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VVC Writing Center Summer Hours & Services

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Greetings,

Welcome to Summer 2020! I hope everyone is doing well! I wanted to take a moment to share information about the Writing Center’s Summer 2020 hours and services. 

The Writing Center offers tutoring services through Pisces Online Tutoring from 9-5 M-Th and workshops on Zoom from 11-12 and 3-4 M-Th.

Please see the full schedule here.

Also, I have created a closed-captioned video that highlights the various Writing Center resources available to students. The video covers the ins and outs of Pisces Online Tutoring, in addition to how students can access DLAs and Zoom tutoring/workshops. I hope you find the video beneficial, and I encourage you to check it out.
https://youtu.be/3gjboVg6cK4
*For written instructions about how to access the Writing Center’s resources, please see the information below.

How to access the online workshops:

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 372-7500 or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “ConferZoom” located on the left
  • Click on the scheduled workshop based on the day and time
  • Click “Join”

How to access the live tutoring:

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 372-7500 or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “Pisces Online Tutoring” located on the left
  • Scroll down and click on “Writing”
  • Click “One-on-one live rooms”

How to access the DLAs:

  • Log into your Canvas account. If you have problems, contact the Help Desk at (760) 372-7500 or servicedesk@vvc.edu
  • Click on the “Tutoring and Academic Support: Acad101” tile
  • Click on “Modules” located on the left
  • Scroll down and click on “DLAs” underneath “Writing Center”
  • Click the name of a DLA to access it


For more information about the workshops and/or tutoring, contact the Writing Center at (760) 245-4271 ext. 2607 or email Alice.Alvarado@vvc.edu or Joshua.Wagenhoffer@vvc.edu

Best,

Joshua Wagenhoffer

Necati Yesil

VVC engineering student earns full-ride to UC San Diego

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VVC student Necati Yesil will transfer to UC San Diego in Fall with a full-ride through a $15,000/a year merit scholarship and financial aid. (Photo courtesy of Necati Yesil)

Necati Yesil began taking classes at Victor Valley College in 2018 as a concurrent student at Granite Hills High School, where he attended after emigrating from Turkey to escape violence related to political unrest.

In Fall, the 19-year-old will transfer to UC San Diego, where, through a $15,000/a year merit scholarship and additional financial aid, he will receive a full-ride education. 

This award certainly didn’t come without hard work. When Yesil emigrated in his freshman year of high school, he had no knowledge of English. While he badly wanted to take Advanced Placement classes, he wasn’t able to because he’d failed a math class while struggling just to learn the language. 

“I went to the principal’s office to ask if I could take AP math … they said if I wanted to study and take the AP test myself, I could,” Yesil said. “So I studied and passed the AP calculus test.”

This enabled him to start at VVC in Spring 2018 to take the first of four engineering physics courses. Yesil has now completed the full sequence, which covers mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, light optics and modern physics. The entire sequence of courses is taught by professor Michael Butros.

“Not every student goes through all four (courses), but it’s one of the advantages I have that some students spend nearly the entirety of their time at VVC with me,” Butros said. “Necati was very active in class and always challenging me, which is a good thing. He doesn’t challenge because he wants to be difficult, but because he wants to understand.”

Yesil became active outside of the classroom as well, becoming the VVC Physics & Engineering Club President and taking on an internship with the National Science Foundation (NSF).

As a club president, he helped organize trips to physics seminars, including some at UC Irvine. 

“We did a lot of studying together and talked about advanced topics that wouldn’t usually be talked about in classes,” Yesil said. “(The club also seeks to) increase awareness and interest in physics for other students as well.”

The NSF internship came through a Centers in Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) grant VVC received along with Cal State San Bernardino and College of the Desert.

The grant offers undergraduate research opportunities to students in STEM disciplines. At VVC, these opportunities consist of “winter-nships” and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center projects.

Being a non-U.S. citizen, Yesil couldn’t be paid through the NSF grant, so the VVC Foundation helped with a campus grant to ensure he could take part in the winternship, according to Butros.

The four-week project that Yesil and six other VVC students worked on beginning in January dealt with the n-body problem, which involves predicting the motion of celestial objects interacting gravitationally.

“They did mathematical modeling and simulation,” Butros said. “It falls under dynamical systems and nonlinear programming.”

Yesil described the winternship as “a nice experience related to physics” that exposed him to upper-level subjects.

“It required a lot of collaboration, team skills and time management,” Yesil said. “We worked with things you wouldn’t normally see in community college … researched concepts that graduate-level students would see.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, Yesil plans to pursue graduate school. He says artificial intelligence and modern developing technologies got him interested in his major of choice.

“Necati always asks me questions that make me think outside of what I teach … He’s a very outside-the-box type thinker,” Butros said. “He has a questioning mechanism that makes it interesting to teach him.”

Yesil has earned a 3.9 grade point average at VVC and was excited to recently learn of both his acceptance to UC Diego and the award of the merit scholarship.

“For students who want to get into these good schools and get scholarships, I would suggest to them to get involved in internships, clubs and outside activities that would show your increased interest in the field,” Yesil said.

Butros shared that while he’s proud of all his students, Yesil impressed him in particular as his first student to receive a full-ride.

“One of the reasons you go into teaching is to have these success stories — they’re better than any paycheck I could ever receive,” Butros said. “Necati’s willingness to work with others, his hard work and his dedication truly paid off.”

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The show must go online: VVC Spring 2020 Student Art Show

Student Art Show Poster

Victor Valley College’s biannual Student Art Show made its online debut on June 15, with more than 400 works of art digitally displayed at www.vvc-art.com through July 31st.

Featuring some of the best student work in computer graphics, drawing, painting, photography and sculpting, the event is traditionally held at the end of Fall and Spring semesters.

“Our art shows are open to the public and provide a bridge between the community and VVC,” said VVC art instructor Dmitry Astakhov, who set up the website for the Spring 2020 show. “Current students take pride in their hard work by showing it, while prospective students get a chance to see what they’ll learn by taking classes at VVC … I personally believe that art is very important in allowing students to express themselves, have a sense of camaraderie and build confidence, among other things.”

After the college moved all classes and services online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned on-campus event was cancelled. Nonetheless, recognizing the importance of providing a platform for students to showcase their artwork, the Art Department decided that the show must go on — online, that is.

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This screenshot of the VVC Spring 2020 online Student Art Show displays the first eight student works featured on the website, www.vvc-art.com

“Art is unstoppable. Our students have made their art and we are sharing it with the world,” said VVC Art Department Chair Frank Foster. “We invite everyone to see the excellent work of our students. We are proud of their strength to create in these difficult times.”

The art faculty, including Astakhov, Foster, Anna-Marie Veloz, Chris Rowland and Chris Shelby, came together to work out the logistics of the show, communicating with their students and ensuring high-quality images of their art were provided for the website.

“A lot of the work that came out of this semester is really great, especially considering the circumstances,” said art instructor Chris Rowland. “Like I told my students, they should all give themselves a pat on the back because they made the transition (to online classes).”

One of Rowland’s Life Drawing (Art 122) class students, Natalea Schager, noted that this was her first art class at VVC and said she enjoyed getting to see other students’ work.

Schager has six works displayed in the show, including a portrait made of coffee grounds.

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This piece featured in the online Spring 2020 VVC Student Art Show is by Natalea Schager and made out of coffee grounds.

“I learn a lot from seeing what my fellow students make and how everyone approaches their art,” Schager said. “The showcase not only shows what my friends from class did, but also the other art classes around campus.”

Mary Vasquez, a Spring 2020 graduate, created the poster for this semester’s Student Art Show, which features a linocut print of a Joshua tree. Vasquez has taken multiple art classes at VVC, including 2D and 3D design, sculpture and acrylic painting.

“After such a hard semester, I was so happy to hear that there was going to be an art show online,” Vasquez said. “It was a tricky subject to teach and I believe the Art Department did a fantastic job this semester with such short notice. I know they worked just as hard as the students to make sure we finished this semester strong.”

