Friday, June 26, 2015

UCCE Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training for Amador and Calaveras; Meeting scheduled for Amador on Aug 4

Thank you for your interest in becoming a UCCE Master Food Preserver. The 2015 Fall Training Program for Amador and Calaveras Counties is open for applications.
Let me briefly explain who Master Food Preservers are and what they do. A Master Food Preserver volunteer is a non-paid staff member of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) who educates our community about safe home food preservation. This education is done at free public classes, through newspaper and newsletter articles, and at our information booth at farmers markets and county fairs.
Once certified, a UCCE Master Food Preserver must complete 50 hours of volunteer service during their first program year. After completing the first year of service, volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 25 service hours and 12 continuing education hours annually.
You are invited to an informational orientation meeting to learn the requirements for volunteering as a Master Food Preserver and hear details about the selection and training process. Please attend one of the two meetings scheduled for Friday, July 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas, and on Tuesday, August 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the UCCE office in Jackson. Master Food Preserver applicants are open to anyone in Amador, Calaveras or Tuolumne counties. A background check including fingerprinting is required. Applications are due by the end of Sunday, August 9, 2015.
The 2015 Master Food Preserver training classes will be on Fridays from 3:30–7:30 pm in Jackson (August 28, September 11 & 25, October 9, 23, 30) and Saturdays, from 9:00-3:00 (September 12, 26, and October 24) in Valley Springs. The Master Food Preserver training program consists of over 40 hours of intensive training.  The cost for the training program is $135.  This price covers class materials, site rental costs, and lab expenses.
For more information about becoming a Master Food Preserver, visit our website at
Being a Master Food Preserver is a wonderful opportunity to share your food preservation knowledge and passion with your community. I hope you can join us for an Orientation Meeting on July 17 or August 4.  Please rsvp to Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528, or online at

Sue Mosbacher
UCCE Master Food Preserver Program Representative
Amador, Calaveras and El Dorado Counties

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

California Connections Academy at Ripon Graduates Diverse Group of Accomplished Seniors

Online Public School Graduates Receive Diplomas, Celebrate Accomplishments and Future Plans
Ripon, Calif. (June. 22, 2015) – California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12, graduated 35 high school seniors at the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday, June 19. Keynoted by board treasurer and Program Management Senior Manager from Lockheed Martin, Jamin Brown, the ceremony featured a kick-off performance of the National Anthem by prolific student singer Victoria Young of Brentwood, and family, friends, teachers and school representatives celebrating the students’ successes.
California Connections Academy @ Ripon’s 2015 graduating seniors include valedictorian Jack Cordova-McCarthy, who will attend the University of Southern California on a full-ride scholarship and pursue the thematic honors track. Additional seniors include Hannah Churchill of Folsom, who was recruited for the rowing team at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.; Greg Garcia, who will attend Notre Dame University; and Caitlin Seeman of San Jose, headed to California State University, Long Beach to study acting. Students from the graduating class will go on to pursue higher education at universities including University of California, Irvine, California State University, Long Beach, and Southern Oregon University.
“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the class of 2015,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon.  “These young adults have shown amazing academic dedication and perseverance, and we are confident they will continue to build upon this strong educational foundation in years to come.”

Graduates of California Connections Academy @ Ripon celebrated their successes at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 19 at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
The California Connections Academy @ Ripon graduating seniors were joined by peers from California Connections Academy @ North Bay and California Connections Academy @ Central for the commencement ceremony at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Along with the in-person graduation ceremony, California Connections Academy hosts a variety of social events like field trips throughout the year to provide in-person socialization opportunities for students. Students may also join clubs and activities that align with their interests, including Broadcast and Theater Arts Club, Chess Club, College Planning Club, Environmental Club, and National Honor Society, among others.
Now completing its third year of providing high-quality, personalized online education, California Connections Academy @ Ripon currently serves more than 700 students. The school combines state-credentialed teachers with ahigh-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. According to this year’s Parent Satisfaction Survey, 93 percent of parents would recommend the school to other parents, and 96 percent agree the curriculum is high quality.
The flexible nature of California Connections Academy’s curriculum allows students to work at their own pace and expand opportunities. College-bound students can tailor their schedules to accommodate exam preparation and applications, as well as take advantage of the school’s diverse course catalogue, including expanded AP classes and career technical education offerings such as Business Communications and Java Programming.
In addition to AP and career technical courses, California Connections Academy offers core classes in math, science, language arts and social studies; extensive electives including many foreign languages, digital technology and UC “a-g” approved science wet labs.
To learn more about California Connections Academy, visit the school’s website.
About California Connections Academy @ Ripon
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit the school’s website.

Each year, Connections Academy conducts a Parent Satisfaction Survey to find out how parents or guardians of students in the schools it supports grade the virtual school program in several key areas. The 2014-2015 survey was administered by an independent market research company which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs June 18

Amador Community College Foundation


DATE:                          Thursday, June 18, 2015
LOCATION:                  810 Court Street, Jackson, CA           Conference Room #C
TIME:                           2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF

Discussion/Action Items                                                                                           __________

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

2)      Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve                                         
a)      Karen: request for approval of May 21st minutes
b)      Karen: report on status of Board of Directors Liability Insurance purchase
c)      Russ: Report on bank balances
d)      Angelica: report on bookkeeping activities

3)      Curriculum Access: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)      Matt: Update on Amador Learning Center activities
b)      Lynn/Karen: request to allocate staff hours to iTV program coordination and determination of budget impact

4)      Partnerships: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)      Lynn/Bob: proposals on how to develop communication protocols between FLC and ACCF regarding iTV classes
5)      Marketing/Finance/Fundraising:  Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a)      Wyman: report on Gala progress
i)        Board sign-ups for committee work
b)      Karen: grant reports
i)        Teichert – smart projector and board
ii)      Bank of America – higher education and financial literacy

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

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Friday, June 5, 2015

Amador County Library Summer Reading Program "Read to the Rhythm" - June 15 - July 24

Amador County Library will kick off the Summer Reading Program on Monday June 15th.  At this time kids of all ages can pick up their reading logs.
This years theme is:  Read To The Rhythm   There are scheduled music events and crafts all free to the public.  You can come by the library to get a calendar or go to the library home page at  to see the dates, times and places.
Summer Reading Program ends July 24th.  Any questions please call the library at 209-223-6400
Amador County Library (Between True Value Hardware and Detert Park)
530 Sutter St.
Jackson, CA 95642