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February 2021 Newsletter
Letter from our Director
Rachelle Saldate
Amador College Connect remains busy serving our local communities and helping them reach their goals of obtaining higher education. While our center has been impacted by the current public health situation, we continue to provide one-on-one assistance both in person (by appointment only) or virtually (phone or video) when necessary. Safety guidelines outlined by Amador County Public Health are being followed including the use of facial coverings, frequently sanitizing work spaces, and implementing COVID-19 self screening for symptoms for both staff and students.

As with many organizations in Amador County, Amador College Connect was unable to host our annual fundraising gala this past July. Despite this setback, the community has once again amazed us by their generosity. Between the wonderful donations from Giving Tuesday and the philanthropic efforts of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation, and the American River Bank Foundation, Amador College Connect maintains its abilities to offer college application assistance, financial aid and scholarship help, course registration, tutoring, mentoring, book ordering, test proctoring, and student internship placement.

Additionally, we have been able to staff two part-time employees with a recent increase in operating hours. Since March 2020 we have had 47 new applicants bringing our current number of students to 97. Despite the difficult times we find ourselves in, we continue to see our students complete their programs and fulfill their desired ambitions. 
Thank you to all of our donors for supporting
Amador College Connect
on Giving Tuesday!

The Amador Community College Foundation received $7,820 in donations on Giving Tuesday!
Center Closures
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Amador College Connect will be closed the following days:
02/12/21 - 02/15/21 President's Day Weekend

03/29/21 - 04/02/21 Spring Break
We are excited to announce that the Amador Community College Foundation was recently awarded grants from three local foundations:
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
American River Bank Foundation
These grants have been instrumental in helping Amador College Connect provide consistent support for our students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
~With our deepest gratitude, all of us at the Amador Community College Foundation ~
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Summer Semester 2021 Registration
Priority Registration - March 22
Open Registration - April 19
Semester Begins - May 3

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Spring Quarter 2021 Registration
Priority Registration - February 22
Open Registration - March 3
Quarter Begins - April 5

Board Member Highlight
Janice Davis
Janice Davis moved to Amador County in 1977 to take a teaching job with Amador County Unified School District. During her teaching career, Janice returned to school to obtain her Masters in School Counseling and Pupil Personnel Credential before returning to ACUSD as a high school counselor at Argonaut High School for 27 years. Before retiring in 2014, Janice became involved with the Amador Community College Foundation as part of her job, attending meetings and exchanging ideas. She continued to be involved after her retirement, working with a team of volunteers to develop the model for Amador College Connect still used today; helping Amador County citizens pursue higher education opportunities through distance learning.

Janice is passionate about the positive impact that Amador College Connect has had on the community; “I believe we have opened the door to higher education for our citizens. As a high school counselor, I saw many students who were unable to go to college due to cost, inability to commute to one of the neighboring colleges, or simply not knowing how to start a distance education program. We have helped numerous students complete Certificates, AA/AS degrees, and transfer programs to universities. Of note, our one-to-one assistance at no charge to students has given them the encouragement and understanding of the application process from start to finish. Once enrolled, we provide any needed assistance to the students.”

Janice presently serves on the Board of the Amador Community College Foundation, as well as works with the staff at Amador College Connect as the Student Services Advisor. She and her husband, Keith, live in Jackson, and their daughter, Brittany, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Sutter Amador Hospital. Her dedication to student success is evident in her continued involvement in the expansion of programs and seeking of sustainable funding sources so that our students can continue to thrive.
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Student Feature
Ashton and Jesse Grosse
When the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort announced that they would be offering a scholarship for their employees to pursue college education related to their field of work, Ashton and Jesse Grosse were among the first to apply. Now, they are both in their last semester at Coastline Community College and about to each earn a Certificate of Achievement in Human Resource Management. Both were inspired to pursue college education because of the impact that it could have on their careers and their family. Ashton, who currently works in Human Resources at the Jackson Rancheria, was motivated to earn her certificate by her young daughter, who she hopes will see her accomplishments and be inspired to one day pursue college education. Jesse, who currently holds a management position at the Jackson Rancheria, was inspired to take classes that would give him the skills and knowledge to further his career in the right direction.

So far, Jesse says, his classes have helped him hugely at work; “my classes have given me a perspective I didn’t have previously. I had years of practical experience being a manager but learning the technical side of being a manager has given be a great perspective and benefitted me greatly.” Ashton has experienced a positive impact on her organizational skills and time management at work and enjoys the fact that what she learns in class is so applicable to her current position. Both Ashton and Jesse plan on pursing Associate Degrees once they have completed their certificates. Congratulations to both Jesse and Ashton, and we look forward to continuing to support them on their journey!
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Volunteer Appreciation
Meg Newell
After a first career teaching Second Language English in Japan and the United States, and a second career as a lawyer in Minnesota, Meg Newell and her two Airedales moved to Amador County in 2016 to be closer to family. A lifelong student herself, Meg became involved with Amador College Connect after a family friend suggested that she might be interested in becoming a volunteer tutor. Her experience completing coursework and degrees in Education, Linguistics, Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Studio Art has allowed her to tutor across many subjects, and she is passionate about sharing the study skills and learning techniques that have helped her succeed as a student.

Not only is Meg always willing to tutor Amador College Connect students as needed, she also helps Amador Community College Foundation to complete grant applications, continuously mentors students as they progress through their programs, and has referred several students to begin or continue their educational journeys. We are lucky to work with such a dedicated volunteer who understands what online learning can mean for new and continuing students; “I have seen distance learning open up whole new worlds for our students who might have been reticent about starting college or returning to school after an extended break." She adds; "online students are spared the ritual of walking into a classroom for the first time, choosing a seat and being called on. The instructors have worked with distance learning specialists to tailor the coursework to the online platforms and learning objectives are clearly set out. Online learning allows people with very different learning styles to succeed.”

When she isn’t busy dedicating her time to helping Amador College Connect students succeed in their educational endeavors, Meg furthers her own learning by taking sculpture, painting, and pottery classes. Meg currently serves on the Board of Operation Care, and is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for NEXUS Youth and Family Services. She loves spending time with her daughters and granddaughter. 

Amador College Connect is always seeking tutors and mentors. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Janice Davis at janice@amadorcollegeconnect.org!
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