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Bigelow and Berryhill at the Amador Centers for Higher Education

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Tessa Marguerite
07/25/2014 9:59 AM

  

Last Friday, the Amador Community College Foundation was visited by California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and Senator Tom Berryhill. Bigelow represents District 5, encompassing the Gold Country and the central Sierra Nevada. Berryhill represents District 14, and this is his fourth year serving in the California Senate.

The occasion was a dedication ceremony at the Amador Centers for Higher Learning and it brought out supporters of the ACCF, as well as some local political figures. John Plasse, District 1 Supervisor and ACCF Board member, addressed those in attendance concerning the difficulties of the approximately 100-mile round-trip commute to a physical campus, and the necessity of collaborating with regional and state community colleges to provide information and support facilities to Amador County residents.

Supervisors Brian Oneto and Ted Novelli were also in attendance to show their support of the ACCF.

The mission of the ACCF is “to advocate, facilitate and support sustainable higher education in Amador County.” Approximately 20 retired teachers and other volunteers dedicate their time to accomplish this mission through mentoring and tutoring. The Amador Learning Center Coordinator, Michael Krikorian, is the only paid employee. According to retired educator Karen Dickerson, there are currently 75 students taking online classes who rely on the ACCF for the use of laptops, financial support and/or guidance. Karen and her husband, Wyman, have been involved at the Foundation for five years. Karen commented, “We provide support to local people who, for one reason or another, cannot leave to get an education.”

For those who desire a higher education in our county, the ACCF makes it possible by offering over 100 choices in certificate and degree programs. The ACCF has two facilities — one in the Health and Human Services Building, Suite 700, 10877 Conductor Blvd., and the other in the Amador County Transportation Commission Center, at 117 Valley View Way, in Sutter Creek.

The public is invited to attend the foundation’s monthly meetings, held on the third Thursday of each month, at 2:30 p.m., in Conference Room C of the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, in Jackson. If you would like more information, or to be a mentor or volunteer, visit amadorcommunitycollege.org.

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