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CHP Helicopter to Land on SCC Fairfield Campus for Training Exercise

A CHP helicopter will be landing on the Solano Community College (SCC) Fairfield campus to provide emergency operations training with the SCC EMT and Nursing students. This will be a hands-on training for EMT and Nursing students, and will provide a practical, real-world emergency situation experience. The training will consist of aircraft safety, loading and unloading patients, communications between the ground and the aircraft pilot, and training provided by the Cordelia Fire Department.

The event will occur on Thursday, October 15th at 5 p.m. and will take place at the SCC Fairfield Campus, located at 4000 Suisun Valley Road in front of building 600.

For more information, contact John Zimmerman, EMT Instructor, at 707-712-5723 or

Solano’s Art and Literature Students Visit Legion of Honor

Solano Community College students visited the Legion of Honor, located in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, September 27, 2015, as a part of Professor Ferdinanda Florence’s Art History (ART 001) and Michael Wyly’s Introduction to Mythology (English 018) classes.

Both classes participated in Professor Florence’s lively and informative tour of the ancient art collection housed at the Legion of Honor. The art represented key regions of the ancient Mediterranean basin, including examples from Ancient Egypt, the Near East and Greece. Students studied and discussed various works, including freestanding sculptures, vessels, jewelry and carved reliefs in various materials, including marble, diorite and gold.

Afterward, Professor Florence’s students continued their art analyses while Professor Wyly’s students discussed how representative pieces informed and/or were informed by their understandings of selected myths as well as the history of Ancient Greece.

Fairfield Campus Closed Due to Water Main Break

Fairfield, CA: The Solano Community College (SCC) Fairfield campus will resume operations on September 15th beginning at 2 pm.  Regularly scheduled classes and normal business hours will take place beginning at this time.  The necessary repairs to resolve the water main break are currently in progress and is expected to be completed by this time.

The Vacaville and Vallejo Centers are not affected by this water main break and classes will meet as scheduled.

For more information, contact Yashica Crawford at or (707) 864-7112.

Enroll Now in Solano Summer Launch!

Are you ready to launch your next step in college or career? These short term summer offerings are designed to help you brush up and develop skills that will provide you with the foundations for success in your next successful educational or job-related journey!

Math 305 – Prepare for Math Success (.5 Unit)
This course will help new math students interpret their assessment test scores and evaluate their current level of mathematical knowledge. Throughout the course, students will review topics from math courses previously complete, and improve math study skills.

Outcomes – Students will:
• Identify and critique current math study skill habits.
• Identify at least one new valuable math study skill and implement its use while reviewing math content in preparation for their first math course at Solano.

Main Campus – June 22-25; 9-10:50 AM (CRN 60405) – Instructor: Genele Rhoades
Vallejo Center – July 6-9; 6-7:50 PM (CRN 60406) – Instructor: Genele Rhoades
Fairfield Suisun Adult School – Aug. 3-6; 3-4:50 PM (CRN 60407) – Instructor: Barbara Villatoro

Business 100 – Work Readiness (1.5 Units) – Instructor Adrienne Cary
This course covers the process of assessing the job market and completing a resume and application. Topics include how to be successful on the job and to gain satisfaction and rewards from work. The skills needed in the workplace are emphasized along with the social and communication skills, personal characteristics and habits, and expectations of the employer.
Outcomes – Students will:
• Identify the role and responsibilities of the working professional
• Develop and prepare a resume and letter of application; develop interview skills
• Demonstrate effective communication techniques
• Identify traits of an ethical employee
• Develop and use proper telephone techniques
• Establish effective time management techniques
Main Campus – July 27-30 and Aug 3-6; 6PM-8:50 PM (CRN 60408)
Fairfield Suisun Adult School – July 27-30 and Aug 3-6; 9AM- 11:50 PM (CRN 60410)
Vallejo Center – July 27-30 and Aug 3-6; 1PM-3:50 PM (CRN 60409)

Business 181 – Business Math (1 Unit ) – Instructors: Lavonne Slator
This course requires students to apply essential mathematical skills necessary for success in business. Includes a review of fractions, decimals, percent, ratios, the percentage formula, and general business applications, The course also reviews advanced business applications such as interest, discount, markup, payroll, pricing policies, cash and trade discounts, and financial statements. This is a self-paced, programmed learning class.
Outcomes – Students will:
• Analyze basic formulas and apply the principles to percentage and interest problems.
• Develop basic mathematical skills.
• Comprehend how to apply basic mathematical principles to common business problems.

