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Welcome December 2022

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Honoring and Recognizing each and everyone with a disability, today and everyday.

Recently, music lovers have mourned the loss of two amazing female singers – Christine McVie and Irene Cara.

On Wednesday, Fleetwood Mac vocalist and keyboardist Christine McVie passed away at the age of 79.

She wrote “Songbird,” a sensitive ballad that for years served as Fleetwood Mac’s closing number in concerts.

Last week, on Nov. 26, Irene Cara passed away. 

She brought her energy to two of the 1980s most iconic songs – “Fame” and “Flashdance…What A Feeling.”

In 1983, she released “Flashdance…What A Feeling,” from the movie “Flashdance.” Cara won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take,
But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away

Good morning, friends.
It is December 3, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.

Porterville College

PC Volleyball earns four All-Central Valley Conference postseason honors

Left-right: All-CVC honorees Victoria Dabney, Davina Lopez, Andrea Frausto, and Kailey Cha

Following the close of the 2022 Porterville College women’s volleyball season, four members of the Pirates were honored with All-Central Valley Conference postseason awards.

Heading the list is outside hitter Victoria Dabney as she was named first-team All-Central Valley Conference. The sophomore originally out of Porterville High School led the Pirates with 180 kills and a 2.54 kills per set average. Dabney also totaled 122 digs, 22 aces, and 17 blocks.

Second-team All-CVC honors went to middle blocker Davina Lopez. The freshman from Porterville High School had a team-high 73 blocks for the Pirates and totaled 133 kills.

Named honorable mention were sophomore defensive specialist Andrea Frausto (Bakersfield HS) and freshman defensive specialist Kailey Cha (Porterville HS). Frausto led PC with 220 digs while Cha contributed 123 digs.

Under fifth-season head coach Pete Rasmussen, the Pirates compiled a 10-16 overall record and finished sixth in the highly-competitive Central Valley Conference at 7-9.

Club honors mission for service with campus blood-drive

Porterville Rotary Clubs, in partnership with the Central California Blood Center (CCBC) and the PC Rotaract Club, held a blood drive on campus to benefit the central valley this past week.  

Students who were interested in donating were able to do so in the comfort of the CCBC’s mobile blood van right in the center of campus. The blood drive turned out to be a great success with even PC President Dr. Claudia Habib stepping up to donate.

The PC Rotaract club is one of the newer clubs on campus and the first Rotaract club in Porterville. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. The goal of the PC club, according to club President Hector Hernandez, is to “bring people together to make a positive impact on the Porterville community”. 

Rotaract originally began as a Rotary International youth program in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has grown into a major organization of 10,680 clubs spread around the world with over 203,000 members. The Porterville Rotaract club started on campus in 2021 and they have already done some wonderful things for our community.  

Cerro Coso Community College

Access Program Help with Hectic Holidays

Take a heap of child-like wonder that opens up our eyes to the unexpected gifts of life; each day a sweet surprise. 
Mix a fond appreciation for the people we know; like festive holiday candles, each one has a special glow.
Add some giggles and some laughter, a dash of holiday food (amazing how a sweet cookie improve our attitude). 

Stir it all up with human kindness; wrap it up in love and peace. 
Decorate with optimism, and our joy will never cease. 
If we use this healthy recipe, we know we will remember to be in the Holiday spirit, even when it’s not December
by Joanna Fuchs. 

This little poem sums Access Programs Annual Angel Tree party for students in the program and their families. 

With compassionate hearts and selfless acts of kindness, Cerro Coso staff and friends donate gifts for every child in attendance, recognizing the sacrifices they make while their parents pursue an education. 

Santa Claus handed out gifts as the children waited patiently and squealed in delight.  Peer mentors and staff assisted the children in making crafts and playing games. 

There is nothing like the smile of a child during the holidays! 

Pickerell Making a Difference for Children

Yvonne Pickerell, East Kern (Tehachapi) Department Assistant II was selected as the 44th Annual Kern River Valley 2022 Christmas Parade Grand Marshal.

The parade occurred in the evening on Saturday, November 26, 2023 in downtown Lake Isabella.

Yvonne was recognized for this prestigious honor due to her ongoing dedication and efforts as the Toys for Tots Coordinator in the Kern River Valley for more than a decade. Her drive and passion to help children in need supported the distribution of 3,751 toys to 1,352 children in the Kern River Valley in 2022.

Her ongoing efforts and desire to help others truly make a positive difference in so many lives and the East Kern/KRV Team members are so very proud of her!

Library Offers Relief from Finals

Library Technician Davis Kunz greets students with refreshments.

Fuel up for finals offers free coffee, donuts, snacks, hot cocoa, and stress-free activities to help students nourish their minds and bodies during final exams. 

The last few weeks of the semester are arguably the most stressful time for college students.  As classes start to wind down, students find themselves buried under piles of essays, projects, and tests. 

The friendly staff of the Cerro Coso Library at the Ridgecrest Campus are here to help and offers students refreshments and a safe space to hang out to de-stress during finals week.   

The stress that comes with taking final exams is inevitable.  However, there are many ways students can manage that stress and turn it into positive motivation.  Stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, exercise, take regular breaks, make a list, and visit the CC Library are all great ways to make the most of this crazy time of year, so stay strong. 

Overall, remember to relax and take things as they come.

Don’t stress. Do your Best. 

Bakersfield College

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is considered the leading university-level mathematics examination in the world, designed for undergrad students across the U.S. and Canada. This year BC will be one of many locations across the country proctoring the in-person competition this morning starting at 8:00am, and the competition is split up into two 3-hour sessions dedicated to solving 6 complex mathematical problems. Competition prizes are awarded to participants with the highest scores and include automatic admittance and a full-ride scholarship to any Harvard graduate program plus an extra $25,000. 

Link to Mathematical Association of America for more information:

Math Matters

BC Math Club invited students and staff to the first MATH Matters event on Friday, December 2nd. This was the first of a sequence of talks intended to inspire, entertain, and amaze with the hopes of introducing the greater BC Community to the wonder of research mathematics. Dr. Robert D. Bates, Ph.D. was the featured speaker, and he shared a novel algorithm he developed for machine learning.

1st Annual AIDS Awareness Symposium

The Office of Student Life’s LGBTQIA+ Initiatives hosted the 1st Annual AIDS Awareness Symposium on December 29th. Raising awareness on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, support and dispelling myths about HIV/AIDs are all part of a larger goal to support our community. The inaugural symposium included two workshops, a keynote speaker, and rapid HIV testing.

BC Foundation Panorama Newsletter

The newest edition of the BC Foundation’s Panorama Newsletter is available.

The December issue highlights the 2023 Sterling Silver honorees:

  • Valley Strong Credit Union, Corporate Philanthropist Award
  • Marjorie and Bud Lindsey, Individual Philanthropist Award
  • Fran Florez, BC Foundation Service Medal
  • Jean Fuller, Leadership in Education Award

The 15th Annual Sterling Silver Dinner will be held on March 25, 2023, in the Renegade Ballroom.

Other highlights from the December Panorama include BC Alumni Association Activities, Career & Employment Connections for Students, and features on the new edible garden and second peace garden at BC – and more!

Check out the December issue on the BC Foundation homepage.

Remembering Renegades

The Bakersfield College community recently lost two of our former employees:

I’m sad to announce that Allen Slate, a cherished colleague of mine from my time as a math professor, passed away over the Thanksgiving holiday. Allen served as a math faculty member and department chair during the early years of the Panorama Campus in the 1960s, and his wife JoAnn was active in the Faculty Wives and Women Association that existed during that time. He retired in 1993 and was the second recipient of the Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award (the first recipient of the Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award was Ray Ward in 1992). 

Allen Slate was forward-thinking about the role of technology in helping students understand mathematics. In 1993, he wrote a needs assessment report with Liz Rozell on the importance of hands-on exploration and multimedia tools for teaching calculus and statistics.

