New SCC team slated to foster relationships – The Vacaville Reporter

Community.

That’s what the brand-new Community Partnership Team at Solano College is slated to foster.

A product of SCC’s Department of Public Safety, the team — led by Sgt. Bryant Williams — will work toward building and strengthening ties with those who use the campus.

“Our team will work to educate students on what to expect from their campus department of public safety officers and how we can work together to build a safer and a more inclusive community,” explained Chief Brian Travis in a press statement. “Our officers strive to be guardians of our community and model for the future of campus safety. We recognize that students may come to campus with a variety of different experiences with law enforcement, and we are committed to building a positive relationship with our community.”

Source: New SCC team slated to foster relationships – The Vacaville Reporter

Seven Will C. Wood students get early taste of college, AA degrees – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

On Friday, hundreds of Will C. Wood High School students will graduate and many will be attending college in the fall.

Approximately 30 of these students already got a head start through the Vacaville Early College High School program, where Wood students can take classes at Solano Community College as early as freshman year and receive college credits.

What’s more: Seven of these students now have Associate of Art degrees.

Source: Seven Will C. Wood students get early taste of college, AA degrees – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano College celebrates graduates with a special ‘Car-Mencement’ – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Solano Community College brought the pomp and circumstance to the parking lots of the rural Fairfield campus Thursday as graduates from the past three years were invited to celebrate in a “Car-Mencement.”

“It’s a big party and that’s what we wanted to make this,” said Celia Esposito-Noy, the college’s president and superintendent. “We took this option not knowing what Covid would be like, and I’m glad we did.”

Source: Solano College celebrates graduates with a special ‘Car-Mencement’

Solano College plans ‘Car-Mencement’ ceremony for graduates – Daily Republic

Solano Community College will host “Car-Mencement 2022” at 10 a.m. May 26, a vehicular graduation parade at the rural Fairfield campus.

Candidates from the Class of 2022, as well as graduates from the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020, are invited to join the celebration. Graduates who wish to participate must register online and select a one-hour time frame when they will be in their vehicle and circling the campus to cheering faculty and staff before receiving a diploma cover while remaining in their vehicle.

Source: Solano College plans ‘Car-Mencement’ ceremony for graduates

SCOE accepting applications for free GIRL camps – Daily Republic

The Solano County Office of Education is expanding in-person Girls in Robotics Leadership camps.

Free camps will be hosted this summer in Benicia, Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo for middle and high school girls. Interest forms for the 2022 GIRL camps are due May 16 and are available at the Solano County Office of Education website, www.solanocoe.net/girlcamp.

All camps will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are three options for middle school students to select from: (1) June 6-10 at Solano Community College, Vacaville Center; (2) June 13-17 at Solano College in rural Fairfield; and (3) June 20-24 at Solano Community College, Vallejo.

Source: SCOE accepting applications for free GIRL camps

Two Solano students honored by the Community College League of California – The Vacaville Reporter

Two Solano students have been named by the Community College League of California to the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-California Academic Team.

Solano Community College students Andrea Solis Olguin and Cherry Quitugua are among 114 students honored.

PTK recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations. Building on the success of the national All-USA Team Program, PTK launched the All-State Academic Team Program. The purpose of this program is to provide recognition at the state level for these top community college students.

Source: Two Solano students honored by the Community College League of California – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano EDC, Solano College partner on new fellowship program – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

The Solano County Economic Development Corp. is building a partnership with Solano Community College to allow underserved students a chance to gain valuable business experience.

A fellowship has been formed to offer students of low to moderate incomes the chance at a 10-week internship. It will feature a $2,500 stipend coming from a $12,500 contribution made by Kaiser Permanente to help get the program started.

Source: Solano EDC, Solano College partner on new fellowship program

Solano College christens state-of-the-art Library and Learning Resource Center – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Solano Community College Superintendent-President Celia Esposito-Noy opened her remarks at Wednesday’s ceremony for the new Library and Learning Resource Center by saying, “I’m happy to see everyone full size.”

“After looking at just heads for two years on the computer, we finally made it,” Esposito-Noy said. “There is no better reason than to be here on campus to open this incredible new building. We’ve all waited a long time for this.”

Solano College’s newest prize to the Rockville campus officially opened its doors for students and faculty. The Library and Learning Resource Center will be the new heart of campus and allow access to many state-of-the-art resources and tools.

Source: Solano College christens state-of-the-art Library and Learning Resource Center

Solano College hires chief for new Dept of Public Safety – The Vacaville Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

Nearly three years after retiring from local law enforcement, Brian Travis will again don a badge.

This time, the former Solano County Sheriff’s lieutenant and former Solano Community College director of Campus Safety and Security will return to SCC as the head of its new Department of Public Safety.

Travis is set to be sworn in on Feb. 1.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to working hard, to building trust and strengthening trust with the community,” he told The Reporter.

Source: Solano College hires chief for new Dept of Public Safety – The Vacaville Reporter

Early college students receive free breakfasts for morning boost – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Jack Flynn, 18, knows that students function better in the early morning having eaten a good breakfast.

The Early College High School students received a free breakfast Tuesday thanks to Flynn’s concern and a push from Fairfield-Suisun school board member Ana Petero.

Flynn, part of the early college program, is working toward his associate degree at Solano Community College along with finishing his high school classes. He hopes to major in history when he goes full-time as a college student.

