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It’s summer…yet KCCD is on the move!

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

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

Miss you so much mom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cerro Coso Community College

CCCC offering certificate program in Digital Media and Marketing

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

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

Sign up today!

Lecture Center updated as part of Measure J

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

Thank you Kern County for voting YesonJ!

Police Office Standards and Training Modular Academy is relaunching

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

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

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

Peter Fulks

Porterville College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PC Focuses on Water Conservation During Times of Severe Drought

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bakersfield College

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

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

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

BC To Offer Free Summer Performing Arts Academies

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

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

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

I so appreciated this email from Job Specialist Carlos Medina:

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

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

Chancellor’s Seminar Series

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

Here are a few of the highlights from the presentation:

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

How about wearing a mask?

Are there contingency plans if variants pose an increased risk?

How should we handle conflicting reports and guidelines?

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

Poetry Corner

Please enjoy this poem from Jack Hernandez:


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

Spotted on Social Media

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


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

The future remains bright at KCCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor

Congratulations to BC’s 2014 Leadership Academy Participants

Proud leadership moment! Pictured with me and Anthony Culpepper, BC’s Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services (2nd from left) and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, BC’s Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs (far right) are the six Bakersfield College employees in the graduating class of the 2013-14 Kern Community College District Leadership Academy.  The Academy is our district’s grow-your-own leadership development program for employees. The BC graduates of this year’s Academy are (l-r) Greg Cluff, Jason Mattheus, Craig Rouse, Lisa Kent, Richard Marquez and Laura Lorigo.


Bakersfield College’s 2014 Leadership Academy participants!


I received a letter commending our BC Leadership Academy graduates from Michele Bresso, KCCD Associate Vice Chancellor and former BC administrator and faculty member, who directs the leadership program.



Michele writes:

Six Bakersfield College employees are ready for the next step in their leadership journey after celebrating their completion of the annual Kern Community College District Leadership Academy last month. Richard, Lisa, Greg, Laura, Craig and Jason shined on behalf of BC with their commitment to learning about improved ways to serve our students. In the process, the BC team members grew their understanding of the California community college system and our district.

The BC Six joined colleagues from our sister colleges, Porterville College and Cerro Coso Community College, to participate in team projects addressing KCCD’s strategic plan goals. Talk about stepping up to the leadership plate! We are very proud of the BC contingent that worked on three different projects to support meeting student needs. One team gathered best practices from faculty and staff so that they could share great ideas with colleagues district wide. Another team addressed student needs by collecting gently worn professional clothing and then giving away the clothes to students to help them look their best in job interviews. A third team organized campus beautification days at each of our three colleges and involved employees and students in the work crews.

Strong leadership is essential to Kern Community College District. Bakersfield College can certainly be proud of the leaders in its faculty, classified and management ranks!

Eloquent and graceful speakers at a recent meeting

The Kern Community College District Board of Trustees met at Bakersfield College on April 10, and our BC family, faculty, staff, administration, and students attended in numbers to provide insight and information to our leaders. The two important topics that the audience addressed were: (1) Community Colleges offering a baccalaureate degree and (2) the proposal for an increased budget reserve.

The reason for this blog is not to discuss the merits or demerits of the arguments since those of you reading it may have differing perspectives, but rather to make visible to you what I saw that afternoon in those speakers who boldly and sensitively addressed the topics.  There were many speakers–Cindy Collier, SGA leadership, Klint Rigby just to name a few.  Each and every speaker addressed the Board with respect, clarity of thought, and a passion for what we do for our students and community. I asked three of them to share with me the written remarks that they addressed to the Board so that you, like me, could take a moment to enjoy the community that we work with.  All true Renegades! All of whom I am proud to work with.

Let’s now hear from three of the speakers:

Liz Rozell

Liz Rozell 3


Last week I saw a presentation by Milken Institute and KEDC concerning economic planning for Kern County. Milken representatives gave an example of strategic growth for a community in central Florida that wanted to build a research hospital. The state was not in favor because there were research hospitals to the north and south of this area and did not see the need. Community leaders argued for this hospital because they wanted their community to be known as a medical research resource. They now have 3 of the leading medical research hospitals in the country and have boosted the economics of their area. These community leaders had a vision for what their community could look like.

I think we have that same opportunity. We can provide educational services in reaction to workforce data or we can be strategic in what we want education to look like in Kern County. It may very well play a part in driving the workforce development in our area. We need to be visionary rather than reactionary.

One of the strengths of Bakersfield College is our existing Industrial Technology program – automotive, welding, electronics, industrial drawing, etc. We have stellar facilities and an existing infrastructure that can support the development of a bachelor’s program in Industrial Technology. Currently, CSUB does not offer an Industrial Technology bachelor’s degree – a degree that would support technical management, industrial safety, quality assurance, and other industry positions requiring more than an Associate’s degree or two-year Certificate of Achievement. Typically there are over 200 annual openings for these types of positions with a median income of $85,000.

A baccalaureate degree in Industrial Technology will also provide a unique educational opportunity for first generation students who may not have the resources to transfer to four-year universities outside our area. Providing a broad based four-year program in a technical area will build capacity for meeting the educational needs of our rural service areas.

I ask that you support Bakersfield College’s educational vision for our community by offering baccalaureate degrees.

Kate Pluta

Kate Pluta April 18 2013Ladies and gentlemen of the board, friends, and colleagues:

My name is Kate Pluta, and it’s a pleasure to address the board on behalf of Bakersfield College and its students. I have been a part of this college for almost 35 years (over a third of this college’s existence!), both part-time and full-time, as a librarian and as an English teacher, and as a student.

I consider it a right, an honor, and a responsibility to be able to address you directly.

I have served as Bakersfield College Academic Senate President, District Faculty Association President, and Modern Languages Division Chair for English, ESL, and Foreign Languages.

I am currently faculty co-chair of the Bakersfield College Program Review Committee and the Accreditation Steering Committee, which “steered” the college through this last accreditation process of the Self Evaluation and the Follow up Reports.

I have served on eight accreditation site visit teams, visiting colleges here in California, in Hawaii, and in the Federated States of Micronesia.

I believe in what I do. I believe in what our college does. I believe in my students.

I imagine most of you serve on this board because, like me, you believe in the work you do—in supporting the colleges to provide excellent educational and life opportunities for our students.

When the most recent budget crisis hit us, I spoke out in support of the prudence of the board in maintaining a reserve that allowed us to weather the storms without borrowing additional funds or laying off employees.

I appreciated the flexibility that prudence gave us. That flexibility is a characteristic of the community college role in the master plan of higher education—to be flexible enough to respond to and meet our communities’ needs as they change.

But now I am puzzled and concerned.

Requiring a reserve of 15% in board policy does not allow for flexibility. It ties our hands.

Instead of being able to respond effectively to our students’ and our communities’ needs and the ever growing number of state and federal mandates, requiring a reserve of 15% in board policy limits our ability to respond.

Now, when the economy is improving and the state budget is more stable, why would you vote to codify a reserve of 15% when the state requires 5% and when your own goal of 10% has been sufficient during difficult times?

Just this week Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee cited a Census Report for state tax collections in 2013: California’s tax collections jumped by $18.2 billion last year. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/04/californias-tax-collections-jumped-by-182-percent-in-2013.html (handouts to board).

As accreditation training points out, the college mission guides planning. It guides everything we do. The mission of this district is not to accumulate and guard the taxpayers’ funds. The mission of this district is to allocate those funds wisely, supporting its colleges in the programs and services they offer our communities and our students.

Why would you tie up the money we taxpayers pay to support our colleges and communities?

When does prudence cross the line into inflexibility?

When does it cripple the colleges?

You are the Trustees not of the reserves but of the district and its colleges—and its students.

I urge you to maintain your past practice that carried us through recent budget storms.

Steer the ship.

Don’t sink it.

Thank you.

Nancy Guidry

ntgHello, I am Nancy Guidry, a reference librarian at Bakersfield College, and I am here today as both a faculty member and concerned citizen of the State of California.

As you can see by the turnout today, the issue of increased reserves is a matter of interest to a great many of us.

KCCD was able to weather the recent economic downturn by keeping reserve levels as high as 20 per cent plus. It did not take a Board policy mandate to do this. Now, that the economic climate has taken a more positive turn, the move to increase the district reserves to a 15% minimum, along with 3% mandated college reserves, is puzzling.

All over campus, I hear of faculty and classified positions that have been lost and not replaced, of technology and other components of basic infrastructure that need to be budgeted for or upgraded, of classes that students cannot get into because they fill up quickly or are offered only occasionally. In my department, two librarians are retiring–one position is slated not to be replaced, and the other position is in question. This means we are losing 40% of our faculty at a time when the number of students lacking in college level research skills is surging and campus-wide research demands are increasing due to the transfer model curriculum requirement of 10 pages of writing in the social and behavioral sciences. This is just one example. Across our campus, we need to address the service, program, and staffing needs that were lost or underfunded during the recent economic crisis, but are crucial to student success.

In addition, we need to look to the future and explore the many new opportunities and incentives that have the potential to enhance student success and equity. Here at BC we are being asked to participate in and support: The Student Success Initiative; Transfer Model Curriculum; Achieving the Dream; the potential for a Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions; Habits of Mind; the Basic Skills Initiative, C-Six, STEM and more. While many of these are currently funded through grants, those funds will eventually go away, and sustainability requires a financial commitment on the part of the colleges and the District.
Goal number one of the District as listed in the Trustees’ policy manual is to “become an exemplary model of student success,” but this cannot be accomplished without a concerted effort to invest in student success. Our front-line personnel—the faculty and classified staff who help students succeed because they are there to help them one-on-one, advise them, teach them and mentor them–are being asked to take on more and as a consequence have less time to spend with students, not because they don’t want to, but because departments are under staffed, resources are stretched too thin, and the classes students need aren’t there. It seems to me like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. In light of the new emphasis on performance-based funding, I do not understand how a 15% plus reserve can help our colleges accomplish our core mission of education and student success when we are not fully addressing past losses, present needs, and possibly spinning our wheels on new programs that may disappear for lack of sustainable investment.

The money we receive from the state of California was given to us for the purpose of education, not to be held in an interest earning account for a rainy day—especially, while many of the current needs of our students go unmet. I understand the need for fiscal responsibility; I think this can easily be dealt with using the state mandated 5% minimum reserve which can be adjusted upward as necessary; what is at stake here is flexibility, and an investment in the students we have right now. Please do not tie the hands of our District and our three colleges.