Spring 2022 Newsletter
Letter from our Director
Rachelle Saldate
We are excited to share several new things happening at Amador College Connect. With Karen Warburton leaving to pursue another position, we have hired two new staff members: Debra Bergman-Donnell as our Transition Specialist will focus on high school dual/concurrent enrollment and our early childhood education apprenticeship, and Michelle Tillery as Program Assistant will oversee our MHSA (human services) scholarship and Jackson Rancheria Casino employee scholarship. Look for their bios below!  
Our Center is slowly opening back up to the public as we enjoy warmer weather and reduced Covid-19 restrictions. Walk-in visitors are now welcome, and masks are optional. Student cohort meetings, tutoring sessions, and financial aid appointments are now offered in a hybrid (online or face-to-face) format to accommodate all.  
In addition to remaining busy helping students apply and register for the upcoming summer and fall semesters, we have been able to attend a few community events, such as Dandelion Days where staff, ACCF Board Members, and students worked the booth and were able to stir up more community interest. Additionally, Debra was able to share our program with students at Argonaut High School. We look forward to attending more events later this year as we continue to reach out to the public on how to obtain higher education online while living in Amador County or the surrounding region.  
We have extended our hours!

Monday 12 PM - 8 PM
Tuesday 12 PM - 8 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 3 PM
Thursday 12 PM - 8 PM
Friday 9 AM - 3 PM

Summer's Coming!
There are plenty of Summer classes available. If you are interested or would like to learn more, we encourage you to give us a call!
Important Summer Dates!
Coastline Community College
First Session: June 13 – August 7
Second Session: June 27 – August 19
Registration Deadlines: 6/21 & 7/6

Columbia College
Classes run: May 2 – August 20
Registration Deadline: 5/1

Foothill College
Classes run: June 27– August 5
Registration Deadline: 6/27

Arizona State University
Session A: 5/16 – 6/24
Session B: 6/29 – 8/9
Session C: 5/16 – 7/8
Registration Deadline: 5/17

Make your appointment with Tira!
Tira Lawhorn, Transition Specialist with The Mother Lode Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) is back at our center on Tuesdays to assist with the following services:
  1. Information regarding the benefits of, and options for, participating in postsecondary education
  2. Support applying for college
  3. Support applying for financial aid
  4. Referral to alternative and adult education programs including GED and ESL programs
  5. Workshops: Goal setting, financial planning, major and career selection, etc.
  6. Connections to services including test prep, tutoring, counseling (academic and personal), etc.
ALL SERVICES ARE FREE to enrolled pre-students & students.
March 28 - April 1 Office Closed for Spring Break

April 14 MHSA Cohort Meeting 6:30 PM

April 15 Office Closed for Good Friday

April 21 ACCF Board Meeting 4:30 PM

May 12 MHSA Cohort Meeting 6:30 PM

May 19 ACCF Board Meeting 4:30 PM

May 30 Office Closed for Memorial Day
Program Assistant Michelle Tillery and Transition Specialist Debra Bergman-Donnell both work at mentoring students through the process of career exploration, course registration, and navigating the online learning experience. 

As one of our very own successful alumni and Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) scholarship awardees, Michelle specializes in recruiting and connecting MHSA students through peer-to-peer and cohort meetings. She will be coordinating with colleges and establishing intern opportunities with mental health services throughout Amador and Calaveras counties. Michelle holds associate degrees in Human Services and in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Teaching, K-12. She also has a certificate in GIS, Geographic Information Systems. For fun, Michelle loves training service dogs!

Debra brings with her 25 years of teaching experience from grades 7 through college. She holds an MFA in writing, a BA in English, and an AA in travel industries. She is excited to oversee the dual enrollment program for Amador County’s three public high schools and homeschooled students. She assists students in pursuing required high school courses and/or getting a head start on their college goals. Debra is also working with early childhood education students to pursue certification and/or degree diplomas through various community sponsors and scholarships. For fun, Debra teaches Polynesian dance in Ione.
If you have talent in a subject matter that might help our students, we want to hear from you!
All of our tutors are volunteers who have a desire to help out in the community. If you have an interest
in sharing your wisdom, please contact us. Our greatest needs are in Accounting, Math, Science, and Human Services. But if you are skilled in a particular academic area of any type, we'd love to put you on our list of volunteers!
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