By Daily Republic Staff
The Solano Community College District earlier this month received an upgrade in its credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service.
The district then refinanced bonds Nov. 13 to save taxpayers almost $21 million, according to a press release.
Moody’s raised its rating on the district’s general obligation bonds from AA3 to AA2, meaning “high quality and very low credit risk.”
Source: Solano College receives upgrade in credit rating, refinances bonds
By Bill Hicks
Like many of the well-worn books housed inside it, the Solano Community College library has some visible signs of aging.
Opened in 1971, the venerable Building 100 at the school’s main campus in rural Fairfield will soon be replaced by a nearly 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art library building that is expected to be ready in time for the fall 2021 school term.
School officials participated Wednesday in a ceremony to break ground at the campus to announce the replacement of the current library with a new library and learning center, which comes with a construction cost of nearly $39 million, funded jointly through Proposition 51 – a $9 billion statewide bond, passed in November 2016, to fund K-12 and community college projects – and Measure Q – the $348 million bond passed by local voters by November 2012.
Source: Fully booked: Solano College ceremony paves way for new library
A career fair offered by the Solano County Workforce Development Board focusing on jobs in the automobile tech field will occur Nov. 15 at the Auto Tech Center at the Solano Community College campus in Vallejo.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The auto center is located at 1687 N. Ascot Parkway.
Eighteen businesses are scheduled to participate, with jobs in more than 16 categories, ranging from auto/diesel mechanics to body shop and paint work, to parts clerks and sales, to school bus technician.
Source: Solano career fair focuses on auto tech positions
By Paul Farmer
After nearly 30 years at the Daily Republic – I’ll hit the big 3-0 around Thanksgiving – a goal of mine is to retire before needing to do tribute stories on coaching who were before or during my time. I mentioned that to Ron Beverly about two months ago.
When writing about the passing of Vanden legends Ed Serpas and Jim Boyd, a go-to guy was Beverly, who’d played for both during the school’s first year and took over for the former as Vikings football coach.
Source: Remembering Vanden, Solano coaching legend Ron Beverly
By Richard Bammer
Pacific Gas & Electric’s Public Safety Power Shut-off that began early Wednesday, an effort to minimize outbreaks of equipment-caused wildland fires, did not seem to affect Solano County in any major way, a county official reported.
“Nothing serious has happened,” said Solano County Deputy Sheriff Cully Pratt.
But he urged drivers to slow down, drive safely and observe courtesy at any four-way stops with traffic signals darkened by an outage. He reminded drivers to yield to the driver on the right at four-way stops.
Also saying “The winds are here,” Pratt expected gusts to pick up later Wednesday evening.
Source: Solano largely unaffected by power shut-offs but SCC’s Fairfield campus closes – The Reporter
By The Reporter
The community is invited to a Constitution Day talk Thursday at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road in Fairfield.
Keynote speaker Don Specter, executive director of the Prison Law Center, will speak on the Eighth Amendment and the landmark case, Plata v. Brown 563 U.S. 493 (2011).
His talk begins at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts/Theatre , Building 1200. The event is free, as is parking in Lot 2 after 4:30 p.m.
Source: Solano College celebrates Constitution Day – The Reporter
The Solano College Sports Medicine program teamed up with the Solano County Office of Education to visit Vanden High School this week.
Solano College athletic trainer and sports medicine faculty Bailey Schentrup spent the day teaching students from Miss Smith’s medical science classes hands-on skills such as athletic taping techniques, basic anatomy palpation skills, and stretching techniques.
Students were introduced to several therapeutic exercise fields of study, including the Solano College Sports Medicine/Athletic Training major and its courses.
Source: Schentrup, Sports Medicine Visit Vanden High School – Solano College
By Matt Miller
Young tennis fans will get to learn about the game again this October when the NorthBay Healthcare Men’s ProChampionship returns to Solano Community College.
The professional tournament benefits the Chris Cammisa Tennis and Education Foundation, a nonprofit that not only helpedestablish the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Solano College, but also provides tennis and a related educational program tounderserved youth in Solano County.
One of the ways of reaching out to youth during the tournament is by using the U.S. Tennis Association’s Net GenerationProgram. The mission of “Net Gen” is to introduce children to tennis — a sport they might not normally be exposed to but couldpotentially play the rest of their lives. Racquets, balls and pop-up nets are all provided.
Source: Pro tennis event at Solano Community College helps advance USTA program – The Reporter
Nine students from the Fairfield Police Activities League on Tuesday were promised financial and mentoring support as they launch their college educations at Solano Community College.
The students signed contracts as part of the fifth annual Rotary Success Scholars program during a ceremony held at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City.
“These are nine students who would absolutely not be able to go to college otherwise,” Tara Dacus, a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club and one of the three founders of the scholars program, said in an interview.
Source: Rotary scholars sign contracts to help in college journey – Daily Republic
By Bill Hicks
Graduation season saw its official kickoff Thursday with the commencement celebration at Solano Community College.
The graduation ceremony was one of the most special in school history for a number of reasons.
First, with nearly 500 students claiming degrees, it was one of the biggest graduating classes the school has seen.
That class included about two dozen students from Early College High School, who technically earned their degrees before earning their high school diplomas – which they will do in June during the Rodriguez High graduation.
Source: Graduating class bids farewell to Solano College
By Daily Republic Staff
Solano Community College will offer a battery of courses this fall that deal with weather and climate change, according to a press release.
The new courses are included in a new physical science associate degree program the college will offer, the release states.
The four new courses include PHSC 013, Weather and Climate, which is an introduction to modern meteorology, including pressure, wind, temperature, fronts and other processes that affect weather conditions.
Source: New Solano College courses focus on climate change
By Daily Republic Staff
Solano Community College will launch its Students Overcoming Adversity and Recidivism program with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Vallejo Center, according to a press release.
