West Valley College Foundation

The Power of Giving Back – Student and Faculty Success

The West Valley College Foundation supports the mission and vision of Chancellor Davis and President Kashima, providing all students access and learning tools to help them graduate. Through generous donations, volunteer time, or internship opportunities, alumni and friends of the college give back to those who aspire toward an associate’s degree, certificate, or transfer into a bachelor’s program. Through scholarships, books, equipment, housing, clothing, food, transportation, or basic research and program materials - including athletic equipment - your investment in West Valley College students is lasting and measurable. Below are some of the many programs to support students and faculty, either through specific schools, athletics, or a program of your choice – the impact of your generosity provides opportunities that may not otherwise be possible – thank you.

Melissa Ceresa Family

Melissa and her family (spouse David, 3 children and 2 grandchildren, 3 dogs and 2 cats) lost their home in the CZU Lightening Fire on August 21, 2020. Melissa is a long-time employee of West Valley College and a former president of the Classified Senate. She currently oversees our Veterans Resource Center and provides daily support and care to our veteran student population. She has spent her career supporting her classified professional colleagues through her work on the Classified Senate and development of professional development activities and scholarship programs. During her 20 year tenure at West Valley, Melissa has worked as a program specialist in numerous campus programs, supporting our students in Community Education, EOPS, and the Veterans Resource Center. Melissa is the epitome of the caring professional we so appreciate at the college. This fund will assist her and her family as they pursue temporary housing and, most importantly, in restoring their land and rebuilding their homestead among the redwoods in Boulder Creek, CA.

Heidi McFarland Family

Heidi and her husband, two children and dog Ember, were evacuated from their home in the Santa Cruz mountains in August due to the CZU lightning fire. One of her colleagues in our Park Management program also served as a firefighter and was the first to inform Heidi that her home had been lost. Heidi is a faculty member in our Park Management program. She helps train the very people who are fighting these fires and will help to reforest the land after the fire is extinguished. She is a treasured mentor to all her students, past and present, and a treasured colleague. This fund will assist Heidi and her family to sustain temporary housing and to rebuild their home.

Michelle Reed Family

Michelle Reed lost her home in the CZU lightning fire. She is a longtime faculty in the psychology department having also served as department chair. Michelle is known for her rigorous preparation of her students to transfer as psychology majors to the UC and CSU system universities. She has mentored multiple generations of students who have now serve the community by making psychology their career in social services, the criminal justice system and the educational system. This fund will support Michelle in sustaining temporary housing and rebuilding her home.

Evacuated Employees
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COVID-19 Relief
COVID-19 Relief

Students need laptops, food, clothing, and relief from lost wages. Thank you for your help. This fund supports students and staff at West Valley College, in response to the recent (2020) COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis. Access to essential resources for WVC students is critical during this unprecedented pandemic outbreak. Your help through the WVC Emergency Assistance Fund will vitally support students in need at this time.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund
Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Your help through the WVC Emergency Assistance Fund will support students in critical situations, such as rent, food, school materials, transportation, and essential expenses. Thank you for generously supporting our students.

Cilker School of Art and Design
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Art and Design immerses students in an open and creative learning community, one that transforms their intellectual, emotional, professional, and technological understanding of the visual arts, performing arts, and design. The world depends on the arts, and the School provides an open canvas to transform creative talent into meaningful careers.

School of Health and Human Development
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Our School offers coursework that examines the disciplines of Kinesiology, Health Science, Nutrition Studies, Health Care Technologies, and Intercollegiate Athletics. Students progress through the School into careers in Athletic Training, Dietetics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology, and Health Administration.

School of Language Arts
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Language Arts provides critical communication and problem-solving skills in the departments of English, Communication Studies, World Languages, ESL/Reading, and Women, Gender and Queer Studies. Every student at WVC relies on these skill sets throughout their careers, in all fields.

Che School of Professional Studies
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Che SPS graduates enjoy careers in diverse settings, such as, public and private business managers, elementary school teachers, financial analysts, court reporters, police officers, park rangers, paralegals, real estate agents and accountants, to name a few. The Entrepreneur Center inspires the next generation of business leaders, to create vital economic and social impact in the region, state, nation, and internationally.

School of Science and Math
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With your support, the School of Science and Math aims to be the regional leader in developing diverse, curious and creative students, to become successful STEM professionals leading the Silicon Valley of the 21st century. Our students are grateful for your generous investment in their futures.

School of Social Science
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Our school offers coursework in anthropology, economics, geography, history, humanities, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. All disciplines focus on diversity and equity, critical thinking, and a humanistic approach toward guiding students to become conscious, critical thinkers, committed to expanding knowledge, scientific inquiry and academic excellence.

Park Management 50th Anniversary
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This is the beginning of the 50th Anniversary year of the Park Management Program: 1970-2020. We are kicking off a fundraising initiative to support student scholarships, secure classroom space for the future, and build a funding base for our future programs. We have served the community through service-learning opportunities for our students, which have led to jobs and long-time partnerships with our local public land agencies. The fingerprints of our students are all over the Bay Area, the state and around the country. Please help us protect and support our public lands!

Student athletes with Gaspar during scarf ceremony

Help support West Valley College Athletics and improve Athletic Facilities. West Valley College offers 11 intercollegiate athletic programs. A gift to athletics assists the athletes in procuring uniforms, equipment, travel, and improving facilities. In particular, our facilities are heavily utilized by both students and the community alike. The college has a time-honored policy which maximizes public access to outdoor facilities seven days a week. Your gift will help ensure quality facilities for all and a first class experience for the student-athlete.

Founders Emeriti Scholarship Fund
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The West Valley College Founders/Emeriti Scholarship has become one of the top ongoing scholarship honors distributed to WVC students. In 1991 the scholarship was created to benefit outstanding students pursing a teaching career, preferably in the community college system. Over the years the scholarship has helped many deserving students reach their academic and professional dreams. Please consider donating to the Founders/Emeriti Scholarship Endowment Fund today. Every dollar you give represents your endorsement of the importance of education and the success of the college and its students.

Last Updated 9/11/20