Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran, News Editor

Jacqueline Cochran is the News Editor for Talon Marks this semester.  She is returning to the Talon Marks family for a second time.  Last semester she completed all the requirements for an AA degree in Journalism.  She hopes to transfer to California State University Long Beach in the Fall to begin working on a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.  She enjoys writing, watching movies, traveling and trying new things.  Last year she learned how to swim which was a long time goal. This year's new thing will be kayaking and skating.

All content by Jacqueline Cochran
Cerritos College past graduation ceremonies have always been well attended.  Students look forward to marking the achievements with a ceremony.

Cerritos celebrates graduating Class of 2021

May 19, 2021
Students forced to switch to online only learning, dealing with the unknown and adjusting to the need for autonomy was for some an added struggle. But these students made the adjustments, worked extremely hard and will now be rewarded.
Biden wants to tighten restrictions on law abiding gun owners. Too bad the constitution stops him from infringing on second amendment rights any further. Photo credit: Jack ORourke Unplash.com

Gun lives matter: Stop the gun violence, give Americans more guns

May 13, 2021
Give me guns, or give me death- because we’re all going to die anyway. Americans should live and die with dignity, with their guns in their hands.
Navigate Cerritos is accessible via app and can be accessed using a cell phone or computer.  Navigate was introduced during the Faculty Senate meeting May 11, 2021.

Cerritos’ new system may help students ‘Navigate’ straight into success

May 13, 2021
In the fall of 2021, Cerritos College students have a new comprehensive interface system to look forward to helping them with their the college experience.
Dr. Melina Abdullah speaks at a BLM protest of the Police Protective League on April 21, 2021. Dr. Abdullah was invited to speak at Cerritos Colleges’ introduction to the new Black/
Africana Studies program. The theme of the social justice discussion was “The Intellectual Arm of the Revolution.” Cerritos’ new degree program is timely in light of the current climate in world.

BLM-LA cofounder Dr. Melina Abdullah talks Black studies and social movements

May 6, 2021
Cerritos College invited Dr. Melina Abdullah to talk about social justice history as the college discusses its latest Black/Africana AA degree program, available for students beginning fall 2021.
Cerritos College alumni association shares photos of Eli and some of his racing vehicles.  April 29.

Cerritos College Alumnus Eli Villa talks Motorsports

May 4, 2021
Cerritos College automotive program leads alumnus Eli Villa from Cal State LA straight to the career of his dreams.
The tri-college student pitch competition flyer.  The yearly competition gives students an opportunity to practice making business pitches.

College collaboration yields business ideas from its students

April 29, 2021
Entrepreneurship is booming and Cerritos College, along with two other community colleges, has its very own shark tank for students. Best business pitch take the top prizes.
Julio Rayo downtown Los Angeles outside of the Federal building on March 17, 2021.  Julio took the oath to become a US Citizen.

Dreamer Julio Rayo achieves citizenship in post Trump world

April 20, 2021
Despite the previous administration placing roadblocks and delays due to the pandemic, Julio Rayo completed the process and accomplished his goal of becoming a citizen of the United States.
Sandra Aubunio (left) and Ethan McLaughlin (right) on campus during the campaign.  Both are freshman,

ASCC elects new president and vice president

April 15, 2021
New student government winners are set to assume office next month and intend to hit the ground running.
Cerritos College Academic Excellence Awards are given to students on April 5 and April 7, 2021. 
Recipients picked up their awards during a drive-thru ceremony in the college parking lot.

Cerritos honors students’ academic excellence

April 12, 2021
Despite isolation from the pandemic, and a shift in the way classes were being taught, students still rose to the occasion academically and Cerritos took the time to recognize their achievements.
Pictured from left to right top row: Sean Davis, Talon Marks, Editor and Chief, Daniel Suarez, Talon Marks Managing Editor, Alicia Edquist, Talon Marks Instructional Lab Technician. Second Row: Candidates, Sandra Abundio, Ethan McLaughlin and Johnny Wallace Jr.  Third row: Candidate Ashley Thomas. March 30, 2021.

