Vega has been with the District for more than 18 years. Prior to becoming the CCCD’s fifth CEO, he was the president of Coastline Community College for eight years.
“It will be difficult to say goodbye to this place,” Vega said. “It has been such an important part of my life for so long. Thanks to the support of this Board of Trustees and the excellent people who work in this District, it has been a joy to come to work every day.”
Vega said he is most proud of the changes to the organization’s culture he has seen take place during his chancellorship.
“When reflecting upon my career, I consider the passage of the $370 million bond measure to be a significant achievement. Yet, I consider my most significant professional achievement to be nonquantifiable,” he said. “I am most proud of the positive change that has taken place within the district environment. When I became chancellor, my goal was to establish an environment in which open and honest communication could take place – an environment that had mutual respect at its foundation. I like to think that I've accomplished that goal.”
Dr. Paul Berger, president of the CCCD Board of Trustees, said Vega will be greatly missed in the District.
“I know I am echoing the feelings of the entire Board when I say that I will miss Bill Vega both personally and professionally,” Berger said. “It is his unique leadership genius to make all of those with whom he interacts in this organization feel special and respected.”
“When I was first elected to the Board of Trustees, Bill Vega was the President of Coastline Community College, and was the first administrator to welcome me to the District by picking me up in his car and driving me around to show me our college campuses and educational centers. Starting then and throughout our time working together for this District, I have been impressed with Bill’s leadership –particularly his ability to create consensus and foster cooperation. He has always been successful in reminding all that this District is a student-centered organization and all are working towards a common goal.”
for Vega’s replacement is slated to begin next
Golden West College's Margie Bunten is a "Remarkable Woman"
Margie Bunten, Director of Public Relations and Institutional Advancement at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, was honored in October as one of Orange County’s most remarkable women in business.
Bunten was recognized at the Orange County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ 8th Annual Awards Luncheon. She was honored as this year’s Remarkable Woman nominee from the Coast Community College District’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).
Bunten received the award at the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) luncheon October 24 with more than 700 women business owners and supporters in attendance. The luncheon is one of Orange County’s premier events in recognizing women’s achievements.
Bunten was nominated for her long-standing support of Golden West College, and all of Orange County’s community college students and colleagues, as well as her inexhaustible commitment to the community of Huntington Beach.
“AAWCC is extremely proud of Margie’s accomplishments and the vigor in which she applies her energies in giving to our District and community,” said AAWCC President Karen McLucas. “She is a tremendous asset to our organization and a model for community college professionals throughout the country.”
Bunten has been with Golden West for ten years, and has been in her present position since October 1998. She is immediate past president of the statewide Network of California Community College Foundations organization. She is also on the Executive Board of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.
Bunten’s involvement in her community includes serving on the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitor’s Bureau for the past five years, serving as chair of the organization’s Executive Board last year. She is also an active member of the North Huntington Beach Business Association, Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, El Viento Foundation, Huntington Harbour Islanders Philharmonic group as well as the Huntington Beach Soroptimist International organization. She is a city council appointee to the Huntington Beach City 4th of July Executive Board. This is her second appointment to a city board, having previously served two years on the Human Relations Task Force.
In 2002, Bunten received the prestigious Athena Award, a national award presented to her by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to women who assist other women in reaching their full leadership potential.
The American Association for Women in Community Colleges, an affiliate council of the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC), is a national organization committed to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges. For CCCD chapter membership information, contact chapter president Karen McLucas at Coastline Community College, (714) 241-6140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has a District staffer you know recently been recognized with an award? If so, let us know!
November AAWCC Dinner to Explore Ergonomics
“Start Your New Year Off at the ‘Right Angle’: Ergonomics for Home and Work” is the title of the program for the November AAWCC dinner schedule for Tuesday, November 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the OCC Captain’s Table. All are invited to hear from Linda Morin, CCCD’s Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator. Dine on delicious fare at the Captain’s Table while you learn the ins, outs, ups and downs of arranging your work spaces for optimum health and energy.
information and to RSVP, contact Arlene Eckstein, AAWCC
treasurer, at 438-4655 or email@example.com.
