April 7, 2008
For Immediate Release
For Immediate Release
Evergreen Valley College
Contact: Alka Joshi
Evergreen Valley College Welcomes State Chancellor Diane Woodruff
With 109 California community colleges under her perview, State Chancellor Diane Woodruff chose Evergreen Valley College in San Jose on March 13, 2008 to host her Chancellor’s Circle, a gathering of business leaders and community college chancellors and presidents.
“This is the second time in three years that a State Chancellor has visited our college, and we are truly honored,” said Dr. David Wain Coon, President of Evergreen Valley College. “Dr. Woodruff’s visit gave us the opportunity to share the many strides our students are making towards transfer to baccalaureate institutions or towards advancing their careers and improving their standards of living here in the Silicon Valley.”
From the moment the guests arrived, they were guided and escorted by EVC student volunteers to a special lunch on campus. Then Chancellor Woodruff toured EVC’s Automotive Technology Department, where faculty talked about their upcoming plan for recruiting more women into the automotive program to prepare them for jobs as technicians, service managers and support professionals. Dean Lynette Apen and EVC Nursing faculty shared their successes in placing Nursing students into area hospitals and the $65,000 grant they just received for new equipment. Then it was off to EVC’s Foster Youth Program where Dr. Woodruff chatted with students who are being supported academically by that program and by other programs such as FasTrack, CalWorks and EOP&S.
Dr. Woodruff, who is the first woman to lead the largest higher educational system in the world, remarked that “EVC felt like a family.” She said she “was truly moved by the warm welcome” from all fronts—the student greeters, the personal, well-organized tours, and a powerful video shown during lunch about the college.
Student Rose Provencio, who is in the Foster Youth, EOP&S and FasTrack programs, said, “It was so awesome to have someone that high up come and talk to us and listen to how we’re finally making it with the support our college is providing.”
ABOUT Evergreen Valley College
With student learning as its primary focus, Evergreen Valley College’s mission is to empower students to expand their human potential and to succeed in a global, multicultural society. The College, which sits on a picturesque 175-acre site in the eastern foothills of San Jose, provides access to comprehensive and flexible post-secondary education to prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for balanced and productive lives and to improve the workforce and quality of life in our community.