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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 3, 20"18 9A Plumas County Sheriff's deputies talk to teachers and students This year's Career Day motivational speaker is Arel Moodie who spoke of "effort" being the main component in student success. about careers in law enforcement and ride-alongs. Photos by Meg Upton m- Meg Upton community and state and hearing from the invited whether it is applyingto Staff Writer colleges, a couple of guest speaker, students schools or scholarships or University of California seemed to get the idea that learning on the job. "Your colleges as well as some the day was about secret weapon is effort," If there was one singular private and vocational exploration. Moodie said and the students theme at Feather River schools. This year's speaker, Arelgave an audible "oooh" in College's annual career day There were also booths Moodie, a self-made response. with local high school where Plumas County motivational speaker who He was full of stories about students it was "making an businesses and organizations, travels to colleges sharing his his yotmg life -- using cliff effort." had representatives life story as a college student, diving and the fear of failure Students from both Plumas available to talk with spoke on the students' level as a metaphor for students to Unified School District and students about possible and aimed to inspire them. think about. Plumas Charter schools career paths. Students can be He even got them chantingHe talked to them about made the effort to fill FRC's awfully shy about talking to "effort is everything" ingrowing up in a dangerous, gym for the morning adults or snub some response to his discussion poverty-stricken program with booths filled professions, but after championing those who show neighborhood and watching with information from assembling on the bleachers up and make an effort -- as others did not choose to leave or go to conege for fear of the unknown. "Don't live ruled by fear," Moodie said, "Change the way you see things." He told them he applied for every scholarship and seized every opportunity that came his way whether or not it appeared to have a direct link to his career now. He also reminded them that the adults around them want thereto succeed and noted that the booths of professionals in the room that were here to help. After his presentation, which included getting them to stand and attempt to touch the sky, the youth got down from the bleachers and some took another stroll around the gymnasium to speak with representatives. The event each year is put on by FRC as a community outreach program to the high schools in the area. Local college students also peruse the booths and talk to representatives about possible career choices and pathways. FRC BUDGET, from page 8A just full-time equivalents (FTEs), so the college is transitioning to a new funding formula. FRC Chief Financial Officer James Scoubes discussed several elements of the new student-centered funding formula that are impacting all California community colleges. Among the factors are a base allocation that credits campuses for FTEs and a supplemental allocation based on the nt mbers of students who receive Pell grants as well as the new College Promise grants and other ffmancial aid consideration. Student success outcome factors include things like how many students complete credit certificates, associate or bachelor's degrees, or transfer-level math and English within their first year of enrollment. Other measurements cover things such as transferring to a four-year school, completing nine or more career technical units, or attaining a regional living wage. Trustee Meyers expressed frustration with what he characterized as structural flaws in the FRC bu.dget process. "We're borrowing again from our beginning fund balance," Meyers said. "For the third year in a row, our planned increased income is less than our planned expenses. This board hasn't discussed the structural problems behind this (process) and I ffmd this unacceptable." President Trutna cited information within the inch-thick budget document that demonstrated FRC's revenue has actually come in over the amount of expenses for some time. CFO Scoubes also provided clarification, "In the past 10 to 13 years, we've only exceeded our budget once and it was because of the purchase of that property" [the land for the agriculture program]. Scoubes and Trustee Meyers agreed they have a friendly relationship and Scoubes acknowledged Meyers' concerns, saying, "Perhaps because of the way I conservatively forecast the budget and revenues. I underestimated the revenue that would come in," knowing it would be less than what the college would actually receive over the course of each year. "But you're OK with having planned deficits?" Meyers asked the executives. "Up to a certain point, we could do that," Scoubes said, adding that he is all for saving and there be may some times when FRC may have to spend from savings. Other board members weighed in on the discussion about the process by which FRC's budget is developed. Board President Dr. Ware had questions about how the figures, totals and components are derived. Trustee Sheehan talked about what he described as "an unnecessarily negative characterization regarding the school's FTEs," and added, "The borrowing didn't happen." Trustee McNett commented, "It's misleading to say we have to borrow from our beginning fund balance. It's (actually) just a paper thing." Trustee Dr. Meyers listened to all the points of views and expressed concern with what might be considered strategies for developing the college budget. "I still have a problem with that," he said. "Everyone at the state level is warning us to be careful, don't get extended." CFO Scoubes responded, "I'm like you, Jim. It's important to have this discussion. The districts that save are the ones that are fiscally strong." 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