SCC News

Ada Boone Hoerl, a Sac City Professor in the Occupational Therapy Assistant department, will be one of the riders on a Rose Parade float representing the Occupational Therapy Association of California. Like SCC, the OTAC is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Professor Hoerl was chosen from a pool of candidates from throughout the state. The Rose Parade will be held in Pasadena on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Sacramento City College boasts the only accredited public school for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program between here and Portland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and southern California. The program serves a huge geographic area and its students come from all over – the Bay Area, Fresno, Chico, the Foothills, and elsewhere.

Husham Haroun unveiled a student mural on Dec. 12 created thanks to one of the SCC Centennial mini-grants. Husham and Henry Fisk were the main contributors to the mural that saw about 10 students of the SCC Art Club spend the better part of a year working on the project, both on campus and off.
One portion of the mural depicts the early years of SCC, in black, white and gray, with the original administration building and Hughes Stadium. Another portion, including the current LRC, was colored in sepia tones to show the college’s building years. The last portion is in full color and shows two recent graduates, including a first-generation college student and several on-campus programs, such as Rise, Puente and EOPS.
Congratulations – and thank you! – to these dedicated students. The mural will be on display after the new year on campus.

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The Los Rios Community College District has just announced that students may now use a payment plan to pay for class fees for the spring 2017 semester and future semesters as well.
The service is provided by CashNet, and is similar to a layaway plan. Students may divide their fees by the number of months between registration and the first day of class. There is $15 handling fee to use the service.
Sacramento City College believes this payment plan will be useful particularly for students with high priority registration who may be waiting until after the holidays to register for spring classes. With this option, students can keep their priority registration and pay off the fees over time.
For more information on the new payment plan options, please see this Los Rios webpage.


Brenda Navarrete is a sophomore majoring in Chicano and Latino Studies with an eventual hope to become a lawyer. She is also a “Dreamer” or AB 540 student, which means that she is an undocumented student. Brenda moved to the U.S. when she was just 3, and has worked steadily to become a successful student. She is involved with the Extended Opportunities and Programs for Students (EOPS) on campus and receives some financial assistance through the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

“We came here to do, not just to sit and watch,” she said.

Brenda was one of three students recently interviewed by Telemundo Channel 33, for a story about what President-elect Donald Trump has stated his administration’s policy toward undocumented students will entail.

A team of faculty, classified staff and administrators worked with a group of community college peers Dec. 7 and 8 to develop an Institutional Effectiveness Plan that will help steer guided pathways for students for the foreseeable future. It’s all part of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, or IEPI, a statewide grant for community colleges through the state chancellor’s office.
About six weeks ago, a team of professional peers came to Sac City and spent a day listening to a variety of people about the needs and desires to incorporate better student pathways. The outside team then developed a series of options from other institutions that have been successful in this area for Sac City to discuss and possibly try to emulate.
From that menu of options, Sac City will develop its Institutional Effectiveness Plan and apply for a $200,000 implementation grant from the state.

Sacramento Police officer Beth Glynn is being hailed as a hero for helping provide CPR and reviving a young man shot in Oak Park over the Memorial Day holidays last May.

Beth is Sac City alumna, who played softball on the 1992 State Championship team under coach Tim Kiernan. Her maiden name was Beth Gerkwen.

According to KOVR Channel 13, Beth was the first of three officers to find Marcellis Caldwell on the ground with bullet wounds to his head and spine. She began CPR immediately until a pulse returned. Marcellis was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for extensive surgeries and physical therapy.

Beth has continued to stay in touch with Marcellis and his family.

For more information on this story, please see the KOVR 13 report.


On the evening before Thanksgiving, the Sacramento City College Choir had the honor of singing at the Old Sacramento Tree Lighting Event.

More than 2,000 people attended the annual event, including Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg and Councilwoman Angelique Ashby. Sixty SCC students and faculty were present and handed out carol books and encouraged the audience to join in singing carols.

Camille Cobbs, Old Sacramento events and merchants coordinator, was thrilled to have the choir help set the festive mood.

“You all were definitely the stars of the show and we hope to host you again in the future!” she told the choir.

Students, come and experience a bit of technology and science in an informative and informal setting!

Science and Technology instructors want to show you how interesting computer programming and chemistry can be.

Oh, and FREE lunch will be provide lunch after the fun.

It all happens at STEM-Posium, Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in Lillard Hall 103.

Please RSVP at

We hope to see you there!