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Riverside Community College - Moreno Valley Campus, CA

Grant Type:  Individual Development Grant

ABSTRACT

The Moreno Valley Campus (MVC) of the Riverside Community College District, in Moreno Valley, CA, is a public, open-door, two-year college serving Southern California’s Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.  Moreno Valley Campus is part of California’s “Inland Empire,” comprised primarily of the rapidly-growing Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan Statistical Area (population:  4.1 million, 42 percent Hispanic).  Moreno Valley Campus provides programs in General Education, Allied Health, Technology, Business, Vocational programs, and Basic Skills, creating pathways to occupational certificates, associate degrees, and baccalaureate transfer.  

Moreno Valley Campus’s public safety programs are challenged to meet student need and industry demand.  Riverside County Sheriff’s Department projects the hiring of 1,500 uniformed deputies by 2011, necessitating a 42 percent increase in Moreno Valley Campus’ Peace and Corrections Officer Programs.  Over the same period, Riverside and its adjacent San Bernardino County project a need for at least 1,610 more fire service personnel.  To accommodate the demand, Moreno Valley Campus proposes to:  

1) redesign Fire Academy, Peace Officer, and Corrections Officer curricula to incorporate hands-on simulation training supported by industry-standard tools and instructional technology, while expanding program capacity;

2) develop a Part-Time Fire Academy to meet the training needs of time-bound, at-risk students;

3) develop a Basic Skills Law Enforcement Pre-Academy, contextualizing Basic Skills instruction to prepare students for law enforcement employment and subsequent enrollment in our Law Enforcement programs; and

4) develop dynamic 24/7 online student support, built upon a robust technological infrastructure.  Riverside County has committed to constructing a $3million, 20-acre Scenario Training Village at Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center (BCTC), facilitating public safety training for a variety of settings, including residential, high-rise, and jail facilities.

The initiatives of Moreno Valley Campus will work in conjunction with the Scenario Village to expand educational opportunities for Moreno Valley Campus’ Hispanic and at-risk students.

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