The Student Government of Cerro Coso (SGCC), is the official student organization, with membership open to all students. The SGCC, through its governing body the Student Senate, promotes the Student Activities Program at Cerro Coso. A system of self-government has been established by which the students, through democratic action, formulate and execute policies and programs and prepare the student body's financial budget..
Cerro Coso Community College students can purchase a Coyote Card sticker each semester at the time of registration. The Coyote Card sticker is placed on each students identification card. These funds support the Student Activities Program which benefits the college and contributes to the welfare of all students. Possession of a Coyote Card sticker may qualify an individual to serve as a club representative or a student Senator, to hold office, to join college student organizations, and to receive student discounts at various merchants in the community. Members are also entitled to reduced or free admission to various on-campus and off-campus events sponsored by the SGCC.
Mission: The mission of the SGCC, in order to promote a harmonious environment, is to create an interactive atmosphere and immersive culture by providing student-oriented services, opportunities for involvement, and increased campus accessibility.
Objectives: The objectives of the SGCC are to represent our fellow students of Cerro Coso; uphold the constitution created by them; inspire, serve, and lead; and to make a beneficial impact within the community.
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Student Government Executive Board Members
- President - Samuel Kelley
- Vice President - Kelsey Hire
- Secretary - Alexxa Varela
- Finance Manager - Susana Ramirez
- Communications Officer - Steven Kleeger
- Event Coordinator - Yasmine Ramos
Are you interested in getting involved?
Make your voice heard!
Positions are available on the Student Senate of Cerro Coso and we want you to fill them!
The mission of the Cerro Coso Senate is to connect the student population to the Executive Board, assist the Student Government as a whole, and to make positive contributions toward college committees and is a great way to get involved in student life on campus. We hope to hear from you, and look forward to working with you to make Student Life at Cerro Coso the best it can be!
For More Information:
- Attend an SGCC Meeting
1st Tuesday of the month,12:30-1:30
IWV - LRC 722 / KRV - PL5 / Bishop - 197 / Mammoth - 228
All Students are Invited to Attend!
- Call the SGCC
Students with further questions on how to participate in the SGCC, or for more information may call the Student Activities Office at (760) 384-6353. Students at campus sites or centers may contact their local administrator.
The SGCC welcomes anyone who wishes to get involved. To contact the Student Activities Office call (760) 384-6353. We will advise you in how to participate in clubs, events, or anything part of student life. We need you to help enrich the student atmosphere, so join an activity and share your insight and creativity. Do not worry, no experience is necessary.
Meet Your SGCC Officers
Samuel Kelley is our very own President of your Student Government! He is studying Kinesiology with the eventual career of being a Physician's Assistant. So like a doctor but not? jk jk, That's Amazeballs ma dude! Starting as a noble Senator, he's stuck with us in the SGCC for 3 years, rising through the ranks to become President of the Senate/Vice President and he, "now has the opportunity to serve," as President for the 2017-18 school year.
What are your plans Mr. President?
Some goals of Sam's for the SGCC: "to serve the students of Cerro Coso. I believe the best way to do that is to facilitate a positive, holistic learning environment through promoting physical health, mental health, and intellectual diversity. With this approach, I hope to provide a collegiate experience that helps us students in all areas, not just academic." Very virtuous bro.
How 'bout a fun fact?
"For my Senior year of Highschool, my peers and I were doing a “Senior Prank” (a lame one at that), but when we got busted by the Principal I was hanging upside down by my legs actively wrapping cheap dollar tree foil paper around the top of a 25 ft tall shade structure. Which, if I’m being honest, fairly accurately sums up my personality." That it does buddy, that it does.
If you see Sam around campus, give him a shout out yo!
Kelsey Hire is currently our SG Vice President and a Political Science major.
She describes her SGCC Experience as such, "I have been in the SGCC for 2 years since Fall 2016. I began as a senator, moved up to be the Region IX Representative, and was elected as the SGCC Vice President and President of the Senate for the 2017-2018 school year." Now that's commitment, go Kels'!
But what's to like?
"I have enjoyed the camaraderie among the E-Board and Senate the most. It makes planning and hosting activities so much more fun. Everyone is friends with each other, so it feels like one big family. We have each other's backs no matter what. I'm going to miss it when I leave!"
Her future plans include having applied to 4 UC campuses for transfer and she's patiently (and anxiously) waiting to hear back. Her #1 choice is to attend UCLA to earn her bachelor's degree in Political Science. After that, she wants to attend law school and become a public law attorney or prosecutor.
Fun Fact: She lived in Portland, Oregon her entire life until she moved to Ridgecrest her senior year of high school.
We love Mama Kels'.
*Follow Kelsey on Instagram @thelegalgladiator
Hola! Saluda a Alexxa!!
Meet Alexxa Varela, our very lovely SGCC secretary! She handles the tough job of keeping accurate minutes of each of our General Body meetings and is responsible for working with President Sam to get our Agenda made and available to the public. It's a lot more work than it may sound, but her efficiency and awesomeness makes it look easy.
Tell us about yourself yo!
Lexy is a Biology/Chemistry major and she wants to be a veterinarian. Amazing! Vets can have a hard job but they do incredible work. She has applied for colleges and hopes to get into Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Lexy has been with us in the SGCC for about a year and a half and has served a secretary for both the Senate and the Executive Board.
"I am so thankful for this opportunity to get involved in my school. I have been able to meet so many wonderful people and help with super fun events! My main goal for student government is to make every student's time here at Cerro Coso an enjoyable one. It makes me so happy when I see that our events are brightening a students day!!" Aw my gosh Lex', so sweet. We love you Lexy, couldn't do much without you!
