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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 a Patient/Health Navigators, Community Health Educators or Enrollment Specialist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand of these types of workers in continuing to grow, BLS estimates a growth rate of 21% by 2020 thus increase 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.”

Sacramento City College Lightrail Station

Sacramento City College’s Student Access Cards (student ID) and Transit Stickers (UTP) will be available to pick up starting January 2, 2020.

Calendar of pick-up schedule and Transit Sticker cost/eligibility

Sacramento City College Main Campus

3835 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95822

January 2 – January 31, 2020

Student Services Building Lobby:
Monday – Thursday | 8 AM – 6 PM
Friday | 8 AM – 4 PM

January 18 – January 31, 2020

LRC 2nd Floor:
Monday, January 27 – Thursday, January 31 | 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday, January 31 | 7:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, January 18 and 25 | 9 AM – 3 PM

Davis Center

1720 Jade Street, Davis, CA 95616

January 2 – January 17, 2020

Monday – Friday | 8 AM – 3:30 PM

January 22 – May 20, 2020

Monday – Thursday | 8 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday | 8 AM – 3:30 PM

West Sacramento Center

1115 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691

January 2 – January 10, 2020

Monday – Thursday | 8 AM – 6 P
Friday | 8 AM – 4 PM

January 13 – May 20, 2020

Monday – Thursday | 8 AM – 6 PM
Friday & Saturday | 8 AM – 4 PM

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.

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.