Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

September 23, 2013

COMMENDATIONS .......................................................................

South Orange County Community College District  

Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore recognized Dr. David Gatewood, Dr. Kate Alder and Rachel Manders from Irvine Valley College and Cyndi Staggs from District Services accounting for the “Most Innovative Workforce Application” awarded at a 2013 Geographic Solutions Workforce Technology Conference. This award acknowledges the technical interface between the California Career Café website and CalJobs, as part of the multi-year $3,000,000 grant obtained and managed through IVC and monitored by district services.   



THE BOARD APPROVED ..................................................................

South Orange County Community College District

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • $46,000 for additional architectural/engineering services required to redefine the relocation needs and provide numerous schematic design options with R2A Architecture for the Saddleback College Technology & Applied Sciences Building Swing Space project for a total fee of $531,000.
  • Acceptance of $139,150 grant from the Employment Training Panel (ETP) for Irvine Valley College/ATEP to provide technology and job-skills training to incumbent workers of California-based companies.
  • Acceptance of a $300,000 grant for Irvine Valley College from the California Community
    Colleges Chancellor’s Office to serve as the Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Energy Efficiency and
    Utilities. The DSN will lead the effort in Orange County to identify gaps in workforce knowledge, education, and training with special attention to issues associated with grid automation. The effort will move to fill the gaps for the incumbent workforce, facilitate revision of university and college curriculum to address the gaps, and facilitate development of a public school program to raise awareness of the role of electric utilities in the 21st century.
  • Acceptance of a $20,000 University of Central Florida grant for Irvine Valley College to serve as a regional cluster to support the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) and IVC's Two-Year Photonics Technology Program.
  • Amendment in the amount of $47,003 for a two month time extension with Dougherty and Dougherty Architects, LLP for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences Building for a total fee of $1,364,611.
  • Use of another public entity's existing contract for Cisco Systems, Inc., Dell Marketing LP, and Xerox Corporation for computer related expenditures at the IVC Life Sciences Building not to exceed $400,000.
  • Change order for ATEP Site Foundation and Infrastructure Demolition, Inc. and authorize staff to execute the corresponding change order with U.S. Demolition, Inc. resulting in an increase of $115,364 in the total project cost for a revised total contract amount of $1,465,370.
  • Contract with Veolia Energy Solutions, LLC for five years totaling $2,788,000 for Saddleback College's
    Cogeneration & Central Plant Operation.
  • New Board Policy 3104: Fiscally Accountable with a delayed implementation of July 1, 2014.



  • Patrick McCallum and Mark McDonald of McCallum Group provided a brief overview of this year's legislative session and discussed upcoming initiatives and ongoing state advocacy work on behalf of our district.
  • District Director of Research, Planning and Data Management Denice Inciong provided an overview of the annual progress report for year two of the District-wide Strategic Plan 2011-2014.
  • Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College presented copies of their midterm reports for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) which are due Oct. 15, 2013. The reports reflect the progress to date in addressing ACCJC's recommendations.


REPORTS .................................................................................

