Solano Community College unveils Safe App for mobile phones – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

To ensure students, staff and faculty have a great and safe school year, Solano Community College officials have unveiled the “Solano Safe App” for mobile phones.

“We are proud to add another layer of safety and protection to the campus community,” said Solano Sheriff’s Lt. Brian Travis, the campus’ service area manager, in a press statement. “Our students, faculty and staff thrive when they are free and safe to focus on their work. Solano Safe provides the peace of mind to quickly connect with us at any time.”

The app, Travis said, is “a one-and-done deal” that provides users with all the safety information they need, including contact numbers.

“At the click of a tab on a cellphone, they can make an emergency call, send their location to the campus Sheriff’s Office, or report a tip,” Travis said.

There’s apparently other important information on the app.

Source: Solano Community College unveils Safe App for mobile phones

Solano College hosts Doing What Matters event – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College will host “Doing What Matters for Jobs in Solano County” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the school’s cafeteria, Building 1400.

The event will update Career Technical Education opportunities, provide for tours of facilities, as well as offer a chance to meet faculty and staff. The event will also discuss the next steps and feature a tour of the college’s Maker Space and Advanced Manufacturing facilities.

Source: Solano College hosts Doing What Matters event

Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Former Suisun City police chief Tom Alder entered the race for Suisun City council this week, pulling candidate papers on Wednesday.

Alder had last considered running for the City Council in 2010, saying he has long been a resident of the town and government experience.

He joins a field of candidates who have pulled papers to run for council that includes Thomas Kamin, Wanda Williams and incumbents Jane Day and Mike Hudson.

It’s still a two-way race between Suisun City Councilwoman Lori Wilson and incumbent Mayor Pete Sanchez for Sanchez’s seat.

Source: Former Suisun police chief pulls papers for council race

Candidacy period opens Monday for local contests – Times Herald

By John Glidden

This year’s Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education election has the potential to shift the balance of power on the school board as three of the five seats are open.

Board President Burky Worel and trustees Tony Ubalde and Ruscal Cayangyang are up for re-election. A longtime school board member in the 1990s — Worel was re-elected in 2014.

First elected to the school board in 2011, Ubalde was selected by the electorate to serve out the last two years of Cris “Oggee” Villanueva’s term.

Villanueva died from lung cancer in early June 2011 in the middle of his second term.

Ubalde received a second term of his own during the 2014 election.

Source: Candidacy period opens Monday for local contests

Former Vallejo educators endorse Sims’ college board run – Times Herald

By John Glidden

A slate of educators have endorsed Karen Sims’ push to join the Solano Community College Board of Education representing Area 1, her campaign announced recently.

Former Vallejo Mayor Tony Intintoli, former Vallejo City Councilman Foster Hicks and former Vallejo school district principal Elissa Shanks Stewart have officially endorsed Sims.

“I am very grateful for the endorsements of these three people for whom I have a great deal of respect and who have always cared about Vallejo,” Sims said in an announcement released by her campaign. “They each have dedicated their lives to public service and have been actively involved with not only the growth of Vallejo but the growth and education of our children.”

Source: Former Vallejo educators endorse Sims’ college board run

Solano Community College selected as Delta Air Lines partner school – The Reporter

By Reporter Staff

Solano Community College announced that it was selected by Delta Air Lines as one of their Aircraft Maintenance Technician partner schools.

AMT’s service, repair and overhaul aircraft and aircraft components follow detailed regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

During the next several years, the AMT field is expected to grow at a rate of 5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We are honored to be recognized by Delta Air Lines and join them in partnership to provide aviation education opportunities here in Solano County,” said Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy, Solano Community College president, in a press statement. “Our faculty are stellar and our students will benefit greatly from their knowledge and experience, in addition to having direct access to a major airline. This truly fulfills our mission on multiple levels.”

Source: Solano Community College selected as Delta Air Lines partner school

Solano College partners with Delta to expand aeronautics programs – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano Community College has been selected by Delta Airlines to be an aircraft maintenance technician partner school.

