West Hills Magazine - Spring 2018 (Issue 10)

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9900 Cody St. Coalinga, CA 93210

Spring 2018

Annual Report Edition


Bridging the

Gap Economically Disadvantaged Student Enrollment

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WHCCD Educational Master Plans Generous Donations Touch Hearts & Minds


Copyright 2018 by West Hills Community College District. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission prohibited. WEST HILLS MAGAZINE Number 10 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



Student Bridging Fostering Success Through

the Public, Private


History of the District

5 Ongoing Initiatives 7 Closing the Digital Divide 9

College Introductions and Student Data

11 WHCC Educational Master Plan 13 WHCL Educational Master Plan 15

2018 District Facilities Master Plan Overview

17 Economically Disadvantaged Enrollment 19

Economics in Communities

21 Educational Attainment by City 23 College-Going Rate of Graduating


The 2017 - 2018 academic school year has been a productive, successful time for the district and our colleges. We have welcomed many new faces to the district and together we continue our relentless pursuit of student success. This issue of West Hills Magazine presents our annual report to the community while providing an overview of how districtwide efforts are helping us meet goals set and outlined in our district strategic plan. West Hills understands many of our students face outside obstacles that inhibit their success in the classroom and is very focused on extending access and support to all community members living on the Westside and Southside of the Central Valley. Our district is moving forward with initiatives that seek to solve specific challenges our communities face, including the lack of high-speed internet access in our region, student hunger, low educational attainment rates, and high unemployment rates. We are a district that embraces innovation and responds to community needs quickly and effectively. We continue to grow both public and private partnerships that provide opportunities our students would not otherwise be able to access. We are proud of our ongoing engagement with cities and school districts to provide more college offerings and Career Technical classes. Our business partnerships with Chevron, The Wonderful Company, Harris Ranch, Bitwise, and other local organizations are helping us close equity gaps that exist in our communities. As this academic school year ends, I want to thank you for your continued support of West Hills as we continue to motivate students to learn how to learn and then provide them with opportunities to learn what they want to learn. Our success is documented through our students’ success.

High School Seniors - Class of 2017

25 Strategic Plan Update 30 Generous Donations Touch Hearts & Minds 31 Letters from Past Students

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

33 WHCC Foundation Donors 34 Foundation Annual Report Data Spring 2018



Several major bond measures were passed in 2008 and in 2014. Voters passed: Measure C

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. Riverdale and Tranquillity High School Districts followed suit soon after. 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. 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 Education 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. In 1998, NDC Firebaugh moved to a new building. 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. West Hills College Lemoore earned college status from the Board of Governors in 2001 and full accreditation in 2006, 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 114, making it the largest system of higher education in the U.S.

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 Q

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

Measure T

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


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’s total balance and revenues in the general fund


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 the rest 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

per credit

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.

16% Other Operating

2% Supplies

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California Proposition 51


Planning is underway for further expansion at all three WHCCD sites and in other communities in the district.

0% Capital Outlay


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 E

11% Other Outgo

21% Employee Benefits

Revenue Source:

5% Misc 13% Beginning Balance

33% Academic Salaries

17% Classified Salaries

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

2% Enrollment Fees

13% Property Taxes

67% State Apportionment

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

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Trade Knowledge for Credits

Prior Learning Assessment QuickPath, West Hills Community College District’s innovative new prior learning assessment program, is continuing to serve as a way for students to earn credit for the skills and knowledge they’ve earned outside of the classroom. A new and innovative part of the program, Portfolio Assessment, is set to be available to students in Fall 2018. The assessment would allow students to submit a portfolio showcasing experience or training they’ve had that could be considered the equivalent of a current West Hills course. If approved, the student would earn academic credit for the equivalent of that course. The portfolio PLA method will entail the student taking a Portfolio course, written by faculty at both colleges. The course will provide guidance to students as they develop the contents for their portfolio and ensure the portfolios meet the academic integrity of the colleges. Faculty are also working on developing PLA standards of practice and attended PLA-related conferences in November 2017 and February 2018 as part of their efforts.

Open Educational Resources

Ongoing Initiatives

The past year has been a busy one for West Hills Community College District and has seen the growth and implementation of many new resources and programs.

Open Educational Resources continue to be added to more course sections throughout the district, with free textbooks and other resources becoming available to more students. West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga are also moving forward with the implementation of Zero Textbook Cost Degrees (Z Degrees): associate degrees or career technical education certificates earned entirely by completing courses that use OER. WHCL implemented an Associate of Science Degree for Transfer in Psychology Z Degree in Spring 2018 and an Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Elementary Teacher Education is scheduled to launch a Z Degree in Fall 2018. Students during the Spring 2018 semester saved $283,800 in textbook costs. At West Hills College Coalinga, planning is moving forward to implement a Zero Cost Kinesiology Associate’s Degree and a Zero Cost Certificate in Precision Agriculture. Faculty have started working on developing the programs. Several class sections have also started utilizing OER.

Geekwise Academy and Collaboration with Bitwise West Hills continues its partnership with Fresno’s Bitwise, with students from both WHCC and WHCL getting the opportunity to participate in Bitwise’s Geekwise Academy. As part of the Academy and a joint partnership with West Hills College, the students learn computer programming languages including AngularJS and MEAN Stack and how to build websites and mobile apps. The first cohort of this unique partnership completed the program within the past year with a high completion rate and a breadth of coding experience under their belts. The students in the initial group completed web and app development jobs for groups including UC San Francisco Fresno. Students in the first cohort completed between 4-8 websites or applications and generated between $1,000 to $12,000 per project. In the freelancing phase of the academy, students bid, scoped, won, developed and delivered the work and collected 100% of the revenue for each project. Many of the students are now enrolled in Fresno State, Fresno City or at West Hills to pursue degrees in computer science. The majority of students also continue working on freelance projects while pursuing an education. This new cohort, which started this semester, features more students than ever before: 30 participants head to Fresno each week to gain coding experience through the partnership.



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Short-Term Online Classes West Hills College Coalinga is marking the Spring 2018 semester by offering a new series of online learning opportunities: short term classes focused on specific skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, Audio and Game Design, and Video Production. Each of the individual classes is offered online and leads to an industry certification. Students who complete the courses are able to take a third party industry credential test for free, a $169 value. They also get free access to Lynda.com and no textbook is required in any of the courses. Students who take the full series of courses will also be able to earn a Certificate from West Hills College Coalinga in Microsoft, digital media, game design or coding, depending on what courses they take. Additional certificates in data analytics, software development and programming are planned for Fall 2018. Funded by the Title V grant, the classes are designed to give students an immediate leg up in the workplace and teach the skills needed to advance careers. Infinitely stackable, a student could earn one or several of the certificates all online.

