MSJC hosts Regional Education Summit with Eye on Student Success

October 24, 2014

K-12 and College Partners Focus on College/Career Readiness

Mt. San Jacinto College hosted a regional education summit on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 with partners from the K-12 system to address new strategies that promote student success.

The summit, titled “Strengthening K-12 & Higher Education Alignment,” was held at the  Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula. It attracted administrators, counselors and teachers from high schools in districts that included Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, San Jacinto, Perris, Banning, Beaumont and Nuview. College administrators and counselors from Moreno Valley College, College of the Desert, the Riverside County Office of Education and Cal State San Marcos also attended.

The purpose of the summit was to unite the school districts and MSJC to meet state, national and global demands for students to be more college and career ready.

“Area college and K-12 leaders are working hard to boost the college and career readiness of our students. School districts were hit hard during the economic crisis and funding has not been restored to pre-recession levels,” said Tom Spillman, dean of Student Services at MSJC. “The MSJC education summit was designed to help us find new strategies to meet President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative and promote student success.”

The American Graduation Initiative calls for community colleges to significantly increase the number of degrees awarded by 2020. 

MSJC has been working closely with for years with K-12 partners to address education reform and have implemented numerous components of MSJC’s Comprehensive Student Success Plan, Spillman said. The working summit focused on MSJC’s Modern Day Outreach Plan specifically designed to address regional K-12 partners and the Department of Education’s goals for college and career readiness. Four primary goals of the summit were:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion
  • College application submission
  • Expansion of college access
  • Meaningful remediation intervention 

During breakout sessions, high school and college professionals worked on strategies to address the goals. The strategies will be incorporated into MSJC’s Student Success Plan and the college will continue to work with K-12 districts throughout the year and hold future summits to ensure students are ready for colleges and careers. Spillman said the plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education to be considered for inclusion in a White House higher education initiative.

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Mt. San Jacinto College Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz (far right) brainstorms during the MSJC regional education summit with leaders from area K-12 school districts and colleges. Facing the camera (left to right) are Murrieta schools Superintendent Patrick Kelley and Executive Director of Secondary Education Darren Daniel, MSJC Vice President of Student Services Dr. Bill Vincent and Mark LeNoir, principal in residence with the Riverside County Office of Education. 

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A group of leaders from area K-12 school and college district and Riverside County join together during the MSJC regional education summit Thursday. From left to right are Mark LeNoir, principal in residence with the Riverside County Office of Education, Murrieta schools Superintendent Patrick Kelley and Executive Director of Secondary Education Darren Daniel, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Young, MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz, Moreno Valley College President Dr. Sandra Mayo, MSJC Vice President of Student Services Dr. Bill Vincent, MSJC Dean of Student Services Tom Spillman, who organized the event, and Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent of the Perris Union High School District.