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KCCD taking longer strides

July 20, 1969 – the day man first walked on the moon. It has been 52 years since President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to put an American on the moon by the end of the 1960s was met as millions watched Neil Armstrong take that historic first step.

In this famous photo, Neil captured fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface:

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, thus starting the space race. Two years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration answered with Project Mercury. The new space program had three main goals: Orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, investigate the ability of astronauts to function in space, and recover astronauts and spacecraft safely.

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth.

The US had its first spaceflight involving human beings on May 5, 1961, launching Alan B. Shepard to an altitude of 115 nautical miles. A few weeks later, on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy made an impassioned speech to Congress calling for an ambitious space exploration program.

“Now it is time to take longer strides–time for a great new American enterprise–time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.”

He said, “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

Within 9 months, on February 20, 1962, John Glenn because the first American to orbit Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 capsule.

The Soviets achieved the first lunar orbit on April 3, 1966. Four months later, NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 was the first U.S. spacecraft to orbit the moon.

On December 23, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first men to orbit the moon, aboard Apollo 8. They performed 10 total lunar orbits and took this famous photo of the Earth:

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The first lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, lifted off on July 16, 1969. At 4:18 pm EST on July 20, 1969, the lunar module landed on the lunar surface with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, while Michael Collins stayed in the Apollo Command Module.

It was the culmination of a decade of scientific and cultural efforts and achievements.

62 years later, we have been treated to another type of space race as billionaire entrepreneurs test the limits of privately-funded space exploration.

This week, on July 20 – 52 years after the first person touched the surface of the moon – Wally Funk became the oldest person to go to space as she joined Jeff Bezos aboard Blue Origin for a sub-orbital flight.

Wally Funk isn’t a name that many people had heard before this week, but she was an important part of the space program’s history. She was one off the Mercury 13, a group of female pilots in 1961 testing whether women were fit for space travel. They passed many of the same tests as their male colleagues – Wally once stayed submerged in a tank of water in a dark, soundproofed room for 10 1/2 hours before a doctor ended the experiment – but the program was ultimately canceled and she was never accepted by NASA.

It has been thrilling watching the ingenuity and innovation on display in the recent resurgence in space exploration – the Mars Perseverance Rover, SpaceX missions, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity, and now Blue Origin. It was especially wonderful to see an amazing woman who had worked her whole life to earn that spot finally be rewarded and #daremightythings.

And if that wasn’t enough inspiration, here on Earth, halfway across the globe, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games finally opened, after a year delay due to COVID-19. I wanted to share a few images from the Opening Ceremonies:

The Olympics are such a joy, watching athletes around the world come together in community and competition, sharing in each other’s cultures as they speak the universal languages of their respective sports.

The Opening Ceremonies are always such a time of promise and excitement, before we learn what the stories will be of these Olympic Games. I can not wait to see what these next two weeks will bring for Team USA.

Good morning, friends…
It is July 24, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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


Cerro Coso Community College

Cerro Coso offers new entrepreneurship program

Cerro Coso is offering a new entrepreneurship program in Tehachapi leading to a certificate of achievement.

Own a small business? Want to start one? Cerro Coso is launching a new certificate with just four classes that will help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset and launch your business ideas.

The first two classes will be offered on the Tehachapi campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall. Enroll now!

Courses to complete the certificate can be taken in-person at the Tehachapi campus or online, and can be completed in just two semesters.

Fall classes begin Aug. 23. The schedule of classes is available at www.cerrocoso.edu.

Beginning Aug. 9 a full-complement of student and instructional support services will be back on the Tehachapi Campus located at 126 S. Snyder Ave.

Ajia Saunders receives Eastern Sierra Foundation Transfer Scholarship

Ajia Saunders was awarded the inaugural Eastern Sierra Foundation Transfer Scholarship in July. She earned her associate degree of liberal arts and humanities from Cerro Coso in May.

During her time at CCCC, she was a recipient of the ESF scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition and books.

Ajia will attend CSU Chico to puruse a bachelor’s degree in English. She also plans to pursue a teaching credential while finishing her first novel.

The Eastern Sierra Foundation’s Transfer Scholarship is valued at up to $10,000 per recipient. It is intended to support ESF scholarship recipients who attended and graduated from Cerro Coso’s Bishop Campus and who plan to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.


Porterville College

PC Excited to offer Grammarly Services Free to all students

We are pleased to announce free access to Grammarly @ EDU for all PC students! Grammarly works one-on-one with a student to develop essential writing skills, reinforce proper revision habits, and prevent plagiarism. In addition, Grammarly checks for more than 400 common grammar errors, saving time for students while improving their skills.

Grammarly’s sophisticated AI corrects grammatical mistakes and also suggests stylistic changes making writing more understandable. Integrated tools help writers make the right impression on the intended readers based on audience and goals. In addition, Grammarly can check the tone of documents, provide synonym suggestions to improve readability and precision, and even check papers for plagiarism.

Department of Labor providing benefits to PC Students

Porterville College has secured new benefits available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program for students in several of our programs. WIOA, offered by the Office of Workforce Investment, provides students who qualify with financial assistance to cover the cost of books, uniforms, tuition, student center and health fees, certifications, and program materials.

This program provides assistance to students seeking professional careers while helping employers meet their workforce needs. It also helps PC students find good jobs by providing them with job search assistance and additional training opportunities.

The following programs at PC are now eligible for assistance through this program:

  • Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Industrial Technology
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Welding Technology

For more information, students can apply for this opportunity at their local Employment Connection office or contact Ashley Land at the Job Entrepreneur and Career Center at Porterville College.

PC Telehealth to relaunch as PC TimelyCare

For more than a year, Porterville College has provided 24/7 medical and mental health care for all our students through PC Telehealth.  Through this service, the college offers around-the-clock access to care for all enrolled students, regardless of their location. 

Using telehealth has allowed PC to expand health and wellness offerings to students greatly.  Many students have reported that they have taken advantage of these telehealth services more than prior in-person services because of the 24/7 aspect and the ease and increased privacy that comes with telecare. 

