Living life all the way, feeling every beat. Let’s get Loud.

Last night, I watched the new Cinderella musical on Amazon Prime. And although Natalia Winkelman gave an excoriating review of the movie in the New York Times, I completely enjoyed the movie. It could be because I love musicals ….. Cinderella came across as a mash up between a high school production of Glee attempting a Lin Manuel-Miranda-ish production of In the Heights. It could also be that I like fun-loving stubborn women and the characters of Camila Cabello, Minnie Driver, Idina Menzel were just that.

Every musical ends with a grand finale and this movie had its own version of a grand finale with the song titled “Let’s Get Loud.” Here is my favorite verse with a call to live life big…. live life bold:

If you wanna live your life
Live it all the way and don’t you waste it
Every feelin’ every beat
Can be so very sweet you gotta taste it

Enjoy this 4-min video.

Good morning, friends…
It is September 18, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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


Porterville College

PC Timely Care Workshops help provide Suicide Prevention Awareness for students

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Porterville College is partnering with TimelyCare to provide the mental and emotional support students need all year long. This month, PC is offering two virtual sessions to help students through difficult times.  The first is a discussion on how we can all save lives by learning more about suicide prevention and awareness, while the second is designed to help students optimize their emotional and mental well-being.  For more information on these sessions and more from PC Timely Care, visit www.timelycare.com/PC and click the “sessions” button at the top of the page.

Remember, If you know someone who you think might be struggling:

  1. Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of suicidal ideation. (see the image above)
  2. Ask them if they’re OK.
  3. Be direct – ask them if they’ve experienced suicidal thoughts.
  4. Listen and offer hope.
  5. Provide resources to get professional help. 

TimelyCare is available for students anytime, anywhere, with no cost to visit. If you or a peer are experiencing suicidal thoughts, speak to one of our licensed counselors by downloading the PC TimelyCare app immediately.

As a reminder, TimelyCare licensed providers are available to offer mental health support via phone or secure video visits. Have questions? Visit timelycare.com/PC to chat with us for technical support or call 1-833-4-TIMELY.

Visit to PC includes exercises in unity

This week, I joined Bakersfield College President Zav Dadabhoy and Cerro Coso College President Sean Hancock as we paid a visit to Porterville College and President Claudia Habib.

During the visit, we spent time touring the PC campus, talking with faculty, staff, and students. We also met to discuss ways to collaboratively tackle issues facing the district and then spent time on a student-directed creativity exercise.  The activity had the participants using new technology (3-D Pens) to create representations of district unity. 

Each participant created versions of a logo representing the unity that is shared by all three KCCD colleges, but it was the inspiring guidance of the students, Carlos and Rebecca, that really seemed to strike a chord with everyone. 

Thank you Roger Perez for snapping these wonderful photos.

PC Continues The Effort to fight COVID / Get Students Vaccinated on campus

Over 1000 PC students have already submitted proof of vaccination and more are sending in proof each day via the KCCD App.  PC has once again partnered with Sierra View Hospital, Kaweah Health and Imperial Ambulance to bring more clinics to the College Cafeteria.   

The first of these added clinics on September 16th made both the first and second dose of the vaccine available to anyone who needed it, whether they be students, student’s family members or community members. 

A clinic scheduled for September 20th will offer the second dose to those who need one. 

PC has brought COVID testing to campus with weekly visits from the Tulare County Testing bus.  The bus is parked in the Stadium parking lot Every Tuesday. Visit unitedhealthcenters.org for more information or to pre-register for testing.


Cerro Coso Community College

Founding President Dr. Richard Jones Tours Campus After 50 years

Dr. Sean Hancock (8th president), Dr. Richard Jones (1st president)

Founding President of Cerro Coso Community College, Dr. Richard Jones, returned to the Ridgecrest campus on Monday, September 13, 2021, to tour the facilities for the first time in almost 50 years.

In 1950, Bakersfield College began offering an A.A. degree in Ridgecrest in conjunction with an apprentice program on the Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS). In 1961 those college classes became the Desert Division of Bakersfield Junior College.  

Dr. Omar Scheidt was the first dean, and had the first full-time faculty of three that included now-retired longtime professors Don Rosenberg and Gary Matulef. 

In 1966 Dr. Schedit left and Dr. Jones was appointed Dean. He immediately began his work of establishing a new college here in the high desert.  

Before coming to Ridgecrest, Dr. Jones was an English and Journalism instructor and served for three years as a counselor at Bakersfield College. He was also the Director of Student Housing for BC for four years.

In 1968, the Desert Division became the Desert Campus. Still located at Burroughs High School. Only evening classes were held until 1967 when a third relocatable building was secured allowing for the first day classes to be offered.   

In December of 1969 the state approved a new college in the area and Dr. Jones became the founding President of that new college, yet unnamed, that would become Cerro Coso Community College. 

He returned to the Ridgecrest campus with his wife Mary Lou and met with Cerro Coso’s 8th President Dr. Sean Hancock

He left in 1975 to become the President (Superintendent) of Clark College in Vancouver, WA and in 1981 became Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District. 

Cerro Coso participates in 9/11 20th Anniversary Parade of 1000 Flags

More than 1000 community patriots took to the streets on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 9 a.m., carrying flags in memory of those lost and first responders of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001. 

This signature event draws people from near and far and is noted to be one of the most patriotic events of 9/11 commemorated anywhere. 

Congressman Kevin McCarthy served as this year’s Grand Marshall, led by Bagpiper George MacGillivray

Many of the children in the parade were not yet born at the times of the attacks, but they need to know and understand the significance of one of the darkest days in America’s history. 

The annual parade helps etch that into their memories. The Parade of 1000 Flags began with a march down China Lake Boulevard to City Hall where the flags were posted in Freedom Park followed by a program at the gazebo. 

NAWS Commanding Officer, Captain Vaughn, served as the keynote speaker. 

Other speakers included: Captain Scott, the officer in charge of the earthquake reconstruction at China Lake, Ridgecrest Mayor Eric Bruen, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, State Senator Shannon Grove, Assemblyman Vince Fong, Stu Witt and a number of other local representatives. 

A signature event for Ridgecrest, the Parade of 1000 Flags is a strong symbol and image of what the community stands for: a patriotic community with a strong presence of the US Navy and the role it supports in the defense of our country. United we stood as 9/11 responders toiled and families searched in 2001.  We will never forget!

New Maintenance Building

The Maintenance and Operations staff at Cerro Coso are very excited about the progress of the construction of the new Maintenance Building. 

The team of men and women who provide valuable services required to maintain and operate all campus facilities are currently housed in a modular unit older than the campus itself. 

One of two buildings, relocatable prefabs, was originally located at the south end of Burroughs High School in 1966. The old building was moved to the campus in 1973 to be used as a Day Care facility. When the Child Development Center at the Ridgecrest campus was built and occupied in the summer of 1990, Maintenance and Operations moved into the prefab facility, now 55 years old. 

The Cerro Coso community takes pride in college buildings and facilities that are kept in excellent condition by a dedicated team of maintenance workers, custodians, and grounds workers. Long overdue, everyone is excited to see the crew that does so much to support the college’s mission move into their new facility.


Bakersfield College

Renegade Football Wins in Return to Memorial Stadium

Photo by Nick Ellis/For The Bakersfield Californian

From President Zav Dadabhoy’s email:

Thirty-seven years after playing his last game as a member of the Bakersfield Renegades football team, R. Todd Littlejohn led our Renegades into BC’s Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening, this time as our head coach, just the 11th in BC’s history. 

After the 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic, BC’s first home game in 665 days was a success, as the Renegades defeated El Camino College 24-13. Renegade, Zack Hawkins, Running Back, is shown above during the game.

Welding Students Construct Fence for CityServe

This past summer, BC’s welding students had the opportunity to participate in a work experience/internship project through free courses offered by BC. These students constructed a metal fence enclosing the back end of the CityServe facility entirely from scratch as the first phase of an outdoor welding lab housed at CityServe.