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Closing the Digital Divide:

Rural Broadband Initiative Tackles Technology Gap in the Valley By Jamie Applegate

Angelic Salinas couldn’t do her homework. The 45-year old had recently returned to college, stepping into West Hills College Coalinga’s North District Center in Firebaugh as a student for the first time since 1993. And now, she couldn’t do her homework even though she was trying. The problem? Her internet connection in rural Mendota can be inconsistent. She finds herself haunting coffee shops and libraries and the North District Center in search of a wireless connection, as even in person classes rely on an online portal and, often, online materials. The lack of internet access was just one more thing the returning student had to worry about.

To combat those barriers, West Hills Community College District has launched the Rural Broadband Initiative. As part of the initiative, which grew of out of the WHCCD’s latest Essential Element Series event, WHCCD is working with companies, organizations and other interested parties toward implementing affordable broadband internet across the WHCCD’s 3,464 square miles. “A rising tide floats all ships,” Thomas said. “We know that helping to make rural broadband a realty will increase our student demand and increase our student success rates by eliminating an extreme barrier those students now face. We know it’ll help the economy because local growers will be incentivized to implement the latest in agriculture technology. Telemedicine clinics and rural health clinics will be able to serve more people. It’s a game changer and we can already see what a big impact it’ll have.” Part of the hope for the initiative is that it could stop the effect of what some have called “brain drain.” Agriculture students in the West Hills Community College District receive instruction in the latest advances in agriculture technology but find when they graduate that farms in the Valley aren’t using that technology due to a lack of access to broadband. They then leave the Valley and take their skills—and their contribution to the local economy and workforce—with them.

Since the initiative began during Essential Elements 6: Grow Food, Grow Jobs, Ag Tech Broadband Pilot—which aimed to start and broker the conversation around this issue regionally—Thomas and others involved with it have worked closely to form relationships with technology companies, government entities and more. WHCCD recently welcomed Kim Vann, State Director of USDA Rural Development in California, to the West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future and has worked closely with other government groups. Additional interest has been seen from Americorp Fellows, AT&T, VAST and Chevron. WHCCD is also going to Sacramento in support of the project: West Hills is named in California Farm Bill AB 2166, which would require an analysis of internet accessibility in rural areas, the creation of “smart farms” focused on agriculture technology at community colleges and more. Ultimately though, a big part of the concern around broadband comes down to the students. “If we’re really serious about student success, we have to be involved with the outside issues that often prohibit it,” Thomas said. “We have to work on knocking down those barriers.”

Angelic isn’t alone. Lack of access is an endemic problem on the Westside of the Central Valley according to Dr. Linda Thomas, Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Workforce Development at West Hills Community College District. “We have realized that there are extreme, endemic barriers to student success that exist outside the classroom in our area, including internet access,” Thomas said. “You cannot have student success without that. You can do everything you can in the classroom, but if the student leaves the classroom and there’s no broadband it doesn’t matter.” Students aren’t the only ones affected by this issue in the Valley. According to the California Public Utilities Commission’s 2016 Annual Report, only 43 percent of California’s rural population—most of which resides in the Central Valley—has access to broadband internet. This includes Central Valley growers looking to implement the latest in agriculture technology, Westside students, those relying on telemedicine to access a doctor or facilitate medical care and Valley residents.



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It is so frustrating, Salinas said. “It was especially hard when I first came back to school because my internet would fade in and out. My teacher would send me a video to watch and I couldn’t watch it at home. Or the internet would shut off while I was working.”

WHCC District Broadband Service Served Underserved Unserved Spring 2018


WHCC President’s Message We Seek to Inspire Learners of All Ages

WHCL President’s Message


Our Mission to Help Students Drives Initiatives

Unduplicated Student Headcount

9,979 students

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

Mendota 441 Tranquillity 53

San Joaquin 320


Student achievement and student learning are core to fulfillment of our relentless pursuit of student success at West Hills College Coalinga. We seek to inspire learners of all ages and maximize access to educational opportunity through technology delivered to Central Valley communities. Our core goals emphasize our commitment to student success, strengthening our transfer and workforce training programs, developing new and innovative collaborative relationships and partnerships, advancing a learning college culture on the West Side of the valley, and supporting our faculty and staff development. We look forward to serving our communities as the educational, economic, cultural, and social hubs for our local citizenry. Thank you for your continuing support of our college.

Brenda Thames President, West Hills College Coalinga

It is our privilege and honor to serve the residents of the Central Valley. Our mission is to help students realize their personal, academic, and professional goals. Our relentless pursuit of student success drives many of our initiatives such as: Open Educational Resources (OER) providing more affordable options for students in lieu of high-priced textbooks; Accelerated pathways to reduce the time it takes our students to complete a certificate or degree program; evening and weekend college to accommodate the needs of our working student population; enhanced co-curricular programs and services taking shape in our new Golden Eagle Student Union; career and technical degrees and certificates that lead to employment; and Associate for Transfer Degrees that guarantee acceptance to the California State University system. Our faculty and staff are ready to serve you, and we look forward to seeing you on campus or online.

Kristin Clark, Ed.D. President, West Hills College Lemoore

Kerman 105

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

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.

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

Student Demographics Age


19 and under


41.5 %



27.1 %



13.3 %



16.9 %



2.9 %



0.0 %





56.3 %



41.5 %



2.2 %

WHCCD Student Population and WHCCD Service Area Population, 2016-17 Hispanic White Non-Hispanic African-American American Indian/ Alaskan Native Asian Pacific Islander Unknown/Declined to State Two or More Races

WHCCD Service Area 62.7% 28.4% 3.5% .05% 2.8% .02% .02% 1.8% -

WHCCD Students 62.4% 21.4% 5.0% .07% 5.5% .04% 2.2% 2.4%

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



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Educational Master Plan Executive Summary West Hills College Coalinga Educational Master Plan (EMP) 2018-2022 is a blueprint for the future of West Hills College Coalinga (WHCC) and the North District Center (NDC). The EMP builds upon our institutional strengths and past accomplishments to transition WHCC into the next era of our relentless pursuit of student success. The EMP articulates the College’s vision for advancing student achievement and meeting the needs of the 21st Century community college student. The Plan will guide institutional and program development for the next five years. The EMP outlines the College’s goals for 2018-2022 which are aligned with West Hills Community College District (WHCCD) Strategic Plan, Facility Master Plan, Technology Plan, and the California Community College (CCC) Vision for Success. The Plan focuses on qualitative improvement in teaching and learning, the student experience, and the campus environment.

