By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– As Victor Valley College Faculty and Students prepare for the start of the Spring Semester, they return to new equipment and additional services courtesy of a generous year-end gift from the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation. The Victor Valley College Foundation reached out to Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, with a list of immediate needs identified by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs at Victor Valley College and he responded by underwriting the entire list with a $120,000 gift just before the new year.
“Dr. Reddy has proven yet again that he values education and is a friend to our students,” said Peter Allan, Interim Superintendent / President at Victor Valley College. “His generosity over the years has allowed our college to do very good things to better serve and support student success. This gift to STEM programs helps us meet some immediate needs so we can stay focused on innovation.”
“These students are our future, and it is imperative that we give them the best training available,” said Dr. Reddy. “I came from an impoverished background to become a cardiologist. Nothing is impossible for these hard working students, and I hope that this contribution helps them achieve their dreams.”
Dr. Reddy and his family founded the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation (also known as Desert Valley Charitable Foundation), a nonprofit foundation that has donated millions to various charities, including those that support health education, college scholarships, public healthcare education and free community clinics. Additionally, the Prime Healthcare Foundation was founded and entirely funded by Dr. Reddy and his family with current assets of over $700 million. It owns six non-profit acute care hospitals both in California and Texas, which are considered community assets.
Among the items supported with Dr. Reddy’s most recent gift to Victor Valley College is a new autoclave for the college biology department. This aging piece of equipment sterilizes supplies used in science labs and while it had been well taken care of was operating beyond its expected life. The funding donated will allow the department to acquire a new, more efficient piece of equipment that will literally serve thousands of students each year. His contribution also expanded tutoring services in the Victor Valley College Math Success Center to help students master math concepts when classroom instruction is not enough for them individually. Hundreds of students need one-on-one tutoring in math in order to pass the subject each year. Additional support from this gift will also assist the college’s new robotics program (engineering) to acquire robotics kits for use in instruction and the computer information systems program to add new technology for its students to use. All STEM programs will also benefit from additional staff development funding so that teachers can stay on top of the newest advances in their fields thanks to Dr. Reddy’s gift.
Inspired by Dr. Reddy’s generosity, the Victor Valley College Foundation will continue to focus on a “Year of STEM” in 2014 to support additional initiatives in these valuable disciplines.
“We know how important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are in creating the workforce of today and tomorrow,” said Foundation President Don Brown. “The needs in these programs are high priorities for the Foundation because these programs are high priorities for our community.”
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