EOPS/CARE Specialist, and Classified Senate President
2015 - Present, President, Classified Senate
2013 - Present, EOPS/CARE Specialist
2011 - Present, Vice President, West Valley College Classified Senate
2006 - 2011, Senator, West Valley College Classified Senate
2006 - 2008, Director, West Valley Summer College for Kids
2000 - 2013, Program Specialist, Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy
June 2003 to July 2005, Instructor West Valley Summer College for Kids
Present - College Council, District Council, BRAC, Convocation, DC Fiscal Work Group
2008 - 2014, Professional Development/All College Day Committee
2012 - 2013 Veterans Task Force
2012 - 2013 Adviser, Interior Design Club
2011 - 2013 Sustainability Committee
Getting Green by Going Green: Strategies for the Energy Efficient and Fuel Conscious Consumer
College for Kids: Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels; Black & White Photography; Team Sports; Cooking for Kids
Melissa studied Child Development and completed the IGETC path at Foothill and De Anza Colleges before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz, Melissa focused on education, public policy, and social justice issues while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.
Melissa joined the EOPS Department in April 2013 as a Program Specialist. She oversees the PAL Academy, Student Tutors and CARE Program. Melissa performs outreach and works to recruit students and provide opportunities for their academic success.
As the current President of the WVC Classified Staff, Melissa is the go-to person for shared governance and Professional Development for all Classified Staff.
Melissa began her career at West Valley College in March of 2000 with the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTE). In this role, Melissa was responsible for grant implementation, legislative outreach, training development, curriculum modification, and content on the ATTE's iTunesU and social media pages. She worked with the ATTE team to evolve the ATTE's training, community relations and student intern programs. Additionally, she worked to develop and market new training programs, procure funding, and provide enrollment and career guidance to students and job-seekers. Melissa advised the ATTE's K-12 activities and coordinated public educational events to advocate training programs for sustainable fuels, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.