Board Highlights - October 30, 2017



  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions except for minor corrections to 5.18 and item 6.15 which was pulled.For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Appointment of Dr. Tom Fallo as Acting Chancellor, subject to a mutually agreeable employment agreement.
  • Resolution for Dr. Debra L. Fitzsimons who has served as Interim Chancellor since July 2016.
  • Resolution 17-33 in support of codifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into federal law.
  • Irvine Valley College Life Sciences Building Casework project with Amtek Construction in the amount of $218,251.
  • IVC 2018 International Choral Program Tour to Austria and the Czech Republic at a total budget of $4,735 per person, from June 26, 2018 to July 5, 2018.
  • Curriculum changes for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years at Saddleback College.
  • Notice of Completion for the Saddleback College PE 200 Gym Bleachers project to Marjani Builders, Inc. for a final contract amount of $665,225.
  • Grant renewal in the amount of $268,000 from the Board of Governors California Community College Chancellor’s Office for enrollment growth of the Associate Degree Nursing Program for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
  • Student Out-of-State Travel.
  • Specialized investigative services by Nicole Miller & Associates on a time and materials basis effective November 1, 2017 through October 31, 2019.
  • Public Hearing to adopt Resolution No. 17-32 declaring intent to enter into an easement to Cox Communications California, LLC for ATEP Site Utilities and Infrastructure Phase I project and conduct a public hearing on November 13, 2017.
  • Names of ATEP private streets.
  • Agreement for Geotechnical Investigation & Material Testing and Special Inspection Services with C.E.M. Lab Corp. for the Saddleback College Advanced Technology and Applied Science (ATAS) Building project in the amount of $400,000.
  • Irvine Valley College as lead agency for the South Orange County Regional Consortium (SOCRC) AB 104 Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) to issue subcontract agreements for FY 2017-2019 with: Irvine Unified School District for the sum of $800,000; Tustin Unified School District for the sum of $1,645,446; and Laguna Beach School District for the sum of $183,470.
  • Board Policy Revisions to BP-5613 Transcripts and BP-5626 Independent Study.
  • Agreements for quality assurance and user experience services with eNamix, for a total amount not to exceed $424,872.00 from December 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018.
  • Appointment of Dr. Cindy Vyskocil to the position of Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • Accept for review and study the District’s initial proposal to the SOCCCD Faculty Association.


  • College representatives shared information about the Integrated Plan for student equity, student success support and basic skills (SEP/SSSP/BSI). Historically colleges have submitted each of these plan reports separately. In 2016 the state chancellor's office merged the plans into a single, integrated plan to link the vision, priorities and evaluation collectively. The key driver in this effort is to close the achievement gaps and move the needle on student success.



  • Trustee Prendergast attended the Orange County School Boards (OCSB) association dinner for a presentation on the school to prison pipeline, which was eye opening. He enjoyed attending the 88.5 FM concert featuring Sheryl Crow, the OC teacher of the year dinner, the AACC guided pathways conference which provided confirmation that we are doing what's best for students. Trustee Jemal attended a public private partnership conference where they featured good examples of successful models. He enjoyed the OCBC workforce development conference and findings on in demand jobs. Nursing was rated as #1. The event was well attended by college and district professionals. He commented that the transition of our chancellor position is being conducted expediently. He thanked Dr. Fitzsimons for her service to the district and complimented her for bringing meaningful changes. Trustee Wright applauded Dr. Fitzsimons for her leadership and he enjoyed interviewing the incoming acting chancellor. Trustee Lang attended the Sheryl Crow concert and enjoyed meeting colleagues at Cal State Fullerton. He thanked Dr. Fitzsimons for stepping up to lead the district on short notice and commented that she did a fantastic job. Trustee Whitt attended the OCSB dinner and was interested in learning more about the relationship between dropouts and felony convictions. She attended the OCBC workforce conference and found the data to be superb. She is pleased with the incoming acting chancellor and thanked Dr. Fitzsimons for being so responsive and a role model leader. Student Trustee Larson is working with other students around the state on the student trustee caucus. He gave praise to Dr. Fitzsimons' leadership in moving our district forward.


