Kern CCD graduates largest class of Coyotes, Pirates, and Renegades

What a beautiful week! After another wonderful semester at the Kern Community College District, our three colleges held commencement celebrations. I will be able to share more photos from all of the ceremonies – but I wanted to share a few of our graduates’ stories with you today.

Porterville College President Claudia Habib posted on her Twitter about Elias Facio:

Today we celebrated Elias Facio with an impromptu Graduation Ceremony. He found out today that he will be deployed tomorrow and miss commencement. Our staff immediately organized a small ceremony for him. Congratulations & Thank you for your service!!!#Class2022 #Veterans

The Bakersfield Californian had a front page article by John Cox about Nayeli Fonseca, who graduated from Bakersfield College on Thursday – along with both of her parents, Maria Sosa Borjas and Marco Fonseca Mendez.

These are just a few of our graduates’ stories – but all across the Kern Community College District, we have countless stories of amazing graduates.

Good morning, friends.
It is May 14, 2022.
The sun shines bright over KernCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
#DareMightyThings


Porterville College

Student overcomes life challenges to be named PC Scholar of the Year for 2022

When Aimee Cauwet walked forward to accept her Porterville College degree at Friday’s commencement ceremony, she accepted not one, not two, but four associate’s degrees from PC — Associate of Science for Transfer in both Biology and Business Administration, and Associate of Art and Science degrees in Biological and Physical Sciences. She was also recognized as the 2022 Porterville College Scholar of the Year.

The award is based on recommendations from a faculty panel, and is focused on her outstanding student achievements, maintaining a 4.0-grade point average in all her studies over the past two years at PC.

With four college degrees under her belt at age 21, one would think Aimee has always loved school, but that wasn’t the case.

Ms. Cauwet was born with cerebral palsy and has dyslexia. She struggled through her early school years, and says school wasn’t fun for her until the fourth grade. “I was good at math but I was not a good reader,” she said. “My true love for school came at fourth grade. That’s when I started reading. I pushed myself and once I started reading, I loved school.”

Her mother says she started to better grasp reading with one simple step. “She struggled to read but then discovered if she underlined the words, she was able to get the words to pop out and she got it,” Tina Cauwet said. “At the end of fourth grade, she was doing so well, they wanted to test her I.Q. and she was 100 percent – the highest score they ever got. They placed her in a gifted-kids classroom.”

In an awards ceremony held on April 29th, Cauwet was presented with the PC Scholar of the Year award by her science professors Christopher “Buzz’” Piersol and Chris Vanni.

Cauwet also received a Distinguished Student Award for her achievements in biological and physical sciences, and business administration during the awards ceremony.

Aimee plans to attend California State University Channel Islands in the fall, where her brother Timothy will also attend. And, though intrigued by science, she’s not ready to declare a major just yet.

“I love biology life. I love the ecosystem and chemistry, but I want to wait until I go farther in-depth [before declaring a major,]” she said. “I do love that it is close by and that it’s associated with the National Parks.”

Dreamer Grads Celebrate

Students, Faculty, and Staff gathered to celebrate over a dozen graduates at the PC DREAMer’s Success Center Grad Dinner on the Porterville College campus on May 5th. Many of these students are the first in their family to graduate or even attend college – and all are part of the PC DREAMer’s Success Center Program.

The DREAMer’s Success Center provides a safe and welcoming environment for undocumented, AB540, and/or DACA students and supporters. The program’s goal is to provide guidance and support to those students as they work towards their degrees at Porterville College.

Each graduate was presented with a diploma frame, a special stole to wear at commencement, and other PC Swag to remember their time here. Congratulations to all our 2022 graduates!

Please click here to view an album of pictures from the event.

PC Faculty and Staff Gather to Celebrate milestones and retirements

Porterville College Faculty, Staff, and Administration gathered on Wednesday, May 6 to honor those staff members retiring this year as well as those celebrating service milestones.   

Over 75 PC employees sat in the cafeteria to share stories and remember the fond times working together. Please click the link or image below to view an album of pictures from this event

https://photos.app.goo.gl/yW5g4jXycWh9Hj8P8

Cerro Coso Community College


Promise Stole Ceremony New Tradition for Cerro Coso

Graduates of the Cerro Coso Promise Program received a special blue and white stole at the college’s first Promise Stole Ceremony held on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 in the Community Room. 

“This stole represents your commitment and determination to fulfil the requirements of the Cerro Coso Promise, designed to help you complete with less financial struggles and stay focused on your studies, “ said Cerro Coso Foundation President Derick Hu.  “The ongoing pandemic of 2020 didn’t make that easy.  We had to get creative with outreach hours. Classes were moved online, and many were forced to stay home to care for children or see them through their own schooling.  Life felt uncertain.  But you showed tremendous resilience, tenacity, and dedication.  You are here today. “

“Promise programs are not new, “ added Cerro Coso President Dr. Sean Hancock.  “Many states have  had them for years.  But, California has really acted on the concept, recognizing the number one reason students don’t complete their college education is financial issues.  The state encourages all colleges and universities to develop more programs that will make a college education more accessible.  Cerro Coso applied for, and received, a state grant in 2017 to develop a promise program at the college,” he continued.  “All of the programs are different, most are given to only incoming freshmen, or just to high school students.  What makes Cerro Coso’s program unique is that it is available to all full-time students: new, continuing, and returning, and income is not a consideration to receive the scholarship.”

The Cerro Coso Promise awards full-time students a $1,000 per semester, fall and spring, to help with enrollment fees and books for up to two years. 

With the assistance and commitment of the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation, the first Promise scholarship awards were made in the fall of 2019.  Since that time the Foundation has awarded $178,000 in Promise scholarships and the California Promise Program has awarded $146,000.  “That’s an additional $324,00 awarded to Cerro Coso students over the last three years, in addition to other scholarships,” exclaimed Hancock. 

In what is hoped to become a college tradition that grows every year, this year’s stole ceremony honored 34 student graduates, including the first full-cohort of students to complete the full-two years on the program.

More information on the Cerro Coso Promise Program is available on the college website at www.cerrocoso.edu.  

Class of 2022 Graduates Honored at ESCC 18th Ceremony

Cerro Coso Community College’s Eastern Sierra College Center held its 18th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 6th honoring the many accomplishments, academic passion, and inspirational ambition of the Class of 2022.

The festivities held in person at the Bishop campus included music by members of the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and a presentation of transfer scholarship recipients by the Eastern Sierra Foundation. 

Addressing their fellow graduates were students speakers Noa Lish, Jack Slovacek, and Carson Dorough. Melissa Kilgore gave the alumni address. 

In the presence of family, friends, and honored guests, 100 degrees and 36 certificates of achievements were conferred on 75 graduates representing the next generation of workers, leaders, and scholars. 

Special recognition was given to Business Professor Matt Hightower who will be retiring at the end of the semester after 31 years of service to the college.

Gratitude was also shared with the Kern Community College District Administration and Trustees; Cerro Coso faculty, staff, and administration; Faculty Senate; Eastern Sierra Foundation; Mammoth Lakes Foundation; Owens Valley Career Development Center; Donald M. Slagger Sunset Foundation; and  the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra.

Trustee Jack Connell attended the graduation representing the Kern Community College District.

Cerro Coso unveils DualEnroll.com

Cerro Coso Community College has adopted and is unveiling a new and exciting student platform that streamlines the dual and concurrent enrollment processes for local high school students.

It moves the college from a paper process to a advanced online process. The platform is called DualEnroll.com.

DualEnroll.com collects and completes high school student’s college course requests for dual and concurrent enrollment college courses.  It allows students to request courses online, which are then automatically sent to collect the necessary approvals from their parent and high school officials.  

The new process started this April, and the college is currently piloting 7 high schools with the goal that all service area partner high schools will roll into this new process by Spring 2023. 

Right now, the pilot high schools are Delano, Cesar Chavez, Robert F. Kennedy, Highland, Kern Valley, Boron, and Desert High School.

This platform was also adopted by sister colleges (Bakersfield College and Porterville College) and the effort and support to adopt came from the Kern Community College Districtwide Dual Enrollment taskforce.


Bakersfield College

BC Jazz Studies Receives Two National Awards

Bakersfield College’s Jazz Studies program announced today they have received two prestigious national awards, winning two categories in the community college division of the 45th annual Student Music Awards (SMAs) in DownBeat Magazine. DownBeat has been the premiere jazz publication in the world since its inception in 1934. 

The SMAs highlight the best of the best in jazz education at every level from junior high to graduate colleges. BC Jazz Combo A was named top Small Jazz Combo for their recordings of original compositions by students Jonathan Diaz and Marcos Gonzalez. You can read more in the story featured in Downbeat Magazine, on pages 80 and 84.

