Monday, July 14, 2014

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs July 17

Amador Community College Foundation
DATE: Thursday, July 17, 2014
LOCATION: 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA Conference Room #C
TIME: 2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF


1) PUBLIC COMMENT: At this time the Board will hear comments from the public.
a) Karen: proposed by-law amendment to consider inclusion of student on the ACCF Board tabled from June meeting.
b) Wyman: contract with Jackson Rancheria Casino for Gala Venue
c) Karen: action proposed to do background checks on volunteers
d) Karen: action proposed to extend Michael’s hours

a) Organization
 i) Russ/Karen: report on bank balances.
b) Curriculum Access:
 i) Michael: Monthly update on Amador Learning Center activities
 ii) Janice: Report on mentor review of student files and student status
c) Finance/Fundraising:
 i) Wyman: committee report on gala progress
d) Partnerships:
 i) Russ/Wyman: report on attendance at press conference in Calaveras County re Delta College
e) Marketing:
 i) No item

COMMITTEE MEMBER INITIATIVES (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members)


AT 1:30 PM.

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sierra Health Foundation Awards $12,075 grant to Amador Learning Center

The Sierra Health Foundation has awarded a $12,075 Responsive Grant to the Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) for its Career Pathways in Public Mental Health to support students who have personal, first-hand experience with mental illness and are working toward a career technical certificate in the public mental health field. Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in 26 counties in Northern California.

In the Career Pathways in Public Mental Health, students pursue a Human Services online certificate enabling them to work in the expanding field of human services. The certificate program provides a general background for work with families, children and adults and offers the student a pathway to pursue an associate or a bachelor level degree. Individuals with a certificate can enhance their professional helping skills, offering them greater work opportunities as social-service technicians, case management aides, mental health technicians, gerontology aides, special-education teacher aides, and residential managers.

Full scholarships and internship opportunities are available for eligible applicants in this program through the Mental Health Services Act – Workforce Education and Training Funds administered by ACCF under a contract with Amador County Behavioral Health.

“It is our pleasure to accept this grant from the Sierra Health Foundation,” said Karen Dickerson, Secretary of the Amador Community College Foundation. “The Responsive Grant Program from Sierra Health Foundation is highly competitive and receiving this grant for our Career Pathways in Public Mental Health is a validation that ACCF provides vital educational support services to the citizens of our county who are pursuing post-secondary education. We are thrilled by the future possibilities this grant offers.”

For more information regarding the Public Mental Health Career Pathway Program and MHSA scholarships, contact Michael Krikorian at the Amador Learning Center by phone (209) 223-6393 or email

As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, ACCF founded the Amador Centers for Higher Learning to advocate, facilitate, and support sustainable post-secondary education in Amador County. Visit the website at

Scholarship Criteria for MHSA Scholarship for Human Services Certificate at Amador Learning Center

The MHSA Scholarship Fund is administered by the Amador Community College Foundation under contract with the Amador County Behavioral Health Department. These funds serve the residents of Amador County pursuing a Human Service certificate with Coastline Community College through the Amador Learning Center.

The students eligible for scholarship assistance must:
1. Be Amador County residents
2. Have demonstrated financial need. “Demonstrated need” is defined as being extremely low to no income. Per HUD, “Extremely Low Income” in Amador County is defined as earning less than $14,250 for a single person and $20,300 for a family of four.
3. Desire to work in the Public Mental Health Field
4. Enroll in the Human Services Certificate through Coastline Community College and register for classes
5. Priority will be given to those who have personal, first-hand experience with mental illness, either as a client or family member of a client.

Scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, and books in an amount not to exceed $2,000 per student per year. Eligible students will be advanced scholarship funds prior to each semester to cover fees, tuition, and books for that semester as long as they earn and maintain passing grades (at least a C or a Pass). Funds disbursed in advance will be payable to Coastline Community College and the book vendor.

The application deadline is August 15, 2014.

Please pick up an application:

Amador Learning Center
10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

For more information:
Michael Krikorian
(209) 223-6393

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Go To Amador County!

Online Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs available!
For more information, call 223-6393, email, or visit:
On Facebook, too!
Amador Learning Center

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Back-Pack 2 School Project in need of supplies

For the 8th year the Camanche Lake and Upcountry Community Centers are sponsoring the Back-Pack 2 School Project.  This is a county-wide project which provides backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies for children in need living in Amador County.  Without the generosity of local individuals, businesses, and community organizations, many families would struggle to provide these much needed supplies.
If you would like to sponsor a student or for a list of needed supplies, please call 296-2785 or 763-2720; you can also follow the project on Facebook at Amador County Stuff the Bus.
Attached, please find the list of supplies.

Thank you,
Ruthella Turner
Resource Center Coordinator
Upcountry Community Center
Find us on Facebook!
19386 Hwy 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665
(209) 296-2785

Project Learning Tree Workshop in Sonora - Fri Aug 8

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Workshop
Sonora Library, Friday August 8, 2014

University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is holding a Project Learning Tree (PLT) workshop on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonora Library.

PLT is an award winning environmental education program designed to provide educators working with youth of all ages with environmentally focused lesson plans. Learn to lead fun and engaging activities at this free training workshop.

Take home a workbook of 100+ ready-made easy lesson plans which; meet California curriculum standards, require few materials, and take minimal prep time. Attendance provides a certification in PLT Trainings. You can learn more about Project Learning Tree at

If you are interested in this workshop contact