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This acrylic painting of a caged butterfly is by Spring 2020 VVC graduate Mary Vasquez and is displayed in the online Student Art Show at www.vvc-art.com

Vasquez graduated VVC with an associate degree in Art and Humanities and is transferring in Fall to Cal State Fullerton to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arts Education and a credential to teach high school.

“This community in the High Desert deserves some more attention to the arts,” Vasquez said. “And I believe that the Victor Valley College Art Department and the online art show are doing their part.”

Visit www.vvc-art.com to view the Victor Valley College Spring 2020 Student Art Show.

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VVC holds two events celebrating largest graduating class

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Victor Valley College staff and faculty cheer on Class of 2020 graduates as they enter the college’s first-ever “Drive-Thru Celebration by the Lake” on June 13, 2020. (FABIAN GUILLEN)

The Victor Valley College campus, after several months of quietness, was brightened by the spirit of commencement on Saturday, beginning with a drive-thru celebration which may have set a new standard for graduation.

Cap-and-gown-clad grads popped up from sunroofs, waved pompoms out car windows and shed tears of joy as they were exuberantly cheered on by VVC employees during the college’s first-ever “Drive-Thru Celebration by the Lake” from 9 a.m. to noon.

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A Victor Valley College graduate drives up for the college’s “Drive-Thru Celebration” on June 13, 2020. Nearly 400 of the 1,500 graduates participated in the event held on the same day as the “Virtual Commencement Ceremony.” (FABIAN GUILLEN)

“It was so fun, and I think my family actually preferred it this way, more than the traditional ceremony … we were able to celebrate all together in the moment,” said graduate Dario Arriaga.

Complete with colorful decorations around the lake, live music from Mariachi Aguila Real, and small ramp “stage” on which graduates could park for a photo-op, the drive-thru was no doubt one of the most memorable VVC graduations, staff and students agreed.

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Mariachi Aguila Real, a High Desert-local group of musicians, plays during Victor Valley College’s “Drive-Thru Celebration” to honor graduates on June 13, 2020. (FABIAN GUILLEN)

It was the earlier of two VVC celebratory events on Saturday, to be followed by another first-ever, the “Virtual Commencement Ceremony,” livestreamed from the Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. 

Interspersed between graduates’ cars were classic cars from several local car clubs in the High Desert, leading the way.

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Classic cars from several local car clubs guided Victor Valley College graduates onto the ramp “stage” near the VVC Library during the drive-thru celebration on June 13, 2020. (JULIO MANZO)

“As we came around the turn to the lake and I saw everyone cheering and heard the music and seeing our professors there, I started crying with happiness,” said graduate Chad Read. “Again, through everything we’ve endured this year, VVC made sure we felt special and gave us an amazing ceremony.”

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Victor Valley College graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran Chad Read drives through the VVC graduation celebration event held on June 13, 2020. (VVC)

With a total of 1,500 graduates and an additional 250 students who earned certificates at VVC this year, the college surveyed students in May, discovering a near tie between those who wanted a drive-thru and those who wanted a virtual ceremony.

Victor Valley College chose to do both. Watch the livestreamed videos of both here.

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Eric Pearson, former coordinator of the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center (retired 2015), drives his daughter, 2020 graduate Aleana Pearson, at the “Drive-Thru Celebration by the Lake” on June 13, 2020. (VVC)

Additionally, VVC has offered 2020 graduates the opportunity to walk in next year’s commencement ceremony, which, assuming coronavirus-related health orders regarding events are withdrawn by then, will be held at the Glen Helen Amphitheater, America’s largest outdoor music venue.

While the drive-thru portion of Saturday’s festivities provided an occasion for graduates to decorate their caps and cars, cheer and honk their horns, and receive small takeaway gifts — including graduation yard signs and commemorative medallions — the virtual ceremony embraced the formal aspects of commencement.

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A Victor Valley College graduate and her family drive through the college’s celebration by the lake held on June 13, 2020. (FABIAN GUILLEN)

Superintendent/President Dr. Dan Walden welcomed attendees tuning into the live video on the VVC website, congratulating graduates on joining “a distinguished list” of VVC alumni and recognizing faculty and staff for their contributions to the success of the Class of 2020.