BC also won best Asynchronous Small Jazz Combo, a category that was created in 2020 when music programs were forced online. For this award, compositions by Kyle Whitaker and Diaz were selected from last year’s Quarantine Sessions project that compiled recordings made by jazz students collaborating from home.

Kris Tiner – you are the best!

The digital issue of DownBeat Magazine featuring the award announcements is available by visiting DownBeat.com.

Combined Concert returns

After a two year hiatus, the Combined Concert is back. On May 4th, students from all sizes of ensembles and jazz groups at BC, as well as the combined orchestra of BC and CSUB, took the stage to showcase their best tunes of the semester. Combined choirs, advanced chamber singers and the concert band also performed that evening.

Perry Smith covered the concert for the Bakersfield Californian, noting that this event is an important part of our college’s award-winning performing arts program, as it gives students to perform in a real world setting in front of a live audience. The audience is in turn treated to an array of tunes ranging from classics to movie themes, performed by the talented, award-winning student musicians.

Future Teachers Conference

The Bakersfield College Education Department held a conference for our BC future teacher students. Even with the rain, we had a great turnout and enjoyed the day! Thank you to all the university vendors who participated, and to all the staff and student workers who helped with the event. We have a commitment to support our future teachers, and this was one of those occasions that really made a difference.

Some of the topics shared by the presenters include the following:

  • For the Love of Tutoring- Be a Tutor Get a Tutor
  • Your Education Pathway and You- You Belong. You have Direction.
  • Picture your Future- Learn about Multiple Teaching Career Options For YOU!
  • Budgeting and Credit Building- Make YOUR Finances Meet YOUR Goals!

Thank you Kimberly Bligh!

Celebrating Student’s Academic Milestones – EOPS/CalWorks/CARE/AB540

The EOPS, CARE, NextUp, CalWORKs and AB 540 programs hosted their annual Student Award Celebration event in front of the Outdoor Theater. Students were cheered by staff as they arrived and took pictures with the EOPS team, friends and their families. The programs also recognized students for the following award categories: Highest GPA , Outstanding Participant, Outstanding Professionalism, Academic Excellence, and Perseverance. Students received a Graduation Celebration package that included Cap and Gown, EOPS medallion, padfolio and a meal certificate to celebrate their academic achievements with their loved ones.

Virtual Tour video

Take a tour of the Panorama Campus in this video featuring BCSGA Secretary Raz! Thank you to Raz Barraj for her work as a presenter and Ulyses Ramos for his work as a videographer, director and editor.

The Baccalaureate Class
Bachelor of Science Industrial Automation

Getting to Know: Don Birdwell

This week, our Getting To Know feature looks at Don Birdwell, Building Facilities Manager for the Kern Community College District. He began his career with Kern CCD at Bakersfield College.

One of the first projects he tackled was rebuilding the men’s and women’s locker rooms, which Birdwell recalled “were pouring water” when he was hired. That and a number of other projects he completed brought the campus plumbing systems up to a new level and earned him an award in his first year on the job by then-president Greg Chamberlain for overall outstanding work on campus. 

A few years later around 2013, Birdwell embarked on a major project replacing every toilet on the Panorama campus. The water-saving upgrade was done in partnership with California Water Service Company which provided a grant to pay for the project.  

Read more at : https://www.kccd.edu/news/2022/0513-getting-know-don-birdwell

Thank you Stacey Shephard for this beautiful writeup.

In the News

Ten Minutes With Tipton: PC president Dr. Habib

PC President Dr. Claudia Habib was featured in The Porterville Recorder’s new “Ten Minutes With Tipton” series. Valeria Molina Perez and Nancy Torres, sixth-graders at Tipton Elementary School, wrote the article.

“I would say that I would encourage people like you, young people like you, to pursue your dream. Whatever your career is, you dream about what you want to be when you grow up — I hope you pursue it — and whatever you decide to do, you do it well.” 

Bakersfield police officer finds side hustle in self-help

I saw this Patch article about Bakersfield Police Detective Aaron Watkins, who wrote two self-improvement books: “Interview Strategies that Work” and “New Era of Leadership: Starts with You.

“When I started interviewing people for this book, it was during COVID, people were losing jobs, and I wanted to provide a simplified way to get the job,” Watkins shared. “I looked at my own career, and how I prepared to go from officer to senior officer to detective and you really have to ask yourself ‘What do you bring to the table?'”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Representatives from Porterville College, Bakersfield College, and Cerro Coso Community College accepted awards from the Campaign for College Opportunity:

BC’s Grace Van Dyke Bird Library hosted a visit from Marley’s Miracle Mutts on Tuesday as part of its “de-stress” week activities for students busy studying for finals. The furry friends are trained therapy dogs and provided a soothing outlet for students in the serene surroundings of the Peace Garden. Thank you to the library staff and Marley’s Miracle Mutts for the visit.

Nathan Macias, an engineering student, pets Squirrel, a therapy dog with Marley’s Miracle Mutts, in the Peace Garden on Tuesday.
“The goal of bringing the dogs here is to make people happy. And they do,” said Tori Beck (in red shirt), program coordinator for Marley’s Miracle Mutts.

Marcos Rodriguez, Jo Ellen Barnes, Catherine Rangel, Camilla Anderson, and Veronica Hathaway recently took a tour of BC’s new Science & Engineering building.

Cerro Coso President Sean Hancock shared these posts from graduation preparations & celebrations this week:

And here a few photos from Bakersfield College’s commencement on Thursday night:

Photo with BC Alumni Association Vice President & 2005 BC Graduate Sandy Woo.

Zav Dadabhoy, Romeo Agbalog, Sandy Woo, Sonya Christian, Norma Rojas, Yovani Jimenez

Here’s a selfie with Joe Saldivar and Billie Jo Rice:

And one with Joe Saldivar and Olivia Garcia:

Trustee Yovani Jimenez’s family turned out for the celebration:

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That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

Bienvenido Mayo 2022

This morning’s walk was just perfect. At 5:15 a.m. the predawn light was slowly emerging to a gentle breeze that carried the fragrance of jasmine. I gave Neo a bath late yesterday afternoon after I got back home, and he was fluffy and happy this morning with his tail swaying like a white flag as he walked with purpose and anticipation. We usually see the same cast of characters, mostly cats with an occasional skunk, racoon, kit fox, road runner, and even a coyote once. There is one particular Orange Cat (OC) or Ms OC as we call her, who is mischievous and frolics to get Neo’s attention.

Neo loves spring and fall in Bakersfield, because I spend a lot more time in the back yard, and he enjoys exploring or relaxing when I am outside. Usually, I have my laptop and park myself on the back porch with a cup of coffee or ginger-lemonade depending on the time of the day and the ambient temperature.

Today, I am particularly happy that my crazy April schedule is over and I feel a sense of spaciousness going into the month of May – and as Pope Francis reminded me on twitter this morning, May is the month dedicated to honoring Mother Mary.

Of course, tomorrow is Mother’s Day a very special day for a very special woman in our lives.

For our colleges and our students, spring semester ends this week with Commencements at Bakersfield College on Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Porterville College on Friday at 7:00 p.m., and Cerro Coso Community College on Friday as well at 11:00 a.m.

Good morning, friends. Happy Mother’s Day
It is May 7, 2022.
The sun shines bright over KernCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
#DareMightyThings


Porterville College

PC Academic Senate Celebrates “Distinguished Students”

On Friday, April 29th, the Porterville College Academic Senate hosted its first annual Distinguished Student Awards Ceremony in the Student Center cafeteria.  Twenty-two students were recognized by PC faculty at the ceremony as “students who, in the judgement of one or more faculty in an academic division, have been outstanding in their classroom performance and/or campus service.”  Students were invited to the ceremony knowing only that they were receiving an award, but not which faculty had selected them or why – which they found out only as the faculty announced their names, and gave speeches to an audience of student recipients, their families, and other PC faculty and staff. 

Students received a special certificate and a pin to commemorate their accomplishments.  After the Distinguished Student Awards were presented, a final award was given to the Scholar of the Year.  This award is our faculty’s highest honor for our graduating students, and is selected by the Academic Senate from among those nominated by Porterville College faculty.  To be nominated for Scholar of the Year, a student must have a minimum 3.75 GPA in all courses counted for graduation at the time of the nomination.  In addition, the student must have demonstrated outstanding abilities through their Porterville College coursework in areas of intellectual and critical thinking skills; exceptional curiosity, creativity, and effort; accomplishment within their major(s), and accomplishment in other disciplines. This year, the Academic Senate recognized Aimee Cauwet as the Scholar of the Year, who will be receiving degrees in Biological and Physical Science and in Business Administration, and whose nomination was made by faculty members, Buzz Piersol, Chris Vanni, Elisa Queenan, and Stephanie Cortez.  Aimee will receive a scholarship for her achievement through the Porterville College Foundation, as well as a special commemorative certificate and pin.  This new event replaces the former ‘medals of distinction’ that were awarded at the commencement ceremony itself, but the award recipients will be recognized in the commencement program, and during the ceremony. 

