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Indian Valley Campus News
NOVATO, Ca - May 4, 2009

IVC Work Development Programs focus on SustainabilityIn the midst of unprecedented growth and facility construction at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, a philosophy of sustainability weaves through the curriculum of workforce development classes.

Students in traditional trade courses such as Auto Technology and Auto Collision Repair Technology have been working with students in Machine Metals Technology and Environmental Landscaping to design and build alternative powered vehicles. At the same time, the new Solar Technology program is active with students learning the latest best practices for the industry while agriculture and horticulture students are learning about sustainable soil and water management practices. A new 2.5-acre organic farm program is also underway at the new on-site Center for Sustainable Horticulture.

“We are developing new local economies around sustainability,” says Nanda Schorske, Dean of Workforce Development and College-Community Partnerships. “IVC is home to cutting edge innovation initiatives. We are breaking new ground.”

The new curriculum is a response to industry demands, according to Schorske. The college has worked closely with business partners and the community to meet the needs of local industries. Sustainability is at the heart of change today and for the future.

“IVC in particular is establishing itself for teaching sustainability to our students and community by using demonstration programs,” Schorske says. “When you come to Indian Valley you see how education works. All these projects are demonstration projects. You can see what the students are doing and learning.”

Dramatic growth on the smaller Novato campus is the result of several years of hard work to reinvigorate curriculum and broaden offerings. The campus that served about 750 students in 2005 now serves about 1,400 and the numbers are expected to grow quickly once construction is complete.

The Transportation Technology Facility, the future home of the Automotive Collision and Repair and Automotive Technology programs, will be completed in winter 2010. The state-of-the-art building will feature the technology to help students learn about the automotive future such as electric power, hybrid fuel cell, compressed natural gas, synthetic fuel, and bio fuels.

“There has been a revitalization of the program,” said Ron Palmer, instructor of Auto Tech and Auto Collision Repair and department chair for Career Education. “The demand is high. Everybody that comes by and looks at our (alternative fuel vehicle) project wants to get involved.”

In spring 2011, the main building will be completed and serve as the new home of a variety of workforce development programs and administrative and faculty offices, including: Emergency Medical Technician, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Multi Media (Computers), Court Reporting, and an internet café. The building will also share space with a Learning Resources Center, Administration & Records, admissions offices, faculty offices, and computer and general classrooms.

In addition to general education classes, the campus is serving as a satellite program for limited university courses.

Solar TechnologyThe first Solar Installer Certificate Program class, taught in fall 2008, was full in 24 hours and had a waiting list of 20 within a week. The program is designed to give incumbent solar technicians the practical skills and support to become photo voltaic panel installers. Workers in the various trades such as roofing, construction, and electrical, were interested in the program. The next semester, a second course was added and it filled as swiftly.

“We’re always revising the curriculum,” Schorske said. “It’s a fast-changing technology.”

For information, contact Julie Oyle, Administrative Assistant to Career Ed Programs: (415) 883-2211, x8200.

Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACRT)The auto industry is also quickly changing. The difficult economy means more people are choosing to hold on to older cars rather than buy new ones and auto mechanics are busy. Demand for fossil fuels has also increased interest in fuel conversion for professionals as well as the number of people just interested in converting their own cars.

More than 92,000 automotive technicians are projected to be employed in California by 2012, according to state labor figures and more than 10 times that number are projected to be working in the U.S.

“We’re going to need auto technicians who can work and repair internal combustion engines for decades but the only real environmental sound practice is conversion – you can’t just fill the dumps up,” Schorske says.

The Auto programs offer small, personalized classes and are recognized as being among the top programs in the state. The IVC Auto Tech program is one of only seven ATTS certified community college programs in California. Students are certified in two levels: Fundamentals and Comprehensive. They can study for seven specialized Skills Certificates, four Career Certificates, an Associate of Science degree in Automotive Technology, and a transfer to CSU in Industrial Technology.

Students interested in collision repair, a $30 billion a year industry, have the opportunity at College of Marin to learn vital skills for multiple employment pathways. They can earn skills certificates in painting, mechanical, structural or nonstructural repair. College of Marin also offers the masters Career Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair. Students interested in just learning how to repair, maintain, and restore personal vehicles are also welcome in the program.

For information, call Ron Palmer, Instructor, Dept. Chair for Career Ed: (415) 457-8811, ext. 8532; or visit the program website. See the program video here.

