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Group of 10 graduates dressed mostly in black with yellow trimmed, red stoles pose as a group in front of 2019 balloons and two pop up banners with Sacramento City College and Health Net information.

Tuesday, January 14, the inaugural Community Health Worker cohort graduated with their certificates, ready to provide more local residents with help navigating the complex health care system. The certificate will allow graduates to pursue careers as Patient/Health Navigators, Community Health Educators or Enrollment Specialist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand of these types of workers is continuing to grow, BLS estimates a growth rate of 21% by 2020 thus increasing the demand for qualified workers in Sacramento and across the country.

This program was brought to life through a partnership between Health Net, WellSpace Health, Sacramento City College, and the Greater Sacramento Urban League. The inaugural Community Health Workers cohort at the Greater Urban League of Sacramento provided 15 local students with the necessary academic and financial support to earn a certificate of completion.

Danielle, a graduate from the inaugural cohort, shared her thoughts on the impact of the Community Health Worker program and the scholarship support.

“This program has meant a lot to me because of the connection and trust I have with the community, learning the skills to be able to assist the community, learning the language of a CHW, being cultural competent was really important and learning the correct health care language when working with clients and primary care physicians. I really learned a lot about the U.S healthcare systems and how insurance providers work to bridge the gap on health care services. It was a really nice gesture to offer the community health worker class scholarship money because it really helped to relieve stress and I was able to pay for transportation (gas) back and forth to class, I was able to buy dinner after work because I went to class right after working 8 hours. I was also able to purchase notebooks, highlighters and writing paper. I really appreciate the scholarship money it made me feel the support we needed and someone was proud and care about the well being of the students and the community.”

Woman wearing a bright purple shirt sits at small, round table working on a Chromebook.

The Chromebook Loan Program is a new resource for Sacramento City College students provided by the Learning Resource Center. This program gives students enrolled at SCC the opportunity to check out a Chromebook laptop each semester to support their academic success.

This new program is completely free, and and will allow students to check out a Chromebook laptop and keep it for the entire semester. There is also the option to reapply and continue borrowing the laptop for consecutive semesters. All students enrolled at SCC are eligible to apply. The Chromebooks can also be paired with Office 365 for free access to Microsoft Office.

Apply Now! Application Deadline: December 16, 2019

There are a limited number of Chromebooks available for next semester, so don’t wait to apply! Applications will be handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must be registered for Spring 2020 at Sacramento City College to be eligible for the program.


Group picture of the Express student newspaper team.

The Express news staff won 15 awards for journalism excellence at the Northern California conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Nov. 16.

The annual conference held at San Jose State University featured a day of speakers and on-the spot contests, in which Express staffers took three awards.

The Express, the Sacramento City College newspaper for more than a century, produced its final print edition in May 2019. It also won a general excellence award for the website,, which is updated daily.

Between the continuing Stephon Clark coverage and our baseball and softball teams both making playoff runs, our student journalists worked incredibly hard last semester,” said Randy Allen, Express photo adviser. “Jason Pierce’s multimedia talents continue to bring him praise, so much so that he is currently serving as a Sacramento Bee multimedia intern. It’s great to see the hard work of these talented students get rewarded.”

Pierce was one of the five Express staffers who took home first place awards: Jason Reed, Sports Game Story; Jason Pierce, Video Journalism; Patrick Gabbett, Opinion Story; Sara Nevis, Sports Feature Photo, and Niko Panagopoulos, Sports Action Photo.

“This was my second JACC conference,” said Danielle McKinney, Express co-editor-in-chief, who took a second place in the on-the-spot news writing competition. “ This semester being my last one at City College, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to compete, and I am so glad I did. I had a lot of fun.”

