Welcome – Fall Semester 2017

Welcome again to the 2017-2018 academic year during which time we will “bring learning alive” in support of student success, persistence and completion. I wanted to recap a number of the initiatives and exciting projects that we will engaged in throughout the year.

The College’s Strategic Plan has been updated to align with the District’s Strategic Commitments. A copy of our plan is available at https://www.paradisevalley.edu/sites/default/files/docs/clc/clc-strategic-plan-2017b.pdf

College faculty and staff are being identified to serve on work teams in support of the MCCCD Transformation work in the areas of: Guided Pathways, improving student support, and enhancing industry/workforce responsiveness through the establishment of Institutes. For more information regarding the Transformation, please see https://administration.maricopa.edu/transformation-taskforce

Through an allocation from the District of $243,000, we will be deploying four new positions in support of: academic advising, the welcome center, the learning support center, and students enrolled in developmental math.  These efforts are specifically targeted towards improving student success, persistence, and completion.

Ongoing throughout the year, we will continue to financially support innovation and pilot programs through the Puma Pathway internal grant proposal process. Watch for more details soon.

Lastly, one of the first events to celebrate our 30th Anniversary is a PVCC night with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On September 23, please join me, faculty/staff colleagues, family and friends for special pre-game activities and the baseball game. For more information go to  http://m.mlb.com/dbacks/tickets/group/paradise-valley-community-college

Please accept my deepest thanks for all of your collective work to ensure students reach their goals and aspirations. Throughout this academic year, I look forward to celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the many stories of student success.