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The Student Voice Of Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

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A student walks by booths set up during Comet Cash Day in the Campus Center Plaza on Oct. 3.

Free tuition program expanded at Contra Costa College

By Advocate Staff September 15, 2023

The Contra Costa Community College District has announced plans to offer free tuition to more students.  Expanding on a previous program that offered assistance to first-time students, new requirements...

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4CD board closer to electing permanent chancellor

By Brenda Maldonado, Editor in Chief September 13, 2023

Several months ago, Contra Costa Community College District’s governing board announced the search for a permanent Chancellor.  According to district leaders, the search has closed and the district...

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DVC track coach and professor charged with human trafficking

By Brenda Maldonado, Editor in Chief September 12, 2023

A Diablo Valley College faculty member is currently facing nine felony charges for human trafficking, pandering, pimping, and other charges related to sexual assaults. According to a press release from...

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Contra Costa College announces Kimberly Rogers as CCC’s 15th permanent president

By Asia Butts, Staff Writer May 18, 2023

The search and hiring process for a permanent Contra Costa College president has come to an end, district officials have announced. Kimberly Rogers has been appointed the 15th permanent president of...

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National surveys raise questions about college and university enrollment

By Uma Mazar, Staff Editor May 17, 2023

In recent years, fewer people have been attending college. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, pandemic-era college enrollment declined by 1 million from fall 2019 to fall 2022 – about...

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‘Just keep advocating;’ Outgoing CCC student trustee Supreet Kaur on what the role has meant to her

By Brenda Maldonado, Staff Writer May 17, 2023

Surpreet Kaur Contra Costa College’s current student trustee term is set to end this May 31, 2023, when she will pass the baton to the incoming student trustee Ivan Hernandez from Diablo Valley College.  Kaur...

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CCC students can now become aerospace scholars at NASA

By Brenda Maldonado, Staff Writer May 17, 2023

Late last year, Contra Costa College was selected by NASA to be the only community college in Northern California to be a part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar Program (NCAS). Now, college...

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Is religion a shield for politicians?

By Uma Mazar, Staff Editor May 16, 2023

Many U.S. states have passed and continue introducing anti-LGBTIQ bills nationwide in the past months, from preventing drag queens from performing in front of children to banning medical treatment for...

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ChatGPT: Helpful or harmful?

By Alyssa Earnest, Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2023

With the rise of Artificial Intelligence and technology in daily life and education, there is a growing concern about students using that AI to plagiarize. Over the past few weeks, conversations about ...

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Through the struggles of COVID, Contra Costa culinary program perseveres

By Deyleese Montrond, Staff Writer April 19, 2023

“Hospitality was the hardest hit during the pandemic and still will be taking about 10 more years to recover,” said Nader Sharkes, the head chef of Contra Costa College’s culinary department.  The...

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With DACA on shaky ground, Bay Area orgs provide support to immigrant students

By Uma Mazar, Staff Editor April 19, 2023

In 2012, former President Barack Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The policy was created to help immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and currently...

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