The full list of JACC awards to the Express staff includes:

Express Staff, General Excellence, Online Edition
Jason Reed, First Place, Sports Game Story
Jason Pierce, First Place, Video Journalism
Patrick Gabbett, First Place, Opinion Story
Sara Nevis, First Place, Sports Feature Photo
Niko Panagopoulos, First Place, Sports Action Photo
Luan Nguyen, Second Place, Profile Feature Story
Sara Nevis, Second Place, Sports Feature Photo
Danielle McKinney, Second Place, News Writing (On the Spot)
Sara Nevis, Third Place, Sports Action Photo
Niko Panagopoulos, Third Place, News Photo
Niko Panagopoulos, Third Place, Feature Photo (On the Spot)
Sara Nevis, Honorable Mention, Feature Photo (On the Spot)
Danielle McKinney, Honorable Mention, Copy Editing (On the Spot)
Katy Escobar, Meritorious, Enterprise News Story/Series


The Express is advised by Randy Allen and Jan Haag.

Aeronautics student sits at a computer with a headset on. The screen is showing planes and the student is practicing their air traffic control skills.

Sacramento City College is one of just a handful of public Aviation programs in the entire state and the only program in Northern California. The Aircraft Dispatcher, Air Traffic Control and Flight Technology recently moved into new facilities at the Davis Center and both students and faculty spoke with KVIE about the program and great jobs available after graduation.

Check out KVIE’s interview!

Think this might be the career path for you? Spring 2020 enrollment is open for FLTEC 300 Introduction to Aviation at the Davis Center. If you’re interested in letting your career take flight in Aviation and joining our Fall 2020 learning cohort for Flight Technology, Aircraft Dispatcher, or Air Traffic Controller, be sure to sign up for this prerequisite course.

The Davis Center is not only the home base of our aviation programs, but offers the general education classes you need to complete your degree.

Sacramento City College students and members of Wavement gather at the Capitol for the Sept. 20 climate march with signs about climate change and joining Wavement.

Sacramento City College student Ngyolani (Nani) is a co-founder of Wavement, a group raising awareness about how climate change is drastically affecting the Marshall Islands. Read Nani’s special to The Sacramento Bee about the islands’ role on the front lines of climate change and what Wavement is doing to raise awareness.

“Iakwe. My name is Ngyolani Henry. I moved to Sacramento from the Marshall Islands 12 years ago when I was 8.

“The Marshall Islands is a nation consisting of two chains of low-lying atolls located in the southern region of the Pacific Ocean, half-way between Australia and Hawai’i. Atolls are relatively flat, ring-shaped islands surrounded by a coral reef with a lagoon. We’re only 2 meters above sea level. This automatically places us on the front line of climate change.

“With waters rising, floods have become more frequent in the islands. They have destroyed many homes, leaving people with nothing, washing away the graves of our loved ones and eating up pieces of the land.”

Read Ngyolani’s full special to the Bee on The Sacramento Bee website.

Student in a lab coat and goggles stands at one of the special vented work areas in the new Davis Center lab space.

Building a Better Learning Environment at SCC – Preparing Students for the Future

A critical piece of the facilities master planning process at Sacramento City College (SCC) and throughout the Los Rios Community College District as a whole is a focus on the future by modernizing facilities to better prepare students and workers for good paying jobs and to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. There is no such thing as a “traditional” student or classroom anymore, so our priorities and allocation of resources must appropriately acknowledge this. The updated Facilities Master Plan recently completed at SCC is a reflection of this reality, evidenced by the inclusion of 21st century innovations like flexible classrooms, offering and expanding the availability of online courses and incorporating other technological advancements.

Another important priority covered in the updated Plan is providing essential job training and workforce preparation for all students and residents in our communities. SCC and the Los Rios Community College District are committed to leading the region in workforce development, a commitment laid out in the districtwide 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. The projects identified in the facilities plan to upgrade classrooms, facilities and technology and expand access to training programs that help students learn new skills and find better paying jobs will ensure that SCC and all of Los Rios are able to make significant steps toward achieving its workforce development goal.

When our students succeed, SCC, the Los Rios Community College District, and our region as a whole succeed, which is why we are committed to providing access to the necessary skills and resources to promote this outcome.

Burnt orange background with a circle in the middle and in the middle of the circle is a monarch butterfly in profile with orange and tan wings.

