Community Colleges Screening & Panel

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July 14, 2020
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Join PBS KVIE for an online preview screening of a new episode of Inside California Education: Community Colleges, followed by a panel discussion. This special episode airing July 15 at 7:30PM on PBS KVIE explores what our state’s community colleges are doing to help their communities and keep students learning during the ongoing pandemic.

Meet nursing students in Stockton who managed to finish their education while lending a hand at local hospitals, and see how two Bay Area community colleges used their maker spaces to create thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment for hospitals and first responders. Meet Sacramento students who turned to their community colleges for emergency cash and laptops as classes went online and many employers laid off workers. Discover how an acclaimed Los Angeles culinary arts program kept its students learning – and cooking – with online classes and drive-through food distribution. Plus, hear from top community college leaders about what’s ahead and why they’re expecting a surge in enrollment this fall.

Broadcasting from California’s capital since 1959, PBS KVIE inspires viewers to explore the world and connect with their community through engaging experiences in current events, drama, history, nature, science, and more. For the 17th consecutive year, PBS is the most trusted institution in America (based on a nationwide survey). As a PBS member station, KVIE airs national shows like NOVA, PBS NewsHour, and MASTERPIECE and creates many local programs like Rob on the Road, Studio Sacramento, Inside California Education, Sunday Stories, and ViewFinder.

Support from our community makes programs and screening events like this possible. Please consider making a donation in support of PBS KVIE. Thank you!

Thanks also to program sponsors College Futures Foundation, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Los Angeles Community College District.

Video Description

Inside Cal Ed Intro and Show

60 minutes


  • Moderator Avatar
    Holly Healy

    Holly Healy is the Community Engagement & Events Project Manager at PBS KVIE. She is responsible for managing station events and maintaining and building relationships with community members.

  • Co-Moderator Avatar
    Richard Robey


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    Michael Sanford, Panel Moderator


    Michael Sanford is the Associate General Manager for Production at PBS KVIE. He joined PBS KVIE in 2005, launching our national series, America's Heartland. Michael oversees all of PBS KVIE’s local, regional, and national programs, including Inside California Education, ViewFinder, KVIE Arts Showcase, Yes! We're Open, and Rob on the Road. Prior to PBS KVIE, Michael was the managing producer for Business Now on ABC stations and News Travel Network.

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    Brianna Nicole Cobarrubias, Panelist


    Brianna Nicole Cobarrubias attended Weston Ranch High School and went on to pursue higher education at San Joaquin Delta College, where she received an associate’s degree in nursing in May 2020. While attending nursing school, Brianna worked at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton as a Student Nurse Extern. She is currently studying for her NCLEX exam to obtain her registered nurse license.

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    Brian King, Ph.D., Panelist


    Brian King, Ph.D., has served as Chancellor for the four colleges in the Los Rios Community College District since 2013. Los Rios is one of the largest and most diverse districts in California. The District includes American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City colleges and currently enrolls approximately 77,000 students each semester.

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    Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Panelist


    Appointed in 2014, Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college district in the nation. Dr. Rodriguez previously served as President of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and Superintendent/President of MiraCosta Community College District. Dr. Rodriguez attended UC Davis (BA, MA) and Oregon State University (Ph.D.). Dr. Rodriguez is a first-generation, English-language learner, and proud son of immigrant factory workers.

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    Richard Rothbart, Panelist


    Richard Rothbart is the lead technician at the Laney College FabLab, a free and accessible maker space for all students at Laney College in Oakland, California, which strives to lead the region in education and workforce preparation of modern digital fabrication tools. He teaches students of all backgrounds how to use digital fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC manufacturing machines.

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