Campus Facilities • •

As an educational institution committed to continual institutional improvement the WHCC EMP creates a framework for the alignment of accreditation standards, strategic planning, resource allocation, and new and existing student success initiatives with goals for growth and development over the next five years. The EMP contains specific plan objectives that align with the WHCCD Strategic Plan’s key performance indicators. Objectives are categorized under Allied Health; Arts & Letters; Career Technical Education; Farm of the Future; Math, Science & Kinesiology (Physical Education & Health Education); Social Sciences; Student Services; North District Center; Technology; Infrastructure & Safety. This framework produces a unified, focused, college agenda that aligns structures and resources to support an institutional emphasis on:

Promoting excellence in teaching and learning through intentional, well-communicated pathways to completion, transfer, careers and continuing education that lead to economic advancement and in-demand jobs

• • •

Expanding the scope, quality, accessibility and accountability of instructional programs

Expanding Career Technical Education programs that align with economic development needs of the Central Valley

Refining instructional design and delivery to meet the needs of the 21st Century community college student Streamlining curriculum through a Guided Pathways model to decrease the number of units accumulated by students and decrease total time to completion and/or transfer

WHCCD: Goals 1 & 3 • CCC: Goals 1, 2, & 3

• •

Enhancing student centered support programs and services that lead to completion

Utilizing a Guided Pathways model to redesign the way we advise, counsel, mentor, and guide students to complete their educational goals

Increasing student success through the revision of policies, procedures, and implementation of systems that remove barriers and to create efficiencies

Expanding support services to address holistic needs of students including health care, mental health services, transportation, child care, food insecurities, financial assistance, etc.

Teaching and Learning


WHCCD: Goals 3 & 5 • CCC: Goals 1, 2, 3 & 4

Holistic Student Support


WHCCD: Goals 1 & 3 • CCC: Goals 1, 2, & 3

Promoting proficiency, relevance, and currency in discipline pedagogy Creating a student-centered learning environment by designing and planning engaging, inclusive curriculum. Utilizing a systematic approach to outcomes assessment and evaluating the results to inform and transform teaching and learning practices

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Reinvesting in college facilities through modernization and scheduled maintenance Developing and expanding facilities to accommodate growth

Equity in Student Outcomes

Curriculum & Instructional Programs

• • •

WHCCD: Goals 2

WHCCD: Goals 3 • CCC: Goals 1, 2, 5 & 6

Utilizing data to develop effective strategies to improve institutional practices and eliminate achievement gaps in student success and completion

Demonstrating awareness of and willingness to address equity issues among institutional leaders and staff

Stewardship & Institutional Effectiveness

WHCCD: Goals 2 & 4

Enhancing institutional effectiveness in planning and decision making processes through cooperative leadership, effective communication and participatory governance

• •

Fostering the use of data, inquiry, and evidence

• • • •

Building and supporting strong leadership and organizational culture

Recruiting, retaining, and supporting faculty, staff, and administration that are committed to excellence and professional growth Practicing data informed resource planning Pursuing increased efficiency through strategic enrollment management Maintaining fiscal stability and the alignment of programs and services to the core Mission-Vision-Values of the college

Campus Culture and Student Engagement • • •

CCC: Goals 5

Providing a rich educational experience through a diverse community of learners Maintaining a deep commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and belonging Utilizing behavioral analytics to develop a more sophisticated, coordinated approach to student engagement

Community Engagement • •

Serving as a center for arts and culture in the community Expanding outreach and marketing efforts to incorporate continuous evaluation of community needs for comprehensive planning

Regional & Community Partnerships


WHCCD: Goal 5 • CCC: Goals 1, 2 & 4

Providing specialized, inter-disciplinary approaches to education and training that prepare students for careers across the job market spectrum and strengthen the regional economy.

Collaborating with a broad range of community partners for collective impact to strengthen educational pipelines, Career Technical Education and workforce development

Information Technology & Communication •


WHCCD: Goal 4

Integrating communication, data, and technology platforms to better access and manage information and increase access to educational programs and services

Integrated planning actualizes the work of the college vision and mission. WHCC is a dedicated academic community of hard working faculty, staff, and administrators that have contributed time, effort, and collaboration to the development of the 2018-2022 Educational Master Plan. The EMP represents our best generative thinking on our shared vision for the future of WHCC. It provides the parameters and context under which the College will prepare and design for new growth. Finally, it reinforces a future for the College and the District that is calibrated to align with the regional workforce, industry, and educational needs of the communities that we serve.

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Educational Master Plan Executive Summary

Adapt Teaching And Learning that meets the needs of the 21st Century student

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goals 1 & 3 CCC Vision for Success: Goals 1, 2 & 3

Increase, Update And Organize Facilities to support additional education

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goal 2

Ensure Sustainable Resources through external partnerships, comprehensive enrollment

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goals 2 & 4

Integrate Strategic Planning to simplify and streamline decision-making.

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goals 2 & 4

Promote Student Equity to reduce achievement gaps for historically underserved

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goal 3 CCC Vision for Success: Goal 5

including the use of Open Educational Resources, hybrid delivery, flipped classrooms, competency-based learning and credit, acceleration, service learning, civic engagement, and cross-discipline curriculum.

opportunities with the construction of adaptable facilities that support innovative teaching, learning, co-curricular support, and improve campus safety and way finding.

management, sound budget practices, scheduled maintenance, new technologies, hiring practices, and professional development.

populations and create an inclusive environment.

The EMP contains specific plan objectives that align with the WHCCD Strategic Plan’s key performance indicators. Objectives are categorized under Athletics and Kinesiology, Arts and Letters, Career and Technical Education, Health Careers, Math and Science, Social Sciences, Student Services, Infastructure and Safety, and Technology with overarching objectives as follows:

• Implement Guided Pathways • Build Curriculum Aligned with Regional Demand • Reinvest in College Facilities • Enlist Results Driven Approach to Student Success West Hills College Lemoore’s Educational Master Plan (EMP) reflects a relentless pursuit of student success and focuses on meeting the ever-changing needs of the 21st Century student. The plan’s overarching goal is to create an educational ecosystem that supports the College’s “North Star”—student learning and achievement. The plan emphasizes the College’s goals for 2018-2022, which align with both the West Hills Community College District (WHCCD) Strategic Plan goals and the California Community College (CCC) Vision for Success goals. West Hills College Lemoore’s EMP includes plans that:

Expand Instructional Programs including career and technical education that aligns

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goals 3 & 5

Enhance Support Services using the Guided Pathways framework to implement a

WHCCD Strategic Plan: Goals 1 & 3 CCC Vision for Success: Goals 1, 2 & 3

with the economic development needs of the Central Valley and prepares students for earning family sustaining wages.

student-centered approach to counseling and advising that addresses students’ needs for physical and mental health services, transportation, childcare, food insecurities, re-entry to college, and other financial assistance.



