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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 7B Feather River College is building upon 50 years of success In2018, Feather River WHER I STAND It is the goal of FRC to grow College will celebrate its 50th ................................... this program, potentially anniversary. Opportunities DR, KEVlN TRUTNA evolving the Phi Theta Kappa for local college courses have grown significantly over the past 50 years and FRC continues its commitment to providing a first-choice college degree for Plumas County residents and beyond. The purpose of this article is to inform the public about FRC achievements over the past year, which set the stage for the next 50 years of progress. Bachelor's Degree Feather River College was one of the first California community colleges permitted to award a technical bachelor's degree. Almost half of the states now allow community colleges to award limited bachelor's degrees and the California legislature approved the change in educational offerings in response to a trained workforce shortage. Currently, only 15 colleges are approved to offer a bachelor's degree, none of which are allowed to duplicate any degrees from the California State University nor the University 0f California. FRC will graduate its first Bachelor of Science student in Equine and Ranch PRESIDENT/SUPERINTENDENT, FEATHER RIVER COLLEGE Management at the end of the 2018 spring semester. This watershed moment for all of Plumas County reiterates the commitment to providing trained graduates who enter this important agricultural workforce. In the future, FRC is hopeful that the pilot program will be expanded to allow additional bachelor's degrees, which would further benefit our students by taking advantage of our unique location and learning opportunities. Honors Program The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society was restarted three years ago and attracted over 70 students last year. Numerous students graduated with PTK honors, parlaying this recognition into sizeable scholarships and transfer opportunities. For example, one Academic All-American soccer player was given an additional PTK scholarship with hisathletic transfer scholarship. Another student was awarded a nationally competitive foundation scholarship from PTK. Honors Society into a comprehensive Honors Program that awards scholarships for students to attend FRC, Expanding Campus Earlier this year, FRC had the opportunity to purchase 180 acres of land adjacent to the can pus at a significant discount from the appraised value. This land cannot be used for classrooms nor dormitory construction. However, the pastureland is perfect for expanding the bachelor's degree and co-curricular projects with Agriculture, Environmental Studies and the Rodeo Program. The Facilities Master Plan is being updated with a portion of the land set aside for a potential partnership with the University of California Cooperative Extension Office. This additional land, projected to be part of a working cattle and agricultural operation to support the bachelor's degree program, will provide students with hands-on experiences in running a ranch and farm. The additional land will help ease overcrowding issues with current livestock and provide for monitoring of the ecological area around Spanish Creek, allowing the College to continue to be a steward of this important environmental resource. In short, the expansion will only improve career educational experiences for FRC students. Need for Housing Feather River College worked with the Arba Group parent company to receive a donation of the former Quincy Senior Care Center for conversion into college dormitories. Last fall, over 70 individuals were on the waiting list for student housing as the semester started. As a result, these potential students did not enroll at FRC and moved to other colleges. This lost opportunity for FRC and the businesses that support all of our residents is significant. With the opening of the new, converted dormitory in August 2017, it is the goal of FRC to attract and retain more students to campus and the community. FRC Foundation The FRC Foundation exists to support the students and activities of Feather River College. One of the goals of the Foundation is to explore a tuition waiver scholarship for all Plumas County graduates. This dream of free college for Plumas County has been discussed with the FRC Foundation Board with potential fundraising toward this ideal. In addition, the FRC Foundation owns the Feather River Fitness Center. Foundation mini-grants have become popular with academic departments on campus to support instruction in addition to the numerous student scholarships already awarded through the FRC Foundation. Unique Academic Programs Feather River College has several unique programs that exist in only a few places on the west coast such as the fish hatchery, outdoor recreation leadership, and equine studies to name a few. FRC is proud of these destination programs and maintains its future goal of supporting such programs that attract students who otherwise would not attend FRC. Service to the Community Feather River College is exploring and implementing dual-enrollment options with the Plumas Unified School District in which high school students have the opportunity to receive college credit while in high school. Instructional