Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bunsen to Beaker celebrates 26th anniversary with new formats - Sat Mar 15

Jackson, CA – Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) will be conducting its premier 5K run/walk fundraiser on Saturday, March 15, 2014. This event will raise money for the Jackson Jr. High Science Program, Amador High Cross Country Team, and the Amador Learning Center.

Check-in starts at 7:00 a.m. at the Scout Hut in Detert Park and the race will begin at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. The tax-deductible pre-registration fee is $25 for all participants over 18 and $20 for participants under 18. Pre-registration online at is open and closes on March 7thregistered participants will receive a T-shirt. Day of race registration will be $30 for all participants regardless of age with T-shirt available as supplies last.

Last year’s Bunsen to Beaker was one of the biggest years yet – over 100 people signed up to support education in Amador County! To celebrate an even bigger year this year we are adding some great categories to the race. For years now the B2B has been one of the most competitive races in town – often dominated by young runners from the Amador High Track Team which benefits from its profits. This year we will be offering prizes not only to the overall winners, but to male and female “Master’s Class” winners as well – a special prize for those over 30 participants who run their buns off every year! Some of our Master’s Class Runners have been running the race since its inception 26 years ago, so this is a great way to reward their loyalty – not to mention their general awesomeness for showing up year in and year out in the sun and rain! Also, last year we began a contest for best costume, which we will be encouraging again this year. Our race directors, Ryan and Alyshia Drake, kicked off last year by running the race “Up Stream” dressed as Salmon. We’re dying to see what craziness they come up with this year!

We are aiming to double our attendance this year – we just know that Amador County will show up in support of its school system – Jackson Junior High, Amador High Track Team and Amador Centers for Higher Learning. With great support from the community this year in this and other fund raising events, Amador Community College was able to open its doors to 90 college students! Sign up in advance for only $25 for adults and $20 for students! Groups of 4 for $60 and $15 for every group member over 4!

For more info and to sign up check out

PHOTO: Jackson City Manager Mike Daley awaits race results at last year's B2B race.

Ryan & Alyshia Drake ran last year's B2B dressed as salmon swimming "upstream".

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

AAUW offers scholarships for local women - Application deadline is March 15

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOCAL WOMEN - The Amador Branch of The American Association of University Women is offering college scholarships to local women in 2014. These will include three $1,000 Community College Scholarships and Two $2,000 Upper Division/Graduate Scholarships and/or Re-entry Scholarships. Applications may be obtained online at or at the local high schools … and also from the Amador County Libraries. All scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2014, and cannot be returned.
The Amador Branch of AAUW raises money for these scholarships through its annual Home Tour, which will be held on April 12, 2014. The American Association of University Women seeks to promote educational and employment equity for girls and women through its scholarship program.
For more information, contact the AAUW Scholarship Chairpersons, Kathy Guletz, at 209-296-4336 or Suzanne Nicholson, at 209-217-8158

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs Feb 20

The next public meeting of the Amador Community College Foundation will be held on February 20, 2014 in Conference Room #C at 2:30 PM.  You are all cordially invited to attend.  Agenda is attached. 

Karen Dickerson, Secretary
Amador Community College Foundation

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  Nelson Mandela

Amador Community College Foundation


DATE:                                    Thursday, February 20, 2014
LOCATION:                          810 Court Street, Jackson, CA         Conference Room #C           
TIME:                                    2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF

Discussion/Action Items                                                                                            

1)      Public Comment:  At this time the Board will hear comments from the public.

2)      Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve                                            
a)      John: Welcome and introduction of Paul Molinelli, Jr. as Vice-Chair and Russ Brown as Treasurer
b)      Karen: Bank balances and adopt 2014 Budget as amended
c)      Russ: Present 3 quotes on local bookkeeping services and recommendation of selection for ACCF bookkeeper

3)      Curriculum Access: Discussion
a)      Paul D: presentation on AdobeConnect and
b)      Michael: Update on Amador Learning Center
c)      Janice: report on mentoring program, tutoring program, assessment test prep
d)      Janice: present certificate program in Fire Technology
e)      Karen: present certificate program in Winemaking and AS Nursing program
f)       Jason: update on data collection system development

4)      Partnerships: Discussion
a)      No item.