If you see Lexy around campus, give her a warm smile or a wave or something.
*Follow Lexy on Instagram @lexyluwho
Say "Hullooh" to Susana!
Susana Ramirez is our Finance Manager on the Executive Board, that means she is in charge of and handles where our money goes. Sound like a lot right? THAT'S NOT ALL!! She is also the PrESiDEnT of Latinos Unidos (United) club! Dang, you go girl! Gettin' stuff done is her specialty.
What do you want to do with your life Susie?
"I'm still trying to figure out a set major that I want to go for, but I'm trying to get my Gen. Ed. knocked out for right now. My problem is that I like to do a lot of stuff that I can't decide on one thing I want to pursue as a career sadly, its okay though, I will figure it out eventually. However, I still plan to graduate not this year, but next year in 2019. After Coso, I want to transfer to a CSU to further my education so I can make some decent money. At some point, I want to actually study abroad because I like the idea of being in a country with different customs and culture." Well said Susie, we are excited for you and your future endeavors. You've got big plans and there's no time to waste.
Susana has been with us in the SGCC for a year and some months now. Thank you so much for sticking with us as long as you have, why do you do it? "I joined because I wanted to get involved in the student life at Cerro Coso and actually have an effect on it. It is an amazing experience for me with cool people because we learn how to work in a group and take on the role of leadership. Being part of the SG has taught me about responsibility and it has given me some of the best college memories. I would definitely recommend joining, trust me at first I thought to be in SG was going to be boring, but when I joined it became a never-ending trail of amazing experiences and memories." Lol, same dude, I'm glad it broke our expectations. The rest of us gladly share in those amazing experiences.
Tell us something about yourself!
"You know that person in high school who always through parties their senior year? Well, I have to confess that I was that person. That whole phase passed now, but I actually made some really good memories with my friends and classmates at these parties. Another fun fact is that I have a huge passion for traveling and getting to know about other cultures. I actually already been to Paris, France, and this summer I plan to go to Brisbane, Australia."
"Sick dude." - Sus'
If you see Susana around campus, give her a chill head nod and say, "Sup bro."
*Follow Susana on Instagram @susana__ramirez
Subber Dhillon is one of our dedicated senators and is a biology/chemistry/physics major. Wowza Subber! That's a lot of schooling, props to you.
She's only been in student government for one full semester, this starting her second one and she's already started her own club! She basically came up with the idea and set forth the creation of Hiking Club! Woah, a triple major and outdoorsy. I'm pretty sure that was her, I was there when she was like, "I like hiking" that one time.
She says she enjoys being in student government because "I love being apart of such a driven group of incredible people and putting on events for students." Das' so nice.
She estimates that she has about 11 years of school left to go, which seems pretty accurate.
KEEP BEIN' YOU SUBBs! Can I call you 'Subbs'? Eh, I'm gonna anyway.
Say Kon'nichiwa to Sam! (a different one lol).
Samuel Ortega is a Computer Science major and fittingly sits on our Technology Resources committee. He's been a part of the SGCC since the Fall 2016 semester. Since there are, now, two Sams, we call this one SamO.
What do you love about being in the SGCC SamO? "Personally, as a part of the SGCC, I'm happy that I can help out my fellow students and work towards making changes that'll hopefully benefit everyone." That's very valiant, SamO.
His future plans are simple, to graduate and put his major to good use. Well said, I'm sure they will.
"A few fun facts about me are that I'm a huge fan of The Office and like to play soccer on the weekends. I'm the oldest of three children and twins run in my family, since I have twin sisters, uncles, and cousins. I also have two dogs, a German Shepherd and a Yorkie. They occasionally get jealous of each other but we make it work." I love The Office dude! We have to talk about it sometime and man, that's a lot of twins.
*Follow SamO on Instagram @get_sampled
Say Hola Michael!!
Michael Skipworth is another one of our dedicated Senators. Currently going for a Psychology major, this is his second semester with us in the SGCC as well as his second semester at Cerro Coso. Michael works at the Ridgecrest Gymnastics Academy and actually teaches the boys team.
When asked what he likes about being apart of the SGCC, Michael warmly replied, "I love the people and the enthusiasm about helping to improve student life." Aw Skippy, that's so sweet. His future plans include transferring to a UCLA or USC for neuroscience.
His fun fact is that humans share 50% similar DNA with bananas. :o Fo' real!?! That's crazy, one might even say it's 'bananas'!
*Follow Michael on Instagram @skippidywholock
Cerro Coso practices Shared Governance, allowing all members of the college community to be represented in governance bodies. Specific Shared Governance Teams have student representative spots available. Those teams are: Accreditation Steering Committee, Budget Development Committee, Facilities Committee, Professional Development Committee, Program Review Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Outcome Assessment Committee, Student Success and Support Council, and Technology Resource Team. The SGCC is also represented by 2 members on the College Council, which has the responsibility for the integration of planning for the long-term direction of the college, which includes decisions regarding programs, facilities, financial planning, staffing, and organizational development. To become a student team member contact the Student Activities Office at (760) 384-6353.
Section 72023.5 of the Education Code provides for a student to be a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. The associated student body selects a student to serve as members of a District Steering Committee. This committee considers issues and concerns of the district representative and advises the student member of the Board of Trustees who will chair the District Steering Committee. Student members are chosen during April and commence the term of office at the first meeting in June. Any replacements for student representatives will be made by the associated student body. To be eligible a student must be in good standing with their college. District employees, other than student employees, are ineligible.
The California Community College State Chancellor's Office has various advisory committees that are made up of representatives from community colleges statewide. On each committee there are positions for student representation. If you are interested in being a representative contact the Student Activities Office at (760) 384-6353.