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Artistic photograph of a pair of hands on the left side palm up holding a tree and, directly across, on the right side, a pair of hands palm up holding a glassy, jelly looking planet earth with a butterfly perched on top

Come celebrate and honor the earth with us on Wednesday, April 24!

Local green organizations, campus clubs, food trucks and more will be out on the Quad from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live performances at noon.

Additionally, there will be an e-waste collection. Bring items such as computers/laptops, screens, phones, printers, cables and cords, and household appliances to recycle! Not only will you earn karma points, but we’ll also give you a free bagel (while supplies last) and a chance to win a $25 gift card!

The event was organized by SCC Phi Theta Kappa.

Photo from afar of Career Day, showing tables and lots of people walking through the quad

Connecting our students with employment opportunities is a priority for us at SCC. That’s why, for the 48th year, we are bringing more than 50 employers from the region to Career Day!

Come dressed for success, bring copies of your résumé and be prepared to network with employers on Tuesday, April 23. The event will go from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get more information on the Career Day webpage.

Adam Erickson prepares to throw a ball during a Panthers Baseball game

Adam Erickson, a baseball player last year, and our 2017-2018 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was named to the CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Honor roll. He is one of only 40 male and female student-athletes (approximately) throughout the state to receive this honor.

There are over 25,000 student-athletes participating in athletics in the state and this is the 9th time in the past 11 years that an SCC student-athlete has been named to the CCCAA scholar-athlete honor roll.

More information about the Erickson and the athletics department

Photo of four high school students, male and female, working together, looking at computer monitors at a long table during the Pathways to Paychecks event
The second annual Pathways to Paychecks event “Program Your Future!” was a great success. We had 85 high school students from 9 schools in 3 districts participate in hands-on breakout sessions featuring The Internet of Things, Coding for the Web and Networking/Cyber Security.
The students enjoyed the program and 92% rated their overall experience as excellent or good thanks to the thoughtful and well-prepared sessions that Abdelaziz Kaina, Sheley Little, and Jim Town who conducted 3 sessions each over the course of the day.
Pathways to Paycheck events open doors to new pathways for local high school students and introduce them to the great programs available at Sacramento City College.
Photo of the winners of 2018's second annual Integration Bee from left to right: Fourth place winner: Fatemeh Semnani, fifth place winner: Stan Carpenco, first place winner: Minh Le, second place winner: Jiajun Guan, third place winner: Sokchetra Eung.

You’ve heard of spelling bees, but what about the Integration Bee?

The Mathematics and Statistics Department is hosting the 3rd annual Integration Bee, where competitors will show off their mastery of calculus integrals. The event will be held Friday, April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Lillard Hall Room 101.

Students who have completed Math 400 (or equivalent) are invited to compete. Family and friends of the competitors, as well as any faculty, staff and administrators, are welcome to come watch the competition and cheer for them.

In addition to the prizes for 1st – 5th place, we will be raffling off local gift cards and prizes to competitors and audience members alike. So even if you don’t want to compete, come root for your favorite Math Hero on April 5th at 3:30 p.m. in Lillard Hall 101.

Be sure to register online if you plan to participate!

In the picture above are the winners of 2018’s second annual Integration Bee from left to right: Fourth place winner: Fatemeh Semnani, fifth place winner: Stan Carpenco, first place winner: Minh Le, second place winner: Jiajun Guan, third place winner: Sokchetra Eung.

Photo of Alex White holding award, standing next to Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and others

SCC English Professor Alexandria White, who also works with Umoja students, has received the Unsung Hero Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Alex moved to Sacramento from Oakland 2 1/2 years ago to buy a home for and raise her family. We asked her to talk about the work she is doing that is receiving recognition in the community.

Are you from the Sacramento area?

I am originally from the Bay Area, specifically from Oakland. I attended San Francisco State University as an undergraduate where I studied abroad to the United Kingdom and earned a B.A. in Creative Writing/English.  I later attended UCSC for an M.A. in Literature. I focused on postcolonial literature and literature of the African diaspora.

What drew you to Sacramento City College to teach?