5)      Marketing:           Discussion
a)      No item.
6)      Finance/Fundraising:  Discussion and possible action to approve
a)      Karen: update on Bunsen to Beaker 5K Race for Education
b)      Kevan/Karen: Grants action plan

Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members) 

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Amador Community Foundation awards $5000 grant to Amador Community College Foundation

February 11, 2014 Jackson, CA – Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the Amador Community Foundation for the Amador Centers for Higher Learning.  ACCF will use these funds to support Amador residents working on online AA/AS degree, career technical certificates, and/or transfer programs to CSU/UC campuses.
Amador Centers for Higher Learning serve over 90 Amador residents through: 1) Distance Education Courses leading to transfer, degree, or certificate programs in a variety of majors, areas or emphases, and/or career tracks though collaboration with Coastline Community College; 2) Mentoring through college application, admission, orientation, assessment and registration for college students; 3) Tutoring in math, reading and writing; 4)  Access to laptop/tablet lab with high speed internet connectivity; and 5) Access to a fully interactive teleconferencing classroom to broadcast and receive Interactive Television Courses in collaboration with Folsom Lake College. 
The Amador Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Kathleen Harmon, Executive Director, and Pat Crew, President of the Amador Community Foundation, presented the award to Supervisor John Plasse today at the Board of Supervisor’s Meeting.  “The Amador Community Foundation is pleased to grant support to the Amador Community College Foundation. ACCF’s goal of providing extended learning opportunities for Amador County students of all ages will improve the quality of life for students as well as enriching the community. ACF’s mission is to “enhance the lives and future of the people in our unique community by connecting people who care deeply with causes that matter”. We are pleased to be a part of the ground floor of building sustainable higher education opportunities for Amador County,” according to Ms. Harmon.

Please review our website to learn more about our programs:  Funding for our programs is provided through generous contributions from grants from the Foundation for Rural Education and Development; Jackson Rancheria Casino; Amador Community Foundation; fundraising events Bunsen to Beaker 5K Race for Education and Going Gatsby Gala; and, donations from local citizens and businesses.  ACCF is grateful for the generous support in our mission to “Educate Amador for Success!”

PHOTO: Pat Crew, President, and Kathleen Harmon, Executive Director, of the Amador Community Foundation, presented a check for $5,000 to Supervisor John Plasse for the Amador Learning Center at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on February 11, 2014.

Spinetta Debuts Library Fundraiser for Upcountry Schools

Charles Spinetta, owner of Charles Spinetta Winery, announced that his 2014 library fundraiser will benefit two local elementary schools.  The program focuses on the Upcountry this year, so the libraries at Pioneer Elementary School and Pine Grove Elementary School will take up Spinetta’s challenge during the next few weeks.

“Kids in elementary school earn money for their school library by reading books and writing book reports,” explained Spinetta.  “I donate to the school library based on the number of books read and reported on by the students, and everybody has fun raising money while reading and learning.”

Pioneer Elementary School kicked off its fundraiser on Monday, February 3 with a whole school assembly.  The school’s principal and librarian emphasized the significance of the fundraiser to the students, and each student was challenged to read and report on at least five books.

Peggy Gardner, principal of Pioneer Elementary School, enthusiastically explained that the school will creatively encourage students to read.  “Our librarian selected an assortment of appropriate books to feature for each class during their library visits, and our upcoming Pajama Day includes plenty of time for reading.  We’re very grateful for the opportunity to earn books for our school library,” said Gardner.

Pine Grove Elementary School held its classroom kick off event on the same day as Pioneer.  Pine Grove students will read at least 1,400 books while marking the fundraiser with days devoted to reading, guest readers, and prizes.  The school chose ‘Read Your Socks Off!’ as the theme for its fundraiser, and for every book read and report completed, students will get to hang a sock with their name on it in the cafeteria.

“This should be a hoot,” said Kelly Hunkins, principal of Pine Grove Elementary.  “We are going to have a whole lot of fun in the process of reading all those books.”  Hunkins also has a large assembly planned for the end of the fundraiser and an energetic parent organization to help out along the way.

At the district level, this fundraiser receives a tremendous amount of support from Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Amador County School District.  The Amador Community Foundation assists the Spinetta Family by administering the funds throughout this project.

Spinetta predicts that each school will meet its reading goals and earn about $8,000 for each library.  “The funds are used carefully by principals, teachers, and librarians to purchase new books for the school library,” he said.  “Hundreds of students at the two schools will read thousands of books and raise over $16,000.”

PHOTO: Jim and Charles Spinetta with volunteers and staff from Pine Grove and Pioneer Elementary Schools