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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.

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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.

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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
Online

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

TUESDAY 10/15

Protecting Student Data
11 AM – 12 PM
Online

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
Online

WEDNESDAY 10/16

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

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
Online

THURSDAY 10/17

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
Online

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
Online

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
Online

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

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: GarciaA4@scc.losrios.edu OR
Belinda Lum: LumB@scc.losrios.edu

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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.

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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.

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.

 

An African American man wearing dark framed glasses, white short sleeved t-shirt, with curly natural hair, short beard and a big smile is handing a head of lettuce to someone out of the frame whose hands only are visible in frame

Anthony Hopkins was six years out of high school and sporting several failed attempts at college. Even dead-end jobs were elusive. He was 24 when he returned once again to Sacramento City College, this time placed on academic probation due to his poor GPA. He knew he needed a confidence boost in his ability to learn.

So, Anthony changed the equation. This time he found “family” support at RISE. RISE (Respect, Integrity, Self-Determination & Education) is an SCC campus organization that welcomes students with a holistic set of support services. The staff and classmates were there for Anthony socially and emotionally, along with study techniques and tactics to adjust his mindset toward academics.

Anthony was and continues to be motivated to solve racial disparities in society. He reengaged with college at SCC because he says he had professors who he felt represented him and truly cared about his success as a man of color. He knew he wanted to study social systems to ponder why Black and Brown people weren’t succeeding at the same rate. Anthony chose the field of education where he could make the most impact.

Anthony received his AA in sociology from SCC, a BA in American studies/education at UC Berkeley, and an MA in social studies teaching and curriculum at New York University. And he studied photography along the way too.

After a decade of schooling and working in New York, Anthony has come full circle and returned to RISE, this time as a professional in a paid position.  He is grateful to the organization that gave him his start and savors the opportunity to pay it forward by helping students — who he understands to be walking a similar path.

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Looking for an exciting, well-paying career in aviation? Check out the Air Traffic Control degree and the Aircraft Dispatcher degree and certificate now being offered that the Sacramento City College Davis Center!

Pursue either of these Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved programs and take advantage of the modern and classroom and student spaces available at the Davis Center.

Enroll today!