Author Archives: Crystal Lee

Photo of four high school students, male and female, working together, looking at computer monitors at a long table during the Pathways to Paychecks event
The second annual Pathways to Paychecks event “Program Your Future!” was a great success. We had 85 high school students from 9 schools in 3 districts participate in hands-on breakout sessions featuring The Internet of Things, Coding for the Web and Networking/Cyber Security.
The students enjoyed the program and 92% rated their overall experience as excellent or good thanks to the thoughtful and well-prepared sessions that Abdelaziz Kaina, Sheley Little, and Jim Town who conducted 3 sessions each over the course of the day.
Pathways to Paycheck events open doors to new pathways for local high school students and introduce them to the great programs available at Sacramento City College.
Photo of the winners of 2018's second annual Integration Bee from left to right: Fourth place winner: Fatemeh Semnani, fifth place winner: Stan Carpenco, first place winner: Minh Le, second place winner: Jiajun Guan, third place winner: Sokchetra Eung.

You’ve heard of spelling bees, but what about the Integration Bee?

The Mathematics and Statistics Department is hosting the 3rd annual Integration Bee, where competitors will show off their mastery of calculus integrals. The event will be held Friday, April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Lillard Hall Room 101.

Students who have completed Math 400 (or equivalent) are invited to compete. Family and friends of the competitors, as well as any faculty, staff and administrators, are welcome to come watch the competition and cheer for them.

In addition to the prizes for 1st – 5th place, we will be raffling off local gift cards and prizes to competitors and audience members alike. So even if you don’t want to compete, come root for your favorite Math Hero on April 5th at 3:30 p.m. in Lillard Hall 101.

Be sure to register online if you plan to participate!

In the picture above are the winners of 2018’s second annual Integration Bee from left to right: Fourth place winner: Fatemeh Semnani, fifth place winner: Stan Carpenco, first place winner: Minh Le, second place winner: Jiajun Guan, third place winner: Sokchetra Eung.

Photo of Alex White holding award, standing next to Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and others

SCC English Professor Alexandria White, who also works with Umoja students, has received the Unsung Hero Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Alex moved to Sacramento from Oakland 2 1/2 years ago to buy a home for and raise her family. We asked her to talk about the work she is doing that is receiving recognition in the community.

Are you from the Sacramento area?

I am originally from the Bay Area, specifically from Oakland. I attended San Francisco State University as an undergraduate where I studied abroad to the United Kingdom and earned a B.A. in Creative Writing/English.  I later attended UCSC for an M.A. in Literature. I focused on postcolonial literature and literature of the African diaspora.

What drew you to Sacramento City College to teach?

I moved to the Oak Park area from Oakland two & half years ago to buy an affordable home for my family. Our house in Oakland was being sold and I was pregnant again (we had a son who was 3 at the time), so we had to make a tough decision about where to move. I had been adjuncting at 3 Bay Area schools up until that point, but I knew that could not sustain that level of work with a toddler, new born and the possibility of our rent being doubled or tripled due to crazy Bay Area rental prices.  We decided to leave the Bay Area as renters and move to the State Capitol as homeowners. When we got to Sacramento I did not work because my baby was literally two days old and I planned on staying home with her for at least a year to breastfeed and bond with her. I had my mind and heart set on SCC as soon as I knew we were planning on moving here; and it just so turned out that our new house was literally 2 miles away!!!

Can you tell us more about your work in the Oak Park community? When you started?

Since I was new to the area and a new homeowner who didn’t know anyone in Sacramento, I  started attending neighborhood association meetings where I quickly became involved in community engagement and neighborhood improvement projects (2016).

I helped to organize a park party at our neighborhood park; then later our neighborhood was selected to receive a $90,000 grant from Kaiser to update and beautify the park. The caveat was that someone from the neighborhood had to be involved in all aspects of the project: 1.) weekly planning calls with  South Gate Parks & Rec, Kaiser (fiscal sponsor) & Kaboom (the non profit playground specialists); 2) canvassing the community to participate in the design day; 3) volunteering to actually help build the play structure; 4) regularly organizing activities, park clean ups & events at the park to help maintain and take care of the park.

We are currently installing a beautiful mural at the park and we are planning for our annual park party which has evolved into a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with free food and prizes to the community members who attend.

What inspires you about your work in the community?

I love interacting with others and learning more about people’s stories. I needed a community for myself and my family for my own sense of wellbeing. Additionally, I hate accepting society’s ills and I feel obligated to be the change I want to see in the world.  I want to set a good example for my children and my students about civic engagement and feeling empowered to transform themselves and their communities.  Many people of color are living in communities with a history of redlining, neglect and disinvestment–I feel personally obligated to address those historical inequities in the best way I can. Working with a neighborhood association and a group of likeminded people is much more impactful than working as an individual.

Women's basketball team, Panther #11 is dribbling a ball around #24 on the opposing team

Congratulations to the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams for qualifying for the CCCAA playoffs/postseason!

