Irvine Valley College has fewer Career Technical Education programs than other colleges in Orange County. There are many opportunities to expand and improve current programs and build crucial new ones.
This Local Plan proposes to build a much-needed infrastructure for IVC’s CTE success to the measurable benefit of students, faculty and employers.
Building on the success of our Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs we will support cutting-edge CTE programs directly responsive to local needs through a the new IVC Center.
This Center’s results include:
1. Improved success rates in preparing students to transfer, guiding them in career pathways that lead to jobs in high demand occupations
2. Strengthened ties to the local business community and becoming a critical connector between IVC, students, and employers
3. Creating a Center for innovative educational programs that seamlessly integrate education, industry and workforce development
4. Increased dual enrollment in the local area high schools
5. Investing in faculty by reassigning time to mount new programs while securing appropriate industry-valued credentials for students.
6. Supplementing limited Perkins and other CTE funds to improve program effectiveness
7. Identifying, implementing and sharing best practices in CTE and employer engagement
8. Providing intensive wrap-around support services such as developing individual career plans
9. Leveraging resources to align with regional projects
10. Closing the skills gap by focusing on CTE and preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for succeeding in the jobs of the future
11. Promoting faculty externships and other innovative ways for enhanced experiences to work closely with business and industry in the area served by IVC
12. Renewing the focus of training efforts on re-training the workforce
13. Working closely with the college and academic senate to accelerate the curriculum process and support establishing standards for CTE within the college.