Board Highlights February 2012

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees was presented with a $300,000 check and heard an update about the First-Year Experience program during its regular meeting on Feb. 9, 2012.

SCE Incentive Check

Matthew Pagano, Major Account Executive with Southern California Edison, presented the Board with a $323,639.42 incentive check in praise of a comprehensive energy project MSJC embarked on after receiving the Board’s approval in April 2011.

Under a contract with Compass Energy Solutions from Redlands, MSJC upgraded its interior and exterior lighting systems on the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses. The new lighting systems use new, high-quality, energy-efficient florescent lighting and enhance campus safety.

The $1.2 million project came in within budget and on time, said Becky Elam, Vice President of Business Services. She praised Brian Twitty, Director of Maintenance and Operations, and his staff for their hard work on the project. She introduced Mr. Pagano and Vance Williams, Vice President, Business Development of Compass, and Ron Beeler, the statewide Outreach Manager for the California Community College Investor-Owned Partnership.

Mr. Williams and Mr. Beeler commended Ms. Elam for championing the effort.

The project will save the District at least $200,000 a year in utility costs.

MSJC Board President Joan Sparkman and Superintendent/President Roger Schultz accept
a $323,000 incentive check from SCE’s Matthew Pagano (center).


Ted Blake, Title V Instructional Student Success Activity Coordinator, and Susie Hochstrat shared information about the progress of the pilot program called the First-Year Experience.

The First-Year Experience is a national model program that has proven successful in the support of student success for incoming freshman. It is funded by a three-year Title V federal grant and is designed to increase student persistence, retention and success. This is being achieved by orienting the students to the community college life and MSJC, generating awareness of student support and instructional resources, and creating comprehensive-obtainable educational goals. 

The program is helping MSJC to close gaps in student success rates. Data shows that participants in the program are faring much better in academics.

Other News

Board members commended Dr. Roger Schultz, Superintendent/President, and Accreditation Liaison Officer Rebecca Teague and the rest of the college team for receiving full accreditation.

Dr. Bill Vincent, Vice President of Student Services, reported that additional students are joining the Dual Enrollment Program.

Irma Ramos, Vice President of Human Resources, reported that a team reviewing MSJC’s compliance for the Office of Civil Rights finished its work on Feb. 8, 2012. She said the team reported that MSJC was a model college for others to follow. A full report on the findings will be available next month.

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