The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university located in La Verne, California, United States, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Founded in 1891, the university is composed of the College of Arts & science, College of Business & Public Management, College of Education and Organizational Leadership, College of Law, and a Regional Campus Administration that oversees seven regional campuses. It awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many of their classes are taught at smaller campuses throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Maria Contreras-Sweet, the 24th administrator of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), will deliver the address at the University of La Verne’s 2017 spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 27. She will also receive an honorary degree during the ceremonies, which will take place at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Contreras-Sweet, who sees entrepreneurship as a force that can change lives and lift communities, was appointed by former President Barack Obama to lead the SBA in 2014. She held the position and served on the president’s cabinet until the end of his term in January, 2017. The SBA is charged with supporting America’s 28 million small businesses, which create a majority of U.S. jobs and employ half of the country’s private-sector workforce. As head of the agency, Contreras-Sweet oversaw a $120 billion loan portfolio as well as the world’s largest seed fund and business counseling network. Contreras-Sweet is also a business leader, entrepreneur, and former California state cabinet official. She launched three businesses of her own, including a community bank in downtown Los Angeles. Prior to that, she served as the California cabinet secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, where she oversaw 44,000 employees, a $14 billion budget, and 14 state departments, including the departments of Transportation, Highway Patrol, Housing, Financial Institutions, Corporations, Real Estate, and Motor Vehicles. Contreras-Sweet is also a founding director of the California Endowment, a $3 billion foundation dedicated to improving the health status of Californians. Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences and the LaFetra College of Education will begin at 10 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Business and Public Management begins at 3:30 p.m. Citizens Business Bank Arena is at 4000 Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario. About the University of La Verne Founded in 1891 and located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, the University of La Verne is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive institution founded on four core values: lifelong learning, ethical reasoning, civic and community engagement, and diversity and inclusivity. The University of La Verne serves nearly 8,400 students on the historic La Verne location as well as across 10 Southern California regional campuses.
News Article | May 2, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has evaluated the best colleges and universities in California for 2017. Of the 50 four-year schools who made the list, Stanford University, University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley came in as the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools ranked, Santa Rosa Junior College, Pasadena City College, Ohlone College, College of San Mateo and Mission College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “California offers students some of the highest-quality academic opportunities in the country, and the schools on our list are the best of the best,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Not only do these colleges and universities offer outstanding degree programs, they also provide their students with career resources and counseling services that equip them for post-college success.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in California” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in California” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in California for 2017 include: Art Center College of Design Azusa Pacific University California Baptist University California Institute of Technology California Lutheran University California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California State University-Long Beach Chapman University Claremont McKenna College Concordia University-Irvine Dominican University of California Fresno Pacific University Harvey Mudd College Holy Names University Loma Linda University Loyola Marymount University Mills College Mount Saint Mary's University National University Notre Dame de Namur University Occidental College Pacific Union College Pepperdine University Pitzer College Point Loma Nazarene University Pomona College Saint Mary's College of California San Diego State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Scripps College Stanford University University of California-Berkeley University of California-Davis University of California-Irvine University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Riverside University of California-San Diego University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Cruz University of La Verne University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of the Pacific Westmont College Whittier College Woodbury University The Best Two-Year Colleges in California for 2017 include: Allan Hancock College American River College Bakersfield College Butte College Cabrillo College Canada College Chabot College Chaffey College Citrus College City College of San Francisco College of San Mateo College of the Canyons College of the Siskiyous Contra Costa College Copper Mountain College Crafton Hills College Cuesta College Cypress College De Anza College Diablo Valley College Feather River College Foothill College Fresno City College Las Positas College Lassen Community College Long Beach City College MiraCosta College Mission College Modesto Junior College Monterey Peninsula College Mt. San Antonio College Napa Valley College Ohlone College Orange Coast College Palomar College Pasadena City College Riverside City College Sacramento City College Saddleback College San Bernardino Valley College San Diego Mesa College Santa Ana College Santa Barbara City College Santa Rosa Junior College Shasta College Skyline College Solano Community College Southwestern College West Valley College Yuba College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | May 15, 2017
