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New Learning Resource Center dean clears the path to success

Kevin Flash became the dean of the Learning Resources Center in the fall 2015 semester. Photo by Vanessa Nelson ·
Kevin Flash became the dean of the Learning Resources Center in the fall 2015 semester.
Photo by Vanessa Nelson · [email protected]

On the second floor of the Learning Resource Center, in Room 226, students will find a man living his dream. As the center’s new dean, Kevin Flash is in charge of the main campus facility where students go to study and get help with their academics.

Flash, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, describes himself as a friendly, open-minded person who likes to solve problems and wants to help students in any way he can.

Flash says coming to City College was his dream.

“I love the diversity of students on this urban college campus,” he says.

Flash graduated from Ohio State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He moved to California in 1996 and worked as a computer consultant at the University of California, Davis, for about a year and a half. In 2002, Flash managed the student information system for the Los Rios Community College District. He received his master’s degree in higher education leadership from Sacramento State in 2014.

Flash says his dream of being at City College became reality in July.

“I was so excited when I got the position and still am,” he says.

Flash says he keeps his office organized, but welcoming. Two chairs face each other across a table decorated with family photos. To the left stands a bookshelf filled with white binders, each neatly and specifically labeled.

“A place for everything and everything in its place,” Flash says. He comes into his office most mornings around 7:30 a.m. and enjoys his Japanese Sencha green tea from the Sacramento Food Co-op while checking emails before attending morning meetings. When Flash has time to spare, he says enjoys getting out of his office and mingling with students.

“I like to walk around the campus and buildings from time to time to see people and to recognize them. I want to take the opportunity to be where the students are,” Flash says.

Flash says he receives support from other faculty, staff and deans at the Davis and West Sacramento Centers as well as on the main campus. He says they help him to implement his ideas for more accessible resources for students, which can help them succeed in their college careers. His co-workers and friends call him charismatic, friendly, organized and open-minded.

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“Kevin has a wonderful personality. He is energetic and customer-service oriented. He came to know the services for students and to understand the needs of the centers,” Pimental says.

Flash says he wants identical learning resources available to all students, whether at the main campus or at one of the outreach centers.

“He wants [all] students to have access to the same services, like a math lab and writing center. He believes in the work we do,” Pimental says.

Main campus LRC Administrative Assistant Catherine Murillo says she enjoys working with Flash because he always tries to find a solution to every problem.

“He is a learner and wants to be involved,” says Murillo. “He always tries to find the process to the solution, he takes into consideration how things were done in the past and uses that as a reference, and [considers] whether or not it can be solved by the division, or if other departments or staff and faculty needs to be involved.”

Flash says he is looking forward to accomplishing many goals, such as providing more resources to every student who needs them.

“I want to look into ways to get affordable textbooks for students, provide more tutors for more students, and online tutoring for students who are parents and have to work and don’t have the time to get that face-to-face tutoring needed,” he says.

Flash adds that he wants to see the college’s resources help students on a larger scale.

“I want more students to reach their dreams this year than last year,” he says.

Flash and the Distance Education Department are partnering with the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division to pilot a program to improve faculty readiness for online instruction. According to Flash, this program can be beneficial for students who can’t attend courses on campus throughout their college career.

“We are planning to expand it to be a full program,” says Flash. “I want to create an atmosphere of hope.”

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