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Jan. 30, 2002                                                 Volume 13 Issue 1                                                             Page 4

Campus news and notes

HIGHLIGHTS FROM VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE BOARD MEETING
January 8, 2002


     Dr. Willard Lewallen, Vice President of Student Services, said that the Dec. 10, 2001 issue of Community College Week featured a special report showing the fastest growing community colleges for the years 1994 to 1999. According to the report, Victor Valley College is one of the 10 fastest growing community colleges in the United States for colleges with an enrollment of 5,000 to 9,999 students or more.  Lewallen pointed out that VVC's enrollment is now over 10,000 and in that category it would be the fourth fastest growing community college in the U.S.
     Vice President of Administrative Services Dr. James Williams reported that by Jan. 30 the college has to begin submitting information to the IRS for an audit regarding a $32,000,000 debt from 1994. The IRS is questioning if the loan was obtained for projects for which funds were already guaranteed and then invested in a money market. Williams said legal fees involving the audit could be between $50,000 to $100,000. However, Williams is confident that the audit will show that the college is not in error.

     In response to previous low enrollment, which threatened the continuation of the Respiratory Therapy Program in 2000, Dr. Larry Boutcher of the R.T. program said that enrollment is up. The program has 21 students enrolled; 14 are in their second year. "Thirty-eight applications have been sent out for next year and I think another bumper crop will be coming in," said Boutcher.  Last year's graduates received an average of three job offers per person, according to Boutcher, and by 2005 the need for respiratory therapists will increase by 20 percent.

UPCOMING EVENTS


--The "African Inspiration´┐Ż The Continuity of Creativity" exhibit will be held Feb. 1 to Feb. 22 at the Museum of Victor Valley to commemorate African American History Month. The grand opening will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Twenty artists from the U.S. and Canada will be exhibiting paintings, quilts, photography, sculptures and more. VVC adjunct faculty member Theresa Shellcroft is curator.

--New extended hours in the


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