Solano Community College still on track for sports in 2021 (for now) – Times-Herald

By Matt O’Donnell

Schools like Solano Community College have some huge decisions to make soon concerning sports starting in 2021.

The California Community College Athletic Association Board of Directors voted on Friday to continue with the Contingency Plan, which provides the state’s community colleges a framework for a return to competition, while also providing decision-making guidance for institutions.

Source: Solano Community College still on track for sports in 2021 (for now) – Times-Herald

Vacaville, Solano College at center of new biomanufacturing hub – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

About 60 students graduate from the Solano Community College Biotechnology program each year.

One course of study added this semester is the Cell and Gene Therapy certificate program – the first of its kind in the country for a community college.

Vacaville and the college took a step Thursday by signing an agreement that officials hope will result in a rapid growth in the college’s programs and provide thousands of job opportunities in the coming decades.

Source: Vacaville, Solano College at center of new biomanufacturing hub

Solano College Theatre offers ‘Fuddy Meers’ Friday, Saturday – Daily Republic

Solano College Theatre debuts its first digital live play, “Fuddy Meers,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Just think: The concession stand is open at a kitchen nearest you and the line for the bathroom will be shorter than ever.

“Fuddy Meers” illustrates a world in which nothing is as it seems, hardly anyone can be understood, and trusting the wrong person can get you locked in the basement with a foul-mouthed sock puppet, hit over the head with a frying pan or hauled over the Canadian border.

Source: Solano College Theatre offers ‘Fuddy Meers’ Friday, Saturday

Solano ECE virtual conference draws 150 participants – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Nearly 150 early care and education professionals experienced a day of learning in a virtual format Saturday during the annual Quality Counts Solano, Early Childhood Education Conference.

Solano County Office of Education partnered with First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission, Child Start Inc., Solano Community College and Solano Family and Children’s Service to sponsor this year’s conference aimed at furthering the educational experiences of Solano County’s youngest students.

Source: Solano ECE virtual conference draws 150 participants

Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Judi Honeychurch did not face a challenger in her last election and will have no need to campaign this fall, either.

Judi Honeychurch“I look forward to the challenges of the future and working with the superintendent and the teachers and staff,” said Honeychurch, who will enter her third term on the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees.

She is the only incumbent who does not have a challenger.

Clifford Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Music & Sound in downtown Fairfield, pulled and filed candidacy papers Thursday for the Trustee Area 1 seat held by Bethany Smith. Trustee Area 2 incumbent Joan Gaut will run against Leslie Unverferth, and Area 6 incumbent John Silva faces Ana Petero.

Source: Solano school, college district nomination period ends, mostly, for Nov. 3 election

Solano College Theatre goes virtual for fall shows – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

The shows will go on at Solano Community College.Instructors at the college shared information Tuesday during a teleconference call on the fall class offerings as well a sneak peek for one of the two plays for fall – “Almost, Maine” and “Fuddy Meers.”

Both will be virtual plays.

Carla Spindt will direct the former, which features eight short scenes.

Source: Solano College Theatre goes virtual for fall shows

All California community colleges, including Solano, move sports to the spring – Times-Herald

By Matt O’Donnell

The fall sports slate at Solano Community College is totally blank. On the other hand, the spring sports schedule could be booked almost every day of the week.

The California Community College Athletic Association announced that all its sports — even the socially-distanced friendly ones — will be played in the calendar year of 2021. The CCCAA features 110 colleges throughout the state and approximately 24,000 athletes.

“To be frank, I am not surprised, in light of the spikes of COVID cases,” said Solano Athletic Director Erik Visser. “Once you saw those spikes, we’d be taking a big chance competing in the fall. I am glad that we now have some clarity.”

Source: All California community colleges, including Solano, move sports to the spring – Times-Herald

Small ceremony packs big punch for ECHS graduates – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

If big things come in small packages, then the graduation ceremony for Early College High School was a big thing.

The ceremony Thursday morning at Solano Community College was one of the more intimate of the recent string of drive-thru graduation events, with 66 students earning their high school diplomas.

Students in the program completed their high school requirements, along with some college courses, with some of the seniors even earning associate degrees in the process.

Source: Small ceremony packs big punch for ECHS graduates

Solano College celebrates Class of 2020 with virtual commencement – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Graduation for any college student might have a similar feeling to a dream.

That dreamy state was present during Solano Community College’s recent virtual graduation, recognizing the Class of 2020.

The virtual graduation was similar to a dream in that it looked and felt real, but largely wasn’t. There were no balloons, no ribbons, no banners, no cheers from the stands when names were called.

Source: Solano College celebrates Class of 2020 with virtual commencement

Solano College moving to primarily online classes for fall 2020 – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College will move to a primarily online schedule this fall, the college announced Tuesday.

“After considering guidance from the governor and the SolanoCounty Department of Public Health, and after consulting with the Board of Trustees and faculty representing the union and the academic senate, Solano Community College will move to a primarily online schedule of classes for the fall 2020 term,” said a press release.

“This extends an earlier decision to hold all summer classes online.”

