The new year at TVCC is off to a great start and it is always a pleasure to have our students back on campus after the long holiday break.  College staff and faculty have been extra busy this week getting students acclimated with their winter quarter classes and outside of the classroom, our Associated Student Government and Student Activities are rolling out a schedule of events and special guest speakers for the term.  An important reminder this month is the January deadline for the 2020-21 TVCC Foundation Scholarship Applications.  New and current students should complete their scholarship applications and submit them to the TVCC Foundation by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15.  Each year the Foundation awards over $250,000 in scholarships which is made possible by the continued support of our generous donors.   

Another important date to mark on your calendar is Thursday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m.  The College invites the community to join us for the official groundbreaking ceremony for our Career and Technical Education Center.  After many years of planning and months of preparation, and because of a tradition of community, state and federal support, the idea of a new building is finally a reality and we are excited to be able to share this dream with our community.  This new state-of-the art center is anticipated to be complete and ready for occupancy by January 2021. The 27,000 sq. ft. facility will house the College’s agriculture, natural resources, welding, fabrication and Industrial Manufacturing and Automated Controls programs as well as available space for community and workforce trainings and workshops.

Athletic events are underway with Men’s and Women’s basketball so if you are looking for something to do, stop by the John J. Easly Gymnasium, grab some popcorn, sit in our comfortable stadium seating and watch our next home games on January 15 against Walla Walla Community College (5:30 pm women’s team start time and 7:30 pm men’s team start time).  The Athletics Program will also be hosting their 2nd Annual Chukar Spirit Night in conjunction with a home game against Yakima Community College on the evening of February 5.  The event will feature the chance for prospective students to win several $500 scholarships and many more fun giveaways and promotions.

Help support the TVCC Chukar in the 2020 Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Mascot Challenge by voting weekly at between January 6 and February 14. The challenge is presented by the Mascot Company and provides fans, students, faculty and alumni the chance to vote for their favorite mascot.  The mascot with the most votes during this period will receive a $1,000 sponsorship and according to the Mascot Company, earn “bragging rights” as well. This week’s challenge featured a photo of everyone’s favorite bird at the construction site of our new CTE Center.  Cast your vote today for the TVCC Chukar!

As we head into 2020, we will continue our work to be the first and the right post-secondary choice for students!  Happy New Year!

Dana Young is president of Treasure Valley Community College. The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of The Argus Observer.

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