Victor Valley College
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|Motto||Educating Generations, Building Communities|
|Type||Public, community college|
|Peter Allan, Interim|
|Location||Victorville, California, USA|
|Campus||253 acres (102 ha), Suburban Area|
|Colors||Maroon and gold|
|Affiliations||California State University, San Bernardino, Azusa Pacific University, University of La Verne|
|Website||www.vvc.edu Facebook Page|
Victor Valley College is a community college in the southeast corner of Victorville, California, United States, part of the 112-campus California Community College System. The Victor Valley Community College district includes Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Phelan and Adelanto.
The college was created by a vote of the public in 1960 and the first classes were held in 1961 at Victor Valley High School in an unused building. The 253-acre (102 ha) campus started construction in 1963 and was opened to students in 1965.
During the 1990s and 2000s, the campus went through a number of improvements as the resident population of the High Desert increased, most notably an Adaptive Physical Education Building, Advanced Technology Building, Gymnasium, Library, an expanded Performing Arts Center, Planetarium, and the Student Activities Center.
On February 14, 2012, Victor Valley Community College District opened its first satellite campus in Apple Valley called the Regional Public Safety Training Center just northwest of the Apple Valley County Airport (nicknamed the Eastside Center in the Five-Year Plan.) The new center contains 46,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories, and lecture halls. Directly outside the center, a prop area called "CERT City" (named after County of San Bernardino Community Emergency Response Team) has large vehicles, a hazard tower and disaster areas for simulated exercises. Construction on the second satellite campus, the "Westside" Workforce Development Center in West Hesperia remains in the planning stages with hopes to complete the project before 2020.
Academic and vocational programs
The college provides nearly 40 major courses of study, with the most popular being Liberal Arts, Registered Nursing and Business Management. Other majors include vocational subjects in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Fire Science, Welding, Music, Digital Animation, Computer Information Systems, Automotive Repair, Electronics, Construction Technology, and Criminal Justice.
As a junior college, VVC issues Associates degrees. Offices are present on-site from universities in partnership with VVC to allow distance education coursework in a handful of majors that provide students with Bachelor's degrees. Victor Valley College has developed an online course offering that augments their physical offering. In 2002, it was possible to complete an entire Business Management or Liberal Arts curriculum entirely online. With the realities of a rising on-campus student population and limited resources, the college no longer actively markets to enroll 100% off-campus students.
Victor Valley College lies on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert. The college sits directly to the south of Spring Valley Lake (a planned unincorporated community in San Bernardino County). It is located at the most southeastern point in the City of Victorville. Directly south of the campus is Hesperia and east of the campus past the Mojave River is the town of Apple Valley. The San Bernardino and Los Angeles mountain ranges lie approximately 15 miles to the south, southeast, and southwest of the college.
The Community College District boundaries are set east of Antelope Valley, south of Barstow, north of both San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga (both sharing a common border from Victorville), and northwest of Joshua Tree. The boundaries are mostly for planning and research only, as California Community College campuses statewide practice Open Enrollment policies; students are not restricted to attending any community college based on their residence status within the State of California.
- Campus property
Victor Valley College features are split into Upper and Lower campuses by a steep hill halfway through the school property. The Upper Campus on the west is limited on the west by Spring Valley Lake Parkway, built around a man-made lake surrounded by campus buildings on all sides. The Lower Campus on the eastern side is bordered by the Mojave River and the Mojave Fish Hatchery which is run by the State of California. The north of the campus property adjacent to Spring Valley Lake offers additional expansion room, which is somewhat limited by hilly terrain and natural debris flow. Bear Valley Road physically limits Victor Valley College on the south, being a major highway as well as the city limit of Hesperia.
The current student population averages 12,000 full-time enrolled students. A full-time staff of approximately 600 classified, management, and instructional employees are on duty, which includes approximately 140 full-time instructors.
Student race and ethnicity statistics show that VVC is 47% Hispanic/Latino, 33% White, and 12% Black or African-American. 63% of the student body is under the age of 25 years, and 70% of the campus attends in-person, with 20% having some distance education courses in their schedule and 10% attend only in distance education classes.
The following statistics apply out of all students who complete their programs of study within 150% of their "normal time" attending college (Completion of a Degree or Certificate objective within three years of enrolling for the first time):
- 16% Graduation Rate (Students completing an A.A. or A.S. degree)
- 15% of students transferring out to a 4-year college/university (regardless of A.A./A.S. completion). VVC is a "feeder school" to California State University, San Bernardino with most transferees having attended VVC to complete their undergraduate work for the university.
- 14% of the male student body graduates versus 17% of the female population
- In Fall 2010, 100% of the students who were non-resident aliens successfully graduated, with the second higher group being students who identify as multi-racial at 20%.
150% of the "normal time" is also the same amount of time used to permit attendance to California Community Colleges under Federal Financial Aid programs, which is why statistics are not generally announced on students who exceed college attendance over three continuous years.
Measure JJ and future projects
Plans in 2007 called for funding and facility improvements to handle up to 30,000 students by 2017. A general obligation bond, Measure JJ was approved by the residents of the Victor Valley in November 2008, allowing $2 billion in tax revenues to expand the campus.
These construction projects are documented in the District's Five-Year Plan and are ongoing (estimated completion academic years listed below).
- Liberal Arts Modernization - 2015/16
- Student Services/Admin Building 2016/17
- Visual/Performing Arts Lab Building - 2016/17
- Vocational Tech (Auto/Welding Only) - Pending Future Update
- West Side Center - Awaiting Due Diligence
Victor Valley Transit Authority operates two public-access bus stops on campus. One bus stop acts as a transfer point to connect to routes in the Victor Valley region. Bicycle loaders are common on these buses and bicycle racks are provided throughout the campus.
The closest freeway access to Victor Valley College is on Interstate 15 to the West approximately seven miles away on Bear Valley Road.
- Earl W. Bascom, inventor, actor, rodeo cowboy, Hall of Fame inductee, international artist and sculptor.
- John W. Henry, commodities broker and principal owner of the Boston Red Sox.
- Joe Stevenson, mixed martial artist formerly fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Jamel Richardson, player in the Canadian Football League.
- National Center for Education Statistics. "College Navigator". US Department of Education. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
- Natasha Lindstrom (2010-03-30). "O'Hearn to be named interim VVC president | vvc, hearn, interim - Local News - Victorville Daily Press". Vvdailypress.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
- Ryan Orr (2007-09-27). "First VVC forum focuses on trust issues | college, board, candidates - Local News - Victorville Daily Press". Vvdailypress.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
- "Majority of voters say yes to VVC’s $297.5 million bond | victorville, voters, bond - Local News - Victorville Daily Press". Vvdailypress.com. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
- Official website
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Victor Valley Community College
- Facebook page