On July 28, the PC Telehealth service will get an upgrade and change its name to PC TimelyCare. With this new name comes a new, enhanced mobile and desktop app. The new app is easier to use, faster and will continue to deliver the highest quality of care for our enrolled students.

For more information, students can visit timleycare.com/pc to find FAQs or chat 24/7 for technical support.


Bakersfield College

BC’s new Student Services Center opens for in-person services

On Monday, July 19, Bakersfield College’s new one-stop shop to address student needs and concerns, BC’s Student Services Center, opened on campus to assist students on the main Panorama campus Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM to 5:00PM. New and returning students can seek help and support from several different departments, all conveniently located in the CSS building, in room CSS 151. 

The Student Services Center is meant to ease the student journey and will include Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Scholarships, EOPS, CARE, CalWORKS, NextUp, AB540, Early College, and all Welcome Center services such as enrollment support, class scheduling, and troubleshooting.  

BC Prepares To Roll Out Third Mobile Welding Unit

BC’s Welding department will be rolling out an additional mobile welding unit this fall semester to reach students throughout areas of Kern County, especially those who may not have the ability to commute to BC’s main campus in Bakersfield to take welding courses. The unit will act as a classroom on wheels, including ten separate welding booths equipped with multi-process welding machines. The college’s welding program develops student’s knowledge and skills in areas of oxyacetylene welding, blueprint reading, layout procedures, safety protocols, Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) and other welding technologies.

“The best part about getting out into the community with the Mobile Welding Units is seeing the look on my students’ faces when they finally figure out, they too can adapt and overcome their own insecurities about learning a new skillset. ” said BC’s Welding Professor, Jeremy Staat. “And the mobile welding unit provides a way for us as instructors to build a great work ethic within our students and apply real world scenarios using industrial grade equipment for our students to experience before entering the welding industry.”

BC Coach presents at Bakersfield Rotary

Coach Todd Littlejohn

Bakersfield College Head Football Coach R. Todd Littlejohn presented at the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. He discussed some of the life skills he tries to instill in his players. He told the club what his football program is about, and how he aims to support his players academically, athletically, and socially.

As you can see, many Renegades came out in full support! Thank you Dr. Girish Patel for the photos.

Dr. Bill Baker, Janet Tarjan, Sonya Christian, Manny Mourtzanos
Manny Mourtzanos, Jay Rosenlieb, Bill Thomas, Bill Baker, Sonya Christian, Todd Littlejohn, Janet Tarjan

Big Things on the Horizon for BC Alumni 

The Bakersfield College Alumni Association made good use of the “pandemic pause” by focusing on its board of directors as a dynamic team of leaders that has hit the ground running.  The board held a planning retreat this week, in what was their first in-person meeting since the new board was created.

Under the leadership of President Alex Dominguez and Vice President Sandy Woo-Cater, great things are ahead for BC alums in the coming year.  If you’re not yet a member of the Alumni Association, more information is available here: https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/alumni 


Jack Hernandez Poetry Corner

Movie Sets

We live as though
on a movie set
we think is real,
but the set changes,
some with wagons
some with carriages
some with Model Ts
some with jets
skirting over continents,
these illusions
constantly give way
to new ones,
only the soul’s desire
for love and meaning
exists whatever
the ephemeral set.

In the News

Inyo County Job Spot focuses on adult education

The Inyo Register and Sierra Wave Media talked about the the Adult Education Center and Job Spot, an adult education center established through a partnership between the Inyo County Office of Education and Cerro Coso Community College.

The Job Spot provides services aimed at assisting adults in obtaining skills to better themselves.

Community Voices: Entering Bakersfield College through the Bridge To BC

I loved this piece in the Bakersfield Californian from BC student Stephanie Ruiz:

I first heard about the Bridge to BC program during my senior year of high school when BC’s representatives visited my high school, and I wasn’t initially planning to participate in the Bridge to BC opportunity because I thought I felt prepared for college. I’m not the first in my family to seek higher education; I have an older sister who is also attending BC so I thought I would be able to pick up what I needed to know from her or just ask my parents, but when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and classes moved online, it made me rethink how prepared I really was and how many questions they could really answer for me.

Since I had never taken any online courses, I was really anxious but through the online Bridge to BC program, my first year of college was pretty great. The experience really helped me ease into my first year of college, not only introducing me to online courses using Canvas, but also giving me an overview of the many resources and programs BC offers for students. These tips, tricks, resources, and support systems are a huge part of the reason my first year of college was a success!”

Stephanie Ruiz
Bridge to BC Director
Dr. Kimberly Bligh

Spotted on Social Media

Jennifer Garrett shared some photos from BC’s Summer Choral Academy:

And check out this video from the choral academy:


BC Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Scott posted a photo with Dolores Huerta, who spoke at Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club:

Today, Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club was the first Rotary Club ever to host Dolores Huerta as a speaker. Did everyone agree with her in all ways? No. As leaders, though, I believe it’s important for us all to hear different perspectives, ideas, and experiences. I hope we will always welcome the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of guest speakers. Even when we don’t agree, or maybe even relate, it’s an important step in creating an informed, collaborative, empathetic, and peaceful community. #peacebuilding #rotaryinternational #rotary


The Cerro Coso Community College Library announced that it is now open for in-person services. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 3 pm. Anyone coming to the Cerro Coso campus is required to fill out the pre-screening form.


Porterville College shared this fun and inspirational post honoring the first Black female opera singer to perform in the US:

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

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

It’s summer…yet KCCD is on the move!

This week started off with a great Sunday on July 11th. Wimbledon, Unity 22, Euro 2020, …..

“Breakfast with Wimbledon” has been something I have associated with my mom who would wake up early and get ceremonially ready to watch the big event.

Miss you so much mom

So, on Sunday I tuned into the game just to feel her presence …. Although mom always rooted for Nadel over Djokovic I suspect she would not have complained too much since Nadel was not the opponent this time.

Novak Djokovic claims a record-tying 20th Grand Slam victory.

Also tuned into the Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity launched into a sub-orbital spaceflight with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson on board. Branson is hoping to usher in a new age of space tourism, and the Unity 22 flight was a successful test flight in that quest.

