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SRJC finances improve, but school faces aging staff and buildings

Santa Rosa Junior College faces a series of long term challenges, but the improving economic climate and a growing base of private funding support has poised the institution for continued growth, President Frank Chong told members of the SRJC Foundation during his annual address on the state of the college.

SRJC to add 500 academic classes

Santa Rosa Junior College announced Friday plans to restore up to 500 classes eliminated by persistent budget cuts, enabling students to earn academic degrees and technical education certificates more quickly.

Sonoma County college leaders hail Prop. 30′s passage

Patrick Maloney, a junior at Sonoma State University, woke up Wednesday morning to a pleasant surprise.
California voters had approved Proposition 30, the statewide tax measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to raise about $6 billion a year for education.
For thousands of state university students, it meant money in the bank: specifically a $249 refund of a tuition fee increase they paid this fall.
For Maloney, a 20-year-old political science major from Sacramento, it also was a payoff for a successful campaign to register more than 1,000 SSU students to vote in Tuesday’s election.

SRJC board rejects parcel tax

Santa Rosa Junior College trustees decided Tuesday against putting a parcel tax before voters in November after board members expressed unease with the pace of the discussion. The seven-member board voted unanimously to study the issue further but set aside a proposal to pay for a consultant and a voter poll that would have opened the way to placing the issue on the presidential race ballot in the fall.

SRJC to consider parcel tax

The Santa Rosa Junior College board of trustees on Monday will consider taking a key step toward putting a parcel tax before Sonoma County’s voters to offset steep cuts from Sacramento. The seven member board called the special meeting to decide whether to hire a consultant and conduct a poll, said Board President Terry Lindley. He estimated the cost of a consultant could range from $25,000 to $40,000.

Politician and educator reunite at SRJC

Eight years after last leaving office, and 50 miles north of his home base, Willie Brown’s star still shines bright. More than 450 people packed Santa Rosa Junior College’s Bertolini Center on Wednesday to hear the former mayor of San Francisco and longest-serving Assembly speaker in state history speak as part of SRJC’s celebration of Black History Month.

Chong takes over at SRJC

Frank Chong started work Wednesday at Santa Rosa Junior College, succeeding Robert Agrella to become the fifth president in the college’s 94-year history. For Chong, the occasion marked a return to campus life after two years as deputy assistant secretary for community colleges in the Obama administration.

Chong named SRJC president

Frank Chong, a federal education policymaker who has roots in New York City’s Chinatown and has described himself as a collaborative leader, was named Friday to succeed Robert Agrella as president of Santa Rosa Junior College. Chong becomes only the fifth president of the school in its 93-year history.

SRJC interviews first finalist in search for new president

Frank Chong, one of two finalists to become Santa Rosa Junior College’s next president, introduced himself to the college community Monday. He suggested he would encourage a hard look at what programs and classes need to change to meet current needs. “Students vote with their feet,” he said. “Are we willing to shed certain programs or at some point faze out certain programs that have become obsolete?”