Dr. Deb Saks

Dean of Business & Computer Information Science

In the Business Department, we are getting ready to officially launch our Business Student Center.

In Computer Information Science, we are offering, for the first time, a CISP 301 (the first in our series of Programming classes) with the majority of seats held for women. This was done at the behest of our advisory board members and based on research showing this is crucial to the success of women in programming.

We are also moving forward to develop a fully online program, probably in Web Development.

We are making efforts to do more effective outreach and retention of our underrepresented groups. We are specifically working to target the Hispanic/Latino community by developing bilingual promotional materials, adding more inspiring speakers of color to our Division’s classes, and more.

We’d like to be able to provide loaner laptops to students who do not have them. In our CIS program, many of our students are limited in terms of computer access because they do not have a computer at home and/or they cannot get to our labs during the open hours (we are not open on the weekend or after 8 p.m.).

We are in discussions to do some sort of collaboration with the Hacker Lab.  The details are still being worked out.

Community members can support our programs by serving on our Advisory Board, serving as mentors for our students, allowing job shadowing, providing paid internships, helping us reach our underserved populations, providing funding for marketing materials and staff support for outreach, and supporting out students’ travel to HACU and other HSI related conferences.

Don Palm

Dean of the Davis Center

The Davis Center serves about 4,000 students each fall – about 2,000 at the Center and 2,000 through our joint program with UC Davis. We started offering classes in Davis in 1966 and we have expanded in stages, with sites at Holmes Junior High, B Street, and Galileo Court (south Davis), before moving to our current location on the UC Davis campus (in West Village). The Davis Center was the first LEED certified building in Los Rios Community College District.

The Davis Center offers primarily a transfer oriented curriculum and every year we see our students go to colleges and universities throughout California and across the nation. UC Davis and CSU Sacramento are the main targets, but we’ve also transferred students to UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, Columbia University, and more.

We are planning a second building (breaking ground this summer; planning to offer classes in Spring 2018) – the big news is there will be science labs! We are building the space for first-rate teaching labs in chemistry and biology and we are looking at options for the next generation of teaching space for computer science (with a programming emphasis). This is an area where the community really can help: the labs are very expensive to equip and keep supplied. There will be many opportunities for naming in the new building and the original building and those funds will immediately benefit students. The biology lab, chemistry lab, computer science classroom, and the student study area, all are impressive spaces. In the original building we might have wall plaques for the lobby, and the art space is spectacular. The LRC and CTE spaces are invaluable for students. And we might think about bricks for the walkway between buildings.

Mitchell Campbell

Dean of Kinesiology, Health & Athletics
Athletic Director

The Division of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics (KHA) offers a wide variety of both lecture-based and activity lab courses that aid students toward completion of the following: 1) Associate Degree towards Transfer for Kinesiology; 2) Associate of Sciences Degree in Kinesiology; 3) General Transfer credits for a Four-year Institution; and 4) Personal Management of Lifelong Health and Wellness.

KHA sponsors 18 Intercollegiate sports and includes the following components to help student athletes achieve their full potential both academically and athletically : 1) Full-time, dedicated Athletic-academic counselor; 2) Fully functioning Study Skills lab for student athletes; 3) Priority Registration for student athletes; 4) 17 of our 18 teams are coached by full-time faculty coaches; 5) Three full-time Athletic Trainers; 6) Recently renovated and iconic 20,000 seat Hughes stadium, home to our Football, Soccer and Track teams; 7) Recently renovated North Gym, home to our Wrestling, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, in addition to the state of the art Life Fitness Center; and 8) Union stadium, one of the top Community College baseball venues in the nation.

In addition to winning two state championships in the past three years in the sport of Wrestling, along with numerous Big 8 Conference championships and postseason successes across all sports, SCC has consistently achieved student athlete persistence rates well above that of the general student body. Each year, approximately 89% of our student athletes continue to pursue their education at either the Community College or four-year levels. In two of the past three years, a SCC student athlete has won the most prestigious award possible within the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), which is the governing body to the 103 member schools and approximately 30,000 student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics within the state of California. Baseball student athlete Dan Sayles and football student athlete Anthony Berkovatz were named, respectively, as the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 CCCAA Scholar Athletes of the year.

Albert Garcia

Dean of Language and Literature

The Language and Literature Division includes the Departments of English, Reading, English as a Second Language, and Journalism. In total, the division serves over 8,000 students each semester, teaching them the essential skills of reading, writing, and communicating while also offering associate degrees in English and Journalism.

