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

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

Solano College still not requiring vaccinations for students, staff – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

Students, faculty and staff across the University of California this fall will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access campuses.

Not so at Solano Community College.

When the school begins fall instruction on Aug. 17, students and staff will not be required to be vaccinated in order to attend classes or set foot on the campus.

About 80 percent of the classes will still be online during the semester, according to the school’s president, Celia Esposito-Noy. The president also said that services will continue to be offered remotely, with some services offered in-person by appointment only. She also said that the school’s in-person classes have been and will continue to follow strict CalOSHA safety protocols including daily symptom checks, requiring masks indoors, and faculty are prepared to move to remote instruction, if needed.

Source: Solano College still not requiring vaccinations for students, staff – Times-Herald

Solano College transfer center CSU Week starts Monday – Daily Republic

The Transfer Center at Solano Community College will host a virtual California State University Week, Monday through Friday.

These virtual presentations will give students the chance to hear from university representatives from a number of different CSU campuses. Students can attend workshops to learn about the general transfer process or related topics, such as choosing a major.

Source: Solano College transfer center CSU Week starts Monday

Solano College Transfer Center hosts virtual UC Week – Daily Republic

The Solano Community College Transfer Center is hosting a virtual UC Week from Monday to Thursday.

Virtual presentations will give students the chance to hear from university representatives from a number of different UC campuses. Attend the workshops to learn about the general transfer process or other related topics like choosing a major.

Students are encouraged to fill out the interest forms associated with the event so they can receive email reminders. The UC Week interest form can be found at solanocc.wufoo.com/forms/uc-week-interest-form.

Source: Solano College Transfer Center hosts virtual UC Week

Solano College offers retail management certificate – Daily Republic

Solano Community College offers an eight-course retail management certificate that can be completed within two years while working full- or part-time.

The certificate program is designed to prepare students for career opportunities and upward mobility in the retail industry. The program is set up to provide skills, knowledge and training for positions such as first-line supervisors and managers in retail.

The Solano College program has partnerships with local businesses that include but are not limited to Costco, Whole Foods, Safeway, WinCo, Save Mart, Sprouts, Raley’s and Smart&Final.

Source: Solano College offers retail management certificate

May Fair scholarships awarded to 7 Solano County students – Daily Republic

Natalie Victorine, a 2021 Dixon High graduate, was awarded the top agriculture scholarship from the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.

Victorine, who will major in agricultural communications this fall at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, received the $3,000 Ester Armstrong Scholarship. The award is named after the industry veteran and 2006-09 interim chief executive officer of the Dixon May Fair, who died of cancer.

Six other Solano County students will share the remaining $9,000 in scholarships awarded, the Dixon May Fair group announced in a statement.

Source: May Fair scholarships awarded to 7 Solano County students

Solano Community College shares new anti-hate video – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Solano Community College shared a new video with the community Thursday, pledging its continuing stance against racism and hate at all of its campuses.

Produced by James Thomas Media, the owner a Solano graduate himself, the two-minute video features faculty, staff and student leaders of many races in groups and individually.

Source: Solano Community College shares new anti-hate video

SCC biotechnology students get summer of career prep – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

As home to Genentech and several other large biotechnology companies, it should be no surprise that Vacaville is building its reputation as a hub for the growing industry of biotech. In fact, Solano Community College’s Vacaville campus and its adjoining 300 acres for planned expansion were given the name California Biomanufacturing Center last fall.

With this growing expansion of the biotech industry comes the need for more jobs. As SCC is one of the few community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in biotechnology and bio manufacturing, it is continuing to ensure students are on a steady career path through its 10-week Biotechnology Boot Camp.

Source: SCC biotechnology students get summer of career prep – The Reporter

SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs – Daily Republic

Nearly 30 school district staff, community members and one student have been selected for the annual Solano County Community Advisory Committee Recognition Award.

This year’s selections were specifically chosen “for demonstration of outstanding accomplishments and services for individuals with special needs during the 2020-2021 (Covid-19) pandemic.”

Among the qualities attributed to the nominees are “knowledgeable, approachable, welcoming, energetic, enthusiastic and 100% student-focused.”

Source: SELPA advisory committee recognizes 28 for work with children who have special needs

Solano College celebrates graduates with video-based virtual ceremony – Daily Republic

By Matt Miller

Solano Community College turned to a sharply pre-produced video commencement ceremony Thursday night to honor the Class of 2021, the second straight year it was necessary to hold a virtual event with the ongoing pandemic.

Graduates, families, administrators and faculty gathered together in their own homes throughout the county and beyond to celebrate a special achievement accomplished during a stressful worldwide pandemic.

It was the 75th graduating class and a school year few will ever forget.

Source: Solano College celebrates graduates with video-based virtual ceremony

Training for a career – The Reporter

By Joel Rosenbaum

Students in the Solano College Fire Academy carry a charged hose line up a staircase as they participate in a live-fire training exercise Tuesday at the Fairfield Fire Department’s training facility. Students spent the day learning from instructors, from the fire departments throughout the county, about fire behavior where they observed how it will spread throughout a room before making an attack and properly extinguishing the blaze.

Source: Training for a career – The Reporter

Solano Community College about to launch late spring sports – Times-Herald

By Matt O’Donnell

When the Solano Community College baseball team throws its first pitch on Saturday, it will officially be the top of the first.

In more ways than one.

The Falcons will return to competition for the first time since last spring. The school “opted in” for late spring sports — baseball, softball, swimming and tennis — in February as athletes came back to campus the week of March 1.

Solano is testing athletes twice a week, even though California Community College Athletic Association has recommended testing once per week.

Source: Solano Community College about to launch late spring sports – Times-Herald