September 28, 2007

Sacramento State hosts Lieutenant Governor’s education panel

Sacramento State’s opera students are ready for a new year and new direction as the program joins hands with Sacramento Opera. From left are staff accompaniest Roy Sanchez and students Ellen Presley, Nicole Cleveland, Anna Ginnett, Rachel Burgin, Will Tvrdik, and Brandon Anderson.
California’s Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi visits Sac State as part of a listening tour.

California’s Lieutenant Governor listened and took notes as Sacramento educators expressed their concerns during a panel discussion hosted by Sacramento State, Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Alumni Center.

Lt. Gov. John Garamendi visited the campus as part of his listening tour of the California State Universities. The public forum was open to students, staff and faculty and featured representatives from high schools, junior colleges, Sacramento State and industry. Topics centered on the California State University system’s role in preparing students for careers, California’s education policies and state and community workforce needs.

According to a summary released by the Lieutenant Governor’s office, key concerns from previous panels included developing stronger partnerships between middle schools, high schools, community colleges and universities; increasing preparatory and remedial programs in writing, math and science; improving student readiness for college-level education; making secondary education more affordable for students and increasing the availability of classes. Those themes were repeated during Thursday’s discussion as panel members, including University President Alexander Gonzalez, professor Bruce Bikle, Criminal Justice and professor Lila Jacobs, Education Administration and Public Studies, addressed how those issues impact Sacramento State.

The summary also discussed career and technical education programs and said current programs that prepare students for occupations in computer technology, laboratories, automotive technology, public safety and construction trades, do not adequately meet current workforce needs.

Sacramento State is the eighth CSU campus the Lieutenant Governor has visited as part of his tour.