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New scholarship to honor William K Chase

New scholarship to honor William K Chase

STOCKTON – A new endowment at the University of the Pacific will honor the memory of William K Chase and establish a new scholarship to support the academic pursuits of students in its Community Involvement Program (CIP).

The family auto dealership’s gift of $250,000 was matched by the school’s Powell Fund, bringing the total endowment to $500,000.

“My father was a kind and generous man who passionately believed in paying it forward,” John W. Chase, the third-generation owner of Chase Chevrolet in Stockton said in a press release. “I wanted to pay tribute to him in a way that reinvests in the community and creates opportunities for local youth – with tremendous potential – for generations to come.”

The William K. Chase Scholarship will be awarded each year to two CIP students who exhibit a strong work ethic and noteworthy achievements despite socio-economic challenges... Read More

Living Independent, Productive Lives Through UCP

United Cerebral Palsy's Applied Abilities Program is helping individuals with disabilities live independent and productive lives.

Training in employment, social skills, health, education, and behavior management rounds out this diverse and successful program. Individuals are able to be integrated into the community with access to these resources that help them gain employment.

Contact: 209-956-0290


University of the Pacific ranks among best private colleges in California

University of the Pacific ranks among best private colleges in California

STOCKTON — The University of the Pacific ranked sixth among private colleges in California by U.S. News in its annual Best Colleges ratings of national universities, released Wednesday.

The university also rated high for ethnic diversity.

“University of the Pacific is deeply committed to our wonderfully diverse and engaged student body, and proud of the superb education we offer them,” said Pacific’s President Pamela A. Eibeck. “Today’s rankings reflect our commitment and our students’ success.”

Nationwide, Pacific ranked No. 108 among 268 institutions in the category, tied with USF, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, University of Dayton, University of Oklahoma, and University of South Carolina... Read More

Program Without Walls- UCP of San Joaquin

Everyone wants fulfillment, and UCP of San Joaquin's Program Without Walls is working every day to help individuals with disabilities achieve that goal.

Based on an individual's interests, UCP provides the service that'll best enrich the client's life. By offering micro business classes, personal goals can be met, and clients can live independent and productive lives.

Contact: ucpsj.org

Program adds 11 entrepreneurs to its ranks

Program adds 11 entrepreneurs to its ranks

STOCKTON – Eleven women graduated from the Women Entrepreneurs program of the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center San Joaquin Delta College (SBDC) on Wednesday. The graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday at the WorkNet building.

The graduates completed strategic and operational business plans and learned ways to increase their financial independence, personal development and self-confidence while strengthening their communication and presentation skills. The program included 20 hours of  training on core aspects of business management such as marketing, financial management and planning.

The Women Entrepreneurs program began in 1991 and is underwritten by Citibank, as well as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator San Joaquin Delta College. In its 14 years in existence, 380 graduates have passed through the program... Read More

University of the Pacific gets grant to aid first-generation students

University of the Pacific gets grant to aid first-generation students

STOCKTON – The U.S. Department of Education is giving a $1.4 million TRiO Student Support Services grant to help 200 first-generation, low-income or disabled students attend the University of the Pacific.

The grant will help fund the school’s Success program aimed at helping increase retention and graduation rates of eligible students. It also works to help students pursue advanced degrees.

Students in the Success Program have tend to be high achieving students. More than 90 percent make it to graduation and 97 percent maintain a C average or better. The overall GPA for students in the program is 3.04.

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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.