Tom Ashley, MSJC Board Candidate for Area 5

2012 will be Ashley's first run for public office.

General Information

Name : Mr. Tom Ashley
Age : 47
Place of residence : Murrieta



Attended college : Yes
College : UC Berkeley
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1989

Grad school

University : Azusa Pacific University
Degree : Education Administration
Year of graduation : 2005

Employment Information

Job titles held : Principal, Assistant Principal
Employers : Perris Union High School District

Political Information

Party affiliation : Other
Party affiliation : This is a nonpartisan office
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Mt. San Jacinto College District Trustee, Area 5
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 39989 Candy Apple Way

Campaign Manager

Name : Nancy Ashley


Website : www.VoteTomAshley.com

Other facts

I am concerned that the opportunity MSJC offers residents of the Temecula valley is threatened by our struggling economy and state budget. Tuition increases and lack of access to needed courses have become commonplace. I propose that: MSJC should expand job training programs for career advancement in emerging technologies that provide needed skills for higher paying jobs. MSJC must be responsive to the needs of the community to offer the maximum number of requested academic courses. Vigilance is needed to maintain the lowest possible tuition costs.

I believe in the community college system because it helped me to find success in college. In 1987, I transferred from Riverside Community College to UC Berkeley, where I graduated in 1989. Later, I earned a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

For the past twenty years, I have worked as a secondary school principal, assistant principal, and teacher. I have established a new school PTA and am a Rotarian. I have coached soccer, cross country, and track.

I am a life-long resident of southwest Riverside County and am married with two children who attend local public schools.

Michael Randall November 02, 2012 at 05:55 AM
How do you plan to create more classes while keeping tuition costs down? Also, what do you think about the Temecula campus? It has been crazy impacted this semester, even though I have a parking pass I have to park about a quarter mile from the school. In one of my courses at the Menifee campus, we are in the newest building (900), and we are the only class that uses that room this semester. Why are we overfilling the Temecula campus, when the nicer Menifee campus is being emptied? Is the Temecula campus more cost effective? Also, lately the lights in the parking lots have not been on at both the Menifee and Temecula campuses. I am fine with this as it saves money. What other plans do you have to cut down costs, so we can focus on expanding class availability? My personal advice is that we stop buying new buildings and use this money, to offer more classes and hire more teachers. I would guess that at any given time at least one third of our classrooms are not being used, I just do not see the point in building rooms that we do not need.
Michael Randall November 02, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Oh also, not sure if it will be in your jurisdiction but do you have plans for financial aid reform?
Tom Ashley November 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Michael, Creating more classes is my top priority. There are many possibilities for increasing funding without raising tuition and you pointed out one of them. The Temecula center is not very cost effective (50,000 per month) and my wife has also complained about parking. Also that site will never qualify for state funding since we rent it. The MSJC needs to think bigger and smaller in regards to serving our Temecula students: First, we should consider dropping the current Temecula site altogether if their is plenty of room at the Menifee Campus. At the same time, we should look for land for a comprehensive campus in the Temecula Valley. Although this is not an immediate issue, the long term planning should be done to locate a site that allows for state funding. It is my belief that comprehensive campus would absolutely thrive in Temecula. Other areas of savings could come from trimming consultants, legal costs, administrative costs, and re-vamping our security costs. All of these would free up huge amounts of savings for students. Thanks for your input and questions, Tom Ashley ps. In terms of financial aid reform, I'll study that issue closely and I welcome your ideas. I am not an expert on that issue but I'm a quick learner.
Michael Randall November 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Ah very good points. I was not aware about the state funding regarding the Temecula campus. I also did not know we rented it. If true I certainly agree we need to get out of there. As for financial aid there are many issues with it, but I am not certain of the solution. I just wanted to see if you had any ideas. I agree with most of your points and I will vote for you tomorrow, best of luck!
Nancy November 07, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Congratulations Tom all the hard work paid off!


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