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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, saccityexpress.com, 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.

Four women, dressed in edgy, formfitting streetwear style clothing, pose on the metal work of the Tower Bridge in Sacramento

Sacramento City College graduate Quynhnhu Nguyen’s collection, “Entropy,” recently won first place at the college Fashion Department’s annual fashion show. She also won in the Most Marketable category at American River College’s fashion show in 2017 with her collection called “Controlled Chaos.” As suggested by the dark, moody, urban style of both collections, Nguyen is intrigued by fluctuations of emotions and how slivers of optimism and hope can be found in the darkest of places. We asked her a few questions about herself and what inspires her.

Please tell us about your experience at SCC. When did you start and why?

My experience at SCC started in 1998. My firstborn was three years old and I just received my GED. I didn’t want to be a waitress all of my life so I decided to go to college and do something better with my life. My mom also drilled it into my brain that I had to go to college and I was floating in the sea of academia for a good while before I found out what I truly enjoyed doing.

How did you become interested in Fashion? Did you have any fashion or design experience prior to SCC?

I wasn’t interested in fashion until I took my first sewing class with Prof. Giovannetti back in 2013. I was a Biology major and focusing on taking courses to get into the Nursing program. I couldn’t get into one of my science classes so I decided to take a sewing class. My mother has an AA in Fashion Design from West Valley College and she would make me fix my own clothes and help her sew basic shirts and pants when I was a child but I wanted to learn from the beginning. The course was fun for me, we started out with basic sewing stitches and learned to make potholders, a drawstring bag and an apron or bag. I ended up making two aprons, one was simple and the other one was a reversible one.

How would you describe your general aesthetic?

My general aesthetic is applying the skills I have learned and allowing myself to be creative with my designs from concept idea to the final product. I love to challenge myself with new ideas and playing around with techniques that I have not worked with before. I like classic designs with a play on my own interpretation of current styles.

What is the concept behind your designs that ended up winning the grand prize at the fashion show? Is there a story to the designs? Where did you draw inspiration? Did you have a goal in mind when conceptualizing these designs?

I express visual story with my collection. I had just won the Most Marketable category with my Controlled Chaos collection from ARC in 2017 and I wanted to showcase the Entropy collection at SCC the following year. Both collections were about an array of emotions that I was experiencing during my journey. The idea was to tell a story of how emotions always fluctuate and that one moment you are feeling all of these negative emotions and the next you are calm and rational. I worked with real leather, lace and textured fabrics. Four pieces were mainly black with hints of white which was my color story of how dark my emotions were with hints of white which represents serenity and hope. The middle garment was a simple A-line dress which was color block with diagonal seams and a square neckline. The bodice was made out of corded lace and the skirt was a black and white woven wool textile. The white was more pronounced and evoked innocence. The Entropy collection focuses on the strong sensual female. My goal is to have my client feel empowered and beautiful when they wear my designs.

Do you remember the first thing you designed?

The first thing I designed was a tote bag. I created a basic pattern by analyzing the paper bags at the grocery store and drafted a paper pattern to use as my template. I’ve come a long way from that project.

You graduated in the spring. How did that feel? What did it mean for you?

It felt awesome. It took me over twenty years off and on being in college. I was thrilled to be sitting with the graduating class of 2019 along with my peers. It was a difficult journey struggling to finish college with the demands of life. I say, “Better later than never.” Graduating from the Los Rios Community College District meant that I had the power to showcase my skills and creativity because I was tenacious with my studies and I discovered that I also loved to teach other students who wanted to experience what the Fashion Programs had to offer.

When you think of your future, what do you see yourself doing next year? Five years from now? 10 years from now?

I plan to teach in the future. I have been a teacher’s assistant for three years and I plan on applying for an Instructional Assistant job and gain more experience. After that, I would love to get accepted into the Faculty Diversity Internship Program and become an adjunct professor at LRCCD. I have met so many wonderful people along my journey and I plan on networking and reaching out to explore the fashion industry, the art industry and our community. I’ve been working on a community project with the fashion club called Hopefull Totefull where we would make tote bags for first time chemotherapy patients from Sutter Memorial Hospital. We have donated over one hundred totes so far so I would love to have a chance to expand on that project.