Retired Bakersfield College chemistry professor Robert Allison was a close friend of Allen’s, and he expressed his condolences upon his passing. 

“Allen was an outstanding mathematics teacher,” he wrote. “His gentle, dry wit and friendship of many years will be missed.”

Thank you to Jerry Ludeke for sharing this information.

I am also sad to share that former BC chef Brent Hicks recently passed away. Here is the message from Jerry Ludeke:

Brent Hicks was born on Christmas Eve in 1951 so he reached the age of seventy one. We remember when he was first hired to work in the cafeteria as a young man. He trained under the master, Pat Coyle, and worked his way up to supervise the catering service and banquets.  Eventually we were delighted to see him be added to the teaching faculty as Director of the Renegade Room where he trained the students in all aspects of the restaurant business.  As Lucy Clark said, “Brent was a Renegade Room star!”  Not only was he a talented chef, he was a true teacher with the students, and he was very thoughtful and popular with patrons and staff.  Brent was a happy, friendly, down-to-earth person.

In the News

Kern County In Depth: The transition from fossil fuels and carbon capture technology

KGET invited Nicole Parra for a segment on “Kern County In Depth with Jim Scott.” Nicole talked about the recent economic summit, and the work that CREL – the California Renewable Energy Laboratory – will be doing to combat climate change, especially with carbon capture and sequestration.

Check it out at Nicole Parra’s segment starts at about 13:46.

Dual enrollment thrives in Central Valley area where few earn college degrees

Emma Gallegos for EdSource wrote about Kern CCD’s dual enrollment program, which is the second in size in the state – trailing only the LA Community College District.

“In 2015, the Kern district began to roll out dual enrollment programs as a part of a larger push into rural communities. The goal of this effort, called Rural Initiatives, was to bring college directly into communities, such as Delano, Arvin, McFarland, Wasco and Shafter, where college-going rates are especially low and bachelor’s degrees are rare. One way to do that was to bring college onto high school campuses. Today dual enrollment has its largest presence on rural campuses where students opt for a range of courses from skills training to liberal arts.”

Thank you Trustee Romeo Agbalog, Retired Senator Dr. Jean Fuller, Steve Watkin, and Kylie Campbell for your leadership on Early College.

Learning and earning: Bakersfield College pushing hard to expand apprenticeship programs

Steven Mayer wrote this article for The Bakersfield Californian about how BC & Kern CCD are working to expand apprenticeship opportunities by offering programs with such industry partners as Bitwise Industries, OpenClassrooms, Adventist Health Bakersfield, Kern Medical and others.

Anthony Cordova

“These collaborations will empower our students by providing flexible, relevant and high-quality education, which we know has the power to transform their lives and bring them to gainful employment in meaningful careers,” (BC Dean of Instruction Anthony) Cordova said.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

PC Vice President Primavera Arvizu shared this post:

Porterville College’s High School Counselor and Principal Retreat is a great opportunity to collaborate, strategize, and address Student Success. We are all partners addressing education for the community. @PCollegePirates #studentsuccess

Check out the BC Padrinos and the student club Ritmo y Sabor Folklorico group at the Padrinos de BC Posadas student scholarship fundraiser:

And PC President Claudia Habib shared how it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Porterville College:

We are getting into the Holiday Spirit @PCollegePirates our Maintenance & Operations crew surprised me this morning with the installation of wreaths in our quad. It’s starting to look like Christmas.


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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor


Happy Thanksgiving 2022. There is much to be thankful for.

Puerta Vallarta and soccer …. it does not get better than that.

The chant came from deep in one corner of the stadium, ringing out loud and clear for a few moments
before fading back into the general cacophony of the night.
“It’s called soc-cer!” the United States fans bellowed at their England counterparts. “It’s called soc-cer!”
Andrew Keh, New York Times.
Read more:

A week ago, I was fortunate enough to make my first visit to Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta lies on Mexico’s western coast and is bordered by the jungle-clad Sierra Madre mountains. It is an absolutely stunning location, defined by the natural charms of its beaches and the splendor of the mountains. In many ways, it reminded me of home.

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations – tourism accounts for roughly half of the town’s economic activity, and about half of the work force is employed in tourism. But beyond the numerous resorts, there is a beautiful countryside dotted with banana farms, mango farms, and avocado farms. Livestock and fishing also provide important contributions to Puerto Vallarta’s economy.

During my visit, I also had the opportunity to check out Las Caletas, a lovely beach hideaway in the middle of the jungle, accessible only by boat.

John Huston, father of Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, was among the first foreigners to notice and enjoy this place. He was seeking isolation and time away from the business of daily life, and he leased the land in the 1970s – living there for almost 2 decades before his health forced him back to the United States.

Las Caletas is a gorgeous, 1000-yards-long beach, broken up into 4 smaller beaches.

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

Happy Thanksgiving 20222. I have much to be thankful for.

Good morning, friends.
It is November 26, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.

Porterville College

Porterville Scholarship Program

You’re not too late! It’s still scholarship application season! Porterville College is holding scholarship workshops this week to help you with the application process!

Applications are open until November 30.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Monday, November 28: 2-3 pm
  • Tuesday, November 29: 12-2 pm
  • Wednesday, November 30: 2-3 pm

For more details on eligibility and scholarship workshops, visit

Become a Pirate in a Week

The Porterville Adult School is hosting two events this week to provide enrollment assistance to anyone who wants to become a Porterville College student.

On Tuesday, join us for in-person application and orientation from 10 am to 3 pm.

On Wednesday, check out the resource fair, which will have information about health careers, job development, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Program & Services, Next Up and more!

Don’t Miss Kirtley King Exhibition!

The public is invited to see the exhibition, Kirtley King: “Incomprehensibilities of Gallimaufry”, at the Porterville College Art Gallery.

Kirtley King describes his artworks in this way: “Visually this gallimaufry is exemplary of the emotive experiences of my object reality.” And then goes on to say, “This work is a project attempting to visually bridge the gap between the corporeal experience (sensual) and the psycho-emotive experience (emotional). These images begin to build structures that pull at the collective unconscious in interesting ways… through pattern, reflection, and surrealistic styled dreaminess. The source material for the images are flowers, landscapes, and cityscapes and they all end up feeling very different visually and that intrigues me. The flowers (both alive and dead) take on strong iconographic quality and tend to be the more sense relating pieces, the landscapes seem to breed the strongest dream quality, and the cityscapes have a very graphic quality where angles become monolithic… I hope you get close to these works to see the way image is constructed in your mind through the pattern, reflection, and dreaminess.”

Kirtley King is both an artist and an educator. Photography is usually his medium of choice.

There will be a video interview with the artist, available for viewing in the gallery during the times of the show (in lieu of an artist reception).

The show will run through December 1, 2022.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. Parking is free.

Please contact Jim Entz at 791-2257 with any questions.

Cerro Coso Community College

Happy Thanksgiving from Cerro Coso Community College

I wanted to share the Thanksgiving message that Cerro Coso Community College President Sean Hancock sent:


Thanksgiving week is upon us.  For many of us, this is a time to embrace the wonderful people in our lives whom we cherish, and to reflect on our many blessings.  It also means that we are moving quickly towards the final academic push – projects, papers, exams, and end-of-the-year tasks. 

For many this is a time for simple pleasures like connecting with family, sharing a great meal, and enjoying some football rivalry.  For others it can be stressful, overwhelming, and lonely.  Please take this time to rest, reconnect, reach out, and engage in those activities that promote both mental and physical wellbeing.

The last two years have been challenging.  Yet, I saw this college come together for one another and for our communities in more ways than anyone could have imagined.  You transformed the institution to give our students the best educational experience possible, despite all obstacles. 

I am incredibly grateful to each of you for your courage, dedication, and support for our students and each other. The passion, tenacity, and resiliency that so uniquely defines the Cerro Coso community warrants joyful acknowledgement. To the students, thank you for choosing Cerro Coso, you give us purpose.  To our community members who have invested in Cerro Coso, thank you for your friendship, and your unwavering support of our programs and services.

