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Stroman a cornerstone in leadership

Chris Chard

October 12, 2012

Medanos College corner back Demoin Stroman is heading to Phoenix this month to represent the college at the Men of Color Leadership Institute. The long-time defensive football player was selected through the Umoja Scholar’s Program to tell his story of perseverance from a troubled life and his success...

Resume aids placement

Resume aids placement

Charels Powell

October 12, 2012

In the light of the ongoing economic woes and a saturated job market, Los Medanos College students will provide a free opportunity to students that the general public usually has to pay for — a resume-writing workshop. The mini-seminar, scheduled for Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. in Library Room 214, will highlight...

Blackboard dismissed for new program

Vanessa Flores

October 12, 2012

In the summer semester of 2013, many LMC students wanting to sign into “Blackboard” will find themselves signing into the new system “Desire2Learn” instead. According to LMC Technology Systems Manager Mike Becker, instructors at LMC, CCC and DVC wanted to use the same learning management system...

Law puts text books online for students

Jared Thomson

October 12, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills last week enabling California students to access and download free digital textbooks online in an effort to save students hundreds of dollars spent on textbooks, tuition and cost of living each year. Originally proposed by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg,...

Law shaped to improve student success

Sean Tongson

October 12, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sept. 27 the Student Success Act of 2012, which will usher in much-needed improvements at California’s community colleges. The recently-signed law will be aimed at assisting more California community college students in achieving their goals of earning a degree,...

Striving for the ideal class

Striving for the ideal class

Charles Powell

October 5, 2012

Neurons fire and thoughts race from synapse to synapse as new kernels of knowledge are formed within maze- like brains, but is there a way these connections can be made more readily? It is a question professors and students grapple with at Los Medanos College each day of instruction. At least part...

$15 million grant for career training

Sean Tongson

October 5, 2012

A group of California community colleges were awarded nearly $18 million in federal grants for the development and expansion of career training programs, with an unprecedented $14.9 million grant awarded to Los Medanos College, the fiscal agent of the grant. The award was presented on September 24 to...

Three battle for Ward 5 board seat

Three battle for Ward 5 board seat

Samuel Gonzalez

October 5, 2012

Two Governing Board members of the Contra Costa Community College District will complete their time in office Dec. 2, and it’s up to East County voters to refill one of those seats in this November’s election. Rober t Calone of district ward 5, and Tomi Van De Brooke of ward 2, have terms that...

Prop 30 to raise income tax to fund government

Prop 30 to raise income tax to fund government

Peter Costanza and Jazmine Gordon

October 5, 2012

The budget axe is loom- ing over the heads of K-12 and community colleges across California, its target the last bit of flesh on the backbone of the educational system. Education has been cut closer and closer to the bone over the last three years, thus resulting in a 17 percent enrollment decline. In...

Library displays value of expression

Library displays value of expression

Irvin Trigueros

September 21, 2012

The Los Medanos College library staff has posted up two displays at the lobby inside the library for everyone interested in banned books or the upcoming elections in November. Senior Library Assistant, Teresa Ferguson and the library student workers constructed the two displays: one created for next...

Phones hinder classroom learning

Phones hinder classroom learning

Charels Powell

September 21, 2012

The room is quiet save for a few whispered conversations that end as the instructor begins class. After years of effort first as a student and now as an educator the lecture is practiced, polished and current with knowledge of the field. In the midst of the adroit discourse, and as students take notes,...

Survey aims to help students

Vanessa Flores

September 21, 2012

This fall semester, some Los Medanos College students are participating in the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) that focuses on institutional practices in the earliest weeks of college. SENSE provides a way for community and technical colleges to understand the earliest experiences of their...

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