Check out the video from Bakersfield College Career Education:

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UN Day Of Peace To Feature Local Peacemakers:
Program To Kick Off Series Of Upcoming Peace-themed Events

The Bakersfield College Peace Initiative will host a virtual gathering at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21 as part of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

The event will feature short speeches by local peacemakers, musical performances, and will be the first in a series of other activities in the coming months. The program will premiere on BC’s YouTube Channel as a livestream at www.youtube.com/user/BakersfieldCollege.

Speakers include Dr. Kathleen Murphy from Valley Children’s Healthcare and Hospital; Dr. Portia Choi, physician and poet; Karen Goh, Bakersfield mayor; Traco Matthews, community leader; and Neeraj Rama, from the Gandhi Committee for Truth and Nonviolence.

Check out these videos promoting the event:

Mindy Wilmot

Krista Moreland

Wylie And May Louise Jones Gallery Presents The 2021 Bakersfield College Art Faculty Exhibition

Starting Monday, September 13, the directors of the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery are presenting an exhibition of work from the Art Faculty of Bakersfield College. The work ranges from drawings, painting, sculpture, and textile to photography, video, and digital media. After the past year of quarantine, stress, change, and loss, the expressions rendered in these works, span a large range of the emotions we have all felt at one point or another in the past 17 months.  

Dates: September 13 – October 22, 2021

Location: Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery inside the BC Library on the Panorama Campus, 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield CA

BC Student Health & Wellness Center Receives $55,000 Grant to Fuel Vaccination Efforts

BC COVID vaccination & testing clinic team Ana Sandoval RN, Ivan Paligutan RN, Karan Dosanjh RN, and BC SHWC Director, Dr. Charles Collom pose for a picture outside the clinic.

The Bakersfield College Student Health and Wellness Center recently received a $55,000 grant from CalVax to support efforts in targeted rural and under-vaccinated communities. Health Center Director, Dr. Charles Collom gives a special thanks to Stephen Waller and Bonita Steele for their invaluable assistance in securing the grant.

The SHWC has also been hard at work on the BC Campus and surrounding communities to drive vaccination efforts in Kern. The SHWC hosts daily COVID testing and vaccinations clinics on campus, in the fireside room, between the hours of 8am and 4pm; and has scheduled routine pop up clinics at locations including BC Arvin Hub, Delano Campus, Job Spot, and The Weill Institute.

In addition to the strong vaccination efforts, the BC SHWC continues to offer medical, health, and counseling services to all BC Students. Anyone wishing to volunteer at a BC SHWC sponsored COVID vaccination and testing clinic should call 661-395-4336 or email Dr. Charles Collom at charles.collom@bakersfieldcollege.edu .             


Poetry Corner

Please enjoy this poem from Jack Hernandez:

Rowing 

My aunt watched
me learn to row
that small boat
on our favorite lake
where fish jumped
beyond us,
from that young boy
I have rowed
through many years,
into narrow coves
out to the wide middle,
searching    searching
for the perfect spot,                                           
lily filled
rain washed,
through it all
I have come to know
the end
is to row    to row.

Faculty Quick Tips

Last week, I shared a great resource from Porterville College – their Quick Tips for Teaching Success series.

Today, I’d like to feature another Quick Tip: Quick Tips for Getting Hired.

You can check out the video at https://kccd.instructuremedia.com/embed/de046e3c-624c-4667-af81-49da6c8ca4f3.

Thank you to presenters Dustin Acres, Rebecca Baird, Joy Lawrence, Melissa Long, Ian Onizuka, Elisa Queenan, Robert Simpkins, and special guest star Thad Russell.

In the News

Community Voices: The sadness of suicide

Jack Hernandez wrote this piece for the Bakersfield Californian reflecting on his son’s suicide 30 years ago.

Thirty years have passed, thirty years when my son could have traveled, loved, written. Thirty years when we could have shared our thoughts and stories, could have laughed as we played tennis. If only…

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Bakersfield College Nursing program ranked #8 in state by Nursing Schools Almanac

KGET ran this story about BC’s Nursing programs being honored by the Nursing Schools Almanac.

The LVN program was ranked #8 in the state.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Lacey Navarro, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction at Cerro Coso, welcomed Chyna Bear into her family:

Check out these photos from the Golden Valley High School College Fair on Wednesday. Thank you to Lupe Sanchez at Kern High School District for sharing these with the BC team. BC’s Outreach and Early College Counselor, Josie Guillen, is proudly representing Bakersfield College:

Kalina Hill shared this beautiful picture of a sunrise:

Jonathan Hernandez shared his own great start to the day:

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

We remember … 9-11-2001

Twenty years ago this morning, the world was forever changed as the 9/11 attacks thrust us all into a new period of fear and war.

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists boarded four commercial aircraft – American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93.

When the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am, it was not yet clear what was happening. When the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, hit the South Tower just 17 minutes later at 9:03 am, it became evident this was no mere accident and America was under attack.

Two more crashes followed shortly after, with American Airlines Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon at 9:37 am.

United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after crew and passengers – who by this time had learned of the other attacks – attempted to seize the aircraft and the terrorists responded by intentionally rolling and crashing the plane. It is believed that plane was intended to target the White House or the Capitol.

These attacks caused unfathomable grief and despair not only across the United States, but across the globe. In one morning, everything changed and it was clear there would be no returning to the world before. For days and weeks, many of us sat in disbelief as television offered 24/7 coverage of the events and possible repercussions.

The terrorist attacks killed 2,977 victims and injured 25,000 more. In the years since, many of the first responders who bravely faced the firestorm to save what souls they could have succumbed to injuries and illnesses sustained by their acts of courage.

But in the days following the senseless attacks, we joined together and found reasons for hope.

Today, 20 years later, so much has changed. The US has just left Afghanistan following the War in Afghanistan that began in October 2001 in response to the September 11 attacks. We are facing a different global threat of a pandemic that has killed over 4.5 million people around the world. We as a nation – and even as a state – face fierce division and distrust of one another.

But just as we did 20 years ago, we can find common ground, find our strength in one another, and find reasons for hope. Good news abundant in the details where we care to look: Thailand making PPE out of upcycled bottles; Two Atlanta teachers have their students start their day with positive affirmations; School faculty surprised the custodian with a car so he wouldn’t have to walk to work.

It may not always be flashy and it may not always be the top story – but good news, inspiring stories, uplifting tales of people coming together and helping one another – they are all around us.

Prof. Jeremy Staat’s welding students build a twin tower monument

Good morning, friends…
It is September 11, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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


Porterville College

PC Welcomes Award Winning Poet to Speaker Series 

The Porterville College Writer & Poet Speaker Series is proud to present our first speaker of the Fall Semester.  EVERYONE is invited to attend via Zoom for a conversation with Tim Z Hernandez.  He is a non-fiction writer and the author of “Mañana Means Heaven” and the first installment in The Plane Crash Series, “All They Will Call You”. Hernandez is the recipient of such accolades as the American Book Award, the Colorado Book Award, the International Latino Book Award, and more! Below are just a few review excerpts about his book.

“Hernandez’s intimate knowledge of life amid the agricultural fields of central California and his ability to conjure the thoughts and emotions of the young Bea Franco make for a graceful and melancholy tale.”—The Associated Press

“Through documents, interviews and dogged research, Tim Z. Hernandez pieces together her life and the significance of that chance encounter that shaped both of their lives forever.” —The New York Times

Join us on September 23 from Noon to 1:00 pm for a reading from his latest work, a presentation on his life and his writing, and a Q&A session. 

Connect via PC / Mac / Linux / iOS / Android: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/94164370603  Meeting ID: 941 6437 0603 

STEM Workshops offer a look into life as a USDA Engineer

Porterville College and the USDA have teamed up to provide STEM Enrichment Workshops that highlight USDA agencies and/or partners. The workshops have been developed to introduce local, regional, and state USDA Agencies, federal, and industry partners to STEM students and the campus wide community. Additionally, these enrichment workshops utilize an interactive, discussion-based format designed to engage students actively in their own career development process. Students will take away information about opportunities offered by USDA to optimize their STEM major, internship, and career searches.

The first workshop in this series will be held on September 22nd on campus.  The featured speakers include Blair Bain, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Civil Engineer and Dave Krietemeyer, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Area 3 Engineer.