The start of 2023 isn’t far away and it brings with it great promise! I look forward to working alongside you as we continue our mission to improve the life of every student we serve.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

Coyote Spirit in Action

Thanksgiving is a time to express our gratitude for the good things in life, be it close friends and family, opportunities, good health, or even a healthy harvest.  It’s also a time when people like to give back. 

For Cerro Coso students it was a chance to help those in need have a nice holiday. 

Through the generosity of donors, the Coyote Cupboard held a food distribution on Friday afternoon at the Desert Dog Pet Store for the community.

One thing that every college campus wants is an environment of happy, engaged students.  Being involved in worthwhile community service projects, like the Coyote Cupboard, alongside earning a degree can help make that happen. 

In today’s society, it is easy to get wrapped up in the material aspects of the season.  What is truly important this Thanksgiving is not only to be thankful for all the things we have – but to give back to those who many not be as fortunate. 

Serving Up Thanksgiving

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the Coyote Cupboard at the Ridgecrest campus offered up a heartwarming reminder of what this season of giving is all about.

Every Thanksgiving, student volunteers gather at the Coyote Cupboard to serve a community Thanksgiving dinner, all free of charge for students and employees.

Student volunteers helped serve up the feast complete with turkey and all the fixings.

“We appreciate how hard our students work, and the staff that work hard to support them. This is a small gesture in light of all that, but it comes with our heartfelt gratitude,” said Outreach Director Katie Bachman.

Men of Worth Entertain Local Audience

In 1986 Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher came together to perform Scottish and Irish Folk music, combining traditional and contemporary styles.

The two have been performing at Cerro Coso Community College for 16 years.  It was a real pleasure for the CCCC Foundation to reengage with the residents of the Indian Wells Valley on Friday, November 18th, at the first concert to return to the college since the pandemic. 

Men of Worth did not disappoint.  It’s clear that after 30 years these two are still enjoying what they do.  They’re funny guys – not only expert musicians but extremely engaging performers; spiking their traditional tunes with wonderfully told tales about their homelands and plenty of unscripted comic interplay.

Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland.  Writing tunes and original songs in both his first language Gaelic and in English, Donnie presents the music from his native Scotland with passion and humor.  Donnie performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran.  James Keigher comes from County Mayo in the west of Ireland.  He is a singer, writer and collector of traditional and contemporary folk music.  James was raised in Charlestown, a small rural community, steeped in traditional music and stories.  He performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran. 

The name “Men of Worth” was chosen from the title of a Scottish Folk song written by the legendary Scots singer/songwriter Archie Fisher.

Performing concerts and festivals, with 12 albums to their credit, Men of Worth continue the very tradition from which they’ve evolved.  Men of Worth are an international act and have earned much respect and success in over 30 years of touring together.

Bakersfield College

National Communication Association Conference

Last weekend, Dr. Chris Cruz-Boone (aka Dr. CCB) and Professor Chris Holland presented papers at the National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in New Orleans. Dr. CCB’s paper about our department’s shared stories of hope during the first two months of the COVID-19 crisis was awarded “top paper in the community college division”! Chris Holland presented her analysis about queer, specifically asexual, representation in video games. Both also volunteered for the Kendall Hunt Publishing’s Day of Service at NCA and assembled boxes of classroom supplies with notes of encouragement and decor as well as giant size Scrabble boards for teachers.

The Scars You Can’t See: Breaking the Stigma 

On November 5th, BC’s Health Science and Public Safety Training Pathway collaborated on a successful event, “The Scars You Can’t See; Breaking the Stigma”.

This seminar was a great show of commitment to forging a path toward mental stability and mental health education for our first responders and frontline workers. Speakers representing law enforcement, firefighters, and nurses spoke about their internal struggles and the tools they used to overcome them.

Attendees heard from Brian Smith (Retired Assistant Chief, California Highway Patrol), Jason Sautel (Retired Lieutenant, Oakland Fire Department), Ben Vernon (San Diego Fire-Rescue Engineer), and two of BC’s very own – Jennifer Arrington (Nursing Clinical Instructor) and Derek Robinson (Program Director, Public Safety Training Programs).

Industrial Automation Hosts Kern VEX Robotics Competition

In early November, Industrial Automation hosted the Kern VEX Robotics League Competition – a worldwide robotics competition held year-round that gives high school students the opportunity to compete at the regional, state, and national levels.

Over 200 local high school students competed in this match hosted by BC as their teams tried to advance to the league finals.

Students and their families had the opportunity to explore the new Industrial Automation Robotics Lab and learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree program.

Young Women Empowered for Leadership Fall Forum

On November 4th, Dr. Paula L Parks collaborated with KHSD educational partners and served as a panelist for the third annual Young Women Empowered for Leadership (YWEL) Fall Forum.

YWEL is a gathering of young ladies throughout the Kern High School District focusing on education, support, and encouragement. This year’s theme “It’s in Our DNA: Women in Education” was presented to over 140 KHSD students.

The collegiate panel also included CSUB’s Dr. Tracey Salisbury and BC adjunct faculty Ms. Kalisha McCabe.

In the News

Porterville College Band shows versatility in concert

Jamie A. Hunt wrote this article for The Porterville Recorder about the Porterville College Band:

“I’m excited and thrilled to get the opportunity to direct the ensemble at PC,” said [adjunct band director David] Green. “It’s a challenge to rebuild the band program coming out of the pandemic, but I couldn’t be prouder of the work and efforts of the ensemble members.”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Here’s PC President Claudia Habib, Cerro Coso President Sean Hancock, and Kern CCD Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg at the Community College League of California Annual Convention:

Norma Rojas-Mora hosted the Latina Leaders academy:

Nora Dominguez presented at the Latina Leaders Academy:


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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor


A Tolkien for our times

Tolkien once remarked that one of his objects in writing The Lord of the Rings was
“the elucidation of truth, and the encouragement of good morals in this real world, by the ancient device of
exemplifying them in unfamiliar embodiments, that may tend to ‘bring them home.’”

From the Tolkien Letters

Are you a J.R.R. Tolkien fan?  I recently rewatched the three Lord of the Rings movies and thoroughly enjoyed them.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (Ronald, to his friends) was a major scholar of the English language, and from an early age shared remarkable linguistic gifts – mastering Latin and Greek and a number of other languages while also making up his own languages for fun.

He eventually became a professor at Oxford. He said that one day as he was grading exam papers, one student had left a page blank. Inspired, he wrote on the page, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Tolkien then decided he needed to take that thought further – what is a hobbit, why does it live in a hole, what kind of hole? In creating answers to these questions, he wove a tale he told to his younger children. Eventually he wrote it down, with additional details, and it became The Hobbit, published in 1937.

After the success of The Hobbit, he was persuaded to write another story. He began in December 1937, but the first book – The Fellowship of the Ring – would not be published until 1954.

The Hobbit was not originally part of Tolkien’s larger mythology – his Legendarium, with origins dating back to 1914 when he began writing poems and story sketches, drawing maps, and inventing languages to create a unique mythology.

Do you like Gollum?  Check this out:

Who is your favorite Lord of the Rings character? Drop a comment with your answer.

Good morning, friends.
It is November 19, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.

Porterville College

Advisors use beautiful days and lunch as incentives

In a unique effort to get more students into advising appointments, the counseling and advising office began offering weekly appointments in the quad for students.  Each Monday of the month, students are invited to join their counselor or advisor in the quad for an “open air” advising appointment. 

Not only does this provide a refreshing new atmosphere for advisors and students to meet (especially on a beautiful fall day like this past week), but it also provides a unique incentive for students to create their all-important educational plan.  Each student who creates a comprehensive educational plan during these weekly appointments will receive a free lunch as well. 

These appointments are offered each Monday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, contact the advising office at 559-791-2939. 

