July 2015 Message
It's amazing how fast the summer is progressing. For me, these last couple of months have been a time to catch up as well as catch my breath. More recently, I have been on the road - some of it personal, including a backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho; the rest work related - more on that soon.
While a bit sad that the summer is racing to a close, I am also starting to get excited about the approach of the fall semester. I hope you are, too!
People are what make ARC so special. And we continue to see significant movement, both into and out of the college due to retirements, relocations, and new hires. I can't say thank you enough to all those who have and continue to work so hard in bringing on board new faculty, staff, and administrators. Did you know: Since January 2015 ARC has hired 28 new full-time tenure-track faculty members, 14 classified staff and 12 permanent and/or interim administrators? That's an indication of the impact hiring has had on the life of the college. While on the topic of transitions in the college's leadership team, we are very fortunate to have great folks stepping into open administrative positions, either in the short-term as interims, or as permanent hires.
I also have some very exciting news to share with you about grants and partnerships. You may know about our successful Journey program, which provides services and support to low-income, first-generation degree/transfer-seeking students. This program, funded through a federal TRIO grant, has made a huge impact on the lives of our students. Great news: we re-applied and were awarded another TRIO grant for Journey! This $1.1M grant provides the resources necessary to continue the important work being done by the faculty, staff and administrators in this program for five more years.
At the same time, ARC applied for and was successful in acquiring another TRIO grant, this one focused on supporting low-income, first-generation college students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). With the resources from this second grant (also $1.1M), we will be able to double the number of underrepresented students who receive the intensive, wraparound academic and student support services that are essential to the timely completion of their educational goals.
In addition, we have been awarded a $600,000 state California Career Pathways Trust grant to work with the Sacramento Area Vocational Academy (SAVA) to build a comprehensive Clean Diesel pathway for students. This provides an outstanding opportunity for high-school students to get on a focused track towards college and career success in the growing field of clean diesel.
That's not all! This month, I was in Kenosha, Wisconsin for an exciting announcement related to our automotive program. ARC has been chosen as one of the founding ten colleges in the nation to participate in a new partnership with Fiat Chrysler and the National Coalition of Certification Centers. Through this partnership, our students will receive a specialized certification that will give them additional preparation to stand out and excel in the workplace. Please go to www.nc3.net for more information.
Lastly, as you know the start of each new semester begins with convocation - an opportunity for the entire college community to come together and welcome new staff and faculty, celebrate service milestones, and learn more about what is taking place at the college and district, both at present and in the future. This fall's convocation is scheduled for Friday, August 21 from 8:30-11:30am in the Student Center's Student Dining Area. Presentation topics will include the introduction of new staff, service awards, accreditation, professional development and the Chancellor's update on district-wide matters. As always, all classified employees are invited to attend all or a portion of the morning's presentations.
Thank you for all you do!