Board Briefs March 9, 2022

Board Chamber

March 10, 2022 - 08:01 AM

Meeting Date: March 9, 2022
Location: Founders Hall
Next Meeting: March 12, 2022 (Study Session)

Reports were given by Associated Students, Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Faculty Association, CSEA 262, and Mt. SAC Foundation. Detailed reports will be reflected in the official minutes when posted online.

Introduction of the following newly appointed and promoted employees:
Permanent New Hires
Classified Employees
• Kenyon Alcasas, Laboratory Technician, Business and Computer Information Systems (Business)
• Chrystin Green, Laboratory Technician, Physical Science and Engineering (Physics, Engineering)
• Omar Hernandez, Student Services Outreach Specialist (High School Outreach)
• Jennifer Kissel, Administrative Specialist III (Adult Basic Education)
• Denise Lieu, Administrative Specialist III (School of Continuing Education)
• Moises Macedo, Registration Specialist (English as a Second Language)
• Cristina Martinez, Career Services Specialist (Transfer Services)
• Rogelio Medrano, Student Services Outreach Specialist (High School Outreach)
• Sara Rodriguez, Dispatcher I (Police and Campus Safety)

Classified Employees
• David Gordon, Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer (Information Technology)
• Eric Lopez Blount, Administrative Specialist III (Short-Term Vocational)
• Miguel Munoz, Admissions and Records Specialist II (Admissions and Records)
• Lisa Zahn, Program Account Specialist (School of Continuing Education)
• Hui Zhang, Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer (Information Technology)

Confidential Employee
• Jose Ramirez, Executive Assistant I (Human Resources)
Introduction of the following professors who received tenure at last month's Board Meeting:
• Esteban Aguilar, Library
• Esha Ahmed, Business Administration
• Paul Chiu, Computer Information Systems
• Stillman Kelly, Commercial and Entertainment Arts
• John Kuchta, Welding
• Alvin Kung, Chemistry
• Anthony Lopez, Biological Sciences
• Danny Lopez, Public Safety Programs
• Jennifer Loredo, Agricultural Sciences
• Estela Mejia-Gonzalez, Child Development
• Luz Melendez, Child Development
• Hoang-Quyen Nguyen, Mathematics, Computer Sciences
• Sarah Nichols, Physics, Engineering
• Thuy Pham, Communication
• Heather Ponce, Accessibility Resource Centers for Students
• Priscilla Rincon, Emergency Medical Services
• Cuyler Smith, Art
• Raul Tapia, Welding
• Jessica Valdez, Counseling and Guidance
• Louis Vayo, Business Administration

Recognized the following retiring employee:
• Paulo Madrigal, Director, Community and Contract Education (School of Continuing Education), 24 years of service

SCE continues to serve large numbers of diverse students, even through the pandemic. In 2020-21, SCE served 36,185 noncredit students and over 1,284 students in community and contract education. With over 6,902 noncredit Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) generated in 20-2021, SCE remains the largest community college noncredit program in the State community college system. Although the pandemic has continued to impact enrollment, SCE is projecting 2021-22 to increase by at least 300 FTES. Community demand is increasing for some fee-based programs such as CPR and College for Kids, which after two years, will resume in person for the Summer 2022 term.
There is an ongoing commitment to serving underrepresented, vulnerable populations from our community, including immigrants. An estimated 91,205 people who live in the Mt. SAC service area speak English less than “very well.” To address this need for English language acquisition, SCE offers both ESL and VESL programs. Both programs support English language learners to strengthen communication skills, improve employability, help with the transition into credit programs and certificate pathways, and help students become active participants in their new communities. Additionally, SCE is poised and ready to access proposed State funding to train immigrants in health careers.
Employment in the Mt. SAC service area has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The average unemployment rate for the College service area cities was 6.2% as of December 2021 (source: CA Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information). Additionally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 100,377 adults in the Mt. SAC region identified at or below the poverty level. There is a clear and urgent need to connect those who are unemployed with the training and educational opportunities available at SCE.
The number of adults in the Mt. SAC region lacking a high school diploma or equivalency is 117,263. SCE’s Adult HS Diploma program helps to meet this community need by offering students of all ages programs to earn a high school diploma and/or high school credits, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. The population has a high number of 18-22 year olds (61%) with males of color having a strong presence in the program. This is not surprising given that males of color are more likely to drop out of high school, as noted by the National Center for Education Statistics, and then, need to return later to complete high school. The HS diploma and equivalency program increased by over 300 students in 2020-21 when compared to the previous two years.
Census data identifies 81,026 adults as having a disability in the Mt. SAC region, resulting in a huge regional gap in educational needs for AWD. SCE remains committed to serving this vulnerable population. The development of IMPACT (Independent living skills, Mobility training, Physical health and well-being, Advocacy for self, College career and job readiness skills, and Technology training), an AWD program, has been a great success. The IMPACT program gained statewide recognition in January 2022 and was named an Exemplary Program by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

• Approved the Consent Calendar, and approved the following separately:
•  Quarterly Financial Status Report
• Approved amendment to the Emergency Resolution No. 21-08 - Additional Repairs to Temple Avenue Water Supply Pipeline

• Campus Vaccination and Testing Program Update


Dr. Manuel Baca
Jay Chen
Gary Chow
Judy Chen Haggerty, Esq.
Peter Hidalgo
Robert Hidalgo
Laura Santos
Juan Mendoza, Student Trustee
Dr. William T. Scroggins, President & CEO