Class offers criminal justice students real-life experience – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Anthony Lopes and Maria Hernandez have long held dreams of a law enforcement career, but neither knew how to achieve it.

Until a new course at Solano Community College, in partnership with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, popped up, offering academics and real-life training.

“I saw this as an opportunity to go on in the criminal justice system,” said Hernandez, 25.

Lopes, 20, agreed.

“When I heard about it I had to do it,” he said. “It sounded exciting.”

Source: Class offers criminal justice students real-life experience

Solano Community Foundation bestows Nelson Scholarships – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano Community Foundation has awarded sizable scholarships to 10 Vacaville high school seniors, it has been announced.

Seven students received Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Scholarships, five from Will C. Wood High, including Dylan Nute, Ian Kitamura, Mercedes Hall, Willow Rigney and Hailey Milsaps; one from Buckingham Charter High, Mikayla Canales; and one from Vacaville High, Cassidy Aberson. Each four-year award is worth $14,000, or $3,500 per year.

Cassiel Nortier-Tilly of Vacaville High School received the Grace B. Powell Vacaville High School Scholarship, a one-time award of $5,000. Powell was principal of Vacaville High and promoted academic achievement. An annual citywide spelling bee is named after her.

Kristoffer Hernandez of Vacaville High and Rita Zughbaba from Buckingham Charter will receive an Auldin Briggs Achievement Scholarship of $2,500 each for one year. Briggs was a sheet metal worker at Mare Island, and later taught mechanical drawing at Solano Community College.

Source: Solano Community Foundation bestows Nelson Scholarships

“Sunshining” bargaining proposals, Measure Q contracts on SCC agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Sunshining of bargaining proposals between the Solano Community College trustees and Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union, several major construction contracts, and the educational agreement between Mariani Nut Company of Winters and the SCC District are on the agenda when college leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Local 39 has presented its initial bargaining proposals to the district board for the purpose of sunshining, as required by law. To sunshine bargaining proposals is to inform the public what will be discussed during labor negotiations. The topics include — no surprise — pay and allowances, working conditions, hours and overtime and leaves of absence.

Public comment on the proposals will be received at the next governing board meeting, June 7.

The eight-member governing board will consider a $78,000 contract with Consolidated Engineering Laboratories for project special inspection and testing services for the new science building project at the main Fairfield campus.

 

Solano College earns credit rating upgrade from S&P – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community College District earned a recent improved credit rating from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), up to “AA” from a previous score of “AA-,” the district announced, Friday.

At the same time, S&P Global Ratings assigned its “AA” rating to the District’s election of 2012, series C GO bonds, affirming the stable outlook. Moody’s Investor Services also provided their assessment, re-affirming the college with their “Aa3” rating.

These ratings are utilized in the purchase of bonds and other fixed income investments. In general, the better the rating, the lower the borrowing costs, the district explained.

Source: Solano College earns credit rating upgrade from S&P

SCC, area high schools set graduation dates – The Reporter

Warmer spring days mean area high school and community college graduations are being noted on calendars in central and eastern Solano County.

By chronological date, here is a list of local high school and the Solano Community College graduation times, dates and locations:

  • Solano Community College — 6 p.m. May 25 in the football stadium, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.
  • Vacaville Christian High School — 7 p.m. May 25, Falcon Field, 821 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
  • Vacaville Unified Adult Education — 7 p.m. May 30, Catwalk Theatre, Will C. Wood High, 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
  • Maine Prairie High School — 6 p.m. May 31, Dixon High School Theater, 555 College Way, Dixon

Source: SCC, area high schools set graduation dates

Winters woman appointed to oversight committee – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

The Solano Community College District board unanimously approved the appointment of Winters resident Valentina Lowden to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Wednesday.

In reporting on behalf of the ad hoc committee, board President Rosemary Thurston outlined Lowden’s background as solidly rooted in business, as well as an extensive background in volunteering for a variety of public education roles.

