Sierra College Receives Awards at the Placer County Economic Development Summit
ROCKLIN: Sierra College received two awards during the nineteenth annual Placer County Economic Development Summit held last Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at the Orchard Creek Ballroom at Sun City Lincoln Hills. About 215 people attended the summit which honors outstanding public-sector and private-sector contributions to the county’s economic wellbeing.
Sierra College president, Dr. Leo E. Chavez, accepted an award on behalf of the College for its Solar Energy Technician Program which began offering classes during the fall of 2009. Steve Nichols, the economic development board chairman for Placer County, presented the award to Sierra for helping fill the need to have a skilled workforce in the rapidly growing photovoltaic energy field. “This course curriculum was developed in response to hundreds of projected new, well-paid local jobs for photovoltaic solar panel installers, inspectors, technicians and business-development specialists,” Nichols said. “This course will enhance Placer County’s long-term development and competitiveness by having a skilled workforce and local training opportunities in the renewable energy field.” Sierra received grant funding through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office for the program.
Sandra Scott, director of grant development and career technical education, received an award for her effectiveness serving as a liaison between the college and both the business community and local government agencies. and developing innovative new training and education programs to meet local employers demand for qualified staff. Councilman John Allard gave Scott her award, telling the audience “Sandra supports the college’s effort to make education relevant for students, increasing the number of local residents who find meaningful employment and advising local economic developers on the value of Sierra College to our community,” Sandra manages customized employee training that helps local businesses increase productivity and secured grant funding to support local employers training programs. Her accomplishments include:
- Impacting businesses’ bottom line through lean manufacturing and process improvement training as well as technical skills such as IPC soldering and rapid prototyping
- Securing the grant to develop the Mechatronics program at Sierra that has a track record of supplying highly qualified technicians to meet manufacturing and technology companies’ needs. Plus, Mountain Mechatronics in conjunction with the California Ski Industry Association.
- Sierra STEM Collaborative working with Sierra College and feeder schools to attract students to technical careers. Programs established at High Schools: Lincoln, Placer, Colfax, Nevada Union, Oakmont, Truckee, North Tahoe.
- Serves on the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board.
- Serves as the education representative on the Placer County Economic Development Board.
For more information on these programs; visit www.sierracollegetraining.com; www.sierraschoolworks.com, www.sierraenergytech.com.