IMPERIAL COUNTY – Two new administrators were hired to oversee Imperial Valley College’s student affairs department, including government, activities, campus organizations, facilities access, enrollment, and other areas that impact IVC’s 8,000 students.

James Dalske accepted the job of Interim Dean of Students Affairs and Enrollment Services beginning in May. He replaced Victor Torres, who moved into the college’s Economic and Workforce Development Department to become Associate Dean of Workforce Development and Nontraditional Instruction.

Dalske comes to Imperial Valley College with 16 years of progressive leadership responsibility. His previous position was Dean of Students at California State University Maritime Academy. He was chosen as a 2018-2019 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. The ACE Fellows Program is known as the most effective, comprehensive leadership development program in American higher education today. Dalske served his fellowship year at the University of California, Merced and was entrenched in learning about public-private funding models and building a thriving model for low-income first-generation Hispanic students. He is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Dalske is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University. He received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Chapman University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Maritime Academy.

Yareli Rivera works directly with students, as one of the youngest managers hired at Imperial Valley College and assumed the Student Development and Activities Director position. She is a Valley native and IVC alumna, who is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education with an emphasis on community college leadership at San Diego State University. She received a Master's in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley.

Rivera is devoted to making higher education in the Imperial Valley accessible, equitable, and attainable. She recently served as the Data Analyst and Retention Specialist for San Diego State University-Imperial Valley and was previously an Assistant Coordinator for Compact for Success and Collaborative Programs for SDSU.

“We are thrilled to have both James and Yareli join our team. James has a great commitment to help students succeed and he has an excellent background to accomplish his vision.” “Yareli is seen as a role model for our students and she is innovative and passionate about serving students,” said Dr. Martha Garcia, IVC Superintendent/President.

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