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Former Panther has Monster Year

Former Sacramento City College student-athlete Jerrod Bravo was selected to the first team All-Big West baseball team last week after a strong season for Cal State Fullerton.

Bravo hit .333 for the Titans this season, which was good enough for second on the team. He played in 40 games in 2015 and posted a .456 on-base percentage and 120 at bats. He pounded out 40 hits during his junior season, finishing with nine doubles, 22 runs scored, and is currently riding a 38-game streak of reaching base safely.

In congratulating Jerrod, SCC Coach Derek Sullivan noted it was “a huge accomplishment for him and a great thing for our baseball program.”

Fullerton won its 20th Big West championship and earned its 24th trip to the NCAA Division I baseball tournament after completing a 34-22 campaign, including a 19-5 record in conference play.

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Kindergartners “Attend” College

Approximately 90 kindergarten students from Riverbank Elementary School in West Sacramento, as well as junior high and high school students from area schools, attended a special “Kinders Go to College” event Friday, May 22 at SCC’s West Sacramento Center. The students were treated to a number of special college “classes” (15 minute workshops) in fields such as dental assisting and hygiene, nursing, art, personal finance, and robotics.

“We need to increase the college-going rate in West Sacramento and Yolo County,” said Art Pimentel, Dean of SCC’s West Sacramento Center. “The earlier we start the process of getting students to know about college, the better we do at getting them here when the time is right.”

Sacramento City College partnered with the Yolo County Office of Education on this unique program.

In addition to the classes, students received a special T-shirt honoring them as the high school Class of 2027, a backpack and other goodies from SCC and the Yolo County education office.

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Sac City Holds 95th Commencement

Nearly 400 of the 2,100-plus members of the 2015 Sacramento City College graduating class walked in Wednesday night’s commencement ceremony to end the 2014-15 academic year.

Alison Barnard and Jennifer Hacker were named Distinguished Alumni and Jazmine Harris provided the student speech in front of nearly 3,000 attendees in windy Hughes Stadium.

Dr. Kathryn Jeffery noted in her address that sac City has been a pioneering institution of higher ed for nearly 100 years. The college is now in its 99th year, and will begin a centennial celebration as 2016 rolls around.

Congratulations to all 2015 graduates. And good luck as you use your degrees and certificates for furthering your education or applying for employment.

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EOPS Celebrates Year-End with Luau

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services department at Sacramento City College took time out Thursday to honor students who graduated through the program and the outgoing Vice President of Student Services by holding a luau in the Student Center.

In addition to a feast of barbecue chicken, roast, potato salad and beans, the nearly 100 people who attended the event were treated to several performances by SCC’s Pacific Islanders dance team.

Congratulations to all students who use this vital service, which is designed to provide opportunities for students with academic potential who, historically, would not have attended college. We are proud of you.

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Student Services celebrate “Red Nose Day”

Staffers and administrators in the Student Services department are wearing red noses in support of National Red Nose Day, the first of its kind.

According to, today is a day “dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh.”

People are asked to have fun while raising funds and awareness. Today’s events culminate in a three-hour TV special on NBC featuring some favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

People are encouraged to make donations by phone, or online.

Thanks SS Team for bringing this awareness to campus.

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Panther Wins TWO State Titles

Congratulations to Lovina Akauola, who won two events at the California Community College Athletic Association’s State Track and Field meet on Saturday at College of San Mateo. Lovina won the women’s shot put and discus competitions, besting the other state finalists in the process.

Lovina threw the shot 14.36 meters, or 47 feet, 11 1/4 inches to beat Sisilla Puaka of Cerritos College by exactly one meter. She then heaved the discus 42.28 meters (138 feet 1 inch) on her first throw and waited as others came close but never overtook her. She beat Imani Bierly of Yuba College by 0.13 meters (4 inches) to claim her second gold medal.

In addition, SCC’s Henry Sharoyan placed third in the men’s shot put, Amanda Rodriguez took fourth in the women’s 1,500 meters, and the men’s 4 x 400 relay placed eighth.

Congratulations to all Panthers on a job well done!

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Students Display Talents & Accomplishments

Students in the Graphic Communications, Fine Arts, Fashion Design departments showed off their year-end designs on Thursday afternoon/evening throughout the SCC Main Campus.

Graphic Communications students displayed a variety of web and print-based designs, while art students presented both two- and three-dimensional pieces and fashion students held a runway show featuring clothes made throughout the semester.

Congratulations to all our student artists and their professors for creating such beautiful work. You should all be proud.

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Student Leaders Congratulated & Thanked

Congratulations and thanks to the 2014-15 team of Student Leaders, including outgoing President Sandeep Singh. The group of students and advisers was honored at a special celebration on Wednesday afternoon.

Sandeep leaves office after two years as Student Senate President. He will be followed by Marianna Sousa beginning in Fall 2015. Marianna was also introduced to the gathering.

In addition to student officers, Club leaders and advisers were also recognized for their hard work during the year.

Again, we congratulate the student leadership and development team at Sac City!


Congratulations Graduates!

Commencement is now just a week away (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in Hughes Stadium) and Sacramento City College is excited to honor all of our degree completions.

In addition to the main ceremony, there are also numerous special graduation events happening throughout the next few days. We hope you will get an opportunity to attend one or more of these special graduation celebrations, as either a recipient or spectator.

Here is the list:

  • ADN Graduation, May 14, 11 a.m., PAC
  • Vocational Nursing Graduation, May 14, 1:30 p.m., PAC
  • Cosmetology Graduation, May 19, 6 p.m., PAC
  • College2Career Ceremony of Achievement, May 22, 10:30 a.m.

Once again, congratulations to all degree qualifying students.