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Carney’s expertise goes above and beyond

Carney’s expertise goes above and beyond

By Benjamin Bassham, News Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

A district police chief has to have some experience under his belt. You start on the street, you get shot at, you get some education, you blow some things up, and 35 years later you can work at all hours as the Contra Costa Community College District’s Director of Police Safety and Emergency Services....

Mall closure inevitable, property to see change

Mall closure inevitable, property to see change

By Salvador Godoy, Staff Writer
May 9, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

Hilltop Mall was once a flourishing collection of businesses supporting an expanding residential community during the 1970s and 80s. This year the outdated property will be sold and re-configured to better meet the standards of local consumers. The property, placed on the market in March 2016 via real est...

Badminton yields more than ‘good workout’

Badminton yields more than ‘good workout’

By Marlene Rivas, Opinion Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under Campus Beat, Spotlight

Open court for badminton is held on Monday nights at the Gymnasium from 7 to 10 p.m. All students and anyone in the area who is interested are welcome to join the class. The activities are supervised by three instructors who also take part in playing with the students. If students want to regist...

Class explores interpretations

Class explores interpretations

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase, Spotlight

An ongoing class this semester is designed to teach students about ethnic and cultural diversity in literature in the U.S. through books, essays and poems shape. The American Literature: 19th Century course is taught by English professor Benjamin Jahn on Thursdays from 2:10 to 5:30 p.m. Jahn said h...

Chancellor’s Office grants one-time funding in equity

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

Throughout the district, colleges have applied and been approved to use one-time funds from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to implement programs and community outreach to improve the success rates of certain student demographics. According to each college’s Equity Plan, Los Medanos Colleg...

Measure E planning omits Art Building retrofit

Measure E planning omits Art Building retrofit

By Lorenzo Morotti, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

The budget limitations with the bond Measure E allocations has left some buildings at Contra Costa College that are considered “questionable” by a seismic risk and mitigation report by Thornton Tomasetti, in 2012, completely out of the project plan. The Art Building was built in 1971 according...

State funding process widens divide

By The Advocate, Editorial Staff
March 16, 2016
Filed under Sports, Spotlight

Equity does not mean equality. Equity is giving people who need the most help a chance to live a better life than the one they were born into. In American society that need is unfortunately determined by gender, culture, religion or race. Even with a new “growth” allocation method implemented, th...

Online tutoring resource aids equity

By Asma Alkrizy, Opinion Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

While Contra Costa College’s Equity Plan attempts to increase the overall course completion rate for students, the Campus-Wide-Tutoring program continues helping students improve their academic performances. “We have provided additional support and increased the number of students accessing CWT fo...

Inadequate system obstructs progress

By Marci Suela, Art Director
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

When marine biology major Musa Khan arrived at Contra Costa College in 2011, he was assessed into an English 1A course, but placed elsewhere after meeting with his counselor. Despite his familiarity with English concepts, a counselor confused him and resulted in enrolling  into ENGL-142B and was set back...

Plan designs path, allocates basic skills funding

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

The Equity Plan created objectives for English as a second language students to meet in order to create a pathway to their academic success. In one year, the objective for Contra Costa College is to provide equal academic success throughout the student body, beginning with low-level courses. “We do...

Objective identifies flaws, addresses drawbacks

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

One of the main functions of the Equity Plan is to identify student populations that experience the greatest adverse outcomes and then it addresses the specific needs of the groups which have been narrowed into seven key indicators. One of the key indicators, titled Degree and Certificate Completion, is brok...

Transfer rate data pinpoints targets

By Cody Casares, Photo Editor
March 16, 2016
Filed under News, Spotlight

Contra Costa College has outlined several different tactics to increase the transfer rate of certain demographics based on data collected by the district. CCC’s Equity Plan data on transfer completion consists of student information that is separated into groups representing the student population who pl...

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