Students Lobby Lawmakers for More Money

Four students and a faculty advisor recently attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Capitol Forum in Washington D.C., where they became the first to represent Sacramento City College to the U.S. Congress as students from a newly minted Hispanic Serving Institution. Sacramento City College is the first institution of higher education in the Sacramento region to be named an HSI college based on the fact that more than 25% of its students identify as Hispanic.

Rose Shoen, Maria Medina, Jose Quezada and Mario Garcia were chosen to represent SCC students after a lengthy application process that included writing an essay and maintaining a high grade point average. In addition, the students had to be a beneficiary of some type of federal benefit. This might include federal financial aid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or other programs.

“I knew we would meet people who could help us connect with resources to help our community,”  said Medina, an economics major who plans to transfer to Sacramento State in the fall semester. “For myself, I love to help and advocate for people, many who don’t have a voice for themselves.”

Economics and Business Statistics professor Sandra Camarena arranged the trip and served as the student advisor. Camarena was named an HSI Fellow in 2014 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and spent two weeks in Washington last summer learning about all the programs, opportunities and resources available to students of HSI colleges.

“It changed my perspective on teaching,” Camarena said. “I came back with all kinds of ideas in my head. “

That included taking students back to D.C. to lobby on behalf of their classmates and the college. Once in Washington, the students learned how to craft messages on various education-related issues that face Hispanic students, and how to lobby legislators in the correct manner.

“You have to be super specific and get your message across in 30 seconds or less,” Camarena said. “You only get one shot at it.”

So the students stayed up until 2 a.m. the morning before they were to meet with U.S. Representatives John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, honing their messages on the need to use Pell grants for summer classes and STEM grants for HSI institutions. Rose, Maria, Jose and Mario were four of the 15 student representatives from California to attend the lobbying event.

“The best apart was talking to Representative Matsui,” said Shoen, an economics major who is transferring to U.C. Davis in the fall through the TAG (Transfer Agreement) program. “It was really cool to be able to interact with our representative while on Capitol Hill. Plus, she represents really close to Sac City College.”

After their day of lobbying, Camarena also made sure the students had some time to visit many of the sites, including the Washington Monument, a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and Arlington National Cemetery.

“I think it is important for all of us to understand the price of freedom,” Camarena said. “Plus, I knew that some of these students might not get another chance to visit Washington.”

Both Medina said Shoen said the trip was life altering and life affirming.

“I don’t think Washington would have ever been on my list, but now I would take my family,” said Medina, who was undocumented until 2005 when she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. “It’s the capital of our country and you can live the history that is there.”

Camarena hopes that while this was the first group to travel to Washington D.C. for the HACU Capitol Forum, it will not be the last. It cost about $15,000 to send the students. The Student Associated Council, President’s Office, Office of Instruction and the SCC Foundation all contributed to the cause.

“If we are able to find a sustainable pot of money, then we can do it again,” Camarena said. “I’d like to see it continue.”

(Pictured from left are Jose Quezada, Rose Schoen, Mario Garcia, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), Professor Sandra Camarena, and Maria Medina. Taken in Rep. Matsui’s office in Washington, D.C.)

The Hunting Ground

Documentary Film Tackles Campus Assault

Sacramento City College, in cooperation with the Capital Victims Compensation Program, presented the award-winning documentary “The Hunting Ground” on Wednesday, April 22 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This screening was held in the main auditorium of the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. and included a panel discussion of the seriousness of this issue immediately thereafter.

SCC wishes to thank the California Victims Compensation Program and Sacramento WEAVE for its partnership in bringing this film to our campus and helping us shed a spotlight on this important college and community issue.

Fore more information, visit

The results are in

Congratulations to the New SCC Student Officers

After two days of student voting, the results are in.

Congratulations to the new Student Associated Council officers:

Newly elected officers will commence their work effective July 1, 2015.  Please join me in welcoming and congratulating the incoming Student Associated Council.

Clubs and Events Board

President:  Curtis Rogers

Vice President:  Willie Mays

Secretary:  An Dao

Student Senate

President:   Marianna Sousa

Vice President:  Ansel Chan

Secretary of Legislative Affairs: Miguel Guerrero

Secretary of Sustainability: Paige Schlicht

Senators: John Kenkel, Matthew Metzger

Open positions will be appointed in the fall.

Thanks to all who ran for office, and thanks to all who voted.


BOG Fee Waiver

Come to College for FREE

The California Community College Board of Governors has adopted a fee waiver program known as the BOG Fee Waiver.

This grant is for eligible students to assist with all enrollment fees. To receive this assistance, students must complete a Fee Waiver Application apply for financial aid through the FAFSA or California Dream Application

Beginning Monday, April 13, you can use the Online BOG Fee Waiver Application for the 2015-16 academic year.

There are 3 ways to qualify:

1) You or your family are receiving public assistance from the AFDC, TANF, CalWORKs or SSI, or through the California Department of Veterans’ Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General for a Dependent’s Fee Waiver, Supporting documentation must be provided to prove eligibility.

2) Your income falls below the federal poverty limit based on your size of household.

3) You have applied for financial aid and have an unmet need of at least $1,104.

For more information on the BOG FEE waiver, please come to the Financial Aid Office.

Use this link to apply for the BOG FEE Waiver.


Panthers beat No. 1 Team in the Country

The Sac City baseball team erased an early three-run deficit to beat San Joaquin Delta College 7-5 on Saturday in Stockton to u[pend the Mustangs’ bid for a perfect season. Delta is currently ranked No. 1 in the state and nation by the college baseball group

Eddie Sievers went 3-for-4 with a double and Jacob Thomas scored two runs for the Panthers, who improved to 14-16 on the season.

Delta is now 28-1.

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Career Center is Open in West Sac

The Career Center staff is available at the West Sacramento Center on the following days by appointment:

  • Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. – 11;30 a.m.
  • Thursday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Career Center Staff will be here to assist you with:

  • Career Exploration
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Resume and Cover Letter Tips
  • Interview Skills
  • Info on Internships & Work Experience
  • Additional Career & Job Related Resources

Call 375-5511 to make an appointment.

Save Water

Please Begin to Conserve Water

In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order Wednesday to force Californians to cut water usage by 25%, Sac City College wanted to share a few tips on saving water in the days and months ahead.

1) Keep showers under 5 minutes
2) Use your dishwasher more often (it takes less water than hand-washing dishes does)
3) Check all hoses, faucets and connectors for leaks
4) Water plants deeply, but less frequently
5) If you have an older toilet (pre-1992), consider installing a new, low-flush one
6) Reuse your towels before washing them.

There are dozens more good tips at

Let’s meet or beat the governor’s orders.

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Los Rios Chancellor Visits Sac City

Dr. Brian King made his semiannual visit to Sacramento City College’s main campus on Monday, April 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center. Dr. King spoke to about 35 students, faculty and staff on various topics of interest to the college and district.

Dr. King will visit the West Sacramento Center at noon on April 28, and the Davis Center at 12:30 p.m. on April 30. All are encouraged to attend.