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A Warm Welcome to Sorangel Hernandez—Title V Cooperative Program Director

LAVC welcomes Sorangel Hernandez, the new Program Director for the Title V Cooperative Program at Valley College. She will oversee the 3-campus cooperative program (at LAVC, East LA College, and LA Trade Tech) that is designed to improve retention, persistence, and completion rates of students.

A Warm Welcome to Sorangel Hernandez—Title V Cooperative Program Director

The LAVC Academic Affairs Office welcomes Sorangel Hernandez as its new Title V Cooperative Program Director. Under the supervision of Dr. Deborah diCesare, she will be responsible for overseeing a new three-campus cooperative program with LAVC, East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education H.S.I. Title V Cooperative.

The Title V Cooperative Program will develop activities that address low progress rates, low persistence and low completion rates of students by focusing on the following three areas: faculty development, adaptive course learning and a one-stop student support. Sorangel's duties include managing the budget, program activities, and the overall implementation of the program. 

LAVC is taking the lead on the area of faculty development, and Sorangel is currently recruiting faculty to participate in a teaching innovation academy for instructors who teach students who are at-risk of failing or repeating "gateway" course. This two-week academy will focuses on learning ways to increase retention and success in high-demand, low-success courses, and then redesigning the classes and piloting them in the Fall 2016 semester. Interested faculty members should contact Sorangel to find out how to participate.

Sorangel will also oversee the adaptive learning components being lead at ELAC and LATTC. These components will explore technology-blended learning environments for students, that adapt to the learning style of the student to improve student engagement. In addition, the program will observe ELAC's one stop student support component. 

In addition, Sorangel will work with the LAVC, ELAC and LATTC foundations on the Endowment Match component of the grant to help sustain the program after the grant ends. The grant will match up to $20,000 each year, from each college, for up to five years.  

She has worked in the LACCD since 2005. Prior to arriving at LAVC, Sorangel was at the LACCD CalWORKs coordinator for all nine colleges in the District. She also worked at before becoming a Specially Funding Program specialist/coordinator over the career technical education, contract education, and an industry-driven cooperative at Harbor College.

A graduate of East Los Angeles College, she holds her bachelor's degree in criminology, law and society from UC Irvine, her master's in public policy from USC, and is currently earning her doctorate in educational leadership from USC.

Sorangel is located in the Title V Cooperative Program Office in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 211. She can be reached at (818) 778-5682 or

For more information about the Title V Cooperative Program Grant, visit the LAVC Grants Committee Web page.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 5/4/2016 5:00:03 PM