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• Strengthen and Diversify Community Partnerships • Rejuvenate Communication, Data, and Technology Platforms to Better Access and Manage Information • Provide Comprehensive Integrated Planning and Professional Development

West Hills College Lemoore’s Educational Master Plan is the College’s primary strategic planning document. Combined with the College Mission and WHCL’s North Star, the plan will act as a guide for making decisions including hiring, facility planning and development, enrollment management, support services expansion, and resource allocation.

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2018 District Facilities Master Plan Overview

West Hills College Coalinga Projects New Construction: Instructional Building New Construction: Residence Halls Modernization: Speech/Arts/Music Modernization: HVAC Systems Modernization: Farm of the Future Instructional Space Modernization: Athletic Field Improvements Overall Campus Improvements

West Hills College Lemoore Projects New Construction: Instructional Building The WHCCD Board of Trustees has recently approved a district Facility Master Plan (FMP) which will serve as a road map for new construction and modernization throughout the district. WHCCD has engaged GKK Works, a planning, design, architectural, and construction firm to provide guidance that will take our planning through 2021.

Incorporation of state of the art technology is critical for the infrastructure as well as HVAC systems to provide the most efficient and effective use of public funds and most importantly provide the best possible access for our students.

Modernization: Technology updates in 4 instructional buildings Modernization: Athletic Field Improvements Modernization: HVAC Systems

North District Center, Firebaugh Projects

New Construction: The new building project at NDC, Firebaugh is underway and will double the current square footage to about 42,000 square feet. The project is forecasted to be complete by December 2021.



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Eagle Pantry Tackles Food Insecurity, One Student at a Time

By Jamie Applegate

The overwhelming majority of students flagged with the ‘economically disadvantaged’ status are based on receipt of financial aid (CCPT/BoGFW or Pell). Economically Disadvantaged Students Enrolled at Campus Locations (Lemoore Campus, Coalinga Campus, and NDC, Firebaugh) Unduplicated Headcount of Economically Disavantaged Students % of total Enrolled Headcount classified as Economically Disadvantaged


7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 0









100% 60% 40% 20% 0%






Source: WHCCD Institutional Effectiveness

Food Insecurity in Kings and Fresno Counties In its 2016 report on food insecurity, Feeding America estimated that 13.8% of Kings County’s residents were food insecure (20,780 out of the total population of 150,998), and that 14.4% of Fresno County’s residents (138,030 out of 956,749) were food insecure.

Fresno County Food Insecure People In Fresno County

Kings County

Food Insecure Rate In Fresno County

Average Meal Cost

Annual Food Budget Shortfall




Estimated Program Eligibilty Among Food Insecure People In Fresno County



Food Insecure People In Kings County

Food Insecure Rate In Kings County

Average Meal Cost

Annual Food Budget Shortfall




Estimated Program Eligibilty Among Food Insecure People In Kings County

1% - Above SNAP, Other Nutrition Programs Threshold of 200%

8% - Above SNAP, Other Nutrition Programs Threshold of 200%

99% - Below SNAP, Other Nutrition Programs Threshold 200% Poverty

92% - Below SNAP, Other Nutrition Programs Threshold 200% Poverty

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That’s why West Hills College Lemoore’s Eagle Pantry, a student founded and student run food bank and food distribution club, is so important to Michael Dey and his fellow Pantry organizers. WHCL’s Eagle Pantry hosts food distributions for students twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, often attracting dozens of students who pick up everything from fresh bread to a simple bagel. According to a report by the West Hills Community College District Office of Accreditation, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Planning, approximately 73% of students attending classes at WHCL fall into the category of “economically disadvantaged” based on criteria defined by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. An estimated 13.8% of Kings County’s residents were food insecure according to a 2016 report from Feeding America.



West Hills College Lemoore student Michael Dey knows hunger; he knows it intimately. He knows what it’s like to come back to a house void of anything to eat. He knows what it’s like to scavenge for wasted food in garbage cans and recyclables, the cast offs of those who don’t know hunger as well as he does. He knows what it’s like to go without because he’s lived with food insecurity, lived with not knowing where his next meal would come from.

For Dey, the Eagle Pantry is one way to try to help students focus on being students, instead of focusing on food insecurity and economic issues they might be facing. Dey, who at one point was homeless and living in an abandoned house, was still experiencing food insecurity when he began attending WHCL. He credits that time of his life with his motivation to help his fellow students. He now serves as the Pantry Coordinator for the Eagle Pantry, helping to connect the pantry with community organizations and solicit donations. “We’re really fortunate in our society that most of us don’t know what it’s really like to be hungry,” Dey said. “For those of us who have, it’s hard to be productive, to do day to day stuff, when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. If students aren’t hungry, then they’re much more likely to be successful students. I’ve been really blessed that as a result of my time as a student at WHCL, my personal level of food insecurity has decreased.” The Pantry started in 2013, inspired by concern over food waste in the community. In fact, the community has continued to play a big part in the club. The forging of community partnerships has led to part of the Pantry’s success. Much of what the Pantry distributes is donated weekly by Panera Bread of Visalia, including leftovers from the day’s sales that might otherwise go to waste. The club also hosts donation drives on campus. The Pantry partners with local schools as well: Lemoore Middle

College High School students assist at the Tuesday and Thursday Eagle Pantry distributions as part of a service learning project. The Pantry has also started expanding what it can offer, again through community partnerships. Through the effort of the club, WHCL now hosts a monthly Community Food Bank Distribution. The distribution is open to the community in addition to students. According to Dey, the Community Food Bank distributions—which started being hosted on the WHCL campus in October—have served over 200 local families. For Dey, one of the key benefits the Eagle Pantry and Community Food Bank distributions provide for students and the communities is raising awareness of the resources available to those who might be experiencing food insecurity. “The life of a student is busy, especially if you’re working or a single parent you spend a lot of time on campus and might not have time to access the resources available in the community,” he said. “There’s a lot of resources available to anyone who needs help and having those resources on campus and readily available is critical so a student doesn’t have to go far. It’s also critical to make our community aware that resources like the Community Food Bank are available to them.” The students who are passionate about Eagle Pantry aren’t just stopping here. Next on their radar is the possibility of establishing a physical food pantry on campus, a permanent home for the Eagle Pantry. “Knowing you’ve helped to save good food from going to waste and putting a smile on someone’s face, the feeling is unexplainable,” said Eagle Pantry President Topacio (Topaz) Tamayo. “We want families, faculty and our peers to have a happy stomach and tackle each day with the energy and motivation they need to achieve their goals.” At West Hills College Coalinga, a focus on tackling food insecurity is also on the rise. WHCC is planning to start its own food pantry and to form community partnerships as part of that effort. At West Hills, the simple act of keeping students and the community fed is a priority and, with these two initiatives, that effort is finding a home.

