Update on Board of Trustees Meeting
Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Board Adopts Resolution
in Support of Classified Employees

The Board of Trustees recognized four classified professionals celebrating 15 years of employment at Napa Valley College and thanked them for the contributions they make to our educational community. Since 2006, more than 72 classified professionals have reached or exceeded 15 years of employment at the college. Trustee Baker thanked the four individuals, noting that as a classified staff person herself, she recognizes the essential role classified members play.

Rick Foley, reprographic specialist, printing services
was recognized by Carollee Cattolica, director, enterprise & auxiliary services

Maria Vazquez, administrative assistant, talent search
was recognized by Ramon Salceda, director, educational talent search program

Laura Christianson, instructional support specialist, physics/engineering/geology AND
Timothy Holtslag, instructional support specialist, theater
were recognized by Bob Van Der Velde, senior dean, arts & humanities

Board Approves Revised Curriculum

 The Board approved curriculum changes for spring 2021 as provided by the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate.

Board Supports Legislation

 Per the recommendation of the Board's Legislative Committee, the Board voted to support AB 927 (Medina) Community College Baccalaureate Degree Programs and directed staff to send letter in support to the Assemblymember and key committee(s).

Board Approves Name for Student Campus Housing Project:
River Trail Village at Napa Valley College

In February and March, a series of staff and student focus groups were held to develop a name for the new campus student housing complex. Staff recommended and the Board of Trustees authorized naming the NVC campus student housing facility "River Trail Village at Napa Valley College." Bob Parker, assistant superintendent/vice president, administrative services, also provided an update on next steps for the project, which include a follow-up to the original feasibility study, required to show demand still exists. Student Affairs will be hosting a series of focus groups with different segments of the campus community and all students will be surveyed by MGT Consulting Group.
Agreements Approved
The Board of Trustees approved agreements with:

Marin County Fire: The Paramedic Program at Napa Valley College calls for internships as part of its graduation requirements. Marin County Fire will serve as an option for our students in hands-on field experience.

National University: Affiliation Agreement with National University to provide baccalaureate level courses in Administration of Justice for students to earn their baccalaureate degree from National University while concurrently enrolled at Napa Valley College. 
State of the College Presentation
Every year, Superintendent/President Dr. Kraft presents the State of the College, a look back at some of the highlights and accomplishments during the previous fiscal year. As part of his annual presentation, he shared the 2019-2020 annual report.

Annual Report 2019-20 Cover
Update on Guided Pathways

Members of the Guided Pathways Coordinating Team, including Dr. Sara Parker, asst. superintendent/vice president, academic affairs; Dr. Robyn Wornall, senior dean, research, planning & institutional effectiveness; Jeannette McClendon, counseling faculty; Emery Stafford, math instructor; Maria Villagomez, senior dean, language arts, library, social sciences & distance dducation; and John Kincheloe, English instructor, presented an update on Guided Pathways, including NVC's Scale of Adoption Self-Assessment (SOAA) submitted to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office earlier this semester.

After surveying staff and students, Meta Majors now has a name: Exploration Pathways.

As part of the President's Report, the following individuals provided updates:

  • Jessica Thomason, executive director of the Napa Valley College Foundation, provided an update on the President's Circle, the online auction and fundraiser in May and current strategic planning efforts.
  • Dr. Robyn Wornall provided an update on the accreditation process and the self-evaluation currently underway.
  • Bob Parker provided an update on the technology upgrade and the migration of employee email to Office 365, acknowledging some of the challenges that occurred. He also provided an update on the budget process and noted plans to bring the draft budget for approval to the June meeting.
  • Dr. Sara Parker provided an update on planning efforts for the summer and fall semesters.
  • Charo Albarran, associate vice president, human resources, training & development, provided an update on flexible work arrangements and 4/10 works weeks beginning in June. Like last year, some staff may decide to take a day other than Friday as their day off.
  • Holly Dawson, director, public affairs & communications, provided an update on activities, including summer enrollment marketing; the college website; the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Awareness Month; and California Community College Black Student Success Week.
Next Board of Trustees Meeting: 5/13/21