partnerships with numerous organizations and agencies benefit local communities such as the Chester Chorus, Sierra Rescue, Lake Almanor Fitness Center, and the U.S. Forest Service internships. Additionally, FRC is currently working on instructional partnerships with the Plumas County Sheriffs Office and Plumas County Behavioral Health to provide important and expanded training opportunities. The above accomplishments list only a portion of the significant achievements at Feather River College as we set the foundation for the next 50 years. FRC is well positioned to keep its place and reputation as a leader in small colleges by providing unique career opportunities and excellent transfer academic programs. I look forward to several official activities as FRC will celebrate its 50th anniversary serving all of Plumas County, northeastern California and the world. I am convinced that the next 50 years will be even better than the past 50 years as FRC continues to grow and provide a high-quality education. LETTERS, rom page 6B N.Y.C.; it is actually the George Washington Bridge. I'm sorry for the confusion. However, there are some notes about Brooklyn that might be of interest. Brooklyn was where GM Branch Rickey decided that Jackie Robinson should begin his career in Major League Baseball. That move greatly contributed to multiculturalism. A Brooklyn is a crossover strike. If a right-hander rolls a bowling ball so that it impacts the left side of the .... headpin it's called a Brooklyn. If all 10 pins fall it still cOunts as a strike. Brooklyn is also the title of a fairly recent movie. An interesting story, set less than a century ago, about a young Irish woman who leaves her homeland to live and work in the U.S. After overcoming some obstacles with immigrating and assimilating to the new world she finds that things work out pretty well in the end. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills Fight the right The new year, 2017, does not look good. With the new Clown in Town, the only positive idea that comes to mind is 'This will certainly not be boring.' We'll be fighting the radical right and their mercenary armies of politicians, lawyers and lobbyists, for the wellbeing of the American people. We must fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from Republican attacks. And despite their certain attack on the Affordable Care Act, we will not give up the fight for a single-payer health care system for everyone. We need it. Furthermore, we must continue to fight the battles for a livable minimum wage; paid maternity and paternity leave; paid sick leave; rational and reasonable gun restrictions; the de-mfli~rization of police forces; drastic reduction of military budgets; drastic increases of taxes on corporations and the rich; abolishing the 'electoral college' system; public financing of elections and the repeal of 'Citizens United'; supporting and improving the public school system (no tax dollars going to religious or private schools); free university education for all who want it; abolishing 'privately-owned' prisons (despicable companies using slave labor for profit); supporting our LGBT fellow Americans in' their quest for equal rights; freeing prisoners with non-violent drug offences; implement massive infrastructure improvement projects; legalize recreational marijuana at the federal level; provide 'free' birth-control and abortions for anyone; impose drastic measures to attack global warming/climate change (it is not a hoax, wake up); subsidize massive renewable energy programs; prioritize public transportation systems over individual transportation devices; stop murdering people with zombie aircraft (drones); support the International Criminal Court; fight the right-wing/Republican efforts to privatize everything including our National Forests, National Parks, and BLM lands; halt the 'privatization' of war; cripple the arms industry and itsefforts to ensure that war is 'perpetual.' War will never end as long as those corporations retain such wealth and power over governments and politicians world-wide. Peace is anathema to them. We must never give up the fight for what is right. But, then, the President-Elect picks a retired Marine Corps general nicknamed "Mad Dog" for the Secretary of Defense. What does that say to the rest of the world? I'll tell you what it says. It says "Be afraid. Be very afraid." Hey, I'm a veteran of the Marines, too, and I know when to be afraid. Now is the time. Happy New Year. Yeah, right. Fight the right. James Evans Quincy Angry old man on the hill Our friend at Lake Davis is being misled by his particular frame of reference. His rants grow almost weekly against socialist, millennials, liberals, gays, diversity, etc. This demonstrates the action of an angry old man, who is mad at the world, at least a good part of it. His neighbors probably don't even like him. He states, "American taxpayers don't owe you a living, healthcare, college education or a future." Give me a break! When I graduated from the California State University system in 1968, I was paying $48 dollars a semester. In those days 90 percent of the University system's budget came from the state, (supported by the taxpayers). The remaining 10 percent came from tuition. Today those figures are reversed. Back then, there was great chance to make a living and California had the best educational system