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KCCD paying attention – to a moment, to an idea, to a feeling

This past week was active with much laughter, hard work, oodles of warmth and love. Here are two especially fun moments captured on camera

Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Jim Heitzeberg at Renegade Footbal saturday before Halloween.

Photo of the panel that presented the Program Pathways Mapper at a conference in Merced. More on the conference next week.

Good morning, friends…
It is November 6, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

This week, the Pirates, the Coyotes, and the Renegades continue to 
#DareMightyThings


Porterville College

PC Students are Friends of the Library Heroes

Check out this email from PC Adjunct Professor of History Leslie Pelon:

“I wanted to update everyone and say thank you for all the support in response to my last about needing help for the Friends of the Library.  I just got off the phone with Library and Literacy Commissioner Catherine May who was in tears she was so grateful.  She sent this message:

Thank you Porterville College Baseball players and students!  The Friends of the Library organization has been serving our community for years and their members are all older. When they asked for help getting people to move books they hoped to get 5-6 people if they were lucky.  We ended up with 17 people there today, 12 of them Porterville College Students.  Thank you so much for the overwhelming show of support and for making what seemed an impossible task almost easy.  

–Catherine May

I’m so grateful to be a part of the Porterville College Community.  Our students are truly amazing!”  

PC salutes veterans at fifth annual event

On Monday, Porterville College held the fifth annual “Porterville College Salutes Our Veterans” at the PC Veteran Memorial Flag.

U.S. Marine veteran and PC student Tom Bear began the program with a prayer, followed by a welcome from Dean of Counseling & Student Services, Erin Wingfield. Choir professor Sarah Rector sang the National Anthem with a small group of the choir.

Dr. Habib on twitter:

We started November with an early “Veteran’s Day” tribute to those who served. Our heartfelt gratitude for your courage and dedication. We are proud of our veteran faculty, staff and students, we are honored to have you as part of the #PC_Family @PCollegePirates #VeteransDay2021

The event also featured tables promoting resources available to Porterville College student veterans.

Thank you to all our student veterans!

PC Writer & Poet Speaker Series Welcomes Clint Smith

On Wednesday, the PC Writer & Poet Speaker Series continued with a virtual event featuring Clint Smith.

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

Clint shared what poetry means to him, saying, “Poetry is how I became a writer, and poetry shapes and animates all of the writing I do.”

“Poetry has taught me to pay attention – to a moment, to an idea, to a feeling.”

He told those in attendance that poetry is like a painting – 1,000 people look at one painting and see 1,000 different things.

Clint also read from his newest book, “How the Word is Passed,” which explores how different sites across the country reckon with – or failt o reckon with – their relationship to the history of slavery.


Cerro Coso Community College

Wine and Food Pairing Fundraiser BIG Success!

On November 3, the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation teamed up with Mac’s International Restaurant and Coldwell Banker Best Realty Ridgecrest to host a Wine and Food Pairing Fundraiser. The event was an exclusive, intimate affair to help raise funds that support the financial needs of Cerro Coso students and programs. 

A special coursed out dinner experience led by wine expert Eric Le Barbé and Mac’s International Restaurant Owner and Executive Chef Kent McGowan, the evening was a journey for the palate and a deep dive into the world of wine. 

Mac’s International Restaurant is one of Ridgecrest’s best kept secrets. Chef McGowan and his team carefully craft delicious meals that leave patrons satisfied and wanting more.  It was the perfect venue for the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation’s first fundraising event in two years.  A flawless match of wines and foods for different types of dishes.

Chef McGowen created a menu that reflected his globally influenced culinary theme which included: Appetizers of Jalapeno Deviled Eggs, Smoked Pancetta Frittata Eggs with Roasted Peppers, and Quesadilla with Chorizo, paired with Dark Horse Rosé and Barefoot White Zinfandel. This was followed by Salad Greens with Dried Apricots and Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Sweet Potato Salmon Cake with Roasted Brussel Sprouts served with Saint Clair Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2020, and William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019. The main course included Dry Rubbed Short Rib with Parmesan Mash paired with Louise M. Martini Alexander Valley Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2019. S’Mores Pot De Crème was paired with Mia Dolce Piemonte DOC Moscato 2020 for dessert. 

