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IVC begins classes amid major award celebration


Imperial Valley College welcomed students for fall classes Monday, entering the 2023-24 academic year still basking in the recognition it received this Spring as co-recipient of the 2023 Aspen Award, a national designation that marked IVC as the No.1 community college in the United States.

“I am thrilled to share in the excitement of the upcoming year,” IVC Superintendent/President Lennor Johnson said. “As we reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. This could not have happened without the dedication and hard work of our employees, the support of our community and, of course, our wonderful students. They all have been instrumental in propelling Imperial Valley College to new heights.”

Johnson noted “Last year was nothing short of remarkable, and our achievements speak volumes about our collective commitment to excellence. We celebrated a monumental victory as we clinched the prestigious Aspen Prize, a testament to the unparalleled quality of education and service we provide. This recognition reaffirms our place among the finest community colleges in the nation.”

This Fall’s enrollment is expected to be about equal to Fall 2023 when 7,751 students enrolled. With more than a week left in the registration process (registration closes Aug. 26) it is not too late to still register for classes, according to Vikki Carr, director of admissions and records.

“Our office is a one-stop shop for enrolling in the college, registering for classes and applying for financial aid, so students can be ready to start their Fall semester,” Carr said.

Admissions and Records, located in the main administration building, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some late registration classes begin in October.

Another alternative suggested by Carr is for students to enroll online from home, and register for classes by going to the IVC website, www.imperial.edu. Click on the Academics button where the 2023-2024 Catalog is located. In the catalog, students can search for their interested major and the classes needed to complete the degree/certificate listed. Students can find open classes on the IVC schedule site.

Students also are encouraged to meet with a counselor for assistance in selecting classes.

This week counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

There are a number of career-growth opportunities in IVC’s course schedule, including new courses to train lithium plant operators in response to Imperial Valley’s growing lithium industry needs. IVC is a critical player in training that workforce and has partnered with lithium producers to ensure a trained workforce is in place.

IVC also recently received a boost to its agriculture programs with a $1.4 million grant to enable a multi-year agriculture training program in partnership with three other colleges:  Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), the University of Arizona, Yuma, and Hartnell College in Salinas.

This partnership program aims to advance equity in high-skill agriculture occupations for educationally disadvantaged, low-income, and Hispanic residents.

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