Full Video of Candidate Forum for Vacant Area 3 Trustee Seat Available

Four candidates for the vacant NOCCCD Board of Trustees seat representing Area 3 participated in a candidate forum last night at Cypress College. The League of Women Voters of North Orange County sponsored and ran the event.

The North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees Area 3 includes major portions of Buena Park and La Palma, as well as parts of Cypress and Anaheim. A special mail-in election will be held February 9, with vote-by-mail balloting beginning January 11.

The four candidates are:

  • Stephen T. Blount, Member, Cypress School District Board of Trustees
  • Daniel D. Billings, Contract Manager
  • Steve Hwangbo, Orange County Businessman/Councilmember
  • Alan ‘Al’ Salehi, Trustee, Buena Park Library District

To learn more about the candidates, visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

The North Orange County Community College District is governed by seven elected trustees who establish all policies that guide the general operation of the District. Student trustees representing each of the colleges also sit on the Board.

For more information on the Trustee Candidate Forum, please contact Debra Vagts at the League of Women Voters of North Orange County at (714) 390-3852 or NOCCCD District Director of Public and Government Affairs Kai Stearns Moore at (714) 808-4829.

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Community Invitation: Special Election Trustee Candidate Forum, January 12th

The League of Women Voters of North Orange County is sponsoring a Trustee Candidate Forum Tuesday, January 12, 2016 for a vacant seat on the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees. The seat represents Trustee Area 3, which includes major portions of Buena Park and La Palma, as well as parts of Cypress and Anaheim. A special mail-in election will be held February 9, with vote-by-mail balloting beginning January 11.

Potential candidates have been invited to participate in a Candidate Forum moderated by the LWVNOC.
Please join us for this important event:

Tuesday, JANUARY, 12, 2016 at 6:30 P.M.
Cypress College Fine Arts Building, Rm. 304
9200 Valley View Street, Cypress 90630

This is your opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates to make a more informed decision about the future of District governance. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information via the Orange County Register.

To learn more about the candidates, visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

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The North Orange County Community College District is governed by seven elected trustees who establish all policies that guide the general operation of the District. Student trustees representing each of the colleges also sit on the Board.

For more information on the Trustee Candidate Forum, please contact Debra Vagts at the League of Women Voters of North Orange County at 714.390.3852 or NOCCCD District Director of Public and Government Affairs Kai Stearns Moore at 714.808.4829.

New Science, Engineering, Math Building Approved by Board

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.
An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The new facility was approved by the NOCCCD Board of Trustees last wee as part of the Measure J program.

A brand new Science, Engineering and Mathematics Building will replace the existing facility. The decision to start from scratch rather than conduct a full remodel was approved by the Board last Tuesday when Trustees reviewed a study comparing costs for the two options.

Providing modern facilities to support the sciences was a top priority of voters when they approved Measure J in 2014.

“I believe this decision is one of the most significant and positive actions taken by our Board during my time in the District,” said Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson, who then addressed his two primary themes in communicating change to employees. “When I consider ‘Dream Big Dreams’ and ‘Do Big Things,’ this is what I am talking about.”

The decision facilitates the construction of a state-of-the art facility that will not be constrained by the existing building’s footprint and unalterable interior concrete walls. The current building does not meet existing student demand. In addition, the new building can incorporate both a planetarium and design features that allow for future expansion. Designing and building fully modern labs is another key benefit of starting from the ground up.

The decision came on a unanimous 6-0 vote by members of the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees at their meeting on Tuesday, December 8. Dr. Simpson and Vice President Karen Cant presented Trustees with the result of a study comparing the benefits of the two options, a renovation versus new construction, as well as a fiscal analysis.

Cypress College will begin planning for the new building, which will be constructed adjacent to the existing building and the Library/Learning Resource Center. Once construction is complete on the new SEM building, the existing facility will be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. Another advantage of building a new facility is that it eliminates the need for a multi-million-dollar, temporary and disposable “science village” and for $19 million in upgrades to the the existing building to bring it up to code prior to a full renovation. It also means that expensive and delicate equipment will only need to be moved once, rather than both to and from a temporary facility.
In addition to allowing for expansion to meet current needs and for future expansion should the program continue to grow as projected, the new building facilitates stronger ties with the College’s Nursing Program and its Mortuary Science Program.

Baccalaureate Program Approved by Accrediting Agency

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Cypress College is one giant step closer to offering a baccalaureate degree.

Selected in January as one of 15 campuses to pilot test the California Community College Baccalaureate Degree Program, a significant hurdle was cleared late last week when Cypress College’s proposal was approved by the accrediting agency. The action officially allows Cypress College to offer the new program: Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service/Mortuary Science. Instruction is set to begin in fall 2017.

