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Gymnasium converted to Red Cross Shelter after fires ravage Northern California

Gymnasium converted to Red Cross Shelter after fires ravage Northern California

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News, Showcase

Due to the rapid growth of the North Bay Fires, the Contra Costa College Gymnasium has been designated an evacuation center by the Red Cross. Blankets, pallets of food and water and 325 cots arrived by semi-truck late Wednesday night as multiple wildfires push their way through Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties...

Northern Californian fires spur Contra Costa Community College District class cancellation

Northern Californian fires spur Contra Costa Community College District class cancellation

By Robert Clinton, Sports Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News

In the wake of the devastating fires that are ravaging Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties, leaving debilitating smoke across the entire Bay Area, Contra Costa Community College District officials elected to cancel classes for Thursday at each of its three colleges (Contra Costa, Diablo Valley and Los Medanos)...

Sex assault amendment to alter guidelines

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News

Zero tolerance for any type of harassment continues to be the standard throughout the Contra Costa College Community College District, despite Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plans to amend Title IX to change the way colleges handle allegations of sexual assault. The 1972 education amendment Title ...

ESL population at disadvantage

ESL population at disadvantage

By Roxana Amparo, Associate Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News

The decision to implement guided pathways districtwide may be leaving English as a second language (ESL) students at a disadvantage when it comes to increasing their success rates. Contra Costa College’s English as a second language department holds a headcount of nearly 300 students enrolled in one of f...

Team exhibits dominance at speech tournament

Team exhibits dominance at speech tournament

By Andrew Weedon, Advocate Staff

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News, Showcase

The Contra Costa College speech team was awarded with multiple finalist finishes Saturday after weeks of hard work and preparation. Seven students from CCC attended their second speech and debate tournament this semester, held at Santa Rosa Junior College. A sense of pride for CCC helped motivate the studen...

Negotiations yield United Faculty salary increases, medical benefits

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News

A tentative agreement addressing faculty grievances was reached between the Contra Costa Community College District and the United Faculty union during negotiations held on Sept. 8 and 15. Salary increases, Medicare coordinated medical plans for retirees, family and parental leave options and a one-year ex...

Calendar Constricted

Calendar Constricted

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News, Showcase

The new compressed calendar for the 2018-19 year will keep spring break, while introducing a three-week winter intercession. The 16-week compressed schedule’s final draft was released by the United Faculty Sept. 18 and will be implemented districtwide, beginning the fall 2018 semester, which will b...

Police brutality elicits unified community response

Police brutality elicits unified community response

By Ryan Geller, Advocate Staff

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News, Showcase

Despite the nationwide protests over the deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown no changes have been made to address racism in policing here in Contra Costa College’s administration of justice program. The re-training of police departments and the transformation of racist police culture was the mant...

Strategy highlights exit paths, awareness

By Efrain Valdez / The Advocate, Social Media Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News

Contra Costa College administrators and first responders have a plan in place to keep people on campus safe in the case of a natural disaster. Recent catastrophes, like the three major earthquakes that have hit different parts of Mexico, have raised concerns about the safety plans in place locally. “Our...

Sanders, CCSF honor ‘Free City’

Sanders, CCSF honor ‘Free City’

By Xavier Johnson, Scene Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under News, Spotlight

SAN FRANCISCO — Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) spoke at City College of San Francisco in celebration of the college’s first semester being tuition free for San Francisco residents on Friday in the Diego Rivera Theater on the CCSF campus. The “Free City” celebration featured the Vermont senator an...

AB 540 training aimed to help daca students

AB 540 training aimed to help daca students

By Michael Santone, Associate Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Campus Beat, News

As the Trump administration continues to besiege on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, life for Contra Costa College’s undocumented student community is in disarray. In hopes of alleviating concerns, the counseling department is preparing further training for its staff that i...

InSite Portal app halted

InSite Portal app halted

By Anthony Kinney, Associate Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Technology challenges and contractual issues have delayed the release of Contra Costa Community College District’s newly designed InSite Portal mobile app. District Director of Communications and Community Relations Tim Leong said, “We want the app to drop sooner than later, but we also want to ...

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