Approximately one hundred and twenty people were on hand for the awards, and stayed after the presentations for conversation, snacks, and photographs.  While we are proud of their accomplishments, and look forward to what they will do after leaving Porterville College, we were grateful to have this chance to commemorate their time with us with a memory for them to take with them after graduation.

Pirates celebrate 2021-22 season at 12th annual awards banquet 

Director of Athletics Joe Cascio and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Alia Alvarez presented the Sophomore of the Year Award to Mo Mosley (Softball)
and Chirrag Sidhu (Men’s Basketball).

The 2021-22 athletics season at Porterville College officially came to a close last week and on Monday, the Pirates honored their best and brightest at the 12th annual Academic and Athletic Achievement Awards banquet at the PC Student Center. The ceremony made its return after a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic.

Highlights from the event include an impressive 31 Pirate student-athletes being named to the President’s Honors List (3.50-4.0 GPA) while 16 more earned Dean’s List honors (3.0-3.49 GPA).

Click Here for a complete list of award winners and a photo gallery from the event.

Pirates softball team captures six All-Central Valley Conference awards

Mo Mosley (left) and Cienna Enriquez (right) earned first-team All-Central Valley
Conference honors for the Pirates. (Photos by Anja Goebel)

Following the close of the 2022 Porterville College softball season, six members of the Pirates were honored with All-Central Valley Conference postseason awards.

Leading the way were first team selections Mo Mosley and Cienna Enriquez. Second team picks were Hailee Smutz and Cheyenne Ausborn. Also for PC, Cassie Cannon and Ally Boyd were named honorable mention.

Mosley wrapped up an amazing sophomore season for the Pirates as she led the conference in hitting (.524), hits (55), runs (41), on-base percentage (.597), and stolen bases (37). Among state leaders, Mosley ranked third in batting average, fourth in stolen bases, and fourth in on base-percentage.

Enriquez appeared in all 36 games this season and saw time at first base and outfield for the Pirates. As a freshman, she hit .329 with 38 hits, 7 doubles, 15 walks, a home run, and 28 RBI. 

Smutz was honored at the middle infield position and hit .328 her freshman season with 38 hits, 8 doubles, 4 triples, and totaled 23 RBI. Ausborn was the Pirates’ primary third baseman and had a productive sophomore year with a .340 batting average to go along with 26 hits, 11 doubles, 2 home runs, and 17 RBI.

Cannon batted .247 with 24 hits, scored 26 runs, walked 20 times, and smacked 8 doubles. Boyd was the Pirates No. 1 pitcher throughout the season and compiled a 10-17 overall record with 55 strikeouts and a 5.16 earned run average. She tossed 19 complete games. With the bat, Boyd hit .342 with 3 home runs and 25 RBI.

2022 All-Central Valley Conference Softball Postseason Awards

First Team
Mo Mosley, OutfieldCienna Enriquez, Utility

Second Team
Hailee Smutz, Middle Infield
Cheyenne Ausborn, Third Base

Honorable Mention
Cassie Cannon, Middle Infield
Ally Boyd, Pitcher


Cerro Coso Community College

The Future is Bright: Annual Access Programs Awards

The theme for the 41th Annual Access Programs Awards ceremony held on Friday, April 29th was “The Future is Bright”.

Student speaker Coral Ashlock from the Ridgecrest campus shared how focus and determination kept her on track with her schooling during the pandemic. Matthew Guntert from the Eastern Sierra College Center (ESCC) credited all the personal ways Counselors, tutors, lap-top loans, wi-fi, and variety of communications and programs sought to engage students remotely as very helpful to students and their achievements. 

Special recognition went to Access Program Students of the Year: Taylir De Stefano, Ridgecrest; Jeanna Hill, Kern River Valley; Yoav Golan, ESCC; Robin Montero, Tehachapi; and Misty Franklin, Online.  

Outstanding Faculty of the Year for Access Programs went to Dr. Tyson Huffman, Professor and Learning Assistance Center Coordinator.

Others recognized at the event included Special Services United Club Graduate of the Year: Tiffany Dibble; Peer Mentors Nicolas Ellis, Courtney Bowen, and Joyce Chung; Study Hall Tutors Jeanine Halbrook, and Amelia Plumhoff.

Your future is bright. For all the times of late night studies, lack of sleep and sacrifice of enjoyment, your reward is here! -Anonymous

Safety Holds Sexual Assault Awareness Event at CCCC

Every April, Cerro Coso Community College participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and joins together to support students and community members who are victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence. 

College Safety and Security Manager Kevin King invited the Ridgecrest Police Department and Women’s Center High Desert to share facts and resources during a luncheon held on April 28th at the Ridgecrest campus.  The event held in-person was also made available virtually for students and interested parties outside the college to attend. 

We can all play a role in violence prevention by speaking up and stepping in when we notice something that may be concerning or problematic.

Preventing any problem first starts with education.  This begins by raising our own awareness and understanding, as well as the community’s.  Start conversations about this topic with other students and challenge myths about violence when you hear them.  Learn more on what you can do at  SAAM 2022

Coyote Athletics Holds 2021-2022 Awards Ceremony

Cerro Coso held a modest in-person awards ceremony to highlight and celebrate the 2021-2022 athletic year, and award recipients on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in the Gymnasium at the Ridgecrest campus.  

Baseball Awards:

  • Dominic Lopez- Gold Glove Second Base – # 28 Infielder for the Coyotes
  • Danny Jimenez– Gold Glove First Base / 2nd Team All-Conference – #13 Infielder
  • Brentt Olmo- 1st Team All-Conference – #27 Outfielder
  • Jaxon Holzem– 1st Team All-Conference – #17 Right Home Plate/Outfielder
  • Brooks Scott– Gold Glove Catcher / 1st team All-Conference – #2 Centerfield
  • Johnny McHenry– Gold Glove Short stop / Big Bat Award/ Conference MVP – #5 Infielder

Softball Awards:

  • Mattie Lane- Honorable Mention – #11
  • Emily Curtis– Honorable Mention – #16
  • Tawny Ford– 2nd Team All-Conference – #12
  • Kyla Collins– 1st Team All-Conference – #13

Four Coyote baseball players signed letters of intent to play:

  • Johnny McHenry – Cal State University Northridge, Northridge, California
  • Michael Doerr – Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri
  • Trevor French – Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky
  • Carlos Soto – Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky

“The 2021-2022 academic year has been another year with many things to celebrate for our athletes,” said Athletic Director John McHenry.  “The last two years have been hard.  In their time with us, they have experienced a lot of change, but they have stayed committed to their sports and their studies,  and worked hard to be successful on the field as well as in the classroom. 

“We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes,” said President Dr. Sean Hancock.  “These athletes have faced unique challenges, adapted to the changing times, and achieved at a high level in athletics and in their academics.  You have represented  Cerro Coso well in competition, in the classroom, and in the community.  Congratulations on the well deserved awards!”      


Bakersfield College

BC Wins Reader’s Choice “Best Of” for Best College

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s Readers Choice Awards at the Bakersfield Californian’s “Best of” Bakersfield series!

Bakersfield College has been voted best in the “Best College” category. What an honor!

Criminal Justice Students Participate in Tour of Juvenile Hall and Law Enforcement Mock Interviews

Criminal Justice Professors Pat Smith and Tabitha Raber took criminal justice students on a tour of the James G. Bowles Juvenile Hall detention facility this month. Students learned about Juvenile Justice treatment programs for detained minors.

The James G. Bowles Juvenile Hall is a secure juvenile detention facility operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the Kern County Probation Department. Counseling, guidance, individual and group activities, and schooling programs are all provided to help the minors. The Bakersfield College Rising Scholar Program has recently begun offering college-level courses at the facility. Bakersfield College criminal justice students also participated in a mock law enforcement interview panel last week.

Officers from the Kern County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Bakersfield Police Department helped students prepare for future interviews with law enforcement agencies. Dominica Rivera and Jessica McGrath, from Career Technical Education also participated. Each student was provided important feedback from the panelists and given a written evaluation of their interviews.

Our criminal justice students stated that these are the types of events that help them tremendously to prepare for their careers in law enforcement. The Wasco High School early college criminal justice students also participated in the law enforcement mock interviews and for the first time were able to attend a B.C. Criminology Club meeting on the main campus. Robert F. Kennedy High School in Delano invited Bakersfield College to attend their Annual College & Career Day on April 21st. Members of the Public Safety Training Program attended this wonderful event and met members of the Delano community along with current and future students.

BC Foundation 2022 Honors Celebration

Once a year we get a chance to celebrate with our BC students as they are recognized with a scholarship and/or award for their tremendous academic achievements. This recognition takes place at the BC Foundation Honors Celebration, held virtually this year on YouTube.

The program included name recognition for all student recipients. Remarks were given by Manny Mourtzanous (Interim Dean of Student Affairs), Jennifer Achan (Executive Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships), and Cheryl Scott (Executive Director, BC Foundation), with a keynote address by Sandy Woo-Cater (BC Alumni Board Vice President).

The virtual celebration premiered at 6:30 PM on Thursday, April 28th, and featured a chat for attendees to celebrate the achievements of their loved ones.

You can view and share the program recording on YouTube:

The day after the virtual premiere of the 2022 Honors Celebration, all student recipients of awards and scholarships were invited to attend a drive-thru medal pick-up event. The event featured a photo opportunity and refreshments for students and their friends and family members to enjoy.

Check out more photos at:

https://bakersfieldcollege.smugmug.com/Student-Events/2022/2022-BC-Foundation-Medal-Pickup/n-zDCTtL

Professor Stockton Receives USPO-EDC Chief’s Challenge Coin

Professor Stockton has almost 23 years of teaching for our Criminal Justice program. She recently received the USPO-EDC Chief’s Challenge Coin for her assistance with their Case Plan Improvement Project (CPIP). Ms. Stockton and seven fellow officers collaborated over several months to develop and present the training to enhance the successful reintegration of supervisees, promote public safety, and improve the accuracy of data collection for this federal program.

The U.S. Probation Office utilizes the Post-Conviction Risk Assessment (PCRA) as a dynamic actuarial risk assessment. These assessments were developed for federal probation officers to classify cases into risk levels of low, low/moderate, moderate, and high. CPIP brought focus to the understanding and targeting of general criminal thinking and applied preventive measures to address drivers of criminogenic, or criminal behavior risk probability. This amazing effort enhances the supervision including discussion regarding supervisee monitoring, restrictions, and interventions.

Professor Lonnie E. Stockton is a shining example of the exceptional talents adjunct professors bring to Bakersfield College. She is to be congratulated on her recognition and appreciated for her support for our students and community.


Good Jobs with Equity: The Future Workforce

This Tuesday, the Kern Community College District welcomed educators, government officials and business leaders from across the state – and the nation – as we met for the Good Jobs with Equity: The Future Workforce.

Emma Gallegos, of Ed Source, focused on the Community College Baccalaureate in her coverage of the event.

“California is one of 23 states in the nation that offers community college baccalaureate degrees, according to a 2020 report by Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington. Both the pilot and expanded programs require community colleges to demonstrate that the degree offered satisfies an unmet industry need and that the program is not already offered by local universities.”

John Cox wrote this wonderful article in The Bakersfield Californian about the summit, in which he quoted California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley, who spoke at the event:

“We feel very clearly and very passionately that California cannot be successful if communities like Kern and communities up and down the San Joaquin Valley are not successful,” Oakley said.

I will be sharing more videos from the summit once they are all processed and uploaded, but here’s a sample with remarks from –

Amy Loyd:

Ben Chida:

Eloy Oakley:

And here are a few photos from the event:

Our District’s Vice Presidents of Instruction
Thad Russell from Porterville College, Billie Jo Rice from Bakersfield College, and Corey Marvin from Cerro Coso Community College.

More information about the summit, including resources (and videos once they are available) can be found on the Kern Community College District website.

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

Last week, I hosted the final event in the Chancellor’s Seminar Series for this academic year. We wrapped up our three-part series on The Future of Teaching and Learning. Robert Simpkins was our moderator, and we welcomed panelists Krista Moreland, Alec Griffin, and Melissa Long.

Here’s a video of the first question for our panelists:

You can find videos from all the Chancellor’s Seminar Series events on the Kern Community College District website.

And check out the new Teaching & Learning Experiences blog at https://kernccdtaleblog.org/!

CVHEC Annual Legislative and Policy Summit

On May 6th, the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium hosted it’s Annual Legislative and Policy Summit in Fresno, California. This year theme was “The Post Pandemic World: Recovering with Equity and Inclusion in the Central Valley.”  Kern county was represented by Steven Watkin (BC & KCCD), Dr. Craig Hayward (BC), Alma Feathers (BC), Primavera Arvizu (PC), and Dr. Thad Russell (PC).

Dr. Craig Hayward participated in a panel along with partners from UC Merced (Dr. James Zimmerman) and CSUB (Kris Grappendorf), sharing with the audience the tremendous growth in program and transfer pathway mapping across the Central Valley and across the state. As part of the dialogue, Dr. Hayward shared some astounding data: that collectively the Program Mapper has served 11.8 million pages to over 580,000 visitors since January, 2021!

In the News

BC campus earns recognition from National Arbor Day Foundation

Stacey Shepard wrote this piece in The Bakersfield Californian about Bakersfield College’s recent Tree Campus Higher Education designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

“Bakersfield College is the first education campus in Kern County to earn the Tree Campus recognition, and the only community college in the state to be recognized for it in the past year.”

Rotary members, other volunteers plant nearly 4,000 trees in forest

The Porterville Recorder published this article about volunteers planting sequoias as part of the Green Side Up project, which was spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Porterville, Breakfast Rotary Club of Porterville, The Rotary Club of Woodlake, and Foothill Rotary of Lindsay in partnership with the Forest Service, Porterville College, CAL FIRE, Tulare County Fire Department, and property owners from the communities of Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village, Cedar Slope, Pierpoint Springs, Camp Nelson and Ponderosa.

Community Voices: A new emphasis on creating quality jobs

Trudy Gerald, associate vice chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development for the Kern Community College District, wrote this piece in The Bakersfield Californian about “high road jobs.”

“At KCCD, we have already started to lay the groundwork for high road job creation by actively building coalitions focused on major economic sectors like manufacturing, healthcare and energy. Critically, these coalitions include both industry partners and employers as well as workers and employment associations to plan and strategize for the future.

Simultaneously, on the equity side, KCCD is casting a wide net to bring non-traditional students into our education and training programs. We’re committed to new efforts to reach those who are disconnected from traditional pathways to work and school so they too have access to better jobs.”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

I love these photos from an event celebrating Brenda Lewis:

Kern CCD Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Endee Grijalva, Norma Rojas-Mora, and Billie Jo Rice at Garden Pathways:

From @PortervillePrez on Twitter: “Open House taking place right now @PCollegePirates  Pleased to have met Sara, who is attending PC to become a teacher. She brought her beautiful children to see the campus so they can understand what she does. Faculty are showcasing their programs and staff are giving tours”

Kern CCD Trustee Yovani Jimenez shared this:

Thank you Dr. @amyloyd1 for coming to @CityofArvin to see the future site of the @BAKcollege Educational Center.

And finally, Kern CCD Board of Trustee President Romeo Agbalog presenting a certificate of leadership to Student Trustee Gian Gayatao:

Trustee Romeo Agbalog, Student Trustee Gian Gayatao

Gian has been an exemplary student trustee who worked with the student leadership at all three campuses in fall 2021 as we were navigating the “return to campus” protocol.  Those were difficult times … times of fear and apprehension.  Gian with his clear thinking, relaxed yet strong communication, and a compassionate heart, helped alleviate the anxieties for the KCCD student body. I am truly blessed that Gian was the student trustee during my first year as chancellor.

Gian, thank you for your hard work and dedication this year!

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That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

Kern CCD – No shortage of worthwhile work to be done

Were you up at 4:00 a.m. this morning? I was. And look what I found. Jupiter and Venus, millions of miles apart, seem as if they are ready to touch – conjoin. But while they’ll come close again in 12 months’ time, 2039 is the expected date of the next closest conjunction.

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This week, an article that BC adjunct art professor Diego Monterrubio shared from The Business Journal caught my eye

FROM JALISCO TO FRESNO: ‘WOVEN SKY’ ART PROJECT PLANNED FOR FULTON STREET

“In the town of Etzatlán in the Mexican state of Jalisco, brightly colored fabrics hang above the streets — a “Woven Sky” art project covering almost 97,000 square feet, woven by the hands of 199 craftswomen and one male artisan.

Later this year, Fresno will be the first city in the U.S. to have this type of art project — an example of international connections being facilitated in the Central Valley.”