Source: Winters woman appointed to oversight committee

Exploring Solano County’s economic strategic planning – The Reporter

By Doug Ford

I left the Solano EDC meeting a week ago a bit perplexed. It was great to hear that Solano County is planning to move ahead with economic strategic planning. What is being planned is all fine but the way it was presented needs some improving. I wonder what the slogan, “Solano Means Business” really means. That and other phrases used in the hand-out provided seems to have a tone of “this is all for business and for nobody else.” The photograph of a man standing in the middle of a grain field studying a road map seems to me to give a bad impression of the project.

It seems strange to lead off a presentation by pointing fingers at “economic red flags needing action” that are all non-Solano business entities: the military, residents who receive some sort of public assistance, residents who commute outside the county for work, and surrounding counties that are “bypassing Solano County.” This tone of “Solano business is good and everybody else is bad” is also noticeable in some of the other “Moving Solano Forward” publications.

Source: Exploring Solano County’s economic strategic planning – The Reporter

 

SCC leaders to consider $90M bond sale, Measure Q, Strong Workforce contracts – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A resolution to issue $90 million in Measure Q bonds, several large Measure Q-related contracts, and a $500,000 Strong Workforce Program contract are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The college’s governing board likely will approve the pending sale of $90 million in Measure Q bonds on the open market. Trustees previously approved $120 million in bonds under the $348 million measure, which Solano County voters passed in 2012, to upgrade the school’s aging classrooms, other buildings, infrastructure as well as pay for some new construction.

Also related to their Measure Q considerations, trustees are expected to approve a $162,000 contract with Arthulia Inc., a Millbrae firm, for a performing arts costume workshop and classroom project, part of the Solano College Theatre renovation.

 

Source: SCC leaders to consider $90M bond sale, Measure Q, Strong Workforce contracts

Citizen panels overseeing school bonds need help, statewide panel says – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Oversight of school construction bonds – proposed by creating citizen committees in California – is not taking place for the most part, the Little Hoover Commission said in a study.

Independent training is needed for citizens bond oversight committees created in 2000 when the threshold to pass school bond measures in California was reduced from two-thirds to 55 percent, said the study released late last month.

“Bond oversight committees in many communities act simply as cheerleaders for the district, often because members simply do not understand their roles or know what actions they can take,” states the study, “Borrowed Money: Opportunities for Stronger Bond Oversight.”

Source: Citizen panels overseeing school bonds need help, statewide panel says

Vacaville scholarship application period opens – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The 2017 application period for scholarships at three Vacaville high schools – through the Solano Community Foundation and the Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund – opens Monday.

Graduating seniors at Vacaville High, Will C. Wood and Buckingham Charter Magnet High are eligible.

Seven four-year scholarships of $3,500 each year will be awarded. Additionally, two Auldin Briggs one-year scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. One $5,000 Grace B. Powell one-year scholarship will be awarded to a Vacaville High graduate

Source: Vacaville scholarship application period opens

SCC Dean receives “Patriot Award” – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano Community College and Department of Defense officials recently honored an SCC leader for supporting school employees who serve in the National Guard and U.S. military reserve units, it has been announced.

Shirley Lewis, a dean at the SCC Vallejo Center, was recognized by the college’s governing board during its March 1 meeting.

She also received the Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for, according to the citation, “Contributing to the National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”

“It is truly an honor to receive this award and to work for a college whose employees not only work with dedication for our students, but many are also Guard and Reserve service members and veterans,” Lewis, who earned a doctoral degree, said in a press release.

 

Solano College site of planned business ‘hackathon’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Small Business Development Center will host a 48-hour start-up “hackathon” for teens and young adults.

The two-day business program will have participants bring their toothbrushes, pillows and overnight bags and, with little rest, work for 48 hours to develop and present to the competition’s judges their idea for the next great start-up, reminiscent of an Amazon or Google, according to an announcement for the event.

First- and second-place winners will be chosen and given a variety of business-related prizes.

Source:  Solano College site of planned business ‘hackathon’

Bill would allow JCs – including SCC – to issue teaching credentials – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Community colleges have long been a pathway to vocational goals – often the course chosen by those students who see no value in a four-year degree that has no useful purpose for their careers.

And while students who want to be teachers may attend a community college to kick off their academic lives, eventually tradition required they go to a university to get at least a bachelor’s degree and earn a credential.

A bill recently introduced by state Sen. Bill Dodd would allow community colleges, like Solano College, to develop their own teacher credentialing program.

Source: Bill would allow JCs – including SCC – to issue teaching credentials

High school Super Quiz coming to Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

High school students from Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties will compete in the North Bay Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Regional Competition with the goal of qualifying for the state event.

The Solano County Office of Education is hosting the Super Quiz portion of the decathlon starting at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Solano Community College gymnasium.

Among the subjects about which the students’ knowledge will be tested during the decathlon are art, music, language and literature, math, economics, science and social science. Additionally, there are communication tests that require writing an essay, delivering a prepared and an impromptu speech, and an interview.

Source: High school Super Quiz coming to Solano College

4-year degree for about $10,000, Solano College professor tells business groups – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Students at Solano Community College can get a four-year degree for about $10,000 in biomanufacturing and finish college without debt, professor Jim DeKloe said Thursday at a meeting of three local chambers of commerce.

Industrial biotechnology professor DeKloe recounted how Genentech said in 1994 it would open a Vacaville site and how the corporation has assisted Solano College.

“They have been a wonderful partner,” DeKloe said.

Source: 4-year degree for about $10,000, Solano College professor tells business groups

Solano College honors scholarship recipients – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Staff, faculty, board of trustees members, students and donors gathered Oct. 4 at the Vacaville Center to honor Solano Community College’s 2016 scholarship recipients.

By the end of the evening, $142,600 and 156 scholarships had been awarded to 95 students. The 44th Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation was sponsored by the district’s Scholarship Foundation board of directors and the Educational Foundation board of directors.

Source: Good News: Solano College honors scholarship recipients

Solano College offers new 4-year biotech degree – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students at Solano Community College can now earn a bachelor’s degree in biomanufacturing.

The college announced that its bachelor of science program has received approval from the state’s Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

“We are delighted about this program,” Superintendent-President Celia Esposito-Noy said in a statement. “This will give our students the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art skills and prepare for exciting careers in biomanufacturing.”

Source: Solano College offers new 4-year biotech degree

Benicia-Vallejo AAUW to host gender equity forum at SCC Vallejo campus – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Gender equity remains a commonly discussed issue in today’s society. Attendees of tonight’s free program at Solano Community College’s Vallejo campus will learn about the subject as it applies to K-12 and postsecondary education and how to address gender bias when it occurs.The forum, hosted by the Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women, will specifically discuss Title IX, a section of the United Stated Education Amendments of 1972, which states that people should not be excluded based on sex from participating in or receiving benefits from programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

“Our mission is to make sure we support the equity and education for all women and girls,” AAUW member Suzanne Antone said.

Source: Benicia-Vallejo AAUW to host gender equity forum at SCC Vallejo campus

In new book, educator looks at ‘Sesame Street’ through ‘lens of faith’ – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

When we cast a critical or observant eye on U.S. culture, high or low, we bring ourselves to the task, our life experiences, but we can also adopt a specific point of view, as Vacaville author Gary Dreibelbis has in his newly released nonfiction book, “The Gospel According to ‘Sesame Street’: Learning, Life, Love, and Death.”

In its 150 pages on the Westbow Press imprint, he examines the iconic children’s TV show through what he calls “a lens of faith,” ascribing Bible references to its co-founder and characters, such as Elmo, Big Bird, and adding moral and spiritual dimensions to the show’s lessons in equality, social justice, kindness, and how to deal with tragedy, among others.

Source: In new book, educator looks at “Sesame Street” Through “lens of faith” – The Reporter

Review of maintenance department, weighted SCC grades on Vacaville USD agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A review of the district’s maintenance and operations department and a report about weighted grading for Solano Community College courses are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight in Vacaville.

The director of maintenance and operations, Leland Noll, will offer the annual review, in part, a district snapshot based on his department’s responsibilities and the scope and nature of its work.

Using a computer-aided slide show, he will update the seven-member governing board about his department’s mission and goals, and how it is organized, including providing workforce numbers.

M and O, as the department is called for short, employs 81 full-time equivalent employees, scattered among the main office, operations, maintenance, grounds and equipment maintenance shops. He oversees an annual budget of about $4 million.

 

Source: Review of maintenance department, weighted SCC grades on Vacaville Unified School District agenda