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LRN – Learning Briefs

Sierra College’s new Mechatronics ( program trains future employees to operate and maintain equipment that integrates electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics and computer control. The Sierra College campus in Rocklin is the only community college in California – and one of two nationally – with fully integrated Mechatronics classes.

The new Mechatronics classes started at Sierra College this spring. The students work on custom Mechatronics equipment provided by $600,000 grant from The California Community College Chancellors Office and another $600,000 obtained through industry donations.

Class projects, guest speakers, hands-on labs, state-of-the-art equipment, and internships prepare students for the Mechatronics job market.

Sierra College offers certificate, degree and transfer programs, as well as short-term on-site employee training in Mechatronics. To learn more about the Mechatronics program visit, and

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Kimberly Clausen, a 2000 graduate from Bear River High School, completed her bachelor of science degree in agriculture business from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, in December 2005. Within a month, she landed a job with a national third party logistical transportation company, C.H. Robinson, Inc. home office located in Minneapolis. Clausen works at the local Roseville office. She was recently promoted to account manager.

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Bryan Clausen, an alumni of Bear River High School, graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. on May 6, 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace studies. Clausen participated in the Navy ROTC program and received full scholarship for his last two years from the US Marine Corps. He completed officer candidate school during the summer of 2005.

Clausen was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant on May 5, 2006. In June, he will begin a six month Marine Corps Officer infantry operation training school in Quantico Virginia. On graduation, he has orders to attend the Pensacola Florida Naval Air Station to begin a two year flight school.


Johanna Preis, a 2001 graduate of Nevada Union High School, will graduate magna cum laude from the School of Psychology and has been accepted to the master’s degree program at Sacramento State University.


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