Blair Bain began his career with NRCS in 2011 as an Earth Team Volunteer. He has held the position of Civil Engineering Technician with NRCS in Fresno and Hanford, Civil Engineer in Visalia, and just recently became the Team Engineer for the Southern San Joaquin Valley. He provides technical assistance for conservation planning, surveying, design, construction and inspections, as well as project management for a wide variety of engineering projects. He has worked extensively on irrigation and dairy digester projects throughout his career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Fresno State.

Dave Krietemeyer began his career with NRCS in Ohio. He has worked as a Hydraulic and Planning Engineer, Field Office Engineer, and Area Engineer since coming to California in 1992. He has worked on watershed projects as well as fire and flood rehab projects throughout the southern half of the state, and numerous irrigation, dairy, and range projects in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevadas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineer from the Ohio State University.

PCs Dreamer’s success center partners with the UFW Foundation to offer Free Legal Services

The UFW Foundation and Porterville College have partnered to bring FREE immigration legal services directly to students, faculty, and staff.  Immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice accredited representatives are available to provide free, culturally-competent, and reliable expertise to the campus community.

Services include Immigration eligibility consultations, DACA Renewal, Naturalization, Family-based immigration, and other immigration services.

Claudia Lopez, staff attorney for the UFW Foundation says of the program, ”UFW Foundation immigration attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives are available to provide culturally competent, trauma-informed, and reliable expertise to the campus community. We can serve people in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Mixteco, and Mandarin; simply indicate your language preference.”  For assistance, you can schedule a FREE appointment with the following link: https://bit.ly/ccpappt

This service is offered through the DREAMER’s Success Center on campus. 


Cerro Coso Community College

Late Start courses at Cerro Coso still available for Fall 2021

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a number of late start classes this fall. Late start classes can be to pursue a degree, or for professional development and personal enrichment. Offered in a variety of formats including completely online, hybrid, schedule Zoom, or on campus, students can pick the format that best meets their needs.  

With a variety of start dates, the college is offering an array of classes in Administration of Justice, Anthropology, Business Office Technology, Child Development, English, Health Careers, Information Technology, Spanish, and so much more. 

A complete listing of late start classes is available on the college website at www.cerrocoso.edu/class-schedule. Contact a counselor today.

Denise Allen joins CTE team at Ridgecrest campus

Cerro Coso would like to welcome Denise Allen, the new CTE Administrative Secretary at the Ridgecrest campus.

A graduate of Cerro Coso, Denise holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences and a minor in Psychology from Oregon State University. Married with two children, she enjoys playing games with her family, going on hikes, lounging in her backyard, and exploring. 

The college’s CTE Program specializes in skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. Learners of all ages are provided the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers. 

The programs prepare these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on format. Welcome Denise to the CCCC community! 

TimelyCare Telehealth available for Cerro Coso students

Being a college student right now can be overwhelming, especially when the world keeps shifting under our feet. College students should take health care seriously – Cerro Coso does.  TimelyCare Telehealth for Coyotes provides 24/7 access to FREE medical and mental health support for all Cerro Coso students. Students can talk to a licensed provider from their smartphone or any web-enabled device, anywhere in the United States, day or night, for FREE!

Licensed physicians and counselors are available to offer medical and mental support via phone or secure video visits. Students can go to timelycare.com/CoyoteTelehealth to register with their college email address and receive on-demand or scheduled access to a medical provider who can treat a wide range of common illnesses like cold and flu, sinus infection, allergies and more, or talk to a mental health professional to talk about anything at anytime, or schedule an appointment to meet with a licensed counselor. 

TimelyCare also offers group sessions: Weekly Guided Meditation and Yoga, plus specialized sessions throughout the year. Students can also get prescriptions if the provider deems it clinically appropriate.  TimelyCare.  It’s for students.  For FREE. 

Need help? Find out more at CoyoteTelehealth.


Bakersfield College

BC 9/11 Monument in the Renegade Crossroads

From President Zav Dadabhoy’s email:

As we approach the 20th anniversary of one of the most profound tragedies our country has ever endured, the attacks of September 11, 2001, Bakersfield College is ever mindful of each soul that was lost. We remember with gratitude the heroic actions and selfless sacrifices of the first responders that day and of the servicemen and women who went on to fight the War on Terror in the years that followed. Through this memorial monument, we wish to honor and pay tribute to all those who perished. We at Bakersfield College vow to remember them on this 20th anniversary and throughout the ages.

Bakersfield College invites students, staff, and the community to share in our tribute by visiting the Veteran Resource Center booth to pen a message of remembrance and affix it to a red memorial carnation provided by the BC Veteran Resource Center. The carnations will be placed at the foot of the Twin Tower memorial, which will be located in the quad throughout the week.

The Twin Towers Memorial Monument was a collaborative project by the BC VRC staff, designed and built by BC faculty, Jeremy Staat. BC Horticulture faculty, Lindsay Ono, provided the plants and rubble to complete the memorial. The base of the monument bears resemblance to the current memorial in New York where the twin towers once stood. There are nearly 3,000 welding tacks within the monument in honor of the souls lost that day. New life, hope and the tenacity of our country are represented by the foliage overcoming the rubble below the towers.

Check out this video from 23ABC News about the monument.

The monument will be displayed through September 11.

Renegade Athletics Return

Football season is back and fans will be returning to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 6pm as the Renegades face off against the El Camino Warriors!

On the anniversary of September 11th, the ‘Gades will be honoring all first responders during halftime and all first responders will be receiving free admission.

Renovations made to Memorial Stadium since 2019 include the remodeled concession stands, new stadium lighting, and an HD video scoreboard which will enhance the game day experience at Memorial Stadium. Gates open to the public at 5pm. 

This week, the BC Men’s Soccer team traveled to Cerritos, where they unfortunately lost 4-1.

On Friday, September 10, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country traveled to Oxnard College for the Oxnard Invitational at 10:00AM.

Wrestling also returned on Friday, after not competing since 2019. They hosted Victor Valley in the Gil Bishop Sports Complex at 6:00PM. This morning, they host the Bakersfield College Duels at 10:00AM.  


Poetry Corner

I have been sharing Jack Hernandez‘s multi-part poem, Rockport in June. Today I’m sharing the remaining parts 7-9:

7.

I am up,
the others
are asleep,
the sun glows
through clouds
lighting
flowing water
slowly passing
the island
solid and there
before my eyes
like my future.

                   8.

The boats sail leisurely
or speed by bouncing
on the waves,
occasionally a lobster boat
sits patiently,
which one am I?
I think as I slowly
rise to get another
cup of coffee
feeling my knees say,
“Stay a little longer.”

                   9.

I could move here
and be a monk
in winter,
reflecting
on each snow filled
morning how blessed
I am to see
the sun flashed
ocean    to have
the love
of my laughing
joyful family.

Ag/Water/Energy (AWE) Education Series 

The Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development initiative launched a new webinar series bringing together experts and stakeholders in natural resources for Kern County. 

For the first edition of the Ag/Water/Energy Education series, Kern County Farm Bureau Executive Director Romeo Agbalog started off by introducing Roger Aines, a scientist from Lawrence Livermore laboratories who talked about the rich potential for biomass and carbon sequestration projects in Kern County.

Romeo Agbalog’s Opening Remarks:

I will bring the other speakers to you in future blogs.

Emeritus Recognition at KCCD Board Meeting & Luncheon

At this month’s KCCD Board of Trustees meeting, three of our distinguished faculty members were recognized as Emeritus Recipients.

Congratulations to:

Ron Glahn, Porterville College

Claudia Habib, Ron Glahn, Trustee John Corkins

Becky Head, Bakersfield College

Sandi Taylor, Bakersfield College

Was happy that Earl Parsons snapped this photo of sandi and me.

Here is a 3-min video where I present a life time achievement award to Sandi

After the board meeting Isabel Melendez snapped this photo of me with the three presidents.

Quick Tips for Teaching Success

I’ve been looking over the archive from Porterville College’s Quick Tips for Teaching Success Series, and I wanted to share this amazing resource with you.