Environmental Landscaping and Organic FarmingThe flagship organic farm and teaching garden, launched spring 2009, is a place to grow good soil, food and farmers, Schorske says. Patterned after successful teaching farms at universities in Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, and Fresno, the garden is a community effort. It is the only teaching farm in the county. The project is the result of a long feasibility study is collaboration between the College of Marin, the Marin Conservation Corps, UC Cooperative Extension, Marin Master Gardeners, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

“It was determined that the best strategy is to highlight the value of agriculture for Marin County residents and beyond,” Schorske said. “To do that we needed a teaching hub where students interested in the field and community members interested in learning could be. We needed to have a place to really excite people about it and to help educate.”

A two-acre organic farm is a central point of the new Center for Sustainable Horticulture, a new collaboration of the College of Marin, the Marin Conservation Corps, UC Cooperative Extension, Marin Master Gardeners, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

In individual workshops, career certificate and degree programs, students learn about soils, agriculture methods and complimentary business methods. Core courses address the fundamentals of plant selection and growth, landscape design, installation, maintenance and time-tested technologies, and are taught side-by-side in both indoor and outdoor settings. Courses are designed to meet the needs of both the home gardener and the landscape and garden professional. The first class meeting for the new Organic Farm and Garden Principles and Practices class, which was too new to make the spring 09 class schedule, had about 15 students . By the second class meeting, over 30 students were enrolled. The Environmental Landscape program is offering four classes in the fall.

“We now have multiples waiting to enroll in classes,” Schorske said. “We’re trying to figure out how to serve so many people.”

Environmental Design students learn design, construction, and maintenance in a wide variety of natural and urban landscapes. The movement toward more sustainable practices means they become key contributors to the rapid growth of the sustainable landscape and horticulture industry.

For information on the Center for Sustainable Horticulture at the College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus, please contact Nanda Schorske, Dean of Workforce Development, College and Community Partnerships, or (415) 883-2211 ext. 8200.

Water ManagementCollege of Marin launched its Water Management and Technology Education Center (WaMTEC) just two years ago to serve as a model and an outdoor learning environment for professionals and students. The program is the result of discussions between the college, North Marin Water District, Marin Municipal Water District, County of Marin Board of Supervisors, Joint Venture Marin, and California Landscape Contractors Association. Irrigation and conservation is vital to the community. The program is drawing multiple professionals and homeowners interested in irrigation and farm students as well.

“Water is much more critical research than oil,” Schorske said. “You can find energy in other places but there’s no substitute for Water.”
Supporters in the community hailed the new program as a vital piece of educating professional landscapers as well as individuals about healthy water management techniques.

For information, contact Fernando Agudelo-Silva, Professor of Biology: (415) 883-2211, x7397; or visit his website.


Other Workforce Development Programs at IVC

Administration of JusticeStudents interested in the growing field of Administration of Justice will receive a solid foundation for initial employment, advancement, or transfer to a four-year college or university. The nine-course, two-year AJ program is based on a model curriculum proposed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Career Options include: law enforcement, correctional counseling, county and state park ranger, court administrator, lawyer and paralegal.

For information, contact: Julie Oyle, Administrative Assistant to Career Ed Programs: (415) 883-2211, x8200; , or visit the program website.

Business, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems This program, which includes classes in Business, Accounting and Management, Business Office Systems, Computer Information Systems, Real Estate and Statistics, continuously, responds to changes in students’ needs by allocating resources to accommodate the current demand in the fields. The program has courses for the recent high school graduate, transfer student, working professional or someone interested in learning the latest computer technologies.

The business office systems curriculum is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by workers in today’s automated offices. Students can acquire the training and skills necessary to enter the job market, update knowledge and skills to reenter the marketplace, or retrain in order to maintain a present position or obtain a promotion. Certificates are awarded in Medical Specialty and Office Management specialties as well as for skills as an Administrative Assistant and Medical Transcriber. An Associate in Science degree is awarded for completion of all requirements in the core program and chosen specialty, as well as completion of general education and graduation requirements.

The Computer Information Systems curriculum is designed to provide education for computer-related careers, professional advancement, and transfer preparation. Courses provide “hands-on-computer use that emphasizes the development of the skills necessary for employment and personal use of computers. Program specialties include desktop network, desktop publishing, microcomputer manager, and microcomputer programmer.

For information, contact Brian Wilson, (415) 485-9322; or view his website. You can also contact Vivian Olsen, Administrative Assistant, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business and. Information Systems: (415) 457-8811 x7630; or visit the program website. See the program video here.