I moved to the Oak Park area from Oakland two & half years ago to buy an affordable home for my family. Our house in Oakland was being sold and I was pregnant again (we had a son who was 3 at the time), so we had to make a tough decision about where to move. I had been adjuncting at 3 Bay Area schools up until that point, but I knew that could not sustain that level of work with a toddler, new born and the possibility of our rent being doubled or tripled due to crazy Bay Area rental prices.  We decided to leave the Bay Area as renters and move to the State Capitol as homeowners. When we got to Sacramento I did not work because my baby was literally two days old and I planned on staying home with her for at least a year to breastfeed and bond with her. I had my mind and heart set on SCC as soon as I knew we were planning on moving here; and it just so turned out that our new house was literally 2 miles away!!!

Can you tell us more about your work in the Oak Park community? When you started?

Since I was new to the area and a new homeowner who didn’t know anyone in Sacramento, I  started attending neighborhood association meetings where I quickly became involved in community engagement and neighborhood improvement projects (2016).

I helped to organize a park party at our neighborhood park; then later our neighborhood was selected to receive a $90,000 grant from Kaiser to update and beautify the park. The caveat was that someone from the neighborhood had to be involved in all aspects of the project: 1.) weekly planning calls with  South Gate Parks & Rec, Kaiser (fiscal sponsor) & Kaboom (the non profit playground specialists); 2) canvassing the community to participate in the design day; 3) volunteering to actually help build the play structure; 4) regularly organizing activities, park clean ups & events at the park to help maintain and take care of the park.

We are currently installing a beautiful mural at the park and we are planning for our annual park party which has evolved into a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with free food and prizes to the community members who attend.

What inspires you about your work in the community?

I love interacting with others and learning more about people’s stories. I needed a community for myself and my family for my own sense of wellbeing. Additionally, I hate accepting society’s ills and I feel obligated to be the change I want to see in the world.  I want to set a good example for my children and my students about civic engagement and feeling empowered to transform themselves and their communities.  Many people of color are living in communities with a history of redlining, neglect and disinvestment–I feel personally obligated to address those historical inequities in the best way I can. Working with a neighborhood association and a group of likeminded people is much more impactful than working as an individual.

Women's basketball team, Panther #11 is dribbling a ball around #24 on the opposing team

Congratulations to the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams for qualifying for the CCCAA playoffs/postseason!

SCC will be hosting the following games in the North Gym:

  • Wednesday, 2/27 at 7 p.m., Men’s Game, West Valley (#18 seed) at SCC (#15 seed)
  • Friday, 3/1 at 7 p.m., Women’s Game, Chabot (#9 seed) at SCC (#8 seed)
SCC President Michael Gutierrez standing with five members of the PTK program. The three to his right have awards.

Sacramento City College’s very own Michael Gutierrez will receive the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Paragon Award for New Presidents. The award is “given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their campus.”

Presidents are nominated for the award by their campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Part of President Gutierrez’s nomination reads “President Gutierrez has made himself available to be the featured speaker at our induction ceremony and events on campus. He supported PTK in presenting to the LRCCD Board of Trustees and our SCC campus Senior Leadership Team and faculty to promote our five-star status and our chapter. He is working with our PIO and PTK chapter to develop an outreach and in-reach strategic plan to promote and advertise PTK. He has directly connected with PTK and participates in PTK activities such as he will be a featured speaker at Phi Theta Kappa’s Nevada/California Regional Conference in Spring 2019.”

More than 500 college presidents were eligible and President Gutierrez will be one of only 25 to bring home the award! #iAmSacCity

SCC student helps area high school student learn to put microphones on a drum set during arts, music and entertainment day.

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, 120 high school students from seven schools spent the day at SCC engaged in interactive, hands on career exploration in four programs—Graphic Design, Animation, Game Design and Commercial Music. Students experienced a variety of real-world creative endeavors, among them making a live performance recording in the commercial music studio. Industry representatives provided participants an overview of the wide range of rewarding career paths they will be qualified for with arts, music and entertainment skills.

This event is possible through a close collaboration among SCC faculty, our Career Technical Education Transitions Coordinator, SETA and instructors and staff in the Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy. Articulation agreements allowing high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in AME programs have been developed with many of the participating instructors, a number that continues to grow as the SCC collaboration promotes a seamless pathway from high school to community college career education programs.