The year 2021 promises some hope for college athletes but the early portion of the year may look a lot like 2020.
Solano Community College recently chose to “opt out” of playing sports like men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer. Those sports were originally scheduled to start in 2020 but were pushed to the new year for hope that the coronavirus pandemic outlook would improve.
The results are set in all Solano County elections, with new faces guaranteed to join governing bodies throughout the county.
Tim Flanagan, registrar of voters, certified the results Tuesday which will now head to the Solano County Board of Supervisors to be officially adopted at its Dec. 8 meeting.
The Vacaville City Council will have four new members on its expanded seven-member board, following the city’s switch to districts. In the newly created District 1, Roy Stockton, a sergeant with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, will be joining the council. He received 37.98 percent of the vote, ahead of retired attorney Wendy Breckon at 25.99 percent, Parks & Recreation Commission Chair Shawn McMahon at 24.05 percent and Contra Costa Water District Supervisor Matthew Brock at 11.97 percent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.