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Minding the Gap

New 4CD Chancellor Bryan Reece has known hardship, which motivates him to close the equity gap
By Evalyn Soungpanya, Advocate Staff December 9, 2020

Taking office as Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) permanent chancellor in early November, Dr. Bryan Reece has come a long way from being a dairy hand in the 1980s. Reece was born in Norwalk,...

Health and Human Services offer guidance for students

Health and Human Services offer guidance for students

By Stacie Guevara, Associate Editor April 7, 2020

Many Contra Costa College students are struggling with the newly implemented remote instruction, and health and human services (HHS) major Kristin Lobos is no exception. As a breast cancer survivor, single...

Ninoangelo Lastimosa collaborated with drama professor Carlos-Manuel Chavarria on the music composition for the play “Frida Kahlo: The Artist; The Woman.”

Musician awarded for dramatic composition

By Stacie Guevara, Associate Editor March 4, 2020

Music major Ninoangelo Lastimosa has been awarded third place for Sound Design — Meritorious Achievement for original sound/music composition and realized sound design for his work on drama department...

Multi-dimensional art student Steven Bernt presents his multi-faceted artwork entitled “Growth” is presently being shown in the Eddie Rhodes Gallery in A-5.

Internal drive fuels artistic creativity

By Cindy Pantoja, Editor-in-Chief March 4, 2020

Contra Costa College students are known to strive for greatness, and artist Steven Berndt is no exception. Berndt has always been interested in creating art out of different materials and combining...

Information that spots that places in California where cases of the novel coronavirus have appeared with information up to date on March 3, 2020. Sourced by the Los Angeles Times.

Coronavirus sparks nationwide concern

By Jose Arebalo, Scene Editor March 4, 2020

A new virus is spreading across the globe at such a rapid rate that scientists have hardly had any time to learn about it. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is thought to spread person-to-person...

Dr. Sandra Castillo-Alward is one of Contra Costa College’s most treasured professors and has now retired after over 35 years as a nursing professor, program director and friendly face around campus. Dr. Castillo-Alward has retired for the second and final time after cherishing her time here.

Acclaimed nursing professor retires

By Stacie Guevara, News Editor February 19, 2020

Dr. Sandra Castillo-Alward is one of Contra Costa College’s most treasured professors and has now retired after over 35 years as a nursing professor, program director and friendly face around campus....

Transfer counselor propels students

By Wanda Gonzalez, Advocate Staff February 19, 2020

Transfer counselor Andrea Phillips has had an immensely positive impact on first generation college students at Contra Costa College for years. From organizing college readiness events on campus, to creating...

African American studies major Tiye Gordon (middle) has taken up the leadership role in the Black Student Union this semester and hopes to lead a group of black students to promote black-oriented education and create a safe space to breed a black identity.

Educating black minds

‘Lighthouse’ of peer resources goal of BSU
By Denis Perez, Creative Director October 23, 2019

Tiye Gordon’s educational journey and life experiences have led her to Contra Costa College to study African American studies and have given her the motivation to lead the Black Student Union (BSU). “I...

Rainbow Club President Alfredo Angulo has established the club to represent Contra Costa College’s LGBTQ population.

Activist forms Rainbow Club

Quest continues for inclusion, representation
By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor October 23, 2019

Young political activists don’t often focus on one issue because as one issue is tackled, inter-sectional problems present themselves. For an activist, this is seen as an opportunity to enact further...

Kristine Kilian Lobos (right) shakes hands and greets a new friend on campus on Oct. 4.

Divine appointment changes mother’s life

Activist helps fight addiction on campus
By Janice Spraggins, Advocate Staff October 9, 2019

The first time Kristin Kilian Lobos stepped foot on the small San Pablo community college campus was when her daughter was a guest speaker for a drug and alcohol prevention assembly at Middle College High...

Victor Jiminez prepares loaded fries for customers on Rumrill Street at a pop-up location of Loaded Chickn on Oct. 5.

Local eatery gains following with great chicken

By Janet Lira, Advocate Staff October 9, 2019

An all-time favorite, fried chicken, takes a new spin with trendy ingredients and recipes at a locally owned pop up diner — Loaded Chickn. Delivering fresh made-to-order dishes, the new eatery has...

Robin Lopez is a METAS tutor who has won an award from the National Science Foundation for his project proposing a plan to fight climate change.

Promise kept for a friend

East Bay native gives back through mentoring
By Jose Rivera, Advocate Staff October 9, 2019

Robin López is an extraordinary human being who was born in Oakland but grew up in the streets of Richmond and San Pablo — three cities that recognize the potential in its young people, “potential...

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