Quick Tips for Online Success began as a group of faculty from Porterville College decided to join forces in order to help colleagues and each other in the move to online learning.  In the summer of 2020, the team began presenting weekly on topics such as student-to-student interaction and creating engaging videos, condensing a presentation into an action-packed 20 minutes.  The goal of the group is to learn from each other through sharing best practices so that we can do the very best for our students during this time of uncertainty. 

Check out the recording from the webinar “A Deep Dive into Surviving High (Academic) Anxiety”.

Ethics in Leadership event set for September 15

I received this email from Traco Matthews this week, and I wanted to share it with you as ethics in leadership is such a critical topic:

You are cordially invited to attend this Kegley Institute of Ethics event the evening of Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6pm. Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, this event will now be held virtually. I look forward to seeing many of you there as we discuss the role of ethics in leadership.

In the News

KCHCC Receives Prestigious Chamber of the Year Award from the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Jay Tamsi and Sonya Christian

The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC) is proud to announce it will be receiving the prestigious award of Chamber of the Year. This honor will be awarded at The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce’s (CHCC) Annual Statewide Convention on September 11, 2021, in Palm Springs, California.

This award recognizes a Hispanic Chamber for their work in leading the advancement of Hispanic small businesses and the communities they serve. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.  

“This is an absolute honor that I am proud to share with our Board of Directors, especially, over the course of the past two years,” says Jay Tamsi, President/CEO of the KCHCC. “Our organization is resilient and continues to be dedicated to Kern County’s economic and community development.

Since its inception in 1985, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to helping Hispanic owned businesses and business professionals succeed within its community. Through various community partnerships, the organization has dedicated itself to granting access to business development workshops, community-based academies and educational seminars to its members and the community at large. Member celebrations such as grand-openings, special events and monthly mixers have also been a strong suit of the Chamber’s ability to bring its community together.

Over the last 12 months, KCHCC partnered with Kern County Public Health and numerous community partners, community leaders and health care institutions to bring free COVID-19 testing sites and vaccination clinics to Kern County’s underserved neighborhoods and community centers. These widely successful and heavily attended clinics are due in part, to the chamber’s strong community presence and esteemed reputation.

In addition to the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force, the Chamber was able to implement a strong virtual learning arena for its members and local business community. Online seminars relating to employment law, health and safety rules and regulations and traditional business readiness and preparation were continuously offered during the pandemic.

BC Foundation publishes September edition of Panorama

This week, the BC Foundation published the September edition of their Panorama newsletter.

Highlights include –

A feature on BC Interim President Zav Dadabhoy:

Dr. Dadabhoy brings a variety of experience to the position.  In fact, a career in higher education was not his original plan.  “In my first career, I worked as a public accountant in England. I came to the U.S. in 1982, to study Organizational Behavior, and that evolved into a career in higher education,” he said.    

A preview of the 14th Annual Sterling Silver, on March 19, 2022:

Honorees include the Contreras Family, Individual Philanthropist Award; Bank of America, Corporate Philanthropist Award; Assemblymember Rudy Salas, BC Foundation Service Medal; and Congressman William “Bill” Thomas, Lifetime Achievement Award

Check out the September edition of Panorama online. Thank you to BC Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Scott!

Fun Photos and Spotted on Social Media

I wanted to share this photo from last weekend as many of us travelled to LA Pierce to watch the first Renegade Football game.

Sonya Christian with Sharon Baker

Porterville President Claudia Habib shared these photos as Summit HS Freshmen became PC students:

So proud of this freshman class and excited about their bright future ahead #DualEnrollment #EarlyCollege #partnership  #studentsuccess @SummitHS_Bears @PCollegePirates @Burtonsuper2018”

Porterville College Director of Student Services Frank Ramirez shared this post from the start of the KCCD Leadership Academy:

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

KCCD leaders with our communities

We are wrapping up our third week of the Fall 2021 semester, and all three of our campuses have been alive with the bustle of students, faculty, and staff. We’ve also welcomed the return of athletics on our campuses. I invite you to follow our Porterville College Pirates, Cerro Coso Community College Coyotes, and Bakersfield College Renegades throughout the season.

This week, I was honored to speak at the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Downtown’s meeting on Thursday.

I shared some of the work that has been happening over the past few years, and throughout the pandemic, and the plans for the next five years. #KCCDDaringMightyThings

I am grateful for the deep and meaningful connections our colleges have to our communities.

Good morning, friends…
It is September 4, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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


Porterville College

PC brings new Leadership to Equity and Diversity efforts

Porterville College’s new Director of Equity and Student Success hopes to use his background in Equity and Inclusion to strengthen the student experience. 

Dr. Julian West

Dr. Julian West holds two degrees from California State University, Bakersfield: a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing. Additionally, He has studied at San Diego State University where he earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in community college leadership. Before coming to Porterville College, Julian was serving as a Director at the Career Ladders Project. While at Career Ladders, Dr. West assisted in developing equity work at various community colleges across the state.

Prior to that, he served as the Educational Advisor for African American Success at Bakersfield College. While at BC, the college received the innovation of the year award from the Community College League of Innovation for the African American Mentor Program (AAMP).

PC Students RUSH to join clubs on campus

Porterville College held its first Club Rush event of the Fall Semester this past week, bringing students to the quad to explore different choices for student clubs available on campus. 

Club Rush is held every semester to promote campus clubs, student involvement, and recruitment. Due to the Pandemic, this is our first time hosting the event in-person for over a year.

Various clubs were in attendance to provide students with information on things that might meet their interests –whether those interests be academic, career or hobby. From honor societies, to LGBTQIA+ clubs, to entertainment and cultural clubs, Club Rush had a wide variety to choose from.

The RUSH for club recruitment continues next week with another day in the quad for students on Wednesday, September 8th.

PC Sports ask students to MASK UP!

The Porterville College Men’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball Teams were seen on social media asking students to wear their masks.  They have been taking to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in recent days with the hashtag #PiratesMaskUp. Go Pirates! 


Cerro Coso Community College

Cheers for Charity Pulls Out All the Stops

Math Instructor at the Tehachapi campus Jaclyn Kessler and President Sean Hancock pose for a picture in front of the Cheers for Charity welcome banner.

The CCCC Foundation would like to thank Cheers for Charity for selecting Cerro Coso Community College as a recipient of this year’s wine, food, and beer fundraiser in Tehachapi.  The fun, laid-back atmosphere boasted an awesome selection of food, wine, beer, music, and games all in support of local non-profits. 

Guests sipped, savored, mixed and mingled their way through an impressive number of local award-winning wines, craft beers, homebrews, and culinary exhibits. 

The evening was a breath of fresh air with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable volunteers. the event was a great way to enjoy everything the region has to offer. Proceeds will benefit Cerro Coso Promise Scholarships for Tehachapi students.

Library Supports ISEP Students

The Cerro Coso Library is pleased to announce a new “Core Academic Collection” of print reference titles for the Tehachapi Prison D-Yard Library! This collection of over 200 titles was purchased with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding and was curated with input from ISEP faculty. 

The collection includes such titles as:  African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs; American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends; Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice; The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Encyclopedia of Psychology; and The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. The collection addresses a gap in access to academic sources at the prison, most recently made clear by students taking LIBR C111 “Advanced Library Research and Information Studies.” 

When asked to contribute to the library blog, students were eager to reflect on the social, psychological, and physiological impacts of living in an information-restricted environment while their non-incarcerated peers are living in an information-saturated society.

Read their blog posts at: cerrocoso.libguides.com/blog

Ridgecrest Parade of 1,000 Flags to remember 20th anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2021, will mark the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. that killed 2,977 people and injured more than 6,000 others. Cerro Coso will participate in this year’s Parade of 1,000 Flags in Ridgecrest on September 11, 2021 at 9 a.m.  

Despite our shared grief in the aftermath of 9/11, hope, resilience, and unity lifted us up as a nation. Twenty years later, these lessons are more important than ever.  Since 2008 the Parade of 1,000 Flags has become one of the community’s signature events. 

As a nation we vowed to “never forget” and on this day Cerro Coso students, employees, and family members will march in unity with others in remembrance of those who were killed and injured in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as the many rescue and recovery workers and members of the military who bravely rose in service in response.


