February 2011


Mt. SAC Launches New Volunteer Public Safety Program

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Public Safety Department is currently recruiting community members to join its newly created Citizens’ Auxiliary Volunteer Program.

The program will allow volunteers to work “hand-in-hand" with public safety officers to enhance the safety environment upon the campus and surrounding community.

“Citizens’ Auxiliary Volunteer Programs allow enforcement agencies and officers to focus on policing and enforcement functions,” said Public Safety Director Mark DiMaggio. “They provide those extra pairs of eyes and ears to help us ensure a safer campus environment.”

To participate in the program, volunteers must be 18 years or older and willing to dedicate 12 hours a month during the year. Volunteers are also required to attend quarterly meetings. Prior to serving, participants will receive field and in-service training as part of the program’s academy.

Bilingual volunteers are particularly needed to provide translation services.

DiMaggio said program participating allows volunteers to learn about Mt. SAC’s public safety operations as well as the justice system.

“This program is great for Administration of Justice students to ride along and understand potential work,” he added. “They can use it as a stepping stone as well as a way to gain community service hours.”

For more program information, contact Officer Alex Villegas at (909) 274-4555 or via e-mail at askpublicsafety.mtsac.edu.


Mt. SAC to Host “Cash for College” Fair on Feb. 26

WALNUT, Calif.––– As the state considers increasing community colleges fees, Mt. San Antonio College will offer free financial aid assistance to area high school seniors and their parents during its annual “Cash for College” fair on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Financial aid is now more important to many students than ever before,” said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Susan Jones. “It can mean the difference between attending or not attending college.”

Mt. SAC is partnering with local high schools and legislators, including Assemblymembers Norma Torres, Roger Hernandez, and Curt Hagman, and Senators Ed Hernandez and Gloria Negrete McLeod, to sponsor this special opportunity in the community. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with opening presentations by both Senators Negrete McLeod and Hernandez at Mt. SAC’s Sophia B. Clarke Theater.

Cash for College provides hands-on assistance to college-bound students and their parents in completing and filing Federal Student Aid and Cal Grant financial aid forms for the 2011-12 academic year. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the early financial aid deadlines. The Cal Grant aid deadline is March 2. While federal aid will still be available after March 2 deadline, filing applications early is recommended.

Parents and students must bring a copy of students’ Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2010 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2010 information is not available, a 2009 tax return may be used along with 2010 W-2 forms. While assistance will be provided to two cohort groups—students planning to attend Mt. SAC and those planning to attend another college—the workshop information and assistance can be used to apply to any college, not just Mt. SAC.

Information and application forms will also be available for Admissions, Extended Opportunity and Programs Services, and other Mt. SAC student support services.

Reservations are required, and a free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants will also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship sponsored through the California Student Aid Commission.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 274- 4458, or make a reservation online at www.mtsac.edu/students/finaid/cashfair.htm .


Mt. SAC Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College has received regional reaffirmation of accreditation for the maximum allowable duration of six years from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

“This is great news for Mt. SAC as we prepare to celebrate our 65th year,” said President John S. Nixon. “The commission’s findings and decision are yet another validation of the commitment, professionalism, and exemplary work continually demonstrated across the college. We achieved the reaffirmation of accreditation without qualification or exception, which is a significant accomplishment.”

The commission visited the campus last fall, marking the culmination of a two-year campuswide self-evaluation process that assessed the quality of instruction, programs and services the college provides its students. The analysis, based on a set of rigorous standards, was compiled in a 332-page self-study document, prepared by scores of faculty, staff, and students.

In reaffirming accreditation status, the commission commended Mt. SAC for the high quality of its educational programs, the planning, budgeting and review processes applied to these programs, and the use of data to demonstrate success with retention and success of at-risk students.

Also praised were Mt. SAC’s innovative programs that support college success and provide students with library and learning support that enables them to succeed.. Moreover, the commission commended the college for maintaining overall financial stability through sound fiscal management in difficult economic times.

“The effort that our employees put into optimizing student success is clear within our own self-study analysis and the commission’s validation of it,” Nixon noted.

Accreditation is a process that colleges and universities undergo to evaluate and assure the quality of education and to subsequently make those results known to the public.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is the corporate entity, consisting of three separately organized commissions within the western region, which is responsible for monitoring and evaluating institutions of higher education. The commission responsible for community colleges is the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which evaluates and accredits public and private postsecondary institutions that offer two-year educational programs and award the associate degree.

The reaffirmation process required the college to undergo a comprehensive review during the week of October 25, 2010. Mt. SAC is required to submit a midterm report in 2013, and prepare for another reaffirmation review in 2016.

To read Mt. SAC’s self-study report, visit http://www.mtsac.edu/administration/accreditation/2010self_study.html