Long Beach, California 2021-12-08 09:23:38 –
Returning to LBCC’s campus and student agenda was one of the topics discussed by Presidential Final Candidates Mike Munoz and Nohemy Orneras at the Virtual Forum on December 1.
The one-hour forum was streamed on LBCC’s Youtube channel, starring Guy Lease, PPL’s Executive Vice President, as the forum moderator.
“The (Presidential Search) Commission has recommended three candidates, but one had to resign because of the competition that currently exists in our environment,” said Vice President of Human Resources. Roy Nasua said.
Orneras, now Vice-President / Vice-President of Alan Hancock University, previously worked in the Financial Assistance Department of Questa University and Berkeley City University.
If selected, Ornelas wants to emphasize mental health and wellness services for students and faculty members in the next semester to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“We need to create a space where we feel safe and open so that we can share our experience,” Ornelas said.
“Our experience is real and everyone is affected by the pandemic. Everyone was impressed by COVID, whether they lost someone or experienced anxiety or stress.”
Ornelas has led the emergency operations of Allan Hancock College by managing the district’s overall response to vaccination clinics, food distribution, and COVID pandemics. Ornelas plans to implement a larger emergency planning and training effort at LBCC if she is elected to that position.
“We were ready as a college (in preparation for a pandemic), but we planned ahead. We started training … and as your president, it’s our staff urgent. I think it’s one of my top priorities to ensure that I’m properly trained to respond to the situation, “Ornelas said.
Mike Munoz, current interim supervisor at LBCC, sees the return to campus as an opportunity to reassess the university’s priorities to better serve students and faculty.
“I think the pandemic highlights some of the long-standing challenges our students have faced, especially with regard to basic needs,” Munoz said.
“It will be very important to have these very important and meaningful discussions about becoming a convenor as an overseer and … what the new normal will look like as we continue to resume. “
“None of us wants to go back to what it used to be,” Munoz added. “We were able to really prove that we could adapt quickly. We could change the system very quickly and serve our students.”
Based on registration data from the university, Munoz will make decisions primarily about returning to campus, specifically returning to face-to-face classes.
“We are estimating the percentage of face-to-face demand in the spring and will adjust accordingly,” says Muñoz. “We make data-based decisions about what happens when we get out of the pandemic.”
Ornelas believes that college students face a variety of challenges in the process of education, especially the cost and affordability of college.
“One of the things I did at Alan Hancock University and Questa University was to implement a comprehensive Promise program,” Ornelas said.
“The promise program means that the university is free for all students, which is on the agenda not only at the state level but also at the national level,” she added.
Bulldog Bound is a program developed by Ornelas of Allan Hancock College that focuses on outreach for elementary, middle and high school students to get used to college early on.
According to Ornelas, more than 3,000 elementary school students were brought to the university campus during the first year.
Orenalas wants to rejuvenate LBCC’s Promise program, which was established in 2008.
“The students we served 10 years ago are not the same students here today,” Ornelas said. “It will really give us the opportunity to reassess and place new parts to enhance that program. As your president, I am very comfortable and confident and all students are at Long Beach. We are leading efforts to ensure that we are educated with City College. “
Munoz believes that institutional barriers pose a major challenge for students wishing to enroll in higher education, especially blacks and Latino Americans.
“It’s important to coordinate services to reach out to these communities in a way that is culturally sensitive, engaging, and aware of the different types of barriers that prevent students from enrolling,” Muñoz said. Says.
According to Munoz, financial assistance is one of the barriers many students face. He also emphasized that over the past few years, LBCC has restructured its financial assistance process and has seen significant benefits, such as an increase in Pell Grants and Cal Grants awarded to students.
According to Munoz, LBCC has also created a special program for students to help them retain their existing customers and guide their educational journey.
“We have been very deliberate in how we support first grade students, so we have created a Viking Advantage program to manage cases with student success coaches, counselors, and financial assistance professionals. We did, “says Muñoz.
The LBCC Board will conduct a final interview with Munoz and Orneras this week and announce their decision on December 15. The chairman of the board will take their position on January 1st.