Happy New Year 2021! It’s the season where many are looking back at how far we’ve come, as well as toward the future. With optimism and excitement for twenty-twenty-fun, check out what’s new in the new year for community colleges.
1. Looking Back: How Far the Community has Come in 2021
From Community College to Metro Reporter
For L.A. Times Metro reporter Andrew Campa, New Year’s was a day to remember his roots. While a student at Pasadena City College, Campa was the editor and chief of the school’s newspaper, The Courier. He also helped the school to win the 2003 Los Angeles Times Best Community College Newspaper in Southern California award.
He’s gone on to win multiple awards in his field for covering education, news and sports. But he’ll never forget when he started at community college over 20 years ago!
From Science Shy to Doctorate
Dr. Ann Willis is a senior staff researcher and communications director at the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis. But before she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to pursue her doctoral degree in 2016? Her roots grew strong at Butte College. According to Ann,
“Build your confidence by starting wherever you need to. For me, that was taking introductory science and math classes at Butte Community College. Succeeding there gave me the confidence to keep trying the next thing, whether it was advanced mathematics, fluid mechanics, and ultimately, my master’s program at UC Davis.”
You heard it from Ann: community colleges make all of the difference!
A Serious Throwback: 2021 to 1980
To kick off the new year, some colleges looked way, way back!
Art Break: Photo Documentary
To celebrate the New Year, NJ Community Colleges are looking back with creativity:
The Age of COVID-19 Photo Documentary makes meaning of 2020 through the lenses of New Jersey community college students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Participants can post entries on Facebook, tag @NJCommColleges, and use #ProvenCreativity for a chance for photos to be highlighted in the online photo gallery. So keep your eye on the hashtag because there are sure to be some interesting photos!
2. New Year, New Semester
So long, 2020! These community college students are ready to turn over a new leaf in the new year.
A Make Break: Sac City College Makerspace
3. Looking Ahead to 2021: Innovation Acceleration
There are New Year’s resolutions, and then, there are GIANT goals. For the College of the Sequoias Giants, community college is where their dreams are going to come true this year.
Brand new in the new year is Allan Hancock College’s podcast! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the students and staff that make the College home.
The show cannot be stopped this year at Antelope Valley College. Virtual auditions for the comedy rolled out just in time for 2021!
10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine by Don Zolidis is part self-help guide, part laugh-a-thon. As the playwright’s website says,
“If you’re spending a long time at home, it can be a challenge to keep yourself occupied. Luckily, 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine is full of handy solutions, from putting on a musical with your dog, to becoming an announcer for a made-up sport, to falling in love with an inanimate object… This flexible new play written by Don Zolidis especially for actors to perform online is sure to bring a laugh to anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly indoors.”