Working with a fun and dedicated team.

This week marked the one-year anniversary of the first image from the James Webb Space Telescope. To celebrate, NASA released a new image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.

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


Started last weekend with the new Indiana Jones movie. Absolutely enjoyed it … but then, I enjoy cinema, period. full stop.

If you are an Indiana Jones fan, I have organized the trailers of all five editions of the movie franchise for you here in one spot. Enjoy!

Indians Jones 1 – Raiders of the Lost Arc 1981

Indiana Jones 2 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Indiana Jones 3 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones 4 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Indiana Jones 5 – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)


Now if you think I am all play and no work, let me disabuse you of this thought.

Last Tuesday, I attended the 9th Grade to Baccalaureate Dual Enrollment Convening hosted by American River College. I was on a panel with Chancellor Brian King and Board of Governors member Pam Haynes. What fun! We talked about Vision 2030: A Roadmap for California Community Colleges.

I loved Pam’s reference to the frequently-discussed image of 3 boys looking over a fence at a baseball game.

“Why do we even have the fence? Let’s tear down the fence.
We need all of our kids on the field!”

Cheryl Aschenbach (President of Academic Senate of California Community Colleges, Carina Hoffpauir (Academic Senate President, American River college) then moderated a faculty panel with Sandra Guzman (Academic Senate President, Sacramento City College) and Alisa Shubb (Academic Senate President, American River College). They discussed best practices related to dual enrollment, and how to increase dual enrollment with equity.

Frank Kobayashi, Interim President of American River College, and Scott Pitts, Principal at Inderkum High School, highlighted their institutions’ dual enrollment partnership.

Glad we snapped this photo with some of the presidents and chancellors who were in attendance.

President Frank Kobayashi, President Albert Garcia, President Art Pimentel, Board Member Pam Haynes, Chancellor Brian King, Sonya Christian, President Tawny Dotson, President Santanu Bandyopadhyay

We had a good turnout from the Chancellor’s Office.

Later that day, I headed to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for an all-staff meeting. It was a great afternoon of fun and fellowship. This was my first time seeing all the staff together at an in-person gathering.

Thank you Daisy for snapping the selfie!

And as a surprise special guest, Pam Haynes also joined us for the all-staff meeting:

Pam was recently selected as one of the Spark Community Advisors for the 2023 OER Spark Grants Funding Cycle from the Michelson 20MM Foundation.


After a busy and rewarding week, I returned home and was able to enjoy my calla lilies – an annual treat in my backyard.

And of course, I love coming back home to this sweet boy after a week away in Sacramento:

Good morning California.
It is July 15, 2023.
A good day to be a Community College Champion

From California Community Colleges.
Our Time is Now!

San Jose City College Holds Equitable Dual Enrollment Expansion Workshop

Kylie Campbell (KCCD), Naomi Castro (CLP), Dr. Rowena Tomaneng (SJCC), Dr. LaTanya Williams (CCCCO), Dr. Rene Alvarez (SJCC)

A team from the Chancellor’s Office and Career Ladders Project headed to San Jose City College this week to lead a workshop on equitable dual enrollment expansion.

Thank you to SJCC President Dr. Rowena Tomaneng and Interim SJECCD Chancellor Dr. Beatriz Chaidez for convening your college team and high school partners to engage in activities and meaningful discussions around implementing and scaling dual enrollment opportunities for your students.

Dr. Rowena Tomaneng (SJCC) & Dr. Beatriz Chaidez 

So fun to see their mascot “Jagy” in these photos …check out San Jose’s SPOT campaign, which promotes Guided Pathways to their current and future students. 

Bill Gates Visits Chaffey College

In April, Bill Gates visited Chaffey College to explore the state and region’s efforts to streamline college pathways benefitting California students. Last month, he published a blog post about how Chaffey is using pathways to foster student success with equity.

» Read more about the visit!

Congressman Cárdenas Presents $2 Million to LA Mission College

 U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas announced $2 million in Community Project Funding to Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) to increase and diversity STEM Workforce programs.

» Read more about the funding!

San Diego CCD Creates Pathways to College Credit

Miramar College Peer Mentor Breanna Hinojosa is one of the thousands of students who have benefitted from a decade-long partnership between the K-12 San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Community College District.

» Read more about the partnership!

In Case You Missed It


Inside HigherEd: Leadership Academy Provides Access,
Equity in Career Development

Inside HigherEd published a piece about Ohlone College’s Junior Leadership Academy, an optional 15-week program allowing learners across the community college to engage in career exploration and receive paid internship experience.

» Read the Article!

» Learn more about Ohlone College’s Junior Leadership Academy!

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Las Positas College shared this update:

LPC’s Classified Senate had a blast at their annual Retreat Cultivating Classified Connections! Together, they set their sights on Classified Senate Goals & Priorities for the 2023-2024 AY. #ClassifiedConnections #ProfessionalDevelopment #LPC


Lake Tahoe Community College Superintendent/President Jeff DeFranco shared a post about the new Mobility Hub:

“We’re thrilled to cut the ribbon for the state-of-art Mobility Hub @LakeTahoeCC
Made possible through the “Power of Partnership” with @LibertyUtil_CA & @TahoeTrans (TTD), whose electric buses charge & propel our community toward a greener future!”


Chabot College and State Senator Aisha Wahab hosted a free immigration clinic at the Chabot College Event Center:


Rowena Tomaneng shared this photo from LEAP Advance:

“<3 my #APAHE Pamilya! #Educate#Advocate#Advance

And From the Home of the Renegades

BC Students Participate in Internship Project with Kern County Sheriff’s Office

The Baccalaureate degree program in Industrial Automation collaborated with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office on a special robotics project. Recent Industrial Automation, Early College, Wonderful Education Shafter High School graduates had the opportunity to participate in this 2-day internship project utilizing their recently gained skills. 

Also this week, the City of Bakersfield awarded BC’s Launchpad a grant – the City of Bakersfield Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Technical Assistance and Grant Program, designed specifically for those who were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

» Read more about this week at Bakersfield College!

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

That’s all for today.

See you next Saturday!

With much hope and joy, 

Your Chancellor,



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