Member, Board of Trustees, Seat 2 —Los Angeles Community College DistrictMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
Los Angeles Community College DistrictMember, Board of Trustees, Seat 2
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- Improve graduation and transfer rates and expand job-training programs.
- Responsibly manage and equitably distribute the District's budget.
- Prioritize funding to the expand the most in-demand courses.
Steve Veres led the turnaround of America’s largest Community College system. As the President of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, he increased fiscal accountability, promoted transparency, and cleaned up the district’s construction problems. Under his leadership, the LA Community College District has balanced its budget, improved credit ratings, and expanded critical job training programs.
He is a former public school teacher and has taught various college courses at UCLA and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. A Los Angeles native, Steve attended Loyola High School and earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA. He was a graduate student and teaching assistant in UCLA’s History department. Additionally, Steve worked as a journalist and news editor.
As the Los Angeles Director to State Senate Leader Kevin de León, Steve works hard every day to protect and empower middle class families. Working with local lawmakers, he helped clean up the LA River, expanded access to higher education, and secured funding to build 17 new parks in Los Angeles. In 2014, Steve helped lead the effort to triple California’s Film and Television Tax Credit and make it more accountable to taxpayers. The bill was praised as one of the most significant steps to protect California’s film industry jobs in the past 100 years.
Steve’s long record of public service includes elections to the San Fernando City Council and appointments to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council, the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, and the Metropolitan Water District.
Steve lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife and three daughters.
More information is available at www.steveveres.com
- Maintain and improve the quality of education while expanding access to non-traditional students.
- Work with the City of Los Angeles and State of California to provide two years of free higher education to all residents of the LACCD.
- Improve the ease of transferring credits to 4-year California public universities (CSUs and UCs) for transfer students.
Why is Norman Running for the LACCD Board of Trustees
Norman wishes to use his background and experience to ensure high-quality, affordable education for our area.
After teaching for 10 years at Cal State Dominguez Hills I have worked with hundreds of graduates from LA Community Colleges and believe that my background, knowledge and experience will be useful in moving the LACCD system towards a better future. The system has great promise as the largest in our country, but I note that a majority of my management students entered my class lacking prerequisite knowledge in algebra and microeconomics. In my classes I spend several class periods addressing these critical skill gaps. I know there is an opportunity to increase the quality of the education received by the typical LACCD student. The solutions will require heavy involvement of faculty and current efforts to turn towards technology to improve effectiveness must be carefully overseen. My own experience has shown me how well intentioned efforts to save money with online instruction undercut the quality of education while offering limited improvements in efficiency.
Several years ago, I began volunteering my time to support efforts of several of the LA Community Colleges to help modernize their curriculum, receive grant money and conduct business plan competitions. This experience introduced me to several leaders working to support the economic development of our region through their roles within LACCD. Their work inspired me to seek an opportunity to help the LACCD system continue improving with the goal of becoming the crown jewel of affordable, public education in America.
My experience in higher education qualifies me to serve as a trustee. I have spent the past decade helping my students manage the transition from community college to a four-year, public university. I have been a member of CFA, the faculty union during my entire time at CSU Dominguez Hills and spent several years working on the Faculty Rights committee. I also helped plan our one-day strike held on the Dominguez Hills and East Bay campuses. I have had good relationships with our local and state union leaders.
My Academic record includes one year as an interim Associate Dean, two years as Department Chair and six years on my Academic Senate. At CSU Dominguez Hills I was the Chair of the Faculty Policy Committee and currently as the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee for the 23 campus California State University system. I have served on search committees for full-time and part-time faculty, the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the CSU system, Dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, and AVP of Human Resources for CSUDH.
I earned a Masters and a PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota which is one of the top programs in the country for HR and Labor Relations. The knowledge I gained will be very important in overseeing the negotiation and budgeting of faculty and staff contracts for the LACCD.
What Will Norman Do As Trustee?
Four campaign pledges.
As Trustee Professor Norman pledges to:
1. Work with the City of Los Angeles and State of California to provide one tuition-free AA degree to all residents of the LACCD.
2. Expand the use of Open Educational Resources to increase the affordability of textbooks for LACCD students.
3. Increase the ease of transferring to area 4-year universities and improve the transfer and graduation rates of LACCD students.
4. Ensure the responsible use of financial resources raised from taxes, fees and bonds to modernize the campuses, curriculum and career services.