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water recently announced it has named Garry Hofer the Vice President of Operations of California American Water, effective immediately. Hofer replaces Rich Svindland, who was named the President of California American Water last February. As the vice president for Operations, Hofer will now lead all operations for California American Water including Water and Wastewater Treatment, Transmission, Distribution, Field Services, SCADA, Water Quality and Environmental Compliance, Customer Advocacy, and Metering. “We are pleased to have Garry take on this position for the company,” said Rich Svindland, the president of California American Water. “Throughout his years at California American Water, Garry has demonstrated his vast knowledge of water utility operations and his exceptional leadership skills. Garry has done an outstanding job as the Director for Southern California Operations these last five years and we look forward to seeing him continue to serve our customers well in his new role.” Hofer began his career at California American Water in 2008 as the External Affairs Manager for the Southern Division and later, the Operations Manager for the Los Angeles District. Hofer has served as the Director of Operations for the Southern California Division since 2012 where he was responsible for overseeing 70,000 service connections and helped provide high quality water services to approximately 180,000 residents in throughout the San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura County districts. Hofer’s additional water utility experiences includes managing corporate communications, public and media relations at Southwest Water Company Utility Group and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. A member of American Water Works Association and the California Water Association, Hofer maintains chapter memberships with various organizations such as the Main San Gabriel Watermaster Board of Directors and Raymond Basin Board of Directors. Hofer is also the Former President for the Board of Directors with the Hurst Ranch Historical Center. Hofer received his Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from University of La Verne, attended Chapman College for graduate studies in Creative Writing. He holds Level II certifications for Water and Wastewater Treatment. California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 660,000 people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
News Article | May 28, 2017
Maria Contreras-Sweet, who led the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama, urged more than 1,500 new University of La Verne graduates on Saturday to embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship and lead lives of service. Contreras-Sweet addressed the graduates during the university’s two 125th anniversary spring commencement ceremonies at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. More than 10,000 relatives and friends gathered in the arena to see the graduates receive their master’s, bachelor’s, and doctoral degrees. Contreras-Sweet told the graduates to believe in the power of the underdog, and to use “every bit of grit” to reach their goals and improve the lives of those around them. “It’s not enough to have a good idea and a diploma,” she said. “You have to act on the challenges.” Contreras-Sweet believes in the power of entrepreneurship because she has lived it. She was born in Mexico and came to the United States with her mother and five siblings at age five. When they arrived in Southern California, nobody in the family spoke English, and her mother took a job in a poultry processing plant to provide for the family. Contreras-Sweet forged her own path into the worlds of business and government, breaking barriers for herself and others along the way. As secretary of California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, she was the state’s first Latina cabinet official. In that role, she oversaw 44,000 employees, a $14 billion budget, and 14 state departments. As an entrepreneur, she launched three businesses of her own, including a community bank in downtown Los Angeles that aimed to assist underserved communities. Her work with the bank caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who appointed her in 2014 to serve as a member of his cabinet and lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. On Saturday, Contreras-Sweet told graduates that entrepreneurial vision is necessary to solve the major issues facing the world, such as health care, security, and food scarcity. But part of embracing entrepreneurship is recognizing its limits, she said. She asked graduates to also respect diversity, be global citizens, and support marginalized communities. “Remember the mission of service,” she said. “Be generous and kind and bring others along.” Only four percent of venture capital in the United States goes to women, she said. One percent goes to African Americans and another one percent goes to Hispanic Americans. And the glass ceiling continues to keep women from reaching many top jobs, she said. “In corporate America today, there are more CEOs named John than women named anything,” she said. “So our work is still cut out for us.” Prior to her commencement address, the university presented Contreras-Sweet with an honorary degree in recognition of her achievements. University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman called Contreras-Sweet the embodiment of the American dream. About the University of La Verne Founded in 1891 and located 35 miles east of Los Angeles, the University of La Verne is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive institution founded on four core values: lifelong learning, ethical reasoning, civic and community engagement, and diversity and inclusivity. The University of La Verne serves nearly 8,400 students on the historic La Verne location as well as across nine Southern California regional campuses.
News Article | May 24, 2017
"This is a very proud and important moment for Cerritos College. Having the privilege to witness – the largest graduating class in the history of the institution – is an incredible honor," said Dr. Jose Fierro, Cerritos College President/Superintendent. "I am so proud of our students for their ability to stay laser focused and committed to earning a degree or certificate. The success of our students is a testament to a campus wide effort of support, and the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff who undoubtedly helped our students succeed." Students will be transitioning to some of the nation's top colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of La Verne, Loyola Marymount University, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, among other notable schools. Additionally, 92 percent of students in the College's Scholars' Honors Program were admitted to UCLA this year, a 20 percent increase from 2016. Michele Siqueiros, President of the Campaign for College Opportunity, served as the commencement speaker. About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cerritos-college-honors-largest-graduating-class-in-campus-history-300463539.html