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Cal. American Water Brings Environment Expertise as New Powerhouse Science Center Founding Partner

Cal. American Water Brings Environment Expertise as New Powerhouse Science Center Founding Partner

SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento today announced that California American Water has joined the campaign to build the premier science learning center serving Northern California.

As a founding partner, California American Water joins other regional leaders and organizations in a cooperative effort to support the development of this vital new community asset, and will lend their environmental and resource expertise to the project.

Located on the scenic banks of the Sacramento River, the Powerhouse Science Center will function as a model for 21st-century experiential STEM education (science, math, technology, engineering, space) and environmental stewardship.

Drexel Center Offering $15,000 Scholarships to Members of Sacramento Area Business Groups

Drexel Center Offering $15,000 Scholarships to Members of Sacramento Area Business Groups

SACRAMENTO – The Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento today announced that it will offer three special $15,000 Civic Engagement Scholarships to members of chambers of commerce and civically engaged partners in the Sacramento region.

Drexel University, which is known for innovation and partnering with its community to make a difference, is offering the scholarships as a continuation of its effort to develop the next generation of business, nonprofit and civic leaders whose skills will be of great importance to the future of the Sacramento region.

The $15,000 Civic Engagement Scholarship can be applied to tuition for any of the part-time graduate degree programs offered at the Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.

Scholarship finalists will be notified of a date and time when they will be interviewed by the award committee, which will be comprised of leaders of the Sacramento region’s chambers and civically engaged partners.

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Delta College Awarded $1.1 Million Cal-PASS Grant

Delta College Awarded $1.1 Million Cal-PASS Grant

 

Delta College's Board of Trustees voted unanimously at to accept the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS) grant for 2012-13 at their July 17 meeting. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted to award Delta College the contract at its July 9 meeting. The Cal-PASS grant amount of $1.139 million per fiscal year is renewable for up to five years.

Pocket Softball League Represents Sac in Western National Championships

Pocket Softball League Represents Sac in Western National Championships

Two teams from the Pocket Softball League are headed to their age level’s respective Western National Championships representing the Greater Sacramento Softball Association. 

The 12U Pocket All Stars played extremely well at the ASA Association Championship tournament at Lembi Park in Folsom on June 23rd-24th.  The team took 3rd place and posted a 4-1 record in the “B” Division.  They logged wins against Elk Grove, Five Cities, Foothill and Roseville, eventually losing to another Elk Grove team in a semi-final game.  The team received a large team trophy and all of the girls received medals.  The 3rd place finish qualified the 12U team for the Western National Tournament in Salem, Oregon on July 30th – August 4th.

Under the tutelage of volunteer Coach Steve Cobb, the “Pocket Aces” fastpitch team ripped through the two-day competition in Lincoln, June 23rd-June 24

Volunteers of America helps kids in need succeed through Operation Backpack

Volunteers of America helps kids in need succeed through Operation Backpack

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for most children, but for Sacramento’s homeless children, it is a time fraught with emotional and academic challenges. Without even the most basic supplies, these students start at a disadvantage that only gets worse as the school year progresses.

Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack, which runs June 25 to July 13, aims at providing Sacramento’s youth in need with new backpacks and school supplies – tools they need to achieve academic success.

“This is our third consecutive year of partnering with Volunteers of America on Operation Backpack, and we are thrilled to once again help our local students in need,” said Tri Counties Bank Marketing Specialist, Jessica Freitas. “While a new backpack is such a small thing to most of us, for these kids it really makes a big difference.

Plan would freeze UC, CSU fees if voters pass tax

Plan would freeze UC, CSU fees if voters pass tax

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have come up with a plan to freeze tuition rates at California's public universities if voters approve a tax hike in November.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Monday that lawmakers will move a budget-related bill that appropriates an extra $125 million each for University of California and California State University in the 2013-14 academic year.

The money will be made available to the UC system if the board agrees not to increase fees this year. The CSU would have to rescind a $500 increase that is going into effect this fall.

Brown and Democratic lawmakers are relying on taxes to balance much of the state's $15.7 billion shortfall. The measure would raise the sales tax statewide and income taxes on high earners.

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Sacramento -- Crayons, watercolors and glitter -- lots of glitter! -- adorn artwork created by young artists participating in Saturday's contest to win cash prizes, sponsored by the Friends of Southgate Library.

Thanks to Comics & Collectibles on Fruitridge Road, every artist received two free comic books to take home on the final day of Dia! Many Children...Many Cultures...Many Books program at Sacramento County libraries.

Nicole Powel, children's librarian, says this program celebrating Sacramento's multi-cultural diversity highlights 2012's schedule of events emphasizing in-home reading for all children and their parents. "By coming to these library events," she explains, "children are provided with free books to take home and keep.