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 two hands assembling wood-cut "gears" on a table that appears to be artfully covered with black and white magazine pages

Sacramento City College and Hacker Lab have announced a new partnership that will grow workforce skills and entrepreneurship by providing SCC students enrolled in MAKR classes with full Hacker Lab access.

“This is a big deal. Community colleges are more accessible than ever. Thanks to this partnership, we are glad to be part of that expansion. We hope to inspire learning and maker education in hands-on ways that are the future of education, with shorter classes open to the community,” said Eric Ullrich, Hacker Lab COO.

Students will be able to expand on the critical skills they are learning both in MAKR classes and in the Sacramento City College Makerspace by engaging in events, classes and networking at the Hacker Lab. This partnership will open new doors and opportunities that students can use to achieve their dreams, build on their passion and explore a new future.

“We need to help people get better paying jobs and have better livelihoods, with more students working independent and in self-employed jobs,” said SCC Makerspace Project Director Tom Cappelletti.

MAKR classes at Sacramento City College are geared toward providing students with highly desirable skills. Fall classes include MAKR 140: Introduction to Making, MAKR 151: Makerspace Lab I and MAKR 201: App Development with Swift. MAKR 140 and 201 are both late start and currently enrolling students for September 7 and October 17 start dates, respectively.

SCC Cyber Security Summer Camps 2019

Sacramento City College Cyber Security summer camp, for local youth entering the 7th-12th grades, encourages exploration of cyber security as well as the degrees and career paths available at the college level.

Los Rios Community College campuses served up to 10 days of camp this season, with a morning session and an afternoon sessions each day. The camps teach students important skills in cyber safety and cybersecurity principles that are relevant to everyday life. It also highlights some of the cyber threats posed to individuals and the importance of investigation agencies for cyber-attacks. Students receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit to learn about cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills such as hacking prevention, system hardening, access control, and system protection. The value of cyber security education is crucial for personal as well as professional needs.

Institutions such as the government, military, education, financial, and medical possess exceptional amounts of sensitive data on computers. Methods of intrusions evolve as technology does so, consequently, demands for cyber security agencies have an upward outlook. Professionals measure and protect organizational networks and systems from the  continual intrusion of ransomware and call for expansion of responsibilities from employees. Well-qualified cyber security candidates are constantly sought after in a large variety of fields as cyber threats ascend. The SCC Cyber Security Summer Camps provide an educated and security-minded base for future matured cyber defense programs along with other cyber security measures that all citizens can benefit from.

Learn more about Sacramento City College’s Computer Information Science degrees and programs including the Information Systems Security degree and certificate.

Photo of the three friends standing together with big smiles outside on the SCC Quad; the ground is wet from an earlier rain fall

Alejandra Duran, Yesenia Velazco and Julio Zamarripa never expected to go to college, much less work at one.

The three friends, each the first in their family to attend college, met at Sacramento City College through the Puente Project. Puente’s mission is to increase the number of underrepresented Mexican-American and Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn their college degrees, and return to their communities as mentors to future generations.

As the youngest of five siblings, Alejandra struggled with choosing to go to college over the cultural expectation that she would stay home and help with the family.

“That was hard for me because I’m very selfless, so I wanted to stay home, but I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone in order to grow,” Alejandra said.

“I was not thinking about college at all,” said Yesenia, who only signed up for SCC classes because a high school friend didn’t want to do it alone. “I knew I loved school and I knew I loved learning. But as a first generation student, I didn’t know how to get into college or what kind of resources were available.”

Having all transferred to UC Riverside and now with their undergraduate degrees in hand, they find themselves working in similar positions at different UC campuses, assisting new students through the admissions process. Alejandra is at UC Merced, Yesenia at UC Riverside, and Julio is at UC Santa Barbara.

Recently, they returned to SCC to participate in a transfer workshop representing the universities where they work. For the reunited friends, being back on campus brought back fond memories.

“As we were passing by the cafeteria, we were saying, ‘Remember we used to sit in that corner?’ That was our hangout spot two years ago,” Julio recalled.

This fall, Alejandra and Yesenia started the graduate program in career counseling at Sacramento State and Julio began working toward his master’s in educational counseling at the University of Laverne. However, for these friends, SCC will always be a place to call home.