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Video Update: CCSF Accreditation Forum 2013

CCSF Accreditation Forum:  organized by the Veterans Community Media Center, assisted by Da Maddhouze from KCSF Radio “Your community, your radio!”

We were fortunate to have such an outstanding, experienced and well informed group of people on the panel to help us contemplate and better understand the mounting issues around revoking accreditation from City College of San Francisco.

  • Michael Stoll Panel Moderator, Michael is a journalist, media critic and journalism educator. He is executive director of the San Francisco Public Press, a public interest news project and publication.
  • Sherae Honeycutt Sherae studied and worked as journalist at CCSF for a year. She made the video What if City College Closed? with IDTV in the CCSF Broadcast Department. She also worked at the award-winning CCSF  Etc Magazine and works with the radio station KCSF.
  • Aundray Rogers Aundray is a veteran and President of the CCSF Veterans Alliance. The Veterans Alliance is “working to streamline attaining benefits as well as getting more benefits extended like travel, education and housing with no cost to veterans.” CCSF Veterans Service Office
  • Angela Hart Angela was in the Army Reserve from 1999-2008, and was deployed from 2003 through 2004 in Northern Iraq. She was in the 341st Military Police Company out of San Jose. She is a print and multimedia journalist covering the environment, health care, and politics. She is a CCSF Journalism alumnus.  
  • Alex Emslie Alex was the Editor-in-Chief at the CCSF newspaper The Guardsman for more than a year. He has published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, San Francisco Bay Guardian, New America Media, and more. He has written extensively about the CCSF issues. In November he published in the San Francisco State University newspaper, “Student veterans face unique challenges transitioning to college.”
  • Alisa Messer  Alisa is the faculty union president of City College’s local AFT 2121, the American Federation of Teachers. Local 2121 is the City College Faculty Union who has been working to respond to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) requirements which began the possibility of closure and suspension of accreditation. Alisa is an English teacher at CCSF.

Photography: Katie Gelardi

SPECIAL THANKS to Catherine Lee for helping to reach out and enlist our panel members; to Sam Gold and Jerome Newton, our technical engineers with support from John Slek; and to Dina Boyer for the main video camera work. To the many others who helped make this a resounding success, we “Thank You!”

Onward and upward!
– The VCMC Team

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Student veterans face unique challenges transitioning to college

Update: Veterans Forum CCSF Accreditation
Panelist/Journalist Alex Emslie’s article referenced to in Friday’s discussion

Student veterans face unique challenges transitioning to college
by Alex Emslie
November 7, 2012
Golden Gate Express

Striking out into the Afghanistan countryside to find the enemy was “just a job” to City College of San Francisco student and U.S. Army veteran Miles Foltz.

As president of the CCSF Veterans Alliance, Foltz helps other student veterans navigate their GI Bill benefits and shift from military to college life, but the transition is not always an easy one.

“It can be difficult,” Foltz said. “Being in classrooms full of students who are younger than you and don’t have the same experiences. It can be frustrating.”  Continue reading

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CCSF/Mission Campus: Graphics Career Panel

Graphics Career Panel
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012
4:30-6:30 PM
City College Mission Campus
Valencia Building Room 109 (Valencia Street between 23rd/22nd)

Speakers: Stuart O. Anderson, Big Rich, Tricia Creason-Valencia, Rhiannon Bell, Mary Harburg-Petrich and Justin Perry and Moderator Michelle Channel

Sponsored by Graphic Communications Department, City College of San Francisco Continue reading