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About the Communities We Serve Armona Avenal Caruthers Corcoran Hanford Kettleman City Laton Lemoore N.A.S. Lemoore Riverdale Stratford Avenal Cantua Creek Coalinga Dos Palos South Dos Palos Firebaugh Huron Kerman Kettleman City Los Banos Mendota San Joaquin Tranquillity

13.4% 10.2% 8.5% 8.7% 6.6% 5.2% 9.7% 6.5% 9.8% 8.9% 12.7% 10.2% 10.5% 4.5% 10.3% 15.6% 7.9% 6.4% 6.4% 5.2% 7.3% 15.6% 4.5% 2.5%

20.0% 32.8% 24.6% 36.2% 19.7% 32.2% 42.7% 16.5% 10.9% 25.7% 49.0% 32.8% 21.9% 23.7% 28.9% 18.0% 36.8% 39.0% 24.9% 32.2% 22.9% 49.5% 46.3% 32.2%

44,038 35,103 44,649 5,531 51,231 51,316 27,721 50,871 42,750 49,100 24,167 5,103 32,368 1,265 36,509 41,992 36,181 25,321 42,046 51,316 45,751 26,094 24,234 30,441

3,655 8,951* 2,972 12,952* 54,912 1,586 1,877 25,169 6,544 3,964 1,041 8,951* 434 12,821* 5,103 2,568 8,176 6,821 14,424 1,586 37,012 11,394 4,011 724

* Inmate population removed for Avenal, Coalinga, and Corcoran Source: U.S. Census 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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39.1 Million

Source: U.S. Census 2015 ACS 1-year Estimate

A One Stop Shop for Career Success:

WHCL and WHCC Offer Students a Clear Pathway and Support West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga have both been recognized by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office this year for their dedication to one of the fastest growing priorities within community colleges: job placement and creating pathways from college and the community to the workforce. The colleges were highlighted as two of the CCCCO’s Strong Workforce Stars, an honor which recognizes outstanding workforce outcomes in academic programs. WHCL earned recognition for its Accounting, Child Development-Early Care and Education, Administration of Justice, Restaurant and Food Services and Management, Business Management and Nursing programs. West Hills College Coalinga was recognized for Accounting, Business, Child Development, Agriculture Technology and Science and its Psychiatric Technician programs. “West Hills has focused on strong Career Education programs aligned to what industry and business partners need,” said Kris Costa, Dean of Career Technical Education at WHCL. “This star designation is evidence of the hard work over the last several years to build these opportunities for students, with skills that matter to employers and get students to the finish line.” Graduates from all of these programs saw a dramatic increase in their earnings and overall were employed in a related field and earned a living wage after graduation. Part of that success, and the fact that WHCL and WHCC both were named Strong Workforce Stars, can be attributed to strong career success resources at both schools. WHCL and WHCC are both home to centers that help to carve a pathway for students from school to successful careers by offering skill development, job placement services and more.

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Strong Workforce Gold Star Award

Strong Workforce Silver Star Award

Strong Workforce Bronze Awards

Nursing Program • 59% increase in earnings • 98% of students attained the regional living wage and • 100% of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study

In Business Management • 70% increase in earnings

In Accounting • 70% increase in earnings In Child Development-Early Care and Ed. • 64% increase in earnings In Administration of Justice • 60% increase in earnings In Restaurant and Food Services and Mgnt • 88% increase in earnings

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• 70% of students attained the regional living wage

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At WHCL, this work is done through the Workforce Internship and Networking Center or WIN Center. The WIN Center, located on the WHCL campus, offers a variety of services to students including career and soft skills workshop that cover everything from highlighting specific careers to helping students perfect their resume. It hosts a Biz Chat series, which brings in speakers to talk about careers ranging from California Highway Patrol to athletic training and accounting and also offer monthly workshops on LinkedIn, resume and cover letter building and other topics. They also partner with area employers to place students in jobs, offering students coaching for interviews and support throughout the hiring process, and host networking events. At West Hills College Coalinga, Workforce Connection is also working hard to guide not just students but community members toward career success. “As long as they can work, we can help,” said Cecilio Mora, WHCC Coordinator of Special Grants. “Our goal is to empower community residents to enter the workforce and help them to overcome barriers that might otherwise prevent them from obtaining employment. We’re a crucial agency because we can connect people to resources that are available to help them reach full time employment.” Workforce Connection, a grant funded program located on the WHCC campus and funded by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, aims to combat barriers including limited access to internet and transportation and a lack of employment and educational opportunities in the rural Central Valley.

The center serves as a one stop shop and community hub: it offers a research/job search room open to the community, free printing and resume services, and workshops. It serves residents of all ages, from youth as young as 14 to adults. Services are offered in Coalinga, Mendota, Firebaugh and Kerman, and the program has also reached out into other communities like San Joaquin and Huron. One of Workforce’s main purposes is job placement in jobs with high and livable wages. The center serves as a resource to connect job seekers with employers and with West Hills College Coalinga. If a job seeker needs further training or education, they will connect them either with WHCC to further their education or with an employer or agency to get training. One example of this kind of cooperative partnership is with WHCC’s Psychiatric Technician Program. Mora estimates that Workforce has helped to place over 300 individuals in Psychiatric Technician positions over the past 15 years, due to the high demand for psych techs and the job’s high wage. Workforce guides individuals interested in becoming Psych Techs through applying for the program at WHCC and into the job application process at Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga and other employers. Beyond helping them through the academic program, Workforce also provides interview coaching and has even helped with uniform costs. One of Workforce’s other major offerings is its annual Career and Job Fair. This year, the fair drew over 40 employers and organizations to the WHCC campus. Both the WIN Center and Workforce continue to grow and offer more services to residents and students each year.

West Hills College Coalinga Strong Workforce Gold Star Award • In Psychiatric Technician program • At least 70% of students attained regional living wage • Students experienced an increase in income of 50% or more, and/or • At least 90% of students secured employment in their field of study

Strong Workforce Star recognizing Employment in field of study • Small Business sector for its Accounting, Business, and Child Development programs • 100% of students who participate in the Child Development program secure jobs in their field of study

Strong Workforce Star recognizing Increase in earnings Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies sector for its interdisciplinary Agriculture Technology and Sciences program • Students who participate in this program boost their earnings by 65%

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Educational Attainment by City City (group) Armona Avenal Caruthers Corcoran Hanford Kettleman City Laton Lemoore N.A.S. Lemoore Riverdale Stratford

% Population w/o Degree

Educational Attainment No HS Some HS

Population by Educational Attainment

City (group)

89.4% 95.7% 89.1% 89.4% 76.7% 94.9% 96.5% 75.3% 63.7% 89.1% 89.6%

Cantua Creek Coalinga Dos Palos Firebaugh Huron Kerman Kettleman City Los Banos Mendota San Joaquin Tranquillity 25K







WHCCD has seen a steady increase in the amount of contract training certificates awarded.