ASCC Forum introduces candidates to students

April 1, 2021
The candidates shared their intentions and platform with the Zoom audience and how they intend to represent the entire student body of Cerritos.
Mayor Jennifer Perez sits in the City of Norwalk City Council Chambers while the City logo peeks out behind her.  And talking to Cerritos College students and faculty about her political career.  March 25, 2021

From Cerritos College student to Mayor of Norwalk: Meet Jennifer Perez

March 26, 2021
Norwalk Mayor talks to students about her college experience and how that led to her current position as the Mayor of Norwalk.
Cerritos College has a month long line-up of events planned in an effort to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The events are all virtual to be held through Zoom.

Cerritos College observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 26, 2021
Many events are planned for the month of April. At a few of the event there will be a raffle at the end of where attendees can win prizes.
Cerritos College has a month long line-up of events planned in an effort to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The events are all virtual to be held through Zoom.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 25, 2021
Promo video introducing Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The creation of subspecialty forensic pathology was the catalyst for the birth of the Coroners Investigator positions.  The forensic death investigations began in 1966.  March 18. Photo credit: Jacqueline Cochran

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March 25, 2021

The creation of subspecialty forensic pathology was the catalyst for the birth of the Coroner's Investigator positions. The forensic death investigations began in 1966. March 18. Photo credit: Jacqueline...

The investigations team of the medical examiners also has regional offices in South bay, San Fernando Valley, and the Antelope Valley. Coroner Investigators are sworn peace officers.  March 18. Photo credit: Jacqueline Cochran

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March 25, 2021

The investigations team of the medical examiners also has regional offices in South bay, San Fernando Valley, and the Antelope Valley. Coroner Investigators are sworn peace officers. March 18. Photo credit:...

Dating podcast gives insight to one persons experience with online dating in LA.

Fiercely fabulous at 50 and dating 2

March 18, 2021
This episode discusses truth in advertising when online dating. Listen in and here another perspective as well.
Student Health organized an insomnia event that identified causes and solutions for not being able to sleep.  There was also instructions for mediation. March 9, 2021.

Cerritos College Student Health hosts Mindfulness Meditation

March 11, 2021
March is Sleep Awareness month and Cerritos organized an event to help its students learn to quiet their minds and get more restful sleep during moments of stress.
Some of the publications from the era wrote stories about the womans movement.  This was a part of a PowerPoint presentation in honor of Womans History Month, March 2021.

Cerritos College celebrates Woman’s History Month with Zoom events

March 8, 2021
The college has organized a month of Zoom activities to highlight the accomplishments of women locally and in the US, including a essay contest and prizes.
In 2018, the human trafficking hotline received more calls from California than any other state in the US, followed by Texas and Florida. Dosomething.org estimates about 50,000 people are trafficked into the US each year, most often from Mexico and the Philippines.

[Photo] The Teal Table talks trafficking and loss

March 1, 2021

In 2018, the human trafficking hotline received more calls from California than any other state in the US, followed by Texas and Florida. Dosomething.org estimates about 50,000 people are trafficked into...

A jimador demonstrates the original, traditional way of bringing the blue agave from the fields: by the workhorse donkey and caged baskets.  Nowadays, the heart of the plant is brought into the distilleries by the truckload.

Celebrities need to stop making their own tequila brands

February 25, 2021
Kendall Jenner announces her own tequila brand, 818, to the disapproval of many on social media. Here is why her gentrified tequila brand is a problematic form of cultural appropriation.
On Feb. 3 the Cerritos College Board of Trustees held its regular meeting via zoom.  During the meeting there was discussion about the Cerritos COVID-19 vaccine site.

Cerritos College awaits approval to be community vaccination site

February 10, 2021
Cerritos College may not receive designation as an official Los Angeles County Vaccine site for the community until Blue Shield completes its take over of statewide vaccine distribution.
Cerritos College host virtual events to celebrate Black History month.  Black History month activities range from book readings to Ted talks.

Virtual events set to celebrate Black excellence, culture and history

February 4, 2021
Cerritos College celebrates blackness with Black History Month activities hosted virtually, covering topics ranging from literature to business to hair care.
Various students and community members participate in the good giveaway at Cerritos College.  In lot 10 on the college campus Jan. 27, 2021.