Prior to his time at CCCD, Dr. Renley’s career in education included serving as a fourth grade teacher, a high school vice principal, a high school district assistant superintendent, a community college dean and vice president, and a college professor.
“Dr. Renley has given so much to the Coast Community College District during his 14 years, it is fitting that we honor him in a way that continues to help others through his namesake scholarship fund,” said Dr. William M. Vega, CCCD chancellor.
The event raised money for a new faculty scholarship fund that will provide means for CCCD faculty to pursue professional development and research opportunities.
At their meeting October 15, the CCCD Board of Trustees voted to enter into exclusive negotiations with the KOCE Foundation to discuss the details of a potential sale of the KOCE-TV license to the Foundation for $8 million in cash and $24 million in notes, for a total purchase price of $32 million.
The Foundation’s bid was one of five final proposals presented to the Board by its media broker – Media Venture Partners – at the Board meeting October 15.
The Board’s KOCE Committee – comprised of Trustees George Brown and Jerry Patterson – recommended accepting the KOCE Foundation’s bid as the highest responsible bid received.
The Committee recommended the Foundation bid over two other proposals. The Committee determined that Almavision Hispanic Network, which submitted a $35 million proposal, had not submitted proof of its financial capacity to complete the sale. A proposal from Daystar Television of $25 million was less than the KOCE-TV Foundation bid. Daystar had submitted a $40 million proposal, but the proposal was received after the final proposal deadline. An unsolicited proposal from Pappas Television for $25 million was also received after the deadline.
Negotiations are now underway with the KOCE Foundation over the details of a potential sale. A final proposal is scheduled to come before the Board for a final vote on December 10.
Colleges within the Coast Community College District will add classes back to their Spring Semester schedules, thanks to a 2003-04 state budget that contained less draconian cuts than originally proposed.
In January 2003, the Governor proposed cuts to the California Community College system which would have reduced funding to the District by about $15 million. After a long debate within the Legislature, the final budget approved in August included smaller cuts to community colleges, reducing funding to the District by about $3.5 million.
At Coastline Community College, Golden West College and Orange Coast College, the smaller cut means more courses can be added to the Spring 2004 schedule, making it easier for students to find a seat in the classes they need to finish their degrees or transfer to a four-year university.
Over the last two years, 2,670 courses have been cut from the three colleges’ schedules due to state budget cuts. Thanks to this move, 250 will be added back in the Spring 2004 semester. CCCD Chancellor Bill Vega says reinstating classes is a top priority for the District. However, Vega said the District must continue to budget conservatively due to the continued fiscal uncertainty for community colleges statewide.
“Given the recent gubernatorial recall election and the continuing turmoil in Sacramento, our budget situation is still uncertain,” said Vega. “We are thrilled to be able to offer our students more classes, but we have made this move very cautiously. We cannot over-extend ourselves when mid-year funding cuts are still a possibility, and when next year’s state funding levels for community colleges are predicted to be reduced even further.”
Orange Coast College will add 140 classes to its spring schedule, Golden West College will add 80 classes and Coastline Community College will add 30. Colleges will work hard to add classes in areas where the highest student demand exists. In addition, the colleges will strive to add large lecture classes when possible, to accommodate the highest number of students.
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All employees who wish to pre-tax insurance premiums, enroll or re-enroll in the Medical or Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts must meet with an American Fidelity Representative to complete an election form. Also available during the open enrollment period is the opportunity to enroll in a cancer/intensive care insurance plan. Click here for more information.
Enrollment meetings for the Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan will be held as follows:
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By Dr. Rendell Drew, CCC Dean, Student Services
Coastline Community College Counseling Department’s
annually sponsored University Transfer Event (UTE), held
on October 16, 2003, at the Coastline Garden Grove Center,
was a resounding success.
The UTE provides an opportunity for community college students, high school students, the general public and anyone else interested in educational options to discover opportunities about schools that will best fit their educational needs. Individuals seeking timely information about transferring, now or later, to a four-year university or college are especially encouraged to attend.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet with representatives from local CSU, UC and private universities and colleges in the area. A brief listing of some of the universities and colleges that were scheduled to attend included: CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, Argosy University, Vanguard University, University of Redlands, Concordia University, National University, Pepperdine University, UCI, University of La Verne, the University of Phoenix.