Court ReporterAs a skilled stenotypist you can pursue a variety of careers, including television broadcast captioner, legal and medical transciptionist, or cyber-conference moderator for the Internet. Opportunities in the court reporting fields are plentiful and will grow as the legal community expands. Stenotypists are also employed in education, business, industry and government recording and displaying presentations and discussions in classes, meetings, workshops and seminars. The real-time visual display allows participation by the hearing impaired. College of Marin students have demonstrated an outstanding first-time pass rate on the licensing examination and the program, approved by the Court Reporters Board of California, is one of the best in the State.

For information, contact Thomas Holub, Instructor and Program Coordinator at (415) 457-8811, ext. 8226; or visit the program website. See the program video here.

Dental Assisting ProgramCollege of Marin’s Registered Dental Assisting Program prepares students to be certified and registered dental assistants. Expanding populations, rising standards of living and increased emphasis on health care preventative services, point to a rising demand for highly-trained dental personnel. Completion of the courses and the clinical training qualifies students for immediate employment. Full-time students can complete the program in 10 months. Part-time students can complete the program in 19 months. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association and is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners.

For information, contact Grace J. Hom, CDA, RDAEF, MA Program Coordinator, at (415) 457-8811, x7327; or visit the program website.
See the program video here.

Early Childhood Education/Child & Adolescent Development—(SFSU COM Partnership)The Early Childhood Education Program is designed to prepare students to become teachers or directors in children’s centers, nursery and preschools, pre-kindergartens, infant-toddler programs, employer-supported children’s centers, extended daycare or family day-care programs. Students can complete requirements for outside licensing and credentialing requirements through the ECE program at COM. The secondary goal of the program is to prepare students for transfer to BA degree awarding institutions. San Francisco State University offers courses in the Child & Adolescent Development major on the IVC campus.

For information, contact Peggy Dodge, ECE Coordinator, at (415) 485.9369; or visit the program website. See the program video here.
For information, about the SFSU bachelor’s degree project, contact Jeanie Jacobson, Coordinator/Liaison with SFSU: (415) 883-2211 x8237; or visit the program website.

Emergency Medical Technician ProgramCurrently there are over 40 departments or organizations in Marin County that use or need Emergency Medical Technicians. Classes in EMT are designed for people who will be responding to the sick or injured and will work in the capacity of basic life support providers, such as firefighters, police, nurses, trainers, and industrial safety personnel. Classes are held two nights a week or all day Sunday. Ten additional hours of ambulance/hospital observation is required. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded an EMT-1 course completion certificate and may apply for certification with any county within California.

For information, contact Joan Rinaldi, Administrative Assistant, Health Sciences Department.: (415) 485-9319; (415) 457.8811 x7319. Shee the program video here.

Machine and Metals Technology ProgramMachine trade specialists are employed in every sector of our manufacturing economy and projections indicate a continual need for highly trained machinists in the auto, aerospace, computer, home appliance, and recreation equipment industries. Students in the industry-approved training program will be prepared for careers as machinists, toolmakers, instrument makers, CNC operators and programmers. Graduates may enter the fields dealing with industrial production, prototype construction, special die work, CNC Programming and operational or research and development.

For information on Machine Technology and Welding, contact Julie Oyle, Administrative Assistant to Career Ed Programs: (415) 883-2211, ext. 8200. See the program video here.

Medical AssistingAccording to the U. S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, medical assisting is expected to be one of the 10 fastest growing occupations and students who successfully complete the two-year Medical Assisting Program are in high demand. The College of Marin program offers a choice of three certificate options: Administrative, Clinical and Administrative / Clinical. In addition, a state-certified Phlebotomy course is now being offered.

For information, contact Carol M. Lacy, R.N., Program Coordinator & Instructor, (415) 883-2211 ext. 8536; or visit the program website. See the program video here.

Multimedia StudiesStudents learn to link content, technology and creative vision with emerging technologies. Each course provides hands-on experience for professional advancement, career related training, and transfer preparation for university degrees and develops the creative process through project-based learning that prepares students to be resourceful, independent and meet the expectations of multimedia careers. For information, contact Derek Wilson, Instructor, Multimedia Studies Program Coordinator: (415) 457-8811, ext. 8255. See the program video here.

The Marin Simulation CenterThe College of Marin has partnered with the health care and emergency providers in the community to create and operate the Marin Simulation Center, a state of the art medical training simulation project that provides nursing students from COM, Dominican and Sonoma State with hands-on experience in real life medical situations. Kaiser Permanente San Rafael, Novato Community Hospital and Marin General, co-founders of the center also use the site for nurses’ professional development. For information about COM’s nursing program, contact Joan Rinaldi, Administrative Assistant, Health Sciences Dept.: (415) 457.8811 x7319.

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