The Journalism Department offers students the opportunity to work on three award-winning publications, “The Express,” the college’s student newspaper, SacCityExpress.com, the college’s online newspaper, and “Mainline,” a nonfiction magazine.  These publications offer diverse opportunities for Journalism students to get the writing, photography/video, and editing experience they need for today’s rapidly-changing world of print and online journalism. Students frequently leave SCC’s journalism program and get jobs in the industry or transfer to a four-year college in journalism.

The English Department has a publication of its own, “Susurrus: The Sacramento City College Literary Journal.” “Susurrus” (meaning a soft whispering or rustling sound) publishes student fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction as well as photography and art work. This award-winning journal (best in the nation 2002 and 2004 from the Community College Humanities Association) published its first edition in 1995, and a new edition is celebrated each spring with a public reading. The English Department also hosts the River City Writers Series, a reading series whereby nationally-renowned writers and poets come to the college to teach workshops for students and deliver a reading of their work (always open to the public). The Department also runs an annual essay contest for students with cash prizes for the top three writers.

All of these opportunities contribute to SCC’s vibrant environment for learning.

The Language and Literature Division is actively involved in many efforts to help students more quickly progress through the sequence of developmental classes so they can complete their programs faster. The Division is also actively involved in SCC’s student equity efforts, designing programs to close the achievement gap for the college’s disproportionately impacted student populations. The Division is also a district and state-wide leader in participating as a pilot college in the new Common Assessment Initiative (CAI).

Kevin Flash

Dean of Learning Resources

The Learning Resources Division seeks to foster the potential of each student at Sacramento City College by providing resources which assist them as they navigate toward their goal. We provide educational materials, physically and online, we help students find items that further their learning, and we assist them in understanding the content contained in these resources.

We live in an increasingly digital world where the emphasis continues to shift from traditional print to web based materials, and face-to-face instruction to an online environment. Learning Resources, at every level, looks to connect our students with instructional materials, in any medium, and to comprehend the content they contain. We have computers and a wireless network to provide access, staff in the library and academic computing labs to help navigate systems and secure relevant material, and staff in the Writing and Tutoring centers to explain the content.

The personal connection is a critical part of the Learning Resources environment. Faculty and staff provide both individual services as well as group instruction. Our facilities provide quiet study spaces, tables for collective study, and rooms for group projects. We deliver services both in person and online, both of which are needed for student success. We are expanding online tutoring services this year to provide greater access to our online students, as well as those who have challenges making it to campus for tutoring in person.

In the Library we provide books, articles, and movies that assist students in exploring assignments, and develop their thoughts on a wide range of topics. The collection provides materials related to diversity, sexuality, religion, and other topics which invite students to explore their lives and develop their own world view. Librarians teach information literacy, assisting students to navigate and identify valuable information in an ever increasing volume of available materials.

Affordable access to instructional materials is critical to our student’s success. The Library is expanding its textbook reserves, so that students who have challenges purchasing a text can check one out for a few hours, or days. Learning Resources is also working closely with instructors to find Open Educational Resources (OER’s) they can use, and thereby remove barriers to completion caused by the increased costs of textbooks.

We partner with faculty across all the disciplines at the college, and support online learning through our distance education department. We support instructor engagement of students through the use of leading edge instructional design.

The future success of our students require that they are able to identify and engage resources which support their learning, both today at Sacramento City College, and in their future educational and job endeavors. Learning Resources identifies resources students need for success, we get students connected with these resources, and we help students comprehend the content of these resources.

Daniel Styer

Dean of Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering

The Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering (MSE) Division includes the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Engineering. The division serves approximate 6,500 students per semester, teaching essential skills in Mathematics and offering associate degrees in Mathematics and Engineering. Many of our students take advantage of tutoring that is available in our Math Lab and guidance can be found in our Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Center.

The Mathematics Department offers 392 sections of Math and Statistics per year on the Main Campus, at the West Sac Center, and at the Davis center. The sections are distributed as follows: 260 sections of Developmental Math and 132 sections of Transfer Level Math.

The Engineering Department offers 15 sections of classes per year on the Main Campus. The primary focus of the Engineering Department is to provide freshman and sophomore level engineering courses for students preparing to transfer to four-year institutions for the completion of a bachelor degree in the engineering field of their choice. Engineering students can also complete an associate degree in one of four areas, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, General Engineering, and Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering.

The mathematics and statistics department has been successfully running what we call the “Second Chance Program” for students who almost but didn’t quite pass Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra or Elementary Statistics. After four days of tutoring the students get a second change at passing their final exam. The instructor of record use specific criteria to select students for referral to the program. Many students have saved an entire semester by not having to retake a math class.