Bakersfield College

BC to Offer License Renewal Course for Smog Repair Technicians

Bakersfield College announced that they will offer a 12-hour Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) License Update Training course required for smog repair technician license renewal.

The 12-hour course, UTO47 – Advanced Valve Timing and Engine Mechanical Diagnostic, along with the required BAR 4-hour online course, will satisfy the inspector update training requirements.

The course will be taught in-person on the Panorama campus September 16th, September 17th, September 23rd and September 24th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. BC is meeting the rising need for continual education opportunities for Smog Repair Technicians.

Interested individuals may sign up by contacting the Career Education office.

Bakersfield College to Host AWE Education Series Webinar I on Tuesday

On September 7 at 10 a.m., the Bakersfield College Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development initiative is hosting its first webinar in the Agriculture/Water/Energy (AWE) Education Series. The webinar, “An Introduction to Existing and Potential Opportunities in Kern County” features a panel of local stakeholders and national researchers sharing their perspectives on emerging opportunities and technology within their respective fields.

The panelists are – Roger Aines, Senior Scientist and energy researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Patricia Poire, Executive Director at the Kern Groundwater Authority; and Joe Ashley, Director of Regulatory and External Affairs at California Resources Corporation.

To attend this event, Register for the AWE Webinar.

James Fitzgerald, Criminal Profiler and Forensic Linguist “Visits” Bakersfield College

BC students, faculty, staff, and community members were treated to a presentation about the Unabom serial bomber investigation this week. James Fitzgerald, criminal profiler, forensic linguist and author, shared stories of his involvement in the Unabom case and his experience in other cases as a forensic linguist. He was live via Zoom and on BSGA’s Facebook. Recordings will be available soon.

You may have seen the Discovery Channel’s scripted mini-series Manhunt: Unabomber that aired in August 2017. Fitzgerald was portrayed by actor Sam Worthington and shared a few photos and compared real life events with how it was portrayed on TV.  He also shared a few experiences with his consultant work on CBS’s Criminal Minds. He finished his presentation with advice for students on entering the forensic linguist and criminal profiler fields and advice for reaching the goal of working for the FBI.

This was the first of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) which brings community leaders from around the world to benefit Bakersfield with their knowledge and experience. The speakers are brought to us by the BCSGA and Office of Student Life in collaboration with departments and faculties of Bakersfield College. Thank you to Pam Smith, Professor of Criminal Justice, for coordinating this event. 

Don’t miss the rest of the series! Check out the schedule, which includes Rob Reiner in April, at BC Distinguished Speaker Series.

Webinars to discuss C.O.P. The Color of Power: Odyssey of a Black Cop Webinar

The Levan Center for the Humanities is kicking off this year’s lineup of events on Thursday, September 9th, with two virtual events starring our own Tommy Tunson. Tommy will be hosting two webinars on Thursday that are based on his recent book: The Color of Power: Odyssey of a Black Cop. Since these events are webinars, they require advanced registration. The times and links are below. Please tell your students about these webinars and encourage them to attend, again underscoring that they must register in advance. As always, thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to see all of you Thursday!

After decades of civil unrest protesting police brutality against communities of color, the George Floyd murder has provided a long-awaited catalyst in demanding necessary reform. Local Leader Dr. Tommy Tunson Advocates for Unity between Law Enforcement & Communities of Color. Kern County Author Releases New Book, The “Color of Power: Odyssey of a Black Cop.”  “Sylvester Stone” is the pen name of Dr. Tunson. This book is one cop’s story of the internal struggle of being a cop of color. All students and community members are invited to hear his amazing story! This event is highly recommended for CJ students and law enforcement professionals. September 9th, 1100 am and 5:00 pm.

Sign up for this motivating webinar:

11am registration link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FMMXwh04SAS64tDYoAEWag

5pm registration link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OgWh_J9dQweipiH0wCZokQ

Professors win grant to bring attention to the farmworker movement

BC History Professor Oliver Rosales is co-directing a grant with CSUB’s Adam Sawyer who directs liberal studies.  They worked together on projects dating back a decade. 

This grant award builds upon Energizing Humanities in California’s San Joaquin Valley, a NEH grant wrapping up at KCCD (2017-2021).  While the existing grant focused exclusively on community college faculty within KCCD, this new NEH landmarks grant will expand opportunities for 72 K-12 educators to learn about historical landmarks in the San Joaquin Valley during a professional development opportunity in summer 2022.


Poetry Corner

Photo of Rockport

Last week, I shared the fifth part in Jack Hernandez‘s Rockport in June series.

Please enjoy Part 6:

With its flicking light
the lighthouse signals
the island’s existence
in this thick night,
I go to bed with hope
that such a sign
will let me know
I still have
many places to go.

In the News

Community Voices: The mighty thing about early college

KCCD Trustee Romeo Agbalog wrote this piece in the Bakersfield Californian about the next step in BC’s Early College Program.

“So in a few weeks, join Bakersfield College and McFarland High School-Early College in daring mighty things in announcing a new opportunity for high school students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Automation in five years. In partnership, Bakersfield College and McFarland High School–Early College has removed barriers and created an opportunity for all students with the chance to have a college education, regardless of their circumstance or background.”

COUCH’S CORNER: State agriculture secretary visits District 4

My visit with Secretary Ross concluded at McFarland High School, where we were greeted by the school’s audiovisual production class. McFarland High School students also gave a tour of the agriculture and industrial automation degree programs offered at the campus. I would be remiss if I did not mention that roughly 26 percent of the students graduate with an AA degree from Bakersfield Community College. The high school students also had a separate robotics challenge on display, and we took a tour of their recently renovated welding shop.

Read more: https://www.bakersfield.com/delano-record/couchs-corner-state-agriculture-secretary-visits-district-4/article_0b763424-0d12-11ec-a59a-639fca298275.html

Community Voices: The matter of religious liberty on vaccines

Let me start by thanking those who decided to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Your decision has reduced my chances of getting COVID-19 and has reduced the chance of all the children under 12 getting COVID-19, children who do not have a choice because they cannot get the vaccine. Whether you decided because of a self-interest in not wanting to risk getting seriously ill or because of a sense of social responsibility in being part of a society that can only thrive by cooperating and helping each other out — whatever the reason, thank you. Because COVID-19 is a very infectious disease, your decision affects my and other people’s health.

Read more: https://www.bakersfield.com/opinion/community-voices/community-voices-the-matter-of-religious-liberty-on-vaccines/article_89900a40-0c06-11ec-889a-c70a8a58b8fb.html

Leadership Porterville Class of 22 introduced

Esther Avila of The Porterville Recorder wrote this article about the Leadership Porterville Class of 22. This year’s class includes Refugio Rodriguez, CTE/Dual Enrollment Director at Porterville College. PC President Claudia Habib was the keynote speaker at the event.

Fun Photos/Spotted on Social Media

PC President Claudia Habib shared these photos from the Leadership Porterville event:

Cerro Coso Athletics shared a post from their kick off Cosolympics 2021 event:

Jennifer Garrett shared this great photo from a BC Chamber Singers rehearsal:

And I loved this adorable picture Cheryl Scott shared of her dog, Remi:

Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez, left, and BC program manager Stacey Shepard, right, show off their BC pride. Supervisor Perez has been going out with BC canvassers as part of our door-to-door, on-site vaccine effort in partnership with UCLA’s Get Out the Vaccine project and our community partners Dignity Health, Kern Health Systems and Hall Ambulance.

Dr. Kimberly Bligh with a TRIO student

Pictures from the Rotary meeting on Sep 2, 2021

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

Times that call for compassion and love

This has been a sad week with the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan. On Thursday the bombing attacks outside of Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. service members and as many as 170 other people.

The news coming out of Afghanistan has been painful, and particularly so for our veteran men and women who have served in the region over the last 20 years, and for their families. I’m deeply proud that the Kern Community College District serves over 800 student veterans, and I hope that each of them knows they can turn to our veterans services teams at all of our colleges for any assistance they may need.

I pray for the safety of our military personnel and others who are in extremely dangerous situations. I pray for our veterans who have served in Afghanistan and returned…. I pray for peace and compassion.

On another note, last Saturday I tuned in to the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert held in Central Park. The free show welcomed 60,000 vaccinated fans.

