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West Sacramento Center Celebrates 5 Years

The Sacramento City College West Sacramento Center is celebrating its 5-year birthday on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to the celebration at the center, which will include a short program led by SCC President Kathryn Jeffery and an open house.


Kondos ‘Exchange Show’ Opens Jan. 29

The Kondos Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 29 for “The Exchange Show,” featuring the works of recent graduates from the Sacramento State Master of Arts program.

The reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kondos Gallery at the Sacramento City College main campus.

Featured artists are Phillip Altstatt, Jeff Carter, Afsaneh Dehbozorg, Jeff Mayry, Roberta Rousos, Brad Starkey and Minh Tran.

The exhibit runs from Jan. 29 through Feb. 20. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 12-4 p.m; Friday, 12-3 p.m.; or by appointment by contacting or calling 558-2559.


Convocation Includes Accreditation Review

Spring Convocation was held Friday, Jan. 16, with the main focus on SCC’s Accreditation Schedule for 2015. The program began with the handing out of several Awards of Excellence to faculty members and the introduction of new staff members. President Kathryn E. Jeffery spoke about the accomplishments of Sac City during 2014, and Chancellor Brian King gave everyone an update on Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal and the upcoming anniversaries throughout the Los Rios District.

Then, Accreditation Tri-Chairs – Don Palm, Ginnie May and Kelli Irwin – updated the crowd on the steps that have already taken place to write the self evaluation. Faculty were then asked to go to City Cafe for a light lunch and opportunity to delve more deeply into the self evaluation. This first draft of the document is due to the district office for their review on Feb. 6.

Convocation is the official start to the semester, traditionally held the day before classes begin.


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Sac City Drops Double Doubleheaders

The Panthers basketball teams are off to a rough start in Big 8 conference play, losing a pair of doubleheaders last week.

The men’s team suffered a close 61-60 loss to rival American River and a 66-61 loss to Modesto. They have lost three straight games and have fallen to 6-9 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers also lost the first two games of their conference schedule, 61-47 to American River and 45-42 to Modesto. They have dropped to 3-11 on the season.

The Panthers play host to Cosumnes River on Tuesday in a doubleheader at the SCC North Gym. The women play at 5:30 p.m. with the men scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Remember, SCC students and staff are free with current ID card. So are children under 12. General admission is $7.

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The Tassel is Worth the Hassle

Four students graduated Friday from the College 2 Career (C2C) program at Sacramento City College. SCC is one of only eight community colleges in the state to offer this program, under the direction of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

“We are very proud of this program, and we are very proud of you,” Sac City President Kathryn E. Jeffery told the graduates and their families inside the Cultural Awareness Center. “C2C creates opportunities for students who might not have other pathways without it. You have a lifeline here at City College.”

College 2 Career is a program housed within the Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) that supports the learning needs and employment goals of individuals with an intellectual disability, and is available for incoming or current students.

C2C pits a mentor with each student, and as a team they focus on building skills leading to employment by the completion of the academic program.  Then, the college assists in finding each student a job in his or her chosen field.

“Today is not a momentary success, but one step in a lifetime of success,” said Christine Hernandez, Dean of Financial Aid and Student Services.

Pictured above is Kenneth Cha, one of the graduates. Kenneth earned a certificate in library science and information technology.

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Accounting, Math & English Tutors Available

The West Sacramento Educational Center provides tutors for a variety of classes, including accounting, math, and English.

Here is the upcoming schedule for the rest of the semester.

Room 320
Monday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Room 320
Monday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 3:30pm

Room 322
Monday: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday: 10:30am – 3:00pm

For more information on these tutoring opportunities, visit or call (916) 375-5505


Brown Bag with Brian

Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian King spoke to assembled employees and students for one hour on Monday, December 8, in the SCC Student Center. Topics ranged from facilities improvements and the need for more counselors to the new SCC smoking regulations and the possible opportunity to offer four-year degrees.
Here are some remarks by Chancellor King:
On facility improvements – “All four colleges in our district have projects they’d like to do, but there is no state bond issue at this time and maybe not in the next two years, so we will watch carefully.”
“We have more needs than financing, and so we would consider going back to the voters on another bond measure if the state does not address the issue on a broader scale.”
On offering baccalaureate degrees – “As of now there is no additional funding to do this, so it is a zero-sum game. If we offered some upper division courses, we would have to cut some lower division courses.”
“We also do not have the space to offer extra classes. It’s an interesting conversation, and an issue we will be watching very closely.”
On enrollment – “We have remained flat last year and this year, and are well below the high we had before the recession. It is important to grow enrollment somewhat, but always difficult to figure out why the pendulum sways pretty good back and forth.”
“We are seeing a little drop from students right out of high school, even though it is tough to get into the CSUs and UCs. We need to build stronger relationships with high school students. We need to do a better job of working with K-12s explaining to high school students how difficult it is to succeed at the community college level.”
On Adult Education – “two years ago Governor Brown decided he wanted to shift Adult Ed to the community colleges without much input from the K-12s or Community Colleges.”
“We are leading a consortium in the Sacramento area on this issue, concerning how much money will be given to Adult Ed, because it has been cut in half, and what the expectations will be. Right now, we have more questions than answers.”
On the need for more counselors – “The demand for counseling is huge, but we have to come up with creative ways to meet that need. I do not see a huge increase in money for counseling in the near future, so the challenge is how we can meet the needs better and differently. We have to work together to improve processes.”
On the new smoking standard at SCC – “Any decision we make on this always must focus on what is best for our students and faculty, knowing these aren’t easy decisions.”

Kondos & Solomon

New Exhibit in Kondos by Kondos

Greg Kondos, the namesake of SCC’s Kondos Gallery, and Russ Solomon provide the paintings and photographs in the latest installation at the gallery. The new display opened on Dec. 2 and will run through Dec. 15.

A reception in the artists’ honor will be given from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the gallery. In addition, the artists will be in the gallery from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m on Friday, Dec. 5 to meet the public.

Kondos Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 3 p.m. on Fridays. There is no cost to attend the show.

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Donation of “Condom Cart” on World AIDS Day

Thanks to the work of Adjunct Professor Patty Blomberg, several of her students in this semester’s Human Sexuality course, and the Capital City AIDS Fund (CCAF), Sacramento City College is the recipient of a brand new motorized golf cart, called the “Condom Connection.”

The keys to the new golf cart, painted in SCC colors, with our logo and other catchy phrases (such as “Protect your Panther”), were formally given to Dr. Mary Turner, Vice President of Instruction, last night during a World AIDS Day celebration and remembrance at FACES nightclub in downtown Sacramento.

The “Condom Connection” will be delivered to the campus soon, and will then be used by our Health Services department to drive around the main campus and deliver free condoms and information concerning the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Unfortunately, the most at-risk age group for contracting STIs is between 20 and 29.

“We think this cart will be a fun way to break down barriers, so our students will know to use a barrier, Dr. Turner said as she accepted the keys on behalf of SCC and President Kathryn Jeffery.

In addition, the donation and issue of STIs among college age students was reported by Fox40 news during their 10 p.m. broadcast. To see and read the report, click on the following link:

Again, we wish to congratulate Professor Blomberg and her students and thank the Capital City AIDS Fund for all their work on this exciting donation to SCC! Look for it around campus soon.