in the country (supported by the taxpayers). Please. Such a selfish perspective, that is "My generation got ours so screw you." Recently there appeared an article titled, "Coldwell Banker sees Strength in Real Estate Market" (Nov. 30, Portola Reporter). It further stated, "We're seeing more young people in their 30s and 40s purchasing homes, not just retirees." The point here is that instead of whining about boarded up storefronts, and people who don't think or look like you, think of our property values and what it's going to take to keep our town alive. News flash-- A young Latino millennial, was chosen as firefighter of the year from the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Department. I might be wrong, but isn't this the kind of person we want to attract and keep in our area? Ronaldo Rodriguez Portola The political reality of a Trump presidency This past presidential election was like no other in billionaires and CEOs who often made their fortunes ignoring the weifare of American workers and their families or raping the environment. They also include white supremacists and racists who could plunge us back into the era of civil rights. He has selected more military advisors than any other president in modern history. Is Trump's direction for America steeped in worldwide intimidation and domination? Trump appealed to Americans who were American history, mislead to believe that their Supporters of Donald Trump futures would:unprove, via .... are understandably ecstatic. Detractors of Trump are understandably horrified. The divide between the respective voters couldn't be greater. Some Americans are urging our citizens to come together and focus on our commonalities rather than our differences: I believe that all Americans need to recognize that a Trump Presidency has the potential to undo everything that is good and worthwhile in America, including the betrayal of the American working family. 22xtmp's campaign capitalized on the distress and ignorance of many disenfranchised voters. His message of hate and accusation permeated his words and was reflected in his actions. It spread like a toxin igniting anger and frustration. His choice of advisors includes political upheaval and a :, return to past practices, rather than a critical evaluation of how, we as a nation, must adapt to change: changes in our world due to human activity, changes in our population composition, increased pressures placed on our natural resources to support unbridled population growth, and our destructive use or misuse of essential and/or finite, irreplaceable resources. I believe that all Americans must be Vigilant regarding any changes in direction that a Trump presidency tries to implement. Positive, forward-thinking change should drive our policy: not hate, exclusion, or continued resource and environmental degradation. We must not be silent! Faith Strailey Quincy Contact your elected officials PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288;~E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can be e-mailed from links on the county website: countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/eontacl/ U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TrY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco,, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710. Website: feinstein.senate .gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D).District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563.112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 1st DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. wwwLaMalfa.House.gov.; Facebook.com/RepLaMalfa; twitter: @RepLaMalfa. DISTRICT OFFICE: 2862 Olive Hwy, Suite D, Oroville, CA 95965, (530) 534-7100, FAX (530) 534-7800. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. E1 Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center: 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, E1 Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234. Redding Constituent Service Center: 1670 Market St., Suite 244, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530) 225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1st DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, Suite 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-00001, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. District Office: 280 Hemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223- 6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR. Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/(916) 445,2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. "Kittens" 3 domestic short hairs are about 12 weeks old - they are light grey Tabby's - 1 male 2 female. "Fargo" is a Brindle Boxer mix about 5 1/2 months old. He's house broken and loves everyone! "Thor" is a 18 month old Black Lab - He's house broken and loves everyone! Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm. Saturday viewing is by appointment only. Office hours are subject to change due to staffing; calling prior to visiting shelter is recommended. All potential adopters must complete an adoption consultation form and be approved prior to adoption. Adoption fees are $10 for dogs and cats, license fee for dogs is $15 per year. Fou on the road 1229 Industrial Way, Quincy hitechframe@yahoo.com For more information or to view more pets, visit us at www.petfmder.com I