The return of PC RegFest marks the start of open enrollment for Spring

Open enrollment for the Spring 2023 semester began this past Wednesday.  In an attempt to remove barriers for students, the student services department is offering PC RegFest for three additional days this week. 

RegFest offers support for ANYONE looking for help with registration at PC with on hand counselors, educational advisors and other support staff to assist new and returning students with registration, applying for support resources, etc. for the Spring 2023 Semester.

PC Regfest was available to the public from 9am to 4pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this past week on the PC campus.

Club Fundraisers kick off the holiday season at PC

Tis the season for fundraisers on the PC Campus.  It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays as several student clubs have begun sharing their holiday spirit by kicking-off their annual fundraisers in support of different causes. New club “Together We Can” and the PC Rotaract club started off the season with the first fundraisers of the year this week. 

Together We Can, which is a club devoted to assisting the families of those who are incarcerated in our local prisons, held a professional photography fundraiser this week with the help of professional photographer, and wife of club faculty advisor Jeff Jacobs, Lindy Jacobs.  Ms. Jacobs donated her time and talent and offered to take professional photos for students in their first “Campus Photo Booth”.  The booth was a hit and many students sat for holiday portraits, headshots, or just fun photos with their friends in the campus quad.   

Later in the week the Rotaract club started it’s annual winter food drive to support St. Anne’s food pantry in Porterville.  They are asking for non-perishable food donations to be dropped off at various food box locations around campus.  They will continue accepting donations through December 9th at various locations on campus. 

Cerro Coso Community College

Hospital Connects with Nursing Students Over Tea

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital nursing administrators hosted a tea for Cerro Coso nursing students on November 16th to encourage partnership and build connections.

A nursing shortage is currently challenging the healthcare systems across the country that will continue to impact hospitals for years to come.  An aging population, increased demand for services,  expanded insurance coverage, as well as rising rates of chronic disease are fueling the growing need for nursing staff.  “We need our LVN’s,” said  Celia Mills, MSN, VSN, RN, PHN, RRH Administrator of Care Coordination and Community Health.

Partnerships between hospitals and colleges help to grow prospective hiring pools. 

“We have all been right where you all are,” encouraged Mills.  “This is truly the hardest level of nursing.  As you move into the profession your passions take you in different directions, and you will seek additional education, because your desire to help others only grows stronger.”

The tea served many purposes: to encourage nursing students in their studies, to inspire passion in the chosen profession, and to share success stories that motivate and help build important connections with future nurses. 

“It was very kind of the nursing administrator’s to take the time out of their busy schedules to recognize and meet one on one with our nursing students offering encouragement and building meaningful and lasting relationships that will meet local workforce needs,” said Dr. Sean Hancock

Spring Open Houses at Cerro Coso

Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) held Open House’s at all of it’s campuses this week. 

“This event offers a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in Cerro Coso to come and see what the College has to offer, ask questions, and get all their early registration and financial aid completed in one day,” said Christine Small, Director of Counseling Services at Cerro Coso.

In-person events were held at the Bishop campus on Monday, Mammoth Lakes Campus on Tuesday, Ridgecrest Campus on Wednesday, and at the Tehachapi Campus on Thursday.  Participants were give the chance to Learn about Cerro Coso Community College, Connect with the education counseling team, Explore the campus with campus tours, Apply for Financial Aid with a trained technician, and Enroll in spring 2023 courses.

Take flight at Cerro Coso Community College this spring.  Registration is now open for spring 2023 classes.  Call the Education Counseling Department today at 760-384-6219 for more information.   

Shropshire New DAII in M&O

Meet Constance Shropshire, who goes by Connie, the new Department Assistant II in the Maintenance & Operations department.

For CC Ridgecrest employees, Connie is a familiar face from M&O 😊.

A Ridgecrest native, Connie spent a number of years living in Montana but eventually returned to her hometown to be with family!

Connie has taken several BSOT courses at Cerro Coso and holds many certificates in this field of study.

For fun, Connie and her husband Tyler enjoy camping, fishing, and the great outdoors! She also loves to spend as much time as she can with her three granddaughters.

“I enjoy my work and this campus immensely!” she says, and is excited to bring her knowledge of the maintenance and construction field into her new role as DA II for Maintenance & Operations.

A motto Connie lives by is “always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.” She finds “happiness in what is put in front of [her] and tries to show others kindness, acceptance, support, and love in all things.”

Congratulations Connie! You are a valued employee at Cerro Coso and we look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

CC Welcomes Barry to Counseling

Amanda Barry is the new Department Assistant II in the Counseling department.

Amanda is another familiar face around the Ridgecrest Campus we see often at the “One-Stop.” 😊

Born and raised here in Ridgecrest, Amanda moved to South Carolina to live for 12 years.

She relocated back to Ridgecrest last year and is currently one semester away from graduating with her A.A. in Business Office Technology from Cerro Coso Community College. She also holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Tri-County Technical College.

Amanda loves to color! She states she has several shelves of Disney coloring books and supplies… “it’s a very serious hobby LOL!”  Coloring promotes mindfulness and relieves stress.  She also enjoys hiking and playing racquetball.

Amanda’s motto in life is “Don’t wait until you have reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.”

Welcome to the Cerro Coso team Amanda.

Bakersfield College

Entree to Employment Dinner

On November 8th, the BC Career Education Department hosted the Biannual Entrée to Employment dinner. Packing the Renegade Room with guests, Vocational Nursing students and industry partners showed up for a fine dining experience served by our very own culinary students.

This event is designed to highlight social etiquette, professional experiences, workforce expectations, and many other industry-related conversations. Students complete an etiquette workshop preparing them for this opportunity to boost their confidence in situations combining professional dining and networking.

Partners from Adventist Health, Bakersfield Behavioral Health, Encompass Health, Kern Medical, Kern Health Systems, and Kern County Human Resources were in attendance. We are so fortunate to have collaborative opportunities with these leaders to help develop a skilled workforce.

Pathway Preview Event Hosted by Outreach and Career Ed Departments

The Outreach and Career Education Department hosted over 1,000 local High School seniors for our first-ever Pathway Preview event on November 4th. Students were given a campus tour of pathway programs and labs, and new pathway programs were debuted as well.

Counseling and advising representatives as well as faculty from each pathway were available to talk with students about their prospective majors and how to begin their journey.

The event also featured a resource fair that offered students opportunities to interact with various student services. 

A Cozy Christmas Fundraiser for BC Chamber Singers

For the first time since COVID-19, the BC Chamber Singers are hosting their holiday fundraising event on Saturday, December 10th! Attendees will enjoy yummy food, pictures with Santa, and a silent and live auction with incredible items to purchase before the holidays.

This year’s event is called “A Cozy Christmas” and the Chamber Singers hope you will feel right at home in the BC Conference Room with family and friends as they perform solos, small group numbers, and full choir pieces that will fill your heart with holiday spirit.

The 2:00PM show will feature cookies and cocoa, and the 6:00PM show will  include dinner.

Ticket sales end on December 2nd, so purchase your ticket here today.

2022 Ag Career Expo

On October 28th, the Agriculture department held its annual Agriculture Career Expo hosting over 220 high school students. Agriculture faculty and industry professionals including Grimmway Farms, The Wonderful Company, and Tasteful Selections partnered to coach students on how to pursue an education tailored to the field.

Students participated in several different breakout sessions in disciplines such as Mechanized Ag, Plant Science, Animal Science, Veterinary Technology, Agriculture Business, Agriculture Education, Occupational Safety, and Natural Resources.

These events are critical in linking our students with real connections to the industry.


Last week, Craig Hayward, Steve Watkin, and Kylie Campbell represented Kern CCD at the National Alliance of Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team was joined by Naomi Castro from Career Ladders Project and was able to get to know fellow dual enrollment leaders from our state and across the country. 

