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The has established the Sierra College Alumni Association to promote a lifelong relationship between the institute and former students. The association will offer former students the opportunity for career development, networking, social events, mentoring, community involvement, and philanthrophy.

“We serve 40,000 students at Sierra College each year and the SCAA will provide them with ongoing professional and personal opportunities once they graduate,” said Sonbol Aliabadi, executive director of the Sierra College Foundation. “The alumni association is an exciting addition to the foundation, and we are pleased that it will greatly contribute to the lives of all of our alumni and the college.”

The alumni association is also expected to provide a bridge between former and current students, allowing the formeri to help the latter achieve success.



To become a member of the Sierra College Alumni Association, call the Sierra College Foundation at 916-789-2920 or visit http://www.sierracollege.edu/foundation/alumni.html online.

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The is sponsoring its first Small Business Conference titled “Change Management: Using Change to Increase Your Business Markets.”

The conference, designed for current and potential business owners, managers and other key personnel, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 11 at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin

The keynote speakers include:

– Tom James, senior consultant with Spencer Johnson Partners founded by Dr. Spencer Johnson and author of the best-seller “Who Moved My Cheese?” James has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and senior management experience.

– Eric Mandell, chief of Communications and Outreach for the California Department of General Services, Procurement Division. He also serves as the Department’s Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Advocate. Mandell has more than 30 years in the fields of marketing, communication and advertising.

Break-out sessions addresses topics like: branding your business as a tool to increase sales and drive profit; globalization of your business and your trade expertise; learning from lending experts how to secure small business financing; and protecting your business and yourself from identity theft.

Cost for registration is $119 from March 17 through April 10, and $129 at the door. Registration now through March 16 costs $99. There will be a Marketplace and Resource Area for small business owners to market their products and/or services. Booth rental is $99 for one person and $50 for second person to man the booth.

Contact Cathy Lentz for registration and more information at clentz@sbdcsierra.org or (530) 885-5488.


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