Wrapped up my Sunday watching Italy beat England in a penalty shootout, dashing England’s hopes of winning its first major title since the 1966 World Cup — followed by giving Neo his weekly bath.

Have not had such a relaxing Sunday in a long time.

Good morning, friends…
It is July 17, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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

Cerro Coso Community College

CCCC offering certificate program in Digital Media and Marketing

In a world where more and more activities are centered online, developing an effective digital marketing strategy is a must for every organization. 

Cerro Coso is offering a NEW certificate program in Digital Media and Marketing this fall.  Ideal for those who work in business office technology, real estate, sales, marketing, administration, education, science, engineering, healthcare, small business, and other industries. This program will teach how to develop high-performing integrated visual communication and social media marketing that delivers on key metrics. 

Sign up today!

Lecture Center updated as part of Measure J

The first of several projects at Cerro Coso’s Ridgecrest Campus funded by Measure J included updating the college’s Lecture Center.  The project involved installing handrails and lighting along the steep stairs, refinishing the floors, installing new curtains and carpet, and making needed updates to the lighting and sound system original to the facility,  The project will be completed over the next few weeks.   

Thank you Kern County for voting YesonJ!

Police Office Standards and Training Modular Academy is relaunching

Cerro Coso has an upcoming Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Modular Academy re-launch in Tehachapi this fall. More information on what can be done with the Level 3 and 2 certification is available at www.cerrocoso.edu/academy under the FAQ Section. 

In addition to enabling becoming a full-time officer, the progressive certification through the series of courses is perfect for code enforcement, arson investigators, reserve officers, county probation, park rangers, etc. 

Contact Department Chair and Academy Director Peter Fulks at peter.fulks@cerrocoso.edu for additional information.

Peter Fulks

Porterville College

PC Welcomes Division 1 Standout and Former Pro-athlete as New Head Basketball Coach

Porterville College (PC) has announced the appointment of Amaurys Fermin as the new Pirates Head Men’s Basketball Coach.

After competing at the High School level at John F. Kennedy High School in Bronx, NY, Fermin began his career at the Junior College level at Missouri State and Hagerstown Community College. He then went on to play Division I ball at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in history.

During his senior season at Cal Poly, he led the Big West Conference with 119 assists, and helped the Mustangs reach the program’s second-highest victory total in 18 Division I seasons. He comes to us directly from Allan Hancock College where he was the Lead Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for 5 seasons. He also served as the West Coast Elite UA Central Region Program Director.

Fermin has also spent time as a professional athlete, playing on the Dominican Republic National Team alongside the likes of NBA players Al Horford, Karl Anthony Towns and Francisco Garcia. In 2012, they brought home the CentroBasket Championships Gold Medal. Fermin has also played professional ball for teams in Cyprus, Greece, Finland, and Puerto Rico.

PC “Mobile” Campaign Continues to Increase Awareness While Directly Supporting Students

Porterville College has employed several new methods of marketing and engagement with our community. One such method is the “PC Pirate Fleet” campaign. Check out the cars “wrapped” with branded decals promoting PC.

The current “cohort” of cars hit the road this July. The first cohort recently completed an 8 month campaign that boasted some very impressive results. An average of 8,000 miles per month were driven by the fleet of eight cars, adding up to over 100,000 people seeing these cars and their messaging per month in Porterville and our surrounding service areas.

Look for the Pirate Fleet to start making coordinated appearances in Porterville and surrounding communities in the Fall, starting with our opening week festivities on campus! 

PC Focuses on Water Conservation During Times of Severe Drought

The need for water conservation is critical for California with our most recent drought conditions. According to the latest data from the state government, 94.7 percent of California has now reached the “D2 – Severe Drought” category, 84 percent has reached the “D3 – Extreme Drought Conditions”.

Even without these severe drought conditions, water conservation is crucial for college campuses in California and across the nation. Porterville College has been working on this problem for many years–long before the current drought conditions–and the campus is doing some amazing things with its conservation efforts, including an average savings of 2.5 million gallons of water per month in the summer months.

This conservation is accomplished through the hard work of the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) department, led by Director John Word. PC has incorporated two water retention basins into the campus infrastructure during the complete repaving of the back service road on campus. This allows water from irrigation  to seep back into the ground to re-charge aquafers.

PC has adjusted irrigation systems removing sprinklers for trees and shrubs and replacing them with drip systems.  By shutting off irrigation to open fields that are not being used for any specific purpose, the college has realized high savings on our water consumption.

Another big year-round savings comes from replacing sections of live turf along College Ave and in front of the AC building with synthetic turf – thus removing the need to irrigate. This, along with the addition of low flow sprinkler heads and the incorporation of drought tolerant shrubs and trees into the landscaping on campus also realize additional water savings.

Porterville College is actively participating with the City of Porterville as they construct a city-wide water reclamation system and we are beginning to incorporate pipe systems into future construction projects that will be ready to connect to the city system. Additional retention basins are also being engineered for all future construction projects.

PC is in the process of developing an Engineering and Environmental Science program to better serve the community.

Bakersfield College

BC’S First Cohort Completes Introductory Course Focused on Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield College’s first set of auto tech students looking to increase their employability have completed AUTO B70NC – Introduction to Electric Vehicles, a brand new course focused on electric vehicles, repairs, and maintenance. The course is part of a larger program that’s still in the final stages of curriculum development aiming to provide students with the trainings and certifications necessary to secure well-paying jobs in the growing field of zero-emission electric (ZEV) vehicles.

Developed in partnership with Valley Clean Air Now (Valley CAN) and with funding provided by Electrify America, the comprehensive curriculum provides students with the training needed to diagnose, repair, and maintain electric plug-in vehicles. Dean of Instruction Anthony Cordova says this course is one of the first and perhaps the only one of its kind.

BC To Offer Free Summer Performing Arts Academies

Starting next week, Bakersfield College will hold three free summer academies for participants interested in music, theater, and arts. The Choral Academy will run July 20-23 from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily. The Jazz and Commercial Music Academy will run July 26-30 from 9:00am to 2:15pm daily. The Theater Acting Workshop will run August 2-5 from 9:00am to 3:25pm daily. There is no cost associated with these summer offerings but registration is limited.

Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Bakersfield College Dr. Jennifer Garrett is excited for this new opportunity to engage participants. She says, “After finding innovative ways to stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I am overjoyed for the opportunity to bring participants together for this multi-day summer academy where we can explore music in a shared space.”

Thank You from BC’s Early College Industrial Automation Summer Academy

I so appreciated this email from Job Specialist Carlos Medina:

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for opening your doors and participating in our Early College Industrial Automation Summer Academy. The students enjoyed every visit and were delighted they had the opportunity to explore four different industries. A big special thanks to our partners at Phillips 66 for providing this opportunity for our Early College students and making our Industrial Automation Summer Academy possible.

We look forward to working together again in the near future as we prepare for the fall semester and get our Class of 2022 ready for the workforce. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

On Tuesday, I kicked off the Chancellor’s Seminar Series with a Back to Campus discussion. Thank you to our panelists, Dena Rhoades and Eileen O’Hare-Anderson, for providing answers to our KCCD community. I’d also like to thank Tina Johnson (BC CSEA), Matt Crow (KCCD CCA), and Manny Mourtzanos (KCCD Management Association), who represented our employee groups and asked the questions during the seminar. And of course, thank you to Todd Coston for providing our introductory comments and technology support.

Here are a few of the highlights from the presentation:

Will vaccines be required on campus, and will we require proof?

How about wearing a mask?

Are there contingency plans if variants pose an increased risk?

How should we handle conflicting reports and guidelines?

You can see all the videos from the seminar on the KCCD Chancellor’s Communications webpage.

Poetry Corner

Please enjoy this poem from Jack Hernandez:

Weightless

With all their money
they launched themselves
into space,
were admired
for their weightless
distance from those
starving on the earth.

Spotted on Social Media

Porterville College President Claudia Habib got a chance to meet with students on campus:

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

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

KCCD Colleges faculty and staff are ready for you. Enroll today at BC, PC, CCC!

My first full week as KCCD Chancellor has been a busy one.

On Wednesday, I was honored to speak at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office webinar in my role as ACCJC chair. Enjoyed hanging out with some of my faves — Chancellor Eloy Oakley, Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales, Stephanie Droker, Anne Marie Gable, Willy Duncan, Lizette Navarette, John Hetts.

On Thursday, KCCD held its monthly Board of Trustees meeting – my first as Chancellor. Starting this month, our meetings are back to being in-person, and it was wonderful to be able to meet face to face again. I’m grateful to everyone who was able to attend, and to everyone who made the technology possible so those unable to attend in person could stay informed as well.

I have been loving seeing all our physical campuses come alive again, as we welcome back our faculty, staff, and students to our in-person spaces full time. While all three colleges will continue to offer flexible choices for those that cannot yet return to full-time in-person learning, I’m grateful to see the vibrant holistic student life on campus at the colleges coming back.

Good morning, friends…
It is July 10, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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

Sonya Christian with President Dadabhoy, President Habib, President Hancock

Cerro Coso Community College

Cerro Coso Library to reopen this week

Two years ago, on July 4th and 5th, 2019, Ridgecrest was shaken by major 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes. This caused some damage to the Cerro Coso LRC at the IWV campus, which remained under construction for nearly a year.

During that time, library services moved to the East Wing and we waited with anticipation for the LRC’s scheduled reopening in April 2020. Those plans were, of course, quickly derailed by the pandemic, and our services were moved once again – this time fully online. We have been primarily working from home for the past year, with the exception of our curbside pickup service

Now that vaccinations are on the rise, we are looking forward to being able to reopen the library at long last. (Knock on wood!) To start with we will be open for limited hours during the summer: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3pm, starting on July 15th, 2021

We’ve missed you, and we look forward to seeing you back in the physical library!

Alumni Spotlight: Letia Bogan

A real cool Alumni Spotlight from the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation:

Meet Letia Bogan, a Cerro Coso graduate in both 2019 AND 2020. Letia received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities in 2019, and then went on to complete a certificate in Information Technology in 2020. After graduation plans last year got disrupted due to COVID restrictions, Letia was finally able to walk across the stage at Cerro Coso’s May 2021 graduation ceremony!

Letia has been a proud member of the UMOJA Club at Cerro Coso, a community dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. She has met so many new people and learned a great deal about the significance of HBCU’s (historically black colleges & universities). These experiences have greatly enriched her academic journey. She is also grateful for Cerro Coso employees Penny Talley and Heather Ostash, both of whom have supported Letia in her endeavors over the past few years.

Remarking on her academic journey so far, Letia says, “It’s been a joy going to this college because I have learned so much. The counselors are great with helping me whenever I need it. UMOJA is such a good way to learn new things about HBCU’s. I got my first Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities. I did get my certificate in IT and am about to get my degree as well!”

CC to host admissions workshop

On Wednesday, from 4-6 pm, Cerro Coso will hold a Zoom workshop on admissions with a step-by-step demonstration on how to apply to Cerro Coso Community College. An Admissions & Records Technician will be available to answer questions, provide guidance, and share best practices.

A Financial Aid Technician will review the Cerro Coso Promise scholarships, outside scholarships, and more! The Cerro Coso Promise is a scholarship intended for dedicated students focused on getting an education, regardless of financial or personal status. Students meeting basic criteria may qualify for up to $1,000 per semester for 2 years to help with tuition, books, and fees.

You can register for this Zoom workshop or find more information at https://www.cerrocoso.edu/event/college-admissions-workshop-july-14.

Porterville College

PC helps to “Grow Futures” in the farm community with new partnership program

In a new effort to reach out to the many farm communities within the Porterville College service area, PC is partnering with the California Farmworker Foundation to offer new services to farm workers throughout the Greater Porterville Area.  The program offers free classes and multiple benefits to local farm workers in an effort to increase their access to educational attainment and advancement within their respective organizations. “PC Growing Futures”, as the program is called, offers free access to classes, laptops, free textbooks, and free access to Rosetta Stone Software to help them achieve student success.

Meet Jasmin Quiñones

Porterville College has hired its first Student Life & Leadership Program Manager with the goal of strengthening the student life experience. 

