2009 - 2010 College Catalog by ​Moorpark College

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welcome to moorpark college vision statement history at moorpark college we encourage quality and believe our strengths have been and will continue to be people their flexibility their responsiveness and their willingness to meet the needs of our students and community we believe that building on these strengths provides an educational experience appropriate to the students’ needs and within the college’s mission moorpark college was established in 1963 by the governing board of the ventura county community college district soon after a 134-acre site on moorpark’s eastern city boundary was secured in a combination donation/purchase from the strathearns a local ranching family in 1965 taxpayers passed an $8 million bond to build the first phase of the district’s second community college construction of the administration library science technology campus center gymnasium and maintenance buildings began in 1966 with the paint barely dry and remnants of construction rubble still evident moorpark college opened on september 11 1967 dr john collins the college’s first president greeted nearly 1,400 students and 50 new faculty members on that day specifically our actions and decisions are based on the following beliefs • we will provide the best services programs and opportunities for students • we encourage creativity and innovation and we will try new ideas and new things • all students attending moorpark college will receive the support they need to meet their individual educational goals enrollment doubled in the first few years as the college added vocational education to its role of preparing students for transfer to four-year schools dr robert lombardi became the college’s second president in 1971 dr ray hearon held the longest term as president serving from 1974-1989 • students who wish to transfer to four-year institutions will receive up-to-date and accurate information to facilitate transfer • we will increase our responsiveness to business and industry in changing economic climates the moorpark college foundation was formed in 1980 to spearhead construction of an athletic stadium amphitheater and observatory in 1985 the 4,000-seat stadium was named for paul griffin jr a local developer and major benefactor in 1987 the carlsberg amphitheater and charles temple observatory were dedicated as part of the college’s 20th anniversary celebration during the 1980s several other buildings were completed applied arts creative arts humanities/social science music and student services in 1989 the center for learning assistance services opened for service • we are an integral part of the community to best implement our actions and decisions our internal working environment is based on the following beliefs • shared governance is an accepted part of our decision-making process • we will strive to build greater trust understanding and cooperation between the other segments of the ventura county community college district and moorpark college dr stanley bowers served as president from 1989-1991 followed by roger boedecker who served from 1991-1992 dr james walker became president in 1992 but was called away to serve as interim chancellor in 1995 dr darlene pacheco served as interim president during walker’s absence from 1995-1996 • we will provide all staff with support for professional development mission statement fiscal constraint brought about by the state’s economic downturn stalled growth at the college in the early 1990s despite hard times the college completed statefunded construction of the communications building 1991 and the performing arts center 1995 the forensics team maintained national ranking while the athletic teams continued to dominate the western state conference as a public community college moorpark college offers programs and services accessible to the community drawing from a student-centered philosophy moorpark college creates learning environments that blend curriculum and services in providing to students in 1997 the child development center and disabled students center were expanded in 1998 two new conference rooms were built in the campus center and an acoustic shell was installed on the main stage of the performing arts center in 1999 the 27,000 square foot fred kavli science center opened housing the math science and computer studies programs this facility also provides student access to a 50-station computer lab • introductions to the broad areas of human knowledge and understanding • courses required for university transfer and career preparation or advancement • skills in critical thinking writing reading speaking listening and computing • exposure to the values of diversity locally nationally and internationally • extracurricular activities that promote campus community involvement and personal development in 1999 students were first able to access their academic records and register for classes on-line at www.moorparkcollege.edu • preparation for the challenges and responsibilities of life and change in a free society and the global community in 2000 a high school for high potential juniors and seniors opened on the moorpark college campus in 2001 the first high school at moorpark college graduating class numbered 55 in march of 2002 ventura county voters passed measure s a bond that will provide $356 million in construction financing for the ventura county community colleges of which $104 will be used to renovate/expand moorpark moorpark is poised to grow to 17,000 students by the year 2015 and bond monies will fund 23 new or renovated classroom buildings and related facilities in july 2002 dr eva conrad became moorpark’s eighth president replacing walker who retired fall 2002 enrollment swelled to 15,400 and work began on a new library and learning resources center welcome to moorpark college 4 moorpark college catalog 2009/10