Craig, Kylie, and Noami were recognized for the research grant they were awarded by NACEP’s Research Commission in 2021 to complete a study titled “Where Are They Now? A Study of Dual Enrollment Students in the Kern Community College District”. The team was invited to be on a panel at this year’s conference with other research grant recipients and also to lead a packed breakout session to share their research methods and findings. You can check out the research brief for yourself here

This piece is a great representation of the transformative work that our colleges are doing through Early College. The brief highlights some great findings, including that the percentage of Black and Latinx students who participate in dual enrollment through Kern CCD going to college right after high school is higher than state and national average and that dual enrollment is having intergenerational influence on the families in our community. 


Check out the latest post from the Kern CCD TALE Blog – “Opening Doors with Open Educational Resources” from Porterville College’s Clara Hodges Zimmerman.

“In April 2021, I responded to a call from a colleague at Berkeley City College for collaborators on a project funded by ASCCC Open Educational Resource Initiative (OERI) to write a textbook-style advanced-level OER for students who were learners of English. It was a year into the pandemic and I was back to teaching after having a baby in October. To be honest, I was feeling a little isolated and disconnected from my vocation (although maybe that was just the sleep deprivation!). So, I eagerly emailed back my enthusiastic response and joined eight other community college ESL instructors from around the state interested in filling a gap in the OER/ESL world.

Read it at Opening Doors with Open Educational Resources – The TALE Blog (

In the News

Bakersfield College’s Renegade Pantry provides more than food for BC students

23ABC did a piece on BC’s Renegade Pantry. Check it out at

“Our numbers are astronomical right now,” said (BC Assistant Director of Student Life Leonardo) Ayala. “Right now, every week right behind me here in the pantry, we have a thousand unique students who are coming through at least once.”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Pink Ladies Auxiliary Gives Scholarships to Nursing Students

June Wasserman, Scholarship Committee Chairwoman of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, presented Jan Hoagland Vocational Nursing Scholarships to Cerro Coso nursing students (pictured l to r) Tamara Williams and Valerie Lucero.

These graduating Cerro Coso Community College vocational nursing students each received a $500 check from the Pink Ladies Auxiliary. “We only wish we could have awarded one to every nursing student,” said Wasserman.

Founded by Jan Hoagland in 1958, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary raises money to fund these scholarships. Their efforts support Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s mission to provide outstanding healthcare in our community. 

Kern County Women in STEM visit BC

Kern County Women in STEM visited the Bakersfield College campus this week and toured the new Science & Engineering building.  Afterward, they enjoyed a networking lunch sponsored by the BC Foundation. 

You can find out more about the group on their LinkedIn page, or sign up for the group at this link:

Mayor’s Ball

Here are a few photos from Steven Watkin at the Mayor’s Ball:

BC Nursing Students

Bakersfield College Nursing students volunteered at Golden Empire Gleaners food bank warehouse this week:

KernCCD at Community College League of California Conference

Here’s Kern CCD Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Porterville College President Claudia Habib:


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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor


Veterans Day 2022 – Honoring our veterans today and everyday

Honoring and recognizing our veterans today and everyday.
We don’t know them all, but we owe them all – Unknown   Our student veterans at KCCD  

Yesterday was Veterans Day, a day on which we honor our nation’s veterans. It originally commemorated the end of World War I – major hostilities were formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Over the last 8 years KCCD Colleges have enrolled 3,538 Veterans, 1,151 Active Military, and 6,155 Children of Veterans or Active Military.  Some of these students have been registered as both when they were active military and then afterwards when they were veterans.  
Gender wise, 55% of this group are Men, which flips the traditional gender distribution at our colleges.  This distribution is even more pronounced among African American and Hispanic Veterans/Active Military/Children of Veterans, where there are even fewer men than women enrolled in the general student population.   
Over fifty percent of this group are first-generation students whose parents highest level of education is less than an associate’s degree.   Our Veteran/Active Military/Children of Veterans or Active Military have loftier educational goals as 57% of students have transfer to a 4-year university as an ed goal.  
During this time, KCCD has awarded 1,402 degrees to 663 veterans, 425 degrees to 194 Active Military servicepersons, and 3,068 degrees to 1,447 children of veterans/Active military.

Let’s look back at past blog posts as we again honor and thank our veterans for their service.

2021: Veterans thank you for your service

“Through their service, they have been honed into warriors and possess a warrior spirit. A veteran’s experiences and their duty to protect our country can create challenges to finding the sometimes-elusive peace they seek, beyond those of the average citizen.”Jenny Frank, manager of Veteran Services and Programs at Bakersfield College

From Cerro Coso Community College’s 2021 flag raising ceremony

2020: On Eagle’s Wings

From Jenny Frank’s message to the BC community:

Veterans, on this day, we pay tribute to you for your selfless service to our nation. While this is the day set aside in celebration of your service, know that each and every day we are eternally grateful for the sacrifices you have made. While some of you may have seen war in foreign lands, others might have stayed closer to home. Each of you raised your right hand and took the oath of enlistment. For that, there are no words that would be sufficient to express our profound gratitude.

2019: BC Celebrates our Veterans

From Paul Beckworth’s message to the BC community:

On behalf of all the student-veterans, Thank you. While we veterans are honored every November 11th, I want to take this opportunity to honor you.

Faculty, I honor you.  Your emails and phone calls to me due to grave concerns about veterans in your class, fearful for their safety, show your humanity.  You have taken their PTSD, and/or TBI into account when you felt it necessary or appropriate.  Your patience with them, your listening ears, are lifesavers, figuratively and literally. 

Classified staff, I honor you.  Your willingness to jump in and help never wanes.  You are always so helpful, knowing that when we ask for something, it is to assist a veteran.  You are professional when veterans are upset and act out in Financial Aid, or A&R or you name it.  You cut through red tape like a hot knife through butter. As far as I am concerned there need not be any contract negotiation because you have earned all that you are asking for, and more, period.

Administration, I honor you.  Your concern for all students is fundamental to your leadership. Your passion for the success of our veterans is second to none.  Other veteran service departments are literally jealous over the support we get from our administration.  I can text Sonya and get a response rather quickly. Others schools cannot fathom that my president gave me her cell phone number in the first place.  It is all because our administrators care, not just through words but actions.

There could be no veteran student success, no veteran completion, without people like you all. So, on this Veterans Day, on behalf of our student-veterans, I thank you for your service to our veterans.

In the photo booth with balloons We heart our BC Vets.

2018: BC Loves our Vets!

Patriotism was on full display this past Wednesday, November 7, as Bakersfield College celebrated Vetfest.  The festival, which honored and showed appreciation to all active and former members of the military, was well-attended by students, community members, and veterans.It is events like this that remind us how important it is to never forget the sacrifices our veterans have made.  I am humbled at how this campus has come together to take care of those who have given so much in the name of freedom.

President Sonya Christian, VPs Zav Dadabhoy and Mike Giacomini, with keynote speaker Lt. Col. Dr. Tommy Tunson.

2017: Celebrating Veterans All Week Long

In 1955 when the Panorama Campus at Bakersfield College was being built, the first structure completed was Memorial Stadium. It was named to honor our fallen heroes of World War I and World War II and a plaque at the finish line commemorates its dedication to the bravery and sacrifice of our brothers and sisters. Over sixty years later, those who serve our country continue to be an inspiration to this campus, and our student veterans are an important part of the Renegade family.

BC Vets Club
BC Vets Club

2016: Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016

On Veterans Day, our BC Veterans Club took part in the annual Bakersfield Veterans Day parade. It was such an honor to meet with them at the parade. We are truly grateful for their service, and for the service of all this great nation’s veterans. Thank you!

2015: Veterans Day, Vet Fest and Remembering America’s Best

U.S. armed forces veterans made the conscious decision to step up and serve their nation. And as the nation pauses today to honor Veterans Day, I think it’s important to not only thank veterans for their service, but to thank them for making the decision to do so in the first place. Since we did away with the draft more than 40 years ago, the decision to join the military has been a complex one and a responsibility that no one takes lightly.  It’s a choice born of courage that so many of us couldn’t or wouldn’t make.

