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Solano Community College Workforce Program Receives Statewide Recognition

(Fairfield, CA) – Solano Community College has earned the California Community Colleges’ Strong Workforce Stars recognition at the Bronze Stars and Silver Stars level for its success in improving student employment and wage outcomes through its Strong Workforce career education program.

Strong Workforce Stars is an annual recognition for career education programs, or career technical education, within the California Community College system. Program graduates show significant gains in factors important for advancing social mobility – a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage, and a job closely matched with the field of study.

“We are honored to receive these Stars awards,” said Solano Community College President Celia Esposito-Noy.” Our faculty and staff work closely with regional employers to ensure our students are job ready. It is a district-wide collaborative effort with a focus on student success.”

The 2018 Strong Workforce Stars were given to career education programs throughout the state in 12 industry sectors, based on earnings gained, living wage attainment, and employment in field of study. Those named Strong Workforce Stars met one or more of the following thresholds:
· An increase in earnings by 50 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage file, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2015-16.
· Attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage file, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2015-16.
· 90 percent or more are employed in a job similar to their field of study, according to the Career Technical Education Outcomes Survey, for students who earned a certificate or degree and were last enrolled in 2014-15.
The Gold Stars designation is awarded to programs meeting all three of the criteria, while Silver Stars meet two and Bronze Stars programs meet one or more.
This year, six of Solano’s programs received a Bronze Stars award and two programs have received the Silver Stars designation.

Bronze Stars:
Automotive Technology where students have seen an 81 percent increase in earnings
Accounting students’ earnings have increased 80 percent
Cosmetology and Barbering earnings have increased 50 percent
Water and Wastewater Technology has seen 85 percent of students attain the regional living wage.
Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology students have seen a 363 percent increase in earnings
Human Services students’ earnings have increased 60 percent

Silver Stars
Fire Technology students have seen an 80 percent increase in earnings and 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study.
Registered Nursing students have increased by 66 percent and 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study.

“Strong Workforce Stars career education programs are proven to help Californians increase their earning power,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, executive vice chancellor for Workforce & Digital Futures. “With the introduction of levels this year, we are able to highlight those programs that are seeing significant results, as well as those that are on the rise toward even greater success.”

For more information about the SCC’s Strong Workforce Program, visit www.solano.edu/academic_senate/1617/Strong%20Workforce%20program.pdf. For information on how to apply and register for classes, visit www.solano.edu

About Solano Community College

The College has served the community in Solano County since 1945 when it was founded as Vallejo Junior College. In the early 1970s, the College moved to its present Fairfield site, and is presently serving over 8,000 students throughout the academic year.

In addition to the campus in Fairfield, the College has one Center in Vacaville, and one in Vallejo. To further serve the community, SCC offers courses at Travis Air Force Base, and operates a School of Aeronautics at the Nut Tree Airport.

Currently, Solano Community College offers Associate Degrees and Certificates in various disciplines, to include transfer courses to California State Universities (CSU) and Universities of California (UC), and provides training in several trades. Solano will also begin offering a bachelor’s degree in Biomanufacturing in 2017. For more information, please visit us at www.solano.edu.

ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #04

Please view our ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #04

http://solano.edu/assc/1718/S1804.pdf

Solano College Welcomes Reporter and Author Cheryl Wills to Campus

Award-winning television personality and author Cheryl Wills will speak at Solano College on Monday, March 19, 2018.

Wills, the primetime anchor for NY1 Live at Ten and host of public affairs talk show In Focus with Cheryl Wills on Spectrum News NY1 in New York City, is the author of three books about her great-great-great-grandfather Sandy Wills who fought in The Civil War: Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale, an illustrated children’s book, The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills and a young adult book, Emancipated: My Family’s Fight for Freedom.

Wills was the first journalist invited to speak before the General Assembly of The United Nations in March 2011 about the impact of slavery on her family during the UN’s International Remembrance of Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and is the Founder and Commander of the New York Chapter of the Sons & Daughters of the United States Colored Troops, a national organization based in Washington, D.C.

At Solano, Wills will speak about finding her roots and how knowing where she came from has contributed to her success, lead a discussion on underrepresented populations, discuss the benefits of community colleges and the importance of faculty and staff in a student’s journey to achieving their goals. After her presentation, there will be a question and answer session.

