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Lady Panthers Close Out 2014 with OT Win

Rayelle Ross led five Panthers in double figures with 17 points, and Aleea Reese had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, as the SCC Women’s Basketball Team earned a 74-61 overtime win over Butte College on Dec. 30 to end the non-conference season. The Lady Panthers outscored Butte 16-3 in the extra period.

Erica Foster and Jessica Yee also scored 13 points each, and Jasmine Bernardo added 11 points for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 3-9 on the season.

Ross leads the team with an 11.7 points-per-game average. SCC plays host to American River College on Jan. 6 to open Big 8 Conference action.

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SCC Professor Comments on Recent Airline Accidents

Sac City Professor of Aeronautics Scott Miller is a recognized aviation expert who has been called on by local, regional, and national media over the years to comment on air travel safety. Professor Miller has been busy over the last few days responding to the recent AirAsia flight 8501 that vanished in the South Pacific on Dec. 28 with more than 150 on board.

He has appeared on Channels 3, 10 and 13, both in-studio and from the SCC Aeronautics facility at McClellan Airpark.  He told viewers on Channel 13 that, despite the recent high-profile air accidents, travelers should not be concerned the next time they fly. The numbers prove how rare it is for airplanes to crash and how safety records are the best they have been in years.

“The reasons for these accidents are pretty wide-ranging,” Miller told Channel 13, the Sacramento CBS affiliate.

Professor Miller expects that weather played a major role in last week’s plane disappearance.  He has personally flown on AirAsia before, and said the carrier’s reputation is a good one.

Professor Scott Miller is one of many experts in their chosen fields who teach at SCC. Students in the aeronautics department are trained in airplane mechanics and air traffic control. Many students have found jobs within the industry .

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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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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,, 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!


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.

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