Wines for the evening were generously donated by Coldwell Banker Best Realty Ridgecrest.      

Foundation President Derrick Hu said, “fundraising has been hard with the earthquakes of 2019 and the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic. It was really great to get back out there and engage with the public. We are looking forward to more smaller events, that will help us raise funds that support scholarships, the Cerro Coso Promise, Coyote Cupboard, special grants, Phi Theta Kappa, and professional development.”

Wine Expert Eric Le Barbé and Executive Chef Kent McGowan used their expertise to pair the right combination of food flavors that highlight, harmonize, and enhance the features of the available wines, making the entire culinary experience a memorable one for guests.

The Cerro Coso Community College Foundation is a 401c3 nonprofit foundation whose primary mission is to ensure that students have access to an affordable, quality college education locally. 

Flag Raising at Cerro Coso to Kick-off Military and Veterans Week Celebration

In honor of all veterans and military and their families who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, Cerro Coso’s Military and Veterans Services will be kicking off a week of celebration with a Flag Raising ceremony at the Ridgecrest Campus at the flag pole at the main entrance on Monday, November 8th from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

The community is invited, especially veterans from all branches of the armed services.

Guest speakers will include Retired Naval Officer and KCCD Trustee Jack Connell, Mayor and Cerro Coso alum Eric Bruen, and college president Dr. Sean Hancock.

Other activities include a virtual Wall of Courage available at https://www.cerrocoso.edu/studentservices/military-veterans-service-center/virtual-wall-courage. The Wall of Courage is also on display in the Student Center for the entire month of November. A Veterans Day BBQ lunch Celebration will be held on Wednesday, November 10th from 12:30 to 1:30 on the Front Lawn of the LRC for staff and students.

The College will be CLOSED in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, November 11, 2021 to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


Bakersfield College

McFarland Early College Celebrates Dia de Los Muertos

Bakersfield College is proud to highlight our students from McFarland High School Early College

Our students who are in a pathway to complete their Spanish Associate in Arts have joined the Spanish Club on their campus and working hard in their classes at BC. This year the students came together to celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos to remember those that are no longer with us. Students joined in on several activities as they celebrated this special day.

Way to go, McFarland Cougar Renegades! 

Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble to Host Fall Concert

Bakersfield College’s Performing Arts Department and Jazz Studies program are set to present a one-night-only performance by the BC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos on Monday, November 15 at 7:30 PM in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theater.

The concert will feature student ensembles led by Jazz Studies director and Performing Arts Department Chair Kris Tiner.

This concert will feature classic works by Duke Ellington and Neal Hefti as well as arrangements of tunes by modern jazz artists such as trumpeter Lee Morgan and pianist Chick Corea, who passed away earlier this year. The ensemble will also play a new composition by Ayn Inserto entitled “Notorious RBG”, a hip hop-inspired tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Students in the BC Jazz Combos will open the concert with a selection of original compositions and jazz standards.

Admission for the concert is $12 for general admission and $8 for students, staff, and seniors. The venue will be limited to 40% capacity (160 guests). Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite and are likely to sell out; if tickets sell out in advance, no tickets will be available at the door.

Masks are required while indoors and campus visitors must complete BC’s Daily Health Tracker on the day of the performance.

BC To Be Recognized as “Statewide Champion of Higher Education”

Bakersfield College has once again earned statewide recognition for our innovative work to advance student success, and was named this year’s Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity. This recognition is a tribute to the dedication of BC’s faculty and staff and I am proud of your commitment, focus, and energy.

Our campus community is inspired by our students, many of whom are first generation and qualify for assistance and support services. We know that it is our responsibility as a Champion of Higher Education to think big, be creative, reduce barriers, increase support, and lead these Renegades on an efficient path towards degree attainment.

Thank you faculty and staff, for all you do to support Renegades. This is the 4th year that BC will be recognized with such a prestigious award and it is because of your engagement and commitment to our students. 

The formal recognition will be made virtually during the annual Champions of Higher Education and Equity Champions for Excellence in Transfer celebration on November 16, 2021 at 10:00AM.

Register to participate in the Campaign for College Opportunity Event

Workshop Series: Kern High Roads Regional Workforce Project

Bakersfield College, the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment and the UC Merced Community and Labor Center will hold several public workshops over the coming weeks as they begin to develop the Kern Strategic Workforce Plan.

Earlier this year, KCCD and BC were awarded $2 million to develop and implement a blueprint for the future energy, workforce, and industry needs of Kern County and the central valley.  This initiative, known as The Kern Regional Workforce Coalition is a High Road Training Partnership (HTRP), aimed to create a stronger, healthier, and more economically resilient community by focusing on equity, education, industry security, and job quality.  

The project takes into consideration key local industries including energy, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and logistics, and others with the goal of bolstering and strengthening these sectors with stable job growth, offering family sustaining wages and ample employment opportunities for skilled workers throughout the region.

Learn more about the Kern Strategic Workforce Plan and their plans for creating a “High Road” workforce by registering for one of the three virtual workshops planned for this week.

  • Wednesday, November 3rd from 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday, November 5th from Noon to 1:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 6th from 10:30 AM to Noon

Register Here: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-5ahtjFaSMuRDEVLbkfaTg


Vaccine Requirement Goes Into Effect

Cerro Coso students Shannon Davis, Valerie Lucero, Natalie Thomas, Rana Khalifeh, Kylee Koch, Esteffany Ponce, and Dezerea Edulag

Kern Community College District announced in August that it would require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, and masks were to be worn at all times in its facilities, following the Kern Community College District (KCCD) Board of Trustees adopted resolution of August 12th.

“While our vaccination numbers continue to climb throughout the fall semester, we believe the vaccination requirement is necessary to ensure the educational experience in and outside of the classroom is not disrupted this spring” said Cerro Coso Community College President Sean Hancock.

The district uses the KCCD Campus Pass app, one of many virus mitigation tools launched in February, to monitor in-person engagement on campus. The app is used to track symptoms, get daily campus passes, scan QR codes for contact tracing, self-reporting, and to upload proof of vaccination. Those who have provided proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption will check in daily with the app to receive a green pass if they are not symptomatic. A green pass will allow them access to college facilities.

Students and employees may request exemption from the vaccine requirement due to a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief. Those with an approved exemption will be required to test on a regular basis at the college. Visitors are asked to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test administered within 72 hours of accessing any college facilities.

More information about the requirements is available on the KCCD website atwww.kccd.edu/chancellors-office/coronavirus-update.

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

This week, the Chancellor’s Seminar Series continued with “A COVID Conversation With Our Employee Leadership.”

I was unfortunately unable to attend the seminar, but Todd Coston was my designee to lead the seminar. Attendees also heard from KCCD CCA President Matt Crow, BC CSEA President Tina Johnson, KCCD Management Association President Manny Mourtzanos, Cerro Coso VP of Instruction Corey Marvin, and Cerro Coso HR Manager Resa Hess.

Check out the full video below:

You can catch up on all editions of the Chancellor’s Seminar Series at https://www.kccd.edu/chancellors-office/chancellors-seminar-series.

Jack’s Poetry Corner

A Baby

The scene of a starving baby
appears before me on the news,
its shriveled body punctuated
by a skeleton of bones,
a mother equally wizened
holds it in desperation,
tears of hope long gone.

I watch from my place
of good fortune born
and raised in joyful days,
warm bed    mother’s meat loaf,
now comfortable
in my destiny’s location.

That baby’s life tells me
I must be aware
that my life’s safe room
is not shared everywhere,
that fortune is random
that I must care for those
whose day is dry bones.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

BC Student Life Program Director Nicole Alvarez took her son Isaac to get an ice cream cone after he got his fist dose of the COVID vaccine:

Cerro Coso Library shared a post highlighting Native American Heritage Month and inviting students to check out their selection of books exploring heritage, traditions, and culture:

Corny Rodriguez share this photo from the FHS Hall of Fame Golf Tournament – I spy Alex Gomez and Joe Saldivar!

PC President Dr. Claudia Habib shared this photo from Dia De Los Muertos:

#DiaDeLosMuertos#Familia#CulturalHeritage Un pequeño tributo a mi papá y mi hermana que siempre vivirán en mi corazón.

(#DiaDeLosMuertos#Familia#CulturalHeritage A small tribute to my dad and my sister who will always live in my heart)

Kimberly Bligh also came out to support Renegade Football:

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

KCCD Colleges Ready for our students!

We are just days away from the start of the Fall 2021 semester – where did the summer go?

Bakersfield College’s new Academic Senate President, Nick Strobel, created this pre-term message that I wanted to share with all of you as we begin our fall term:

And students, plz get your KCCD Campus Pass App today ! Here is a message from the presidents of the three colleges!

Good morning, friends…
It is August 21, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

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


Porterville College

Students start vaccination process with on-campus pop-up event

PC Kinesiology major Deisy Emigdio was one of many students who began her journey to full vaccination on campus this week.  She took advantage of a clinic made available through a partnership between Porterville College, Sierra View Medical Center, and Imperial Ambulance.  Through this partnership, we will be offering a series of pop-up vaccination clinics on campus aimed at helping to lower barriers to students receiving the Vaccine.  Emigdio stopped in to receive her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine within the comfort of her own campus during our first clinic. “This was easier than I thought it would be,” she says.

PC and the SVMC-Imperial Ambulance Community Vaccination Team invite PC Students and community members to stop by and receive their COVID-19 Vaccine at the next pop-up clinic scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, from 1-5 pm on campus.

PC Faculty and Staff Begin Fall Semester with a close look at “reconnecting disconnected students”

Emeritus Professor Diego Navarro works with PC Faculty and Staff during Fall Flex Day

Porterville College continues the annual Fall Flex tradition with two days of collaboration, planning, and inspiration from and for our Faculty and Staff as they prepare for the return of students to campus this Monday.

This year’s Keynote speaker, Diego Navarro, shared a fantastic presentation on reconnecting disconnected students, pointing out that a culture of dignity and inclusion in our classrooms and offices is key to student success.

Diego Navarro is Professor Emeritus at Cabrillo College. He founded the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) in 2002, which has now been studied and replicated by numerous colleges around the country. Navarro has trained faculty in affective learning approaches and developed the Five-day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) to teach faculty and staff how to have embodied interactions and employ non-cognitive learning activities to create psychological safety in students. He received the American Association of Community College Trustees, William H. Meardy National Faculty Award in 2009.

PC Faculty and Staff participate in Navarro’s workshop via Zoom

In his workshop, Navarro asserts that our classrooms and campus form a cultural environment that students may experience differently, depending on their background.

Navarro then focused on showing our Faculty and Staff that our responsibility is to help students transition their innate strengths to our college’s programs by creating conditions of belonging and psychological safety in their areas.

This was just one of the many instructional and planning opportunities shared during Fall Flex.  Events also covered student equity issues, engagement, guided pathways, accessibility in our classrooms, and electronic equity, among other topics and brainstorming sessions.

In the words of PC President Dr. Claudia Habib, “Collaboration and Creativity will set the stage for the next century at PC! We are proud to create spaces and experiences that encourage students to survive and thrive. We can’t wait to see everyone on campus this Monday, Go Pirates!”

KCCD Chancellor Dr. Sonya Christian, KCCD Trustee John Corkins,
PC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Thad Russell, PC President Dr. Claudia Habib

Cerro Coso Community College

CC Rocks, Flex Day welcome students, staff, faculty back to campus

After a year of online classes, Zoom lectures, and empty classrooms, Cerro Coso campuses are buzzing again as students meet in person with counselors, enroll in classes, and join Welcome Back activities, many for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic pushed them all online in the spring of 2020.  Mask wearing, vaccinations, and COVID testing, are the new normal, but everyone is anxious and excited for an on-campus experience that is dynamic, safe, and ensures that the high level of both learning and development are possible. 

“It was great to see so many students and staff back on campus during CC Rocks,” said Outreach Director Katie Bachman.  The event held a Promise Student Meet and Greet, Ice Cream Social with President Hancock, Orientation, Campus Tours, Student Need to Know, and provided other vital resources available to students.  All sessions were available via Zoom for those who could not attend in-person.  “There was excitement and a little bit of caution in the air,” said Bachman.  “But the spirit of coming together again as a true learning community was beyond refreshing.”

CC Rocks also included a FREE Vaccination Clinic for students, employees, and the public in partnership with Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.  The timing was perfect before the start of the fall 2021 semester and followed the announcement by the College that it will require all students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, and masks are to be worn at all times in its facilities.  “It is through the addition of these safety protocols that we are able to continue our much-anticipated return to face-to-face instruction and student support services,” said Dr. Hancock.

“It’s a Year of Renewal – Renewed Hope, Renewed Optimism, and Renewed Purpose,” said Dr. Hancock in his welcome message at Faculty Flex on Thursday, August 19th.  Dr. Hancock provided an overview of Cerro Coso as we close out 2020-2021.  He also gave an update on the District wide Enrollment, Student Success, and Equity efforts underway; the development of the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan; the 2019 Climate Survey Task Force, and plans to begin work on revising the Participatory Governance Model.  Flex Day is a day of professional development geared towards faculty to welcome them back on campus, update them on process and procedures, and to participate in workshops related to “faculty, student, and instructional improvement.”  


Bakersfield College

Kern Transit Offering Free Rides to BC Students During Fall Semester

Kern Transit will once again be offering free rides for all currently enrolled BC students on all Kern Transit 100-routes (e.g.: Rte 110, 120, etc.) with a valid BC Student ID. Free rides will be available during the fall semester, beginning August 21, 2021 and will continue through the end of finals week on December 11, 2021. Additionally, students may ride free on all 100-numbered routes, not just on routes to and from the college. Read more about transportation to and from campus at Bakersfield College Transportation.

Bakersfield College Opening Day with Dr. Zav Dadabhoy

BC kicked off the semester with a two-day virtual opening day. Everyone was very excited and had a lively chat. To the question “what do you look forward to most this semester?” The predominant answer was “SEEING THE STUDENTS!”

I was so touched by this tribute video the BC team made for me….. so many memories …

KHSD Early College Launch Event

I wanted to share this wonderful email from Kylie Campbell, Director of BC’s Early College Program:

Berenice and I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help make our KHSD Early College launch event a success last night. We had an amazing turn out! 290 of the 480 students showed up last night with their parents. We were able to distribute books for the Fall term, give each student an awesome Early College backpack (provided by our sponsors), and each pathway had a great presentation from BC and KHSD administrators, sponsors, industry partners, and our fantastic faculty. We could not have done all of this without YOU!

Our event was on the front page of today’s Bakersfield Californian. Here is the great article by Emma Gallegos. It is a must read! “KHSD Students Embark on College Pathways” by Emma Gallegos — The Bakersfield Californian

You can also check out pictures from the event using this Smug Mug link. Thank you, Dylan!

Hoping that I don’t miss anyone, but we want to acknowledge everyone who made last night’s event possible…

To our presenters (Dr. Dean McGee, Ryan Coleman, Steven Watkin, Berenice Arellano, Cheryl Scott, Josie Guillen, Jackie Stoner, Tony Cordova, Thomas Wallace, Jessyka Johnson, Roy Allard, Paul Murray, and Jessica Gorman) — Thank you for the time you took to prepare and share with our students and parents. Each of you brought a special element to the program, and I know that our students and parents (and myself) left extremely encouraged and excited for this school year! 

Dean McGee
Steven Watkin

To our sponsors and industry partners (Bank of America, Phillips 66, and Centric Health) — Thank you for your continued support of this program and for attending last night to celebrate our students with us. I know that they loved their new backpacks, and we are extremely thankful for the textbooks and supplies that you helped us provide for this school year. I also want to thank our amazing BC Foundation team (Cheryl Scott and Heather Pennella) for all of work they put into finding donors to support educational programs like Early College all across Kern County.

Cheryl Scott
Michael Bowers

To our faculty (Rebecka Zepeda, TJ Wallace, Stephen Mears, Richard McGuirre, Crystal Rodriguez, Jessyka Johnson, Jessica Gorman, Carolyn Brandenburg, Amy Vasconcellos, and Walter Meyer) — It was so great to see most of you last night and for the students and parents to have the chance to meet you before the term begins. We have 22 sections of BC courses scheduled at CTEC this Fall for these pathways, and that is all thanks to you being willing to teach these amazing students and support this opportunity. Thank you!

To the KHSD / CTEC teams (David Carter, Ryan Coleman, Erin Briscoe, Lindsay Mallard, Crystal Cavazos, Staci Haggerty, Todd Bentley and the fabulous CTEC Maintenance crew) — The CTEC facility is beautiful, and I am so glad that we were able to have this event there last night. It was so energizing to see the students and parents, and we could not have pulled off this event with the CTEC maintenance team helping us move a ton of boxes around campus and set up all the tables and chairs. Todd was even able to work magic and get the projectors working right in time for the event. Everything was perfect and the whole crew was so helpful! Thanks to ladies working the textbook checkout (Lindsay, Crystal, and Staci), we got our students through the check in lines quickly and we kept everything moving ahead of schedule. Fantastic work! Special shout to KHSD’s Erin Briscoe for getting the press release out and ordering the awesome balloons and backdrop. Everything looked perfect!

To our hard-working BC volunteers (Ashlea Ward, Kara McDonald, Monika Scott, Dylan Yuan Wang, Cecilia Gabaldon, Nikki Castruita, Jackie Stoner, Josie Guillen, Maria Herrera, Vanessa Beltran, and Kaylee Stafford) — WOW! What would we have done without you? Thank you for all of your help setting up, getting textbooks to students, and cleaning up after the long night. Special shout out to Maria for helping students with last-minute registrations to make sure they are all set for next week. You are all awesome!

And last, but certainly not least — Thank you to our BC Maintenance & Operations team for driving 40 boxes of backpacks across down for our event and unloading them for us. We are so grateful for all of the work that your team does to support our campus and our programs. Thank you!

WOW! We could not have done this with you. Thank you again, and I hope you all have an amazing Friday and a great weekend!

Thank you,
Kylie Campbell
Interim Director, Early College

Kylie Campbell

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

This week, I continued my Chancellor’s Seminar Series. On Tuesday, I invited the Vice Presidents of Instruction and Academic Senate Presidents from our three colleges to discuss “Fall 2021 – Teaching & Learning with VPIs and Senate Presidents.”

Our speakers:

From Porterville College – Bob Simpkins, Academic Senate President; and Thad Russell, Vice President of Instruction.

From Cerro Coso Community College – Yvonne Mills, Academic Senate President; and Corey Marvin, Vice President of Instruction.

From Bakersfield College – Nick Strobel, Academic Senate President; and Billie Jo Rice, Vice President of Instruction.

Thank you to Todd Coston for working with me on the seminar series.

You can find videos from the Seminar Series at https://www.kccd.edu/chancellors-office/chancellors-seminar-series.

Poetry Corner

Photo of Rockport

Last week, I shared the third part of Jack Hernandez‘s poetry series “Rockport in June.”

Please enjoy Part 4:

Only the birds fly
in this tight fog,
only they are free
to be themselves
skimming through
the blank sky,
stopping on rocks
that end the world,
I envy their freedom
to live so
quickly and smoothly
this morning
when I know only
that I do not know.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

Cerro Coso shared this fun campus tour from their CC Rocks event:

Primavera Arvizu shared a few photos from Porterville College’s Guided Pathways Academy:

BC’s Adult Education shared some photos from the Job Spot as they enrolled students for this upcoming semester:

I love this photo of Tarina Perry with Rudy Salas:

And I was thrilled that KCCD Board of Trustees President Romeo Agbalog joined me for Bakersfield College Athletics Media Day:

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

The future is bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings