ASB COUNCIL MEMBERS (Profiles, Pictures, etc.)
My name is Monique Ballard and I am the ASB President and Student Trustee for the 2012-2013
Academic School year. I started attending Victor Valley College in Summer of 2010, while I was
here during that time, I had a yearning to help students; and it wasn’t until Fall of 2010 that I was
volunteering my time in Auxiliary Services. After reaching out to many students through that
Department I felt that it was time for me to take the next step. I had no idea what the Associated
Student Body Council was until I was spending my time in Auxiliary Services. That’s when I found out it
was a group of students committed to helping the student body as a whole, looking for ways to benefit
not only community college students, but the community as well.
This year I was also elected as California Community Colleges Association of Student Trustees (CCCAST)
Treasurer, this particular organization is associated with the Community College League of California
(CCLC) who holds a Student Trustee workshop annually to give Student Trustees current information
relating to Community Colleges, and to gain a better perspective on the role of a Student Trustee. It is
with great excitement and honor for me to serve on a state level, it keeps me well informed of current
issues and I encourage all students to get engaged, on all local, state, and national levels.
My prior experience on council has been the honor of serving as the Industrial Sciences and Logistics
Senator for the 2010-2011 School Year, it was a great introduction for me to serve the students in that
position and to involve myself in such events as Tech X, which opens up to high school students visiting
our campus for the event. I have previously served as the 2011-2012 ASB Treasurer, which allowed me
to serve the student from a financial aspect.
Representing students is a way for me to give back to our college, which is currently helping me
reach my goals and dreams. One of the reasons why I joined council was to improve campus life for
all students, hopefully making it easier for students to get registered, to help them achieve their
educational goals, to learn how to advocate on both the state and national level, pertaining to issues
that directly affect our campus. I take pride in my campus, and wanted to offer any help that I could
to students. I remember what it was like as a returning student after a 12-year break, new to our
beautiful campus so eager to once again receive the gift of education, that I knew was going to give me
a foundation of a career in which I could prosper in, and grow as a successful person. I feel that to have
a successful student body, everyone must participate in their own way; whether it is handing out flyers
to events, or simply picking up a piece of trash here and there. It is not the college that creates amazing
students, but yet amazing students creating an amazing college, it was the feedback from students, as
well as the thanks and appreciation that left me wanting to do more for our school.
Prior clubs that I have served on is Vice-President of The Guild of Creative Writers, a chartered club
geared toward those who have a knack for writing, and wish to be published.
My major is Business, I am a very outgoing, yet one-of-a-kind individual who enjoys helping others
achieve their goals. I am currently going for my Associate’s Degree in Business, although I have no plans
of stopping there. I would like to attend a State University and continue with my goals of receiving a
Bachelor’s Degree. As the sky is limitless, so are my efforts. One of my personal goals for the students
is to have more activities and events on lower campus and I will be working on the goal of lowering
the Independent Age for those students who cannot currently receive financial aid. I would like for
our campus to be involved in more programs that can benefit the students as well as scholarships and
grants. It is my sincere hope that all students will be active in involving themselves in school activities
and events. To be more aware that we are not just a college campus we are a COMMUNITY college.