Andrea Bocelli’s rendition of “O Sole Mio” was breathtaking.

Here is Jennifer Hudson’s performance of “Nessun Dorma”.

And then Barry Manilow was unfortunately interrupted mid-song due to weather as hurricane Henri storm cells brought the threat of lightning. While the concert was much shorter than planned, it was wonderful to see people able to celebrate and gather in community once again after nearly 18 months of pandemic.

Saturday was also the harvest festival Onam, which is the official festival of Kerala, India. Onam commemorates the kind-hearted and much-beloved King Mahabali, who is said to return to Kerala during this festival.

Sonya poses with 20 Onam participants.
This photo was taken two years ago during the Onam celebration in Bakersfield

During the ten-day festivities, devotees ritually bathe, offer prayers, wear traditional clothes — women of the household wear a white and gold saree – participate in dance performances, draw flower rangolis and cook traditional vegetarian feasts called sadya. Sadya is served on banana leaves during Onam.

Check out this article from The Indian Express, which goes into more detail about the importance of this festival.

Good morning, friends…
It is August 28, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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


Porterville College

PC Returns with new spaces, student excitement, and opportunities for vaccination

Hundreds of students returned to in-person classes at Porterville College this week for the first time in more than a year. Even after being away for a year and a half, as the students return in person, PC is ready for them. “We’ve done a lot to prepare for the return to campus over the past year. First, we addressed health and safety,” President Habib said before listing some recent changes at Porterville College.

New seating areas have been added all around campus buildings and foyers, including furniture with phone and other device charging stations. Our cafeteria has been modernized and we’ve added outdoor WIFI. There is also a lot of new comfortable outdoor seating.

Many students could be found at the Porterville College Bookstore browsing for textbooks, snacks, drinks, PC gear, electronics, and other school essentials.

“Today is our first foot-traffic day,” said store manager Beatrice Arellano. “It’s been really smooth. No problems at all. We’re happy students are back on campus face to face.” New store hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the store will stay open as long as students are there, Monday through Friday, said Arellano.

Outside of the bookstore, a group of freshmen basketball players enjoyed some of the seating in the Student Union. The team members said they liked the campus and were excited about their first year at PC and their first  basketball season. By the looks of this new team led by coach Amaurys Fermin, we’re exited for the season as well!

Inside the Student Center Conference Room in the cafeteria, Dr. Kunal Sukhija, Director of Kaweah Health Street Medicine and the Medical Society of Tulare/Kings County, helped administer a “pop-up” COVID Vaccination Clinic for students and staff.  He talked with a group of nursing students, residents and physicians administering vaccines to Porterville College students.

Out in the campus quad, students visited the Student Services Welcome Area, set up to provide information, games, and PC Swag between classes. It was also the perfect time to introduce incoming students to student clubs.

First semester Biology instructor Denise Jackson was also on hand to welcome students and provide program information. “I thought it would be cool to be here and welcome students,” said Jackson, “So I grabbed a few things and came out here.”

The “things” she grabbed made quite an impression on the Natural Science Department table.  They included porcupine poop, a huge bullfrog tadpole, a clam with calcite, a DNA molecule structure and a model of a human skull.

“We’ve been working hard all summer gearing up for the start of fall,” said Primavera Arvizu, vice president of student services. We offer support and counseling, technology, and financial aid for students.  We make sure they have whatever they need to be successful.”

Friends Benjamin Valencia-Andrade, Miguel Ruiz, Jonathan Carrillo and Marco Vilog, walked around together from booth to booth, getting information, asking questions and picking up free items.

Local radio station Hitz104.9 played music, and frequent announcements throughout the day reminding students to get their COVID Vaccination.

“I just hope they learn something about Porterville College that works for them that they didn’t know before they showed up,” said Vice President of Instruction Dr. Thad Russell.

For more Opening Week photos, visit https://photos.app.goo.gl/JogPqoAL6dKwQ2ZYA

Student Story: Marivid Sepulveda

Marivid Sepulveda comes to campus each day with a dream of becoming the best version of herself.  “Ever since I was 13 years old my dad always woke me up in the morning to go work in the fields, so I have a lot of experience in fieldwork… but I always thought ‘I wanna be the one doing the orders and the other stuff!’”

This first year Agribusiness major didn’t initially choose to attend college, but life has a way of steering you in new directions, “I didn’t always want to do this”, said Sepulveda. “[In my family] when you’re younger, they tell you either come to work in the fields, or hit them books. Right now, I could go work in the fields no problem for $12 an hour, but am I still going to be able to do that work when I’m 50? And that’s not enough to take care of my kids. Thinking about my future now, I’d rather be 50 years old and the one in the truck making the calls and making the orders… and making the money.”

Marivid is a single mother of three.  Not too long ago, she found herself without a place for them to live.  “3, 4 years ago, I ended up homeless, I was actually working with my daughter [holding her] in a baby seat.  She would have to go with me and she was only like 7 months old. When I would move the ladder for the oranges, I would move her with me. Ever since then, I just know I can’t let my kids down.”

It was that hard time in her life that had her finally say “enough is enough”. She saw an opportunity to change her life around at Portervillec College, not only for herself, but for her children.  She explains, “At Porterville college they set that plan and schedule for you, that I can see myself in two years actually graduating, when 5 years ago I didn’t believe I could ever do that. It’s a perfect opportunity now.  While my kids are at school, I’m at school too. My kids are my support.  They’re the ones telling me ‘Mom, you can do it’. It’s them that drives me.” 

Marivid is excited about our return to campus and says she appreciates the rules set in place to keep her and others safe. “I’m glad we have rules to keep us safe.  I’m here on campus, then go back home, study with my kids, then back here again hitting the books the next day.  I want to keep my kids healthy, myself healthy and everybody else healthy. I don’t want to get sick or my kids to get sick.  Nobody wants to miss out on school.  We’ve missed already so much.”

Marivid is grateful that PC is here to provide education for people like her.  She says, “I used to be a negative person, now I’m all about this. I was born and raised in Porterville. This is all me right here. My daughters are fueling my fire back. I feel like I should be here.  Like I’m meant to be here.”

Campus Quotable

“I want to express to you all how beautiful and welcoming the campus was today. The signage was great, instructions clear, new bathroom upgrades are lovely (yay for changing tables too!). It is clear to me that a lot of care and work went into making the campus welcoming and safe for everyone. Thank you to everyone involved. It was a beautiful thing to see.” – Karen Bishop, Professor and Chair of the Social Science Division

Improvements to campus include a redesigned cafeteria and Student Life Center (Pirates Cove), improved seating in building entryways, and more outdoor seating for students to enjoy between classes

PC Math

I was delighted to read this email from Melissa Long, English Professor, Outcomes Coordinator and AB705 Implementation Coordinator:

I want to highlight the terrific work our math department is doing and share with you the new Just Equations report, “Solving for Equity in Practice: New Insights on Advancing College Math Opportunity and Success,” in which Porterville College is featured prominently.  Please take a moment to read the article and commend our math colleagues for this accomplishment.


Cerro Coso Community College

CC offers private security courses

Complete two one-day courses in a weekend and you can advance your career opportunities in private security and receive your guard card.  Cerro Coso is offering classes back to back, ADMJ C050 Powers to Arrest & Weapons of Mass Destruction and ADMJ C054 Officer Safety and First Aid/CPR at the Bishop, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi campuses in October. “Since the tragedy of 9/11 private security has been the fastest-growing field in America,” said Professor Dr. Jarrod Bowen.

“I have been a certified BSIS instructor since 2009 and I can say with confidence that the increase in salary and professionalism in the field of private security makes this training invaluable to anyone interested in a law enforcement future, private or public.

This program is authorized by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.  For more information on the program contact Department Chair Peter Fulks at 760-384-6166 or email him at peter.fulks@cerrocoso.edu.

Submit COVID-19 Vaccination Proof Online

Cerro Coso students and employees can now submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination on the KCCD Campus Pass App and on the website on the Covid-19 Resources page.

