Porterville College

PC Introduces New Vice President of Student Services

Primavera Arvizu

PC Introduces Primavera Arvizu as New VP of Student Services

Central Valley native brings wealth of experience and knowledge to college


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PORTERVILLE, Calif. – (April 18, 2018) – Primavera Arvizu, a Central Valley native who has 13 years of higher-education experience, was introduced today as Porterville College’s new Vice President of Student Services. In her role, Arvizu will work to ensure that the right programs, services, and support that all students need to graduate on time and transfer are in place at PC.

“I really like smaller institutions. That is what drew me to Porterville College. I want to make a difference here and in the community,” Arvizu said. “I am looking forward to providing opportunities to students who face barriers and obstacles and would otherwise think that education is not for them. I want to show them that education is most definitely for them.”

Most recently, Arvizu served as the Dean of Student Success at Taft College, where she brought student success to the forefront by enhancing systems, removing barriers and providing learning opportunities.

In the various leadership roles she has held throughout her career, Arvizu has worked across a broad spectrum of initiatives and programs, including Integrated Planning, Guided Pathways, Student Success, Financial Aid, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Cooperative Agencies Resource for Education (CARE), California Work Opportunities and Responsibilities to Kids (CalWORKs), McNair, Admissions and Records, Counseling, Athletics, TRIO, Title IX, Student Discipline, Assessment, Student Activities and others. Her many responsibilities have included student learning outcomes assessments, program reviews, federal and state reporting, strategic planning, accreditation and state compliance.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Arvizu join the PC family. She has a significant amount of Student Services experience and focuses on the needs of the students,” PC President Bill Henry said. “She is familiar with the district, our systems and many of our current Student Services staff. Ms. Arvizu will be a great addition to the administrative team and the entire PC family.”

Arvizu grew up in Lamont, which is located about 10 miles southeast of downtown Bakersfield. She attended West High School in Bakersfield and Bakersfield College before transferring to California State University, Bakersfield, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in student affairs.

“I grew up in a small town,” Arvizu said, “so I am looking forward to getting to know the Porterville community and better understanding how Porterville College positively impacts the community as a whole.”


Interviews with Primavera Arvizu can be scheduled through Alex Schultz, who can be reached at (559) 791-2209 or alex.schultz@portervillecollege.edu.


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