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P031S090082

Riverside Community College - Norco Campus, CA

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant

ABSTRACT

Norco Campus (Norco), Riverside Community College (RCC), Norco, California, is an open-door, two-year college serving Southern California’s Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.  Norco is located in the rapidly growing “Inland Empire” of California and serves a population that is approximately 47 percent Hispanic and 30 percent low-income.  Norco provides programs in General Education and Career and Education Technology Programs (CTE) such as Health, Business, Manufacturing and a recently introduced Certificate and Associate’s degree program in Computer Game Art Simulation.  Norco is the designated “Technology Campus” for Riverside Community College, and the campus focuses on developing technical education programs that prepare students for employment in the region’s growing industry sectors as well as Associates of Science degrees that allow for direct transfer.  

Norco has conducted extensive analysis of institutional strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, and has identified a comprehensive academic program with high demand and employment potential - Computer Game Art, Design and Programming Simulation- that is not available through public institutions in our region.  California’s computer game simulation industry has expanded rapidly into the Norco region and has a predicted annual growth rate of nine percent, despite the current economic environment.  With attractive entry-level salaries, the industry has indicated preference for students with Associate of Science degrees, and has a demonstrated desire for diversity in its workforce.  

Over the life of the grant, Norco Campus (Norco), Riverside Community College proposes the following activity:  

El Portal a tu Futuro: Portal to Your Future

The activity involves the development of a comprehensive Computer Game Design and Programming curriculum that will support employment opportunities for Norco’s Hispanic and low-income residents while providing long-term fiscal enrollment stability to the campus.  The activity also involves increasing student success in the Career and Education Technology Programs of computer information systems, business administration, accounting and manufacturing through faculty development in support of two student engagement strategies--e-portfolios and the use of computer simulations.  

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