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Sacramento Needs to Address Its Lack of Technical Training

Sacramento Needs to Address Its Lack of Technical Training

By Roger Speer

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers.

Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly-skilled baby boomers that are entering retirement.

So where will we find these workers? There are many young adults in the 18- to 24-year-old age bracket that possess no post-high school education. Many of these individuals are either unemployed or have low-paying jobs that offer limited career paths.

While the national unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent to 5.5 percent since the country entered recession in 2008, youth unemployment has remained stubbornly high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

High school students learn multimedia skills at Sac State

High school students learn multimedia skills at Sac State

"It really opened my eyes as to what I want to do with my future." - Jessica Henderson

      "It was cool to work and learn about multimedia journalism." - Keegan Morris

The Multimedia Journalism Summer Academy for High School Students wrapped up at Sacramento State with students producing video projects on their smartphones.

News10’s George Warren and former News10 anchor Sharon Ito led the weeklong workshop, where students toured the News10 studios and received hands-on training in shooting, writing and editing a video story.  (Click to see the News10 photo album.)

Here are some of their projects:

Drought and water-supply experts list for 2015

Drought and water-supply experts list for 2015

Experts from the University of California, Davis, are available to media to discuss the drought and water-supply issues affecting California.

DROUGHT AND WILDFIRES Wildfire, climate and plant communities

Mark Schwartz, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, can discuss the impact of climate change on wildfires, as well as where and when plant communities are predicted to exhibit stress as a consequence of unusual climatic conditions, including wildfire. His work to help better predict fire behavior and forest vulnerabilities informs decisions about fire management, including prescribed fire, fuels reduction, and management responses to wildfire events. Contact: Mark Schwartz, John Muir Institute of the Environment, (530) 752-0671, mwschwartz@ucdavis.edu.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS Economic impact on agriculture and consumers

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Cosumnes River College Sculpture and Ceramic Arts Club Exhibit

Cosumnes River College Sculpture and Ceramic Arts Club Exhibit
Cosumnes River College Sculpture and Ceramic Arts Club Exhibit
07-03-2015 - 07-23-2015
Elk Grove Fine Arts Center
http://www.elkgrovefineartscenter.org
Admission: Free
 
(916) 685-5992
egfinearts@frontiernet.net
 
Start Time(s): Wednesdays-Saturdays 11am-4pm 1st Friday (7/3) 4pm-7pm
This exhibit will feature works from the Cosumnes River College Sculpture and Ceramic Arts Club. At the reception, community artists will be showing and selling a variety of original artwork.
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Elk Grove-Based Medical School Granted Accreditation, Set to Start September Classes

Elk Grove-Based Medical School Granted Accreditation, Set to Start September Classes

California Northstate University's (CNU) President Alvin Cheung announced today that it has received an accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.  

The Elk Grove-based medical school relocated from Rancho Cordova in 2014 also operates the CNU Pharmacy School. That school graduated its first class of 98 students last month. 

With its new accreditation, CNU is only the fifth private university in the State of California to operate both a pharmacy school and medical school under one roof... Read More

UC Master Gardener Plant Clinic

UC Master Gardener Plant Clinic
UC Master Gardener Plant Clinic
08-22-2015 - 08-22-2015
UC Master Gardeners
http://ucanr.edu/sacmg
Admission: Free
 
(916) 875-6913
 
Start Time(s): Sat 9am-1pm
"How can I garden with limited water?" "What is on my plants: Is it a good bug or a bad bug?" Bring samples of your problem plants or insects to this UC Master Gardener Plant Clinic
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Elk Grove School District Offering Seamless Summer Feeding Program to Area Students

Elk Grove School District Offering Seamless Summer Feeding Program to Area Students

The Elk Grove Unified School District's Food & Nutrition Services will be leading a joint-effort to provide nutrition programs for students on break for summer recess. 

The Nutrition Services department is joining forces with local community partners to provide meals, free of charge, to children under the age of 18 during the summer months. The Seamless Summer Feeding Program, which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), allows school districts to provide meals in neighborhoods with greater than 50 percent free or reduced eligible populations. Meals are served to children free of charge and there are no income requirements for those that participate. ... Read More