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Students in A Global Economy (SAGE)

Dear SCC Community,

It is with mixed emotions that we share Students in a Global Economy, HSI-SAGE Title V. Grant is coming to a close this September 30, 2020. In 2015, SCC was the first college in the LRCCD to be awarded a Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) Title V. Grant which is designed to expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

Since its inception, HSI-SAGE has served SCC first-year Latinx and DI students with the countless support of dedicated HSI staff, faculty, managers, and community partners. SAGE served four different cohorts of students and offered a comprehensive first-year experience that included summer programming and learning community linked courses that focused on culturally relevant content offered both fall and spring semesters. The ultimate goal for HSI-SAGE has always been to successfully transition new students from high school to college through creating a warm familia like environment and through direct program services. We are happy to report that SAGE did just that! SAGE students at SCC, including students from all four cohorts, fall 2016 through spring 2020, have persisted at an overall rate of 90%, demonstrated an 86% course retention rate, and achieved a 71% course success rate in comparison to non-participants. Many of our SAGE students have now either completed a certificate program and or associate degree, transferred to a four-year university, and are getting ready to complete their bachelor’s level degree. SAGE has helped students reach their academic goals not just at SCC but beyond.

HSI-SAGE has also played a critical role campus-wide outside its student cohorts. HSI has offered equity-focused professional development in partnership with the Staff Resource Center, in addition to sponsoring various Convocation and Flex Week speakers over the years and various student-centered conferences organized by our colleagues. It has sponsored SCC’s memberships to Achieving the Dream for two consecutive years is to help expand SCC’s equity and guided pathways work. We have worked collaboratively with the Global Studies Program offering a Global Studies Speaker series for students to help emphasize and think critically about global issues. HSI has also served as liaison support to our sister campuses and district offices and has strengthened bilingual community outreach in partnership with the Mexican Consulate and La Familia Counseling Center. HSI has also supported the expansion of student services for our Latinx and DI students at the West Sacramento and Davis extension centers and sponsored the Re-Emerging Scholars and Law Pathways Programs through the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division as the programs were being established.

Although HSI-SAGE does not have a new cohort of students this current academic year we will continue to offer support through our recently approved no-cost extension. The remainder HSI Title V. funds will go towards supporting the efforts of the First-Year Experience Program, offer additional bilingual Adjunct Counseling support, online learning resources for students to help lessen the digital divide and virtual equity-focused professional development opportunities for our campus and district.

Included you will also find some direct quotes of our HSI-SAGE students and what the program has represented for them and the reason of our being.  

HSI-SAGE would like to send a heartfelt gracias to you all for your continued support over these past 5 years and to our students who allowed us to be part of their academic journey! SCC will continue to seek HSI Grants in the coming years to support our students, college and community. With that we wish you all a successful 2020-2021 academic year as we push forward during these uncertain times.


Rosana Chavez-Hernandez, M.S.

HSI-SAGE Grant Project Director

Thank you for a Beautiful Experience!

SAGE students gather around their banner in the Student Center at SCC 

“The SAGE summer experience program was really helpful. I think the summer program helped me not only prepare for college but also gain a lot of friends and a familia type vibe”

 “The most positive impact was leaning all the resources and knowing I won’t be alone. I can rely on people to help me through college”

SAGE students gather together for a photo at the Boys and Girls Club

“SAGE gave me a sense of motivation and felt like I had someone to rely on if I needed anything”

“SAGE professors are awesome! Best instructors I’ve had since I have been in school period”

“If I am being completely honest, if it was not for the SAGE program and them being constantly available to help me, I would not have made it through the year”

Three SAGE students pose for photo in their cap and gown with their SAGE stoles.


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