Vallejo Center – June 15-19, June 22-25, June 29-July 2; 9AM-12:15PM (CRN 60412)
Fairfield Suisun Adult School –June 15-19, June 22-25 and June 29-July 2; 5PM -8:15 PM (CRN 60413)

CIS 060 Introduction to the Internet (1.5 Units)
This course is designed to prepare students to use the Internet, a worldwide computer network. Emphasis is on introducing features of the Internet, including electronic mail, the World Wide Web, Gopher, FTP (file transfer protocol), Telnet, and Usenet, as well as other Internet services and utilities. Students will explore hands-on the vast resources of the Internet, learn to access information using a variety of methods, and will construct a simple web page. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on projects, student presentations, and class exercises.
Outcomes – Students will:
• Describe the hardware and software requirements needed to connect to the Internet.
• Understand Internet addresses and on-line routing.
• Demonstrate an awareness of Internet etiquette by applying “Netiquette” principles.
• Connect to the Internet and send, receive, store, and forward mail including file attachments using both FTP mail and a commercial e-mail package.
• Locate a file at a remote site, and using ftp (file transfer protocol), transfer that file to a local computer.
• Use Telnet to access a variety of host computers and display directory and file information of the host.
• Locate and subscribe to a listserv.
Vacaville Center (Annex) – July 13-July 23; 9:00 AM – 11:50 AM (CRN 60414) – Instructor: K. Callison
Fairfield Suisun Adult School – July 13-July 23; 3-5:50 PM (CRN 60415) – K. Callison

SCC Approved to Offer Bachelor’s Degree Program!

The Board of Governor’s for the California Community Colleges approved Solano Community College to provide a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomanufacturing to begin in the 2017-18 academic year. SCC will join 14 other community colleges in the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program. Dr. Laguerre stated, “It is a great day and a tremendous honor for SCC to be recognized as being worthy of offering a bachelor’s degree. It is a testimony of how far we have come as a college over the past six years. With faculty, staff, students, governing board and administrative dedication, we have transformed SCC into one of the best community colleges in California. This is a just reward to Solano County and Winters voters who believed in us and gave us Measure Q. This great bachelor’s degree program will be housed in one of the new buildings to be constructed with Measure Q funds. A big kudo to Drs. Crawford, Minor, Re, and Yu as well as Professor DeKloe for submitting a great proposal in the second round to get us this degree.”

Dr. John Yu, Dean of Math and Sciences, added, “This is another stamp of approval of the great programs offered at SCC. Being one of the 15 community colleges to offer a Baccalaureate degree shows that Solano College is among the best in California Community Colleges and is further evidence that SCC is on an upward trajectory and move in the right direction.” He was joined at the Board of Govenor’s meeting with President of the Board of Trustees A. Marie Young, Professor Jim DeKloe, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Leslie Minor.

Dr. Minor shared, “I am very excited about this opportunity for our students at Solano CC to prepare for technical careers in family wage jobs that address the needs of our industry partners in the region.”

Solano joins MiraCosta College (Oceanside, Ca) in offering the Biomanufacturing program.

SCC to Host Super Saturday Enrollment Event

Solano Community College (SCC) will be hosting a Super Saturday for all incoming college students on May 16th. Students will receive Orientation, Assessment and Counseling Services. In addition, Admissions, Class Registration and Financial Aid staff will be on hand to assist students. The event begins at 9am and is taking place at SCC’s Main Campus, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield. This is for all incoming Solano Community College students that want to register for summer and fall classes. Lunch will be provided, so parents and educators please encourage your student to attend!

Solano Community College Offers Support to Students Affected by Heald College Closures

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has asked local community colleges to offer space for Heald students who are displaced due to the forthcoming closure of Heald College. The California Community College Chancellor, Dr. Brice Harris, asked the colleges to help the students as well. We are pleased to inform the community as well as Heald students that Solano Community College (SCC) wants to work hard to assist students who were affected by the closing of Heald College with completing their studies. SCC staff were present at the Heald College Transfer Day to provide students with information on programs, financial aid, and other services.

Robin Darcangelo, Associate Dean of Financial Affairs stated, “We will make every effort to support and provide assistance to students affected by these campus closures.” Shemila Johnson, Director of Enrollment Services for SCC added, “Education is a great opportunity for all who seek to attain, therefore, it is our privilege at Solano Community College to welcome all the students who desire to finish what they’ve started at Heald to Solano! We want every displaced student to recognize that when one door closes, another one opens. There is hope in knowing that SCC is here and ready to help them stay on path to complete their program of study. Summer and fall registration has begun and we look forward to serving our students.”

For more information, contact Shemila Johnson, Director of Enrollment Services, at or (707) 864-7000

Opportunities Available to Participate in the Civil Rights Travel Course

Solano Community College (SCC) will offer Social Science 053, a Civil Rights Travel Course, during the summer of 2015, for the seventh time. This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” – the movie Selma tells the story of the events that culminated in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Students who previously completed the course reported that it was “the trip of a lifetime” and “a transformational experience.” An exciting educational itinerary has been planned for the 2015 Civil Rights Travel Course and it is not too late to reserve your seat for this life changing experience.

In addition to visiting Selma, the course and tour will provide an overview of the United States Civil Rights movement and travel to places significant to the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. There will be instruction that will include a panel of Civil Rights Movement veterans that will be held on the beautiful campus of Tougaloo College in
Jackson, Mississippi. Participants will also learn songs from the Civil Rights Movement. Three units of college credit may be earned for this course. This guided tour will provide opportunities to learn about the people and events that began the non-violent movement for freedom and equality within the United States of America.

Tour highlights will include visits to: Martin Luther King Birth Home and Center, Atlanta University Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Rosa Parks Museum, The National Voting Rights Museum, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee Airman Museum, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Medgar Evers Museum Tougaloo College, Emmitt Till Landmarks and Historic Sites, Fannie Lou Hamer Historic Sites, Southern Poverty Law Center, Civil Rights Memorial, the Mississippi Delta, Civil Rights Museum Memphis, Slave Haven – Memphis and the Alex Haley Birth Home in Tennessee. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to hear from veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.

The travel dates for 2015 are June 19th – June 28th. The cost is $1,895.00 per person based upon triple occupancy and $2,100 for double occupancy. A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve your seat. The fee includes roundtrip airfare from Sacramento, lodging, most meals, ground transportation and entrance to all museums. The travel course must be paid in full by May 19th. This course is suitable for persons of all ages.

To reserve your seat or to obtain additional information, please contact: Dr. Karen McCord at (707) 864-7000 extension 4428 or

Science Faculty Recognized for Innovation at National Convention

Solano Community College (SCC) faculty and staff were present at the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention April 18th – 21st in San Antonio, TX. Professor Jim DeKloe and Dr. Ed Re received recognition for the Award of Excellence for Faculty Innovation. They were the only California recipients of an award at this national meeting.

Professors DeKloe and Dr. Re have been instrumental in the success and growth of the Solano Community College’s biotechnology program. Together, they have pioneered industrial biotechnology instruction, which emphasizes the manufacturing segment of the biotech industry. The program they developed has served as a model for other community colleges throughout the country and is helping to fill the industry need for trained biotech technicians. They are currently using a National Science Foundation grant to develop curriculum to deploy single-use bio-reactors. This equipment grows genetically engineered organisms in a sterile environment which allows them to produce pharmaceutically active proteins. Together, DeKloe and Re have set a new standard for faculty innovation. “This is a great honor that we are excited to accept on behalf of our College, our colleagues, our President, our Board of Trustees, and our community,” said DeKloe

For more information on the biotechnology program, contact Jim DeKloe at (707) 477-8354 or

95th Fire Academy to Graduate 19 Cadets

Solano Community College (SCC) is celebrating the graduation of its 95th Fire Academy, graduating 19 cadets on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the SCC Vacaville Center. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. The College’s Fire Fighter I Academy has a 99% graduation rate. Cadets must complete a one year internship prior to being hired for a fire department. Richard MacKenzie, SCC Academy Administrator/Fire Instructor commented, “The Fire Fighter I Academy prepares cadets for careers in Fire Rescue. I, along with Chief Curt Henke, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department (Retired), and Chief Steve Vucurevich, Benicia Fire Department (Retired), are graduates of the SCC Fire Academy. The program has been revamped with an increase in required hours, in addition, the course content meet state requirements to become a Fire Fighter. This academy makes the students more marketable and prepared to enter the field. I am proud to be a graduate of the program and thirty plus years later come full circle to teach and mentor cadets!”

For more information about the Fire Fighter I Academy please contact Richard MacKenzie at or 707.863.7872, Ext. 5516.