The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
||Victor Valley College
||Community College Avg.
||At least 2 but less than 4 years
||At least 2 but less than 4 years
Finances and Admission
The in-state tuition of $1,114 is less than the state average of $5,917. The in-state tuition has grown by 75% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,444 is less than the state average of $10,050. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
|In-State Tuition Fees
|Out-State Tuition Fees
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS
History and Descriptive Background
Victor Valley College was established by authority of the voters in 1960 with the first classes offered in 1961. The College is proudly celebrating its 50th year of dedicated service to the region, which will be commemorated throughout 2011 with a variety of events and activities. The College is located 90 miles north of Los Angeles in the High Desert of Southern California and covers a geographic service area of approximately 1,700 square miles. Communities served by the District include Adelanto, Apple Valley, Helendale, Hesperia, Las Flores, Lucerne, Oro
Grande, Phelan, Piñon Hills, Victorville, Wrightwood, and other communities in the College’s sphere of influence. In the beginning, the College had one feeder high school and served a population of roughly 70,000 residents. The region was formerly described as semi-rural, but over the last 15 years has been transformed into an industrial/commercial and retail center for a burgeoning population. According to local economists, this unprecedented growth is a result of the region’s proximity to major markets, inexpensive cost of land, affordable housing, access to major transportation arteries, and the relative low cost of living.
Since 1961, the College has progressed far beyond its humble beginnings to become a major institution of higher learning offering a complex schedule of educational opportunities to meet the changing needs of this growing region. Today the College has 14 + feeder high schools and diploma-granting institutions and serves a population base of nearly 400,000 people. This translates into approximately 14,000 students per semester and an annual FTES of over 10,000.
To demonstrate these changing times, the College now offers courses such as solar panel installation, maintenance, and repair; hybrid car maintenance and repair; GPS studies; land restoration; and digital animation to name a few. A wider transformation is taking place at the College because of the passage of the first local bond measure to be approved by the voters since an initial capital bond was passed in the early 60s. In November 2008, the voters approved a bond measure, Measure JJ, dedicated to the elimination of past debt, the upgrade of College infrastructure, the purchase of land for a future campus site on the westside of the Victor Valley, and funding for the construction of an Eastside Public Safety Training Center. This center is now under construction with a completion date scheduled for December 2011 and will serve as a regional training facility for firefighters, paramedics, police, and correctional officers. Additionally, the bond funded a one megawatt solar power generating plant on campus that supplies more than a third of the College’s energy needs.
Participation in innovative partnerships has enabled the College to expand programs, offer new training opportunities, and increase revenues that, in part, replace funds lost due to reductions in State appropriations. For example, the College has formed partnerships with local hospitals resulting in an increase in the number of nursing students able to enroll in the College’s program. Internships with one of the local cities have created additional training opportunities for automotive students, and grants received through State and County agencies have expanded
workforce development programs that eventuate in immediate employment opportunities for students. The College has also increased outside sources of revenue through lease agreements with local and regional entities.
A History of Success
For 50 years, thousands of residents from the High Desert and beyond have journeyed to the College and have gone on to achieve remarkable success. From their ranks are civic leaders, business people, service industry personnel, medical providers, first responders, and people of all walks of life who are contributors to the health and welfare of our community. In 2006, the College Foundation commissioned a study with UCLA Anderson School of Management to determine the economic impact the College has on our local economy. This report estimated the annual gross impact to be nearly $900 million.