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Spring 2014 Richmond Public Library Lecture & Debate Series Lecturer: Professor Manu Ampim February 13, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Richmond Public Library 27th Street & Macdonald Avenue African Heritage Month Celebration February 13,2014 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts Save Nubia Project Seminar February 22, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Liberal Arts Bldg., Room 100 WCCUSD Science Fair at CCC February 24-27, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Gym Annex, Room 40 WCCUSD Science Fair Awards Ceremony February (Thurs) 27, 2014 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts Campus Closed February 14-17, 2014 Presidents’ Holidays

Deadline to file a Petition to Graduate February 28, 2014

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Najia Azizi EOPS/CARE Coordinator Najia possesses her MS in Counselor Education specializing in Student Services and Career Counseling. She has over six years of EOPS counseling experience beginning at Evergreen Community College as an intern and College of Alameda as an adjunct counselor. Najia began her time at CCC as an adjunct EOPS Counselor and was hired as a full-time EOPS Counselor in fall 2008 and earned tenure in 2012.  Najia brings dedication, vision and passion to the EOPS/ CARE program and we are very fortunate to have her in this new capacity. Najia’s interests outside of work include being a hardcore San Francisco 49ers fan, traveling, shopping and exercising (currently taking a belly dance classď Š)

Shawna Belfield Administrative Secretary Physical Education Administrative Secretary – PE Shawna has a myriad of work experience, most recently as a Journey Child Support Specialist and Production Supervisor. Shawna has worked as a secretary for many years. She is a Comet alumnus graduating in 1998. During her time as a student, Shawna worked as an office clerk in the Admissions Office. Shawna enjoys roller skating in her spare time and watching old movies.


65th Anniversary “Still Alive at 65!� Saturday, August 23, 2014 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All Class Reunion On Campus Saturday, November 1, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Alumni Hall of Fame San Pablo Maple Hall

Jason Berner Dean of Liberal Arts Jason Berner earned a B.A. degree in English and Education; a M.A. in English from Hunter College; and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. Jason began —new employees continued on next page

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his educational career as a tutor in the Hunter College Writing Center. He also taught writing classes there as well as coordinated the Reading Resource Center. Other educational experiences include director of Learning Services at Marymount College, coordinator of Operations for the College Discovery Program at LaGuardia Community College. Jason began his career at CCC in fall of 2001 as the faculty tutoring coordinator and English professor. His hobbies include reading, writing, and bemoaning the fates of the New York Mets and Jets.

Vicki Ferguson a full-time EOPS counselor in Spring 2006. It was very apparent that Vicki was able to assume management duties and was then hired as the EOPS/CARE Manager in fall 2007. Vicki served as Interim Dean of Student Services and is now the permanent Dean of Student Services effective November of last year. Vicki’s hobbies include reading romance novels, hanging out with her family (loves riding roller coasters), shopping and singing in her church choir!

with artists like Malaquias Montoya and Wayne Thiebaud, however an opportunity to work in the summer STEP program which assisted first time college students and helped students of color transition to the university changed his career path. Subsequently, the opportunities working for the UC Davis Counseling Center, the Cross Cultural Center, and the College of Letters and Science cemented his career path in student services.   After graduating UC Davis with a degree in Chicano Studies, he later settled into his first admissions position at Solano College.  In 2003, Trinidad was hired at Diablo Valley College in the Admissions Office and in 2009 he was the Lead Admissions position at the San Ramon Center working on district projects such as Ed Plans and Degree Audit.   Trinidad enjoys listening and collecting Mexican Ranchera music and playing his music at family gatherings. He is also an enthusiastic Oakland Raiders fan.

Anthony Hale Men’s Locker Room Attendant Anthony comes to us with a variety of work experiences from Lead Press Operator to Warehouse Manager. Anthony is a handy man with home repair skills. His hobbies include coaching basketball, camping, football and spending quality time with family. Vicki Ferguson Dean of Student Services Vicki received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from Alabama State University and her Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Vicki came to the Contra Costa Community College District as an Educational Talent Search Advisor at Diablo Valley College and she transferred to Contra Costa College as an adjunct EOPS/ CARE Counselor. She was hired as

Trinidad Ledesma Lead Admissions & Records Assistant Trinidad Ledesma is a new addition to Contra Costa College. Although he is now a Lead Admissions Assistant he originally started at the University of California, Davis as an Art Studio major with aspirations of being a professional artist.  Trinidad was fortunate to meet and study Spring 2 2014

Chunni Leung Student Services and Instructional Support Coordinator – Financial Aid Prior to coming to CCC, Chunni worked in the Financial Aid Office at LMC for over 8 years, where she previously served as Financial Aid Specialist. Chunni was first employed by LMC as a Financial Aid Assistant I and progressed to a Financial Aid Specialist. Chunni enjoys watching football with her husband, specifically the 49ers. She also enjoys her dog, buddy. —new employees continued on next page

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PEOPLE MOVERS! Shondra West, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, is going to LMC. Mary Healy transferred to the Vice President’s Office at DVC. Janet Mack is a temp filling in for this position. Tamara Green, Senior Admissions & Records Assistant transferred to LMC. Letta Green of the Financial Aid Office has gone back to LMC .

Chau Wing Man (Angel) Instructional Assistant in Culinary Arts Chau Wing Man, better known to us as Angel, was born and raised in Hong Kong and came to the United States to attend City College of San Francisco. She then transferred to San Francisco State University where she received her BS degree in Business Marketing. After Angel graduated, she worked in different jobs primarily sales and marketing for more than five years and banking for three years. Her interests in baking and western style cooking had been a pursuit of hers since she was in secondary school. In fact, her interest in food brought her here to CCC and she enrolled in two Culinary Arts classes with Chef Nader Sharkes. Angel was invited to volunteer on a Culinary Arts Program fundraising project and soon after, she was recruited to fill the position as the Culinary Arts Instructional Assistant. n

CCC Culinary Arts 7th Annual Food & Wine Event Physical Education Complex Sunday April 27, 2014 11:00AM - 2:30PM

Welcome back to Kelly Ramos as our Student Life Coordinator after being on leave. We thank Erika Greene for filling in as our Student Life Coordinator during Kelly’s absence. Erika is now back working in the Bookstore. Helen Kalkstein, Dean of the Liberal Arts Division, and John Gregorian, English Professor, both retired at the end of last semester. n

News from Economic Development Bridge to Biotechnology Program at CCC

Economic Development has launched a new program to strengthen STEM by linking introductory biotechnology lab courses with math, English, and professional development. Bridge to Biotechnology (B2B), a cohort based learning community, is designed to provide foundational skills for those wishing to pursue careers in biotechnology, health related fields and other sciences.   B2B Biotechnology Assistant is the first step along a career pathway leading to a higher level certificate (Biotechnology Technician), an associate of science degree or transfer. The B2B Program is modeled after a successful program at City College of San Francisco funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF) to share as a model throughout the country.   The CCC Bridge to Biotech program is funded by the TAACCCT Design It! Build It! Ship It! grant through the US Department of Labor.  It is the second start up program funded through TAACCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training). Spring 3 2014


The Forklift, Logistics, Operations and Warehousing (FLOW) program will start its fourth cohort on March 24, 2014. Students learn principles of warehouse operation, computer literacy, professional development and receive certifications in OSHA 10 safety training, Hazmat Awareness, and forklift operations.  The nine-week training program prepares students to obtain employment in a variety of transportation and logistics companies.  Graduates are now working at FedEx, UC Berkeley, Target, Safeway, Dreisbach, Nestle Waters, City of Richmond, California Department of Corrections, C & H Sugar, and St. Vincent DePaul.  To learn more about the program, contact the Economic Development office at (510) 215-3870 or dderusso@ n --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PLEASE NOTE:  The Career Technical

Education (CTE) Counselors are now located in the Counseling Department in the Student Services Center (SSC), room 125. Counselors Rebecca LaCount and Sherry Fahey are located in the Administration Arts (AA) Building, Rm 220.