About 25 college representatives from the aforementioned institutions set out applications and printed information for students seeking information about enrollment and transfer. Students also had an opportunity to learn about special admissions requirements, academic programs, and availability of financial aid resources.
Annual events such as this can only be successful with the concerted help of our committed Counseling Department and Transfer Center staff support. Therefore, I would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the many dedicated Coastline College staff members who helped to make this year’s event a success: Susi Miles, Sue Primich, Rita Powell, Ron Klein, Ailene Nguyen, Nancy Soto Jenkins, Norman Anderson, Jim Baugh, Sharon Chard-Yaron, Ann Holliday and the numerous Coastline College Student Advisory Council (SAC) students and elected executive officers.
On Monday, October 27, dozens of community members and members of the Coastline family enjoyed a wonderful day of golf at SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. This first annual golf tournament fundraiser, co-chaired by the Honorable Charles V. Smith, 1st District Supervisor of Orange County, and Tim Smith, CEO of Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, netted approximately $11,000. Proceeds will be used to fund student scholarships and special programs negatively impacted by the state budget.
featured a best ball format and concluded with an awards
dinner and silent auction. Title sponsors were Callahan & Blaine
and GMCI; Tournament sponsors were Charles Schwab, Forum
Asia Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent and Southern
California Gas Company.
The County of Orange and Coastline Community College have entered into a major agreement, approved by the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, October 28, to provide continued operation of Orange County’s One-Stop Centers. The agreement includes a $3.5 million grant from the County to operate these centers, which provide services to local businesses as well as career planning assistance to the community-at-large.
will continue to operate the Coastal One-Stop Center in
Costa Mesa, and will transition to operating the County’s
other centers in Garden Grove and Mission Viejo. The grant
also provides funding for a new satellite location in the
northern part of the county, to be located in Brea, Fullerton
or South La Habra.
“Coastline Community College is extremely proud to have been selected to serve as the County’s sole One-Stop Center operator, thereby expanding our service area countywide. A community college like Coastline is ideally positioned to provide leadership in the area of workforce development. We will collaborate with a variety of organizations and businesses throughout Orange County, perform with the highest standards and strive for exceptional outcomes,” said CCC President Dr. Ding Jo Currie.
Director of Coastline’s One-Stop Centers, said, “I
look forward to the opportunities to expand partnerships
that will enhance services for our customers, the workforce
development system and our college.”
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center in Fountain Valley have generously agreed to sponsor GWC nursing instructors. Each hospital has donated $85,000 to help offset the high costs of nursing education.
“We are so grateful to our friends at Hoag and Fountain Valley,” said President Ken Yglesias. “We are lucky to have such wonderful neighbors who recognize the value of our nursing program and the talents of our faculty.”
The donations will sponsor two GWC full-time nursing instructors, Linda Gleason and Ju-An Broyles.
GWC recently opened two state-of-the-art computer labs that were constructed using Measure C bond funds.
Each lab is equipped with Dell Pentium® 4 computers outfitted with 18" adjustable, flat screen monitors. The lab features spacious workstations with adjustable keyboard drawers that are ergonomically designed and include a built-in wrist cushion. For students with disabilities, workstations are available in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Measure C, the District’s $370-million general obligation bond was passed by voters last November and will be used to fund facility and infrastructure improvements throughout the District.
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The ceremony was established in 1991 to honor donors and alumni for their accomplishments and contributions to the community college system. This year's ceremony honored three Pillar of Support donors and four Alumni Pillar of Achievement recipients.
Golden West College Pillar of Support donors are individuals or corporations who contribute a minimum of $25,000 to the college. This year’s recipients are:
Gary and Andrea Parsons were acknowledged for their accomplishments in higher education. Gary taught courses in the technology and math at GWC for nearly thirty years until his death in 1990. He is remembered as a dedicated professor who mentored hundreds of students. The pillar was dedicated in Gary’s memory and sponsored by his family.
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Huntington Beach, a chapter of the NATIONAL ASSISTANCE LEAGUE, was acknowledged for their noble efforts and support within the community. Their mission to enhance the quality of life for all deserving children and adults is accomplished through the strength of its volunteers. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Huntington Beach was pleased to present scholarships to Golden West College nursing students.