2014: Student Veterans and BC’s 2nd Annual Vet Fest

BC celebrated the second annual vet fest, five days ago, on Nov 6, 2014. This event was initiated last year by Wesley Barrientos, President of our student Vet Club, and Paul Beckworth, Associate Dean of Counseling.  This year the team was joined by our new Education Advisor, Tina Mendoza, a vet herself.

Student veterans, BC’s faculty and staff salute you and thank you for your service!

Trustee Romeo Agbalog, Armando Trujillo and me.

Good morning, friends.
It is November 12, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.

Porterville College

Celebrating First-Gen Students

On November 8th, colleges and universities across the country celebrated the success of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on their campuses.  PC extended this celebration to a full week of events and panels to celebrate those First Generation Students, Faculty & Staff among us.  The event began on Monday with a pancake mixer for students and continued with various panels and discussion events. 

This celebration for students who were the first to attend college from each of their families was started in 2017 with National First-Generation Day. “As a first-generation college student, I can attest to the power of higher education in transforming lives and increasing opportunities for socioeconomic upper mobility.” Roger Perez, PC Director of Communications and Community Relations, said, “We are excited to celebrate first-generation students in particular because they are so close to the core of our mission to provide educational opportunities to those who wouldn’t otherwise have the resources or support to get an education or continue with their education.”

Board meeting held at Porterville College, emeritus recipients recognized

On Thursday, November 10th, the Kern CCD Board of Trustees held their yearly campus visit with Board meeting at Porterville College.

This was Trustee Jack Connell‘s last meeting. President of the Board, Trustee Romeo Agbalog recognized Jack for his service on the Board.

Today we are bidding a fond farewell to one of our Board members. It saddens me to say that this will be the last meeting for our Area 2 Trustee, Mr. Jack Connell. We will miss him and are thankful for the four years we’ve had getting to know him and work with him in serving our students and our colleges.

Mr. Connell was elected in November of 2018 and has been the member representing Area 2, which spans eastern Kern County, and includes Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties. He represented the service area for our Ridgecrest college and satellite sites, Jack and always well represented the interests of all our colleges in the Kern Community College District. When Jack first became a board member in 2018, he made a point of visiting each of our main campuses and spending time learning about those campuses in pursuit of doing his job well as a Trustee.

Jack served on several of our board subcommittees. For example, in 2021, Jack served on the Board Legislation subcommittee, the Accreditation subcommittee, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee. More recently, in 2022 Jack served on the Accreditation subcommittee, the Legislation subcommittee, and the Redistricting Ad-hoc committee. Jack has always taken his role on the Board seriously and has made a point of keeping our students as the focus.

Jack, we are going to miss you and our work together. We know that wherever you go or whatever you do next will be in service to your community. Thank you again for everything you’ve done and we wish you the all the best.

One of the agenda items was the recognition of the following Porterville College retirees for Emeritus Status:

Craig Britton

During the two decades Craig spent at PC, he was a fierce advocate for his department, his colleagues, classified staff, and students. He demonstrated his support for students by ensuring that he offered early morning and late-night classes every semester to accommodate students’ work schedules. He would often provide students monetary support when they needed help. During the pandemic, he worked long hours to learn how to move his classes online. He created videos, took classes, and worked tirelessly to prepare his classes for online delivery, despite the fact he despised teaching online.

Craig’s devotion to his department and PC is best demonstrated by the fact that he only took one day off during his cancer treatment. Even during great physical weakness, he showed up every day and delivered what his students needed. Additionally, Craig assisted in the implementation of the annual PC BBQ for classified staff. This meant he contributed money, meat, and hours of cook time just to let classified staff know they were valued. His contributions to PC cannot be overlooked and are sorely missed.

Kathryn Benander

When one thinks of faculty emeriti, none fits the bill better than Kathryn “Kathy” Benander, who has served as an exceptional member of the Language Arts Department over a 35-year career.  Retiring in Spring 2022, Kathy has left a rich legacy and path for others in English to follow, and we wish to honor her with Emeritus status.

Kathy began her association with Porterville College in 1983, as a student. She worked as a tutor and as a student counselor and recruiter at EOPS. She also wrote the EOPS newsletter for two years.

Creating new and timely ways to teach reading, writing, logic, MLA style, academic writing, and so many works and types of literature is a significant gift that Kathy gave and that she viewed as an incredible opportunity. She very often taught an overload. She has noted that her most important accomplishment at PC has been inspiring and facilitating the education of her students, who have gone out into the local area and beyond as poets, teachers, speakers, artists, researchers, nurses, business owners, educational administrators, and most importantly, active and informed citizens.  

Beyond the PC classroom, Kathy wrote the original charter for Phi Theta Kappa and was an adviser for 10 years, hosting a PC Foundation breakfast, fundraisers, conducting mini-workshops, and attending many state conferences.  In Porterville, Kathy volunteered at local schools, teaching reading, assisted in K-12 classrooms, and served in local dance, sports, literature, and cultural events programs. She was often a liaison to the Porterville community for current and potential students. 

Not Present, but also selected for emeritus recognition were Jay Hargis and Beverly Ward from the Social Science and Health Careers divisions respectively

Thank you to all the staff at PC for a wonderful Board meeting at the Home of the Pirates.

PC Women’s BBall Split opener

Sophomore Jazlynne Medrano posted a double-double, scoring a career-high 31 points to go with 10 rebounds, to help lead the Porterville College women’s basketball team to an 82-61 win over visiting Palo Verde College on Friday.

The victory came two days after the Pirates opened the season with a 58-39 loss to Allan Hancock College in their 2022-23 season opener on Wednesday at home.

Medrano nearly had a triple-double against Palo Verde, as she added 6 assists and 4 steals to her impressive night.

Porterville held a narrow 15-14 lead after the opening quarter on Friday but put the game out of reach in the second thanks to 15 points by Medrano as PC went on to outscore Palo Verde 26-13 in the quarter. A 24-point burst in the third by the Pirates gave them a commanding 65-39 lead.

Sophomore Kaija Ambriz also put up big numbers as she scored a career-high 23 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 assist, and 3 steals.

Freshman Gracie Magana chipped in with 7 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals while freshman Assyria Murrietta came off the bench to contribute 7 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Jenna Holder added 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Opening-night jitters likely contributed to the loss to Allan Hancock on Wednesday. PC made just 15 of 58 shots and couldn’t get a rhythm going on offense.

Ambriz opened the season with a double-double, scoring 11 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Magana led the Pirates with 12 points and Medrano totaled 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Porterville, now 1-1 overall, returns to action on Tuesday (Nov. 8) when they travel to Salinas to take on Hartnell College in a 6 p.m. non-conference game.

Cerro Coso Community College

Veterans Celebration at Cerro Coso

SCPO Matthew Kreamalmyer, Mayor Eric Bruen, Juliette and World War II Veteran CPO Victor Monacelli (retired);
Kern CCD Trustee Jack Connell (Retired  Naval Officer); and Dr. Sean Hancock, President of CCCC

Presentation of flag presentation to veterans Monacelli and Connell.

Honor Guards – HM2 Walker E. Garrett, AC2 Edward Prida.
War War II Veteran Victor Monacelli (retired), AE3 Noah Sloan, and AT3 Vegas Monroe.

Honor Guards prepare to march to National Anthem for presentation of colors.

Cerro Coso Community College Veterans Services kicked off Veterans week with a presentation of colors and 13 Folds ceremony by SCPO Matthew Kreamalmyer, Naval Air Station, China Lake; AC2 Edward Prida, Naval Air Station, China Lake; HM2 Walker E. Garrett, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit (NMRRTU), China Lake;  AT3 Vegas Monroe, Airtevron 9 (VX-9); and AE3 Noah Sloan, Airtevron 9 (VX-9); around the fountain at the Ridgecrest campus on Monday, November 7, 2022. 

