Chancellor’s Newsletter – April 2024

District Office News

Special Topics Zoom Series
The next session titled “The Office of People and Culture: Vision and Purpose for the New HR” will be held via on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

On the Special Topics Zoom Series website you can find schedules and Zoom links, feedback form, and recordings of previous presentations.

Chancellor’s Open Door
As a reminder, Chancellor Pan will be on campus, monthly, to meet and interact with faculty, staff, and students who would like to stop by during the “Open Door” period. Below are the upcoming dates/times. No appointment is necessary.

Yuba College, Staff Lounge
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

District Office, Chancellor’s Office
Thursday, May 23, 2024
From 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Woodland Community College, Academic Senate Office
Thursday, May 2, 2024
From 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Next Regular Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees will meet for their regular meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Woodland Community College. The agenda will be released 72-hours prior to the meeting

District Holiday Closures
Monday, May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day
June 3, 2024 through July 26, 2024 – YCCD transitions into a 4/10 summer work schedule and offices will be closed on Fridays

District Security Reminder
We’d like to thank everyone for their support and understanding as we work together to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. During the security transition, we want to remind you of the following:

Emergency and Non-Emergency Protocol:
In case of an emergency, please dial 911

Non-Emergency Contact:
For non-emergency assistance, reach out to the security guards at the following contact information:
Yuba College: (530) 870-1158
Woodland Community College: (530) 681-8782

District Advocacy Day at the Capitol
On April 23, YCCD Administration and Board Members spent the day at the State Capitol tolearn about the 2024 Assembly and Senate priorities and foster collaboration with lawmakers to advance mutual interests that address YCCD’s needs. The day started by meeting with Jeanice Warden Washington, Chief Consultant, Assembly Higher Education Committee and Assembly Member Mike Fong, Chair of Assembly Higher Education Committee. YCCD hosted a “lunch and learn” to showcase the college’s programs, achievements, and initiatives. Later, the team headed to prescheduled meetings with elected officials or staff members with a focus to build relationships with policymakers and their staff.

A special THANK YOU to the following for participating and making the day successful:

  • Board Trustee Teagarden
  • Board Trustee Ortiz
  • Board President Alves
  • Vice Chancellor Lolland
  • Vice Chancellor Kaur
  • Woodland Community College President Navarette
  • ƵPresident Dotson
  • Woodland Community College Interim Vice President Velasco
  • ƵVice President Teresh
  • ƵVice President Brown
  • Woodland Community College Executive Assistant Carid Servin



ƵProfessor Achieved Tenure
Congratulations to ƵProfessor Cynthia Sargent for achieving tenure! The Board acknowledged Professor Sargent during the April 11, 2024 Board Meeting. Academic Senate President, Meridith Selden, spoke about Professor Sargent’s background and educational achievements.

Tri-County ROP Career Fair
On March 25, 2024 Ƶdepartments participated in the first Tri-County ROP Career Fair. The Career Fair allowed students to explore different career paths and learn more about the professional world.

Dual Enrollment Summit
On April 19, Ƶhosted a Dual Enrollment Summit where our K-12 partners, the CA Community College Chancellor’s Office Staff, and Career Ladders Project joined us in exploring dual enrollment and future partnerships. ƵVice President Brown led the planning of this event.

Happenings around the college
May 2: YC Police Academy Graduation, YC-Marysville, Theatre, 6:00 p.m.
May 3: Spring Instrumental Concert, featuring Symphonic and Jazz Bands, YC-Marysville Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
May 6: YCUSD/YC Early College Sash Presentation, YC-Marysville Theatre
May 7: Tuesday Noon Recital, YC-Marysville Theatre
May 8: YC Employee Recognition Banquet, 2:00-4:00 p.m., YC-Marysville Flavors
May 10: Student Success Programs Award Ceremony, YC-Marysville, Cafeteria (B300), 5:30–8:00 p.m.
May 10: Fire Academy Graduation, YC-Marysville, Theatre, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
May 17-18: Track & Field State Championships
May 17: Music Department Extravaganza, featuring student soloists, Guitar Ensemble, and Concert Choir, YC-Marysville Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
May 18: Psychiatric Technician Pinning Ceremony, YC-Marysville, B2100, Lobby, 1-3:00 p.m.
May 18: Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony, YC-Marysville, B300, Cafeteria, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
May 20: Lavender Graduation Ceremony, YC-Marysville, B400 (Theatre), 6:00-7:30 p.m.
May 21: YC Awards and Recognition Ceremony, YC-Marysville, B400 (Theatre), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
May 22: Nursing Pinning Ceremony, YC-Marysville, B400 (Theatre), 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
May 24: YC Commencement Ceremony, YC-Marysville, Athletic Stadium. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Full Ƶsports schedules are


