Robbie Miller (Art) informs us that an SCC Art Sale will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 10am-2pm, and Thursday, November 29, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m., in D-109. Purchases can be made in person or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SccFineArtClub). Just comment on the photo and it will be saved for you to pick up at a later time. All sales support the SCC Art Department.
Community College Scorecard Discussed at Workshop
Vice President Jose Vargas, Dean Lori Fasbinder (both Continuing Education), Ethel Jordan (High School Subjects), Jolene Shields (High School Subjects), Eden Quimzon (ESL), Mary Walker (ESL) and Brenda Hohnstein (Community Services) attended the ACCE (Association of Community and Continuing Education) Fall Workshop at North Orange County Community College District in Anaheim, Thursday, November 8. Presentation topics included Community College Scorecard, Student Success Act 2012, and Community Education Updates. Mary Walker attended the board meeting that followed as the Secretary of the ACCE Board.
Successful Cable Replacement
On Friday, November 9, contractors replaced a fire alarm cable and data cable between the A and T buildings that had been damaged when contractors were digging to install a new concrete base for a light pole a few months ago. At that time, the data cable was still functioning and we installed a temporary fire alarm cable. This project, installation of the permanent lines, was completed without incident and both data and fire alarm services were fully restored on Friday, November 9th.
Jeffery and Macias Attend Annual Conference
Last week, Bill Jeffery and Maria Macias (both Bookstore) attended the annual conference for the California Association of College Stores (CACS) and the Norwest College Bookstore Association (NCBA). The conference was attended by over 80 stores from the western United States and featured seminars and discussions tailored for the college store industry. Educational sessions included: Rental Best Practices; Convenience Stores and Grab 'n' Go Markets; Digital Learning Course Materials; Dynamic Pricing and Alternate Sourcing; and many others. A trade show exposition was also available at the conference where services and products were presented by a wide variety of vendors that serve the college store market.
Gates on the Move
Jim Gates (Water Utility Science, Ret.) met with board members at Costa Mesa Sanitary District to discuss their intern program. Costa Mesa was the first agency to join with the SCC water program by taking several students within their organization as part-time employees. Soon after, a full-time position was created and an SCC student was hired as a direct result of the intern program.
Jim also reported that the Orange County Sanitation District has hired two students, full-time, through the SCC intern program.
Finally, Jim attended the November Water Advisory Committee of Orange County breakfast meeting, where John Moorlach (Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors) presented his analysis of the state's most in-debt cities and counties. Orange County's budget appears better than most in the state, but still operating in the red. Moorlach pointed out that not only Oakland, but San Francisco, are among the heaviest debt-ridden cities in California.
Message from Jim Gates
I wanted to say a final farewell to my friends and colleagues at SCC (I came back after officially retiring in June to teach part-time this semester). My wife, Eileen has made plans for two trips starting in January and we are anxiously waiting to begin our journeys. I am planning to stay active in the various water/wastewater associations and leaving it to God's good grace to guide us the rest of our days. Besides the many SCC staff members throughout the college, I will miss my students, their smiles, wrinkled brows, and their eagerness to become better educated. Best wishes, Jim