Who: Author and Spectrum News NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills
What: A presentation on finding her roots and how it contributed to her success
When: Monday, March 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Solano College Theatre, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, 94534
Tickets: This event is free and open to the public. Nearby parking is available in lots 2, 4 and 6. Parking permits can be purchased for $1 in any lot.

Wills has interviewed some of the most powerful people in the world including The First Woman President of Africa: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Will’s groundbreaking report earned her a prestigious medal from the United Nations Correspondents Association. She also scored an exclusive interview with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Will’s personal favorite was going one-on-one with the late great writer and activist Maya Angelou.

For her work as a journalist, Wills has received awards from The New York Press Club, Newswomen’s Club of NY Front Page Awards and The Associated Press. In 2017, she was awarded The Association of Social Studies Teachers/UFT’s The Rosa Parks Award for Social Justice for “illuminating the struggle for Black equality from The Civil War to present” and the Dr. Martin Luther King Award from three prominent Jewish organizations at The Israeli Consulate for bridging the gap between African Americans and Jews. Additional accolades include: The YMCA National Black Achievers in Industry Award and The Carl T. Rowan Leadership in Media Award. She has twice been honored by McDonald’s, first in 2010 as a broadcasting legend and more recently, in 2015, she received the first ever Harold Dow Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to broadcast media.

In addition to her work in the media, Wills has been featured in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016), Law & Order on NBC, Limitless on CBS, The Strain on FX, Freedomland (2006) with Samuel L. Jackson, The Brave One (2007) with Jodie Foster, among other stage and film productions.

About Solano Community College

The College has served the community in Solano County since 1945 when it was founded as Vallejo Junior College. In the early 1970s, the College moved to its present Fairfield site, and is presently serving over 8,000 students throughout the academic year.

In addition to the campus in Fairfield, the College has one Center in Vacaville, and one in Vallejo. To further serve the community, SCC offers courses at Travis Air Force Base, and operates a School of Aeronautics at the Nut Tree Airport.

Currently, Solano Community College offers Associate Degrees and Certificates in various disciplines, to include transfer courses to California State Universities (CSU) and Universities of California (UC), and provides training in several trades. Solano will also begin offering a bachelor’s degree in Biomanufacturing in 2017. For more information, please visit us at www.solano.edu.

ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #03

Please view our ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #03

http://solano.edu/assc/1718/S1803.pdf

Construction Notice for Friday 02/23/18 – Sunday 02/25/18

All,
You may have seen steam rising from the ground next to building 300. Be assured that this is not the precursor to an imminent geyser eruption nor will the College soon be offering hot spring baths as a way to attract more students. The steam is the result of a significant leak in the underground heating pipe near Bldg. 300. In order to repair the leak, it will be necessary for facilities to shut down the campus heating system beginning around noon on Friday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 24th. Heat will be restored on Sunday in preparation for Monday.

If you will be on the Fairfield campus on Friday or Saturday, you may want to consider bringing a sweater or jacket.

Broken Hot Water Main at Solano Community College

Broken Hot Water Main at Solano Community College

ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #02

Please view our ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #02

http://solano.edu/assc/1718/S1802.pdf

ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #01

Please view our ASSC Newsletter – Spring 2018 #01

http://solano.edu/assc/1718/S1801.pdf

ASSC Newsletter – Fall 2017 #05

Please view our ASSC Newsletter – Fall 2017 #05

http://solano.edu/assc/1718/F1705.pdf

ASSC Newsletter – Fall 2017 #04

Please view our ASSC Newsletter – Fall 2017 #04

http://solano.edu/assc/1718/F1704.pdf

Solano Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017

SOLANO COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES THE

SOLANO HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 21st Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017 6pm, at Solano College in Fairfield, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

1)      John Canova:  Football and Basketball Game Announcer 1987-present

2)      Kate Shipp:  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

3)      Welana Toki :  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

4)      Reggie Vezia II:  Men’s Basketball 2003 & 2004

5)      Ryan Lipkin:  Baseball 2007

6)      Victor Ferrante:  Baseball 2004 & 2006

7)      Shirley Lewis:  SCC Booster 1997-present

8)      Jennae Lambdin:  Softball Head Coach 1995 – 2000

Tickets are $50. For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.gover@solano.edu