Woodland Community College News

Leadership Openings – Join Our Team!
Woodland Community College has launched a nation-wide search for Vice President of Instruction. The hiring announcement and how to apply can be found

District Management Council
Woodland Community College hosted the April 10, 2024 District Management Council (DMC) meeting. At the meeting, a women’s panel featuring Board President Susan Alves, Vice Chancellor Sonja Lolland, Vice Chancellor Kuldeep Kaur, Woodland Community College President Lizette Navarette, and ƵPresident Tawny Dotson. The women joined forces to share their wide-ranging experiences, challenges, and words of support. Their insights were incredibly valuable and were warmly received by everyone. We extend our gratitude to the panel members for their contributions!

Kids Career Hunt
On April 3, 2024, the CalWORKS and CARE programs organized the third annual Kids Career Hunt. They teamed up with the MESA program to offer student parents and their children insights into STEM careers. This event was a success, giving student parents a chance to explore various career options while also showing their families the wide range of opportunities in these fields.


Fiscal Update

State Budget Update: The mostfinance bulletin from the Department of Finance highlights that the state’s actual cash receipts are below the Governor’s Budget forecast. The April report identifies a deficit of $5.8 billion compared to the budget projections. This, combined with the state’s approximate $73 billion deficit, creates significant pressure on lawmakers in Sacramento to determine priority areas to preserve while balancing these proposing reductions in balancing the budget.

Impacts to District from CalPERS: Several budget pressures are emerging, notably including increased employer contributions for CalPERS.

This week, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board approved the 2024-25 schools employer contribution rate at 27.05%. Projected rates for subsequent fiscal years are as follows:

  • 2025-26: 27.60%
  • 2026-27: 28.00%
  • 2027-28: 29.20%
  • 2028-29: 29.00%
  • 2029-30: 28.80%

The 2024-25 employer contribution rate represents an increase from the current-year rate of 26.68%, although it is lower than previously projected in the June 30, 2022, annual valuation report.

Additionally, health benefit costs are rising, with TCSIG health plans experiencing an 8.5% increase and Kaiser seeing a substantial 19% rise from the previous year, this adds pressure to the district budget along with pressure to our employees. The District team comprised of Chancellor, Presidents, Vice Chancellors and Trustees met with legislative staff in advocating for our District’s needs and interests this month. The District priorities include funding of the statutory cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), deferrals instead of cuts, protection of responsible budgeting, and modernizing the current expense of education.

Currently, the District is awaiting the Governor’s May Revise to determine the planning for multi-year projections and the tentative budget. Additionally, we are anticipating the review and recommendations of FCMAT on the District’s budget assumptions.

It is crucial to highlight that the tentative budget must be adopted before July 1, 2024. Consequently, it will undergo several stages of review before being presented to the Governing Board for approval. This process involves review by the Chancellor’s Cabinet, District Consultation & Coordination Council (DC3), and is slated for presentation at the June 2024 Board Meeting.


Recently Reviewed Board Policies

The below Board Policies (BP) and Administrative Procedures (AP) were reviewed, with noted updates and finalized in . The AP’s reviewed will go to the Board in the summer as an informational item, per standard practice.

No Update Needed
This update was reviewed by the Board in alignment with Board Policy 2015 which states the policy must be reviewed on or before May 15th of each year.
Student Member

No Update Needed
This update was reviewed as part of the five-year review cycle.
Hosting Elected Officials, Dignitaries, and Guest Speakers

Substantial Update Needed
This was updated to remove the out-of-state travel ban pursuant to changes in the Government Code.
– Board Member Travel

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