Students who complete the one-year program will have the opportunity to meet with Delta officials about possible employment, according to a statement released by the college about the program.

The aircraft maintenance technician field is expected to grow at a rate of 5 percent over the next several years, the college reports, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The airline will provide scrap aircraft and avionics parts and assist with program marketing efforts. Departing aviation technicians out of Travis Air Force Base will be targeted for the program.

Source: Solano College partners with Delta to expand aeronautics programs

Vacaville Rotary hands out $38,000 in scholarships – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vacaville Rotary Club distributed 23 scholarships totaling $38,000 at a recent awards ceremony at the Solano College campus in Vacaville.

The $3,500 President scholarships went to Jonathan Dye (Will C. Wood High School), Corey Kato (Vacaville High School), Jack Gardner (Vacaville Christian High School) and Maxie Harington (Vacaville Christian).

The $2,000 Leadership scholarships went to Cameron Mitchell (Vacaville High), Adam Grabowski (Vacaville Christian), Camille Stephens (Vanden High School) and Zoe Johnson (Buckingham Charter Magnet High School).

Source: Vacaville Rotary hands out $38,000 in scholarships

Fairfield-Suisun children get early introduction to foreign languages at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

It was 2001 when then-Solano Community College student Monica Samo spent one day a week planting the seed of learning a second language by teaching French to children in elementary school.

“It was an amazing experience. Now, I get to see my child experience this,” Samo said of now watching her own elementary school-age son Dominic Samo learn French from another Solano College student.

Samo said she has brought some of her teaching materials out of the closet and plans to continue to expand her son’s command of French.

“This is a perfect age,” Samo said. “They are such enthusiastic learners.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun children get early introduction to foreign languages at Solano College

Family, friends cheer on Solano College Class of 2018 – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Graduates in the 72nd commencement exercise at Solano Community College received their degrees and certificates, Thursday, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at “Doc” Hollister Stadium.

Family and friends battled gusty winds and cool temperatures to cheer on the Class of 2018, which also included summer 2017 graduates.

The thick program prompted one attendee to inquire, “They are giving all these people degrees?”

There was a last-minute scramble as graduates outnumbered the seats on the field. Just as the ceremony began, one balloon managed to escape from the stands and float over the Class of 2018.

Source: Family, friends cheer on Solano College Class of 2018

Sims says she’s running for college board seat – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo resident Karen Sims has announced her candidacy for the Solano Community College Governing Board representing Area 1.

Sims is seeking election this November to the seat held by Trustee Pam Keith.

In an exclusive interview with the Times-Herald on Monday, Keith confirmed she would not be running for re-election after serving 24 years on the board.

Source: Sims says she’s running for college board seat

Chamber’s Buzz Awards honors community’s best – Daily Republic

By Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce

Amid joyous applause and cheers, the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce recently bestowed its Buzz Awards to some of the best and brightest individuals and businesses in the community.

More than 150 people from the local business community attended the May 4 Buzz Awards inside Suisun City’s Harbor Arts Theatre, where Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floor and SK Creative Arts were named the Business of the Year, respectively, for Fairfield and Suisun City.

Source: Chamber’s Buzz Awards honors community’s best

Student film festival features dramas, documentaries and more – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

About 30 films, including music videos, dramas and documentaries, were screened in the Solano Community College Performing Arts Center during the 17th annual EYE Light Film Festival.

The contest was open to students in middle school to junior college.

Entries came in from around Northern California, organizer Lynn Larsen said.

The festival was launched at Buckingham Charter Magnet School in Vacaville. Larsen took over in 2011 with the VacaValley Youth Video Affiliation.

The VYVA Inc. is a nonprofit scholarship organization that supports visual media arts and education. The annual film festival is dedicated to highlighting independent short films from a variety of genres created by young filmmakers.

Source: Student film festival features dramas, documentaries, more

‘Generations’ screening set at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College professor emeritus George Maguire will host a screening of his film, “Generations,” at 7 p.m. May 8 at the college, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. It will be screened in the performing arts theater, Building 1200.