“This is the first of a week of activities here at Cerro Coso, to celebrate with gratitude the sacrifices made by our military and veterans,” said Dr. Sean Hancock, President.

Speakers and guests of honor for the event included: Cerro Coso President Dr. Sean Hancock; Kern CCD Trustee and retired officer Jack Connell, Ridgecrest Mayor Eric Bruen, World War II Veteran Chief Petty Officer Victor Monacelli (Retired, October 1942 – October 1961) and his wife Juliette; and SCPO Matthew Kreamalmyer, Naval Air Station, China Lake.

The college Veterans Services department presented veterans Monacelli and Connell with folded flags and certificates of appreciation for their service to our country. 

Wall of Courage

Cerro Coso take pride in its military tribute and Wall of Courage in honor of veterans and active duty military of all eras. 

The Wall of Courage was on display at the One Stop with complimentary donuts and coffee, and in the College Library with cupcakes. 

“This is one of many ways we show our respect for those who have served in our armed forces,” says Jessica Kawelmacher,  Director of Veterans Services at the college.

The Wall of Courage was a part of a week of recognition of the important contributions that our veterans and active-duty military make to our nation, community, and college.

A special veterans luncheon was held on Wednesday. 

“Thank you to our veterans and active duty military for their service to this great nation,” he concluded.

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost! 

Transforming Communities through the Act of Giving

Today’s college students face financial challenges with the rising cost of food, gas, housing, and utilities creating financial hardship for many students.  The demand on Cerro Coso’s food pantry the Coyote Cupboard has tripled this fall. 

Flight Line Tap Room and Cerro Coso Community College teamed up to help restock the pantry by offering discounts on flights during a 3-hour period for anyone bringing a non-perishable items on November 5 between 3 and 6 p.m.  CCCC student Julianna Gorduyn coordinated the efforts.   

The event was well attended and helped to fill gaps in the pantry. 

The Coyote Cupboard provides college students reliable access to sufficient, nutritious food to address food insecurities.  Not just at the college but in the community too.    

Sharing the love, the College is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive with the Desert Dog Pet Store on Balsam Street to distribute non-perishable food items for those in need, on Friday, November 18th from 10 am to 1 pm.

Helping our community understand the complexities of the problem that so many of our neighbors face can help increase the understanding of how hard it is to live with food insecurities. 

We encourage anyone who is interested in helping provide food and basic necessities for college students or community members to donate to the Cerro Coso Coyote Cupboard. 

Girl Scout Troop Helps Fight Hunger

Left to right back row:  Linda Eberhart, Addyson Kelly, Natalie Manjarrez, and Lynn Speer. 
Front row left to right:  Brittnay Eberhart , Megan Eberhart, and Olivia Eberhart.

Girl Scout Troop #3312  in Ridgecrest is being recognized for their effort to help abolish food insecurities of college students. 

The girls collected non-perishable food items and made a very generous donation to Cerro Coso’s Coyote Cupboard. 

Transforming the community and renewing hope in 2022, Girl Scout Troop #3312, was presented with a gift certificate of appreciation and Cerro Coso Coyote t-shirts.

Meet the Coyotes

The Cerro Coso basketball program held a Meet the Coyotes event on November 3.  The event was a chance for local basketball fans to meet this year’s Coyote’s basketball team in the Cerro Coso gymnasium. 

Activities began with a small basketball clinic for all the kids in attendance with Coach Chris Dugan.  He along with the players worked with the kinds on learning how to dribble the ball with both hands, how to shoot the ball, perform a pump fake, and more.  A shortened version from the summer camp, the clinic ended when the Coyotes took to the court. 

Special guest judges were on hand to score a three player three-point contest and a dunk contest for the audience’s enjoyment. 

This year’s Coyotes Men’s basketball team is a competitive team and Coach Dugan wants to get more people to come out to the home games, and enjoy all the basketball action. 

The Coyotes open the season on Veterans Day at home on November 11 at 5 pm in the CCCC gymnasium. 

Catch the Coyote spirit and join them for some basketball fun. 

Bakersfield College

VetFest 2022

BC’s VetFest was back in person this year and was a great success. The event celebrated and honored the men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country, and featured music, food, and vendors for student veterans to enjoy. Attendees heard from President Zav Dadabhoy, Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzberg, Jenny Frank, and featured veteran speakers Sgt. Nathan McCauley and Professor Paul Beckworth.

Check out news coverage from The Bakersfield Californian and 23ABC!

Edible Garden Ribbon Cutting

The Grimm Family Education Foundation, Adventist Health, Memorial Hospital/Dignity Health, and Kaiser Permanente partnered with the Kern Community College District and Bakersfield College to celebrate the opening of the College’s first edible garden.

It is the area well known by the community as the location of Garden Fest, the college’s annual springtime gardening event. The space has been transformed to include an upper-terrace garden and a mid-terrace garden featuring different varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and plants. The 18,000 square foot garden will be tended by students in the Agriculture and Culinary departments as they learn to cultivate and harvest fresh foods and contribute to the students on campus by providing food security. 

Delano Campus Selected to Receive Education Award

Bakersfield College Delano Campus was selected by the Delano Chamber of Commerce and the City of Delano to receive the Education Award during their inaugural State of the City ceremony on October 21st. The Delano Campus was recognized for its contributions to the Delano and surrounding rural communities in advancing educational opportunities. The award was received by our Rural Initiatives Program Director, Jaime Lopez, and members of the Delano Campus team. We are so proud to see our rural campuses thriving!

Women’s Cross Country takes 3rd at the Southern California Championships

On November 4th the BC Cross Country team hosted the 2022 Southern California Regional Cross Country Championships at Hart Park. The women’s team finished 3rd out of 18, and the men’s team finished in 4th out of 28, and both teams qualified for State Championships. BC women’s Cross Country will travel to Fresno on November 19th to take on the top teams from Northern and Southern California.

In the News

Check it out: Shafter’s city-run library becomes its own success story

The Bakersfield Californian ran a piece by Steven Mayer about the Shafter Library & Learning Center – a successful partnership with Bakersfield College.

“Workforce development is part of the district’s mission,” (Kern CCD Trustee Romeo) Agbalog added. Helping to open pathways to educational opportunities for rural students remains consistent with that mission.

“When I learned the library in Shafter was shuttered, I saw that as a threat,” he said.

Cerro Coso honors local veterans at Morning Colors Ceremony

The Daily Independent published this article about the Morning Colors Ceremony at Cerro Coso Community College.

We should never forget the sacrifices that the families have made when their veteran is deployed. Or the sacrifices and adjustments that they make when they come home – Kern CCD Trustee & retired naval officer Jack Connell .

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Porterville College President Claudia Habib shared this photo with members of the new soccer team:

Aimee Arreygue from CSU Long Beach shared this photo of California representing at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships National Conference in Minneapolis – I see Kern CCD’s own Steven Watkin & Kylie Campbell!

And check out this video from the L.E.T.S. Teach Future Teacher Conference – Kimberly Bligh sent me this message:

The Bakersfield College Education department hosted a huge L.E.T.S Teach Future Teachers Conference sponsored by the BC TRIO SSS Teacher Preparation Grant and the KCSOS Local Solutions Grant. Over 130 future teachers from both local and rural high schools  along with current BC students participated  in five breakout sessions including financial literacy, transfer options,  teaching from the heart,  careers in special education, and a huge vendor fair with University Partners along with other local educational organizations from throughout Kern County. We ended the day with an amazing lunch catered by our own Bakersfield College Food Services! It was a beautiful day and a great day to celebrate and encourage teaching careers in Kern County..



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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor


Kern CCD – Wrapping up an active October 2022

Kern CCD Chancellor Emeritus Tom Burke was recognized at the ACBO conference.

