Cabinet discusses addition of TAP program

Michael Garcia, Staff Writer

During the first Cabinet meeting of the spring semester on Jan. 12 in room BK 111 Cabinet members discussed a proposed addition of Korean classes, a TAP program for Cerritos College Students, and a recap of the leadership conference.

ASCC President Miles Aiello discussed the Leadership Conference that took place on Jan. 7 to 9 and was open to the entire student population.

The conference was aimed to students who wanted to surround themselves with positive, like-minded individuals who strive to become better leaders.

Students that attend the conference have the chance to build new friendships as well as meet with helpful staff.

Aiello said, “it’s an amazing way to meet individuals on campus that are here to help you succeed.”

Aiello also talked about opportunities to help out the community.

He, along with several other student leaders of ASCC helped out at a church to help feed the needy. As a result he was offered several job offerings which he was able to pass on to other students.

Aiello said, “we’re always out there doing events… If you want to volunteer and help, this is where you come, we are the student body.”

Dean of Student Services, Gilbert Contreras, talked about partnering up with the local transit systems serving the Norwalk, Long Beach, and Cerritos locales to offer a bus pass for Cerritos College Students.

The program would work with the TAP card, which the local bus systems use. A TAP card is a re-loadable card that can be used on buses and trains to pay fares. Student athletes were out Monday morning researching on which bus routes students were taking to and from school. The program is still in the early stages but should be ready by next year.

ASCC Vice President Charles Caguioa talked about a campaign to get Korean classes available to students.

“We offer quite a number of east Asian languages like Japanese and Chinese, [and] Korean is one of the top demographics here as far Asian cultures go,” Caguioa said.

Research started last fall to see how many students were interested in taking the class. The class could be offered starting in the Fall semester if the plan is approved.

Caguioa also talked about the Student Initiative; he wants to see how the ASCC and student clubs and organizations can mingle together.

All of the student leaders are going to have projects coming in. Caguioa also talked about his initiative. He hopes to to re-organize the constitution of the ASCC.

The next Cabinet meeting will take place on Jan. 26, in room BK 111.