SCC will be hosting the following games in the North Gym:

  • Wednesday, 2/27 at 7 p.m., Men’s Game, West Valley (#18 seed) at SCC (#15 seed)
  • Friday, 3/1 at 7 p.m., Women’s Game, Chabot (#9 seed) at SCC (#8 seed)

Sacramento City College is one of four colleges from four states that are strengthening their commitment to improving student success by becoming among the first institutions to join the 2019 Cohort of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Network. Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of community colleges across America committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.

The following colleges are among the first to join the ATD Network for 2019:

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Hudson County Community College (NJ)
  • Pitt Community College (NC)
  • Sacramento City College (CA)

“Joining the 2019 Achieving the Dream cohort will give us new tools and resources to continue to champion student success through our work on equity and guided pathways,” said Michael Gutierrez, president of Sacramento City College.

“We are pleased to welcome these four outstanding institutions into our Network. Colleges like these that join the ATD Network show an exceptional commitment to becoming the kind of institution that will lead the nation into the future,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “We look forward to having other colleges join them as we continue to build a strong 2019 Cohort.”

Teams from each of the four colleges will join teams from the 2019 cohort at the annual three-day experience ATD Kickoff Institute, which includes an introduction to ATD’s capacity-building framework and companion Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT), which enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement.

During the Kickoff event, college teams will begin to organize their student success work for the year, including preparing for their on-campus launch in the fall. They will receive an in-depth orientation to ATD and how to leverage the power of ATD’s national Network. Each college team will also meet their Leadership Coach and Data Coach. Coaches are community college leaders who are carefully matched with each institution to provide personalized advice and guidance to build needed capacities, align student success efforts, and to support change where it is needed.

Achieving the Dream will announce groups of colleges throughout the spring and will announce the full 2019 Cohort in advance of the Kickoff Institute in June.

About Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

Photo of area by the Business Division Building, looking out to the library, with a few students scattered, some sitting and studying, other walking to talking with friends

Sacramento City College staff and faculty will be participating in a college-wide meeting focused on equity on Friday, Jan. 18.

Many offices will be closed or lightly staffed in the morning in order to allow as many staff and faculty as possible to participate in the conversations about equity.

To ensure that students’ needs are met in a timely manner, please come to campus before Jan. 18 if services are needed in support areas such as:

Three young women of different ethnic backgrounds are sitting together, working on a task on their tablets

Don’t forget to sign up for Everyone Can Code, a new 16-week course that teaches Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language called Swift!

The class is called MAKR 299 (find it under Modern Making in eServices). Students who complete the curriculum will be able to take a certification test that validates their knowledge of Swift for employers.

As the need for application developers continue to grow, SCC understands the importance of offering this opportunity to students and members of our community to expand their job skills.

“Coding is creating new jobs and redefining old positions,” said Deborah Saks, dean of Business and Computer Information Science. “We see this new venture as an opportunity to engage more students in the field of coding.”

In line with the idea that coding is for everyone, faculty members from a variety of disciplines will be teaching the course. The classroom, which has the feel of a tech startup, was designed with an ease of flexibility to allow students to code collaboratively or independently as they choose. The course is self-paced and students can access materials online.

“Sacramento can be a part of the next wave of developers,” said SCC President Michael Gutierrez. “The engaging nature of the Everyone Can Code curriculum opens the door to future job opportunities in application development and design that some of our students haven’t considered.”

Photo of three women students who attended the Silicon Valley Women Who Code Conference

Women Who Code at SCC is a new cohort group in the college’s Computer Information Science division. Women are underrepresented in Computer Science, so it is important to support and encourage our women students who wish to pursue educational and career goals in the field.

In line with this goal, Women Who Code is excited to bring several industry professionals to campus for “Women Who Code Industry Panel Discussions” on Friday, Nov. 30, from noon to 3 p.m., in BUS 203.

Please RSVP online if you plan to attend. For more information, contact WomenWhoCode@scc.losrios.edu.

Several women from the IT industry will be participating in the panel. Following the discussions, there will be coding workshops for exploration.

Panel guests include:

  • Software and hardware engineers from Intel
  • STEM Strategies Group Coordinator from UC Davis
  • STEM Program Manager
  • President of SCC’s Women Who Code

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join!

A presenter is standing and speaking before a group of seated participants at the African American Male Scholars Dinner

Every year, SCC holds two separate events for Chicano/Latino and African American male students to connect them to community mentors with the goal of inspiring them to complete their educational goals.

Students are nominated to participate in the African American Male Scholars Dinner and the Chicano/Latino Male Scholars Dinner, both held in October on campus.

Nominations are geared toward students who are feeling overwhelmed by their personal lives and considering dropping out of education, searching for motivation and support, or successfully completing their courses and aspire to find professional development and career opportunities.

Participants were able to meet and network with community leaders and mentors who share their interests and backgrounds and have overcome their own challenges. They also had the opportunity to learn about career opportunities from local professionals who work in communication or public relations, higher education, law enforcement, legal offices and state politics.