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Sacramento City College is one of four colleges from four states that are strengthening their commitment to improving student success by becoming among the first institutions to join the 2019 Cohort of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Network. Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of community colleges across America committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.

The following colleges are among the first to join the ATD Network for 2019:

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Hudson County Community College (NJ)
  • Pitt Community College (NC)
  • Sacramento City College (CA)

“Joining the 2019 Achieving the Dream cohort will give us new tools and resources to continue to champion student success through our work on equity and guided pathways,” said Michael Gutierrez, president of Sacramento City College.

“We are pleased to welcome these four outstanding institutions into our Network. Colleges like these that join the ATD Network show an exceptional commitment to becoming the kind of institution that will lead the nation into the future,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “We look forward to having other colleges join them as we continue to build a strong 2019 Cohort.”

Teams from each of the four colleges will join teams from the 2019 cohort at the annual three-day experience ATD Kickoff Institute, which includes an introduction to ATD’s capacity-building framework and companion Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT), which enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement.

During the Kickoff event, college teams will begin to organize their student success work for the year, including preparing for their on-campus launch in the fall. They will receive an in-depth orientation to ATD and how to leverage the power of ATD’s national Network. Each college team will also meet their Leadership Coach and Data Coach. Coaches are community college leaders who are carefully matched with each institution to provide personalized advice and guidance to build needed capacities, align student success efforts, and to support change where it is needed.

Achieving the Dream will announce groups of colleges throughout the spring and will announce the full 2019 Cohort in advance of the Kickoff Institute in June.

About Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

Photo of area by the Business Division Building, looking out to the library, with a few students scattered, some sitting and studying, other walking to talking with friends

Sacramento City College staff and faculty will be participating in a college-wide meeting focused on equity on Friday, Jan. 18.

Many offices will be closed or lightly staffed in the morning in order to allow as many staff and faculty as possible to participate in the conversations about equity.

To ensure that students’ needs are met in a timely manner, please come to campus before Jan. 18 if services are needed in support areas such as:

Three young women of different ethnic backgrounds are sitting together, working on a task on their tablets

Don’t forget to sign up for Everyone Can Code, a new 16-week course that teaches Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language called Swift!

The class is called MAKR 299 (find it under Modern Making in eServices). Students who complete the curriculum will be able to take a certification test that validates their knowledge of Swift for employers.

As the need for application developers continue to grow, SCC understands the importance of offering this opportunity to students and members of our community to expand their job skills.

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

In line with the idea that coding is for everyone, faculty members from a variety of disciplines will be teaching the course. The classroom, which has the feel of a tech startup, was designed with an ease of flexibility to allow students to code collaboratively or independently as they choose. The course is self-paced and students can access materials online.

“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.”

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 WomenWhoCode@scc.losrios.edu.

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
President
Sacramento City College