Chancellor's Message: Bridging the Gap: Fostering Student Success Through Public, Private Partnership

A message from our Chancellor, Dr. Stuart Van Horn

The 2017 - 2018 school year has been a productive, successful time for the district and our colleges.  We have welcomed many new faces to the district and together we continue our relentless pursuit of student success. This issue of West Hills Magazine presents our annual report to the community while providing an overview of how districtwide efforts are helping us meet goals set and outlined in our district strategic plan. 

West Hills understands many of our students face outside obstacles that inhibit their success in the classroom and is very focused on extending access and support to all community members living on the Westside and Southside of the Central Valley. Our district is moving forward with initiatives that seek to solve specific challenges our communities face, including the lack of high-speed internet access in our region, student hunger, low educational attainment rates, and high unemployment rates.  

We are a district that embraces innovation and responds to community needs quickly and effectively.  We continue to grow both public and private partnerships that provide opportunities our students would not otherwise be able to access. We are proud of our ongoing engagement with cities and school districts to provide more college offerings and Career Technical classes. Our business partnerships with Chevron, The Wonderful Company, Bitwise, and other local organizations are helping us close equity gaps that exist in our communities.  As this school year ends, I want to thank you for your continued support of West Hills. Our success is documented through our students’ success.