  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' written report included: Interim Chancellor Debra L. Fitzsimons has announced that she will retire on December 30 and the search will begin for a permanent chancellor with the goal of having someone in place by the summer of 2018. The Advanced Technology and Education Park was featured in the September 18 issue of the Orange County Business Journal with a written piece and advertisement composed and designed by public affairs. A follow up article appeared on the front page of the journal on Oct. 30. The efforts provide a description of the mission and goals of ATEP, details on Saddleback College’s and Irvine Valley College’s plans for the site, and invitation for education and business partners to collaborate in the site’s development. After the CalSTRS required six-month waiting period, many of our full-time faculty who retired in May 2017 are returning as part-time faculty, scheduled to teach in the Spring 2018 Semester.  Human resources is working diligently to process and prepare for the third group of retirees who will leave us on December 29. HR will be recruiting multiple positions for the colleges. We are breaking ground on the new classified Administrative Regulation for hiring: AR4011.3.  In her final oral comments, Dr. Fitzsimons thanked the board, faculty and staff for all of the support provided during her tenure at SOCCCD. She introduced the incoming Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Dr. Cindy Vyskocil and thanked Acting Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and former Acting Saddleback President Denise Whitaker for her service to our district over the past months in numerous roles.


  • Saddleback College - President Anderson's written report included: President Anderson and a team from Saddleback College attended the Change Leadership Summit to gain insight into capitalizing on employee talent at all levels and fostering leadership development to take student achievement to a higher level.  California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley discussed the Strategic Vision for Success and what it means for leaders in the Chancellor’s Office and the field. The conference focused on developing approaches, mindsets, and tools that enhance local leadership efforts; assessing challenges and opportunities for collective system leadership within and across institutions; and identifying and exploring leadership demands for whole systems change. Saddleback College is ramping up to join the Guided Pathways initiative through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). The college sent a team to a one-day workshop on September 28 to qualify for a portion of the $150 million set aside in the 2017-18 state budget to support the multi-year program designed to provide each college with the opportunity to implement Guided Pathways as an overarching framework for significantly improving student outcomes.  Guided Pathways helps students become career focused, and center their education plans around their eventual pathways to transfer and into the workplace. Managers, faculty and staff said goodbye to President Whittaker on October 11. The Teacher Preparation Pipeline toured University of California, Irvine for a variety of workshops and information about the campus, and featured the Cal Teach Program in Math and Science. UCI CalTeach is a unique academic program that recruits talented undergraduate science and math majors to prepare for a teaching career.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Roquemore’s written report included: The college's Library, School of Humanities department and ELEVATE AAPI sponsored the "Stand for the Banned" banned books event. The college hosted the new Mentor Me Program in partnership with the Irvine Rotary Club, UC Irvine, Brandman University and Santa Ana College. Thirty-two students from the host colleges and 32 local professionals came together to discuss how mentoring can positively change students' lives.  IVC officially opened the Food Resource Center to registered students with the appropriate resources to manage a sufficient, healthy diet and provide short-term relief for students with ongoing food insecurities, referrals for additional community support and ongoing assistance. The services offered at the Food Resource Center are free and confidential. Members of the IVC guided pathways team attended the IEPI Guided Pathways Workshop sponsored by the CCCCO. The state of California's 2017-2018 budget includes a one-time investment of $150 million to support the implementation of the Guided Pathways framework at all 114 California community colleges. Members of the IVC Guided Pathways team attended the Pathways Project Institute #6-Policy Meets Pathways: Governing Board Roles and Policy Change. Some objectives for #6 included: considering implications for institutional policy, procedures, and processes in implementing guided pathways; discussion of the trustees' role in codifying and sustaining institutional implementation of guided pathways and consideration of opportunities for practitioners to influence state policy discussions around student success, affordability, and pathways reforms to name a few.



The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Saturday, November 5 at 7 pm.



South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Barbara J. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker,
T.J. Prendergast III, Terri Whitt, James R. Wright; Jordan J. Larson, Student Trustee

Debra L. Fitzsimons, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Tere Fluegeman

Public and Government Affairs