Porterville College was officially recognized for excellence in student placement at last week’s Campaign for College Opportunity Awards Dinner in Los Angeles.
PC officially received four student placement awards at the May 31st event. Kern Community College District Chancellor Sonya Christian, former vice chair of the organization’s board of directors, was in attendance at the second annual Excellence in Placement Awards at the California Endowment Center.
The event was held to recognize community colleges who are leading the way in ensuring students are placed in transfer-level courses. PC was among the community colleges recognized for their efforts in meeting the requirements of Assembly Bill 705. PC has been a pioneer in meeting the requirements of this legislation since it became law.
PC was one of 56 community colleges honored at the ceremony. They received the following awards: Campus-Wide Enrollment in Transfer-Level English – Awarded to community colleges that directly enroll 100 percent of their students in Transfer-Level English courses.
Campus-wide enrollment in transfer-level math – Awarded to community colleges that enroll 100 percent of their students directly in transfer-level math courses.
Equity Award: Latinx Transfer-Level English Enrollment – Awarded to community colleges that directly enroll 100 percent of Latinx students in transfer-level English.
Equity Award: Latinx Transfer-Level Math Enrollment – Awarded to community colleges that directly enroll 100 percent of Latinx students in transfer-level math. P
Prior to AB 705, the vast majority of new community college students were placed in tutoring courses in math and English. More than a decade of research has shown that students’ chances of earning a degree decrease when they enter remedial courses.
At the event, messages were received from applauding Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, from Jacqui Irwin, Member of the State Assembly, from Dr Student, Member of the Board of Governors.
Porterville College President Dr. Claudia Habib was also present to accept the award for PC. “I am so proud of the amazing and groundbreaking work our esteemed faculty have done to make this possible,” said Habib. “It is their ongoing work to support our students through equitable course placement in transfer-level English and Maths that enables so many Porterville College students to achieve their college dreams.” Many thanks to the Campaign for College Opportunity for these Honor and this wonderful evening of celebration.”