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Sonoma County ranked 5th in the state in 2009 for high school graduates attending California community colleges. More than 60% of the Sonoma County’s public high school graduates choose to attend a California community college. In Sonoma County, more than 75% of high school graduates who attend college choose SRJC.
SRJC’s Planetarium on the Santa Rosa Campus is one of the largest space science facilities in the California Community Colleges system, serving as an instructional facility for SRJC students, providing programs for elementary, junior high, and high school students, and serving as a theater for public planetarium presentations to the community.
The North Bay Business Journal presented to SRJC the “Best Projects 2006 Award” for the Doyle Library as one of the finest educational facilities constructed. The Doyle Library was chosen for the award by an overwhelming margin by a group of community architects, realtors, and other business entities in Sonoma County. So many groups nominated the Doyle Library that a special award category was created.
SRJC has acted as the host ground station connecting students to space flights, including, most recently, SRJC connecting young hospital patients in Orlando, Florida to Astronaut Clay Anderson on board the International Space Station. The link was made via ham radio on the Santa Rosa Campus this year as the space station made a 9 ½ minute pass over the U.S. Just before the pass, several ham radio experts at SRJC coordinated the telebridge connection between the space station and the Child Life Department at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando; the students experienced a lively nine minute question and answer session with Astronaut Anderson.
PG&E presented a check in 2006 to SRJC for $136,728 as a rebate incentive for the new Doyle Library’s Photovoltaic System Project. The solar panels on the library’s roof generate 147 kilowatts of clean, emission-free electricity, which helps reduce SRJC’s utility costs significantly.
SRJC supplied almost 1.5% of all California Community College transfer students to both the University of California system and the California State University system – a total of 796 students in 2009–10.
SRJC’s Call Child Development Center was designated “Best in the Nation” following two evaluative reviews again confirmed that the high quality care and education by SRJC’s Call Children’s Center lab school. Three observers from WestEd reviewed the center’s Infant Toddler Care methodology and reported the excellence of the program in a detailed 28-page report that pointed to the center’s outstanding instruction and services. Every three years, the preschool and toddler infant programs are also evaluated by Child Development Division Consultant using an Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECRS) (nationally recognized program evaluation tool) in the preschool, and the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) in infant/toddler area. Both ECERS and ITERS scores were among the highest ever scored. These exemplary evaluations and resulting award reflect the skills, caring, and passion of the teaching staff in the Child Development Center.
SRJC’s sustainable green commitment and planning continues to make a notable economic and environmental impact to the North Bay region; its success stems from the involvement of SRJC faculty, students, administrators, and staff to ensure the integration of broad green methods in projects. SRJC many new facilities are built with far-reaching green features, such as, geothermal fields and photovoltaic projects on Santa Rosa and Windsor campuses. Recent and future projects that are designed according to LEEDs guidelines to ensure sound environmental practices in building systems, construction materials, furniture, and equipment.
While the majority of SRJC transfer students enroll in the California State University system, the number of students transferring from SRJC to the University of California system increased in 2009-10 17% from 2008-09.
There’s been a 50% increase in the number of students studying abroad in the last three years at SRJC. Despite the expenses associated with international study, students recognize the benefits that studying abroad offers, including discovering outstanding curricular opportunities that are tailored for study in particular nations, and having the opportunity to explore other parts of the globe.
SRJC maintains and protects a 13-acre parcel on the west side of Santa Rosa at the old Naval Training Center that is entirely undeveloped and contains a large number of pristine and undisturbed native Valley Oaks. More than ten years ago SRJC’s Grounds crew planted acorns collected from local population of Valley Oaks to serve as a future source of trees for the Santa Rosa Campus with their unique genetic adaptation for our climate, soil, and environment. Today at least 30 of these oaks have been moved to various locations on both campuses.
In 2009-10, SRJC awarded 4,308 degrees and skills certificates. The college awarded 4% of the total awards statewide, a higher proportion than its 1.8% of community college enrollment statewide. At graduation 2010-11, 1,355 associate degrees were awarded to graduates and 4,000 career skills certificates from SRJC’s 160 job training programs.
Petaluma’s Mahoney Library was featured in and on the cover of American Libraries in 2009. The magazine highlighted Mahoney’s many innovative aspects of the library in the article “Spotlighting on Design & Construction Feature,” including its green, accessibility, design, and accessibility features.
SRJC students outperform their counterparts who transfer from other colleges in California. SRJC students who transfer to the UC and CSU systems achieve higher GPAs and maintain higher retention and persistence rates than transfer students from other California community colleges.
The north boundary of the Petaluma Campus includes a creek called Capri Creek and wetland area that are being protected, lands that will continue to be protected as the campus doubles its capacity in the next several years. The campus also has a capacity for over 90 bicycles have been strategically placed at the parameters of the campus to provide green transportation options for students and staff.
The Petaluma Campus ELL Outreach Team Project was selected as one of the Campaign for College Opportunity’s “Best Practices” for reaching underrepresented populations and establishing partnerships with local schools and programs. In response to the growing English Language Learning (ELL) population in Sonoma County, SRJC’s Petaluma outreach teams share information in Spanish with families about college admissions, bilingual health careers, financial aid programs, and other college services. With the 17.8% increase in total Latino enrollments on the Petaluma Campus, the program’s inter-segmental approach offers an innovative way to reach an underserved population and to “Increase College Access for English Language.”
The average district retention rate for SRJC students has consistently varied between approximately 73% and 85% over the last five years, with the highest retention in summer and the lowest in fall.
SRJC’s Computer Studies Department has been nationally ranked several times as a “World Class Adobe Training Program.” Sharing an industry partnership with Adobe for graphics, Web, and media classes in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver, SRJC instructors must pass the rigorous ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) industry exam to be approved as Adobe Certified Instructors. SRJC Adobe training programs and instructors are ranked against other training facilities across the globe. Today, SRJC Instructor Cyndi Reese is ranked as one of the top three Adobe instructors in the world.
The Association of Small Business Development Centers representing the 1,100 SBDC offices throughout the U.S. recently honored SRJC’s Small Business Development Center at an Annual Conference in Denver. The SBDC received the Northern California “State Star” by the ASBDC for exemplary performance at the SRJC’s SBDC. The award was given for consistently exceeding annual goals, developing and sharing resources within the network, and for fiscal and programmatic excellence.
According to Community College Week, SRJC’s graduating Dental Hygiene students ranked fourth in the nation on the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Graduates from 254 dental hygiene programs in the nation, including two-and four-year programs, take the competitive examination, which is composed of 400 multiple choice questions with case problems with charts, line drawings, and radiographs.
In a report to the Board of Trustees in 2009, it was noted that in the preceding four years, enrollments in online courses increased from 9,870 enrollments (2005-06) to 14,412 enrollments (2008-09), an increase of 46%. In 2010, SRJC offered eight degrees and 24 certificate programs that saw at least half of the coursework taken in the online format.
SRJC’s Information Technology Department provides network, server, telecommunication, computing hardware, software, and instructional computing lab support for all college staff and faculty at all college sites. There are more than 50 different servers that use the Windows 2000, Windows NT, and Linux operating systems, plus over 2,500 computer systems in a variety of instructional environments across the college. Faculty, staff, and students had access to multiple digital resources that enhance teaching and learning in all disciplines, including a comprehensive offering of computer software titles, informational services via the Internet and library databases, and local networked services.
In early October, visitors from Community Care Licensing in the Northern California region visited SRJC to observe the environment and practices in of the Call Child Development Center. The visiting group was made up of staff undergoing training in best practices in group care of infants and toddlers by the Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC) at WestEd. SRJC’s Call Child Development Center was identified as a “Best Practices” site, and as one of the most innovative sites to observe.
Comprehensive matriculation services are delivered at both the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses, with some admissions, registration, online orientation, and counseling now accessible at SRJC’s Southwest Santa Rosa Center and the Shone Farm. SRJC’s excellent student services are an essential component in facilitating student development and improving student access and student success.
SRJC Libraries on the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses provide students with approximately 154,000 printed books; 25,000 electronic books that can be searched via online databases; nearly 10,000 printed and online periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals; 40 online databases containing millions of articles from varied sources.