February 2007


Mt. SAC Students Win 12 Gold Medals at SkillsUSA Regionals

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College students won 12 gold medals and a silver medal at the SkillsUSA regional competition held recently at Mt. SAC. More than 600 students from high schools and community colleges competed in the skills competition.

Paul Fernald (West Covina), Binh Huynh (Garden Grove), and Erick Milicich (Pomona) won gold medals in the electronics technology competition, while Peter Dekluyver (Claremont) and Jonathan Villes (Brea) won gold medals in electronics applications.

Kevin Griendling (Pomona) won a gold medal and Efren Beltran (La Puente) won a silver medal in the architectural drafting competition. Warren Estrellado (Chino Hills) won a gold medal in technical drafting, and Gilbert Vallez (Chino) won a gold medal in architectural computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Zachary Jeckell (Glendora), Rose Jett (West Covina), Derek Rist (Alta Loma), and Jesus Rodriguez (Pomona) all won gold medals in the welding competition.

The gold medalists at the regional competition will advance to the SkillsUSA state competition on April 19-22 in Riverside. The top finalists at the state level then go on to compete at the SkillsUSA national competition.

SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America-VICA) is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health education fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters nationwide

Mt. SAC Hosts “Cash for College” Assistance for High School Seniors

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s Financial Aid Department will offer free one-on-one financial aid assistance to high school seniors and their parents during its “Cash for College” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Life Center, Building 9C.

Cash for College will provide one-on-one assistance for college-bound students and their parents to complete and file Federal Student Aid and Cal Grant financial aid forms for the 2007-08 academic year. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the early financial aid deadlines. The state financial aid deadline is March 2.

Parents and students must bring a copy of students’ Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2006 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2006 information is not available, a 2005 tax return may be used.

Information and application forms will also be available for Admissions, Extend Opportunity and Programs Services and Mt. SAC’s Summer Bridge Program for first-time college students.

A free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and reservations are necessary for one-on-one appointments. Participants will also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship sponsored through the California Student Aid Commission and The Education Financing Foundation of California.

To make a reservation or for more information, call the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4458 or 5972.

Mt. SAC’s KSAK Wins Two Golden Mike Awards

WALNUT, Calif.—Mt. San Antonio College’s KSAK (90.1) radio station staff walked away with two awards for reporting at the annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony of the Radio and Television News Association.

Broadcasting student Daniel Raymond won the Best Radio Traffic Report Golden Mike award for his “News Before Nine Traffic” series in Division B for radio stations with fewer than six full-time staff. “News Before Nine Traffic” is the weekday morning local traffic report. For Raymond, who has been at KSAK for three years, this is his third Golden Mike award.

KSAK Operations Manager Cason Smith won a Division B Golden Mike in the Best Radio Business and Consumer Reporting category for his feature “Sense on the Dollar: Dude! Where’s My Money?” His award-winning feature dealt with the hidden, ongoing costs built into consumer products and services. His radio career includes stints at Los Angeles radio stations KLOS, KABC, KNX and KFWB.

“Going up against major market stations, it’s great that Mt. SAC’s radio station could win two Golden Mike awards,”said Smith, who has been the operations coordinator at KSAK for six years and teaches broadcasting at Mt. SAC.

The Radio and Television News Association of Southern California annually honors the best in radio and television, ranging from the major networks to college stations.