Victor Valley College (VVC) is geographically located at the center of the Cities of Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto and the Town of Apple Valley. VVC also serves the communities of Helendale, Las Flores, Lucerne Valley, Oro Grande, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Oak Hills and Wrightwood.
The College is situated just two hours from Las Vegas, an hour and a half from downtown Los Angeles, and two hours from San Diego. The population of the High Desert Region served by Victor Valley College exceeds 400,000 people. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the College served a diverse student population of 16,265.
VVC has an Upper and Lower campus defined by a hill halfway through the school's property. The Upper Campus, on the west, is built around a man-made lake surrounded by campus buildings on all sides. The Lower Campus, on the eastern side, is bordered by the Mojave River and the Mojave Fish Hatchery, which is run by the State of California.
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Vision & Values
Victor Valley Community College District uplifts the diverse communities we teach and serves by promoting educational excellence, enhancing local prosperity, and ensuring environmental leadership.
As a student-centered learning organization, we will uphold the following core values:
- Excellence – providing superior service and educational learning opportunities
- Integrity – guiding the college’s actions with an internally consistent framework of principles
- Accessibility – facilitating access to the college’s programs from other locations
- Diversity – valuing different points of view and contributions of all
- Collaboration – encouraging recursive interaction of knowledge experience and mutual learning of people who are working together toward a common creative goal
- Innovation- providing creative approaches to learning problem solving and growth
Mission & Goals
The mission of Victor Valley Community College is to:
- Cultivate intellectual growth, social responsibility, environmental stewardship, cultural enrichment, and economic development.
- Create exceptional and accessible lifelong learning opportunities that afford students within our expanding communities the attainment of knowledge and skills necessary for success in the global economy.
- Embrace difference in our communities by integrating their wealth of multicultural knowledge and wisdom into a cohesive and resourceful learning environment for all.
- Inspire innovative teaching and service with imaginative uses of collaboration and technology, fostering vibrant programs that are measurably effective in addressing student learning and community needs.
- Empower each student to learn by modeling academic integrity, democratic citizenship, and meaningful contribution to society.
The goals of Victor Valley Community College are as follows:
- Fiscal Stability. The College’s financial resources will remain sufficient to support quality programs and services, and the ongoing improvement of all college operations.
- Student Success. The College’s courses, programs, and support services advance student success.
- Accreditation Recommendations. All recommendations from the ACCJC will be fully addressed to reaffirm and maintain the College’s accreditation status.
- Image. The College’s reputation among High Desert residents will be that of a quality institution of higher education.
Did You Know?
- Victor Valley is the final home and resting place for movie and music legends Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
- Hundreds of movies have been filmed utilizing the Victor Valley desert and mountain landscapes as their backdrops.
- John William Henry II, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, the Boston Globe, and co-owner of Rausch Fenway Racing is an alumnus of VVC.
- Peggy Conlon, CEO of Ad Council, is a VVC Alumnus.
- The VVC Associated Student Body Council (ASB) has twice been named the Campus of the Year, in 2004 and 2008, by the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC).
- VVC hosts the highest ranked community college Model United Nations team in the world. It has been identified as a World Division top 25 travel team by BestDelegate.com.
- VVC’s Paramedic Program has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its innovative use of Apple technology in a flipped classroom model, making it one of only 43 programs nationwide recognized by Apple for their exemplary learning environment.
- VVC Biology students have discovered at least 16 new species of frogs, lizards, geckos and snakes in Indonesia’s East Timor through the VVC Tropical Research Initiative. Trailblazing expeditions by VVC students that led to the discovery of new species in East Timor have now inspired visual symbols of unity for the war-torn nation (e.g., postage stamps)
- VVC scientific research opportunities for its students are led by some of the foremost experts in their fields. The Biology Department leads internationally recognized research on the effectiveness of Bloodhounds in tracking scent. Advanced Biology students actively participate in research projects that have led to published work in scientific journals.
- The Performing Arts Center has a 493-seat proscenium theatre with continental (no center aisle) seating.
- VVC is home to one of the most respected nursing programs in the nation. Cohorts of graduates from the program have repeatedly achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX exam on their first attempt. The VVC Nursing Program incorporates innovative simulation technology in their courses.
- The VVC Alpha Phi Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as a 5 star organization. The Phi Theta Kappa’s honors topic this year is, “Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration”.
- VVC hosts the High Desert American Cancer Society Relay of Life.
- VVC is the only community college participating in the Consortium of California Herberia, which provides an online scientific catalog of plant specimens.
Accreditation and Planning