Tom Burke’s wisdom, leadership and fiscal prudence has made the Kern Community College District a model of fiscal stability for the entire state. Since joining the district in 1997, Tom Burke has been a champion for higher education in the San Joaquin Valley. During his tenure as Chancellor, Tom streamlined district office operations, collaborated with K-12 schools on cradle-to-career educational initiatives, and helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars for facilities renovations at our three colleges.

I started at Bakersfield College as a math faculty in the early 1990s and Tom joined us in 1997 as the Business Officer for the College. His intelligence and practical approach to problem solving with a keen mind for numbers has time and time again helped the district.

Tom has been a steady rock for the college and the district over two decades and is one of the “go to” leaders statewide particularly in matters related to finances.  Tom’s warmth and his open, honest, unassuming style has served our district well when situations got heated. 

As President of BC, I reported to Chancellor Tom Burke for five years.  He was a great boss … he unified the colleges within the district…. He was always kind no matter what….. he was wise in his counsel … and constant in his support.

We all know Tom as an extremely smart guy…. And when we remember him we automatically smile and say, “he is one of the good guys.”

Good morning, friends.
It is November 5, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.

Porterville College

Halloween on Campus

Halloween came to the Porterville College Campus in “spooktacular” fashion this week. The PC Staff and Faculty got into the holiday spirit by taking part in the Student Services Annual Halloween Throw Down Office/Department Decoration Contest

Each department went all-out to transform their areas into Halloween spooklands with matching costumes and themes – ranging from Disney villains to an interactive crime scene investigation and everything in between.

The decorations and costumes were judged by students on Halloween day with the first-place winner receiving a pizza lunch and the honor of holding on to the coveted Halloween “Broom” Trophy for a year, along with bragging rights.

This year, the trophy went to Admissions & Records for their fantastic recreation of the “Upside Down” from the Netflix show Stranger Things.  Congratulations to all of our participants for their fantastic creativity and Halloween Spirit!  Go, Pirates!

Some of the other entries:

Students take advantage of the first “Fall” day of the season

Art Professor Jim Entz made the campus quad his classroom for the afternoon and took his class out to paint the emerging fall colors. The great Fall weather made this the perfect opportunity to spend time outside creating. 

It is always wonderful to see the campus come alive with activities such as this. 

6th Annual Transfer Fair Returns to Campus

PC Held the 6th annual transfer fair for students on Thursday, November 3 in the PC Quad.  It is the first time that the Transfer Fair has been able to be held in person since before the pandemic in 2019. 

Over 18 4-year transfer schools were represented throughout campus and spoke with Porterville college students who are interested in transferring after graduation from PC.  Students were able to get personalized attention from the schools of their choice, asking questions and collecting swag from what they hoped could be their future alma maters.

Vice President of Student Services Primavera Arvizu says, “Transferring to a four-year university is a time to learn and grow. Exposure to a diversity of ideas, people, and activities is crucial to a well-rounded education. The staff, faculty, and administrators at Porterville College are dedicated to supporting [our students] well-being, growth, and success.  We are committed to assisting students in taking the next step to transfer. We wish [every student] the best on this next adventure in transferring with success.”

Cerro Coso Community College

Boo to you from our Crew

Nothing like a little Halloween dress up to chase those Monday morning blues away.

No. Halloween is not a national holiday but that doesn’t mean we cannot have a little fun.

Cerro Coso employees expressed their inner ghosts and goblins by wearing costumes and enjoying some bewitching treats. 

“”It’s a great way to have some fun and relieve some office stress,” said Chandler Petrovich one of the event organizers. 

Events like this boost employee morale while fostering a fun, creative work environment. 

“I’m always amazed at the creativity displayed this time of year,” said PIO Natalie Dorrell

Fangs for the memories and nightmares!

Too Cute to Spook = Trunk-or-Treat

Children and parents attended the Parks and Recreation’s Trunk or Treat event at the Kerr McGee Center on Friday, October 28th

Welcoming the likes of dancing bumble bees, Superwoman and the littlest Spider-Man you’ve ever seen.  All of them were ready to fill up their pails with sweet treats. 

Recognizing there are not a lot of events like this in the community, “It’s an opportunity for people to gather, feel safe, make some memories for their family, and for Cerro Coso to engage with the community” said Outreach Director Katie Bachman.

Attendees enjoyed music, games, and even food while collecting candy. 

A Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween!

Hocus Pocus Under the Stars in Tehachapi

The Student Government of Cerro Coso (SGCC) invited the public to enjoy a unique viewing experience of the Halloween classic 1990’s version of Hocus Pocus against the beautiful backdrop of the night skies in Tehachapi.

Drive-in movies virtually a thing of the past, movie goers were encouraged to bring family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs to the Tehachapi Campus quad on Friday, October 28th.   

Hocus Pocus is the story of the Sanderson Sisters, a frightening trio of witches.  After teen Max lights the black flame candle on Halloween night, he accidentally brings the ancient women back to life.  The sisters immediately set out to resume their interrupted campaign of hunting children across Salem, Mass.  Max, his littler sister Dani, and friend Allison do everything they can to stop the menacing witches from wreaking havoc on their town. 

It was fun for the whole family!  Funded by the SGCC, the event was FREE and popcorn and treats.

Mexican Consulate Provides Vital Services at ESCC Bishop Campus

The Mexican Consulate was at the ESCC Bishop campus from October 24th-27th

They completed approximately 370 appointments, and already have a wait list for their visit next May. 

Serena Johnson of Inyo County Health & Human Services said, “They helped Inyo and Mono residents receive critical documents that help them open bank accounts, hold jobs, receive medical care, and go to school.”  

Holding the Mexican Consulate locally is a great way to reduce the need for travel to Fresno to provide these important services. 

A special thank you to Julie Metz, Adjunct Faculty of English, for putting this together for the communities! 

CC Welcomes Two New Program Coordinators

Meet Ian Seiter one of the new Program Coordinators for Outreach at the Ridgecrest Campus. 

Originally from San Diego, Ian has lived in many other cities including Vancouver, New York, Kansas City, and now calls Ridgecrest home. 

Ian has a sense of humor and says he is a simple man who “wakes up in the morning and ‘washes’ his face and ‘brushes’ his teeth just like everybody else.”

He loves being around family and friends and says, “it’s for them as much as for myself that I refuse to stop learning and try to go to sleep at night knowing that I’ll rise the next day a better version of myself.”

Ian has a Bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. 

For fun he enjoys reading and writing, and is a big fan of horror movies, playing and watching ice hockey “Let’s go Rangers,” traveling, and tropical escapism. Ian and his wife love to cook and host get-togethers for old friends and new ones. 

His motto in life is…”Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett.

Welcome to the Cerro Coso family Ian.  


Ivan Ibarra Pimentel is also a new Program Coordinator for Outreach.

Born in the state of Michoacán in Mexico, Ivan’s family migrated to the Central Valley (Fresno Area) when he was just 8 months old.  He lived in Reedly, CA for 22 years until he and his siblings were able to help their parents buy their own house.

Soon after, Ivan moved to San Diego where he attended UC San Diego and achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus on Internal Relations, and a minor in Chicano Studies. Eventually, he would like to go back to school and obtain a Master’s degree in Student Affairs.

A first-generation student, Ivan is naturally passionate about being a resource for students who want to pursue higher education and/or explore new educational opportunities.

Ivan’s wife is from Bakersfield and graduated from UC Berkeley.  The two met in Florence, Italy during a study abroad trip. Their first conversation was about being from the Central Valley, having a passion for education, and surprisingly she knew his older sister who was in her last year at Berkeley. What a small world! “We’ve been together ever since.”

For fun, Ivan enjoys hiking and watching nature and history documentaries. He took a class in “Craft Brewing in San Diego” which made him a fan of craft beers.

“Each One, Teach One,” was his high school yearbook quote and is significant to Ivan because it represents the idea that knowledge is powerful but without action, it is useless.

Welcome to Cerro Coso Ivan. 

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