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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.

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

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

ENGLISH and ESL
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 http://www.scc.losrios.edu/westsaccenter/ or call (916) 375-5505

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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.”

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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:

http://fox40.com/2014/12/01/world-aids-day-a-time-for-reflection-education-in-sacramento/

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.

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U.C. President Visits Sac City

Sacramento City College served as host to Janet Napolitano, University of California President, and more than 20 community college presidents and chancellors from throughout Northern California Monday morning. The gathering was part of a series of “Conversations” Ms. Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, is having with community college leaders throughout the state. Her intent is to see more students transfer from the community colleges to the U.C. System.

Topics during the 2 ½ hour session included a range of topics of mutual benefit between the two higher education systems. The group discussed the use of transfer agreements (TAGs), how well community college transfer students do once they arrive on U.C. campuses, ideas for developing stronger pathways that lead from high school to the community colleges and then to U.C., and advocating for a stronger system-wide approach to higher education in California.

The meeting followed last week’s decision by the University of California Regents to raise tuition at U.C. campuses by 5 percent in each of the next five years. Napolitano said the tuition increase was necessary because the California state budget has not kept pace with inflation, or allowed the higher education system (including the community colleges and the California State Universities) to expand its programs and services to the state’s students.

Napolitano and her staff chose Sacramento City College because of our Davis Educational Center, which is located on the U.C. Davis campus. She previously held a similar conference at Merced College because of its close ties to U.C. Merced.

Pictured are California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris, and Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.

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County Awards Sac City for Designated Smoking Areas

SCC was recognized recently by the Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition for implementing a total of eight Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) at the main campus and the Davis and West Sacramento educational centers in response to health and environmental concerns.

College nurse Wendy Gomez, who spearheaded the campus effort, accepted the award on behalf of SCC at the Tobacco Control Coalition’s 17th Annual Recognition Meeting. The coalition operates under the County Department of Health and Human Services.

The need to address smoking concerns on campus came about through a formal complaint and the issue moved through the college’s shared governance process. A survey was conducted to hear the opinions of students and employees. Based on the results of the survey and feedback from SCC’s participatory governance groups, the new campus environmental standard was created and the Designated Smoking Areas were formed. Under the new standard, smoking at the college and its learning centers is allowed only at Designated Smoking Areas.

The DSAs are enforced in tandem with the Los Rios Community College District’s longstanding policy of no smoking within 30 feet of building entrances, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.

DSA locations and additional information can be found online at www.scc.losrios.edu/healthservices/smokingmatters.

 

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SCC Student Journalists Win Several Honors

The Sacramento City College Express print and online campus newspapers earned seven awards on Saturday at the 2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal conference held at Sacramento State University.

The Express students won JACC’s highest honor for producing Online General Excellence for its online newspaper, given to only a handful of Northern California community college newspapers. Saccityexpress.com is edited this semester by online editor in chief Jonathan Taraya, and last semester by online editor in chief Teri Barth.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see our students succeed and be rewarded for the great work they do in creating a strong student website and newspaper,” said visual media faculty adviser to the campus newspapers Randy Allen, who accompanied SCC students to the conference. “The students named on these awards and those who supported them take this work very seriously and it’s great to see them rewarded for it.”

Multimedia videographer Tamara Knox won a first-place award for her video on the “HAIRitage” art exhibit in the LRC about the cultural influence and significance of African American neighborhood barbershops. Knox also works on campus in the Cultural Awareness Center. You can see her aware winning video at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4TEI1-jJCU&feature=youtu.be

Other visual media awards were won by Express photographer Dianne Rose, who took second place for her shot of City College baseball infielder Jerrod Bravo in a home game against American River College at Union Stadium.
http://saccityexpress.com/dianne-roses-winning-photo/

J.D. Villanueva won a second place in the webcast/broadcast news category for his online piece on student responses in fall 2013 to anti-abortion group Project Truth’s graphic photographic displays of aborted fetuses on campus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_EQxJ-534k&feature=youtube

In reporting and writing, managing editor Meg Masterson won second place for her editorial on suggesting the new Student Services building be named after Belle Cooledge, then-Sacramento Junior College’s vice president and a past Sacramento mayor.
http://saccityexpress.com/a-case-for-cooledge/

Masterson also won fourth place for a features story about SCC retired custodian Harry Outlaw and Jerry Pair’s adventures in campus cleanup. http://saccityexpress.com/custodial-conversation/. Kristopher Hooks, features editor, won a fourth-place award for his profile piece on SCC biology professor David Wyatt. http://saccityexpress.com/biology-professor-takes-hands-on-approach/

“It was pretty cool to hear my name being called,” said Hooks, who attended the conference. “Since last semester was my first time writing journalistically, the possibility of winning another award gives me an extra push to perfect whatever I write.”

Students in SCC’s journalism, photography and graphic communication courses create both the print newspaper, the Express, and the online newspaper, saccityexpress.com.

The JACC NorCal conference held workshops and competitions for students from community college journalism programs in Northern California. JACC is a non-profit organization that represents community college journalism programs and their publications located in California and Arizona. More than 100 community colleges belong to the organization.

We Pause and Say Thank You

A Brief History of Veterans Day
When the armistice, or temporary cessation of fighting, in World War I went into effect, it was generally agreed to begin on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the first world war. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

The original concept was to celebrate the day with parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. By 1926, Nov. 11 was declared a national holiday in commemoration of those who died during the war.

“Armistice Day” was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1938, and it was a day to be dedicated to “the cause of world peace.” Although originally set aside to honor veterans of World War I, the holiday was expanded to include all veterans in 1954, after World War II had required the “greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in our Nation’s history.” The word “Armistice” was replaced by the word “Veterans.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, no matter what day of the week it happens to be. This not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on its important purpose: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

For more information on Veterans Day, please go to http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

In addition, Sacramento City College has several programs specifically for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Veterans Resource Center is an on-campus facility designed to help Veterans and their dependents with homework, VA benefits and Admissions. It also provides computer access, free printing services, appointments with a designated VA counselor and a place to hang out and meet other Veterans on campus.

For more information, call (916) 650-2951 or visit http://www.scc.losrios.edu/veterans/veterans-resource-center/

Sacramento City College will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.