Achieving the Dream
Year 1 – Year of Inquiry
Supplementary Data for the Five Student Success Elements
2013 – Present
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.
Porterville College is located in the San Joaquin Valley in Tulare County, in the eastern part of California's Central Valley. The College provides academic services to approximately 4,300 students and offers a wide range of educational programs that lead to Associate degrees, certificates, or transfer opportunities.The town of Porterville is a blue-collar community that lies at the base of the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the Tule River and has a population of approximately 54,000.
In 2013, Porterville College became an Achieving the Dream Participating Institution. The campus is increasing the focus on the importance of connections across the community to break down silos and link educational and workforce development services. Achieving the Dream is providing an integrated approach to address transitional barriers and pathway development to foster student success and community access to career readiness support services.
Achieving the Dream is based on the premise that to improve student success on a substantial scale, colleges must fundamentally change the way they operate. This “Year of Inquiry “is focused on creating a culture of evidence in which data and inquiry drive broad-based institutional efforts to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes overall.
The following elements are essential to closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success:
The Student Success Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 1456, Lowenthal), signed by Governor Brown on September 27, 2012, provides a foundation to implement several recommendations from the Student Success Task Force. Porterville College's has welcomed the continuing frank examination of how to better serve students and the community. Efforts are ongoing to integrate the student success recommendations in a campus-wide coordinated manner. Additionally, through participation with Achieving the Dream, the college is focused on promoting institutional changes that enhance student learning and success.
With students as our focus, Porterville College provides our local and diverse communities an educational experiences that foster intellectual curiosity and growth, lifelong learning, and prepares our students for personal and academic success. In support of our values and philosophy, Porterville College:
The richness of diversity both demands and invites a dedication to a dynamic educational environment that is accessible and fosters the success of all students. The following support services address the diverse needs of the Porterville and surrounding areas.