The Etzatlán project came from the vision of two women – Lorena Ron and her mother, Paloma – in 2017. By 2019, there were 200 women participating in the project, and it was declared the world’s largest crochet canopy by the Guinness Book of World Records.

To bring a similar project to Fresno, members of the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation visited Jalisco, where they also promoted opportunities for economic growth and sought ways to strengthen the relationship between the regions.

The Fresno project will cover two blocks from Fresno Avenue to Tulare Avenue in mid-September.

It is remarkable to me that this idea from two ladies in a small town – Etzatlán had a population of 14,697 in 2020 – has become a symbol of international cooperation and sharing of culture and ideas.

It reminded me of a quote from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who passed away this March:

There is no shortage of worthwhile work to be done and … no surplus of seasons in which to achieve it.

– Madeleine Albright

President Bill Clinton on the passing of Madeleine Albright.

Good morning, friends.
It is April 30, 2022.
The sun shines bright over KernCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
#DareMightyThings


Porterville College

PC receives award for Excellence in Equitable Student Placement

We are very excited to announce that Porterville College has been named a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement in Campuswide Math Enrollment & Latinx Math Enrollment by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

Porterville College President Dr. Claudia Habib was delighted to hear the news of this honor. “At PC, we are committed to removing obstacles for students by advancing transfer-level course enrollment. This prestigious award recognizes our achievement of 100% enrollment of students directly into transfer level Math and English courses.”

Very special thanks are also extended to Melissa Long for her tireless work in spearheading AB705 efforts across campus for the last several years. She will be representing PC, and accepting this award on our behalf, on Thursday May 12th at the Campaign for College Opportunity’s inaugural award installation ceremony.

Thank you to all of our Faculty and Staff for their hard work and dedication to the success of our students.  Their incredible efforts are an inspiration that make college dreams a reality for thousands of students each year.

Congratulations to this year’s PC Foundation Scholarship & Award Recipients

On, Friday, April 22nd, the Porterville College Foundation held its 53RD ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS CEREMONY.

The annual scholarship ceremony is a mainstay event that has long offered a personal touch that students, donors, faculty, and staff have come to look forward to each year. We were pleased that this year’s event marked the return to an in-person format – with the ceremony being held inside the Porterville College Gym.

PC Athlete Cheyenne Ausborn signs letter of intent

Congratulations to PC Softball Athlete Cheyenne Ausborn for signing her letter of intent to play softball for William Woods University in the fall! We’re proud to see yet another PC Athlete sign with a 4-year school. Great job Cheyenne, GO PIRATES!


Cerro Coso Community College

Andrew Cole Hired to Take Over Coyote Volleyball

The Cerro Coso Athletic Department is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Andrew Cole to take the reins of Cerro Coso Women’s Volleyball.  The Coyotes are excited to bring in a volleyball coach with the extensive knowledge in the sport that Coach Cole will provide. Cole is replacing long time Head Coach, Kim Young, who has stepped down from the position earlier this spring. Coach Young has been at the helm since the program was reinstated in 2014, during which time she was able to build a program that showed continued improvement leading into the COVID-19 year. Coach Cole will now be charged with putting the program back on track and leading the Coyotes into the future.

An experienced volleyball coach, Mr. Cole joined the Ohio State University (OSU) Final Four Team in 2005. Upon reaching graduate school, Mr. Cole had the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Loyola-Chicago women’s volleyball program between 2007 to 2008, where he oversaw student progress and became well versed in scouting reports and other tasks. He also started as a Middle School volleyball coach at Glen Hills Middle School.

Having continually progressed in the field of athletics over the subsequent course of his career, Mr. Cole went on to work as an assistant coach for the Rote Raben Professional Volleyball Club in Germany, where he helped lead the team to third place at the Under 20 German National Championships. Mr. Cole also highlighted his expertise as the assistant coach for the Lewis University Flyers women’s volleyball program in Illinois, which he helped lead to victory in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament and place 14th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) ranking. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach for the Northwood University Timberwolves in Michigan, which held a record of 21 wins and 11 losses.

Honoring his accomplishments thus far, Mr. Cole was notably recognized among the Top 30 Under 30 list by the AVCA in 2011 and is a 2017 inductee of the Nicolet High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

Please help us in welcoming Coach Cole to the Coyote family. #MakeYourMark!

Cerro Coso is offering two new Child Development classes!

CHDV C156 (CRN) – Introduction to Dual Language in Early Childhood

This course explores cultural and linguistic responsiveness in early childhood settings with emphasis on the importance of the child’s home language. It provides a historical overview of dual language programs in the United States. Special attention is given to building a foundation for understanding theories of language development and child development through the context of dual language learners. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

CHDV C256 (Spring 2023) – Strategies and Curriculum for Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood

Prerequisite: CHDV C156

This course includes principles and strategies for culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, building strong connections with families, classroom environments, curriculum, and authentic assessment. Students explore strategies to effectively support all dual language learners in an early childhood setting from infancy through preschool. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

One of the goals in Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care: California for All Kids is supporting the development of dual language learners who represent 60 percent of California’s young children. Enroll today: be ready for tomorrow!

If you need registration support, please contact the CC Counseling Office at 760-384-6219 and schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Apply Now: www.cerrocoso.edu/apply

Cerro Coso serves as “Enchanted Garden” for BHS Prom

On Saturday, April 23, Burroughs students participated in the first prom in three years.  The long-awaited evening was held outside in the Cerro Coso Community College courtyard, with food and seating available inside.

The “Enchanted Garden” setup was beautiful, and students were able to help themselves to a variety of snacks and drinks throughout the dance.

About 10:15 pm, the coronation took place.  Each couple made their way in front of the crowd as Counselor Dave Vigneault introduced them.  Once everyone had been announced, 2021 Prom Queen Sierra Wood and Top Three Court Members Nicholas Baca came to crown the new king and queen seniors Max Pogge and Gia Croos Peterson. 

Overall, the dance was incredibly well put together, and it was a great way to come back from the last few years without.

Even the weather cooperated.

“We couldn’t have asked for a nicer night!” enthused ASB advisor Laura Larson

Piece written by Grace Lormand, staff writer of The Blockbuster Blast student newspaper of Burroughs High School.


Bakersfield College

BC honored as a 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education Award Recipient

The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Bakersfield College with a 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education designation for its commitment to maintaining healthy trees on campus and engaging students and staff in this effort. BC is the second community college in California to earn the recognition.

Marcos Rodriguez, BC’s executive director of facilities and operations, said the work that has gone into planting trees on campus will become a beacon in the community and across the state. “Bakersfield College has worked hard to beautify its campus in recent years and we appreciate this honor recognizing our efforts. Trees play a critical role in providing shade, visual appeal and a healthy environment on campus,” said Rodriguez, “As we have embarked on major upgrades to our facilities and new construction thanks to Measure J, we have prioritized sustainable practices and ensured green space and trees are a valued asset on campus.”

Bakersfield College will celebrate this honor with three upcoming events:

  • Friday, April 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., National Arbor Day Celebration on the Campus Center lawn
  • Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to noon, Tree Foundation of Kern Tree Planting event at Bakersfield College campus
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2 p.m., Recognition of BC as Tree Campus Higher Education

Here are some photos from Friday’s event:

Bakersfield College Recognized as Statewide Champion of Equitable Enrollment

​Bakersfield College has been named a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement in Black English Enrollment by The Campaign for College Opportunity. The letter of notification commended Bakersfield College for successfully supporting 100% of Black students to enroll directly into transfer level English coursework. Bakersfield College is proud to be one of 40 Community Colleges being recognized by the Campaign for College Opportunity for working to eliminate remedial courses and ensuring students enroll and succeed in college-level curriculum.

Through a variety of innovative efforts, including the expansion of transfer pathways, the development of the Pathways Program Mapper, supporting affinity groups, and the Early College program, Bakersfield College has made substantial headway in moving the dial closer to statewide goal attainment levels and efficiency.

Norman Levan Faculty Colloquium: The Secret to Umoja’s Success Featuring Dr. Paula Parks

The Norman Levan Faculty Colloquium Steering Committee invites you to the next Normal Levan Faculty Colloquium. They will be honoring Dr. Paula  Parks, Professor of English, for her leadership as director of Umoja African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence, as well as for her impact on the success of African-American students.

The Levan Center for the Humanities provides unique opportunities for community college faculty to engage in and promote their  scholarly research. Come celebrate Dr. Parks’ accomplishments and show  your support for our BC faculty member. 