Jasmin Quiñones grew up in Exeter, CA, and comes to PC from the University of the Pacific where she served as the Orientation Coordinator and Intercultural Student Success Coordinator. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from University of the Pacific.

Ms. Quiñones has a passion for “working with students and helping them reach for their highest dreams,” and is excited to be returning to the area to give back to her community. 

We look forward to all she will do to strengthen the Porterville College student experience through activities, events and programs. 

Welcome Jasmin!

PC to Hold next “Pirate in a Day” Event on July 15th

On July 15th, PC will be hosting its next “Pirate in a Day” event, designed to improve student access and provide one-on-one help to students and potential students as they become a Pirate.

“Pirate in a Day” is held to increase access and ease of registration. During each event, new, returning and transfer students can complete the enrollment process in just one day.

PC staff will be on hand to help students complete a FAFSA, develop a student education plan, register for classes, and apply for other support services on campus.  

To sign up for an in-person appointment on campus, visit https://pcpio.wufoo.com/forms/r7lyzuo1tg0yct/

Bakersfield College

BC receives donations from Phillips 66

The BC and BC Foundation team hosted representatives from Phillips 66 this week, and the college was the grateful recipient of two large donations. One contribution is funding this summer’s Early College Industrial Automation Academy for high school students. Our guests had the chance to watch an Academy class in action before answering students’ questions about working in the energy industry. The other donation is providing continued funding for BC’s scholarship program. Thank you, Phillips 66, for your constant support!

Earl Parsons marries Rachel Pori

I have worked with Earl Parsons for many years at BC and he is often the person behind the photos that you see or the mind behind the writing on Measure J and COVID briefings. I was delighted to receive an email from another one of my favorite people, Kim Arbolante, who is Earl’s friend. Enjoy a glimpse of his wedding day … a few excerpts from kim’s email.

By Kim Arbolante, Writing Center Lead, Bakersfield College
Photos credit Anston Crane Photography

I am filled with joy for my dear friends who recently afforded me the privilege of being the maid of honor in their wedding, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Fourth of July weekend 2020, Earl Parsons along with his girlfriend Rachel Pori, myself, and another close friend, all headed to a cabin in the hills above San Bernardino to watch the cityscape erupt in a glow of fireworks—while maintaining social distance of course. Inspired by the moment, Earl popped the question to Rachel!

One year later, we came together at The Gardens at Mill Creek, surrounded by their loved ones and friends—maskless, vaccinated and smiling—to witness Earl and Rachel’s marriage. It was truly the most beautiful event! Their wedding colors were lilac and black. Rachel’s dress was custom made, and I have never seen Earl more excited than when he gazed upon her beauty as she walked down the aisle towards him.

Rachel Pori & Earl Parsons exchanging vows with guidance from officiant and friend Jay Varvel


The happy couple & their wedding party. What wedding is complete without a Writing Center Lead?

It is no secret that Earl is a great writer, and there was not a dry eye to be found as he read his marriage vows to Rachel. Always a Renegade, I think I even caught a bit of our BC spirit in those vows as he proclaimed, “we’ve accomplished so much together, and I know that we have so much more to do. Tonight, we are planting the seeds of a tree whose fruits will be determined by our actions and the way we treat each other going forward.” To which part of Rachel’s vows replied, “your cup will never be empty for I will be your wine. I will spark the fire when it dulls. We will be abundantly blessed.” Having known these two friends for years, I have no doubts that they will keep the promises they made to each other that day.

Poetry Corner

Please enjoy this poem from Jack Hernandez:

A Fragile Spring Day

When anger threw him
to the floor,
shattered the window
he held sacred,
looked through
for light and love,
he wondered how
to put its pieces
together again
in a pattern
strong enough
to remove anger’s
pressing arms,
so he could stand
fragile as a spring day,
storms pushed away,
roses brightly waving
at unimagined possibility.

In the News

The Sun-Gazette published this feature about Richard Torrez, Jr., who will represent the United States at the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in boxing. The 2017 graduate of Mission Oak High School in Tulare is the son of Kimberly Torrez, an adjunct faculty member in the ESL department at Porterville College.

Spotted on Social Media

Kim McAbee shared this photo of KCCD Trustee Kyle Carter at the Westchester 4th of July Parade:

Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh shared a few pictures of the Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps and their director, Tim Heasley, from the Westchester parade. Members get college credit at BC for marching:

I loved this post from Cerro Coso – I hope you’re keeping cool this weekend!

Kern Country Farm Bureau shared that bureau president John Moore was interviewed on America’s Newsroom to discuss the impacts of the California drought:

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

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

KCCD Daring Mighty Things. Happy Fourth.

BC opened the Outdoor Theater for the first time since COVID with the Airforce Band – thank you Mary Jo Pasek. It was a beautiful evening listening to patriotic songs and seeing our community out enjoying the college campus and programs. Here is a 1-minute glimpse of the evening. What a way to start the July 4th weekend and a new chapter in my professional life.

On July 1st, I started my new position — deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and messages from friends and colleagues. We do live in a very special community.

And on my first weekend in my new role the country celebrates new beginnings — our nation’s birthday.

I suspect you will enjoy this article on History.com as much as I did.

I did not know that John Adams expected our yearly celebration to be on July 2? The actual vote for independence took place on that date, but the Continental Congress didn’t formally adopt the Declaration of Independence until two days later, on July 4, 1776.

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776, he wrote:

“But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The feuding ex-presidents died within hours of one another. Thomas Jefferson died first. Historians believe John Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives,” as he hadn’t learned of Jefferson’s death.

The tradition of setting off fireworks on July 4 goes all the way back to July 4, 1777 – one year after the signing. In Philadelphia, the festivities began with a ship blasting 13 cannons (in honor of the 13 colonies). Additional fireworks were set off by the Sons of Liberty in Boston Common.

Happy Fourth all!

July 1, 2021 a selfie in my new office

Good morning, friends…
It is July 3, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

On April 19, 2021 Trustee President Romeo Agbalog publicly introduced the sixth Chancellor of KCCD.

