July 10-16, 2022 Moments that take our breath away

A week of a Supermoon and colorful first celestial images from the James Webb Telescope.

The first set of images included the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date:

One of the other images released shows the edge of a nearby, star-forming region in the Carina Nebula. This image reveals previously invisible areas of star birth:

On the Supermoon, NASA wrote that the moon appeared full for about three days, from early Tuesday morning through early Friday morning. A Supermoon occurs when the full moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to earth – a point known as perigee.

Photo taken on July 13, 2022 shows a supermoon and a windmill in Consuegra, Spain. (Photo by Meng Dingbo/Xinhua via Getty Images)

The next and final Supermoon of the year will be the night of August 11.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the number of moments that take our breath away.

Good morning, friends.
It is July 16, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.

Porterville College

High School Students get a look at industrial career pathways at PC

Thanks to the Summer Jump Start Academy hosted by the Porterville College CTE division, students from multiple Porterville Area High Schools have been getting a first-hand look at some of the career pathways available to them at PC.

This summer academy, part of a partnership between Porterville College and several higher education and industry partners, provides a curriculum designed specifically for incoming Central Valley high school seniors (current juniors) with an interest in learning more about careers in Industrial technologies.

The academy’s curriculum is designed to encourage student interest in college and to give them practical knowledge and experience in potential career paths related to industrial professions.  Our hope is that providing this hands-on engagement with potential career paths will paint a clear future plan for students to follow.

PC’s Jump Start Summer Camp is made possible by a regional partnership between PC, West Hills College Lemoore, College of the Sequoias, and Reedley College. It takes place on the PC campus and includes instruction in Welding Technologies, OSHA safety and compliance, and other Industrial Careers.

PC Police Academy returns to campus for Fall Semester

PC will host its first Police Academy cohort in over a year this coming Fall Semester.  The last several academies have had to be postponed due to health and safety concerns brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Students and faculty gathered on Thursday evening to discuss the coming program and preview the equipment and methods that will be used in instruction. PC’s Module 3 law enforcement academy begins on August 27, 2022.

This Academy is offered as a POST-certified modular police academy at levels II and III.  Porterville College also offers academic degrees in this subject area including a degree for transfer in Administration of Justice.

Students and recruits who complete programs at the PC Law Enforcement Training Center will receive college credits towards a degree and be eligible to apply for a variety of law enforcement careers – such as Police Officer, Sheriff Deputy, Reserve Officer, Probation, or Parole Officer, and more.

For more information on the Porterville College Law Enforcement Academy, visit our website at https://www.portervillecollege.edu/porterville-college-law-enforcement-academy.

PC Announces continuation of new student benefit for Fall 2022

Porterville College has announced it will be able to continue to offer a very exciting benefit program for students this Fall. This benefit, made possible with state funding, is available for all first-time PC Students who have completed their FAFSA or Dream Act Application. 

All first-time students registering for 12 or more units, will receive a NEW Laptop Computer to keep.  To be eligible, students need to have completed the FAFSA or Dream Act application and they must complete the first semester in which they enroll with 12 or more units. (If a student drops classes below the required 12 unit load, they will need to repay PC for the laptop and a hold will be placed on their account).

See the Porterville College Financial Aid website for complete details and restrictions. 

You may also email the Financial Aid Office with any questions at pc_faid@portervillecollege.edu.

Cerro Coso Community College

CCCC Volleyball Camps July 18-21

Cerro Coso Community College is offering Volleyball Camps July 18-21, 2022 for youths 6 – 17.   

A camp for young players 12 -17 will be held Monday thru Thursdays from 8 am to 11 am in the College Gymnasium.   Another camp will be held from 12:30 – 3 p.m. for 6 to 11 year-olds.  

Take advantage of these great opportunities to join new head Coach Andy Cole, staff, and players to enhance your technical skills and volleyball knowledge.  

For athletes looking to advance their skills in a team environment, Cerro Coso’s volleyball camp will help improve skills and practice in inter-program scrimmages. 

Younger players are introduced to the game in a fast, energetic environment meant to teach the game the right way and foster a love of the sport.  Camp will emphasize executing skills correctly and building good habits early.  

More information and registration may be completed online at www.cosocoyotes.com/sports or contact Coach Cole at andrew.cole@cerrocoso.edu

Coyote Volleyball looks forward to providing a fun filled camp experience while taking your game to the next level.  

Go Coyotes!  

College to Bring Admissions to You

Cerro Coso Community College is holding two admissions application and registration workshops in the Fossil Falls Room at the Kerr McGee Community Center. 

College experts will be on hand to help you apply and register for fall 2022 classes on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm, and on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 form 12 noon to 3 p.m. 

Open to all new and returning students. 

Counseling staff will be available for educational advising.

Already applied?  Our team can assist you with registering for fall 2022 classes.  

Fall classes begin August 22, 2022.  Register early for best class selection.

Cerro Coso Community College – Your Hometown College!

Petrovich New DA III in PIO

Meet the new Department Assistant III in the Public Information Office at the IWV Ridgecrest Campus, Chandler Petrovich

Chandler is a Ridgecrest native and a first-generation college student who graduated from Cerro Coso in May of 2020 with her Associates for Transfer in Psychology. “Forever a Coyote!”

Chandler also played on the Cerro Coso Women’s Soccer team 2018-2019. 

She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Western Governors University. 

Chandler’s professional background involves working as a Technical Writer and Office Manager at NAWCWD. 

