shuler Silveira Farms Tina M. Simas Giselle M. Simon Lenore & Joe Simonson Margaret L. Smeck Curtis W. Smith Smith Financial and Insurance Solutions Frances Squire & Ed Wilson State Center Community College Gregory Stephens

C. L. Stimmel Stone Land Company Doris L. Stephens Student Insurance Marilyn J. Stults Sunrise Farm Labor, Inc. Judith K. Taber Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino TCM Investments John A. Tesoriere Brenda Thames Linda S. Thomas Raul T. Ticman, Jr Thomas A. Tinucci Thelma & Leo Trevino Caldwell F. Trust Union Bank of California United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley United Security Bank Stuart F. Van Horn Olivia M. Vega Vel's Cafe LLC Christina M. Wagoner Pamela Walker Debra & Jeff Wanderer Betty & Don* Warkentin Dixie* & Brian* Welborn Estate West Hills Machine Shop West Hills Mini Storage Brandy & Kevin Wilds Linda L. Willis Scott G. Wilson Caryl Witcher Kathleen A. Witcher The Wonderful Company Foundation Inc. Robert A. Woods, M.D. Woolf Farming Stuart Woolf World Wide Sires, Ltd. Worth Farms Constance F. Wright Anita & Steven Wright Nancy Yama Janet & Scott Young Fidela Jimenez Zaragoza Jennifer L. Zuniga * Deceased If you would like to make a change or have a correction to the listing of your name on this list, please contact Alex Perez at alexperez4@whccd.edu or call 559-934-2134

Foundation Annual Report Data Scholarships

# Awarded: 128 64 in Coalinga 8 in Firebaugh 56 in Lemoore # President Scholars: 132 Amount Awarded: $312,786

Expenses by Category:

Money Put to Use in the District: $850,313 $312,786 Scholarships $239,355 College Enhancement $128,113 Athletic Programs $170,059 Educational Programs

Donor Funds Put to Use in District ATHLETIC PROGRAMS







Through the generosity of donors, the WHCC Foundation was able to award more than a quarter of a million dollars to nearly 200 students in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Here’s How You Can Help Change Lives Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make a difference in all of our lives. Students get a direct benefit, of course, when you make it possible for more residents to attend and finish college. All of us benefit from an educated citizenry with marketable skills who find jobs and pay taxes, thus strengthening our economy. In the end, we all win. Your donation will help make more investments in more students, scholarships and college programs. Please consider making a gift before December 31st.

It’s easy:

Contact: WHCCF Executive Director Alex Perez at (559) 934-2134 Online: http://westhillscollege.com/district/foundation/giving-and-donations/

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID number 77-0186793 Foundation Board Members: Ann Stone, President, Community Director Laura Mendes-Moore, Secretary, Community Director Valerie Keller, Community Director Klytia Burcham, Community Director Steve Cantu, Trustee Director Nina Oxborrow, Vice President, Trustee Director

Ernie Drewry, Treasurer, Community Director Phil Larson, Community Director William Bourdeau, C.P.A., Community Director Kylee Henderson, Community Director Rosa Hernandez, Community Director Kristin Clark, Staff Director, President, WHCL

Stuart Van Horn, Ed.D., Staff Director, Chancellor Richard Storti, Staff Director, Deputy Chancellor Brenda Thames, Staff Director, President, WHCC Linda Thomas, Staff Director, Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development Alexis Perez, Foundation Executive Director

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