SRJC se declara 'refugio seguro' para estudiantes indocumentados
By Eloísa Ruano Gonzalez
Porque “es lo correcto”, funcionarios que supervisan el Santa Rosa Junior College para sus cientos de estudiantes indocumentados, aprobando una medida que busca salvaguardar a estudiantes de autoridades indiscretas, además de limitar la cooperación con agentes federales de inmigración.
Santa Rosa Junior College approves 'safe haven' to protect undocumented students
By Eloísa Ruano Gonzalez Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Declaring it the “right thing to do,” officials overseeing Santa Rosa Junior College on Tuesday proclaimed the campus a “safe haven” for its hundreds of undocumented students, approving a measure that seeks to safeguard students’ personal records from prying authorities and limit school cooperation with federal immigration agents.
'Safe haven' proposed at Santa Rosa Junior College to shield undocumented and vulnerable students
By Eloísa Ruano Gonzalez Saturday, February 10, 2017
Santa Rosa Junior College has joined the growing number of schools and colleges across California and the nation that are grappling with how to calm nerves in their diverse student populations as President Donald Trump’s administration gears up to crack down on illegal immigration.
Petaluma undocumented students fear shift in immigration policy
By Hannah Beausang Friday, February 10, 2017
Hector Jimenez broke into a smile as he talked about his dreams of working as an immigration lawyer, a career he feels will allow him to continue his crusade to advocate for his peers and pursue social justice.
SRJC students possibly affected by President Trump's travel ban
By Simon Isaksson Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Confusion remains high after President Donald Trump issued an executive order Jan. 27 banning travel into the United States for citizens of seven countries for at least 90 days.
Upgrades coming to SRJC Petaluma
By Eric Gneckow Thursday, January 12, 2017
More details are emerging for upgrades planned at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus, as college officials chart the spending of $410 million in bond funding from the passage of 2014’s Measure H.
Gaye LeBaron receives state community college award
By Dan Taylor Monday, December 12, 2016
Gaye LeBaron, the longtime Press Democrat columnist, Sonoma County historian and 1955 graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College, has been honored by the Community College League of California with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Plan unveiled to guide Santa Rosa Junior College $410 million facilities overhaul
By Christi Warren Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The public got its first glimpse Tuesday night at the master plan that outlines roughly how the Santa Rosa Junior College could spend $410 million in bond funds approved by Sonoma County voters two years ago.
Bond Funds to revitalize Burbank
By: Erin George Monday, September 12, 2016
Sonoma County Junior College District celebrated a major victory when Measure H, a $410 million bond, passed in November 2014. They now prepare to use the bond funds to re-vamp Santa Rosa Junior College’s Burbank Auditorium.
Judy Sakaki looks to build her own legacy as Sonoma State's new president
By: Martin Espinoza Tuesday, August 16, 2016
With the start of fall classes at Sonoma State University only days away, Judy Sakaki — the school’s first new leader in almost a quarter century — is moving to craft her own era for the 56-year-old campus, one that will bridge her predecessor’s legacy of ambitious construction and renovation with greater emphasis on the needs of students, faculty and the local community.
SRJC nationally recognized as a great place to work
By: Argus-Courier Staff Thursday, August 16, 2016
According to a recent survey conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the best colleges to work for in the nation.
Robert Agrella honored during SRJC President's Address
By Eloísa Ruano Gonzalez Thursday, June 2, 2016
It’s been a good year for than just the Golden State Warriors, Santa Rosa Junior College president Frank Chong said Thursday during the 24th annual President’s Address to the Community. The college held its 97th annual commencement this past weekend, awarding more than 2,200 degrees to 1,600 students.
Frank Chong promueve la diversidad académica en SRJC
By Ricardo Ibarra Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Cuando el doctor Frank Chong llegó a Santa Rosa Junior College como presidente del instituto, advirtió de inmediato el cambio demográfico que acontecía en el condado de Sonoma nada más contemplar a la gente que transitaba por los pasillos y pabellones del campus en Santa Rosa: “había más café y más gris”, nos contó en su oficina, con lo cual quiso decir que había más latinos y más población en la etapa de vejez.