Ebell Club of Newport Beach is an affiliate group of the National General Federation of Women's Clubs that was chartered by Congress in 1909 for philanthropic endeavors. The Newport Beach chapter has been an influential supporter of community organizations for 81 years and continually supports the educational goals and career aspirations of Golden West College students.
Golden West College Alumni Pillar of Achievement recipients serve as role models of for our students. This year’s recipients are:
Pamela Joanne Banks is a pillar of hope and opportunity for our future leaders. Pamela has been instrumental in organizing recreational community programs to help youths succeed. Pamela earned an associate's degree from Golden West College and a bachelor's degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington.
Dr. Jose B. Cuellar, GWC's “sax man” is an accomplished musician and renowned anthropologist. Since 1990 he has held several faculty and administrative positions at San Francisco State University and is currently professor of Raza/Latino studies. Dr. Cuellar has also taught at other prestigious universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, and San Diego State. Dr. Cuellar earned an associate's degree from Golden West College, a bachelor's degree in anthropology from California State University, Long Beach, and both a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Salon Canvass owner John Lantow was recognized by his peers and clients as one of the most successful local businessmen and international hair stylist-trainers. Salon Canvass is a well-established, full-service salon with significant ties in the community. For many years now, John has made a big difference by giving back to the community and industry. He has trained many of the college's cosmetology graduates who started their careers working at his salon. John was raised in Huntington Beach and graduated from the Golden West College cosmetology program in 1978.
M. Villegas was acknowledged for his accomplishments
in the field of architecture. Gregory was awarded a Certificate
of Achievement in architectural technology from Golden
West College in December 1986. By fall 1987, he transferred
to the College of Environmental Design at California
State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Upon graduating,
he received the American Institute of Architects Certificate
of Merit from the Henry Adams Fund for Excellence in
the Study of Architecture. Gregory is currently a project
architect with world renowned resort architects Wimberly
Allison Tong & Goo of Newport Beach.
OCC is second on the list for transfers to the California State University system with 1,255 transfers in 2002-03. DeAnza is first in CSU transfers with 1,348, Fullerton College third (1,225), City College of San Francisco fourth (1,224) and Mt. San Antonio College fifth (1,177).
Santa Monica heads the list of University of California transfers with 895. DeAnza is second (589), Diablo Valley third (564), Santa Barbara City College fourth (518), Pasadena City College fifth (465) and OCC sixth (450).
10 California Community College Transfer Schools
10 California Community College Transfer Schools
OCC is annually one of the nation’s leaders in transferring students to four-year colleges and universities. Last year, Orange Coast College ranked second out of California’s 108 community colleges in the number of students it transferred to the California State University system, and was third in total transfers to the CSU and University of California systems combined.
The recruiters will distribute information about transfer requirements, educational offerings, admissions procedures, scholarships, fees and expenses, student housing, athletics, financial aid, academic offerings, special programs, services for the disadvantaged, and ROTC programs. For information about the day’s activities, contact the Transfer Center at Ext. 25894.
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Coast Survey Responses
“I grew up in a small community in New Jersey, and as a child, we never "purchased" store bought costumes. Instead, we would rummage through our grandmother's old clothes chests to find something fun and unique. I remember being 11 years old and dressing up in my grandmother's old "flapper" dress from the 1920's, even including the little feather hat! It was awesome having those trunks of old clothes to search through. Times have changed, haven't they? Most kids nowadays purchase prefabricated costumes...and they don't know what they are missing!” - Vickie Hay, OCC
“Raggedy Ann was my favorite costume as a child.” – Rozanne Capoccia, CCC
“My favorite costume was a belly dancer. It was pink and sequined and made me feel like a princess!” - Lindsay Paul, DIST
“I would have to say that dressing up as a bum and smearing burnt cork on my face is my favorite memory. (It may have been influenced by Red Skelton in one of his comedy sketches.) It was an easy costume to put together using old torn play clothes and a bamboo pole for my bag of “tricks”. I guess it might have made me feel older and express some of my hidden feelings for freedom from the rather strict dress code of parochial school.” –Wayne Olson, GWC
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