Educational Institutions

West Hills Community College Foundation

  • Coalinga, CA
  • westhillscollege.com

Mission Statement

West Hills Community College Foundation enthusiastically engages residents, corporations, foundations and communities of the San Joaquin Valley in financial support and advocacy for the West Hills Community College District. We are entrepreneurial partners with the colleges as we plan and implement programs to build relationships and raise funds.

Main Programs

  1. President's Scholars Program
  2. General Scholarships
  3. Engineering Scholars Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The WHCC Foundation serves a 3,400 square mile area in western Fresno and Kings counties in Central California stretching along the I-5 cooridor from Kettleman City on the south to the Firebaugh area on the north (just south of Los Banos).

Students come to West Hills Community College District primarily from the 21st Congressional District, which has the unfortunate designation of being the poorest and least educated in the nation.

Our Coalinga campus attracts student-athletes from around the nation and also hosts an international students' program.

ruling year

1989

Executive Director since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Frances Anna Squire

Keywords

Self-reported

scholarships, educational support

Notes from the Nonprofit

"The relentless pursuit of student success" is our district's vision and our foundation contributes significantly to that pursuit as it raises funds to help make college affordable for some of the poorest students in the nation. The President's Scholars Program and Engineering Scholars Program both provide free tuition and book stipends that will cover most of a student's books. Our board is committed to these unique programs that essentially offer a "full ride" scholarship for students who can continue to live at home. With support from our donors, we can make college possible for these students.

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EIN

77-0186793

 Number

4718464418

Physical Address

9900 Cody

Coalinga, 93210 9247

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community/Junior College (B41)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our vision is to be a dynamic, legacy organization recognized for:• The Foundation's $5 million endowment • 140 new scholarship funds• Establishment of a successful “new alumni” fundraising program• An effective and engaged board• Significant contributions to the “K-16 Dream” (creating a college-going culture among K-12   students) and• Sponsorship of cultural, educational and economic development programs.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

President's Scholars Program

The President's Scholars Program at West Hills College offers free tuition and up to $250 a semester in books to ALL qualified California high school graduates.  Requirements include a 3.5 or higher GPA, four semesters of California Scholarship Federation eligibility and no D or F grades after the freshman year.  During the fall of 2012, more than 80 students were enrolled at WHC as a President's Scholar.  Since the program was started in the mid-1990s, more than 400 students have participated.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$135,000.00

Program 2

General Scholarships

The WHCC Foundation offers over 60 general scholarships that are available to students.  Funds for these scholarships are provided by individuals and groups including a large number of West Hills Community College District employees who participate through the Employee Philanthropy Program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

$215,000.00

Program 3

Engineering Scholars Program

The West Hills College Lemoore Engineering Scholars Program is a two year program designed to prepare engineering students for transfer to a four year university as a junior. The program is broad so as to prepare for all engineering disciplines. Upon transfer, students will have met all of the lower division science and math prerequisites and a minimum of 16 units of lower division engineering credits, allowing a transferring student to jump right into the upper-division engineering coursework at the university.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$30,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our top priority is to establish a $1 million endowment to make sure that our President's Scholars Program remains available to all eligible high school graduates (3.5 or higher GPA graduating from a CA high school).

    Our second priority is to establish a $4 million endowment to support scholarships and programs at our Farm of the Future, which trains students for careers in agriculture. Our district has invested $25 million in facilities to serve these students and provide training for careers in 21st century agriculture. Scholarships and work-study stipends are needed to attract students to this curriculum.

    We are committed to raising general scholarship funds with a goal of making all students in our region realized that college is available and affordable. This is especially important since we serve the least-education population in the nation.

    We also work closely with local k-12 districts to provide "college" opportunities for students in their schools. This work is done through traditional college outreach and through summer camps and workshops that bring younger students on-campus. The message to these students and their parents is that college is for them.

    We work closely with our district it its "relentless pursuit of student success."
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Working with our foundation board, we are seeking to identifying potential major donors in our region and meet one-on-one to seek their support.

    Our colleges host a number of events each year to raise awareness about their programs and services. A few of these generate small profits that support the work of our foundation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our organization is very small (executive director, secretary and part-time accounting person) so we are very focused on individual donor visits and stewardship of potential major donors.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our assets will continue to grow and the number of scholarships we award each year will continued to increase in number and value.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    This is a work in progress. Our philanthropic history is mostly focused on smaller donations and special events. We have moved away from the special events and are in the process of identifying potential major donors and establishing relationships with them. As a result of this work, we have established several new endowed scholarships but there is much work to be done.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The WHCC Foundation serves a 3,400 square mile area in western Fresno and Kings counties in Central California stretching along the I-5 cooridor from Kettleman City on the south to the Firebaugh area on the north (just south of Los Banos).

Students come to West Hills Community College District primarily from the 21st Congressional District, which has the unfortunate designation of being the poorest and least educated in the nation.

Our Coalinga campus attracts student-athletes from around the nation and also hosts an international students' program.

Social Media

Funding Needs

There are two priorities for funding for 2013 for our foundation--the President's Scholars Program and our agricultural programs.  Responding to a request by area agriculture business interests, we are starting a new pest control advisor program that will train students for about 3,500 job openings in the region during the next few years.  Our specific need is for funding for faculty members for these and other job training programs.

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

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Financials

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West Hills Community College Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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West Hills Community College Foundation

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Frances Anna Squire

BIO

Ms Squire is a life-long San Joaquin Valley resident with more than 40 years of marketing/fundraising experience.  She has served as president/chair of seven different non-profit organizations and has given her time, money and expertise to support a variety of programs with emphasis on education, children, agriculture and the environment.  She is active on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Journalism Advisory Committee, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust board of directors and in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, PRSA, the Council for Resource Development and CASE.  She continues to seek to improve her fundraising skills and acumen through ongoing educational programs.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"It has been amazing to watch the transformation of West Hills Community College District over the last 15-20 years--first as a community member and then as an employee.  Twenty years ago, our district was on the verge of collapse serving less than 1,000 students per year. Since then, we have grown to be a nationally-recognized district known for innovation, technology and finding ways to support our "relentless pursuit of student success."

Our 60 year old Coalinga campus has undergone significant improvements since the passage of a local higher education bond measure in 1998 and we were able to build in Lemoore the first new California community college in the 21st century.  Our Firebaugh center has also undergone much needed renovations and will hopefully soon receive funding for a beautiful new center near the San Joaquin River. 

More importantly, support we have received has allowed us to expand our educational offerings throughout the region.  While hampered by an unreliable state budget, we have managed to prosper and grow and increase services for students.  As a result, the college going rate in our communities continues to improve.  As foundation executive director, I'm proud to be a part of this process.

For the 2015-2016 school year, we were able to award the equivalent of over $500,000 in scholarships for students--most of whom come from some of the poorest communities in America. Without these scholarships, many of these students would not be able to attend college.

The work we are doing at West Hills is changing the attitudes about higher education in the Congressional District (21st) with the lowest higher education attainment rates in the nation. A more educated workforce is needed to attract better-paying jobs that will improve our economy of life in general in the San Joaquin Valley."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Ann Stone

J G Stone Land Company

Term: Sept 2007 - Sept 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity