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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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5 Panthers Sign Letters of Intent

Five members of the Sac City Football team signed contracts to play the sport next season at four-year universities during a special ceremony in the Press Box at Hughes Stadium on Friday morning.

It brings to seven the total number of Panthers, fresh off their East Bay Bowl victory over Diablo Valley College, who have committed to university football teams.

In the front row, George Stone III (left) will play linebacker for the University of Idaho, Russell Williams will play linebacker for University of Hawaii, and Jordan Ares will play quarterback/wide receiver for Mayville State in North Dakota. In the back row, Jacob Lovelace (left) will play offensive line for Lyon College in Arkansas, and Jordon Boyer will play offensive line for Midland University in Nebraska.

In addition to the five students above, Isaiah Taylor has agreed to play defensive back for University of Idaho, and Henry Enyenini will play running back for University of Illinois.

Congratulations to these Panthers!

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Student IDs and Transit Stickers Available Jan. 2

Students will be able to pick up their Spring semester Access cards (student IDs) and UTP stickers (transit stickers) beginning Jan. 2. Pick-up locations will be at the main campus and at the Davis and West Sacramento educational centers.

View the calendar for specific dates, times and locations.

For more information on Access cards and UTP stickers, visit the Los Rios Community College District website.

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SCC Professor Publishes Children’s Book

Dr. Gayle Pitman, a Psychology and Women’s Studies Professor at Sacramento City College, has published a children’s book entitled “This Day in June.” It is illustrated by Kristyna Litten and published by Magination Press, the publishing arm of the American Psychological Association.

The colorful book celebrates a Pride Parade, and is a “whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community. This Day in June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united.”

“Also included is a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways. This Day in June is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

This Day in June is now available at Barnes & Noble, amazon.com, apa.org and locally at The Avid Reader.

Congratulations, Dr. Pitman!

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Wrestlers Finish 6th in State

The Sac City Wrestling team took 6th place in the recently concluded California Community College State Championships at Cuesta College with 66.5 points. Cerritos College won the team championship with Fresno City and Mount San Antonio colleges rounding out the top three teams.

Pacing the Panthers were Alex Landeros, who took third place in the 133-pound weight class, and Brian Sergi, who took third in the 149-pound division. Others placing in the top 8 include Logan Paxton (4th, 184), Lake Gee (7th, 141), Adam Busch (7th, 165), and Jacob Richards (8th, 285).

Congratulations on another great season!

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Storm Warning: The Aftermath

Students and Staff,

The campus is looking quite nice after the downpour of Thursday, Dec. 11. Despite some minor facilities issues, everything is open and on track. Classes are being held and offices are open for business.

We wish to thank you for following our various updates throughout the storm. Hopefully, they made a difference in your decisions on travel and access to and from campus.

Have a good day and weekend. Students, we wish you well on your finals.

Rick Brewer, Communications and Public Information Officer

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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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Wrestlers 2nd in NorCal

SCC’s wrestling team, the defending state championship squad, finished second to Fresno City Saturday in the North Regional meet at Chabot College. Fresno City earned 215 points on the day to Sac City’s 186.5.

Mark Papish, the Panthers’ 197-pounder, and Logan Paxton, at 184 pounds, earned the team’s two regional championships in their respective weight divisions.

Meanwhile, eight other wrestlers finished in the top 6, earning a qualifying entry into this weekend’s state tournament at Cuesta College. They include:   Juan Garza (3rd , 125 lbs.); Albert Landeros (2nd, 133 lbs.), Anthony Locke (5th, 133 lbs.); Lake Gee (3rd, 141 lbs.); Brian Sergi (2nd, 149 lbs.); Isaiah Smith (5th, 157 lbs.); Adam Busch (2nd, 165 lbs.); Kalan Hastey (4th, 174 lbs.); and Jacob Richards (4th, 285 lbs.).

Congratulations Panthers! Good luck this weekend.

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.