  • Trustee Jay was impressed with the tremendous initiative resulting in several recent grants. Having worked on grants in the past, he is aware that both the acquisition and follow up are a lot of work. Trustee Jemal commended everyone involved in obtaining the recent grants from Department of Labor (SC) and State Chancellor's Office (IVC). He provided kudos and underscored the importance of implementing them with the seriousness they require. He attended the IVC veterans center dedication event and the IVC Foundation gala and was pleased with the level of community support for both. He thanked Wells Fargo and the city of Irvine for their donations and applauded the foundation's efforts. Trustee Milchiker commended the colleges and district for the grant wins. She is appreciative of our dedication to helping veterans with their education and transition into the workforce. She enjoyed the IVC Vet Center dedication and tour and an IVC2IVC lecture by Gary Rybold highlighting the IVC debate team's trip to China. She thanked both colleges for their inspirational ceremonies to honor and remember 9-11. Trustee Prendergast echoed other's kudos about the grant wins. He also enjoyed the IVC 9-11 ceremony and thanked the exchange club for providing a luncheon after the event. He recently toured IVC's new Veterans Center. He attended the IVC Foundation Gala and was pleased by the community's support. He attended SC's home football game. Trustee Padberg enjoyed the IVC veterans center dedication and tour. She also attended the IVC Foundation Gala. She participated in IVC's 9-11 ceremony and reflected that IVC has held a commemorative event each year since 2001 to honor those lost and it is always well attended. She enjoyed SC's first home football game of the season. Trustee Wright attended IVC's veteran's center dedication, 9-11 ceremony, IVC and SC football games, and a Orange County School Board Association (OCSBA) fiscal update meeting regarding local control and the funding formula. He commended both SC and IVC on signing a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to implement VetSuccess on Campus programs. Our district now has two of just 100 of these programs nationwide. He echoed his appreciation for the grant efforts. He is attending a OCSBA banquet where Dr. Scott Fier, Saddleback College professor, has been nominated for a teacher of the year award. Trustee Lang enjoyed the IVC Veterans Center dedication, especially the speakers. He loves the prominent location of the IVC veterans center. He commented on some recent media coverage of the Strategic Transfer Acceleration Resources Agreement (STAR) program signing at Cal State Fullerton which aims to increase the number of Saddleback and Irvine Valley College students prepared to transfer to CSUF. Student Trustee Robinson congratulated both colleges on the grant awards and CSUF agreement. He drew attention to AB 955 which is before the Governor for signature. He is concerned the pilot program could create a two-tier system creating inequality and urged opposition to the bill.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner mentioned that over the past couple years our district has taken steps to increase state and federal advocacy work. Recent trips to Washington DC over the past few years have yielded some positive outcomes for our student veterans and the recent Department of Labor grant. He called attention to the work that McCallum Group is conducting for the district, including assistance with legislative positions, basic aid, adult education and identify funding opportunities. Most of our administrators are well connected to various advocacy groups.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: A High School Partnership Plan (HSPP) is being formally adopted through a Memorandum of Understanding between SC and Capistrano Unified School District. HSPP is a comprehensive effort to improve first year college student preparedness and success and provides recommended steps for high school students as well as suggested roles for the college, high school, student, and parents or guardians in support of a student's chosen pathway. SC and IVC  signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) services to help veterans succeed in college and transition to employment in the civilian workforce. Under the MOU, SC and IVC will share one full-time VA vocational rehabilitation counselor who will work directly with student veterans and their dependents. The Transfer Center hosted one of the biggest college fairs of the year with over 80 colleges/universities in attendance. SC's positive midterm accreditation report is ready to be sent to the ACCJC. Congratulations to the health sciences faculty and staff on the triumphant achievement in receiving a $2.75M Department of Labor grant to develop new and expand existing healthcare career readiness and training programs. It is the second largest grant SC has ever received and there are many people who came together to make it happen.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: IVC was ranked 12th in the nation and 3rd in California as safest community college by The campus crime statistics are compiled from crime reports submitted by college/university law enforcement between January 1 and December 31, 2012. IVC held a Veterans Services Center dedication ceremony to welcome student veterans, faculty and staff, and a large delegation of local, state and regional elected officials from South Orange County Community College District, community and veterans organizations.  Wells Fargo has donated $50,000 to the Irvine Valley College Foundation to support the center. IVC is holding its DALS (Distinguished Academic and Lecture Series) presentation featuring comics writer theorist Scott McCloud on the PAC Main Stage.  The presentation covered topics pertaining to comics as related to culture, storytelling, media, and visual communication. IVC held its annual 9-11 ceremony to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The IVC Foundation held its annual gala event to raise funds for scholarships.
  • ATEP – Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles’ report included: Demolition work continues at the ATEP site to remove the ground level and below grade structures like foundations, pilings and grade beams. Chancellor's Council members were briefed on ATEP progress including next steps for progress, planning needed for the land reconfiguration and potential partner identification. District Services will manage ground lease partners with our commercial real estate broker, CB Richard Ellis, Inc. Potential academic partners will be managed and coordinated by the colleges' vice presidents of instruction. The colleges will continue working to identify and develop programs for future assignment to the ATEP site. A scope of work and request for proposal for the district's planning architect for the reconfigured ATEP site in Tustin is being prepared this fall with planning sessions running through the spring term.


VIEWING ONLINE/TV .....................................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online this week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Sep. 27 and Saturday, Sep. 28 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Sep. 29 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; David Robinson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations