Cyber safety boot camp at Solano Community College – Times Herald

By Richard Bammer

Third-party programs that may lead to “back door” intrusions. Differences between Windows and Mac operating systems. Good advice about ways to safeguard personal identifier information online. Social media tips.

Those were among the questions and topics aired Monday during the first day of the first-ever Cybersecurity Summer Camp, a weeklong program for Solano-area high schoolers, at Solano Community College in Fairfield.

Some 20 students signed up for the free weeklong program, but only 16, all of them boys, showed up in the morning in Room 503 inside the campus administration building at the Suisun Valley Road campus.

Source: Cyber safety boot camp at Solano Community College

SCC theater offers patrons a renovated theater, ways to name rooms, seats – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

There’s a new theater in town.The Solano Community College Performing Arts Center is ready for its debut with a grand opening gala Sept. 9.

The multimillion dollar renovation and expansion took about two years. It was funded by voter-approved Measure Q and a statewide education bond.

“It’s just fabulous,” said Darcia Tipton, Solano College Theatre’s theater technician. “I’m still pinching myself.”

For the past two years, she searched various campus buildings for theater production props that were held in a makeshift studio inside the college’s student services building. Tipton has worked at the theater for more than 25 years.

Source: SCC theater offers patrons a renovated theater, ways to name rooms, seats

SCC to host cybersecurity summer camp – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The Stuxnet worm entered Iran’s nuclear facilities through hacked suppliers in 2010, the first cyber strike distributed by the Internet. Some 40 million people were affected by a hack that stole credit and debit card data from Target stores on or before Dec. 22, 2013.

Elite North Korean cyber warfare agents are believed to be behind the November 2014 Sony Pictures hack. More recently, American intelligence officials are convinced Russian state actors, via a computer hacking, meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

In a new world of cyber warfare and crime, governments, corporations and individuals are increasingly forced to secure their sensitive data, and cybersecurity skills are becoming a valuable self-marketing tool, say organizers of the Cybersecurity Summer Camp at Solano Community College in Fairfield.

 

Source: SCC to host cybersecurity summer camp

Solano College 4-year degree program represents wave of the future – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The wave of the future is upon us and it is happening at a unique intersection that has Solano County on the cutting edge of technological and academic development.

Existing manufacturing companies in a range of fields are finding a lack of qualified workers to fill numerous positions across the country. As a result, government, industry and academia have collaborated to help fill that employment void.

That’s where a newly developed biomanufacturing degree program offered through Solano Community College comes in. The degree program is a new frontier – a four-year degree option at a traditionally two-year setting. Students graduating from the program will learn how to grow living cells that can then be applied to a range of purposes, from health care to beer making.

Source: Solano College 4-year degree program represents wave of the future

Foundation awards 6 scholarships from Fairfield High staff endowment – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community Foundation has awarded $30,000 in scholarships through the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Two $10,000 awards, paid out over four years, were given to Maria Rico Osornio, who is attending Solano Community College, and Calista Lum, who attends the University of California, Merced.

Also awarded were four, single-year $2,500 scholarships: Juan Sebastian Teodoro, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Lizeth Gutierrez, University of California, Davis; Isabel Hernandez, Solano College; and Adrian Rosas, California State University, Sacramento.

Source: Foundation awards 6 scholarships from Fairfield High staff endowment

Building trades boot camp at Solano College seeks students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A building trades boot camp for high school students will start June 19 at Solano Community College and run for three weeks, with a break during the July 4 holiday, the Napa-Solano Building Trades Council said.

Students will learn about the trades, get OSHA and CPR certified and visit apprenticeship centers, the Napa-Solano council said.

The boot camp will run Monday through Thursday and take place at the rural Fairfield campus at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, in Building 1800 by the tennis courts.

Source: Building trades boot camp at Solano College seeks students

LGBTQ Pride Month, union contracts on SCC agenda tonight – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A resolution declaring June as LGBTQ Pride Month, a public hearing about the initial proposal from Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union, and a contract amendment for the ongoing theater renovation are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The governing board is expected to approve a resolution declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Pride month “to acknowledge that all Americans are affected as long as the promise of equality for all remains unfilled,” to urge everyone at the campus and across the nation to work together to advance and promote equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, according to agenda document wording.

The public hearing about the initial proposal from Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union will cover such workplace concerns as hours and overtime, pay and allowances, transfers and promotions.

 

Source: LGBTQ Pride Month, union contracts on SCC agenda tonight

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