Chandler is over the moon to be working at Cerro Coso because she is passionate about helping people pursue their goals. To point out just a few of Chandler’s hobbies – they include snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, camping, and traveling. 

She values making genuine human connections and spreading kindness. 

Welcome to the Cerro Coso family, Chandler! We look forward to working with you and helping you pursue your goals.

Cerro Coso Return to Campus

President Sean Hancock shared this email with the Cerro Coso community this week as the campus prepares for a return this fall:

“As we prepare for the fall 2022 term, I am looking forward to our collegewide return to working in person on July 25th, with the expectation that we are all back to full-time on-campus work. We acknowledge that COVID has not disappeared. Continued need for quarantining and isolation may require a particular employee to return to working remotely for a prescribed amount of time. Be assured that your COVID Response Team continues the work of monitoring and communicating established safety protocols. We also recognize that there may be other situations when working remotely might be appropriate. In recognition of this, we will maintain flexibility on an exception basis.  Please work with your supervisor when a possible need for an exception arises.” 

Bakersfield College

BC’s Southwest Campus Hosts In-Person Express Enrollment Event

Bakersfield College has put together a series of Express Enrollment events to streamline the registration process for future students. On Wednesday, they hosted the first one this year at BC’s Southwest Campus on Camino Media. Prospective students were welcomed onto campus and had the opportunity to receive information on enrollment, financial aid, counseling and much more. 

More than 60 people attended the event, with many of them registering at BC for the first time and enrolling in courses. It’s so exciting to watch new Renegades begin their collegiate journey. 

Bakersfield College to Host International Drum Corps Competition at Memorial Stadium

On Friday July 22, Bakersfield College will host the 6th Annual RESOUND Drum Corps International Competition. The event will take place at Memorial Stadium from 7:00 – 9:30 pm.  The competition will feature several of the top drum and bugle corps from around the nation, including teams who have been crowned champions in the past. Truly the best of the best! Also competing will be our hometown team Golden Empire from Bakersfield College! Come and show your support for the local team, and see some of the best drum corps in the country.

Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Eventbrite page.

Bakersfield College to Build an Affordable Housing Residence Hall

Bakersfield College was selected by the state to receive funds allocated toward expanding affordable living for students. The project is still in the very early stages of development, but the plan is to have an apartment complex that will be able to house 154 residents.  The goal of this project is to help with the increasing issue of housing instability among college students. 

The plan is for the apartment complex to include other services and programs geared toward helping students as well. The complex may also include a food pantry to assist with nutrition needs and a wellness center that would provide medical services to students.

Construction for BC’s new residence hall is slated to begin in the Summer of 2023, and for the complex to be operational in 2025.

Please visit 23ABC for a recent news story about the project.

BC Hosts Bakersfield Police Department, Fire Department and First Responders for Emergency Response Drills

Bakersfield College has always prioritized safety for its students, administrators, faculty and staff. In an effort to maximize campus safety, the Bakersfield Police Department, Fire Department and first responders came to our Panorama campus on Thursday, July 14th, to conduct various Emergency Response Drills.

They practiced several situations in order to improve response and emergency procedures on campus. The exercises took place throughout the day from 8:00am – 2:00pm near the Campus Center building. 

One of the important training exercises was an active shooter scenario. Participants were given tips on how to respond during an active shooter incident. The police department, fire department and active responders practiced their protocols as well with a communications hub, evacuation procedures, helping injured victims, and apprehension of the perpetrator. 

Thank you BPD, BFD and everyone who participated in this event. Your efforts to help make Bakersfield college a safer campus are much appreciated.

In the News

BC thinks big with ‘Seussical’

I enjoyed this article by Stephani Dias in The Bakersfield Californian about Bakersfield College’s production of “Suessical.” The show opened this weekend, with performances on Friday and Saturday. It continues July 21-23. For tickets, check out BCPerformingArts.eventbrite.com.

“Working with a pit orchestra, only some theaters and schools have them,” (director Brian Sivesind) said. “With all these instruments playing, it’s a wonderful learning experience but definitely a new challenge for them.”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) hosted their 2022 Hope Leadership Institute Central Valley session. Local Latino leaders – Helen Iris Torres (Executive Director of HOPE), Supervisor Leticia Perez, Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Councilman Andrae Gonzales, Gaby Gonzales, CRC and Norma Rojas-Mora – were part of a panel sharing insights on Latino leadership and the opportunities and leadership dynamics in Kern County.  

Cerro Coso President Sean Hancock shared this photo:

Lacole Copeland painted the Rotary bench on Cerro Coso’s Indian Wells Valley campus earlier this week. Lacole is doing this work through the Salvation Army’s Teens Activated in Community Service program. Thank you Lacole!

Kern CCD Trustee Yovani Jimenez shared this post:

“The Arvin-Lamont Kiwanis Club has officially been Chartered. South Kern has many community leaders and the Arvin-Lamont Kiwanis club brought together those leaders to built the Arvin-Lamont Kiwanis club. Our goal is to make a positive change in South Kern and be part of the amazing future that South Kern has to offer. Honestly, it is an honor to be a Charter member and help bring together this amazing club that gives back to our youth.
Thank you to the City of Arvin, Supervisor David Couch, Assemblymember Rudy Salas, and many others for always supporting our club.”

Fun video that Zav Dadabhoy, Sean Hancock and I did for Claudia Habib who was not able to attend the July 14, 2022 Board meeting

Sean Hancock, Sonya Christian, Zav Dadabhoy – A message for Claudia Habib

And I loved this post from Mindy Wilmot, showing us how even her wardrobe has plenty of Renegade pride:


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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor


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