Diverse Students
November 2020 Newsletter
Message From Our Director:
Rachelle Saldate
Starting college can be a daunting task for many individuals, and the resources at Amador College Connect can provide much needed support. I am very gratified to have a position where I can use my education and experience to help students as they navigate the confusing world of higher education. I love being able to watch our students gain confidence. Sometimes students walk in our doors who do not even know how to use a computer, and, with our help, they go on to successful academic careers.
In my role as executive director, I am strengthening our relationships with Amador County Unified School District, as well as developing new programs with the colleges we work with.
Additionally, we are increasing advertising about our services through our updated website, digital newsletter, television commercials, and Facebook advertisements -- all in an attempt to attract more people to higher education.
Donate to Amador College Connect on
December 1, 2020
This year, Giving Tuesday donations will be made exclusively online at giveamador.org.

Donate on Tuesday, December 1, and your dollars will go further with extra incentives from our community partners match!

Help up achieve our goals:
  • Increase opportunities for attainment of living wage jobs in Amador County
  • Develop pipeline of prepared professionals & skilled workers for Amador businesses
  • Expand local Career Technical Education pathways & apprenticeships
Center Closures
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The Amador College Connect office will be closed for the following holiday breaks:
11/21/20 - 11/27/20 Thanksgiving Break
12/21/20 - 01/01/21 Winter Break
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
Scholarship Program News
Amador College Connect is proud to host one of our Human Services Scholarship students, Amy Stuart, for an MHSA-funded internship! Amy grew up in Volcano and still lives there, just down the street from her childhood home. Of learning about the scholarship program, she says, "after having a rough start to my adult life with a couple bad relationships, I found out about the MHSA scholarship program from a friend and decided to give it a try." Amy was accepted into the Human Services Scholarship in December 2019, and began taking classes at Coastline College for a Certificate in Human Services in spring semester 2020. She has completed six classes in just two semesters, and is currently enrolled in the last class required to achieve her certificate. Through her internship and beyond, Amy hopes to empower women in her community to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals no matter the obstacles they face.

"I was very excited for the opportunity to intern with Amador College Connect. They have helped me achieve my goal of going to school, even when I was so hesitant, considering it had been 14 years since I had done any type of schooling. I am excited to be able to give back and help others who are looking to go back to school. I want to empower women who have been in my shoes and gotten out of bad situations, and show other single moms that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. I'm excited to learn about other community resources and be able to connect my peers with what they need to be successful. I can't wait to get to know everyone better and continue working towards our goals of higher education!"
- Amy Stuart
Join us for an Academic Success Workshop!
Held 3 times a semester via Zoom, Academic Success Workshops cover a wide range of topics that can be challenging for students, and be barriers to student success.
Topics include:

  • Academic Writing
  • Finding Academic Articles
  • Using References
  • Using APA and MLA Format
  • Navigating Student Portals and Canvas
  • Study Skills

Find the link to our next workshop on our website, email list, and social media!
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Tutor's Corner
Michelle Tillery
Once a student of Amador College Connect, Michelle has been a volunteer tutor for ACC for 3 years, ever since earning her Associate of Arts in Human Services from Coastline College in 2017. After moving from Pennsylvania, to Arizona, and finally to California, Michelle joined the Amador College Connect family in 2014 as a student in the MHSA scholarship program. Like many students that Amador College Connect serves, Michelle has overcome personal and academic challenges in her pursuit of higher education, and she channels her experiences into her incredible dedication to helping others. "Since I struggle with a learning disability and continuously work on my recovery in mental health, I feel I can contribute back to some students that may also have these same struggles." -Michelle Tillery
Michelle currently tutors students in Human Services, English, Geography, and Algebra; all subjects that she both enjoys, and finds challenging. She hopes that she can inspire others to find the joy in subjects they find challenging too!
Lastly, she shares a quote that she uses for motivation, and hopes will motivate others as well.
"Instead of perceiving failure as a negative, look at it as a chance to reset and start again refreshed"
Attention High School Students!
~ Earn college credit for free while in high school ~
Dual enrollment registration is now open for spring semester 2021.
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Earn While You Learn:
Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship
The Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program is a partnership between Columbia College, Amador College Connect, First 5 Amador, and participating childcare centers in Amador County. This 2-year program allows students to begin earning a living immediately as childcare workers while concurrently attending classes, instead of postponing employment until after graduating. The apprenticeship program provides a structured training framework including coursework aligned with industry certification and high-quality paid on-the-job training. The training and coursework are provided at no cost to the apprentice.

Kaitlyn Hanson, Apprenticeship Program Technician at Columbia College, highlights how the ECE Apprenticeship program assists students in achieving their academic and career goals: "at the completion of the program, apprentices are eligible for their Associate Teacher Permit and are well-qualified to apply for permanent positions within their employing agency. The combination of coursework and on-the-job training produces skilled child development professionals and starts them on the path to an Associate's Degree and higher-level Child Development permits."

Laura Ellison, a current ECE apprentice, is employed as an associate teacher and is working toward her teacher permit. Not only is she completing the 18 Child Development units required by the apprenticeship, but she is working toward her A.A. in Early Childhood Education as well. Once finished, she is excited to utilize the skills she has learned throughout the program to help children in Amador County!