Westside Institute of Technology and Adult Education Consortium Build Skills, Fill Jobs Picture a college student. Likely, you’d picture a young student, around 18 or so, who is going to college for the first time. In the West Hills Community College District service area, less than 7% of adults 25 or older attend college. However, those numbers are slowly changing thanks to a number of programs WHCCD has implemented over the past decade. These programs offer the chance for adults to learn basic skills, get back to school and get the training they need to fill in demand jobs and find careers that can, and often have, changed their families for the better. “Our goal is to help people in our communities find a pathway to life success,” said David Castillo, Director of Special Grants at West Hills Community College District and the Director of the Westside Institute of Technology. “We want to make sure that we give people the skills they need to succeed, whether that’s specialized training or reading and math skill development, and serve the needs of our local employers.” The Westside Institute of Technology, which started in 2007 as a collaborative project between WHCCD and K-12 districts in the areas of Firebaugh-Las Deltas, Golden Plains and Mendota Unified School District, offers training



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Bachelors’ or higher

Population by Educational Attainment

100% 80.5% 89.5% 90.6% 97.1% 85.7% 94.9% 83.0% 97.8% 93.8% 89.6% 25K

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WHCCD Strategic Plan KPI 5.5

Source: U.S. Census 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates











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opportunities for adult workers in the region that are tied to employment needs in the area. WIT typically offers 10 to 20 trainings a year. In the past, it’s also help facilitate 2 plus 2 classes at local high schools, essentially classes where high school students earn both high school and college credit.

Castillo works closely with regional entities like the Workforce and Economic Development boards to identify community needs and offer training where the job seekers are in communities like Huron, Hanford, San Joaquin, Mendota and Coalinga.

As a contract training provider, WIT offers trainings on residential electric, forklift, truck driving, and just about any other skill set that area employers might need prospective employees to learn.

Castillo also helps to coordinate another important adult education effort, separate from the WIT: Adult Education Consortium Block Grant (AEBG) classes.

Often, the companies that sponsor these trainings or host them ends up employing those who take part in the training through the WIT. Partnerships like this are integral to the work the WIT does, according to Castillo. In the past, WIT has partnered with companies including First Solar of Mendota, Fresno’s John R. Lawson Rock & Oil, Leprino-Purina, and others to place workers in jobs and to train. Lawson Rock & Oil has regularly provided space for truck driving training and hired those who complete the program. The WIT is also looking at a long term partnership with Western Propane Gas to deliver truck driving and technician training.

The genesis of AEBG classes began with Assembly Bill 86, which was passed by the State of California to encourage adult education opportunities. A regional effort, the Adult Education Consortium that resulted from the bill facilitates classes that teach basic skills, ranging from English as a Second Language to basic computer and math skills. High school equivalency and citizenship courses are also offered. Classes are offered districtwide and throughout the year, in partnership with local school districts, West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga, and Kings and Fresno County.

Castillo added that these classes, which are offered in rural communities from San Joaquin to Mendota, often also lead to students enrolling at West Hills College Coalinga and West Hills College Lemoore. Students from the WIT and AEBG often end up enrolling in Career Technical Education courses at West Hills and will also soon have the opportunity to earn credit for the training they’ve received through Prior Learning Assessment, a West Hills program that will give academic credit for prior learning outside of traditional classes. However, for Castillo, one of the most important aspects of adult education like the WIT and AEBG is that educating a parent can change entire families. Once one family member gets an education, it can have a domino effect. “When a parent gets this kind of opportunity and takes advantage of it, the benefit transfers right over to their children, in terms of earning more money,” Castillo said. “It’s also powerful though in that they see dad or mom go to school and they get inspired. Those dads and moms can support those families better and also be an example to their kids.”

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College-Going Rate of Graduating High School Seniors - Class of 2017 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

74.6% 44.9%





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Agriculture Academy. This program is spearheaded by the Wonderful Company, with WHCC partnering. The students earn their Associate’s Degree from WHCC while in high school and are also offered a position at the Wonderful Company upon graduation. This May, 36 students from the first class of Wonderful Agriculture Academy participants will graduate with an Associate’s Degree and CSU Transfer Certificates from West Hills College Coalinga. 100% of the students are heading for college or vocational school after graduating. • Chevron Fun Physical Science Camps: WHCC also hosts the Chevron Fun Physical Science Camp each summer. Since last year, the camp is also offered in Mendota. Students from 1st to 7th grade learn hands-on physical science through fun activities at this free week-long camp.

West Hills College Lemoore Tranquility Union HS

Firebaugh High School

Coalinga High School

Mendota High School

Faith Christian Academy

Dos Palos High School

Kerman High School

Riverdale Jt Union HS

Hanford Jt Union HS District

An Early Start: West Hills K-12 Programs Make College Accessible for All College: it can be a daunting prospect for first generation students, who by definition would be the first in their families to attend college. Current estimates show that more than 80% of the people living within the West Hills College Coalinga and West Hills College Lemoore service area have not graduated from college and the majority have attended no college at all. However, thanks to several programs, camps and services offered throughout the West Hills Community College District, attending college might be seen as far less scary a task by some students. “Our various K-12 programs encourage students by providing them with an opportunity to explore college long before they graduate high school,” said Robert Pimentel, Associate Dean of Educational Services at West Hills College Coalinga. “Many times, it’s opportunities like our dual enrollment programs and Upward Bound that help them understand that they are smart enough to attend and pass college courses. We have found that many students do not believe they can complete college and that, after they’re exposed to the college through these programs, they feel more confident that college could be in their future. This is just one way that we can create a college going culture in our communities: by showing that ‘yes, you can go to college.’”




41.7% 32.5%

Avenal High School


The college-going rate reflects the percentage of high school graduates who enrolled in West Hills classes (any location districtwide) in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. The table below represents the market share WHCCD holds specific to high school graduates within the district’s service area.

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Another aspect of these programs is the idea that they also expose other members of a student’s family to college, perhaps encouraging them to attend themselves. “We’re not just exposing these young people to college,” said James Preston, Vice President of Educational Services at West Hills College Lemoore. “We’re exposing their parents as well. Many of these activities and programs take place on our campus and even just stepping foot on it and seeing the many types of services and opportunities we offer can make a difference. Not only are we planting the seed for future success for young people but we’re also letting adults know they can come back as well.” Here are a few of the K-12 programs offered throughout the West Hills Community College District:

Caruthers Union HS

Corcoran High School

Laton High School

Kings Christian HS

Lemoore Union HS District

By Jamie Applegate • Upward Bound: Over 150 students come on campus at West Hills College Lemoore and West Hills College Coalinga throughout June and July as part of the Upward Bound Program. During their time on campus they take classes, build skills and prepare themselves for college success. The students—from communities around the area including Coalinga, Huron, Avenal, Mendota, San Joaquin, Tranquillity, Laton, Lemoore, Riverdale, Hanford and Corcoran—also go on educational field trips and participate in leadership and skill building activities and community service. At Coalinga, students live in the dorms for the summer portion of the program.