Cerritos College hosts first food drive of 2021

February 2, 2021
Falcons Nest and LA Regional Food Bank returns this month with food insecurity support.
(From left to right) Sean Davis, Dr. Sheila Hill, Daniel Suarez, sign-language interpreter, Dr.  Chris Richardson, Student Trustee Johnny Wallace, Campus Police Chief Don Mueller and President Jose Fierro.  The panelist participated in Cerritos College Public Forum on Jan. 28. Black Lives Matter movement and campus police reform were the main topics of discussion.

Cerritos College police forum creates policy suggestions

January 31, 2021
Cerritos College president and campus police chief say they stand with Black Lives Matter while continuing to have tough conversations about enacting change.
Dr. Lauren Elan Helsper is the new Director of Diversity, Compliance and Title IX Coordinator for Cerritos.  She joins Cerritos after working for USC in a similar capacity with duties much like previous positions. Jan. 21,2021.

Cerritos gets new Director of Diversity, Compliance and Title IX Coordinator

January 28, 2021
Just as the sexual harassment investigation of several of women's soccer coaches is completed, Cerritos' new Title IX coordinator begins her tenure.
Dr. Jose Fierro joined Cerritos College as the President/Superintendent in 2015.  Under his leadership the award winning Cerritos Complete Program was launched.

Fierro advocates for students to continue their education this spring semester

January 21, 2021
Students are seeking higher learning during the pandemic but on-campus classes may not resume until Spring of 2022. Can a student remain successful under these circumstances? Dr. Fierro says yes.
Cerritos College will be one of LA Countys vaccine distribution sites. The campus has large parking lots which may be convenient for drive-thru administration of the vaccine.

Cerritos College preparing campus for vaccine distribution

January 14, 2021
Cerritos College has been chosen as a vaccine distribution site. While the details have yet to be determined, campus parking lots are being considered for drive thru vaccine administration
The once crowded business is empty due to the pandemic.  This small business is struggling to stay afloat since county issued restrictions on outdoor dining.  Dec. 7.

[Photo] Small businesses struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic

December 4, 2020

The once crowded business is empty due to the pandemic. This small business is struggling to stay afloat since county issued restrictions on outdoor dining. Dec. 7.

City of Signal Hill Virtual Tree lighting Ceremony will be held via facebook live.   For the little ones who will still want to talk to Santa, there will be virtual sessions by appointment only.

Local communities kick off the holiday season with virtual celebrations

December 2, 2020
A nationwide pandemic has changed the way we celebrate events but some virtual events attempt to restore some sense of normalcy.
Enjoy holiday traditions while remembering to stay socially distant.  Everyone can make small changes in the way they celebrate tp help slow the spread of the virus.

How to honor holiday traditions during a pandemic

November 20, 2020
Carve the turkey and sing Christmas Carols, but with some modifications. There are ways to conduct holiday activities that will help slow the spread COVID-19.
Kirsten volunteers for Food finders by picking up food from one location like a grocery store and delivers it to a local food pantry.  These pantries help people in need.  Oct. 24, 2020 Photo credit: Kirsten Spreitzer

Food Finders volunteer gives her time to end hunger

November 6, 2020
COVID-19 has affected a vast number of people in different aspects of their regular daily lives, but Food Finders Food Rescue Program continues to help one meal at a time.
Cerritos College students with disabilities share experiences with navigating their everyday life as a person in society with disabilities.  The college celebrates the students accomplishments.

Cerritos College Celebrates Disability Awareness Month

October 30, 2020
Students of Cerritos College with disabilities refuse to allow anything to stop them from moving toward their educational goals, not even a disability.
The safer at home guidelines include decorating your home.  Some Cities are hosting virtual home decorating contests.  Oct. 23, 2020

Experience a safe Halloween this year with these communities

October 26, 2020
Local communities are following guidelines to host COVID-19 safe Halloween activities.
A step by step outline of how to vote using the vote by mail ballots.  Vote by mail ballots need to be postmarked by November 3, 2020.

[Photo] Election guide: Voting safely during COVID, where and how to do it

October 23, 2020

A step by step outline of how to vote using the vote by mail ballots. Vote by mail ballots need to be postmarked by November 3, 2020.

