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As I write this, College of the Redwoods, Del Norte is in the middle of its winter break. Winter break this school year runs from Dec. 17 to Jan. 13, although the first day of on-campus classes isn't until Jan. 17. The staff didn't get quite that long of a break and the campus was open as of Jan. 3.
With classes not in session and students not on campus, the student-run clubs at CRDN don't usually have anything going on during this time other than perhaps some planning about what they are going to be doing next semester.
The first thing that has come to the forefront involves plans to
attend the annual "March In March" in the state Capitol. The "March In
March" is an annual gathering of students and supporters of the
community college system. Students and supporters from across California
gather at Raley Field in West Sacramento and then march down Capitol
Mall to the state Capitol building, where they will attend a rally.
In the state's current economic crisis, it is even more important
that the voice of community college students, most of whom are of voting
age, is heard. On March 5 the College of The Redwoods District,
including CRDN, will be sending a contingent of students to Sacramento
to join with the other 3,000andndash;5,000 students and supporters who routinely
participate in this event.
As Professor Phil Freneau of CRDN has pointed out many times to his
students, "the community college system is one of the best deals there
is in higher education."
We need to make sure that the governor and the state legislators
remember what a good deal it is when they are discussing budgets for the
next fiscal year.
With the New Year arriving a lot of students, just like a lot of
other people, are looking back over last year and also looking forward
to 2012. For students this means analyzing what they did wrong and what
they did right. Did they study enough? Did they balance the
responsibilities of school with their responsibilities to work and
family if applicable? What changes are needed to be made for the
upcoming semester, if any?
For many students the spring 2012 semester will be the last one at
CRDN. Some students, such as myself, will be finishing up the
requirements needed to obtain their associates degrees. Other students
will be finishing up the courses needed before they transfer to a
four-year college or university.
To help them figure out what classes are needed to accomplish these
goals, there are four wonderful counselors at CRDN who help guide them
along the right path. Professors and teachers get a lot of much-deserved
credit for a student's success, but the counselors help those students
choose those classes so if you'll bear with me I would like to thank
those counselors since they all too often get overlooked.
Becky Blatnick, Marla Ovick, Carol Mathews and Rory Johnson, I would
like to send my personal thanks to all of you for the wonderful work you
do, not only in helping us in choosing the right classes to fulfill our
dreams and aspirations, but for all the things you do on campus and in
Here's looking forward to a new semester and a new year. May CRDN and
Del Norte County have many successes over the upcoming year and find
even more ways for us to assist each other in achieving those successes.
Reach Steven Bevier at email@example.com.