Graduate Jonathan Bañuelos sang the National Anthem, soon followed by an address from VVC Board of Trustees President Joseph W. Brady.

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Victor Valley College graduate Jonathan Bañuelos sang the National Anthem during the college’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 13, 2020. (SCREEN SHOT OF VIDEO)

Brady shared many pieces of advice with graduates, including “share your solutions, not your problems,” “do what you love to do or you’re just wasting time” and “challenge the status quo.”

“Our hope, as trustees, is that many of you will return to the High Desert to become our local entrepreneurs, managers and executives, and continue to reshape the leadership that our community needs in order to continually grow and prosper,” Brady said.

In her speech, Associated Student Body (ASB) President Amber Scott encouraged her peers to “apply the knowledge and skills” they gained at VVC to elevate themselves and others.

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Victor Valley College graduate Amber Scott, the 2019-2020 Associated Student Body President and Students Trustee, addresses her graduating peers during the college’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 13, 2020. (SCREEN SHOT OF VIDEO)

“We will never forget the time in 2020 when the entire world had to stop,” Scott said. ‘But we always remember and carry with us the very same character, ethics, and beliefs that helped us remain loyal to our goals. Today we celebrate that.”

Walden introduced the featured guest speaker, Mugunth Vaithylingam, Chief Information Officer for the College of Southern Nevada, to provide graduates with additional guidance as they look toward future opportunities. Listen to his full speech here.

“You surmounted a challenge that has necessitated this ceremony to be virtual, and that is not something to be understated,” Vaithylingam said. “As you go on to the next part of your life story, cherish what you have accomplished, lift up others, value time, and remember that we are all in this life together.”

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Mugunth Vaithylingam, Chief Information Officer for the College of Southern Nevada, served as the featured guest speaker for Victor Valley College’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 13, 2020. (SCREEN SHOT OF VIDEO)

He ended on this phrase: “Humankind. Be both.”

Vice President of Instruction Dr. Peter Maphumulo recognized all of the honor graduates, Phi Theta Kappa international honors students and those who served the ASB Council, while Walden gave special thanks and congratulations to VVC’s veteran graduates.

The college had a record number of valedictorians this year, with 22 students graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Of them, Courtney Wells, who earned three associate degrees including a sociology degree for transfer, was selected as the valedictorian class speaker.

Wells shared that her experience of being homeschooled 1st through 12th grade taught her to be independent, but caused her to miss out on “a sense of community.”

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Courtney Wells, one of 22 valedictorians in Victor Valley College’s 2020 graduating class, speaks during the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 13, 2020. (SCREEN SHOT OF VIDEO)

“After coming to VVC, it was a really massive turning point for me to realize that I couldn’t just get through life without forming connections with others or without utilizing every support system that is offered to me,” Wells said. “…as we look out for each other through these unusual times and continue on towards the endeavors that await us in the future, Victor Valley College will continue to be a source of support for us because this college has been, and always will be, a welcoming community for all.”

Following the speeches, a slideshow played featuring nearly 600 graduates who signed up to participate in the virtual ceremony. Each graduate’s name was announced as their personalized slide displayed their photo, degrees earned and a short personal statement.

Once all the graduates were recognized, Walden and Maphumulo performed the official conferring of degrees and Scott led the class in the traditional turning of the tassel to symbolize the end of the VVC Class of 2020’s journey together.

Watch the livestreamed videos of the Drive-Thru Celebration and the Virtual Commencement here.

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VVC students share experiences during first ‘Equity Forum’

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Victor Valley College students and alumni shared their personal experiences with discrimination during the first Student Equity Forum on Thursday, aimed at providing “a space for healing, dialogue, and community.”

The live webinar was put on by VVC’s Office of Student Equity and is the “first of many to come,” according to Dr. Lorena Newson, Dean of Pathways & Professional Learning. The full video is available to watch online here.

“Now is the time more than ever to unify and show our students that they have a place of solitude and support,” Newson said. “This is a unique space to learn from our students how we can better support and understand their diverse needs.”

Before the forum, the panel recognized a moment of silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time in which a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck on Memorial Day, killing the unarmed Black man and sparking protests against racism and police brutality worldwide.

