Every year, it seems as if the holiday season sneaks up on me. One minute it’s June and the next it’s December.
This has been a busy but productive year for West Hills. We’ve brought many new faces, including several new administrators, into our family and have also said goodbye to a few longtime employees as they head toward retirement. As we wish them all well, we are continually excited about the future.
More than ever before, this year has been the year of diversification, growth and pathway building for West Hills. We’ve diversified to grow student demand, restructured ourselves in several ways, and dealt with a new state approach to funding. We’re focused on the 40 and intent on serving students and living up to our unofficial motto: we accept 100% of everyone.
In this issue, you will read stories about some of the staff, students, faculty, alumni and administrators that make West Hills a great place to be. Our theme is “Paving the Path to Success,” something we at West Hills are intent on doing. This issue highlights the many different ways we as people find a path to success: from finding mentors to help guide us to getting help from West Hills programs ranging from GED preparation to TRiO. We could all use a little support and, at West Hills, that support can be found everywhere you turn for students and staff, faculty and administrators.
As we come closer to 2019 and the year draws to a close, I wish you good health and happiness in the future. I look forward to another year of innovation and responsiveness by our college district to create educational, economic, cultural and social opportunities for the citizens of the region.
Dr. Stuart Van Horn