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Dr. Cheri Etheredge honored as Teacher of the Year

Dr. Cheri Etheredge 
cares for a simulation  mannequin in the Simulation Lab in the Applied Art Building. 
Etheredge has been 
teaching in Contra Costa College’s nursing department 
for 38 years. 
This semester she was awarded the district’s Teacher of the Year award.

By Denis Perez, Creative Director

March 27, 2019

Throughout her 38 years teaching in the nursing department at Contra Costa College, Dr. Cheri Etheredge’s iconic efforts have given the program strong leadership, a state-of-the-art Simulation Lab and, most recently, recognition as being the home to the Teacher of the Year. Hanging on the door of...

Craftsmanship honed through imagination

Art student Michael Chavez takes inspiration from moments in his life and incorporates them into paintings and sketches. This semester he works as a ceramics tutor in the art department.

By Jessica Suico, News Editor

March 27, 2019

Discovering talent and inspiration through art at a young age is the road art tutor Michael Chavez discovered when he was in fifth grade. He is able to show his creativity and passion through his artwork. Growing up and living in Richmond for the entirety of his life, Chavez said he uses art to strengthen...

Childhood dreams of stylish clothing inspire career goals

Contra Costa College business major 
Noel Sigua shops online for clothes and later resells them online too. His dream is to have his own fashion line. He spends much of his time learning about fashion trends in hopes of accomplishing his goal.

By Fatima Carrasco, Advocate Staff

March 27, 2019

Noel Lucas Sigua, a sophomore at Contra Costa College, is a Bay Area street wear fashion influencer and, like many college students, hopes to develop his passion for clothes into a labor of love. Unlike many people who discover their look through trial and error, Sigua developed his sense of fashion...

Teachers fight for pay raise

Oakland Technical 
High School 
Junior 
Kalanie Scott 
(middle forefront), Oakland Tech junior Jordan Green (left), 
and Oakland 
Tech junior Aidaly 
Matancillas 
(right) protest outside 
Oakland Tech on Feb. 25.

By Fatima Carrasco, Advocate Staff

March 6, 2019

OAKLAND — With the popular slogan, “When we strike, we win,” the Oakland schools teachers union organized a seven-day strike before reaching a tentative agreement granting them an 11 percent increase in salary over four years plus a 3 percent bonus upon returning to work. Conditions were finally...

Local black artists express cultural heritage, history

Local black artists express cultural heritage, history

By De'Jon Sylvain, Advocate Staff

February 27, 2019

RICHMOND — As Black History Month continues to inspire hearts and minds, the Richmond Art Center pays tribute to African-Americans in the Bay Area with its annual “Art of Living Black” exhibit which opened Feb. 9 and runs through March 3. The 23rd Annual “Art of Living Black” exhibit presents...

Africanism inspires passion

Africanism inspires passion

By Michael Santone, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019

Often times in one’s educational experience students are fed the narrative that black history begins with slavery. They are also taught the defining moments of African-American culture are those perpetuated by the stereotypes that come with living while black in America. For Contra Costa College...

Educator returns home

Dr. Patrick Johnson teaches Journalism 130 as an adjunct professor in the journalism department this spring semester. Johnson is an MCHS and CCC alum and former Advocate staffer.

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 27, 2019

Students entering AA-215 for their Mass Communication class were greeted by an unfamiliar face on Jan. 28 for the first time in 39 years. Dr. Patrick Johnson is a newly hired adjunct professor teaching Journalism 130 after nearly four decades of the course being taught only by journalism department...

Poetry Slam infuses words, rhythm into evening of prose

African- American studies major Destinee 
Calhoun snaps during  the Black Student Union Poetry Slam on Monday in Fireside Hall.

By Xavier Johnson, Web Editor

February 27, 2019

The Black Student Union’s first event on campus for African-American Heritage Month was an evening of poetry, live music and food in the Fireside Hall on Monday. Three poets won cash prizes at the Poetry Slam contest for centered on the topic of the black diaspora. Local artist Randy Babb won the...

Film series sheds light on origins of descendants

The Gullah people weave baskets for farm work, make casts for fishing and sew African textiles in quilts. African songs founded Gullah music. Their genre has inspired sounds in ragtime, 
blues, hip hop and jazz.

By Nijzel Dotson, Advocate Staff

February 27, 2019

“Geechees and other Gullahs” was a film seminar hosted by professor J. Vern Cromartie not only for his sociology students but anyone willing to be educated as part of 2019 African American Heritage Month activities at Contra Costa College. Before playing each film, Dr. Cromartie briefly told the...

International day honors women

International day honors women

By Jessica Suico, News Editor

February 27, 2019

The political science department and Community Organizing Political Action Club (COPA) are hosting a women’s day event on March 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in GE-225. A keynote speaker, Judge Tamila Ipema, and a five women in law panel will be a part of the event that will have refreshments...

Eco-friendly adviser hired

Dwight Calloway serves as the interim custodial manager of Contra Costa College beginning January 2019.

By Daniel Hernandez, Advocate Staff

February 27, 2019

This past January, Contra Costa College welcomed Dwight Calloway as interim custodial manager to campus on an environmental stewardship. His job, until June 30 is to stay current on waste reduction and work through strategies to improve waste disposal. Calloway has years of experience improving the...

UC Hastings hosts workshop to highlight legal studies

UC Hastings hosts workshop to highlight legal studies

By Luis Lopez, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

For students interested in law school, UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco will be hosting the 16th Annual Diversity Outreach Day event March 16 to empower people of color to enter the legal field. The event is being presented by UC Hastings La Raza Law Students Association and People of Color...

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