SCC News

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Becky Yang is on a mission. She wants everyone to have access to a dentist and understand the importance of taking care of their teeth. That’s why she went to Sacramento City College and earned an associate degree in Dental Hygiene.

Her hope is to find a job helping her community by offering her newly acquired expertise and find a work family like the circle of friends she counted on at SCC. Community college rescued Becky from heartbreak and gave her the support she needed to pursue her goals. She says her counselors were extremely helpful by encouraging her to persevere, even after two rejections to the dental hygiene program and the unbearable grief of losing her parents during that time.

Becky gives credit to the open-door policy of counselors, where she often went to simply have a good cry. When she was considering college, she knew she didn’t want to go far from home. Her parents needed her, and money was certainly an issue. Becky is the oldest of eight children, and she grew up in a home where English is not the primary language and her dad’s earnings were stretched thin. She needed to help them, and she needed extra help at school.

Becky did finally get into the dental hygiene program. Every step of the way, counselors, instructors, the staff, and colleagues supported her through all her difficult circumstances. She says she is so grateful for their empathy and and their offers of a shoulder to lean on while insisting she not fall behind in school. And now Becky is a role model for her seven younger brothers and sisters. She can stand tall and prove to them that if she can overcome all the obstacles she faced while earning her degree at SCC, they can too. It will be special moments for Becky when her siblings, one by one, walk the stage to receive their degrees.

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Life isn’t easy for Carlo Lopez. Like many community college students, his family struggles, and money, housing and food are mostly a daily focus. Determined, Carlo fends for himself by relying on hope, ambition and services available, especially the STEM Equity & Success Initiative (SESI).

SESI is a comprehensive, multifaceted program intended to increase the participation and success rates of Hispanic and low-income students in STEM fields and careers. With SESI’s help, Carlo now knows the joy of academic achievement and wants people who are growing up in similar circumstances to know that joy too. His wish is for kids like him to hear what he heard at SCC: the sweet sound of a voice that says, I have your back.

Even when Carlo was just in middle school, he knew he could rely only on himself for a decent life. Nobody was around to expose him to life’s possibilities, so he took it upon himself to discover a world he knew little about. He applied for a library pass and researched jobs that require technology skills. He was looking for an alternative to a life of limited choices.

That library pass opened a world of possibilities. Carlo taught himself to code by poring over free tutorials. His accomplishment had moved him to accept SESI’s help and pursue a college education at SCC despite his life’s brutal reality and an average GPA.

Now, Carlo is a full time student, studying computer science, and looking forward to earning a degree and transferring. He plans on a career of helping people, beginning with those who think college is not for them.

It can be done, Carlo tells those students. There is a way financially, and there is help academically. Follow your dream, think big and go to college.

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Free tax help is available to students, staff, and community members who earned less than $66,000 in 2019. Bring a valid picture ID; Social Security or ITIN cards for you, your spouse and all dependents; tax documents (W-2s, 1099s, etc.); and any health insurance information (1095s if you have them).

All workshops are located in LRC 141 (library), from 9 a.m to 3 p.m, on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6
  • Friday, Feb. 7
  • Thursday, Feb. 20
  • Friday, Feb. 21
  • Thursday, Feb. 27
  • Friday, Feb. 28
  • Thursday, March 5
  • Friday, March 6

No appointment is necessary, but you may prefer to make an appointment to guarantee a selected time frame. Make an appointment using any of the following methods:

  • Call 211 (Sacramento County residents)
  • Call 1-800-500-4931
  • Go to YourFreeTaxPrep.org
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The Student Tech Help Desk is offering support via Zoom video chat!

This new tool is available during the Help Desk’s normal operating hours, and allows you to access tech support instantly through your browser, on or off campus. With features like screen sharing, resolving tech issues is easier than ever.

The Student Tech Help Desk assists with technical issues related to coursework, educational tools, and software. This includes campus WiFi, Los Rios Gmail, Google apps like Google Drive and Google Docs, Canvas, and more.

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Looking for a student job working in Information Technology? Come join our team!

The Los Rios Community College District is looking for three students from our four colleges to help Los Rios IT deliver innovative and reliable technology services and solutions to support and advance student success, enrich educational opportunities, and personalize learning environments and support services.

Apply today!

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Measure E is a general obligation bond for the Los Rios Community College District that will appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

If approved by over 55% of voters, Measure E will authorize $650 million of locally controlled funds to repair and upgrade educational facilities, classrooms and labs throughout the District.

The measure has been designed to extend, but not increase, current tax rates. The annual estimated tax rate is $0.02 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Measure E proposes improvements for every Los Rios college and education center in the District. If passed by voters, Measure E will:

  • Better prepare students for high-paying jobs
  • Improve classrooms and labs for careers in fields such as healthcare and early childhood education
  • Upgrade classrooms and labs for science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields
  • Improve resources for healthcare, nursing, dental hygiene, and other job-training programs
  • Expand wildfire prevention, fire fighting and construction training programs
  • Improve educational resources for veterans

Learn more about Measure E at losrios.edu/measure-e.

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Susana Barraza has a plan. She has specifics and a timeline and she radiates full confidence that it will happen. She wants to gain experience in Washington D.C. (where she interned with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute), reach the PhD level, return back home and run for public office.

Susana’s plan is especially remarkable because when she graduated from high school (barely), she had no plan at all. She’s the eldest in an income insecure immigrant family, and her parents expected her to work after high school. She entertained the idea of community college only because her best friend was going, so she enrolled at SCC.

Susana’s ambitions changed when she was selected to attend the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) Capitol Forum as a SCC representative. Each spring, SCC students at this forum lobby their elected Congressional representatives hoping to shape and promote future legislation that will benefit all students, particularly those in underserved communities. SCC is the only campus in the region to expose students to these opportunities.

Attending the HACU Capitol Forum changed Susana’s view of what she could dream and even impacted her entire family. Susana understands now that growing up in an immigrant household doesn’t predispose her to the types of jobs her parents have, and she is worthy of the opportunities offered to anyone with an education.

Now that she has her AS in Business Administration from SCC and a degree in economics at Sac State, Susana is giving back at SCC. She is working with the HSI-STEM Equity and Success Initiative Project, a federal grant made available to recognized, Hispanic-serving institutions. Her job now is to support/mentor underserved and low-income students in school by being an advocate for them and an advocate for equity.

Through education, Susana learned that her heard voice can be heard, and she can advocate for herself, her family and her community. Barraza for Congress? Why not?

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The shuttle hours for the overflow lot (South Lot) have been extended. You can now take advantage of the shuttle service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The shuttle can transport you between campus and your vehicle in the overlflow lot, located across from campus on the other side of the Sutterville Bypass, between 23rd and 24th streets.

The primary drop-off/pick-up location on campus is behind the Business division building, east of the library.

Apply for Sacramento City College scholarships now through March 6. Last year, the college awarded over $200,000 in scholarships! That’s 332 awards given to 189 students.

Many scholarship categories are available through SCC and applicants are scored on a variety of criteria, not just their grades. Your chances of winning a scholarship may be higher than you think!

Apply at losrios.academicworks.com. Find answers to frequently asked questions at www.scc.losrios.edu/philanthropy/scholarships or contact the SCC Office of Philanthropy.

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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.”