SCC News

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

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.

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.

Two young women students, African American and Asian, write words of support on a paper banner posted on the gazebo in the Quad

Dear Students:

Your voice has power.

Last week, our black student leaders made powerful statements against the hateful and racist threats found on our campus.

They have also made clear their expectations of our campus leadership and campus community. We are already making changes, but we need to continue these important conversations. We need to be able to share information about changes that are being made, hear recommendations and suggestions for changes, and discuss work that still needs to be done. To do this I will be putting together a series of working forums for students, staff and faculty to participate in.

The first working forum will be on Thursday, October 18 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM in South Gym 120. We will be able to give you updates on the changes we have made and get feedback about further changes.

This week, there are other opportunities on our campus to have your voice heard.

  • If you would like to talk confidentially with a counselor they are available this week for you in counseling services on the first floor of Rodda Hall North.
  • Visit the gazebo to write down your thoughts at the “Hate Has No Home On Our Campus” writing project.
  • You can contact me or the Vice Presidents at any time to voice concerns or give feedback.
Michael Gutierrez
Sacramento City College
Photo of two young students smiling and working together on an Apple laptop

Sacramento City College announces a new 12-week, pilot course using the Everyone Can Code Curriculum to teach Swift, the powerful and intuitive programming language developed by Apple.

There will be an opportunity to visit the new classroom and play with the coding programs on Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., TEC-110. The class, MAKR 299: Introduction to App Development with Swift, starts Sept. 24.

As the need for application developers continue to grow, SCC is committed to preparing students and members of our community for the expansion in job opportunities.

“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.”

Emphasizing the idea that coding is for everyone, multiple faculty members from a variety of disciplines including history, kinesiology, math, computer information science and graphic communications will be teaching the course. Housed in a newly redesigned classroom that has the feel of a tech startup, the space will allow students the flexibility to code collaboratively or independently as they choose.

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

Students who complete the entire Everyone Can Code curriculum will be able to take a certification test that validates their knowledge of Swift for employers.

Two young Asian female students looking at a computer monitor, with a graphic overlay of HTML code over the entire photo

The Women Who Code program invites EVERYONE to attend their Open House. Meet with other students and speak with staff about the coding industry! If you have never explored Computer Information Science this is a great opportunity to learn more!

This invitation is open to everyone, all genders, all inclusive!

Located in BUS 204 from 12PM-1PM


For more info, please visit:

Hughie the Panther and three members of student leadership pose in the quad

Join faculty, staff and students on Thursday, September 13 from 9 AM – 6 PM in the Quad for a Welcome Day and Open House!

Departments, areas and programs will be out in the quad to share what makes them unique! Bring friends or family and show them all that Sacramento City College has to offer.

Check out:

  • How to transfer to a UC or CSU
  • Career education programs that can prepare you for the job field
  • How to pay for college (including financial aid and scholarships)
  • A tour of the new Makerspace (equipment and trainings are open to ALL students)
  • The brand new Everyone Can Code classroom
  • Campus clubs
  • Learning communities
  • Programs that can help support you from your first day on campus to graduation
  •  How to apply
  • + Enjoy food trucks, music and fun!
People on the platform waiting for Lightrail at the Sacramento City College station

Students may pick up their Fall 2018 semester Access card (student ID) and Universal Transit Pass (UTP) stickers starting Aug. 1.

Pick-up locations are as follows:

  • Main Campus: City Café
  • Main Campus: Learning Resource Center (LRC) 2nd floor
  • Davis Center
  • West Sacramento Center

Hours and Locations for Student Access Cards and Transit Stickers

Student Access Card Info / Pricing for Universal Transit Pass (UTP)

A crowd gathers to hear from one of the photographers whose work is being shown in the Russ Solomon gallery

Students Rickey T. Boyland and Jerome Jeffries are showing their photography in the Russ Solomon Gallery on campus through September.

The show, entitled “Digitally Speaking, We Have Something to Say!,” is a joint effort by the two men.

An opening reception was held for them on July 19. Stop by, check out their work and see what they have to say!

Heart beat line that makes a heart shape

Sacramento City College is hosting a summer blood drive Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 11 from 10 AM – 2 PM!

The bloodmobiles will be located near the quad. If you come out to give a lifesaving blood donation, please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating. Don’t forget to bring a photo ID with you.

Donors will receive a BloodSource T-shirt and will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Yeti Ice Chest, $100 gas gift card and $100 grocery gift card. One winner per week.

See you out there Panthers!