Prop 18: voting age

Prop 18: voting age

October 23, 2020
17 year old's can join the military, why not let them vote?
Alexandrias campaign photo.  She is the only challenger for district one.

District One City Council candidate Alexandria Contreras is unyielding in her advocacy for a better Downey

October 16, 2020
Young, educated and fiercely fighting for the middle class, minority, disabled, and LQTBQ+ community of Downey.
Dating podcast Photo credit: Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Fiercely Fabulous at Fifty and Dating

October 16, 2020
Hear dating stories from someone in their 50's.
The City of Lakewood displays the City motto Times Change, Values Dont, in various  places. City Officials started a conversation on race.  Oct 7.

Lakewood tackles racial inequality head on and welcomes difficult conversation

October 8, 2020
The city's motto, 'Times Change, Values Don't,' has some residents feeling unwelcome in their own community but this city says absolutely not.
Small crowds of people enjoy the festivities while remaining coronavirus conscious.  They wore masks in the areas where masks were required. Sept. 26.

[Photo] Get the taste of Fall and fall into Fall-O-Ween at Knott’s

October 2, 2020

Small crowds of people enjoy the festivities while remaining coronavirus conscious. They wore masks in the area's where masks were required. Sept. 26.

On Sept. 17, 2020, President Donald Trump signs the 1776 Commission.The commission would reshape how young people are taught how racism has shaped America throughout its history. Photo credit: flickr

Trump tries to warp history to his own benefit

September 25, 2020
Donald Trump is attempting to reshape how young people are educated about the history of racial injustice in the United States and not for the better.
Tenet is the 23rd film that Christopher Nolan has made. With critiques praising the film with its special effects and outstanding acting.

‘Tenet’: An exciting but convoluted ride, fitting with this year’s madness

September 25, 2020
Backward, forward, past and present, Tenet is selling out theaters across the world.
FoodHelp Board and staff don hardhats on the grounds where the new facility is going to be constructed. Excitement filled the air as they imagined the new facility.

FoodHelp breaks ground on new Downey facility funded by community donors

September 25, 2020
Construction on a new FoodHelp foodbank storage facility is slated to begin after receiving funding from community donors.
Young people camp on the sides of freeways as a place to call home. The rising numbers of young people living on the street has increased. Sept. 16.

Staggering numbers of young people are forced into homelessness In LA County

September 18, 2020
More people ages 18-24 are finding themselves sleeping in places they may not have ever expected.
Kanye West has consistently surprised the public with tiny after stunt. Running for president is the latest In a series of flashy moves. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Kanye West: Candidate or gadfly?

September 18, 2020
Kanye West: the birthday party candidate whose platform is advocating for the creation of a culture of life...WTF?
Lakewood Recreation Department show off an example of the first aid kits that are available for injuries that could occur during a disaster.

First aid and emergency drills: Lakewood preps for National Preparedness Month

September 11, 2020
Promote, prepare and get ready for the next crisis. Knowledge and preparation can save lives.
Jennifer Nino is serious about her decision to vote November 3, 2020.

‘It is barbaric’: first-time voter motivated by Trump’s immigration policy

September 11, 2020
Latino voters might be the deciding vote in the upcoming election. This young voter is determined to make her voice heard.
Students were given time to discuss a range of topics pertaining to stress and anxiety.

Students vent and de-stress with Teal Table Talks

September 4, 2020
In a time of isolation and despair, Cerritos College's Teal Table Talks is a forum for its students to talk about difficult subjects.
Isabella Kress released two books on poetry which are currently available on Amazon. Ms. Kress is a Cerritos college alumni who was a well known-student in the Culinary Arts department.

Falcon alumna gone too soon

September 4, 2020
Families, friends and coaches mourn the passing of a great falcon.
Exercising the right to vote is as American as apple pie, but non-voters are finding reasons to cast a ballot this election.

‘We have to exercise our power’: Trump’s policies push Lakewood resident to vote for the first time

August 28, 2020
Exercising the right to vote is as American as apple pie, but non-voters are finding reasons to cast a ballot this election.
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