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2014 District Budget Forums (Draft Schedule) Location BWC SRC DO LMC CCC DVC

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Drama Performance: “In the Blood” March 12-15, 2014 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts

West County Winds Concert

March 16, 2014 TBA John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts Spring Break March 17-21, 2014

Jazz Vocal Performance

April 7, 2014 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts

Scholarship Awards Night

April 11, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts

Gospel Choir Concert

April 19, 2014 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts

7th Annual Food & Wine Gala April 27, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Physical Education Complex

Dance Jam

May 9 & 10, 2014 John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrating Success

May 17, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. John & Jean Knox Center for the Performing Arts

65th Annual Commencement Exercises May 21, 2014 (Wednesday) 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Richmond Civic Auditorium

Date 4/21/14 4/28/14 4/21/14 4/2/14 4/9/14 4/10/14

Time 3:00pm – 5:00pm 2:30pm – 4:30pm 9:00am – 11:00am 3:00pm – 5:00pm 1:00pm – 3:00pm 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Room Room 10 W204 Board Room TBD LA 100 TBD

We’re Growing! New Classified Hires

The review process for classified position requests has been completed. On behalf of the committee composed of the College President, Vice President and Classified Senate President, I am happy to announce that the following positions were approved for 2014-2015: New Positions: Instructional Assistant, Auto Services

.5 FTE

Sr. Admin Secretary, Business Office

.5 FTE

Instruction Lab Coordinator, College Skills Center .5 FTE

Computer and Network Tech, IT

1.0 FTE

Sr. Admin Sec (Curriculum), Office of the VP

.5 FTE

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Super Saturday May 10, 2014 Contra Costa College Freshman Orientation for highaschool Seniors “Building Better Tomorrow!” Spring 4 2014

Staff Recognition for years of service in the CCCCD

Five Years

(Employees hired from 7/1/08 to 6/30/09) Michael Arnold Najia Azizi Irena Stefanova Fran Jacobs-Buster Sandra Moore Charles Hankins Timothy Thomas Julio Campos Aaron Taylor

Ten Years

(Employees hired from 7/1/03 to 6/30/09)

Joseph DeTorres

Denise Marshall-Thomas

Barbara Rance

Fifteen Years

(Employees hired from 7/1/98 to 6/30/09) Suzanne Huey Angela King-Jones Norma Valdez-Jimenez

Robert Webster

Shondra West

Contra Costa College

Physical Education Complex 2600 Mission Bell Drive San Pablo, CA 94806


April 27, 2014

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Function at the Construction MEASURE A

Building for a bright future






The center of Contra Costa College has been transformed into a large crater to be filled with learning opportunities for students. The historical Student Association building has been demolished. The demolition also included the Amphitheatre which housed the likes of protests, live music, spoken word, football rallies, and staff cook-outs. The Humanities Building,



joined by Subway Sandwich and a cafeteria area adorned under a big tent to allow students to dine and socialize. The Student Life Center has moved to the Administrative & Applied Arts building (AA 109). New pathways on campus are established to accommodate travel and parking. New signage and lighting needs are being addressed to assist students and add to the many safety precautions for evening students.






Hazard and warning signs are posted as required to communicate active work areas. The Measure A project on campus will enable the college to move forward toward a new era and a new infrastructure that builds on student success. We thank the voters for YES on Measure A! For more construction updates, go to and click on “construction news” and take the virtual tour. n


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Bookstore, Fireside and Recreation rooms have all disappeared too. The inconvenience of noise and dust will manifest into the New College Center. Three buildings will comprise the new College Center; a three-story classroom building; a 2-story Student Association and Administration building that will also house a new bookstore, cafeteria and Culinary Arts restaurant; and a new Fireside building. The Bookstore has moved to a temporary location in parking lot #9





PLEASE NOTE: For a link to Measure A Construction Updates go to and click on “Construction News” on the right panel of the homepage.

Construction site of the Former Student Activities Building (SA) which housed the Bookstore, the Fireside Room, the Cafeteria seating area and ASU.

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Announces Changes to Fee Waivers

Sustainability Issues The blue containers in your area are for recycle items only; paper bottles, cans and plastic drink containers. The responsibility of emptying the Recycle Containers is everyone’s. 1. Batteries should be disposed of through the Inventory & Receiving area. Batteries may be dropped at any time between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

2. All Ink cartridges should be returned to the manufacturer. 3. Lights should be turned off in the classroom when you leave. 4. The Sustainability Committee meets monthly and welcomes faculty and staff to join us to keep the college “green.” The next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 6 in the Buildings and Grounds conference room at 7:00 a.m. n

Contra Costa College students receiving fee waivers will have to meet minimum academic and progress standards to remain eligible for the Governor’s Fee Waiver. This new policy will take place fall 2016. The new regulation will work in concert with the statewide enrollment priorities that will go into effect fall 2015. Community colleges are putting in place more counseling and other support services to help students define their educational and career goals and stay on track to graduate. Under the new regulations, students will lose eligibility for the Governors Fee Waiver if they are on probation for not maintaining a 2.0 GPA, for two consecutive primary terms or not successfully completing half the units attempted in that period. The college must notify students of their probation status within 30 days of the end of the term for which they did not meet the standards. For additional information contact the Dean of Students at (510) 215-3921. n

CCC Automotive Technology Program is GREEN Certified


he long journey to the Emerald City is over. The Automotive Technology program received its Green Certification in the fall and is very proud to be considered a “Green Business Program.” The entire department worked towards this certification along with the CCC Sustainability Committee which is supported by the buildings and grounds staff. The Green Business Certification verifies that the Automotive Technology Program meets higher standards of environmental performance regulations and take actions to prevent pollution and conserve natural resources. n Spring 7 2014

Counseling & Instruction Faculty Come Together in THE HUB


ounselors and professors have volunteered to decentralize their office hours to serve time in what is becoming more popular on campus; The HUB.

The HUB is an intimate learning environment providing a one stop shop approach to assisting students with their academic and career development needs. Students have the opportunity to pop-in and receive

help with a course assignment, meet with an instructor, or discuss majors and find out about various career paths. The HUB also provides educational planning for the students, and for the college. It brings faculty, counselors and students together in one place for the same purpose; student success.

The HUB is located in the Physical Science Building,

room 107 Mondays 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you would like to participate in this innovative learning environment, and you are a CCC counselor or faculty, contact Dr. Katie Krolikowski at (510) 215-3990 or n

HUB Help plus Snacks & Conversation


• Completely undecided about

Develop your Educational your major? Plan and get • Want to know when you can the answers complete your studies? you need at

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The Hub.


Not able to make your Professor’s office hours? Looking for a rewarding career in a certain field?

Mondays from 11:15am-2pm Tuesdays from 12:30pm-3pm

C hancellor Benjamin Study A broad Scholarship Awarded…


ongratulations to Melodie Williams on winning the Chancellor Benjamin Study Abroad Scholarship (CBSAS) to Florence, Italy. The scholarship is awarded to a CCC student who would not normally be able to participate in a study abroad program due to economic hardship and who typically may be from groups underrepresented in U.S. study aboard programs (as defined by the Gilman Scholarship Study Abroad program for community college students). “I’m so excited and thankful for this opportunity. I have never been out of the country before, I’m so happy,” says Melodie. Melodie Williams will travel with a Northern California Study Abroad Consortium which was founded in 1964, and since then, over 1.5 million students have participated in these cultural exchanged programs.

The Florence, Italy trip is the most popular at CCC. The cultural and historical impact of Florence is filled with world-renowned art, architecture, and friendly people to interact with. Students enjoy this academic and social experience that changes their lives forever. Melodie Williams is a full-time student at Contra Costa College taking liberal arts courses and looking forward to transferring to a 4-year university next year. n Spring 8 2014

Photo courtesy of Tiiu Roiser

Counseling. Instructional Faculty and Students!

Summer Registration Begins on April 7th Early Start Summer Classes Begin May 27th Summer Classes Start June 16, 2014 Fall Registration Begins April 28th Fall Classes Start August 15th

Your Success Begins at CCC! 2600 Mission Bell Drive

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Visit our website at or Contact Michele Jackson at (510) 215-3836 Spring 9 2014

Community Newsletter To Date Spring 2014  
Community Newsletter To Date Spring 2014  

Contra Costa College community newsletter with updates for spring 2014.