Several faculty have adopted open source (free) textbooks under the AB 798: College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 for community and state colleges grant. This extends the work by other faculty who have previously adopted open resources. In addition, the department in conjunction with the Learning Resource Center is expanding the textbook lending pilot program for Math 27/28 to Math 34 and Math 100.

Previously, the mathematics and statistics faculty have been scattered across three buildings. Lack of frequent daily contact has hindered the communication and cooperation within the department. After years of planning and hard work, the math faculty is finally gathered under one roof on the third floor of Rodda North. The math faculty looks forward to the “water cooler” discussions and cooperation that will result from being in the same physical location.

The mathematics and engineering department in cooperation with MESA have had a regular weekly meeting called “Project Lab” which is like a Maker-space or Hacker-lab. Students bring in and work on their own projects. As a result of skills learned working on a student developed Arduino micro-controller project, one student obtained a technology based job to support his way through school. Through creating hands-on projects faculty and students are working with local community start-ups and high tech companies to help students get internships and jobs in their fields of interest.

The division and department continue to support the Los Rios and California effort to offer online and computer assisted education. Students such as single parents or those with full-time and changeable work schedules often cannot attend traditional community college classes. The MSE division offers online classes (only exams in person), hybrid classes which are part online, part traditional, and computer assisted where students meet in a classroom where each student has access to a computer.

Marybeth Buechner

Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness

The PRIE Office conducts institutional research, providing information about things ranging from enrollment and student success numbers to student engagement and perceptions of campus climate. We also assist with the evaluation of projects and programs designed to increase student success.

The office facilitates the planning process across the entire college and supports planning from the unit level to college strategic planning. We also support institutional effectiveness by producing accreditation reports, filing grant paperwork with the district, and publishing the Institutional Effectiveness reports each year.

The office is currently very involved in supporting the work of the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) and Student Equity plans; one of our two research analysts is assigned entirely to those areas. We are about to jump into strategic planning in a big way in the Fall, after the district strategic plan is completed. We are also working an accreditation report related to our distance education classes. PRIE is proud of the breadth of our involvement across the college. We aim to be useful in as many ways as possible to as many college areas as possible.

The need for quantitative and qualitative data to support the work of the college is growing. The work of the PRIE office is becoming both broader and deeper. As we engage more substantially with many parts of the college, the support of our colleagues is essential and much appreciated.

Jim Collins

Dean of Science and Allied Health

From Dale Cohen, Director of Nursing:

The Department of Nursing consists of a BRN approved Associate Degree Nursing Program and a BVNPT approved Vocational Nursing Program. The AD program admits 30 students twice a year and the VN program admits 20 students every 18 months. The AD program is four semesters and the VN program is three semesters long. The NCLEX-RN average pass rate for the last five years is 96.7% for first time test takers, and the NCLEX-PN average pass rate for the last five years is 88%. The origin of the SCC Associate Degree Nursing Program began with Sacramento County School of Nursing as a three year diploma program in 1909. The school moved to the Sacramento Junior College in 1950 and in 1958 to the Los Rios Community College District with a new two year curriculum as Sacramento City College ADN program.

Our fully functioning simulation lab provides learning experiences for students in every semester of both programs. The lab is equipped with adult, pediatric, infant, newborn and birthing mom high fidelity clinical simulators with camera and recording capability of students performing patient scenarios. The teaching staff of both programs consists of highly qualified registered nurses. Two of our current faculty members have their doctorate degrees and two more are currently in doctoral nursing programs. We are very proud to be part of the SCC Nursing Alumni Association and are developing an Alumni Profile booklet as a part of the Centennial Celebration. We encourage all of our students to continue their education, LVNs to RNs, ADN graduates to pursue baccalaureate degrees and beyond. We have a collaborative agreement for our graduates with CSUS and are working toward developing more articulation agreements with other four year institutions.

The vision of the nursing department is to establish seamless transitions for our graduates to obtain their baccalaureate degrees. The future of the nursing department needs funding help from the community to provide more square footage of space in a new Mohr Hall 2. Additional space would make it possible to have separate lecture classrooms and nursing labs. We would like to have all smart classrooms with recording capabilities. We would like to have desks that can be flipped over to be computer tables on the reverse side to allow for computerized testing in the classroom, as is what their licensure exam testing modality is. We would like our nursing skill labs to look like the acute hospital environment, with simulation rooms that mimic a newborn nursery, a pediatric intensive care unit, a birthing lab, a medical surgical adult intensive care unit, and a therapeutic interviewing room with 2 way windows for practicing psychiatric nursing skills. This type of practice environment needs funding for additional teaching equipment, state-of-the art clinical simulators, and extended warranties.