Advocating for community college students is a major part of serving on the Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) Board of Directors. Students serving on the Board of Directors represent Moorpark College students on campus, within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD), and at the state and national levels.
Questions about advocacy efforts made by ASMC can be directed to the Board's Director of External Affairs at ASMCExternalAffairs@vcccd.edu.
Local (College and District-Level) Advocacy
Moorpark College has monthly committee meetings to discuss different aspects of Moorpark College. These committees include faculty, staff, and members of the college administration. Members of the ASMC Board of Directors also serve on a minimum of five participatory committees throughout the year as student representatives. These minimum service opportunities include positions on the following Committees:
- Curriculum Committee
- Academic Senate
- Student Success and Equity Committee
- Facilities/Technology Committee on Accreditation and Planning
- Fiscal Planning Committee
Board members also serve on other committees on campus including the Student Services Council, Multicultural Day Committee, and the Year Of Committee.
There are 112 community colleges in California serving over 2.7 million students. The California Community College Student Affairs Association and Student Senate for California Community Colleges are the two organizations which exist specifically to serve community college students.
California Community College Student Affairs Association
The California Community College Student Affairs Association (CCCSAA) has facilitated networking and leadership opportunities for California community college students, staff, and administrators involved with student affairs and leadership for over 60 years. Every fall CCCSAA holds a student leadership conference for approximately 500 student leaders and advisors from California Community Colleges’ student governments. CCSAA also awards scholarships to student each year.
The Moorpark College Associated Students Board of Directors attends the annual CCCSAA conference to learn ways to effectively serve Moorpark College students.
For more information about CCCSAA, its mission, and for scholarship opportunities, visit http://www.cccsaa.org.
Student Senate for California Community Colleges
The Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) is an organization that strives to assist California community college students by making the collegiate experience as beneficial as possible. The SSCCC as it operates today was established in 2006, but it was formerly known as the California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC). Today, the SSCCC holds a General Assembly every semester where student representatives from each of the California community colleges discuss and vote on resolutions which will affect their peers.
The SSCCC is divided into ten (10) Regions based on geographic location, which were initially established as part of CalSACC. Each Region meets monthly throughout the year to discuss how to better meet the needs of the students in each Region. Two (2) Regional senators are elected at the spring General Assembly. These senators represent their Region at monthly SSCCC meetings in Sacramento. In addition to the two (2) regional senators from each Region, there are also ten (10) senators at large, totaling the 30 members of the SSCCC.
Moorpark College, Oxnard College, and Ventura College are all part of Region VI.
The Moorpark College Associated Students Board of Directors has been active in SSCCC since its formation in 2006. Each semester the MCAS Board of Directors attends the SSCCC General Assembly and the Director of External Affairs attends the monthly Region VI meetings. Additionally, the Board of Directors has made financial contributions to the SSCCC. Several Moorpark College students have gone on to work with the SSCCC after serving on the Associated Students Board of Directors.
For more information about the SSCCC and its mission, visit http://www.studentsenateccc.org.
Region VI is one of the ten (10) Regions of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. Region VI is the northern most Region of all the southern Regions with nine (9) colleges from seven (7) districts.
The Region VI schools are:
- Allan Hancock College
- Antelope Valley
- College of the Canyons
- Cuesta Community
- Moorpark College
- Oxnard College
- Santa Barbara City College
- Taft College
- Ventura College
The Region VI Board includes a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, and two (2) regional senators. Region VI meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Brown Act. Tele conference is also available for anyone who does not want to attend the meetings in person.
Over the year Moorpark College students have been very involved in Region VI by participating in Region VI activities and through financial contributions. Students from the Associated Students Board of Directors have also served on the Region VI Board during their term at Moorpark College.
Region VI Meetings are held at Santa Barbara City College on the third Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified. All students attending the nine (9) Region VI schools are invited to attend Region VI meetings and participate in Region VI events.
For more information about the SSCCC Region VI, visit http://www.studentsenateccc.org and click on Region VI under the Regions tab or search SSCCC Region VI on Facebook.
During the spring semester, the ASMC Board of Directors travels to Washington D.C. to advocate not only on behalf of Moorpark College students, but for students across America as well, about national issues that affect college students.
In March 2016 ASMC Board members met with U.S. congresswomen Julia Brownley's and Senator Feinstein's Senior Policy Directors on Higher Education on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and advocated to save Pell Grants and to have student loans be paid with pre-tax dollars.
The D.C. trip is funded by the $1 optional Student Representation Fee, as mandated by the California Education Code Section 76060.5. Is there a legislative issue you want to ensure ASMC is advocating about on your behalf? Contact the ASMC Director of External Affairs at ASMCExternalAffairs@vcccd.edu.
For more information about the American Student Association of Community Colleges and student advocacy, visit http://www.asacc.org.