CC Welcomes Students Back to Campus

As first-and second-year students begin their in-person Coyote experience, student Ambassador Geraldine Valles and John McHenry and staff member Kim Carrasco greeted them the first two days of classes at the Ridgecrest campus with maps, class locations, and breakfast.  They also taught them how to download the KCCD Campus Pass App and scan various QR codes around campus. All designed to help them settle in to the new semester. 


Bakersfield College

Renegade Room Accepting Dine-in Reservations, To-go Orders

The Renegade Room, a public restaurant operated by students enrolled in Bakersfield College’s Culinary Arts program, is now accepting dine-in reservations and to-go orders for the fall semester. The Renegade Room offers gourmet, fresh restaurant style meals and service while students receive hands-on training in both the kitchen and front of the house customer service roles.

Starting September 8th, the Renegade Room will be open for Wednesday lunch service from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm. Beginning September 14th, Renegade Room will begin serving dinners on select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm. Make your reservations early by visiting our website and booking a table. 

Menus are emailed weekly to patrons who sign up by contacting 661-395-4441 or email marah.meek@bakersfieldcollege.edu

BC’s Veterans Services Holds Information Sessions

Bakersfield College’s Veterans Resource Center held two information sessions for student veterans and military-affiliated students on Wednesday, August 25. The 2-hour programs provided students with information on support services and some of the most frequently requested resources.

Jenny Frank, BC’s Manager of Veterans Services and Programs was excited to see students face-to-face. She says, “We have many students who have never had the opportunity to step foot inside BC’s beautiful Veterans Resource Center and we want them to know we’re here and that this space exists for them.”

BC Student Life Hosts 2021 Welcome Week

The Office of Student Life at Bakersfield College hosted the first of two Welcome Weeks this past week.

Activities included Welcome Tents placed throughout the campus daily, Renegade Rollout where free donuts and student planners were handed out, Pizza with the SGA Pres & town hall meeting,  and inflatable Joust & Boxing on the CSS lawn. Next week’s events include Welcome Tents, The Student Involvement Festival, Distinguished Speaker Series with Criminal Profiler & Forensic Linguist James Fitzgerald, and a Live Band Event featuring Dancing Tommy.

Check out the photos from Week 1 below!

SGA President Edith Mata & Student Trustee Gian Gayatao at the Inflatable Joust & Boxing Event
The counseling team at one of the Welcome Tents
Staff hands out donuts and planners on Day 1

Poetry Corner

Photo of Rockport

Last week, I shared the fourth part of Jack Hernandez‘s poetry series “Rockport in June.”

Please enjoy Part 5:

On this warm day
the water flows
unhurriedly by,
my granddaughter
brings in a tiny
snail in a cup,
we feel the breeze
and talk of dinner,
not seeing the snail
inching free
toward the beckoning
ocean over which
birds sweep
beyond our grasp.

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

On Tuesday, I continued my Chancellor’s Seminar Series with “Caring for the Campus Community”. We heard strategies that each college is using to help guide their students, faculty, and staff through the difficulties of the pandemic.

Rich McCrow and Manny Mourtzanos shared from Bakersfield College:

Roger Perez and Primavera Arvizu spoke about Porterville College:

And Heather Ostash and Katie Bachman discussed Cerro Coso Community College:

Thank you to all our presenters and those who tuned in to hear the discussion. And as always, thank you to Todd Coston for provided technical support.

You can see videos from our past Chancellor’s Seminar Series at https://www.kccd.edu/chancellors-office/chancellors-seminar-series.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

I was honored to join Karen Ross, Secretary of California Dept. Of Food and Agriculture who was visiting Superintendent Aaron Resendez of McFarland School District. KCCD trustee and Kern County Farm Bureau Executive Director Romeo Agbalog and others joined the event that included a tour of Browning Road School, McFarland Junior High, and McFarland High School/Early College.

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Here are a few photos from a recent Board Docs Refresher Training session. Thank you Danielle Hillard for leading this session!

Check out this sneak peak from Cerro Coso Volleyball picture day:

BC Nursing shared this photo of the Umoja Career Prep Academy Students:

Back to School Photos

I enjoyed seeing all the photos students, faculty and staff across the district have been sharing during our first week back to in-person instruction.

Here’s a great post from Porterville College President Claudia Habib:

Cerro Coso President Sean Hancock was ready to greet students:

PC’s Sarah Rector was ready to start the fall semester:

BC’s Olivia Garcia was happy to be back in her office:

Cerro Coso’s Heather Ostash was helping out with CC Rocks:

In the News

Community Voices: Welcome back, students

BC Chemistry Professor Deborah Rosenthal wrote this wonderful piece in the Bakersfield Californian about getting our students back on campus.

“Our community has many first-generation students with dreams of becoming engineers, biologists, physicians, physical therapists, science teachers, professors, pharmacist, researchers, etc. In the science field we need them on campus so we can guide them and instill confidence. I have a newfound excitement to be on campus this fall. I thank the community for trusting me with their children and I look forward to seeing students on campus.

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

KCCD Colleges Ready for our students!

We are just days away from the start of the Fall 2021 semester – where did the summer go?

Bakersfield College’s new Academic Senate President, Nick Strobel, created this pre-term message that I wanted to share with all of you as we begin our fall term:

And students, plz get your KCCD Campus Pass App today ! Here is a message from the presidents of the three colleges!

Good morning, friends…
It is August 21, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
Dare Mighty Things


Porterville College

Students start vaccination process with on-campus pop-up event

PC Kinesiology major Deisy Emigdio was one of many students who began her journey to full vaccination on campus this week.  She took advantage of a clinic made available through a partnership between Porterville College, Sierra View Medical Center, and Imperial Ambulance.  Through this partnership, we will be offering a series of pop-up vaccination clinics on campus aimed at helping to lower barriers to students receiving the Vaccine.  Emigdio stopped in to receive her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine within the comfort of her own campus during our first clinic. “This was easier than I thought it would be,” she says.

PC and the SVMC-Imperial Ambulance Community Vaccination Team invite PC Students and community members to stop by and receive their COVID-19 Vaccine at the next pop-up clinic scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, from 1-5 pm on campus.

PC Faculty and Staff Begin Fall Semester with a close look at “reconnecting disconnected students”

Emeritus Professor Diego Navarro works with PC Faculty and Staff during Fall Flex Day

Porterville College continues the annual Fall Flex tradition with two days of collaboration, planning, and inspiration from and for our Faculty and Staff as they prepare for the return of students to campus this Monday.

This year’s Keynote speaker, Diego Navarro, shared a fantastic presentation on reconnecting disconnected students, pointing out that a culture of dignity and inclusion in our classrooms and offices is key to student success.

Diego Navarro is Professor Emeritus at Cabrillo College. He founded the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) in 2002, which has now been studied and replicated by numerous colleges around the country. Navarro has trained faculty in affective learning approaches and developed the Five-day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) to teach faculty and staff how to have embodied interactions and employ non-cognitive learning activities to create psychological safety in students. He received the American Association of Community College Trustees, William H. Meardy National Faculty Award in 2009.

PC Faculty and Staff participate in Navarro’s workshop via Zoom

In his workshop, Navarro asserts that our classrooms and campus form a cultural environment that students may experience differently, depending on their background.

Navarro then focused on showing our Faculty and Staff that our responsibility is to help students transition their innate strengths to our college’s programs by creating conditions of belonging and psychological safety in their areas.

This was just one of the many instructional and planning opportunities shared during Fall Flex.  Events also covered student equity issues, engagement, guided pathways, accessibility in our classrooms, and electronic equity, among other topics and brainstorming sessions.

In the words of PC President Dr. Claudia Habib, “Collaboration and Creativity will set the stage for the next century at PC! We are proud to create spaces and experiences that encourage students to survive and thrive. We can’t wait to see everyone on campus this Monday, Go Pirates!”

KCCD Chancellor Dr. Sonya Christian, KCCD Trustee John Corkins,
PC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Thad Russell, PC President Dr. Claudia Habib

Cerro Coso Community College

CC Rocks, Flex Day welcome students, staff, faculty back to campus

After a year of online classes, Zoom lectures, and empty classrooms, Cerro Coso campuses are buzzing again as students meet in person with counselors, enroll in classes, and join Welcome Back activities, many for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic pushed them all online in the spring of 2020.  Mask wearing, vaccinations, and COVID testing, are the new normal, but everyone is anxious and excited for an on-campus experience that is dynamic, safe, and ensures that the high level of both learning and development are possible. 