BC Performing Arts Department Presents Combined Concert

The Bakersfield College Performing Arts Department has announced the details of their upcoming Combined Concert, featuring the Choral, Concert Band, Jazz, and Orchestra ensembles. BC’s highly talented music students will perform on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM in the Bakersfield College Edward Simonsen Outdoor Theatre. Admission is free!

Bakersfield College music students and faculty will bring together some of their award-winning ensembles to highlight this semester’s best works. The presentation will feature performances by the Chamber Singers, College Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the BC/CSUB Joint Orchestra. Pieces will include inspiring and uplifting choral music, fun twists on film music favorites, rousing fanfares, and string orchestra classics.

New  Simulation Center for Nursing & Allied Health Near Completion

Simulation is a teaching methodology used in Nursing and Allied Health programs that provides students an opportunity to practice patient care in a safe environment. If they make a mistake in patient care during simulation, they can discuss it with the group and faculty during the debrief. This gives the opportunity for the student and the other participants to reflect on why the mistake was made and how to prevent it in the clinical setting with real patients. This new state-of-the-art simulation center has been the vision of Executive Dean, Carla Gard, for over four years and it is almost completed due to support from our administrative team at the college.

Pictured above are Professor Nancy Mai and Jesus Aquire. Nancy Mai is BC’s certified simulation faculty and will be training several students in the new training facility when it is complete. Jesus Aquire, a former BC student, just received his VN license and is currently training to be a simulation technician.

When the project is complete, we are assured there will be a grand opening ceremony that everyone will be welcome to attend!

Renegade Athletics

Last weekend, Women’s Softball head coach Casey Goodman won her 100th game as a Renegade against Southwestern, 8-0 and she didn’t stop there. She won her 101st game shortly after over Allan Hancock, 10-0.

Also during last weekend, several alumni came together to honor Renegade Baseball Coach Tim Painton. He coached his final home game Thursday, April 28th vs College of the Canyons. 

Congratulations and thank you Tim, for all your hard work and for being such a valued member of our Athletics department.  You have inspired and supported countless athletes and coaches.  Happiness in your retirement!!


In the News

CityServe, Bakersfield College welcome community to reopen Educational Collaborative

Perry Smith wrote this front page article for The Bakersfield Californian about the reopening of the Educational Collaborative.

“Having that Project HireUp model as the anchor is crucial as we expand and grow the program, because we want to continue to invest in things like welding and construction, culinary (program) and starting all those kinds of things,” [Eric] Simpson [director of the CityServe Educational Collaborative] said. “We want to grow those opportunities.”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Trustees Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Yovani Jimenez represented the Kern CCD at the 2022 Annual Trustees Conference this weekend in Dana Point.

Cerro Coso Community College President Sean Hancock shared this post celebrating Access Program awardees:

Porterville College’s Mo Mosley was named to the 2022 All-Central Valley Conference First Team:

Isabel Castaneda shared this photo of her with Reggie Bolton:

PC President Claudia Habib shared this from the Rotary District 5230 Year-End Celebration:

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That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

Earth Day – Celebrating Our Planet

This is how we did Easter 2022. My daughter and Bessie visited …. Neo, needless to say, was ecstatic with Bessie at home.

Yesterday was Earth Day, and it is always nice to take a weekend in spring to truly enjoy the world around us – and think of ways to protect it for future generations.

Check out this message from the League for Innovation:

“Today is #EarthDay2022, an annual day to celebrate our fragile planet and make a pledge to support and cherish its environment. This year’s theme is “It’s going to take all of us.” Enjoy this spring weekend and consider ways in which you can pitch-in. http://ow.ly/ZX3150IQkFQ

EarthDay.org had livestreams of the Earth Day Climate Action Summit, which brought together great minds from across the globe.

I particularly thought the panel on regenerative agriculture. John Piotti, president of the American Farmland Trust, said, “We can actually reverse temperature increase over time if we ultimately get enough carbon back in the soil.” Innovative ideas like this are an amazing way to build our workforce, improve sustainability, and protect our planet.

You can watch it on YouTube:

Good morning, friends.
It is April 23, 2022.
The sun shines bright over KernCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
#DareMightyThings


Porterville College

Job Fair Brings Job Seekers to Campus

Porterville College, in partnership with the Porterville Adult School and the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County, presented the 2022 PC Job Fair on Tuesday, April 19th.  The event, held in the PC Campus Quad, was a huge success, bringing hundreds of job seekers out on the beautiful spring day to meet with potential employers and apply for over 1000 available jobs from employers including Amazon, Eagle Mountain Casino, Starbucks, T-Mobile, The City of Porterville, State Farm, the Kern Community College District, Sierracare, the Porterville Unified School District and many others.

There were also multiple “Job Readiness” workshops offered by PCs Business Innovation Center to support the event and help prepare those job seekers for a better chance at landing the job of their dreams.  Five “pre” workshops were offered in the two weeks leading up to the event to prepare students to put their best foot forward during the Job Fair.  The workshops covered a series of topics from interview and resume preparation to networking and job search skills.

Speakers discuss the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez at CHAP event

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) presented an event honoring the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez entitled The Cesar Chavez Legacy Continues on Thursday. The event was created in partnership between The Porterville College Dreamer’s Success Center, the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and O.L.A. RAZA, Inc.

Guest speakers Andres Chavez of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Roberto DeLa Rosa of the United Farm workers association and Reyna Rodriguez of Proteus, Inc. spoke to the crowd about the legacy of Cesar Chavez and what it has meant to our culture and the movement he created to empower those seeking to make change.

When asked about how he feels living up to his grandfather’s legacy, Andres Chavez responded, “My grandfather said  ‘It’s my deepest belief that only by giving our lives, can we find life’.  I hope that I am of enough service to others that I can live up to him”.  

Reyna Rodriguez talked about how we can all find connection through our stories.  “By realizing that by not walking alone, we are stronger”. 

And Roberto De La Rosa discussed how “Si, Se Puede!” was more than a slogan for the UFW, it was a call to action. He said, “by looking at our history, we can find our strength”. He then led the audience in an inspired chant of si se puede!, si, si se puede!, si se puede!

Students Showcase Amazing Artwork at PC Art Gallery

Each year, the Porterville College Fine and Applied Arts Division presents a showing of the hard work and creative talents of their art students. The culminating projects of these students are presented in a gallery exhibition of their work at the PC Art Gallery. 

After being forced to take this exhibition into a virtual format for the past two years, we are excited to announce the return to an in-person showing of PC student work. The public is invited to enjoy this annual student art exhibition in the PC Art Gallery on campus.

The show began on April 18th and will continue until May, 5th. Hours are Monday – Thursday from 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm

For more information on the show or our Fine and Applied Arts programs, contact Jim Entz at 791-2257.


Cerro Coso Community College

Cerro Coso Recipient of Inaugural 2022 Excellence in Placement Award

Cerro Coso Community College has been named a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement honoree for the inaugural 2022 Excellence in Placement award by the Campaign for College Opportunity.

Since the passage of AB 705 (Irwin) in 2017, the California Community Colleges has drastically increased access to credit-bearing courses across all racial and ethnic groups, doubling the number of students who complete transfer-level Math and English courses. This spring the Campaign is thrilled to recognize over 40 Community Colleges for their work in eliminating remedial education courses at their institutions and ensuring students enroll and succeed in college-level courses.

Cerro Coso Community College has been named a 2022 Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement in Black English Enrollment & Black Math Throughput.  The college successfully supported 100% of Black students to enroll directly into transfer level English coursework and at least 60% of its Black students who enrolled in a transfer level Math course successfully complete it within 1 year of their initial enrollment. CCCC supported Black students at rates equivalent to or even exceeding those of the student body as a whole. “We applaud your dedication and commitment to California students,” stated in the award letter.   

The Campaign for College Opportunity will recognize Cerro Coso Community College at their inaugural award installation ceremony, Excellence in Placement: Honoring Community Colleges Excelling in Equitable Course Placement for Students, on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Joining this special celebration will be Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, and other California Community College honorees.

Four Complete KCCD Leadership Academy

Four Cerro Coso Community College employees have completed the 2021-2022 Kern Community College District (KCCD) Leadership Academy, a professional development program that prepares employees for leadership roles throughout the district.

Each year, KCCD presidents submit the names of employees to participate in the program.

Tehachapi faculty members: Jaclyn Kessler (Math), Gaysha Smith (Art), and Vonetta Mixon (Business), and Cody Pauxtis (Director of Maintenance and Operations) at the Ridgecrest Campus, were selected for the 2021-2022 cohort after a competitive application process.

The KCCD Leadership Academy is a year-long program of monthly meetings on topics specific to community colleges. Academy participants from around the district attended the day-long sessions covering topics on: leadership, decision making, communication, budgeting, student success, accreditation, and more.

