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After a brief hiatus and some changes, the Bear River High School career center has reopened. The career center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The school’s site council and donations from the Rotary Club of South Nevada County have provided the funds for the operation of the center.

The center has computers, and students can get assistance on writing college essays, resumes and on career research. Financial aid assistance is also available.



For more information, contact Rachelle Smith at the career center at 268-3700, ext. 4818, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Recently, members of the Gold Country Kiwanis presented a Leadership Training Workshop, co-sponsored by the Gold Country University of California-Berkeley Alumni Association.

The workshop was held at and supported by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office. Forty-one students from Bear River, Nevada Union and Sierra Foothill high schools took part. Students were members of a variety of on-campus organizations including music, athletics and public service, such as the Kiwanis Key Club.

Presentations were made by seven speakers: Tom Larsen, president of the Gold Country UC Berkeley Alumni Association; Bill Locker, of Sierra Nevada Children’s Services; Rick Hansen, Wachovia Securities; Joe Bell, family law attorney; John Zwerver, American Red Cross; Jim Kerr, KNCO radio news director; and Howard Levine, Grass Valley Downtown Association.

The workshop focused on the basics of leadership and motivation, how to have a successful meeting, how to set goals, how to manage time, how to structure decision making, the essentials of public speaking, event planning and management, and finding resources to accomplish goals.

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The Associated Students of Sierra College will be hosting a debate for Sierra College board candidates Tuesday on the Rocklin campus from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Dietrich Theatre.

There are three open seats on the community college board representing the Roseville, Granite Bay and Nevada City regions. Incumbent Robert Tomasini and challenger Scott Leslie, as well as incumbent David Parker and challenger Aaron Klein, will be at the debate. Incumbent Jerry Simmons is running unopposed.

For more details, contact ASSC activities coordinator Joy Hanson at 305-7691.

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The Sierra Community College District has been given a financial credit rating of A-plus by Standard and Poor’s as it prepares to finance the certificates of participation to finance critical capital projects. This will result in cost savings to the district by lowering the premiums for bond insurance.

The college district is preparing to issue $7.4 million in certificates of participation for projects on the Rocklin campus including relocatable classrooms, repairs and upgrades to water heating systems and the swimming pool and improvements to the chemistry labs on campus.

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Got education news? E-mail David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion. com or call 477-4229.


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