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• Dual Enrollment Opportunities: Throughout the WHCCD, high school students have the opportunity to enroll in classes at West Hills College Coalinga and Lemoore for free. Many of these students graduate high school with an Associate’s degree as a result.

• FFA Field Day: WHCC’s Farm of the Future hosts students from Future Farmers of America chapters across the state annually for FFA Field Days. These high school students learn about the WHCC agriculture programs and explore the Farm. Over 100 high school FFA students regularly attend these field days.

• Child Development Centers: WHCCD maintains child development centers in six different communities including Avenal, Huron, San Joaquin, Coalinga, Firebaugh and Lemoore. At a young age, CDC students are exposed to college.

• Wonderful Agriculture Career Camp and Academy: Each summer, students from Avenal, Mendota and Kettleman City come to WHCC to learn about agriculture mechanics and plant science. These students then have the opportunity to become part of the Wonderful

• University Charter High School and Lemoore Middle College High School: The fully accredited Lemoore Middle College High School is located on the West Hills College Lemoore campus. Students at the school are a part of the campus community and take WHCL classes. University Charter School, an elementary school, is also located on the WHCL campus. • 5-C Experience: This two week program for incoming 6th to 8th graders helps nearly 200 students experience college. Through a college-like curriculum, they learn academic skills, engage in career exploration and focus on STEM and performing arts. They also interact with WHCL students who serve as mentors, many of whom had been in the 5-C Experience program when they were in middle school. Parents and family members are invited onto campus as part of 5-C for the 6th C, a celebration of the students’ achievements. • LIFE Afterschool Program: The LIFE After School Program is provided at several elementary and middle school campuses in the WHCCD service area. It focuses on educational and enrichment activities for students, including homework help and enrichment extracurriculars. Activity leaders—WHCL students—oversee and coordinate activities while getting valuable teaching experience.

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Strategic Plan Update Strategic Planning plays an important role in governing your community college and is a process that’s built in to our organization. The West Hills Community College District strategic plan outlines our specific intent for the years immediately ahead and helps us focus on maintaining our relentless pursuit of student success.

At West Hills CCD, we take the planning process seriously. It’s how we set and achieve goals. It guides us on the important pathway to success in our constant drive to be the best institution of higher learning we can possibly be. Our planning process includes charting our progress, which helps us understand our success and where were have room to improve.

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.

2015-16 Rate

2016-2020 Strategic Plan Coalinga

2016-2020 Strategic Plan

2016-2020 Strategic Plan Lemoore

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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

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

2016-17 2020 Rate District Target 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

90.0% 28.1% 48.60% 19.70% 73.0% 73.0% 75.0% 55.0% 51.2% 80.8% 45.8% 1,500 per year 3.4 years** 750 per year

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Goal 2

Goal 4

Strengthen the District’s fiscal position by pursuing resource development and increased efficiency while meeting FTES targets.

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.

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.

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

2016-17 2020 Rate District Target

2.1 FTES Generated vs. Target 5-Year Goal 5290 5361 2.2 Enrollment Management/Scheduling Efficiency * 475 448 2.3 Percentage of Students Receiving a Pell Grant 35.3% 32.5% *With one to three years of baseline data now available, 2020 goal will be set in the coming year.

100 FTES over 100% To Be Determined* 50.00%

2015-16 Rate

4.1 Online Success Rates 61.7% 64.4% 66.0% 4.2 Use of Open Educational Resources 1 GE Area 100% of GE Courses 4.3 Student Equity - Course Success Achievement Gap ** 8.0% 7.5 Elimination of Achievement Gaps 4.4 Number of New Online CTE Programs Created 0 To Be Determined* *With one to three years of baseline data now available, 2020 goal will be set in the coming year. ** Lower is better

Goal 3

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.

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.

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.

2016-17 2020 Rate District Target

3.1 Adult Participation Rates (Ages 18-24) * 18.7% 19.8% 3.2 Adult Participation Rates (Ages 25-64) * 2.5% 2.6% 3.3 College Going Rates for HS Graduates 36.4% 32.2% *With one to three years of baseline data now available, 2020 goal will be set in the coming year.


Goal 5

Maximize access to programs and services throughout the region, focusing on all segments of the adult population.

2015-16 Rate


2016-17 2020 Rate District Target

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To Be Determined* To Be Determined* 34.0%

2015-16 Rate

2016-17 2020 Rate District Target

5.1 CTE Completion Rate (Scorecard) 58.2% 59.0% 69.10% 5.2 CTE Employment Outcome Survey Results (wage gains) 49.3% 48.0% To Be Determined* 5.3 Time to Completion for CTE Degrees/Certificates ** 3.75 3.75 3.4 years 5.4 CTE Degrees/Certificates Awarded 831 826 630 5.5 Contract Training Certificates Awarded 179 339 To Be Determined* *With one to three years of baseline data now available, 2020 goal will be set in the coming year. ** Lower is better

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Generous Donations Touch Hearts and Minds

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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Why We Give

From left to right - Dr. Kristin Clark, WHCL President, Brooke Warkentin, Betty Warkentin, and Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Frank Gornick

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Letters from Past Students The impact of scholarships

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WHCC Foundation Donors

Foundation Annual Report Data

January 1, 2017 to March 22nd, 2018

Adventist Health Alternative Systems, Inc. Cathy Alves AmazonSmile Foundation American Pistachio Growers Ams.net, Inc. Sharon & Mark Arce Robert Arnold Jackie & Donald Askew Avenal Lumber & Hardware Donald Averill David Babb The Bank of Baker Catherine & Mike Barabe Helen Benjamin Justin Berna, I Bill Mouren Enterprises / Will Nancy Birdwell Virginia Birdwell The Boeing Company Sandy & Joe Bourdeau Jeanne & Robert Bowers Gary Boyd Britz, Inc. Minerva & James Brixey Bunny Brown Buckman-Mitchell Inc. Bruce Burns Scott Cain Clifford Calhoun California League of Food Prod Karen & Roger Campbell Carl Nelson Insurance Agency I Rosa Carlson Paula Cassady Maria & Dagoberto Cavazos Sandy Cavins Rebecca & Javier Cazares Chevron Products Company Stephanie Child Chipotle Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino Kristin Clark Clarann & John Clatt Franki & Robert Clement Franki Cleveland Coalinga Ace Hardware, Inc. Coalinga Chamber of Commerce Coalinga Community Foundation Coalinga Elks Lodge #1613 Coalinga Feed Yard, Inc. Coalinga Lions Club Commercial Grounds Maintenance Kelly Cooper Yvonne Corbeil Finn Costa Gayle & josh Costas Cecilia Coulson Joy & Clint Cowden William Craft Kyle Crider Thomas Crow Cleve Crowingshield Custom Auto Trim Dale Scott & Company, Inc.