The action taken by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is officially known as a “Substantive Change” and it means that students who seek their bachelor’s degree will do so at an institution qualified to present such a degree. Without approval of this request, Cypress College would not have been able to offer instruction.

Earlier this year, the California Community Colleges selected Cypress College as one of the 15 campuses to participate in the program.

“There are many who deserve our thanks and appreciation for this significant achievement at the College, District and state levels,” Cypress College President Dr. Simpson said in an email to the campus community. “At the top of the list are our Mortuary Science faculty and staff who ‘Dreamed Big Dreams.'”

Cypress College also received congratulations from Dr. Brice Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

“What an exciting opportunity for your college to be selected as one fo the 15 Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Programs,” he said. “I realize the extra work is significant as we collectively develop new programs, but the opportunities for our student are extraordinary and you have my sincere appreciation for taking on this exciting endeavor.” Dr. Harris’ full letter is posted below.

Cypress College’s Mortuary Science Program was selected in November 2014 by North Orange County Community College District Trustees to apply for the California pilot program. Districts were permitted to submit only one program each. Programs also were required not to be in conflict with bachelor’s-degree programs already offered in the Cal States or UCs. In September 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that allows California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in a pilot program. The legislation, known as SB 850, was sponsored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego).

Cypress College and the NOCCCD will provide financial oversight for the entire Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program in California.

 

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Record Enrollment Possible as Fall Headcount Challenges 2009 Mark

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Enrollment is as strong as it has ever been. As of today, Cypress College has 16,672 students enrolled in classes. That’s two greater than the all-time high recorded at first census. First census is an important milestone since it establishes official enrollment in a course and is the point in the semester from which the state derives benchmark enrollment figures.

In Fall 2009, Cypress College had an unduplicated student count of 16,670 at first census. State budget cuts in subsequent terms precluded the College from expanding on that record enrollment.

With the first census date arriving this Sunday (students can drop up to that date with no record of enrollment noted on their transcripts), it appears as if Cypress College will record its second-highest headcount figures in college history.

Depending on how many students have yet to use add codes, it is possible that the all-time high could be eclipsed. Headcount — the number of unique students enrolled in at least a single course — peaked at 16,699 on August 29 and 30.

A dip of just 27 students since last weekend is a strong indicator that faculty have successfully made retention of students a priority.

“Thank you for your contribution towards improving access to post-secondary education for the students,” Executive Vice President Santanu Bandyopadhyay said. “This would not have been possible without the excellent teamwork, right from outreach to marketing, enrollment services to financial aid processing, high quality of instruction, and accommodating as many students as possible in the classroom without compromising on pedagogy. Job well done!”

While keeping students enrolled through census is an important step for the College, the goal is to foster student success through course and program completion, he noted.

“Access is the initiation of the academic journey of our students,” Dr. Bandyopadhyay wrote. “Our next goal is to retain the students in the classroom and helping them acquire the skills they need in order to be successful. I am confident that with your commitment and dedication to our students, we will see the improvement in retention and success of our students. Let us continue the great work!”

Campus, Community Members Provide Feedback About Upcoming Construction Projects

An artist's rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.
An artist’s rendering depicts what a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building might look like. The potential new facility is one possibility that has gained traction as Measure J planning is progressing.

Members of the campus community and the public have participated in four open forums designed to provide information and solicit input about upcoming projects derived from the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College. Feedback from the forums will guide evolution of existing plans and help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

At the most-recent forum, held for employees and students on August 27, Vice President Karen Cant and architects provided an overview of the long-term and initial plans. The first projects to enter construction will likely include expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center and construction of a Veterans Resource Center — something voters expressed a strongly desired. A new concept that has gained traction is the potential to build a new Science, Engineering, and Math Building rather than renovating the existing facility. Once the new building was complete, the current SEM Building would be used as swing space for the duration of the Measure J construction program. The concept would foster a more-efficient right-sizing of classes and labs and result in cost savings from eliminating the need for portable buildings. It would also allow construction to continue in permanent facilities, rather than temporary quarters.

In addition to the August 27 forum (summary not yet available), members of the campus community also gathered on May 18 (read the meeting summary). Two forums focused on gathering feedback from the College’s neighbors were held on June 25 (meeting summary) and July 29 (meeting summary).

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

During her Opening Day presentation to College employees, Vice President Cant shared additional detail related to Measure J planning. These include:

  • Cypress Campus Architects hired Spring 2015 – DLR Group
  • Cypress Capital Projects Manager – hiring committee formed
  • Program Management Company recommended to the Board – MAAS Company
  • Comprehensive Master Facility Plan to be updated
  • Established a Measure J Bond web page: 
http://cypresscollege.edu/bond

In addition, she also noted several projects that are underway or have recently been concluded:

  • Orchestra Pit Cover
  • Laser Leveling of Soccer Field
  • Water Conservation Project
  • Thermal Energy Project
  • Baseball Fieldhouse
  • Fire Alarm/Mass Communications Pilot Project
  • New Campus Marquee

Public Invited to First Community Forum About Measure J Bond Program

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The public is invited to a community forum to learn about the Measure J Bond Program at Cypress College and to provide input into existing plans that will help shape the 20-year renovation of the Campus.

The first community forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, from 6-8 p.m. It will take place in the Cypress College Complex Building, Room 414. The forum is free, though an RSVP is requested to help determine a headcount of participants.

For those unable to attend the first forum, the program will be repeated on Wednesday, July 29, also from 6-8 p.m., and also in CCCPLX-414. The RSVP for that date is available here.

The input of community members is an important component of the College’s effort to design and build the best possible facilities. View the invitation here.

Members of the campus community were invited to participate in a forum on May 18 (read the meeting summary) and an additional internal forum will will be held on August 27, from 2-4 p.m.

Cypress College’s educational facilities — including the Science, Engineering, and Mathematics classrooms and labs — will be transformed during the next 20 years as a result of Measure J. In addition to the STEM disciplines, the many other projects include renovation of the Fine Arts Building, expansion of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and construction of a new Veteran’s Resource Center. Measure J passed by a supermajority (55%) of the voters in the District on November 4, 2014. The bond will provide $574 million Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District for facility renovations on each of the District’s three campuses: Fullerton College, Cypress College and the School of Continuing Education.

Cypress College’s vision for the future of the campus is detailed in the Educational and Facilities Master Plan. Revisions to the projects and goals will be guided by our stakeholders, including students, employees, and the community.

Campus Forum on Measure J Bond Program

Over the next 20 years,  Cypress College will be implementing new construction and renovation projects as a result of Measure J, a voter-approved bond from the November 2014 election. The Bond was formally titled the “Fullerton/Cypress Colleges Repair and Student/Veteran Job Training Measure.” Measure J will provide $574 million for facility improvements, and repairs for the North Orange County Community College District.

At Cypress College, the initial projects will include addressing facility needs of the Science, Engineering, Math programs, build-out of the Library/Learning Resource Center, and a Veteran’s Resource Center.

The first Campus Forum has been scheduled to allow for the sharing of information on the timeline, initial projects, options, and allow time for questions or comments. This Forum will also introduce the Cypress Campus Architects, The DLR Group, who have been newly selected after the Planning & Budget Committee’s participation in architect interviews and presentations over the last month.

The Campus Forum will be held:

Date:    Monday, May 18, 2015
Time:    4-5 p.m.
Location: Complex Building Conference Room #414 (CCPLX-414)

Community forums will be scheduled for a later date. The NOCCCD is currently seeking members interested in serving on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

NOCCCD Seeking Applicants for Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,” this science lab is part of the Measure capital improvement J project list.
Affectionately known as “Frankenstein’s Lab,”
this science facility is part of the Measure J
project list.

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NOCCCD is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Positions available:

  • student representatives
  • business representatives
  • senior citizen group representatives
  • taxpayer organization members
  • members active in support organizations for the College(s), such as a foundation
  • at-large community members

For more information and to download the application, visit: http://www.nocccd.edu/Departments/FandF/FacilitiesBond/FacilitiesBondInfo.htm.

Applications are due to the Chancellor’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2015.

Measure J’s Voter Approval Upheld by OC Superior Court Judge

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Measure J’s election victory was validated by an Orange County Superior Court judge yesterday. In response to the court ruling in favor of the North Orange County Community College District and the Registrars of Voters in both Orange and Los Angeles counties, NOCCCD Interim Chancellor Fred Williams shared these thoughts:

It is my pleasure to inform you that today NOCCCD’s Measure J victory was upheld by a judge from the Orange County Superior Court. The judge found unequivocally in our favor. This has been a long journey, but in spite of the narrow margin, the recounts, and the lawsuit, NOCCCD has prevailed!

The attached press release has more information, but I think we can finally feel secure in the results and move forward with completing our Master Plan. Thank you, again, to everyone who helped on the Measure J campaign. This was truly a team effort and it is a team win.

You can read more in the NOCCCD’s full statement at: http://nocccd.edu/documents/MeasureJLawsuitWinPressRelease.pdf.