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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.

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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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Choral “Open House” and Concert Upcoming

If you like to sing and have thought about joining a choir, then the Sac City Choir may be for you.

The group will hold an “Open House” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Choir Director Daniel Paulson said his current choir and all those in attendance will sing some Christmas carols first and then the choir will perform a few selections.

The Open House comes one week before the end-of-semester choral concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Contact the PAC for more information.

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Center Makes Enrolling for Spring 2015 Easy

West Sacramento Center helps enrolling in college to be much easier. Look at the steps below, and know that someone is always available to help.

1) Computers are available in the e-Services Area for students to complete their college applications
2) As soon as a student receives his or her LRCCD ID number, they can make an appointment to take their assessment test at the Center.
3) After the assessment test, students can make an appointment to see the counselor at the Center.
4) Students may also use the computers in the e-Services Area to complete their New Student Orientation and FAFSA (Financial Aid) application.

Again, staff members are always available to answer any questions and for any help needed during the registration and enrollment process.

Stop by the West Sacramento Center, 1115 West Capitol Avenue, for one-on-one help.