Sonya Christian with trustees Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Romeo Agbalog, Kay Meek, Yovani Jimenez
5th Chancellor Tom Burke, 6th Chancellor Sonya Christian

As it happens, also on April 19th a helicopter named Ingenuity made the first flight ever on another world — thank you Nick Strobel for making sure I am up-to-date on celestial happenings! Earlier when the Perseverance rover that carried the Ingenuity helicopter to Mars was landing, a coded message to “Dare Mighty Things” was discovered on the parachute that delivered the rover close to the Martian terrain. Apparently the scientists and engineers at NASA are notorious pranksters and are known to hide “Easter eggs” on spacecrafts.

The phrase to “Dare Mighty Things” comes from a longer Teddy Roosevelt quote:

“Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure …
than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Bill Thomas, Sonya Christian

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

Cerro Coso Community College

Incarcerated Student Education Program (ISEP) student earns writing award

Patrick Larmour, an ISEP student, participated in the USC Underground Writing Project. His piece, “The Art of Killing Monsters,” was ranked 1st place out of 177 submissions.

The writing contest asked for a 1000 word essay on how education has positively impacted their lives. Larmour is also one of twenty-six Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) members to have his writing published in the 2019 issue of PTK’s online literary journal, Nota Bene.

Here’s an excerpt from his piece:

“I simply could not handle hating myself anymore. Something had to change. It was around this time that California began offering college inside prisons. I signed up, eager to have some distraction from my depression. Little did I know that this decision would change my life. Amazingly, each class I took seemed to teach me something new about myself.”

You can read the full submission in the July Edition of the Coyote Howler.

Students of the Year

I’d like to take this moment to congratulate the three students selected as Cerro Coso’s Site Students of the Year: Noa Lish for Eastern Sierra College Center, Morgan Green for KRV Lake Isabella, and Maya Plata for East Kern.

The ‘Site Student of the Year” awards recognize those students who have made a significant contribution to their own education as well as the campus community.

Enjoy the videos honoring these outstanding students.

Noa Lish:

Morgan Green:

Maya Plata:

Information about all of this year’s Cerro Coso Student Award winners can be found at https://www.cerrocoso.edu/studentservices/2021-spring-awards-student-awards.

“Cheers to Charity” event will benefit Cerro Coso students

Tickets are still available for the Cheers to Charity event planned for August 14 at Aviator Park in Tehachapi Airport. Cerro Coso Community College is among the Tehachapi Non-Profits that will benefit from this year’s event.

Buy your tickets today at www.cheerstocharity2021.eventbrite.com.

Porterville College

PC Receives Large Gift from MacKenzie Scott Foundation in support of “Empowering Voices”

Porterville College received a $7 million gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett, which will provide support for our continuing efforts to educate underserved students and communities.

In a post on her website, MacKenzie Scott identified Porterville College as one of “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear”. 

“Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for 2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved,” she wrote.

Over the next few months, Porterville College will consult with various stakeholders, about where to target this wonderful investment.  

Reagen Dozier selected for national fellowship program

Reagen Dozier, the new Title V Program Director at PC, was selected for the US Department of Agriculture’s E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.

The program’s goal is to offer experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with USDA agencies. Attendees met with USDA representatives over Zoom to learn about programs and create networking connections.

PC to give students additional flexibility with HyFlex Courses this fall

In order to provide equity for those students with hectic schedules and lifestyles, Porterville College is expanding opportunities for learning with a new type of course offering being made available this coming Fall Semester.

HyFlex classes offer weekly sessions in three ways. Each week, students can choose to take a HyFlex class in-person on campus, watch the lectures online with other students in a weekly live zoom meeting, or watch a recording later according to the student’s own schedule.

This HyFlex concept is being piloted in classes this Fall semester. Check out http://www.PortervilleCollege.edu for a complete list of available sections.

Bakersfield College

Gerry Haslam Honored with history award

Gerry Haslam

Gerry Haslam, one of BC’s more famous alums, was posthumously recognized as the 2021 recipient of the American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement.

Gerry, who passed away earlier this year, wrote novels, short stories, essays, biographies, and nonfiction works about rural and small-town California in the San Joaquin Valley. He was always generous in sharing his time and talents with BC.

Jerry Ludeke sent along an email from Gerry’s wife, Jan, about the award:

“Dear Friends,  It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce that Gerry has won an American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement.  We’re just sorry that he isn’t here to acknowledge it.   Sincerely, Jan”

A2MEND Battle of the Field 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge

This past weekend over 120 high school athletes were on campus to compete in the first A2MEND Battle of the Field 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge. The competition came down to South High vs Frontier High in the finals, with Frontier winning the championship and taking home the hardware. Frontier Lineman won the lineman challenge, making it a clean sweep! Congratulations to Frontier High and all the teams that took part in the event.

Not only did this event facilitate healthy competition, but it informed the community about all the amazing things happening at BC.

If you are interested in partnering with or learning more about A2MEND, please contact Daron Mackey at daron.mackey@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Poetry Corner

Let’s hear from our favorite author and poet who contributes regularly to my blog, Dr. Jack Hernandez:

                                      Visions

                             When the future is short

                             we have few steps left,

                             the seeds we have planted

                             have few remaining

                             clinging to shallow soil.

                             Their flowers we must see,

                             their bright colors

                             our remaining visions

                             sealed upon our hearts

                             as special gifts.

In the News

Sierra View helps train the registered nurses of tomorrow

Check out this article from the Valley Voice about Sierra View Medical Center’s Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, which helps ensure new graduate nurses are better equipped to provide care and make clinical choices for their patients. 

To date, 50 nurses have completed the program – and 35 of those came from Porterville College!

17-year-old perseveres to graduate from PC – then high school

Check out this article by Esther Avila in the Porterville Recorder about Candelaria Sanchez, who earned her Associate of Arts degree from Porterville College last December – 6 months before she graduates from Summit Collegiate High School.

“I’m a first generation (going to college) and I’m extremely proud of how far I’ve come and where I come from,” Sanchez said. “I decided that I was going to put in the effort and break those generational curses. Although it has happened in my family for generations, it does not need to continue with me — and it won’t.”