Source: Solano College moving to primarily online classes for fall 2020

Solano County higher education adjusts well to outbreak guidelines – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

If there is a silver lining in the Covid-19 outbreak that has so many individuals and organizations practicing social distancing, remote working and distance learning, the students, staff and faculty at Touro University California, as well as Solano Community College, have found it.

Both schools have programs that deal directly with the crisis in some way, with Touro’s numerous public health and health care graduate programs, and Solano College’s Nursing, EMT and Fire Academy programs, and the transition from a primarily on-campus setting to an online format was as smooth as possible.

Source: Solano County higher education adjusts well to outbreak guidelines

Solano College set to declare Covid-19 emergency; Cal Maritime adjusts – Daily Republic

BY Todd R. Hansen

Solano Community College board members are scheduled Wednesday to declare a local emergency exists due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The resolution would give Superintendent-President Celia Esposito-Noy a number of unilateral powers “to ensure the continuation of public education through remote operations or other methods as appropriate, and preserve the health and safety of the district’s students and staff,” the document to the board states.

Source: Solano College set to declare Covid-19 emergency; Cal Maritime adjusts

Longtime coach Ann Talamantes-Ristow headed to Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

After a successful high school career playing basketball at Petaluma High, Ann Talamantes-Ristow was at a crossroads when she got hurt in 1986 with a knee injury during her first season at Santa Rosa Junior College.

“Yeah I’ve been thinking about that period of my life, that fork in the road a little,” Talamantes-Ristow said last week. “When I hurt my knee I thought, that’s it for me and basketball.”

Thankfully for thousands of student athletes in the area, Talamantes-Ristow turned a bad break into a very good one and after contemplating briefly about becoming an athletic trainer, she decided to become a coach. It’s in that field she made a huge impact coaching basketball, badminton, volleyball and softball at Hogan and Jesse Bethel high schools as well as Solano Community College.

Source: Longtime coach Ann Talamantes-Ristow headed to Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald

American Canyon HS Academic Decathlon Team Advances To State | Napa Valley, CA Patch

By Maggie Fusek

The Academic Decathlon team from American Canyon High School finished in third place at this year’s North Bay Region Academic Decathlon, held Saturday at Solano Community College in Fairfield. The students are now preparing to compete in the California Decathlon March 27-28 in Sacramento.

“Not everyone was able to medal individually this year,” Gonzalez said. “Not only did my students need to beat the other team members for a top-three finish, they also had to win against each other.”

The team from American Canyon represented Napa County in the competition among 15 teams —and 250 students — from high schools in Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Lake and Mendocino counties.

Source: American Canyon HS Academic Decathlon Team Advances To State | Napa Valley, CA Patch

Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The students were visibly nervous as they shuffled into the gym Saturday at Solano Community College for the final contest in this year’s regional Academic Decathlon.

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter Magnet, Dixon, Vallejo, Jesse Bethel and MIT Academy – came out for some friendly competition at the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon.

Other teams came in from Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Source: Students compete to reach state Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Approximately 300 students from 15 high schools – including Dixon, Rodriguez, Vanden, Buckingham Charter, Jesse Bethel, MIT Academy and Vallejo – will compete in the North Bay Region’s Academic Decathlon scheduled Saturday at Solano Community College.

“I am excited to see Academic Decathlon growing in our county and region. Students deserve tremendous credit and praise for their teamwork, dedication and work ethic in representing their schools at the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Competition,” Ken Scarberry, program director of Youth Development for the Solano County Office of Education, said in a statement.

Source: Academic Decathlon comes to Solano College Saturday

Bill would pay CSU tuition for those who earn associate degrees – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Solano Community College students who earn an associate degree would get two years of tuition paid for at a California State University if legislation authored by Los Angeles Assemblyman Miguel Santiago becomes law.

“The cost of a bachelor’s degree is just too damn high. Our students deserve the chance to earn a degree without being burdened by overwhelming debt,” Santiago said in a statement after a press conference held this week to announce Assembly Bill 1862.

“Providing two years of tuition-free CSU means students will save tens of thousands of dollars while earning their bachelor’s degree. AB 1862 puts that dream within reach for California students and their families,” Santiago said in the statement.

Source: Bill would pay CSU tuition for those who earn associate degrees

New Year’s resolution run set Saturday at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The New Year’s Run/Walk Party for Solano County’s 6th Annual Resolution 5K and 1 Mile event will occur Saturday.

The run begins at 8 a.m. at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road in rural Fairfield.

It will feature a flat, scenic course that takes participants through the campus and linear park trail at Solano Community College.

Source: New Year’s resolution run set Saturday at Solano College

New-look SolTrans bus greets Solano College students – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A SolTrans bus with pictures to promote student enrollment and the “Ride Free with your Student ID” fare greeted Solano Community College students and staff when they opened the spring semester Tuesday.

The unveiling happened near Building 1400 of Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, in rural Fairfield.

The SolTrans SolanoExpress has been given the new “wrap” as part of a partnership with SolTrans, the Solano Transportation Authority and the college.

Source: New-look SolTrans bus greets Solano College students