Moving Forward Together
Congratulations on your wise decision to join our community of learners. The Aspen Institute announced that Moorpark College is one of 10 finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, adding a milestone in the award selection process. The $1 million Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature recognition of community colleges achieving high, improving and equitable outcomes for students. Of the 10 finalists, only Moorpark College and Imperial Valley College are located in California. For the 2021 Aspen Prize, Moorpark College was named a Top 150 U.S. Community College. We are honored to make it to this HUGE milestone for the 2023 Aspen Prize! The excellent work taking place at Moorpark College demonstrates the efforts of our students, faculty and staff. It exemplifies our commitment to empowering learners and facilitating the academic and career achievements of our students. When we provide equitable educational opportunities, our students and community benefit.
Awarded every two years, the Aspen Prize honors colleges with outstanding performance in five critical areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success and equitable outcomes for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. The winner will be announced spring 2023. For the list of 10 finalists, visit The Aspen Institute.
We are also proud to be ranked a Champion of Higher Education for our sixth straight year by Campaign for College Opportunity as well as the Best Community College in California by The Community College Foundation. We are grateful to have you here if you are a current or prospective student or a visitor to our beautiful campus and a positive experience awaits you here at Moorpark College.
We provide the resources and opportunities needed to support students’ academic success. This year, you will find that our students have more opportunities than ever before. Our outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators put “Learners First” and their various accolades demonstrate Moorpark College’s steadfast commitment to academic excellence and student development. This is especially true after the challenges that we faced as a global community this last year.
You’ll find that Moorpark College faced each of the challenges of 2021-2022 with surpassed expectations. In fact, Moorpark College conferred 3497 Associates Degrees and 1704 Certificates of Achievement. almost 1,000 of our 2022 grads did so with honors.
Furthermore, our students excel outside of the classroom by adding value to their communities through their efforts that focus on social justice and equity. Moorpark College provides opportunities for students to link their academic knowledge to their career interests through internships and other hands-on, work-based learning opportunities. Our career education programs were designed to be aligned with changing times and current labor market needs and provide safe learning environments that promote the wellness of our students, faculty, and staff.
Moorpark College opened in 1967 with 2,500 students and 50 employees. Today, Moorpark College has more than 400 faculty and staff serving over 14,000 students.
I have no doubt that you will find that Moorpark College students are primed for success. This can be attributed to the foundation laid by our institution’s founders and the ongoing efforts of our campus team. When you attend our college, you are joining the ranks of more than 50 years of highly successful students that have transferred to four-year institutions, transitioned into exciting new careers, and who are now engaged in life and work in our communities.
I personally welcome and wish you every success in achieving your educational goals at Moorpark College.
Julius O. Sokenu, Ed.D.
The President is the chief executive officer of the College. Officers reporting directly to the President include the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Business Services, and the Vice President of Student Support. The President also shares responsibility for overseeing the Moorpark College Foundation with the Foundation's Board.
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