Nine graduate from Cerro Coso before high school

This article in the Tehachapi news shares the story of 9 students who earned their degrees from Cerro Coso shortly before their high school graduations. Two of the students attended the college’s Tehachapi Campus, one from the online program, and seven from the Mammoth Lakes Campus.

Taking Cerro Coso classes really helped me get prepared for university. I am going to UC San Diego this fall, and because I was able to graduate high school with my associate’s degree, I have saved thousands of dollars by taking classes I would have had to take my first two years at college for free during high school. I genuinely feel more prepared, by taking freshman English and math classes at Cerro Coso and doing well in them, I know I can be successful at a four-year university.” – Student Isla Lackey

Looking back at the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes: where we’ve been, where we’re going

Sunday and Monday mark the 2-year anniversary of the historic earthquakes that hit the Ridgecrest area in 2019. The earthquake on July 4 had a magnitude of 6.4 The next day, another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit the area.

I wanted to share this article in the Ridgecrest Daily Independent looking back at the earthquakes and showing how the city has recovered, and is still working to recover.

Bakersfield College to offer free one-week courses that provide public health certificate

The Bakersfield Californian and KGET shared the news about BC’s new one-week courses that will allow students the chance to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Public Health.

The first courses begin July 19. Support and help to get registered is available through BC’s Student Information Desk.

Community Voices: A fond recollection of a Renaissance Man

Bakersfield College professor emeritus Peggy DeStefano wrote this piece in the Bakersfield Californian about her friendship with Chuck Wall. Longtime BC professor Chuck Wall, Bakersfield’s “Kindness Ambassador”, passed away on June 8.

“Chuck Wall and I gravitated to one another on the first day of the academic year at the new faculty orientation at Bakersfield College. I met Chuck, a member of the business faculty who exuded charisma and collegiality. From the outset, we shared an eclectic and expansive sense of humor and didn’t take ourselves too seriously. “

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

No Sister Left Behind shared this post on Facebook honoring outgoing KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke:

“We are truly grateful to the retiring Chancellor, Thomas J. Burke and Kern Community College District for becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the NSLB Higher Education Empowerment Program. Special added thanks to Danielle Hillard, KCCD and Vikki Coffee.

Butterfield Charter School shared a post thanking Porterville College program technician Monica Daniels, who visited PUSD Summer School to share information with students about PC:

Carlos Medina shared this photo from the BC INDA student visit to GAF Roofing’s Shafter plant:

Escaped the heat for a few days at the beach

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Photo by Alex Horvath

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

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a very joyful and grateful Chancellor

The Luckiest and Happiest College President

The Luckiest and Happiest College President

President Sonya Christian

It is a significant week for me …. a time of looking back with immense gratitude …. here are some heart warming memories.

Measure J

Of course, high on the list is when Measure J passed in November 2016, providing funding to upgrade all of KCCD’s campuses and support our students for years to come. I am deeply grateful for the hours of hard work from countless volunteers throughout the district to help get that measure passed – and of course, for the voters who reaffirmed their commitment to our community colleges.

Bakersfield College’s Centennial Celebration

In 2013, Bakersfield College celebrated its 100th year as Bakersfield’s community college. An entire year of events culminated with the Centennial Gala (Check out the gallery on the BC Smugmug site!). We also honored the 100 Stars of Bakersfield College – recognizing some of key alumni, faculty, staff, and community supporters who have made Bakersfield College what it is today.

We kicked off the Centennial Celebrations during the Opening Day festivities.
Former BC presidents Rick Wright, Sandra Serrano, and Greg Chamberlain joined me in cutting the Centennial Cake.

2018: A Commencement Of Firsts

Every commencement is special and amazing, but the 2018 Commencement will always hold a special place in my heart.

That year, we celebrated the first Dual Enrollment class from the Wonderful Academy – graduating with their Associates Degrees as they completed high school.

We also celebrated the first graduating cohort of the Kern Promise, students who piloted a Guided Pathways model of shared responsibility and support completing their degree within 2 years.

And Bakersfield College became the first community college in the State of California to award a four-year baccalaureate degree (!) to seven graduates of the Industrial Automation program:

Good morning Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, June 26th 2021 … a great day to be a Renegade.

Back to Campus

More and more of our Renegade family is coming back to campus as vaccinations work their magic, and I have so loved the photos they’ve been sharing.

First – check out this amazing photo of BC at dusk, from Diego Monterrubio:

On Wednesday, Jo Ellen Barnes shared these photos as members of the Executive Office get settled in:

Camila Anderson
Debi Anderson
Zav Dadabhoy

And I loved this post from Mindy Wilmot, who shared that it was “surreal” working in her office for the first time since March 17, 2020.

And the BC Bookstore has reopened in its new location in the new Campus Center Building on the Panorama Campus. They are physically open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday for in-store purchases and online order pick-up. 


A reminder that campus COVID-19 safety protocols are in place, so wear a face mask, maintain social distancing protocols, check in on the KCCD Campus Pass mobile app and scan the QR code before entry.

Check out these photos – the new bookstore is amazing!

BC & Rotary: Building Peace in Kern County

On Tuesday, we held the third installment in the Peace Seminar Series. Michael Henstra from Rotary E-Club of One World D5240 and Fernando Aguirre from Bakersfield East Rotary Club joined BC Foundation Executive Director (and Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club member) Cheryl Scott to discuss the partnership between Bakersfield College and Rotary Club.

I wanted to share a few videos from the event.

Here, our panelists discuss peace builders they have seen in their own lives:

Michael shared some information about Rotary Club, including its efforts to eradicate polio:

Fernando discussed how we can address division in our communities:

Here, they discuss the Peace Pole project at Bakersfield College:

And of course, for those of you who may want to learn more about Rotary Club or get involved:

For more about the BC Peace Initiative, visit https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/bc-peace-initiative. The rest of the videos from this seminar will be posted there in the next week or so. In the meantime, you can also find videos from our previous seminars, as well as information about our other peace projects.

I loved this piece that KGET did about the seminar. Please check it out!

Mindy Wilmot Named Rotarian of the Year

And speaking of Rotary, BC Librarian Mindy Wilmot was named Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year.