Santa Rosa Junior College President Frank Chong leads SRJC into the future
By Eloísa Ruano González Saturday, May 7, 2016
Chong arrived on campus four years ago at a time of changing demographics in Sonoma County. The school’s role, too, was shifting from a traditional institution that prepares students for four-year universities to one meeting the demands of the local workforce. And it’s a change he has helped accelerate.
Santa Rosa Junior College president says school's financial picture improving
By Martin Espinoza Thursday, May 28, 2015
Santa Rosa Junior College President Frank Chong, during his state of the college address Thursday, touted a triumphant school year that saw an increase in the student population, stronger endowment and grant funding and the passage of a $410 million bond measure that will pave the way for the 97-year-old school’s next 100 years.
$700M in bond projects for SRJC, Petaluma, Santa Rosa
Business Journal Staff Report Monday, May 25, 2015
Sonoma County voters last year pulled the proverbial pollbox lever for bonds that would fund more than $700 million for school construction projects at Santa Rosa Junior College as well as Santa Rosa and Petaluma city schools.
Beyond the Boardroom: Dr. Frank Chong
By Alexandra Russell February, 2015 issue
Chong, now a Petaluma resident, was inspired to pursue a career in education by his parents, who “always instilled in me the value of getting a good education. I loved school and attended UC Berkeley and Harvard University. Becoming a college president was a pretty cool way to stay on campus.”
Close to Home: Sonoma County’s college promise
By Frank Chong Sunday, January 25, 2015
President Barack Obama last week unveiled America’s College Promise, his laudable plan for making community college free to all who will work for it. The basic premise of his proposal is to build on state and local programs, as well as on community support. Here in Sonoma County, our own renowned community college has already developed and implemented a good portion of this concept.
Readers Speak Out Guest Column: Say Yes to Measure H
By Jeff Kunde & Frank Chong November, 2014 issue
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is a vital community resource and must stay current. Now is the time to invest in SRJC so we can better prepare students to attend four-year universities and to succeed in 21st century careers. Putting off upgrades to facilities and technology means greater expenses down the road and does a disservice to our students, workforce and business community.
Open Mic: Yes on Measure H
By Dr. Frank Chong October 29, 2014 issue
Santa Rosa Junior College is a vital community resource and must stay current. Half of our local high school graduates rely on SRJC for affordable higher education right here in Sonoma County. Measure H will upgrade the college, address overcrowding and prepare students to attend four-year universities and to succeed in 21st-century careers.
Gamechangers Issue; Opportunity: Santa Rosa Junior College
By Jane Hodges Young June, 2014 issue
Mention Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) to just about anyone in the North Bay, and you’ll have a conversation starter. For 96 years, this venerable institution has woven itself into our diverse tapestry. Some will even argue that “The JC,” as it’s commonly referred to, is probably the most important educational institution north of the Golden Gate.
Santa Rosa Junior College president lauds school's future
By Chris Smith Thursday, May 29, 2014
Two years after a deflated economy left Santa Rosa Junior College with a quarter of its classes axed, an upbeat President Frank Chong declared Thursday that for myriad reasons the school is once again sharply on the rise.
Profile: Frank Chong is leading a new era of higher education
By LYNN SCHNITZER FOR THE ARGUS-COURIER Friday, April 25, 2014
Frank Chong brings experience in several levels of education to his role as the president and superintendent of the Santa Rosa Junior College district, which comprises the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. Chong was led to a career in higher education after time he spent as a special assistant to California State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown from 1987 to 1991.
Business Journal Q&A: SRJC President Frank Chong
By Eric Gneckow, Business Journal Staff Reporter Monday, March 26, 2012
The former deputy secretary for community colleges under the administration of President Barack Obama, Dr. Frank Chong, assumed the role of Santa Rosa Junior College president this January...Dr. Chong sat down with the North Bay Business Journal to share his insights and reflect on his first two months in Santa Rosa.
SRJC's new president, Dr. Frank Chong, Settles into His Office
By Houston Smotherson, Features Editor Sunday, January 29, 2012
Dr. Chong came here from Washington D.C., where he worked for the Obama administration promoting community colleges. In the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Obama spoke directly about the importance of community colleges in the process of economic recovery. "I was very excited. I felt that part of my work was in his speech, and I feel really proud and pleased that the president realizes that community colleges are where it's at. The challenge, as we all know, is the funding," Dr. Chong said.
Chong Takes Over at SRJC
By Sam Scott Friday, January 11, 2012
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.