CA Community Colleges – Our Time is Now

Enjoying my backyard working on this blog post after spending most of the week in Sacramento. My daughter is travelling and so Bessie will be in Bakersfield for the next two weeks. Check out this 20-sec video of her playing with a plum that she picked up during our morning walk.

California Community Colleges and Climate: Defining the Possible | Tuesday, June 27, 2023

The California Center for Climate Change Education will host the first in a series of events, the California Community Colleges and Climate: Defining the Possible, to be held across the state, on the roles of California Community Colleges in building resilience to climate change. In partnership with California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges this event will take place at the West Los Angeles College’s Fine Arts Auditorium on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you at this landmark event, and together, creating sound and innovative strategies to do our part to address climate change.

For more information with the registration link, click here:

Let’s read

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that country singer superstar Dolly Parton’s groundbreaking Imagination Library project would expand to include all of California. That means that ever child under the age of 5 in California will be eligible to enroll in the program that mails children one book every month. The program is currently active in areas across 30 counties in California, and this expansion is expected to fully cover the entire state by 2028. Additionally, California is the first state to offer a fully bilingual book option.

What a wonderful opportunity for all of our youngest Californians to embrace the gift of reading.


On Tuesday of this week, I enjoyed visiting with the CCC Athletic Directors and we discussed a wide range of topics on community college athletics.

On Wednesday, I joined my first California Community Colleges System Webinar. This edition was titled, “Guided Pathways in Action: Equitable Entrance into Pathways.”

You can find out more about past and future webinars on the CCCCO website. You can also register for upcoming webinars. The next one, on July 12th, will focus on Building Supports & Resilience for Historically Disadvantaged Students.

Good morning California.
It is June 10, 2023.
A good day to be a Community College Champion

From California Community Colleges
Our Time is Now!

Lake Tahoe Community College
Breaks Ground on Student Housing Project

LTCC breaks ground on new campus housing project

Ground has been broken! LTCC is moving ahead with its 100 bed on-campus housing project to support low-income, full-time students, with an expected opening of Fall 2025.

» Read all about this transformative project

OCC Forensics Take Gold in Nationals for 13th Time

The Orange Coast College Forensics team won the National Championship title on April 15, at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament. This is the 13th National title for the program. All 14 members of the OCC team had at least one event in the final round of competition. Overall, the team scored 282.5 points, making them the winningest team in community college forensics history.

» Read more about the national champions

Orange Coast College Forensics

Yuba College’s First Early College Students Graduate

Yuba College

On May 8, 2023, 53 Yuba City and River Valley High School Students were honored in the First ever Early College Presentation of Sashes at Yuba College. In 2019 Yuba College launched its Early College Program in a partnership with Yuba City Unified School District. Students attended the Yuba College Sutter County Campus taking 19 courses (60 units) in conjunction with classes at their respective High Schools, students completed the required coursework to earn their high school diploma and associate degree.

» Read more about Yuba College’s Early College graduates

Cuesta College Breaks Ground on SLO Campus Center

This week, Cuesta College marked a milestone with a groundbreaking ceremony for the highly anticipated San Luis Obispo Campus Center. The new 33,728 square feet Campus Center will serve as the “front door” and main hub of the San Luis Obispo campus. The state-of-the-art facility will feature a boardroom, café, meeting and conference rooms, offices, and student success and support programs. It will provide a comprehensive experience for new students and the community, consolidating various services under one roof.

In Case You Missed It

Podcast: Leading Community Colleges in California – Episode 20

Leading Community Colleges in California is the official podcast of the Community College League of California. In this episode, League President and CEO Larry Galizio had me as a guest, we talked about the importance of equity for students and communities, and dual enrollment opportunities as a seamless gateway to college. 

» Listen to the 33-minute Podcast

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Palomar College President Star Rivera-Lacey shared this sweet photo:

“Everyone knows that I think @palomarcomets Early Childhood Education Lab School is the absolute best! But then, I was floored to receive this beautiful art piece made by the kids! Thank you Master Teacher Carol Adams for the thoughtful & beautiful gesture! Go Comets!

Artwork made by early childhood students, featured stars on a pink, red, black and white background

Melissa Bardo shared about the Dual Enrollment Lunch & Learn event:

“Thank you @ChrisHoldenNews, @HOPELatinas, and @clporg for partnering with @EdTrustWest to host a Dual Enrollment Lunch & Learn for legislative staff! Great discussion on the strengths of #dualenrollment in CA and opportunities for growth!”

This post from Keith Curry is such a fun way to celebrate Compton College:

Tonight is @compton_college Commencement Ceremony, so now is the time to unveil the new Compton College Chuck Taylors. These shoes include images of our facilities, including the Library-Student Success Center, Instructional Building #1, and the Student Services Building.

Chuck Taylor shoes celebrating Compton College

And check out this update from Andra Hoffman:

This student went into labor this evening in the middle of the @LACityCollege
graduation. So we called her up early before sending her off in an ambulance! We love ❤️ our parenting students!

Student from LA City College graduation

And From the Home of the Renegades

Auto Detailing Students Hear from Local Business Owner

In their auto detailing class on Monday evening, Professor Andrew Haney’s students got a special visit from a local business owner to inspire these Renegades. Manuel Aguilar from Trends Auto Collision and Trends Auto Boutique came to share his knowledge and experiences with the students. He spoke about how to repair and detail vehicles, and the students were very interested in what he had to say about starting his business. Manny’s advice inspired the students to continue learning more about auto detailing and body repairs.

» Read more about this week at BC!

Andrew Haney's auto detailing class

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Remember – our greatest challenges enable us to do our greatest work.

Sonya Christian

That’s all for today.

See you next Saturday!

With much hope and joy, 

Your Chancellor,



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One thought on “CA Community Colleges – Our Time is Now

  1. Jennifer M Garrett June 10, 2023 at 11:02 am Reply

    In case anyone missed it, the Bakersfield College Chamber Singers have been splashing social media to let everyone know they leave on Monday, June 12th at noon from the BC pool parking lot for their Central Europe Tour. Follow their adventure on Instagram @bakersfieldcollegechoirs. Chamber Singers is taking BC to the world!

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