Congratulations to Mindy on a well-earned distinction!

Early College Automation Summer Academy visits Setton Farms

This week, the Early College INDA Summer Academy visited Setton Farms.

I love this picture of Berenice Arellano and Kylie Campbell:

A2MEND Battle of the Field 7-on-7 & Lineman Challenge 

The African American Male Education Network and Development (A2MEND) Student charter at Bakersfield College was at Memorial Stadium last night providing information about A2MEND, BC Athletics, career and pathway opportunities, and enrollment opportunities along with football drills & skill challenges run by BC football players.
Don’t miss today’s 7-on-7 tournament and Lineman competition! Events will be in Memorial Stadium from 7AM to 9PM. Learn more about the A2MEND Battle of the Field.

GET Imagining Your Future

As you’re travelling about town, keep an eye out for our new ads on the GET buses. We are inviting Kern County to reimagine your future at the home of the renegades!

Closing Day 2021

Today, I am wrapping up my look back at our Closing Day 2021 celebrations with four videos. I have purposely saved these for my final week.

My final President’s Leadership Award went to the unconquerable Jennifer Serratt:

We also paid tribute to outgoing KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke.

First, with video messages from several members of our Renegade community:

And then I shared my own thoughts:

Tom, your leadership and guidance over the past few years have been phenomenal for the Kern Community College District. You are a hard act to follow, and I hope that I am up to the challenge. Thank you for all you have done for the students, staff, and faculty at all the colleges in our district – and for the communities we serve.

Finally, here is my thank you to everyone who helped make Closing Day 2021 possible:

You can see all the videos from the 3 days of production on the Closing Day website.

Sandi Taylor named to CCCAA 2021 Hall of Fame Class

Speaking from the podium.

Longtime BC softball coach Sandi Taylor was named to the California Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2021. During her tenure as coach, she led the Renegades to the postseason 15 times, while amassing 500 career wins. She was selected as the Southern California Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1997.

Sandi retired in 2020 as BC’s Athletic Director.

Due to the pandemic, the Class of 2021 was unable to be celebrated in person. The 2021 class will join the 2020 and 2022 honorees during ceremonies at next year’s convention.

I wanted to share this video from Sandi’s retirement celebration in 2020:

And this one from our Closing Day 2020 celebration. Sandi earned the Presidential Lifetime Achievement award:

Sandi has left a lasting impact on the athletics department and the college, and I am deeply grateful for her commitment to our student athletes. I am so pleased to hear of this well-deserved honor.

Congratulations Sandi!

Commencement 2021

Today, I am also finishing up with sharing the videos from our 2021 Commencement Tribute program.

Part 5 of our graduates:

Part 6 of our graduates:

Our degree conferral, featuring KCCD Trustees Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Kyle Carter, and Romeo Agbalog:

And a choral performance titled “Be the Change”:

You can look back at all the videos from the 2021 Commencement Tribute on the Bakersfield College website.

Vaccine Clinics

The BC Student Health Center is still hard at work providing COVID-19 vaccines to our community.

Upcoming clinics include:

  • Tuesday, June 29 @ Emmanuel Lutheran Church (1900 Baker Street) from 5 to 8 pm: Moderna (18+)
  • Thursday, July 1 in partnership with the Governor’s Office, Kern Medical, Telemundo, and KGET-TV 17 @ 2120 L St, Bakersfield, CA 93309 from 3 to 7 pm: Pfizer (12+) and Johnson and Johnson (18+)
  • Thursday, July 8 @ the Hindu Temple of Kern County (6700 Valley View, Bakersfield) from 5 to 8 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Saturday, July 10th BC Mass Clinic on campus from 10 am to 2 pm: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Friday, July 16 @ Mercado Latino (2105 Edison Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93305) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Monday, June 19 @ BC Delano Campus from 5 to 8 pm: Moderna (18+) and Pfizer (12+)
  • Wednesday, July 21 @ Kern County Veterans NOR Veteran’s Hall (400 Norris Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308) from Noon to 3 p.m.: Moderna (18+)
  • Saturday, August 7th BC Mass Clinic on campus from 10 am to 2 pm: Moderna (+18)

The BC Student Health and Wellness Center is currently administering the Moderna COVID vaccine Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9 am to 3 pm, and Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine is administered Thursdays from 9 am to 3pm. Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics, or register at myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 and schedule your appointment. Enter the zip code of 93305 to view the Bakersfield College Student Health and Wellness Center availability.

Clinics with Pfizer vaccines are in partnership with and administered by Albertsons/Vons Pavillions, Southern California Division, as part of the White House and U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Federal Pharmacy Program. 

Poetry Corner

Please enjoy this poem from Jack Hernandez:

Detroit

You taught me how 
to take the bus downtown,
how to shovel walks
stuffed with overnight snow, 
to belly flop on frozen roads,
skate fast with some grace
on a pond’s smooth ice.
You did not teach me, though,
to know those pushed
aside because of color,
fenced in and feared.
You raised me 
in a walled cradle
of warmth and joy,
it would take leaving you.
not forgetting but opening
my childhood eyes
to the suffering and anger
it did not know.

In the News

BC job skills training program seeks young people who are struggling, out of school

The Bakersfield Californian wrote this piece about BC’s ENCORE program, which aims to help young residents earn a job skills certificate.

“As we look toward working our way out of the pandemic, education with a focus on employment is going to pave the way for so many families,” BC’s dean of instruction, Anthony Cordova said.

You can find out more or apply to the program at https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/ce/encore-program.

BC to host U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West concert on July 2

If you missed it on the KGET website, our own Outdoor Theatre at the Simonsen Performing Arts Center will host the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West on July 2. Gates open at 6 pm for the free concert, which will start at 7 pm.

Spotted on Social Media

Check out these selfies that BC Nursing shared for National Selfie Day:

I loved this create Father’s Day gift that Endee Grijalva shared:

BC Cheer posted a Wayback Wednesday photo of their 1991-92 team:

And I just had to share this inspirational post from Dr. Daisy Gonzales, Deputy Chancellor of California Community Colleges:

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That’s all for now.
Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
sonya –
the luckiest and happiest college president ever