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Newson also showed two videos during the webinar: A lecture from anti-racism activist Jane Elliott and rapper J. Cole’s “Be Free” music video.

Facilitating the discussion was Dr. Corey Timberlake, a counselor, instructor and coordinator of UMOJA, a program dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experience of African American and other students at VVC.

Timberlake directed questions to the five-student panel consisting of Tessa Harrington, Janae Johnson, Ejon Mannil, George Thenarse and Tristan Wilkerson. 

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When asked how the killing or George Floyd and other African Americans has personally affected him, Wilkerson, a 2019 VVC graduate who served as the 2018-2019 ASB President/Student Trustee, said “it’s so tough to describe in words.”

“It’s more of a feeling of constant rage … It’s hard to focus on a normal life, like going to school and going to work … when you’re constantly feeling threatened,” Wilkerson said. “And it doesn’t matter how smart you are, because you can do everything right and you still could become the next hashtag.”

Johnson was asked to share her thoughts on saying “all lives matter” in response to “Black lives matter,” to which she said that the first distracts from the BLM movement.

“We’re not saying all lives do not matter, but right now our community — the Black community — is asking for help. We just want equality, change, and the opportunity to catch up, since our community has always been under the foot of systematic racism,” Johnson said. “Not all lives are threatened just by waking up and being themselves.”

Mannil, who graduated VVC in 2017 and now attends UC San Diego, was asked to share any experiences he has had facing systematic racism in education.

“I will commend VVC because they did have resources for students of color … the resources I needed to get to the next level. This is because you have people advocating for these things,” Mannil said.

He explained that with less than 2% of the UCSD student population being Black, he has had difficulty getting the attention of his instructors and has felt pressure to “act more white in order to get into a better position.”

“I want to be a doctor … I know this is only the beginning … These are challenges I’m going to be facing all throughout my life,” Mannil said. 

Compelled to share her own experience, Newson followed up Mannil with a story from her early college days. She said despite having graduated at the top of her class in high school, she felt unprepared compared to her non-Black peers in college, and became incredibly discouraged when a white professor pulled her aside to say her declared biology major was “not for you.”

“He never said ‘let me see your notes’ or ‘how many hours are you studying…,’” Newson said. “I had to be the cream that rose to the top at that moment. Not everyone is going to take an interest in you … What you believe in yourself is the only thing that matters.”

Newson kept her biology major and graduated with honors before going on to receive her masters and doctorate degrees in public health and education, respectively.

Superintendent/President Dr. Dan Walden also spoke briefly during the forum, sharing the resolution recently adopted by the VVC Board of Trustees, “Support and Solidarity Against Civil Rights Violations.”

“It is my hope as Superintendent/President that this is the first of many forums that we will have in which we can hear stories, hear people’s testimonies, and listen to their experiences. A lot of us really need to be listening,” Walden said. “We can make resolutions, we can make statements, but really until there are actions to follow the words, nothing really changes.”

Near concluding the event, Timberlake made a point to share the difference between equality and equity. He explained that while equality means providing everyone with the same resources to complete a task, equity offers varying levels of support and resources depending upon need.

Closing Statement

VVC’s Office of Student Equity plans to hold additional forums, information for which will be posted online and shared via the student email system. To watch the full webinar from June 11, visit this link: https://vvc365-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/lorena_newson_vvc_edu/EWX-ajeok3tDmoXrncx2n10Bpj8icJcIFglpThHONqTSFg?e=U0Q9o2

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Solidarity: Message from VVC Superintendent / President

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June 8th, 2020

Dear VVC Community,

In the midst of a world-wide pandemic, humankind has been rocked to its core by the brutal murder of George Floyd, and many other African Americans before him. Mr. Floyd’s death demonstrated the deep-seated, long-standing divisions in society, and I feel safe in writing that we have all been witness to racial disparities in the treatment of our black communities.

As your Superintendent/President, I feel compelled to condemn injustice and discrimination and believe it is critical that we stand together in our commitment as a college community to actively promote equality and diversity. It is our responsibility to provide a welcoming, caring and inclusive environment to our students, and it is our responsibility to cultivate a workplace that is truly inclusive to all.  

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office hosted a “Call to Action” webinar that laid out six key areas where we can take action against the structural racism and inequality that exists in our communities. I want Victor Valley College to be crystal clear in its commitment of the implementation of these six areas of action.  

Tomorrow, Tuesday June 9th, at the Board of Trustees Special meeting at 5:55 p.m., a Call to Action letter from the Chancellor’s office will be read aloud. Immediately following, at the Regular Board of Trustees meeting, item 8.11 will open discussion of Resolution No. 20-11: Support and Solidarity Against Civil Rights Violations.

I invite you to tune in for both of these important meetings. The link to the meetings is below:

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95706005897?pwd=QVVsMTV6Z2tnOXdPNENyeG5FekNoQT09

Also, the Office of Student Equity is holding a Student Equity Forum this Thursday, June 11th at 12 p.m. This will be the first of many forums of this kind to allow a safe place for our VVC community and its students to share dialogue on how we can be a part of the change that is so desperately needed in our society. I hope you will take the time to join us for this important webinar. You can register for this at the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ew6D_HX1SZqdC1wQ3QhrZg

How can you, as an individual, take concrete action now?

• Speak up when you experience or witness intolerance, mistreatment or bias in action.

• Create an inclusive environment, seeking different perspectives from your own.

• Participate in open dialog opportunities to process your feelings and to better understand the feelings of others.  

• And finally, you may have seen the national moment of silence for George Floyd that took place on June 4th.  I encourage each of you to spend 8 minutes and 46 seconds in reflection and in honor of a human being that was senselessly murdered.

Please join us in solidarity against mistreatment of any of our humankind. We deserve a better world where all people regardless of our differences are treated equally and fairly.

.

Dan Walden

VVC Superintendent/President

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VVC 2020 Commencement Information

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Commencement Events:

June 13, 2020 @ 9AM — Drive-Thru Celebration Live Stream

CLICK HERE:
www.vvc.edu/commencement

June 13, 2020 @ 6PM — Virtual Commencement Live Stream

CLICK HERE:
www.vvc.edu/commencement

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Dear Victor Valley College graduates,

Congratulations on your graduation!

Although, at this time, we are not able to celebrate your commencement in person, we would like to give you the opportunity to celebrate all that you have accomplished during your time at Victor Valley College.

As such, we are holding a Virtual Commencement Ceremony, live streamed from our Performing Arts Center, on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.

All August 2019, December 2019 graduates and June 2020 candidates for graduation are eligible to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony. If you applied for Spring 2020 graduation, you are able to participate in the virtual graduation ceremony.

Please be advised that participation in the ceremony does not guarantee official graduation. Final evaluations for June 2020 candidates are not completed until grades have been verified for the Spring 2020 term.

You can share this important milestone with family, friends, and the academic community remotely by participating in the online ceremony.

Additionally, the college has picked up the cost of the cap and gown package for graduates to wear in their photos. 

Each graduate has the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide customized with a photo and a personal message. The personalized information was due by May 30, you may return to the site anytime by going to the Login Page and using your email address that was used in the email sent to you.

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More graduation information:

DIPLOMAS – Graduates will be notified when their degrees are available for pickup. Please be sure Admissions & Records has been informed of correct mailing and email addresses.  Additionally, any library or financial holds must be cleared.

CERTIFICATES  – Will be mailed on an ongoing basis as requirements are completed.

GRADUATES AND GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES – Captioning and interpreters will be provided for the hearing impaired during the livestream event. 

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VVC Student COVID-19 Aid & Relief

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Dear VVC students,

Are you experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19? If so, you may be eligible to apply for FREE money through Phase II of our CARES Act Grant to Students Fund or our VVC Emergency Grant Fund.

The first phase of CARES Act funding has already been distributed to 3,126 as per Federal Regulations and criteria established in the CARES Act. The second phase of funding requires an application for which a link is provided below. (This link is located on the Victor Valley College homepage (www.vvc.edu). 

