Campus Connection Winter 2023 

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Community Presentation

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On January 30, President Dana Young and Foundation Executive Director Cathy Yasuda presented at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on the capital building project and initiatives for a new Nursing and Allied Health Professions Center.  Also, in attendance were TVCC faculty members Heather Bohr, Kilee Saldivar, and Brianne Haun who shared with the audience the opportunities for students in nursing as well as in the medical assistant program. More presentations on the Nursing and Allied Health Professions Center will be scheduled with local civic and leadership groups in the coming weeks.

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Above L-R: Board Chair Dirk DeBoer, Gilbert Martinez, President Dana Young

During the December 20, 2022 Board of Education meeting, President Dana Young and Board Chair Dirk DeBoer recognize Gilbert Martinez for his 50 years of service at Treasure Valley Community College.  

Martinez, a classified staff employee, started at the College in 1973 as a full-time custodian, and after retiring in 2002, he transitioned to a part-time position where he still remains to this day as a custodian. Congratulations again to Mr. Martinez for his many, many years of dedicated service.

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On Thursday, March 16th the TVCC Foundation will be hosting a Community Ag Forum in the new Florence Findley Career & Technical Education Center.  Foundation Executive Director Cathy Yasuda said the purpose of the summit is to solicit advice and counsel from local leaders in the ag community.  “We want to build and enhance relationships with the broader Treasure Valley ag community and related industries to explore opportunities for developing closer collaborations between the college and these important sectors of our region."   Yasuda said they hope to have a dialogue about the local workforce, economic conditions, opportunities, challenges, training needs and more.  In addition, college officials will update participants on the progress of the new Nursing & Allied Health Professions Center which Yasuda said has a widespread impact across all sectors of the community.  “We’re excited about the opportunity to have a productive discussion with many of our local ag and industry leaders on how we can work together to increase economic development and workforce training throughout Eastern Oregon and Southwest Idaho in our community,” Yasuda said.

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During the month of February, Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) celebrates National Career and Technical Education Month.  In coordination with Oregon’s community colleges and the Oregon Community College Association, TVCC was excited to be able to participate in one of four weekly Workforce Wednesday forums.  During these forums, each community college had the opportunity to showcase a specific program based on the theme for that week with the goal of informing our local legislators about the relevancy and value of CTE programs in our service districts.  Legislators heard from students, industry partners, college leadership and faculty, as well as advocates on the importance of career and technical education as it relates to job training, certificate and degree programs, and student success. On Wednesday, February 1, TVCC was geared up and ready as we highlighted our Medical Assistant Program during the month’s first Workforce Wednesday.  To view the Workforce Wednesday Zoom recording or learn more about the TVCC Medical Assistant Program please click on the buttons below:

Workforce Wednesday Recording  MA Program Information 

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Welding is a career on the rise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) is prepared to meet the demand! TVCC offers a Welding Industrial Technology AAS as well as a one-year certificate. Both programs provide students training for entry-level skills and related technical knowledge necessary for advancement in the metals welding industry. Upon satisfactory completion, students will be able to weld all types of joints, including piping, and perform oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and fluxed cored arc welding.

The benefit of the program is that the student can learn how to weld by practicing with real metal and gas as well as on an industry-leading welding simulator. The welding simulator accurately provides feedback on angle, speed, and leverage. This new piece of equipment enhances the welding skills in a high-need position. To get started in a Career visit:

TVCC's Welding Program

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As a result of funding from the Findley Mini-grant, Eastern Oregon Border Board, and Carl Perkins, the TVCC CTE Department was able to purchase a new residential utility vehicle and other essential program equipment.

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Above: Max Maeda, Wildland Fire Program Lead

Ready to upgrade your #skills? Learn from Wildland Fire Program Lead and TVCC Alumnus Max Maeda, and see what it takes to earn a certificate or degree in Wildland Fire Management: Learn About the Program

For more information visit: TVCC's Wildland Fire Program

  • In 1962, the first TVCC newspaper was called the Chukar Chatter. The newspaper was written by Dick McNutt and advised by James Roberts.  The newspaper originated fall quarter as a weekly column in the Daily Argus Observer. The paper was brought to campus in the spring of 1963 and was under the direction of Ed Haynes.  
  • In 1964, TVCC purchased an Army surplus bus for $650. Faculty sanded the exterior down and painted the vehicle a tan color. It was immediately dubbed “The Maple Bar.”
  • On March 3, 1966, the section of SW 7th Street that leads onto campus was changed to College Boulevard.

As a reminder, if you know of a student who is planning to attend TVCC this fall and who may need some additional resources, please remind them to fill out the TVCC Foundation’s new online scholarship application which can be found here by clicking the below button. Last year, the Foundation awarded over 165 scholarships totaling more than $235,000 to students.  The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2023.

Foundation Scholarship Application

Don't wait until the last minute!  If you haven't already submitted your application, please be aware the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm.  For more information about the TVCC Nursing Program click the button below or contact Rachel Grace, Nursing Program Coordinator at (541) 881-5940 or via Email:

TVCC RN Nursing Program

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Kudos submitted by Hannah May, Benefits Navigator

“Kudos to Rachel Grace for organizing the TVCC Healthcare Career Fair that was held on January 26th. I stopped by the fair and the set up was gorgeous! I know she (with the help of Rennie Neider and Brenda Vega Vega) worked tirelessly to execute the event and that effort should be recognized.”

Kudos submitted by Levi Day and Athletics Department

“Athletics appreciates Cheston (security) and Vern (physical plant) for all they do for us in Athletics. They are very important to our team. In addition, a huge THANK YOU to Rosa, Bill, and all the other custodial staff who keep the John J. Easly Memorial Gym and the rest of the campus looking so awesome.”