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IVC Named Best Community College in California

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I’m so pleased to report that Irvine Valley College (IVC) has been named the best community college in California by BestColleges.com. The ranking was based on the school’s reputation and academic quality.

IVC President Dr. John Hernandez issued the following statement: “IVC is honored to be recognized by BestColleges.com as the rankings were compiled with an emphasis on academic quality, which includes graduation rates and college full-time retention rates indicating the percentage of students who continue their studies full-time from one academic year to the next. This recognition affirms our commitment to academic excellence, innovative programs, and a dedicated community of educators and learners. It provides another valuable tool for students and parents researching and exploring the college-planning process.”

IVC truly is one of our City’s best kept secrets. The college offers two-year associate degrees in over 70 majors in the liberal arts and sciences; business sciences; social sciences; and technologies. Students can complete general education and pre-major requirements for transfer to four-year colleges. They can also train for a specific job by earning a certificate in one of IVC’s 60 career and technical programs.

IVC continues to lead among all Orange County community colleges when it comes to transfer rates to UCI and UCLA. The school has partnered with UCI to provide a clear path for students who want to get into UCI’s science and engineering programs. The UCI-IVC Engineering Academy provides guaranteed admission into UCI’s Samueli School of Engineering for those students who successfully complete the program and meet academic standards.

As one of the elected South Orange County Community College District Trustees, I couldn’t be more proud to live in Irvine — home to such a wonderful community college.

Carolyn Inmon

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