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8A Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 Feather River Bulletin Where, in the World Mike and Paula Clements made sure to bring along a copy of the Feather River Bulletin while vacationing in Venice, Italy. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo to dmoore@plumasnews.com. Photo submitted Solar Power Ron Horton, owner of Les Schwab Horton Tire Center said, "It's one of the smartest things I've ever done," of his decision to convert to solar power. Horton said he is one of the few beneficiaries of the drought; for the first four years with the solar panels he received a check from PG&E for generating more energy than his store used. Horton credited the warm winters with the excess, but said he hopes the trend will not continue. Photo by Marl Erin Roth The Plumas County Adult ongoing effort, according to requirements, and a rigorous Education Consortium is Crespin. data collection and reporting looking for interested In July, the consortium process," Crespin said. community members willing launched its 2016-2017 "The key to this plan's to put their thinking caps on to program. Along with funding success and sustainability is meet the needs of adult five community-based projects that local agencies will learners, to provide support and perform the research, planning The group holds a Think instructional services to the and implementatiOn," she Tank on Monday, Sept. 12, region's adult learners, the noted. from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at group funded three community The state faces pressing Feather River College. agencies to help implement its adult education needs. One in Program director Pamela strategic plan. five California adults lacks a Crespin asks that anyone "Among the plan's goal are high school diploma, and half interested in attending contact to provide seamless of these adults have less than a her at pcrespin@frc.edu, educational and employment ninth-grade education. This first gathering is a pathways for our adult In Plumas County, fewer planning meeting for what the learners, a common curricula than 25 out of 100 residents consortium hopes will be an that aligns with state have a bachelor's degree or the Start Here First... FOR ALL YOUR CONSTRUCTION NEEDS Cornerstone DEC one-stop services: Architectural Designs Structural Engineering Civil Engineering Environmental ConstructiOn Services RNERSTONE: e Construction Chris Luna, Owner CA Lic #C52530 CA Lic #782985 530-596-4233 645 Main St., Chester, CA cornerstonedec.com cengineering 12@gmail.com higher, and nearly 2,600 residents live below the poverty line. Seasonal employment in a mountain region is a serious challenge, and in Plumas, the number of residents employed seasonally regularly decreases approximately 15 percent between August and February. The state and federal governments have determined that, in collaboration with workforce development initiatives, current adult education programs are among the best solutions to these education and employment challenges, according to Crespin. According to the California Department of Education, each year state and federal funding provides services to more than one million adult learners. These services are provided via a network of school districts, community colleges, Community or faith-based organizations, volunteer literacy organizations, public or private nonprofit agencies, public libraries, correctional facilities and other state agencies. In 2014-15, the Feather River Adult Education Consortium was created and funded to provide adult education support and instructional services in Plumas County. The consortium's primary goals are: to develop a funding plan that addresses the gaps in services, promote completion of high school diploma and/or equivalency, and strengthen the local field of workforce and life skills preparation available to adult learners. Unlike other adult education programs in the state, Plumas County's is uniquely community-based, Crespin said, which means that the consortium is funding local to provide most of the services and instructional programs. In 2015-16, the consortium awarded more than $633,000 to support 15 projects, developed and managed by six community-based organizations, three Feather Anna Plankey Medical Receptionist DISTRICT HOSPITAL Anna is wonderful. She is so patient with patients and staff, so calm, and easygoing about everything! Anna is a fast learner, always willing to help out if she can. She follows all protocols and is willing to listen to constructive criticism. Before responding or reacting; she will ask if she does not know the right answer. Anna is very easy to communicate with and does not get offended with busy hectic days or clinic staff. Anna is very pleasant to work with and helpful. She is a calming influence on all; if the day is hectic and crazy you couldn't tell by Anna. She relays messages thoroughly, promptly 'and professionally. She is always very attentive to detail and mindful of the patients. Anna is a genuine pleasure to work with. River College departments and the Plumas Unified School District/County Office of Education. While leveraging community capacity is an excellent model for this region, Crespin said, last year's program lacked the mechanisms to fully integrate the community-based projects into the coherent Program the state requires. With the goal of deyeloping a Plumas adult education "school' system," the consortium created and recently implemented a major restructuring plan that aligns with state requirements. For this school year, the consortium has awarded nearly $470,000 for support and instructional services, plus approximately $261,000 to community agencies for the restructuring plan. Community members who would like to support the restructuring can join or facilitate an Adult Education Think Tank. For more information, visit the adult education website at frc.edu/CTE-Adult-Education. \J w *,IIOPI.OC Y *Ain rr d Gm my mTmX IX - *Xla TE IIOUmY 't