“It was great to see so many students and staff back on campus during CC Rocks,” said Outreach Director Katie Bachman.  The event held a Promise Student Meet and Greet, Ice Cream Social with President Hancock, Orientation, Campus Tours, Student Need to Know, and provided other vital resources available to students.  All sessions were available via Zoom for those who could not attend in-person.  “There was excitement and a little bit of caution in the air,” said Bachman.  “But the spirit of coming together again as a true learning community was beyond refreshing.”

CC Rocks also included a FREE Vaccination Clinic for students, employees, and the public in partnership with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.  The timing was perfect before the start of the fall 2021 semester and followed the announcement by the College that it will require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, and masks are to be worn at all times in its facilities.  “It is through the addition of these safety protocols that we are able to continue our much-anticipated return to face-to-face instruction and student support services,” said Dr. Hancock.

“It’s a Year of Renewal – Renewed Hope, Renewed Optimism, and Renewed Purpose,” said Dr. Hancock in his welcome message at Faculty Flex on Thursday, August 19th.  Dr. Hancock provided an overview of Cerro Coso as we close out 2020-2021.  He also gave an update on the District wide Enrollment, Student Success, and Equity efforts underway; the development of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan; the 2019 Climate Survey Task Force, and plans to begin work on revising the Participatory Governance Model.  Flex Day is a day of professional development geared towards faculty to welcome them back on campus, update them on process and procedures, and to participate in workshops related to “faculty, student, and instructional improvement.”  


Bakersfield College

Kern Transit Offering Free Rides to BC Students During Fall Semester

Kern Transit will once again be offering free rides for all currently enrolled BC students on all Kern Transit 100-routes (e.g.: Rte 110, 120, etc.) with a valid BC Student ID. Free rides will be available during the fall semester, beginning August 21, 2021 and will continue through the end of finals week on December 11, 2021. Additionally, students may ride free on all 100-numbered routes, not just on routes to and from the college. Read more about transportation to and from campus at Bakersfield College Transportation.

Bakersfield College Opening Day with Dr. Zav Dadabhoy

BC kicked off the semester with a two-day virtual opening day. Everyone was very excited and had a lively chat. To the question “what do you look forward to most this semester?” The predominant answer was “SEEING THE STUDENTS!”

I was so touched by this tribute video the BC team made for me….. so many memories …

KHSD Early College Launch Event

I wanted to share this wonderful email from Kylie Campbell, Director of BC’s Early College Program:

Berenice and I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help make our KHSD Early College launch event a success last night. We had an amazing turn out! 290 of the 480 students showed up last night with their parents. We were able to distribute books for the Fall term, give each student an awesome Early College backpack (provided by our sponsors), and each pathway had a great presentation from BC and KHSD administrators, sponsors, industry partners, and our fantastic faculty. We could not have done all of this without YOU!

Our event was on the front page of today’s Bakersfield Californian. Here is the great article by Emma Gallegos. It is a must read! “KHSD Students Embark on College Pathways” by Emma Gallegos — The Bakersfield Californian

You can also check out pictures from the event using this Smug Mug link. Thank you, Dylan!

Hoping that I don’t miss anyone, but we want to acknowledge everyone who made last night’s event possible…

To our presenters (Dr. Dean McGee, Ryan Coleman, Steven Watkin, Berenice Arellano, Cheryl Scott, Josie Guillen, Jackie Stoner, Tony Cordova, Thomas Wallace, Jessyka Johnson, Roy Allard, Paul Murray, and Jessica Gorman) — Thank you for the time you took to prepare and share with our students and parents. Each of you brought a special element to the program, and I know that our students and parents (and myself) left extremely encouraged and excited for this school year! 

Dean McGee
Steven Watkin

To our sponsors and industry partners (Bank of America, Phillips 66, and Centric Health) — Thank you for your continued support of this program and for attending last night to celebrate our students with us. I know that they loved their new backpacks, and we are extremely thankful for the textbooks and supplies that you helped us provide for this school year. I also want to thank our amazing BC Foundation team (Cheryl Scott and Heather Pennella) for all of work they put into finding donors to support educational programs like Early College all across Kern County.

Cheryl Scott
Michael Bowers

To our faculty (Rebecka Zepeda, TJ Wallace, Stephen Mears, Richard McGuirre, Crystal Rodriguez, Jessyka Johnson, Jessica Gorman, Carolyn Brandenburg, Amy Vasconcellos, and Walter Meyer) — It was so great to see most of you last night and for the students and parents to have the chance to meet you before the term begins. We have 22 sections of BC courses scheduled at CTEC this Fall for these pathways, and that is all thanks to you being willing to teach these amazing students and support this opportunity. Thank you!

To the KHSD / CTEC teams (David Carter, Ryan Coleman, Erin Briscoe, Lindsay Mallard, Crystal Cavazos, Staci Haggerty, Todd Bentley and the fabulous CTEC Maintenance crew) — The CTEC facility is beautiful, and I am so glad that we were able to have this event there last night. It was so energizing to see the students and parents, and we could not have pulled off this event with the CTEC maintenance team helping us move a ton of boxes around campus and set up all the tables and chairs. Todd was even able to work magic and get the projectors working right in time for the event. Everything was perfect and the whole crew was so helpful! Thanks to ladies working the textbook checkout (Lindsay, Crystal, and Staci), we got our students through the check in lines quickly and we kept everything moving ahead of schedule. Fantastic work! Special shout to KHSD’s Erin Briscoe for getting the press release out and ordering the awesome balloons and backdrop. Everything looked perfect!

To our hard-working BC volunteers (Ashlea Ward, Kara McDonald, Monika Scott, Dylan Yuan Wang, Cecilia Gabaldon, Nikki Castruita, Jackie Stoner, Josie Guillen, Maria Herrera, Vanessa Beltran, and Kaylee Stafford) — WOW! What would we have done without you? Thank you for all of your help setting up, getting textbooks to students, and cleaning up after the long night. Special shout out to Maria for helping students with last-minute registrations to make sure they are all set for next week. You are all awesome!

And last, but certainly not least — Thank you to our BC Maintenance & Operations team for driving 40 boxes of backpacks across down for our event and unloading them for us. We are so grateful for all of the work that your team does to support our campus and our programs. Thank you!

WOW! We could not have done this with you. Thank you again, and I hope you all have an amazing Friday and a great weekend!

Thank you,
Kylie Campbell
Interim Director, Early College

Kylie Campbell

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

This week, I continued my Chancellor’s Seminar Series. On Tuesday, I invited the Vice Presidents of Instruction and Academic Senate Presidents from our three colleges to discuss “Fall 2021 – Teaching & Learning with VPIs and Senate Presidents.”

Our speakers:

From Porterville College – Bob Simpkins, Academic Senate President; and Thad Russell, Vice President of Instruction.

From Cerro Coso Community College – Yvonne Mills, Academic Senate President; and Corey Marvin, Vice President of Instruction.

From Bakersfield College – Nick Strobel, Academic Senate President; and Billie Jo Rice, Vice President of Instruction.

Thank you to Todd Coston for working with me on the seminar series.

You can find videos from the Seminar Series at https://www.kccd.edu/chancellors-office/chancellors-seminar-series.

Poetry Corner

Photo of Rockport

Last week, I shared the third part of Jack Hernandez‘s poetry series “Rockport in June.”

Please enjoy Part 4:

Only the birds fly
in this tight fog,
only they are free
to be themselves
skimming through
the blank sky,
stopping on rocks
that end the world,
I envy their freedom
to live so
quickly and smoothly
this morning
when I know only
that I do not know.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Cerro Coso shared this fun campus tour from their CC Rocks event:

Primavera Arvizu shared a few photos from Porterville College’s Guided Pathways Academy:

BC’s Adult Education shared some photos from the Job Spot as they enrolled students for this upcoming semester:

I love this photo of Tarina Perry with Rudy Salas:

And I was thrilled that KCCD Board of Trustees President Romeo Agbalog joined me for Bakersfield College Athletics Media Day:

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings