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Accreditation challenges overcome

By From page A8 | March 01, 2014

After two years of hard work by the governing board, students, faculty, staff and administration of Solano Community College, the commission that accredits the college took action and, by removing all sanctions, re-affirmed the college’s accreditation.

The college is immensely pleased with its clean bill of health – a sentiment surely held by the entire Solano and Winters’ communities. I wish to extend a special thank you to Annette Dambrosio, Solano College’s accreditation coordinator, for her leadership in affecting this accomplishment.

The health of Solano College may be seen in the following recent, innovative developments:

  • Creation of a new unit identified as the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division, which is focused on providing individual training for business and industry.
  • Opening of a new Automotive Technology Training Center that enrolls students who seek to become automobile technicians.
  • Collaboration with the Jimmy Doolittle Center to purchase a parcel adjacent to the Nut Tree Airport to build a new Aviation Training Center. This collaboration is unique in the nation and is poised to put the county and college in the forefront for innovative partnerships.
  • Plans to double the number of students we train for biotechnology as more jobs are becoming available in the industry and in the region.
  • A partnership we have established with the Solano Tennis Association to develop young tennis players in the region.
  • Various scholarships founded by individuals and corporations to support our students.
  • Establishment of the Louise Wilbourn Yarbrough Horticulture and Plant Science Institute.

I am calling on all Solano County parents, whose children want to make the best educational choice, to consider Solano College first. We have many quality academic and career programs and meaningful college activities designed to meet the needs of your sons and daughters.

Our Solano County and Winters high school graduates need not look further than their local Solano College to find an excellent education year round, to include the summer. Our centers in Vallejo and Vacaville and our campus in Fairfield provide educational opportunities within minutes of your home.

On behalf of our students, employees, and the governing board members, I wish to express our sincerest appreciation for the trust that the public has placed in us. The college’s continued focus is on pursuing the finest transfer and career technical education for our students and providing the highest level of training for our employers.

Our college leadership will not let up in its determination to enlighten that pursuit.

Jowel C. Laguerre is superintendent-president of Solano Community College.

Jowel C. Laguerre


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