We join our fellow community colleges across the state for a week of advocacy and action in support of our undocumented Panthers. DREAMers United, the SCC Undocu-Resource Program with support from SCC have put together a series of in-person and virtual workshops. Make sure to add one to your calendar today!

To register for an online workshop go to the Community College League of California website and scroll down to the webinar registration section.

The Undocumented Student Week of Action is a student-led campaign to advocate for a permanent solution to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and include a pathway to citizenship, and to provide support and resources to all undocumented students.

Schedule of Events

MONDAY 10/14

Smile Now, Cry Later: Knowing When and How to Manage Different Emotions
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
In-Person at the RASA/ASHE Center Student Center 104

Demystifying Dream Resource Center
11 AM – 12 PM

Paying for College: Financial Aid and Scholarships
2 PM – 3 PM


Protecting Student Data
11 AM – 12 PM

Advocating for Immigrant Rights Workshop
12 PM – 1 PM
In-Person at the RASA/ASHE Center Student Center 104

Accessing Reputable Legal Support
2 PM – 3 PM


Pursuing Sustainable Funding for Undocumented Student Programming
11 AM – 12 PM

Resource Fair: In Collaboration with Club Day
11:30 AM – 1 PM
In-Person Next to the College Store

The Undocu Hustle
2 PM – 3 PM


CA Dream Act Workshop
11 AM – 1 PM
In-Person at the Financial Aid Lab, Student Services 140

Creating Safe Spaces on Campus
11 AM – 12 PM

Brown Bag Conversation Hosted by LRCFT
12 PM – 1 PM
In-Person at the RASA/ASHE Center Student Center 104

Thriving with Fear and Building Resilience
2 PM – 3 PM

FRIDAY 10/18

Undocu-ally Training for SCC Student Employees
11 AM – 1 PM
In-Person LRC 105

Increasing Support for Undocumented Students
11 AM – 12 PM

Healing Through Art: The Emotional Expression of Art in Social Justice
2 PM – 3 PM

Benefit Screening of “The Unafraid”
Student Meet and Greet at 4 PM
Sponsor Mixer at 6 PM
Move Q & A at 7 PM
In-Person at the Student Center

To RSVP for the video screening please contact:
Angelica Garcia-Galvan: OR
Belinda Lum:

Rendering of the new Mohr Hall on the corner of Sutterville and Freeport. It shows slightly transparent students in the foreground walking on the sidewalk in front of and across the street from the new building which makes up the background.

Last year, we shared updates on the college and districtwide effort to update our Facility Master Plan. We are pleased to share that those plans are now complete, and you can view the plans at the Los Rios website. The new Facility Master Plans signal exciting changes ahead, both at Sacramento City College (SCC) and throughout the Los Rios Community College District. It represents our priority list with regard to all things facilities – upgrades, improvements, modernizations and new construction – for the next decade. By guiding and shaping where our students learn, it will have a meaningful impact on how and what they learn and provide for an enhanced learning experience by creating usable, flexible spaces.

Highlights from the Facilities Master Plan at SCC include significant modernizations of Rodda Hall North and South, as well as a number of other upgrades to better prepare students for technical and other high-demand fields, improve resources for our neediest students, and build modern learning environments to align with a changing educational and career needs.

The SCC Facilities Master Plan is a direct reflection of the input received from faculty, staff and administrative leaders at the college and throughout the district as part of the formal facilities planning process. Their invaluable feedback, coupled with a continuous assessment of student needs, resulted in a plan that will provide real value and tangible results as we strive to prepare our students for what’s next and give our faculty the tools to create high quality learning environments.

We look forward to seeing the innovative projects in this plan come to fruition, and to working with our students, faculty and staff to continue to assess changing conditions, monitor results and adjust the plans accordingly.

Photo of the top portion of the Constitution including the words "We the people"

Student Leadership and Development is proud to present Constitution Day 2019 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM on Tuesday, September 17 in the Quad. All institutions of higher education across the nation recognize this day and work to promote awareness and education on the United States Constitution.

In addition to celebrating the Constitution, there will also be information about voting. Have a voice and vote! You can find out more about voting and elections in California and register to vote through the California Secretary of State website.