Learning briefs, Aug. 18, 2008 | TheUnion.com

Learning briefs, Aug. 18, 2008

— Jones wins Forest Foundation scholarship

Alicia Jones of Grass Valley has been named one of the three recipients of this year’s California Forestry Challenge Alumni Scholarship, given by the Forest Foundation, a timber industry group.

It’s the second time the 2007 Nevada Union High School graduate has won the award. Jones will use the $830 scholarship money again this fall at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where she is a sophomore majoring in forestry and Natural Resources.

Jones participated in the California Forestry Challenge three years in a row while attending Nevada Union.

“The Forestry Challenge had a great influence on my ideas about forest management,” wrote Jones in her essay when applying for this year’s scholarship. “I firmly believe that the main reason why I have such a passion for seeing proper and safe forest management is because I was exposed early to it on a real fire prevention and restoration/management effort after the Fred’s Fire in the El Dorado National Forest when I was part of the Forestry Challenge in 2005.”

— Sierra College classes offered

The Nevada County campus of Sierra College is offering courses in ballroom dancing, drawing and conversational Spanish.

The ballroom dancing course is four one-hour sessions starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Nevada City Veteran’s Hall, 415 N. Pine St., Nevada City. Participants will learn the basic steps of the fox-trot, waltz, swing, cha-cha, rumba and tango.

Cost is $104 per couple, and pre-registration is required.

“You can draw” is for people who think they can’t. They’ll learn right-brain techniques with charcoal, pencil and other media on paper.

Three sessions from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 14 cost $69; pre-registration is required.

Conversational Spanish will use class vignettes to improve pronunciation and develop vocabulary, building confidence to speak. Classes are 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 10. cost is $96; pre-registration is required, and students must bring the textbook on the first day.

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