What began as a conversation between Maguire and a family member about genetic ancestry evolved into an idea for a film inspired by his lineage.

Portions of the film were shot near the college. It also features local actress Dyan McBride.

Source: ‘Generations’ screening set at Solano College

Solano College Theatre opens musical homage to old Broadway shows – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

It’s a blend of the old and new as Solano College Theatre opens “Nice Work . . . If You Can Get It” this weekend.

The musical features tunes from George and Ira Gershwin. The show premiered on Broadway in April 2012. It’s based on a book written by Joe DiPietro and features material from Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.

The next year, director Christine Mani heard the title song on a Pandora station that plays show tunes. Mani purchased the CD and discovered she loved all the songs in the show. She sought licensing for the show and was turned down because the show was too new.

Source: Solano College Theatre opens musical homage to old Broadway shows

Solano career fair offers employment opportunities – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Hector Ramirez, of Vacaville, still remembers five years ago when most of the employer representatives at such a job fair were mostly distributing information because they didn’t have openings.

“This is much better,” Ramirez said after finishing his second on-the-spot interview.

Ramirez was one of a host of job-seekers Tuesday at the Solano Workforce Development Career Fair held at Solano College where he checked out what approximately 80 employer representatives had to offer.

One of those employers was Ken Miller, representing the Iron Workers Union Local 378.

Source: Solano career fair offers employment opportunities

Business pilot program up for discussion by SCC board – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several updates — on the 2017-18 budget, a business program pilot and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department — are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Robert V. Diamond, vice president of finance and administration, will update the governing board about the status of the Solano Community College District budget.

However, the agenda neither included any supporting documents about the 2017-18 budget nor any information about revenues, expenses and funding balances projected for the two outlying years. There was no explanation in the agenda documents.

Lucky Lofton, the school’s executive bonds manager, will update trustees about the Measure Q Small, Local, and Diverse Business Program, including the starting of a two-year pilot program. Its purpose is to establish equity, inclusion and outreach guidelines and promote diversity by offering contracts to small businesses and those owned by ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans in Solano County and the city of Winters. (Measure Q was the $348 million bond passed by Solano County voters in 2012 to upgrade SCC campuses.)

Source: Business pilot program up for discussion by SCC board

Solano preschoolers on track learning about trains – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Brayden Silvia took his first big train ride Friday with a big smile and talk of Thomas the Train.

The 3-year-old was accompanied by his grandfather, Brian Silvia, as about 100 students – and twice as many parents and grandparents – trekked to the Western Railway Museum with the Solano Community College Early Learning Center.

The trip followed a talk between staff and youth about trains. “In preschool, they are intrigued by vehicles, trains and construction equipment,” said Christie Speck, who heads up the college’s Early Learning Center.

Source: Solano preschoolers on track learning about trains

Solano College’s Suisun Valley Review accepting submissions – The Reporter

Solano Community College’s long-running and award-winning Suisun Valley Review is now accepting submissions in original poetry, prose, short fiction and visual media for its Spring 2018 edition.

The deadline for submission is April 3.

Suisun Valley Review carefully considers all submissions received from first-time contributors and published authors alike.

Submissions need not be from SCC students to be considered.

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the contributor’s name, address, phone number, email and two to three lines of biographical information.

Multiple submissions from the same author will be allowed. Due to space limitations, literary submissions must not exceed 3,000 words.

Source: Solano College’s Suisun Valley Review accepting submissions

Measure Q spending plan update goes before Solano College board – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College’s board of directors will review an update of the Measure Q spending plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The public session will follow a 6:35 p.m. closed session, during which board members are scheduled to receive a labor negotiations update, discuss a matter of employee discipline and hear a matter of potential litigation, the agenda documents state.

The board meets in the Denis Honeychurch Board Room 626 in the Administrative Building at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, in rural Fairfield.

Source: Measure Q spending plan update goes before Solano College board