Recognizing that many of our students who are experiencing difficulties caused by COVID-19 may not be eligible to apply for federal financial aid, the college has also identified $250,000 in Emergency Grant dollars (thanks in large part to the VVC Foundation).

Special Note: for Phase II there are two sources of funds – students can apply for one. Additional information, frequently asked questions regarding eligibility and the application is available at:http://www3.vvc.edu/caresact.html


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Get involved: Run for ASB Council 2020-2021

Do you have ideas about how to improve VVC?

Are you looking for a way to gain professional experience for career and college applications?

We need students like you to run for ASB Council!

The Spring 2020 General Election will be held entirely online this year.

Those interested in running for ASB Council must first fill out this online Interest Form.

The Interest Form must be accurately filled out in its entirety and submitted by 4:30 p.m. May 18th.

For additional information, call 760-245-4271 ext. 2395 or email Robert.Sewell@vvc.edu or Charity.Lindsey@vvc.edu.

ABOUT ASB

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Last year’s ASB Council (2019-2020) represented the VVC student body through acts of leadership, advocacy and community outreach, accomplishing goals they set at the beginning of their term.

While attending state and national conferences, the 2019-2020 Council led workshops to teach others about student leadership.  The Council also met with local, state, and federal elected officials to discuss issues relevant to community colleges. In March 2020, VVC Associated Student Body was acknowledged as the Gold Member College of the Year by the American Student Association of Community Colleges.

Last year’s Council submitted two resolutions to be considered by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, one focused on strengthening the workforce by offering distance learning and one about enhancing emergency preparedness.  Along with other regional student leaders, the VVC ASB sponsored Assembly Bill 2910, aiming to enable community college boards of trustees to give student trustees the right to a full vote. 

In Fall 2019, ASB sponsored the creation of a community garden and a student art mural which promotes a theme of diversity and inclusivity. Both have led to discussions of additional beautifications and improvements to campus.

The Council partners with community organizations to support local events. Last year’s included Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society, High Desert March for Babies, Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide awareness, VVC Foundation Hall of Fame recognizing distinguished VVC alumni, High Desert Science Olympiad, and more.

HOW TO RUN FOR COUNCIL

First, keep in mind that there are some minimum qualifications that must be met in order to run for ASB Council.

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If these qualifications are met (please call or email if you have questions), the first step is to complete the Interest Form.

After completing the Interest Form before 4:30 p.m. May 18th, each candidate must also attend a mandatory meeting between May 6th and May 19th.

These meetings will be held by-appointment (you will receive an email and/or phone call to schedule it after you fill out this Interest Form) and held through Zoom.

Campaigning begins May 20th and will be conducted online only. DO NOT BEGIN CAMPAIGNING before May 20th.

Rules and methods for campaigning will be discussed during the mandatory meeting and communicated through email to all candidates.

For additional information, call 760-245-4271 ext. 2395 or email Robert.Sewell@vvc.edu or Charity.Lindsey@vvc.edu.

ASB COUNCIL POSITIONS AVAILABLE

There are 18 positions on ASB Council, including a five-member Executive Board (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Executive Senator), Student Advocate and 12 Senator positions.

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ELECTION SCHEDULE

The Spring General Elections will be held online June 4th and June 5th.

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For additional information, call 760-245-4271 ext. 2395 or email Robert.Sewell@vvc.edu or Charity.Lindsey@vvc.edu.

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Drive-Up WiFi now available for VVC students

In an effort to provide students with reliable, high-speed internet access, Victor Valley College is launching “Drive-Up WiFi,” available to all enrolled students.

Wireless access will be available to students in Parking Lot O, next to Adaptive P.E., building 70 on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is for registered Victor Valley College students.

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Access to Parking Lot O, next to Adaptive P.E., building 70 will be available to students on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday).

Students will be limited to a 3 hours per day WiFi access.

Students must remain in their cars while using the college’s network and adhere to all current public health directives, including social distancing. In congruence with social-distancing restrictions, students will need to park in every-other parking stall. Restroom facilities will not be available.

How to access on-campus Drive-up WiFi?

To access WIFI, connect to VVC-Guest.

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