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Ron Danner Charles Dassance Julie Davis Lorna Davis Kathryn Defede Jon Dekker Catherine & Gregory Delano Agnes Dill Wyman Dodd Cynthia Dolata Sylvia A. Dorsey-Robinson Roanld Eastman * Educational Employees Credit Union Atif El Naggar Elliott Investments, Inc. Tim Ellsworth Martha & Marty Ennes Erickson Law Firm A.P.C. Philip Erro Sheila Fagliano Bertha Felix-Mata & Juan Mata Abigail Ferguson FHEG-WHC Bkstr Coalinga Kathy & Craig Finster First Solar Development Sue Flanagan Malinali & Matthew Flood Adriana Flores Mary & Donald Forth, Ph. D Heather & Allen Fortune Fortune-Ratliff General Contractors, Inc. Foundation for CA Collges/Osher Foundation Fresh & Natural, Inc. Marlene Garcia Robert Gibson, Jr. GKK Works Stephanie Goetz Deborah & Bill Gore Gloria & Frank Gornick James Gornick Marge Gornick Mary Gornick Richard Grace Nancy Gragnani Barbara & Alvin Graves Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd The Gualco Group, Inc. Guaranteed Firness Plus, Hanford Jeanne & William Gundacker Dba Eaton Cummings Group Lataria Hall Hall Management Corp. Judy & Bob Hampton Hanford Rotary Community Foundation Exmae Hao Tom Harris, Jr. Harris Farms Harris Feeding Co. Kathleen Hart Ellen Hasness Patricia Henry Bachmeier Gregory Herrera

High Desert Wireless Broadband Holman Capital Corp. Ann Holmquist Honey in the Rock Inc. William Horner Clair Hough HP Real Estate Development LLC Hronis, Inc. Anne Hurd Huron Community Enhancement Foundation Huron Tire Service Ice Bucket III Teresa Irwin Mike and Donna Isaac Jeanette & Tony Ishii Edna & Nick* Ivans J & D Trucking Cathy & Walt Jensen Fidela Zaragoza Brenda Johnson Cedric Johnson Walter Johnson The Johnson Family Trust David Jones Anna Jorgens Anne & Steven Jorgens William Kadi Jay Kalpakoff Keenan & Associates Valerie & Jon Keller Keller Automotive Group Dr. Vera Kennedy Marjorie Kerr Robert Kerslake Kevin and Diane Gifford Investment KHL Construction James Kight Kingsburg Insurance Agency Kiwanis Club of Lemoore Michelle & Clifford Kozlowski Sheilah & Edward Kreyenhagen Ernie & Janice Ladendorff Ronald Lee Jacob Lees John Lehn Lemoore Odd Fellows Lodge Leprino Foods Jeanette & Jeffrey Levinson Jeffrey Levinson, Inc. Linda Lewin Maria Lourenco Jay & Bobbi Mahfood Mahfood & Mahfood Margaret Marco Philip Martin Robert Martin Ruthie Martinez Sharon & Dave Massingill Carol & Chuck Matz Michael Mayer Maynard Buckles Spurs and Silver McAbee Feed Megan & Mark McKean George Medak

Faye Mendenhall Eric Mendoza Mid State Realty Mid Valley Disposal, Inc. Anthony Mikkelson Mark & Rozanne Millett Cory Minter Sandra Mitchell Cecilio Mora Therese Moran Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC Mary Morris Staci Mosher Kathy & Joe Neves Catherine Newman Marcia Newton Truc Nguyen Duane O'Connell Jerry Oliver Nina & Ken Oxborrow Oxborrow Enterprises, Inc. P.P.L. Farm Labor, Inc. Pacific Gas & Electric Packaging Pro Tech Inc. Delia Padilla Lissette Padilla Robert Palacio Monique Palmieri Pear Blossom Festival Association The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. Alex Perez PG&E Corporation Foundation William Phillimore Andrea Picchi Jiliberto Pimentel Carlos Posadas Eugenie Pratt James Preston Producers Livestock Marketing Assoc. Roger Pruitt William Pucheu Quade Agricultural Consulting Rodney Ragsdale Taylor Ramsey Deborah Rapp Renewable Solar, Inc. Fernanda & David Rengh Charlie Reyes Sarah Robb Gary Robertson Rockeez Engineering Raquel Rodriguez Joseph Rossi Rotary Club of Firebaugh Ron Ruggles David Sadler Sandra Salyer Lucas Samaniego San Joaquin Tranquillity Lions San Sebastian Hay Livestock Rodney Sanders Jean Schawe Suzanne Schweitzer Dale Scott Deborah & Ted Sheely

Kimberly Sheffield Jacqueline Shehorn Tina Simas Lenore & Joe Simonson Janeth & Bruce Skaggs Joyce Smyers Frances Squire & Ed Wilson Doris Stephens Pat Stoddard Stone Land Company Ken Stoppenbrink Stormax LLC Student Insurance Todd Sullivan Sunrise Farm Labor, Inc. Juana Tapia TCM Investments Tecogen Brenda Thames David Billingsley Tire Service Thelma & Leo Trevino Stuart Van Horn Edward Vasconcellos Olivia Vega Lucia Villegas Andrew Wagoner Christina Wagoner Tim Wahl Pamela Walker Walt's Backhoe Service Debra & Jeff Wanderer Betty & Don* Warkentin Jarod Warren Dixie* & Brian* Welborn Estate Jacqueline & Merlin Welch Lisa Wellik West Hills Machine Shop West Hills Oil, Inc. WHC Faculty Association Brandy & Kevin Wilds Scott Wilson Eddy Street Agency Willa & Richard Womack Wonderful Education The Wonderful Company Foundation Woolf Farming Worth Farms Worth Harvesting, Inc. Anita & Steven Wright Joe Wyse Terri & Mark Yanez Janet & Scott Young Pam & Clayton Youree Patricia Zeglen * 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


# Awarded: 143 57 in Coalinga 12 in Firebaugh 74 in Lemoore # President Scholars: 153

Expenses by Category:

Money Put to Use in the District: $862,371 $318,378 Scholarships $254,087 College Enhancement $123,592 Athletic Programs $166,314 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 300 students in the 2016-2017 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 Steve Cantu, Trustee Director Nina Oxborrow, Trustee Director Ernie Drewry, 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 Frank Gornick, Ph.D., Staff Director, Chancellor

Ken Stoppenbrink, 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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