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District Maintains Responsible Fiscal Approach to Benefit Students

In a world of constant financial uncertainty, the Los Rios Community College District has maintained its long-held prudent fiscal approach, enabling the District to operate without disruption and deftly respond to changing conditions. Under the leadership of the District’s Board of Trustees and with the support of faculty and staff, the District continues to put students first by providing the resources necessary to establish effective pathways for their success. Consistent financial practices and innovative solutions have established the framework necessary for the District to remain financially solvent and able to adjust to unforeseen or unplanned circumstances.

Due to this responsible budgeting approach, the District has one of the highest bond credit ratings in the state. During the last recession, Los Rios was among only a handful of educational institutions around the state to avoid significant cuts to services, thanks to this focus on financial stewardship.  These outcomes are the result of best practices that the District has and will continue to employ, modifying as necessary. Effectively and efficiently spending public resources to benefit students and the greater community remains a top priority for District leadership, who understand that sound financial planning allows for investment in the people that make our colleges thrive.

Photo of the Learning Resource Center

Sacramento City College and the entire Los Rios Community College District is in the process of completing a complex and thorough facilities master planning process. During the process, it has become clear that current identified priorities lean heavily toward modernization of Sacramento City College and District systems as opposed to constructing new facilities, with an emphasis on creating adaptable learning spaces. Upgrading existing facilities to become more flexible will enable Sacramento City College the District to do more with less by efficiently using current space. By building smarter and creating classrooms and other learning environments that can easily be reconfigured to serve additional purposes, Sacramento City College and the District can better adapt and respond to the needs of its faculty and student populations. A large component of the updated Plan will also cover actions that promote water and energy sustainability and conservation as Sacramento City College and the District strive to achieve a zero net energy target.

The final Plan will be made available upon completion.

Funding Campus Improvements

Los Rios will use a mixture of state and District bond funds to design and construct buildings outlined in the facilities master plan. Historically, the District has been able to leverage local bond funds by successfully competing for state matching funds. Over the past two decades, Los Rios has brought over $100 million in matching funds back to the Sacramento region through effective planning. We will continue this practice in the interest of being prudent with local resources.

Winners of the Students of Distinction award stand on the Quad steps with staff, faculty and administrators

Students of Distinction are nominated by faculty and staff for excelling in one of the following categories: Academic Merit, Campus and/or Community Service, Academic Persistence while Overcoming Adversity, and Social Justice.

This year, 56 Panthers were recognized for their outstanding achievements at the “Students of Distinction Awards” program and luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2019  in the City College-City Café.

Here is a little more about what each award means:

Academic: Academic Merit

This award recognizes students for their integration of high academic standing (3.0 GPA) with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, community involvement, arts, athletics, employment, etc.

Service: Campus and/or Community Service

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated strong leadership and performed significant service through campus participation and/or community service, while maintaining good academic standing.

Personal: Overcoming Adversity

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated academic persistence and tenacity, while contending with severe hardships and challenges.

Social Justice: Cross-Cultural Engagement & Social Justice

This award recognizes students who have actively developed, promoted and participated in campus and/or community programs dedicated to cross-cultural engagement and social justice, while maintaining good academic standing.

Adam Erickson prepares to throw a ball during a Panthers Baseball game

Adam Erickson, a baseball player last year, and our 2017-2018 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was named to the CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Honor roll. He is one of only 40 male and female student-athletes (approximately) throughout the state to receive this honor.

There are over 25,000 student-athletes participating in athletics in the state and this is the 9th time in the past 11 years that an SCC student-athlete has been named to the CCCAA scholar-athlete honor roll.

More information about the Erickson and the athletics department

SCC President Michael Gutierrez standing with five members of the PTK program. The three to his right have awards.

Sacramento City College’s very own Michael Gutierrez will receive the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Paragon Award for New Presidents. The award is “given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their campus.”

Presidents are nominated for the award by their campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Part of President Gutierrez’s nomination reads “President Gutierrez has made himself available to be the featured speaker at our induction ceremony and events on campus. He supported PTK in presenting to the LRCCD Board of Trustees and our SCC campus Senior Leadership Team and faculty to promote our five-star status and our chapter. He is working with our PIO and PTK chapter to develop an outreach and in-reach strategic plan to promote and advertise PTK. He has directly connected with PTK and participates in PTK activities such as he will be a featured speaker at Phi Theta Kappa’s Nevada/California Regional Conference in Spring 2019.”

More than 500 college presidents were eligible and President Gutierrez will be one of only 25 to bring home the award! #iAmSacCity

SCC student helps area high school student learn to put microphones on a drum set during arts, music and entertainment day.

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, 120 high school students from seven schools spent the day at SCC engaged in interactive, hands on career exploration in four programs—Graphic Design, Animation, Game Design and Commercial Music. Students experienced a variety of real-world creative endeavors, among them making a live performance recording in the commercial music studio. Industry representatives provided participants an overview of the wide range of rewarding career paths they will be qualified for with arts, music and entertainment skills.

This event is possible through a close collaboration among SCC faculty, our Career Technical Education Transitions Coordinator, SETA and instructors and staff in the Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy. Articulation agreements allowing high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in AME programs have been developed with many of the participating instructors, a number that continues to grow as the SCC collaboration promotes a seamless pathway from high school to community college career education programs.

 

Professor Jesus Limon-Guzman and his wife sit with Congresswoman Matsui at small conference table

Sacramento City College English professor Jesus Limon-Guzman has been invited by Congresswoman Doris Matsui to be her guest at the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Professor Limon-Guzman met Congresswoman Matsui along with current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last year at CSUS’s #DefendDACA event where he spoke out publicly about his experience as an immigrant from Mexico and a DACA recipient. Aware of the fact that many undocumented individuals fear deportation, and thus avoid enrolling in college for fear of being tracked down, Professor Limon-Guzman has taken action to stand up and serve as a supportive voice for those who are living in silence.

The path to Professor Limon-Guzman’s career at SCC began not with teaching but with sitting in the desks of these classrooms as a student. He showed up to learn, oftentimes tired from working late nights to pay for his own tuition since he didn’t qualify for the BOG fee waiver or Cal Grant. As a community college student, he helped his peers with writing outside of their classes in a small space shared with him by counselors Keith Muraki and Juan LaChica, which fed the early flames of the RISE program at SCC. He later transferred to CSUS where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, all the while volunteering his time at SCC in multiple capacities to help students like himself clear the many confusing hurdles of higher education to arrive at their own goals.

Most recently, Professor Limon-Guzman’s work in the immigrant community has involved leading special Dreamer projects at CSUS, including a creative narrative project, a first-year Dreamer experience, and a transfer Dreamer experience. He’s also supported the Dreamer after-school program at his alma mater, Luther Burbank High School. At SCC, he’s participated in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities trip to Washington, D.C. for the past three years, which empowers Dreamers through federal government advocacy. He also recently co-authored an article for the Berkeley Review of Education with EOPS counselor Adam Freas, entitled “Made You Look: Reflecting on the Trump Election and Patterns of False Response,” detailing some of his experience related to being a DACA recipient in today’s political climate.

We are proud of his commitment to our students, and we thank him for his love and steadfast dedication to and support of people in our community.