They also worked outside the sessions on team-based projects to effect positive change across the district.

The KCCD Leadership Academy identifies, educates, innovates, motivates, and develops potential college leaders by exposing program participants to the challenges the colleges face and the opportunities that are available for growth; provides a communications network between present and future college leaders; and promotes leadership on a planned, continuing basis for the development of District and employees. 

The KCCD Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort.  All interest employees are encouraged to talk to their supervisors about program participation.

“Leadership is not about executive position or title.  It is about connection and influence. Leadership is all about adding value to the world and blessing lives through the work you do.” – Robin Sharma

Congratulations to the KCCD Leadership Class of 2021-20221

Sexual Assault Awareness Month at CCCC

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Cerro Coso has a number of activities planned to bring awareness to this year’s campaign.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022 the College Safety and Security Department are hosting Guest Speakers: Emmanuel Arias from the Women’s Center High Desert who will talk about the definition of sexual assault, types of assault, the importance of bystander intervention, and resources available through the Women’s Center High Desert.  Detective Mixon of the Ridgecrest Police Department will be on hand to discuss sexual assault crimes.  The event will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Community Room 350 and via Zoom for students at other campuses.  Lunch will be provided for those attending in-person. 

Denim Day 2022 is also April 28th.  The College encourages everyone to wear their logo wear and denim on the 28th and send us a picture showing your support and honoring survivors.  Send pictures to ndorrell@cerrocoso.edu .

Why denim? The campaign was originally triggered by an Italian Supreme Court ruling which overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she was implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Wear jeans on April 28th  as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.


Bakersfield College

BC Celebrates Grand Opening of the Automotive Technology Training and Auctions Facility

Through the support and partnership of the Greater Bakersfield New Car Dealers Association (GBNCDA) and WSM Auctions, Bakersfield College has opened its new Automotive Technology Training facility at the Bakersfield Auto Mall. The partnership will provide students the opportunity to train and learn on trade-in vehicles which will then be auctioned resulting in support for the College’s program.

The 10,000 sq. ft. building, located at 2703 Blue Mountain Way, features a classroom and multiple shop bays, where students will learn and train in a hands-on environment using trade-in vehicles, provided by GBNCDA’s dealerships. Also housing the business operations of WSM Auctions, the building includes a full auction floor where vehicles that are repaired by students may be auctioned. 

Bakersfield College developed a comprehensive training curriculum, taught by SAE and ASE certified instructors, that prepares automotive students to be hired into entry-level and intermediate automotive technician jobs. At the new facility, BC will offer this training using state-of-the-art equipment from cutting edge industry leaders, such as General Motors, Snap-On Tools, Bosch Auto Parts, AES Wave, Integrated Supply Network, Hunter Engineering, and Chemical Guys.

Congratulations to the Automotive Technology Department on this wonderful partnership which will benefit students, the local automotive industry and the community for many years to come. Thank you to all of the faculty staff and community leaders that have all played a part in making this dream a reality.

Industrial Automation Day 2022

​The Bakersfield College hosted Industrial Automation Day 2022 on Friday. Local high schools and community members were invited to take part in the event which featured informational booths, laboratory tours, hands-on demonstrations, and much more.

The event highlighted the Industrial Automation department and their Bachelor’s degree program and how it encompasses many of Kern County’s leading industries including oil, energy, agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing, and others. 

The booths featured several companies from the region and gave attendees the opportunity to see product demonstrations and to interact with professionals in the industrial automation industry.

BC Hosts Peak Performance: Back to Life Seminar

In an increasingly busy and stressful world, people may find it hard to focus on their academic goals or their work-place performance. In an effort to address such issues, BC offered a free seminar Tuesday afternoon at the Panorama campus titled ‘Peak Performance: Back to Life Seminar’.  The featured speaker was Dave Seymour, LMFT and addressed various topics relating to personal performance and functioning.

Seymour said this about the event, “My goal for this seminar was to provide valuable information about how to overcome the pull into lower states of functioning that result from events happening in our environment, and our reactions to those events. I discussed both informational and experiential understanding of how to transition “back to life” as our best self. We cannot make this transition without the recognition that things are different and we might need to BE different in order to function effectively in our return healing.”

BC’s Rodeo Club Competes

The newly formed Rodeo Club recently traveled to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to compete in a College Rodeo against nine other colleges and universities.  These nine colleges and universities are members of the West Coast Region of the National intercollegiate Rodeo Association. This was the ninth rodeo held for the season, with the final rodeo to be held at the South Pointe Casino in Las Vegas in May.

The team competed in the Cuesta College Rodeo and the Cal Poly, SLO Rodeo which included various events including bull riding, tie-down calf roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and several others.

The Rodeo Club had a successful first year as a new member school for the region and hopes to grow the team in the coming years. 

BC Performing Arts Department Presents “The Wolves”

The Bakersfield College Performing Arts department presents “The Wolves”, a play written by Sarah DeLappe.  This in-person performance will take place at the Edward Simonsen Outdoor Theater April 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm.  The play is directed by Brian J. Sivesind and Cory Geurtsen and all are welcome to attend.

The play presents a fascinating and honest portrayal of nine adolescent girls in America who compete together on an indoor soccer team.  It follows their experiences as individuals, teammates and ultimately human beings balancing life between athletic competition, big life questions and doing their best to score some goals.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, staff and seniors.  To purchase tickets in advance, visit the Performing Arts online box office.


In the News

Cesar Chavez honored at Porterville College event

The Porterville Recorder published this great article by Jaime A. Hunt about PC’s Cesar Chavez CHAP event.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

I wanted to share this email and these photos from PC Math Professor & Division Chair Sherie Burgess:

“Yesterday, the Math Division hosted it’s 2nd Annual Math Battle competition for local high school students. There were 53 high school students in attendance, along with 10 HS faculty coaches, 7 PC faculty, and 20 PC tutors/mentors/professional experts helping to support our future STEM students! We had a fun day with Math where students competed in individual and team rounds. Highlight of the day is when an unexpected team was formed with two students from PHS and SCCA (they didn’t know each other and only met that morning) worked together as a team and won the team round!!! What a fun surprise.”

1st place team with coaches
Faculty scoring room

Check out this Blast from Tulare’s past:

Retired Cerro Coso President Jill Board shared this post featuring Michael Garrison – check it out at https://www.navair.navy.mil/news/NAWCWD-researchers-develop-safer-BPA-alternatives/Mon-04182022-1253?fbclid=IwAR020-1eg93lV_E73M6uM0eVJLHac3s6Bz03CAP-FZxBwJHUV_YTuzodRjk.

Cerro Coso held a one-stop application and registration day on Friday:

Cerro Coso President Sean Hancock shared these photos from the event:

Motor City Buick GMC shared this post from the grand opening of the BC Automotive Technology Training and Auctions Facility:

BC’s Adult Education shared this update – thank you to Mayor Karen Goh for helping cut the ribbon!

Today we celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the CityServe Educational Collaborative Center! This space serves as a resource center for the surrounding community and the hub for Bakersfield College Project HireUp. We are excited to re-introduce the center to the community and thank all partners involved.

And I will leave you with this video of Paula Parks receiving the Regina Stanback Stroud Diversity Award:

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That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

Happy Easter 2022

Check out this beautiful Easter message from Andrea Bocelli … in caption he wrote:

“Two years ago we gathered at a time of crisis across the world. My concert at Duomo di Milano carried a message of hope. Now as Easter arrives again, a time of resurrection, I hope that message can be reborn, and brings you solace, and a reminder that hope can never be defeated.”

Good morning, friends… Happy Easter
It is April 16, 2022.
The sun shines bright over KernCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
#DareMightyThings


Porterville College

PC holds GradFair event in preparation for the return of in person commencement

The excitement is beginning to build for the return of in-person commencement to Porterville College.  As mentioned in a previous post, the 2022 commencement ceremony will be held on campus at Jamison Stadium for the first time since 2019, due to the covid pandemic. 

This past Wednesday, the 2022 graduates were treated to the first taste of that pomp and circumstance at the first ever PC GradFair.  The event was created as a one-stop shop for Commencement needs at PC to ensure graduates had all of the information they need along with opportunities to properly commemorate their remarkable achievement. 

During the event, Grads visited the quad, the student center conference room and the PC Bookstore for all things commencement. They were able to try on and order their cap and gown, take graduation portraits, pre-order event photo packages, and more.

Ultimate Exposure Photography took graduate portraits and gave students information on getting photos taken during the ceremony on May 13th. Along with the cap and gowns, the PC Bookstore had diploma covers, tassels, and more for sale. The ASPC and other campus departments were also on hand to provide information on the commencement ceremony and tickets as well as to provide activities for grads.

