Monday, September 25, 2017

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights at Amador College Connect

Amador College Connect is pleased to announce that it will be holding FAFSA Nights on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month this semester from 4:00-7:00 PM.  These sessions are free!
For more information, call 209-217-8239 or email:
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

UCCE Master Gardeners: Volunteer Training Program Orientation Meetings - Oct 19 & 30

UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County 
Overview of 2018 Volunteer Training Program
Orientation Meetings, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. or October 30, 2017 at 10 a.m.
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about gardening and landscaping.

Who Can Apply?
Any resident of El Dorado or Amador County. First priority is for El Dorado County residents.
Residents of Amador County will train in El Dorado County but will be Master Gardeners in Amador County.
Applicants need internet access; most communication will be through email and websites.  

How to Apply
Sign up on our MG Training interest list at
Attend training orientation to learn about the UCCE Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, your participation requirements, and the training requirements. Two orientations are scheduled, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. or October 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Placerville. Only one orientation needs to be attended, however it is required that all applicants attend. RSVP online at  HYPERLINK "" or to Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or

Complete and submit the online application by November 10, 2017  

What We’ll Do
Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience successfully gardening.
Conduct interviews November 15-20. We will contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status. 
Require a background check, including fingerprinting. If you are accepted, we will email you a link to our Live Scan webpage for forms and a list of Live Scan locations. 
Teach you to research home gardening solutions. Training topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques.
Provide you with a mentor and plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program
By December 15, 2017 pay course fee of $200 online (note 4% processing fee assessed for online payment) or mail a check made payable to “UC Regents” to Robin Cleveland, UC Cooperative Extension, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667.
Complete the fingerprinting process by December 20, 2017.
Attend 15 weekly classes on Thursdays, January 11 through April 19, 2018, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Placerville.  Only one class may be missed.
Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually.
Post your volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions.)
Attend your county’s monthly MG Continuing Education/General meetings as often as possible.

For more information, contact Tracy Celio at 530-621-5532 or

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

California Connections Academy at Ripon Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Virtual School

Online public school students log on for the 2017-18 academic year  
Ripon, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2017) – In a technology-centric society, many families are seeking alternative education options to provide their children with tailored academic programs, challenging curriculum and flexible schedules. Among the academic options is California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a high-quality, tuition-free, online public school serving kindergarten through 12th grade students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. Today, students across California will log on for their first day of the 2017-18 academic year.   
“Today marks our fifth year serving students seeking a high-quality, highly effective alternative to traditional school options,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “We pride ourselves on providing our students with an education that will prepare them for life after K-12 school, and we’re honored to welcome new and returning students for the new school year.”   
Students head back to school on the heels of the school’s 2017 Parent Satisfaction Survey. According to the survey results:
·         95 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high quality  
·         97 percent of parents are satisfied with teachers’ helpfulness
·         96 percent of parents say their child or children are satisfied with the program  
·         95 percent of parents agree that the school’s technology tools improve their child’s learning experience
"I like that California Connections Academy @ Ripon gives me the flexibility I need when I travel to competitions and the opportunity to take rigorous classes,” said Alexandria Yao, Connections Academy senior and professional figure skater. “I love that I can participate in LiveLessons, so it’ still a classroom experience even if I’m on the road.”
In addition to the rigorous curriculum, the school offers innovative and diverse courses including foreign languages, digital technology and web design, as well as a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students interested in college-level curriculum. Additionally, the school provides a wide array of UC A-G approved courses, including several courses meeting the UC visual and performing arts requirements such as art history, digital arts, living music and more.  
California Connections Academy @ Ripon offers a non-traditional learning environment for children who want a flexible schedule, are ahead or behind in the classroom, learn at a different pace from their peers, or want a more individualized approach to learning. State-credentialed teachers work with students to develop customized learning programs that address each student’s personal education needs while maintaining a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. A Learning Coach, generally a parent or other caretaker, also helps to monitor progress in the home.  
Throughout the school year, students have many opportunities to interact with their classmates in-person. California Connections Academy @ Ripon coordinates school-sponsored events, including field trips across California and university visits for high school students. California Connections Academy @ Ripon also offers a variety clubs and activities for students, including National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, science and technology clubs, debate club, and robotics club, among others.
Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is currently open, with virtual information sessions being held weekly for families interested in learning about the school’s online program and individualized approach to education. For more information on California Connections Academy @ Ripon, please visit the school’s website at  
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, including transitional kindergarten, 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 who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection 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.