The program is designed to support formerly incarcerated students as they transform their lives through education.
“We believe no student should be left behind, regardless of what they’ve experienced and challenges they’ve faced,” Superintendent-President Celia Esposito-Noy said in a press release.
Source: Solano College to launch SOAR program
By Community Contributor
All are invited to a gala celebration of the 20th anniversary of wood-firing of ceramics at Solano Community College on April 26, from 4 to 9 pm.
The event will include traditional Japanese Taiko drums performed by Davis Wakamatsu (Young Pine) Taiko Dan, live Irish Music performed by Forlorn Hope, distinguished speakers and award-winning poets.
The event takes place in the ceramics and sculpture yard in the 1300 building. An exhibition featuring the wood-fired art work of students, alumni and faculty is featured at the adjacent Dorothy Herger Gallery. Refreshments will be served.
Source: Solano College celebrating 20th anniversary of wood-firing
By Ginger Cain
SCC Dance is pleased to announce our Spring 2019 production of, “Elements through Dance.” The show will present various styles of dance: Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Tango, Salsa, Merengue, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Night Club Two-Step and Hawaiian.
SCC Dance has invited, “The Dance Factory of Cordelia,” and Halau ‘o Ku’ulei of Vacaville as our guest artists and dancers.
Source: School Event: SCC Dance Prodution Presents: “Elements through Dance”
By Daily Republic Staff
More than 85 private- and public-sector employers from a variety of industries are expected to attend the Spring Career Fair on Thursday.
The event is hosted by the Workforce Development Board of Solano County and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union, Building 1400, at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road.
In addition to meeting recruiting representatives from the various employers, the Workforce Development Board also will be providing interview coaching, resume workshops and other job coaching support services.
Source: Solano College to host Workforce Development Board career fair
By Nick Sestanovich
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students at Vaca Pena Middle School got a glimpse at a potential career field — biotechnology — when they visited Solano Community College’s Vacaville campus Tuesday.
SCC biotech professor and Vacaville Unified School District trustee Michael Silva said that as part of the department’s outreach program, different elementary, middle and high schools throughout the area are invited to visit the biotech labs and often take part in different activities. The schools are not limited to just Solano County. Last week, students at Enoch High School in Modesto came to visit, and on Monday, a group of students from Calistoga High School stopped by.
“It goes to speak how valuable of a resource this biotechnology lab and curriculum is to the community, and really the whole region,” he said.
Source: Vaca Pena students learn biotech skills at Solano Community College – The Reporter
By Nick Sestanovich
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple “thank you” to make someone’s day. The Acacia branch of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club recognized this when they began writing cards of appreciation to local police officers Monday.
Ana Sanabria, the club’s supervisor, said the assignment was inspired by the Jan. 10 shooting of Davis police officer Natalie Corona.
“That really hit me,” she said. “Although we see police officers every day, we don’t thank them enough. We never know when it’s going to be their last time serving for the community.”
Moreover, Sanabria is also majoring in criminal justice at Solano Community College, which has given her a greater appreciation for law enforcement.
Source: It’s in the cards — kids thank cops – The Reporter
By Thomas Gase
When Bob Bohnet was at Hogan High in the early 1970s, he was cut from the school’s basketball squad by coach Jim Stephenson. Bohnet has thought about the moment from time to time and if he sees the ex-Hogan coach on March 9 he’ll probably have two words to say to him — thank you.
Bohnet will be in a good mood because the potential meeting would take place at the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Dan Foley Cultural Center. Bohnet will be inducted due mostly because of his exploits in another sport he later focused on — baseball. Stephenson is also a 2019 inductee.
“Yeah, maybe I’ll remind him about it (being cut) there,” Bohnet said with a laugh.
The 1974 Hogan High graduate was stellar in multiple sports, but baseball was his calling as he stared for the Spartans at multiple positions on the field before also playing well for Solano College, Cal and a number of teams in the minor leagues.
Source: Hogan High grad Bob Bohnet to enter Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald
By Richard Bammer
A new era for Solano Community College’s acclaimed biotech manufacturing program began 14 months ago with the opening of a gleaming, $34.5 million, 38,000-square-foot cutting-edge structure in Vacaville that helps to prepare graduates for 21st-century jobs.
The Biotechnology and Science Building was clearly a significant boost to the school’s educational mission and perhaps the envy of other colleges.
Now there is another reason for envy:
The building, at the SCC Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway, is the recipient of a National Award of Merit in the educational facilities category.
The award, given by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), is of the highest honor, and will be announced during the Design-Build Conference & Expo in November in New Orleans, Jennifer Aries, a spokeswoman for the Fairfield-based college, noted in a press release.
Source: Major design award for SCC’s Biotech/Science building in Vacaville – The Reporter
By Reporter Staff
Travis Credit Union is holding its 12th annual Financial Education Forum on Friday at Solano Community College. The event seeks to provide education to local youth about financing opportunities for college. The event is hosted in partnership with Travis Credit Union, the California Student Aid Commission and Solano Community College. This year, nearly 400 students from 11 local high schools in the Solano, Napa and Yolo areas are expected to participate.
Friday morning, participating schools are provided transportation to Solano Community College. During the forum, students will hear from various financial leaders and experts on college financing opportunities (such as Cal Grants). Students will also participate in a resource fair and receive a tour of the Solano Community College campus.
This year’s event features a keynote speaker from co-founder and director of the LEGACY Youth Project in Napa, Carlos E.C. Hagedorn. Carlos has spent the last 20 years as a local educator and community organizer. Carlos and his work was also featured in the 2015 documentary “The Mask You Live In” about masculinity in America.
Source: Students to experience Financial Education Forum – The Reporter