Source: Early college students receive free breakfasts for morning boost

Solano College to start new semester with online instruction – Daily Republic

The spring semester at Solano Community College will start Tuesday with all classes online for a period of five weeks due to the surge in Covid-19 cases throughout the county.

Classes will be online through Feb. 21 with the current plan to return to in-person instruction Feb. 22. The intent of the decision, according to a press release from the college, is to help students, faculty and staff avoid exposure during this current surge of the virus.

Many classes for the spring semester had already been scheduled as fully online, according to the release. There is no change for these courses.

Solano College announces bond refinancing results – Daily Republic

The Solano Community College District has announced its most recent bond initiative that it says will lower property taxes and save district taxpayers millions in future debt payments.

The district was able to achieve savings of approximately $13.9 million for local taxpayers by refinancing existing general obligation bonds, according to a press release.

The district has taken advantage of previous refinancing opportunities since 2005. The combined savings from all of the refinancing efforts now totals more than $46 million, the college district reports.

Source: Solano College announces bond refinancing results

Solano College board hears report on social media efforts – Daily Republic

By Katy St. Clair

Women tend to engage more that men with the community college online, according to information presented Wednesday to the Solano College governing board.

James Thomas Media handles web and social media issues for the college district.

Tom Gachis, founder, told the body that the landscape has changed since the beginnings of Covid-19 at the end of 2019.

Gachis presented visuals of how social media use and the district’s website traffic spiked in the first few months of the pandemic. They leveled off but were still robust.

Source: Solano College board hears report on social media efforts

Solano Community College Board salutes retirees, Hispanic Heritage Month – Daily Republic

By Katy S. Clair

The Solano Community College board bid farewell Wednesday to two returning staffers.

Two long-term employees have announced their retirements, and both received fond sendoffs before the board.

Dean of Liberal Arts Neil Gline asked the body to “take a moment to recognize the greatness that is Donna Meyer.”

Meyer has worked for the community college system for 34 years, he said, and most recently worked as division administrator for the liberal arts department.

Source: Solano Community College Board salutes retirees, Hispanic Heritage Month

City of Vacaville celebrates Manufacturing Week – The Vacaville Reporter

The City of Vacaville kicked off Manufacturing Week, partnering with Solano Community college and the Vacaville Unified School district in hosting the next generation’s students with the current cutting-edge manufacturing and education providers in the area.

“Our local high school students are quickly becoming the future of our city,” Vacaville Mayor Ron Rowlett said in a press statement. “Vacaville is a hub for advanced manufacturing in California and it is important to expose our students to the many careers that are available in the industry. Connecting our students with local opportunities, through both Solano College and local businesses, is at the heart of what our Manufacturing Week is about.”

Source: City of Vacaville celebrates Manufacturing Week – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano Community College mandates vaccinations or testing – The Vacaville Reporter

On Sept. 15, the Solano Community College (SCC) Board of Trustees approved a vaccination and face covering mandate for all students, employees and volunteers.

This mandate will go into effect on Oct. 15 and will require those accessing campus to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result. All indoor activities and classes will require face coverings.

The health and safety of SCC employees and students are of paramount importance, officials said in a press statement. SCC understands that steps must be taken to help prevent and limit the spread of Covid-19 and its variants.

Source: Coronavirus: Solano Community College mandates vaccinations or testing – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano College Covid-19 mandates to take effect Oct. 15 – Daily Republic

All Solano Community College employees, students and volunteers are required to wear a face covering or show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test while on campus, starting Oct. 15.

The Solano Community College governing board approved the mandates via a the resolution adopted Sept. 15.

Participants in all indoor activities and classes will be required to face coverings, regardless of vaccination status.

The decision was based on health and safety guidance from the state, Cal/OHSA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration, according to a press release from the college.

Source: Solano College Covid-19 mandates to take effect Oct. 15 for students, teachers, volunteers on all campuses

Solano College board adds mask mandate, vaccine-testing requirement – Daily Republic

By Katy St. Clair

The Solano Community College governing board has unanimously passed a masking, vaccination, and/or regular testing mandate for all of its students, faculty and staff.

The vote was passed at Wednesday evening’s meeting.

The board received several letters in support of the mandates, which were read aloud at the meeting. Biology instructor Michelle Smith commended the body for its consideration of the measures.

Source: Solano College board adds mask mandate, vaccine-testing requirement

Solano College offers workshops to help with online learning – Daily Republic

Solano Community College is offering free online learning workshops.

These workshops can help students improve in their online courses with a focus on organizational skills and time management, the college reports.

The workshops also cover topics such as how to get the most out of online lectures and how best to communicate with instructors.

There are four online learning workshops to attend. Students can join all the workshops via Zoom. The Zoom links are available at the college website, solano.edu, and the school’s Facebook page.

Source: Solano College offers workshops to help with online learning

Classes, mostly online, begin at Solano College with start of fall semester – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Classes began Monday at Solano Community College and its satellite campuses with some in-person learning but the bulk of the roughly 9,000 students being served online.

“Putting major protocol in place has been a full-time job with the way the virus has picked up again,” Superintendent and President Celia Esposito-Noy said. “We are working hard to make sure everyone stays healthy.”

Stronger filters have been added to air conditioning units around campus. There are many sanitation stations and masks are required indoors.Esposito-Noy said that the highly protective N-95 masks have also been made available.

Source: Classes, mostly online, begin at Solano College with start of fall semester