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Sacramento City College learned Monday that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has reaffirmed the college’s accreditation. This comes after ACCJC completed its review of Sac City’s educational, fiscal and organizational structure and processes.

In order to retain the commission’s full re-authorization, Sac City must prepare and file a Follow-up Report by March 15, 2017, that addresses any deficiencies in policy and process noted throughout the review.

According to the commission’s official letter received by Interim President Michael Poindexter, “Reaffirmation of accreditation for eighteen months indicates that the institution is in substantial compliance with the Commission’s standards.”

Reaffirm Accreditation and Require a Follow-up Report

First Light

The Hulbe Observatory on the roof of Rodda Hall South has a new telescope and mount, thanks to a $40,000 upgrade.
The 17.5-inch PlaneWave reflector telescope is the largest in Sacramento, with an extremely high optical quality and “research-grade” capabilities, according to Astronomy Professor Liam McDaid.
The new telescope was unveiled to the public at a “First Light” event in the early morning hours of Feb. 4 when the planetary alignment of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and the moon were observable.
The first open observatory – the monthly event open the general public – with the new telescope will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.

Study Abroad homepage

Students who may be interested in studying in London during the Fall 2016 semester are encouraged to attend an informational presentation at  Noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 in Rodda Hall North, Room 264.

At the event, you will learn the cost (and how financial aid can be used for the trip), the classes that will be offered, and many of the add-ons that can accompany the Study Abroad trip.

Many SCC students have spent semesters in foreign countries over the years, and report a valuable experience not only in terms of the education received, but also in the cultural immersion of the program.

Town Hall home page

Mark your calendar for two upcoming Town Hall forums at SCC. Both will be put on by the Los Rios Community College District, and both will be held in the Student Center.

  1. “What are you looking for in the next SCC President?” – Friday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. – Noon.
  2. “2016 Strategic Plan” – Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Organizers ask that interested people register for the second forum on the Los Rios website.

If you are unable to attend the first forum, but would like your input to be considered, you may email Chancellor Brian King at

If you are unable to attend the second forum and would like your input to be considered, you may visit to do so.

Success Coaches homepage

SCC has hired four success coaches, each of whom can help you start your semester off right, improve and develop skills, and teach you how to succeed at Sacramento City College.

Take the time to meet with Rachel Bingham, Karin Mack, Lee Moua and/or Woubejig Shiferaw to help with many of your educational questions or concerns. They are well trained to help you.

To make an appointment, call 916-558-2390. You can also find them on their new website.

Find your success coach today!


Poindexter President hompeage

At the Jan. 13 monthly meeting of the Los Rios Board of Trustees, Board members approved the appointment of Michael Poindexter as Interim President of Sacramento City College.

He will succeed Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, who is leaving SCC to take the presidency at Santa Monica College.

Michael will begin his service as Interim president on February 3. He has served at SCC since 2007 in his current capacity as Vice President of Student Services, and he has more than 25 years of administrative experience at both two-year and four-year institutions.

According to an email sent to all employees, Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian King said, “We are fortunate to have a team of three outstanding vice presidents at Sacramento City College—including MIchael, VP of Instruction Mary Turner and VP of Administration Laduan Smedley—who work together closely and will partner to make the transition smooth.”

A more formal search for a full-time president will begin immediately, King said, adding that his goal is to have the next permanent president named by the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

UTP Pass

In September 2015, Los Rios students approved a new Univeral Transit Pass (UTP)  fee that allows students to use all public transit bus and light rail systems at a greatly reduced rates in Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador and Yolo counties, and the cities of Folsom and Elk Grove.

Effective with the Spring 2016 semester, the UTP fee charged to students is changing, along with how the UTP works. Here’s the latest information:


  • A UTP is available to eligible students who enroll in more than three (3) units at any one college in the district, have a photo ID and have paid ALL fees.
  • The UTP fee will vary depending on the number of units a student is enrolled in at $2.10 per unit, up to a maximum of $31.50 (if enrolled in 15 or more units across the District).  For example, a student enrolled in 4 units will pay $8.40; a student enrolled in 10 units will pay $21.00; a student enrolled in 12 units will pay $25.20.
  • Students enrolled in 3 or fewer units at any one college may purchase a monthly Regional Transit pass for half the regular rate at any Los Rios College Business Services Office (the rate is currently $100 for a basic monthly RT pass, so the rate for Los Rios College students is $50).
  • There is NO reduction in fees for students who have a BOG fee waiver.


  • All summer students enrolled in summer session will be charged the same UTP fee (regardless of unit load) – That fee is $10.
  • There is NO reduction in fees for students who have a BOG fee waiver.

For more information, go to the Los Rios website: