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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..

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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KernCCDDaringMightyThing

Kern – Creating our Future

Let me introduce you to one of my bosses – The President of the Kern Community Collee District Board of Trustees Romeo Agbalog through this 2-min video segment where he was one of the panelist for the One Book event hosted by Prof. Chris Dison. He talks about the perspective with which we approach life. This is a must watch video.

What a week! Bakersfield was on display as host for the California Economic Summit on Thursday and Friday, hosted by California Forward. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Kern CCD held a Pre-Summit Institute, “Community Economic Mobility: A Focus On Energy and Climate Resilience.”

The events provided a gathering of statewide leaders working for regional approaches to economic prosperity, giving all Californians access to their California dream.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Director Martin Keller and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Kim Budil were on hand:

Check out some of the photos ….

We are in the process of segmenting the days’ videos into individual panels. Full videos of both days, as well as the videos that have been completed, are available at https://www.kccd.edu/CommunityEconomicMobility.

On Thursday, I was honored to speak at the California Economic Summit during the Voices of Kern… Creating our Future segment. I joined speakers Traco Matthews, Emily Duran, Raji Brar, Michelle Corson, Aaron Resendez, Karen Goh, Rick Jhaj, Teresa Hitchcock, and Imelda Ceja in sharing our Kern County story.

On stage, I was joined by fabulous schoolchildren – Zachariah, Emilia, Liyu, and Noor.

Bakersfield College’s own Josh Ottum and Kris Tiner provided some entertainment:

Thank you to Emily Duran, Rosa Lopez, Connie Perez, Dee Slade, Raji Brar, Imelda Ceja, Michelle Corson, Theresa Hitchcock, Max Becerra, Sonia Kaur, Christian Clegg, Lauren Skidmore, Karen Zuber, Rick Jhaj, Traco Mathews, Dr. John Mendiburu, Jay Tamsi, David Franz, Dr. Dean McGee, Daniel Rodela, Aaron Resendez, Amanda Frank, Jonathan Dethloff, Timothy Reid, Mayor Goh, and Reyna Olaguez for your work in this important area.

Kern Community College District also had a presence on Day 2 of the summit, thanks to Norma Rojas-Mora:

Good morning, friends.
It is October 29, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.


Porterville College

PC Hosts Leadership Porterville on Campus

This past week, the membership of Leadership Porterville spent an afternoon on campus learning about PC.

PC President Dr. Claudia Habib led a group of administrators, including Vice President of Administrative Services Maria Battisti, Vice President of Student Services Primavera Arvizu, and Dean of Instruction Michelle Miller-Galaz, to discuss our various programs and campus operations with the group.

The day started off with lunch and networking for the Leadership Porterville members, which include Director of Enrollment Services, Jonathan Miranda.  The group then heard from the panel about our programs and services and how we provide pathways for the community to learn and grow. 

PC welcomes the new Administrative Assistant to the President

Please join us in welcoming Maribel Hernandez as the new Interim Administrative Assistant to the President!

Ms. Hernandez was born and raised in the Central Valley. She joins us with five years of service in support of Administration at the Kern Community College District.

Over her 15-year career in education, she has held a wide range of positions, including Behavior Management Specialist for Lindsay Unified School District, Case Management for Tulare County Office of Education, Head Start, Department Assistant for the Inmate Scholar Program at Bakersfield College, Executive Secretary for the Office of Instruction for Porterville College and, most recently, Administrative Assistant for the Porterville College Foundation. She has developed her leadership and managerial experience by coordinating the weekly Porterville College Foundation Swap Meet.

PC Choral Wows Full House

The PC Choral group performed their opening concert this past Tuesday on the PC Campus.  After long hours of rehearsal and hard work, the group, led by Music Instructor Ben Makino, held their first open recital of the semester. 

Dual Enrollment Students Visit Campus

PC Student Ambassadors introduced our campus to a group of HS Dual enrollment students this week, giving them a tour of campus and discussing possibilities for their educational futures. They heard about student life from Student Life and Leadership Program Manager Jasmin Quinones and were accompanied by their instructor (and PC History Professor) Rebecca Baird.

The group came from PUSD’s Granite Hills High School. On their tour of campus, the group ran into PC President Dr. Habib, who took some time to visit with the group and, of course, take a few selfies!


Cerro Coso Community College

Matt Wanta, Tyrone Ledford, Vonetta Mixson, Peter Fulks, and Nicole Griffin.

CTE Team attends CCCAOE Fall 2022 Conference

Cerro Coso’s CTE team attended the annual California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) Fall 2022 Conference in beautiful Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs in October.

The CCCAOE is an umbrella organization representing career technical education (CTE) and economic development professionals.  Many educational disciplines have their own professional organization, but CCCAOE is the only voice that speaks for all career technical education in the California community colleges.   

Attending this year’s event were Vonetta Mixson, Jarrod Bowen, Melissa Bowen, Peter Fulks, Richard Garrett, Tyrone Ledford, Matt Wanta, and Nicole Griffin.

Celebrate What Is Great at the DEF

It is fall and that means the days are shorter, the mornings are cooler, and the evening sunsets are breath-taking.

It’s also the season for lemonade, laughter, and the Desert Empire Fair (DEF).

In many ways, the DEF is a lot like Christmas. It comes only once a year and requires extensive advance preparation followed by lively bursts of fun and exhilaration.

An iconic piece of Americana with a rich history stretching back over centuries, people embrace local fairs as an opportunity to set the rest of life aside and enjoy the sights, sounds, and feelings that combine to create an experience that is unquestionably unique, while at the same time timeless and familiar.

For three days, 25 hours, Cerro Coso students and employees volunteered to staff the college’s booth at this year’s fair, October 21-23.

Flight Line Tap Room owner Ross Shingledecker,
CCCC student Julianna Gorduyn, and Cerro Coso Public Relations Director Natalie Dorrell.

Flight Line Tap Room and Cerro Coso College team up to fight food insecurity 

Julianna Gorduyn a student at Cerro Coso works at Flight Line Tap Room and saw an opportunity to help her fellow students. 

With the approval of owner Ross Shingledecker, Julianna has coordinated a Fall Food Drive to take place on Saturday, November 5, 2022.  Beer lovers can bring a non-perishable food donation for the college food pantry into the Flight Line Tap Room located at 259 North Balsam Street and receive a reduced flight price between 3 and 6 p.m.

“Cerro Coso understands that it is very hard to focus on being a successful student if you are worried about your next meal, unsure where you are going to sleep, or struggling with a lack of health care,” stated Outreach Director Katie Bachman. 

The Coyote Cupboard, a food pantry for college students, was established in 2017 to address the basic food needs of students. 

The Cerro Coso Coyote Cupboard accepts all food and monetary donations.  For more information on how you can help, contact the Outreach Office at 760-384-6353. 


Bakersfield College

BC Professor Kris Tiner Inducted into CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame

One of BC’s very best is receiving an amazing recognition from his alma mater. Performing Arts Department Chair and BC Jazz Studies Director Kris Tiner has been announced as one of four members of the 2023 class of inductees to the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame. Professor Tiner is an internationally recognized trumpet player, educator, and composer with more than 80 original recordings including contributions to film, tv, and radio.

During his tenure as a Renegade, Professor Tiner has led the BC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos to great success, being recognized with national awards by DownBeat Magazine, the leading Jazz Music publication in the world.

We are so proud to call Kris Tiner one of our own, and congratulate him on this wonderful accomplishment.

Delano Hosts One Book Project Discussion Panel

The Delano campus hosted a discussion panel, “Walking the Path: Overcoming Barriers to Education in the Central Valley” in partnership with the Kern County One Book Project. Students and community members heard the Mayor of Delano, Bryan Osorio, and Kern Community College District Trustee President Romeo Agbalog share their experiences as first-generation college students, the sacrifices made by themselves and their families, and the perseverance and determination it took to accomplish their goals of higher education.

BC Theater Dazzles Audience at 38th Annual Shakespeare Festival

From October 5th through October 15th the BC Theater department presented the 38th annual Kern Shakespeare Festival, a cherished Bakersfield College tradition founded in 1985. For two weeks student actors, faculty, and community members brought these stories to life in the Edward Simonsen Outdoor Theater. Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by BC Theater Professor Cody Ganger, had audiences captivated by the peculiar antics and over-the-top comedy. 

BC Theater Professor Brian Sivesind, Artistic Director of the festival, styled his Romeo & Juliet with a 1980s twist, featuring a soundtrack of the biggest hits and costumes with the best and boldest styles of the decade. A hearty congratulations is due to both casts. The Kern Shakespeare Festival is a wonderful tradition that we cherish here at Bakersfield College and in our larger community.

BC Homecoming

Bakersfield College celebrated the “Renegade Fever” themed Homecoming week. The festivities started with events like Disco Dye and Groovy Glasses, giving students a break in studies to decorate outrageous accessories. The week ended with our parade of the Renegades and the Homecoming game on Saturday night. BC football took the victory over the Ventura Pirates and our Homecoming Royalty (Malcolm Jacobs, Anjel Flores, and Natalie Macias) took their crowns. 

BC Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

The second annual Bakersfield College Athletics Hall of Fame dinner was held last week on Thursday, October 22nd at Luigi’s Restaurant. Seven Renegade alumni were inducted into the second class: Stan Greene, Brandon Kurtz, Jeremy Staat, Sandi Taylor, Octavio Martinez, Duane Damron, and Dr. Romain Clerou. All were in attendance with friends, family and colleagues supporting them while Dr. Clerou had his son there to represent him.

The Bakersfield College Athletics Hall of Fame was established with the goal to annually recognize Renegade Athletics success across all sports. Inductees consist of standout former student athletes, coaches, administrators, and other community members who have rendered extraordinary service to the department.

Since its founding in 1922 the Bakersfield College Athletics Department has been synonymous with athletic success in the Bakersfield community. Rich with history and tradition the department has won a grand total of 186 conference team championships, 15 state team championships and 10 national team championships in its century of existence.

To celebrate Sandi Taylor’s induction into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame, let’s watch again the video from two years ago.

In Memoriam

It has been a difficult few weeks of losing members of the BC family and extended family.

Link to the video on twitter: https://twitter.com/BCIAutomation/status/1583531079553597440

Endee Grijalva‘s mother, Rebecca Endee Hurst, also recently passed away.


In the News

Community Voices: Revitalized campus brings welcome change

BC Journalism Professor and Renegade Rip adviser Erin Auerbach penned this piece for The Bakersfield Californian.

“After a prolonged period of deep uncertainty, a revitalized campus brings welcome change and emphasizes the sense of community that was suspended in the fray of a pandemic.”

10 Minutes With Tipton: Porterville College’s Roger Perez

Porterville College’s Roger Perez, Director of Communications and Community Relations, was featured in the latest edition of 10 Minutes With Tipton in The Porterville Recorder.

“I love that I get to do things that I’ve always loved to do. I think in a lot of professions, you’re sort of stuck to one thing. You train to do something and only do that your entire career. I get to do a little bit of everything in the creative world — video, social media, design, writing. I get to talk to big groups of people, I talk to small groups of people, and I get to represent a FANTASTIC school. There isn’t a lot I don’t like about my career and job.”

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to BC art students Kaylee DeBerti, Gianna Villafuerte, Haylie Murrie, and Emma Elenes, for this beautiful version of “The Abduction of Psyche,” at last weekend’s Via Arte.  The students were awarded the “Best Rendition of a Master Work” award and the unofficial “Best Squad” award for their teamwork.  The BC Foundation was a proud sponsor of the event again this year, and we are extra proud of our students and their obvious hard work!

PC President Dr. Claudia Habib shared this post about Financial Aid Night:

College and Financial Aid Night taking place right now. Students from every high school came to learn about our programs and resources. I love meeting future students and their parents, some of them also PC graduates! #PirateFamily #StartHereGoAnywhereDoAnything @Foundation_PC

Check out BC Rural Initiatives at the Delano Trunk or Treat event:

California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Daisy Gonzales shared this photo from the ACCT conference, where I presented on Guided Pathways with Todd Coston and Kern CCD Trustees Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Yovani Jimenez:

And here’s Kern CCD Trustees Yovani Jimenez and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg with BC President Zav Dadabhoy at last weekend’s Renegade Football Homecoming Game:

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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KernCCDDaringMightyThing

Being vigilant about not hurting each other

Coolio passed away at age 59. His biggest hit, one of my favorite songs, Gangsta’s Paradise, was released in 1995.

“Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the ones we hurt, are you and me?”

The song was featured in the film “Dangerous Minds,” a movie based on retired U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson’s autobiography “My Posse Don’t Do Homework.” In 1989, she took a teaching position at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California, teaching a class of mostly African-American and Latino students from racially segregated and economically disadvantaged East Palo Alto. Her students are disengaged and involved in drugs and gangs, and she utilizes unconventional teaching methods to reach and inspire them.

The song, which was released just days before the film, relies heavily on biblical themes – starting with the opening lyrics “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” a reference to Psalm 23:4. Choral background vocals add to this religious imagery. It is perhaps a surprising juxtaposition – a Grammy-winning Rap song that starts by quoting a Bible verse.

And while the rest of the song diverges sharply from the Psalm’s tone and message, it does come to a universal message –

Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the ones we hurt, are you and me?

On Wednesday night, the Kern Community College District held the first annual Jack Hernandez Phronesis Award & Jack Hernandez Lecture Dinner. Award recipient and Bakersfield College professor Nick Strobel gave the lecture, titled “The virtue of humility in science, religion and freedom of speech.”

In his section on humility in religion, he discusses the importance of humility in our interactions with each other, and the importance of loving one’s neighbor. He quotes Paul’s letter to the Romans:

“Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don’t think that you’re so smart.”

And from Paul’s letter to the Phillippians:

“Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.”

You can view his entire lecture here:

What do we lose when instead of humility and love for one another, we focus only on our own selves with no regard for our neighbors?

“Tell me why are we, so blind to see
That the ones we hurt, are you and me?”

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Good morning, friends.
It is October 1, 2022.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD.


Porterville College

Janice Ledgerwood: “Campus Cuties: Trophy Wives Prep Program” Exhibition Comes to the PC Gallery on October 3rd

The public is invited to see our latest exhibition at the PC Art Gallery, Janice Ledgerwood: “Campus Cuties: Trophy Wives Prep Program”.

  • DATES OF SHOW: October 3 – 27, 2022
  • GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Thursday from 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm

Janice Ledgerwood’s work as an artist embraces both established and emergent technologies while examining the places where feminist philosophy and theory, political ideologies and theories, popular cultural production, personal experience, and narratives (both fictional and real) intersect.

The Campus Cuties, as named and produced by Marx Toys in the mid-twentieth century, are two series of six-inch figurines of women in contemporary clothing of that time. Since Ledgerwood’s discovery of this toy series, it has been a focus of her work.

For this exhibition, the artwork explores the confluence of contemporary political discourse with history, pop culture, and women’s roles, status, and participation within Western society. The sculptures in this exhibition are 3D-printed mid-century figurines that are hand-painted and displayed on pedestals designed in Photoshop and produced with a laser cutter.

Ledgerwood has exhibited in both group and solo exhibits throughout the United States as well as in France and the Netherlands.

Ledgerwood earned her BFA at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA, and her MFA at California State University, Fullerton. Prior to her tenure at the State Center Community College District, Ledgerwood lived and worked in southern California as an adjunct professor at USC and various community colleges, as an art museum director, and as a community art gallery director where she organized and curated a variety of exhibitions. Ledgerwood is currently a tenured art and multi-media professor at Clovis Community College.

PC VP of Student Services Delivers Keynote for CSUB Scholarship Ceremony

Porterville College Vice President of Student Services Primavera Arvizu delivered the keynote address at the 39th Annual Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund (HESF) Awards Program at CSU Bakersfield on Friday, September 23.

The fund recognizes academically excellent students with awards and scholarships. Since 1984, HESF has supported over 1,800 outstanding students from our community.  It seeks to increase access to a college education for academically excellent financially deserving underrepresented students who demonstrate leadership potential. 

Arvizu, who is a former recipient of an HESF award, delivered the keynote address to a room of over 20 scholarship recipients, including three recipients from the Kern Community College District. Frank Ramirez, PC’s Director of Student Services, was also in attendance at the event.  He had the following to say about Arvizu’s Address, “Primavera inspired the recipients of the California State University, Bakersfield Hispanic Excellence Scholarship. The biggest moment [for me] was when she dropped the African Proverb about a Gazelle. Read it and let it sink in on how it relates to the journey that all first-generation college students and first-generation professionals face every day.”

The proverb used in her address follows: 

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.

Next CHAP Event Explores the Claim, “We Are All Romans”

Jay Hargis (Pictured at a prior CHAP event)

The Porterville College Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) continues its celebration of 20 years and this semester’s theme of The Anthropocene with our next presentation, “We Are All Romans”.

The event, presented by PC Professor Emeritus Jay Hargis, will explore our understanding of our historical roots.

Join us on Thursday, October 6th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the PC Theater for this discussion on heritage, history, and where we all come from.

Professor Jay Hargis has offered classes in history at Porterville College since 1991 – first as an adjunct and then as a full-time history professor. He retired from PC earlier this year.  Areas of historical interest that he has explored in 23 previous CHAP and other topical presentations over the years have included Mexican and Mexican American history, the Cold War, US politics of the ‘60s and ‘70s, our Islamic heritage, medieval history, 19th-century European conflicts, the legacies of World War I, the US in the Middle East since the 1940s, fictional history in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and other topics. 

For more information on the CHAP program, you can visit https://www.portervillecollege.edu/chap.


Cerro Coso Community College

Star Party and Barbecue Draw Big Crowd to Cerro Coso

Cerro Coso understands the public’s fascination with the night sky and goes the extra mile to welcome and accommodate guests that are keen to stargazing at their annual Star Party and Barbecue.

For the first time in two years the annual Star Party and Barbecue was held on Friday, September 23, 2022 in the fountain area of the Ridgecrest campus. 

After an evening a good food, great music, and raffles, participants stayed to enjoy the spectacular night sky at the Dr. Alex Shlanta Astronomical Observatory.

Special thanks go out to this year’s event Sponsors: Desert Valley’s FCU, Henzel Phelps Construction Company, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Toyota of Ridgecrest, 760 Fitness, The Swap Sheet, T.J. Frisbee, and Sylvia Sotomayor. 

The China Lake Astronomical Society joined Astronomy Professor Dr. Scott Cameron in educating party goers on the impressive objects in the sky.

The event drew kids of all ages to the college for a variety of fun activities, games, and viewing of the beauty and wonder of the night skies. 

Thanks to the Maintenance and Operations team for their hard work in setting up and bringing new and creative ideas to this year’s event, and to the many volunteers that contribute to the success of this year’s event.

The Cerro Coso Community College Foundation held this fundraising event in support of Cerro Coso programs, students, and staff. It is estimated between 350 and 400 people were in attendance.

Hands on with science and astronomy – educational and fun for the whole family!

Cerro Coso to participate in Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser, bringing communities together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change in the fight against cancer.  Cerro Coso will be participating and invites all to be a part of their team.   

The event will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at the Leroy Jackson Sports Complex from 9 AM to midnight.

The goal of participating in this event as a whole college is to recognize and honor those individuals and support the cause to raise funds to fight against cancer.  The more people who participate in Relay for Life, the more money can be raised to support breakthrough research, 24/7 support for cancer patients, access to lifesaving screenings, and much more.

Will you join us to help raise money for the American Cancer Society? To walk, simply Click here to view the TEAM page for Cerro Coso Community College

Purchase a Luminaria: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_luminaria&PROXY_TYPE=21&PROXY_ID=102622&fr_id=102622&search=event  Click that link and find the team name Cerro Coso Community College you can donate and purchase a luminaria in honor of someone you love.

Banned Books Week

The Cerro Coso Library celebrated the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 18th-24th, with displays encouraging students to #resistthepurge on social media or by reading books that have been banned from libraries across the country – titles that include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, and the Harry Potter series.”

Banned Books Week has been an annual nationwide campaign led by the American Library Association since 1982. It draws attention to the problems of censorship and highlights the value of open access to information.

For more information, check out https://bannedbooksweek.org/


Bakersfield College

Delano 50th Anniversary

On Monday, September 26th, I joined the Bakersfield College community, Kern CCD Trustees Romeo Agbalog and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, and Assembly Member Rudy Salas to commemorate 50 years of Bakersfield College supporting Renegades in Delano.

It all began when the Kern Community College District voted to build a second campus for Bakersfield College in downtown Bakersfield in the mid-1970s, Delano’s leaders clamored for their own dedicated campus in Delano. That led in the fall of 1977 to the construction of a new facility on Randolph Street where 50 courses were offered to 850 students. Now, BC continues to grow and looks forward to the opening of the newest Learning Resource Center facility on the BC Delano campus. Special guests in attendance at Monday’s event included Julio Segura, Trustees Romeo Agbalog, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, and Assemblymember Rudy Salas.

6th Annual Panorama Creative Music Summit

The Panorama Music Summit kicked off this week at Bakersfield College for the 6th time. During week one, students were invited to participate in special workshops throughout the day and concerts were held for students and the community in the evening. 

Luke Temple gave an Improvisation talk on Wednesday, and spoke about his own sources of inspiration. As a child he enjoyed listening to punk rock and later found an interest in jazz, though now his favorites also include The Beatles and Elliott Smith. His songwriting career began with folk music. One student asked Mr. Temple, “What distinguishes pop music from the other genres?” Temple responded, “Well, pop stands for popular, so the primary thing that distinguishes pop music from the others are simply the numbers.” Temple later went on to say that songwriting is meaningful to him because he sees it as a form of self-discovery and expression. 

For information on next week’s activities, visit bcjazz.org.

Bakersfield College RN – Mercy Hospital Recruitment

Another of our many partners, Mercy Hospital, hosted our upcoming graduating class of Registered Nursing students at the beautiful Stockdale Country Club this week. Future RNs had the opportunity to meet with department managers and ask questions about each department and their individual culture. Fifty-six of our soon-to-be graduates took advantage of learning detailed information from Mercy’s various departments to determine if they are a good fit for that team. Thank you, Mercy Hospital.

2022-23 Basketball Media Day

The Bakersfield College Athletics Department would like to invite the campus to attend the 2022-23 Basketball Media Day. The 2022-23 Basketball season is upon us and BC Athletics is extending a warm welcome to join the Renegades in kicking off the season with the 2022 BC Basketball Media Day on Thursday, October 6th at 11:00AM at the Gil Bishop Sports Center. The event will take place on the top floor of the main front entrance. A full list of speakers can be found below and more to come.

The event is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to park in lot P7, off of Mt. Vernon.  


Fun Photos & other news spotted on social media

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The Teaching-and-Learning Experiences (TALE) blog provides a virtual space for faculty, instructional support staff, former faculty, and others within KCCD to contribute original blog posts that describe their insights and ideas rooted in their experiences in the classroom or working with our students, their implications for ensuring that learning occurs with intentional outcomes, and their relationship to faculty engagement and innovation, and student success. 

BC Industrial Automation shared this post:

“Thank you AeraEnergyLLC for your internship presentation and for creating an Automation Internship opportunity for our students locally.”

The Cerro Coso Learning Assistance Center created this video to help students access their Math & Writing Lab:

And check out this great video by Jonathan Hernandez at Porterville College:

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

The future is bright at KernCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KernCCDDaringMightyThings

Kern CCD’s top notch educators – it is not just what they do, but also how they do it.

It has been a beautiful and busy week celebrating educators in our community.

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Delta Kappa Gamma and the AAUW (American Association of University Women) about Title IX. Dr. Micheller Mille-Galaz is the incoming President of DKG and Dean of Instruction at Porterville College.

Michelle Miller-Galaz, Sonya Christian, Sue Guenette
Sonya Christian, Janet Tarjan, Andrea Thorson, Chris Cruz Boone
Michelle Miller-Galaz, Reagan Dozier, Sonya Christian

Later in the week, on Thursday, the Kern Community College District honored John Means at the Board of Trustees meeting.

Here is an excerpt from my remarks at the Board meeting.

Colleagues are impressed not only by what John does, but also by how he does his work, which is rooted in who he is. John’s character, integrity and humility garners the trust and respect of others, resulting in strengthened partnerships and life-changing outcomes for our students and for the communities in which they live.

Throughout his career, John was tough-minded in doing what is right, yet tender-hearted in his interactions with colleagues, regardless of their rank, title or position.

I will share video from the presentations in a later blog, but for now please enjoy these photos.

Jack Connell, Yovani Jimenez, Kyle Carter, Sonya Christian, John Means, John Corkins, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Romeo Agbalog, Kay Meel
John Means, Trustee Romeo Agbalog
Kern CCD Board of Trustees
John Means, Manny Mourtzanos
Bob Simpkins, John Means

Good morning, friends.
It is June 11, 2022.
The sun shines bright over KernCCD.


Porterville College

Student Veterans Help the Porterville Homeless Community

Partnering with the Homeless Outreach Project (HOP), our Student Veterans Organization (SVO), ventured out into the local homeless community to handout solar lanterns, which were purchased by the SVO, as well as dog food, hygiene kits, and water.

The PC SVO meets every two weeks to build camaraderie and discuss ways in which they can help fellow Veterans and the surrounding community.  The SVO has raised thousands of dollars through fundraising events to help provide resources such as these to those in our community who need them.

If you would like to contribute to PC’s SVO, and their efforts, please consider purchasing a SVO Fundraising T-shirt, available inside the PC VRC, or by contacting us at 559-791-2222.

PC Student Veterans Organization members meet in the Veteran’s Resource Center.

PC Hosts Campus Tour for Native American High School Students

The Porterville College Native American Club recently hosted a group of Native American high school students for a campus tour, lunch, and admissions presentation.

The PC Native American Club helps to build an on-campus sense of community for those students who identify as Native American. 

The high school students in attendance for the tour came from various local high schools, including Monache, Porterville, Butterfield, and Harmony High Schools. The Native American Club did an amazing job at exposing these students to what college life looks like at Porterville College. 

Also of note:  This year, Porterville College had 18 Native American student graduates!


Cerro Coso Community College

CC Hosts Eastern Sierra Entrepreneur Regional Summit for Climate Innovation and Business Opportunities

The Eastern Sierra Small Business Resource Center (BRC) and Cerro Coso Community College hosted the Eastern Sierra Entrepreneur Regional Summit for Climate Innovation and Business Opportunities on May 31, 2022.

The event brought together over 75 small business owners, entrepreneurially-minded professionals, and stakeholders from the climate innovations sector together to learn from each other, network, and generate business opportunities for the surrounding area. It was designed for founders and owners of companies, as well as entry and executive-level employees who were looking to grow their network or find new opportunities in the climate opportunities and innovations sector.

Professor Peter Fulks spoke at the event and shared Cerro Coso’s upcoming forestry, land management, and sustainable recreation pathways that are in development. Katie Bachman, Jennifer Marshall, and Nicole Harper attended the event to promote Cerro Coso’s programs and networked with employers for potential internships.

Mid-Night Madness Co-Ed Grass Doubles Volleyball Fundraiser

Grass doubles are a great way to build volleyball skills while having fun outdoors. 

Cerro Coso Volleyball is hosting a Mid-Night Madness Co-Ed Grass Doubles Fundraiser on the college soccer field on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Cost to participate is $60 per a team of two and includes a t-shirt and prizes. 

All those interested in participating are encouraged to reach out to Coach Andy at Andrew.cole@cerrocoso.edu.   Rules and more information provided after sign-up. 

Employees Receive CPR, First Aid, AED Training