Recently Moorpark College held its 50th Anniversary Celebration! The event was hosted by the Moorpark College Foundation, and it took place on August 26th, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s Air Force One Pavilion in Simi Valley, CA. A portion of the event included the first ever induction of former alumni into the Moorpark College Hall of Fame. Some of the nominees included instructors who have taught at Moorpark College, and members of the band Incubus.
The Moorpark College Foundation is made up of volunteers who helped to promote the event, plan the event, and run it. The Moorpark College Foundation has been working on this event for over one year, and they were not paid for their time. The MC was Wade Goodwyn of NPR, and the event witnessed dozens of inductees enter into the Hall of Fame.
If you live in the City of Moorpark or for that matter any of the neighboring cities; you know Moorpark College. Either because you yourself attended the College, or a relative went, or you know someone who attended. In fact, over the course of the College’s fifty years of being in operation, you’ve probably been one of the almost 700,000 students that have either taken a class on campus, or have even graduated from the institution. To put that number in perspective, roughly twenty times more people have attended Moorpark College than currently live in the City of Moorpark. It might be taken for granted, but Moorpark College is actually well-known throughout the Southern California area.
Although so many students have come, gone, and have graduated from Moorpark College; one thing has seemed to be missing from the institution’s list of active priorities, and that was an active foundation. That has recently changed though– and the Moorpark College Foundation has more events that they are going to host in the future.
With a “students first” philosophy, Moorpark College empowers its diverse community of learners to complete their goals for academic transfer, basic skills, and career technical education. Moorpark College integrates instruction and student services, collaborates with industry and educational partners, and promotes a global perspective.
Moorpark College offers 1,500 classes a semester in 70 disciplines, including lower division preparation in a wide variety of transfer majors for the Baccalaureate degree and programs which lead to Associate degrees and Certificates of Achievement.
The purpose of the Moorpark College Foundation is to raise funds for scholarships; which will in turn be distributed to students. For example, from 7/1/14 to 6/30/15, the Moorpark College Foundation awarded 243 individuals with funds equaling $146,000. Although this number is impressive, there are still students who can use greater financial help in the payment of their education. The Foundation’s goals are to raise funds through different events to help these students.
The event went over extremely well and future events like this are going to take place in the not too distant future.
If you would like to help out or donate to the Moorpark College Foundation, please visit them on their website or on their social media accounts.