Moorpark College recognized as a 2020 Champion of Higher Education

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By Ryan Bough

For the fifth consecutive year, Moorpark College has been honored as a 2020 Champion of Higher Education for it’s role in leading the state in Associate Degree for Transfer implementation. Moorpark College demonstrated one of the highest rates of Associate Degree for Transfer students in the State.

Interim President of Moorpark College, Julius Sokenu, expressed pride in Moorpark College and its’ faculty for making this achievement possible.

“It is an honor to have Moorpark College recognized once again as a Champion of Higher Education,” stated Sokenu in a VCCCD press release. “This award is a tribute to the outstanding dedication of our faculty and staff. I am especially proud that our first-generation and underrepresented students excel in transfer because our faculty and staff have high expectations of all students, which they couple with high support.”

At the Nov. 19 virtual event, hosted by The Campaign for College Opportunity, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and California State Assembly Member Marc Berman honored 12 California Community Colleges and three California State Universities with the prestigious award.

The Campaign for College Opportunity is a nonprofit organization focusing on working to “ensure all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college in order to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy.”

The 2020 awards mark the 10th anniversary of the legislation that created the Associate Degree for Transfer. In 2010, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law legislation to reform the community college transfer process to California State Universities and turn it into what it is today. Moorpark College currently offers Associate Degrees for Transfer in more than 30 fields of study.

VCCCD Chancellor Greg Gillespie was glad to see Moorpark recognized with the award.

“It is rewarding to see Moorpark College recognized for the efforts of its employees, faculty and staff who so strongly prioritize student success and achievement,” said Gillespie.