PC’s CHAP Celebrates Cesar Chavez Holiday with event

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) is celebrating Cesar Chavez  with a FREE event for the campus and Porterville Community. The event, entitled The Cesar Chavez Legacy Continues, was created in partnership between The Porterville College Dreamer’s Success Center, the Cesar Chavez Foundation, and O.L.A. RAZA, Inc. It will feature quest speakers Andres Chavez and Reyna Rodriguez and be held on Thursday, April 21st from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the PC Quad.

The speakers will share how Cesar Chavez’s vision has grown to become embraced world wide. In fact, his legacy is still impacting laws being created today while helping to develop policies that impact equity and inclusion.   

Andrez Chavez is the executive director of the National Chavez Center (NCC) and leads the arm of the Cesar Chavez Foundation that educates and promotes the legacy of his grandfather across the nation. Their mission is to carry on Cesar’s life’s work of uplifting the lives of Latinos and working families by inspiring and transforming communities through social enterprises that address essential human, cultural and community needs.

Reyna Rodriguez is a Public Relations Specialist for Proteus Inc, a non-profit organization that provides training, education, and community services within the agricultural communities of the Central San Joaquin Valley.  Proteus administers approximately 50 different programs ranging from adult, youth, and dislocated worker programs, to programs related to energy conservation, emergency supportive services, foster family services, youth services, migrant child care, and other educational components offered through the William M. Maguy School of Education.

This event is FREE to everyone.  Tacos, rice and beans will also be served free of charge.

PC to host mental health workshop for veterans

According to the 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report veterans still account for over 17 suicide deaths each day. The stresses that we face can sometimes be overwhelming and often impossible to deal with, especially in the wake of the pandemic. Being an armed services veteran can often add to those stresses and issues. We know how important mental health can be for all of us.  We often talk about the importance of mental health care for our students, particularly our veteran students.  That is why the PC Veternans Services program is presenting a mental health workshop for veterans and students on Monday April 18th via zoom. 

This virtual workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the importance of addressing mental health with the same care that we give to our medical health.  The session will be led by Veterans Affairs Representative Derric Brown, an expert in the mental health issues that veterans face every day, whether they are still in service, or have been long discharged or retired. 

Mr. Brown has been working in the social service field for over 10 years and his experience includes working with at risk youth in group home settings, adults with developmental disabilities and veterans with co-occurring disorders.

His depth of experience has allowed him to develop an understanding of individuals development throughout the lifespan. Therefore he is equipped to “meet people where they are” and collborate with them and develop goals to overcome obstacles that may hinder their biological, psychological, social and spiritual development!

We hope you can join us for this FREE event on the 18th.  You can register at the following link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93289535799


Cerro Coso Community College

Respect for Law Recognition Dinner

CTE Liaison, Nicole Harper, attended Ridgecrest’s annual John Ward Annual Respect for Law Recognition event this year.

The event honors a law enforcement officer from each of the local agencies: Ridgecrest Police Department, China Lake Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol.

As a graduate of Cerro Coso’s Administration of Justice program, Nicole was able to promote the college and network with officers as well as local service organizations and elected officials including Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, CA State Assemblyman Vince Fong, and representatives from the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Senator Shannon Grove.

Four officers from four different agencies were honored:  California Highway Patrolman Officer Jose Madrigal, Kern County Sheriff Deputy Isaac Azua, China Lake Police Officer Joseph Schatz, and Ridgecrest Police Department Officer Kyle Cushman.  These individuals were chosen by their peers to receive the prestigious award of Officer of the Year.

Congratulations along with certificates were awarded to each officer from their commanding officers as well as local service organizations and elected officials.

Congratulations to the officers who have embraced these challenges and shown themselves as heroes.

CCCAOE Conference (California Community College Association for Occupational Education)

Peter Fulks, Administration of Justice professor, presented at the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) conference in Sacramento this month.

The CCCAOE Spring 2022 Conference focused on programming that leads to STRENGTHENING CONNECTION, PARTNERSHIPS, INNOVATION, and SHARING the voices of those who aren’t being heard, and HIGHLIGHTING the great work that is happening all across the state.

Fulks’ presentation, titled “Voices from Prison – A Model for Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI)”, focused on overcoming the hurdles and maximizing student success in an unlikely and underserved population.  The Cerro Coso Community College Incarcerated Student Education Program (ISEP), governed by a college-wide governance committee, is a national leader and model of CTE practices and student-centered program evaluation to maximize student success in an unlikely and underserved population. At the core of this, is a case study of how program research, evaluation, and assessment can be used at scale to overcome immense JDEI hurdles.

The CCCAOE Conference fosters discovery and problem solving through idea sharing and community building, INNOVATIVE and FRESH ideas that encourage COLLABORATION, AND CREATING A BRIDGE FOR STUDENT SUCCESS.  Participants connect and network with other career education practitioners that share best practices and learn how to navigate the California Community College system to advocate more effectively for college programs.

NEW AA-T Degree in Law, Public Policy, and Society

Are you interested in working in a law-based profession to help people and society?  

Are you interested in an education path that could lead to law school?

Are you interested in becoming a politician or working in government offices?

Cerro Coso Community College has a NEW Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree in Law, Public Policy, and Society.  This new program introduces students to the study of law and the legal field. Focuses on the over breadth of how law affects public policy and society for a socially responsible career in law. Prepares students to continue in a related degree such as legal studies, political science, communication, social or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or other similar degrees. This interdisciplinary degree covers multiple areas of the law for possible careers as:  Paralegal and Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Lawyers, or Judicial Law Clerks..

Enroll in the new Associate in Arts for Transfer in Law, Public Policy, and Society today. Courses are offered online and on-campus.  Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.  This degree has an option to take a more civil or more criminal law-based pathway to completing the program depending on your interests.  Classes are offered online and on campus. 

This degree is specifically designed for transfer.  Associate in Arts Degrees for Transfer (AA-T) provides students with a clear pathway to a baccalaureate degree.  Earning an AA-T or AS-T guarantees acceptance to many four-year universities with junior standing and prepares students to complete a bachelor degree in a similar major at a CSU or participating UC, HBCU or private university. 

Schedule of classes available at www.cerrocoso.edu. Register now for Summer and Fall 2022 at Cerro Coso Community College. 


Bakersfield College

KCMEA Jazz Day at Bakersfield College

The Performing Arts Department hosted the 5th Annual KCMEA Jazz Day last Thursday, April 7th, and it was an incredible success! Almost 150 students from 9 local junior high and high schools joined our Bakersfield College Jazz Studies faculty in the Performing Arts Center for a day filled with performances, workshops, and clinics for the county’s best young jazz musicians. 

The day-long event featured some truly wonderful performances from these musicians, as well as impressive showings from the BC Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the Kern County Honor Jazz Band, and our very own BC Jazz Ensemble. After two years of hiatus while live events were on hold, the energy in the Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center was indescribable. 

We’re thankful for the partnership with the Kern County Music Educators Association, our local organization that brings the county’s music teachers together to continue making music in our schools a vital part of education. KCMEA organizes festivals and concerts, provides networking and professional development opportunities, and builds a strong community among Kern County’s music educators, all with the goal of providing more and better music education to Kern County’s young musicians.

A special thank you to the Outreach department for lending your support and helping Jazz Day students with their journey to becoming Renegades. 

Congratulations to all involved on another wonderful Jazz Day. How great it was to be back together!

Sandi Taylor Earns Spot in CCCAA Hall of Fame

​Former Renegade Softball Head Coach and Athletic Director, Sandi Taylor, was inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Hall of Fame this afternoon during the annual CCCAA Convention. 

During a 30-year career at Bakersfield College, Taylor served as Head Softball Coach, Associate Athletic Director, and Athletic Director at Bakersfield College. In that time, BC’s Renegades captured many Western State Conference (WSC) championships across the 20 sports under her leadership.

Sandi’s efforts over the years supported and shaped thousands of Renegades into champions on the field and in the classroom. Her commitment to Bakersfield College can be seen in her work with the community, in our many championships, and in every Renegade student success story, including the numerous CCCAA state championships in various sports and numerous CCCAA regional competitions.

“Sandi carried the torch of excellence for the Renegade Athletics department for many years. She developed and built our program into what it is today,” said Reggie Bolton, BC’s Athletic Director. In her time, BC has hosted 9 CCCAA State Softball Championships, one CCCAA Track and Field State Championship, one CCCAA Southern Cal Wrestling Championship, one Southern Cal Men’s Golf Championship, one CCCAA Football State Championship and numerous CCCAA regional competitions.