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Local nonprofits invited to apply for early literacy mini-grants

Beyond Our Gates funding aims to support new, existing reading programs

As part of University of the Pacific’s Beyond Our Gates campaign, nonprofit organizations in San Joaquin County are invited to apply for mini-grants to expand or pilot promising early literacy programs.

The mini-grants initiative, made possible with support from The James Irvine Foundation, was designed to fuel innovation and engagement toward improving early literacy in and around Stockton. Organizations can apply for one-time mini-grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to fund projects that address overall early literacy, school readiness, chronic absence or summer learning.

Mentor program helps students with college education decision

A program administered by the Stanislaus County Office of Education is helping students when it comes to higher Education.

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CSU trustees OK first tuition hike since 2011

The California State University Board of Trustees approved tuition increase for this fall. It’s the first increase in six years and is expected to generate $77.5 million.

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McGeorge Law School, UC Merced graduate programs rise in rankings

STOCKTON — Two Central Valley graduate-level schools are on the rise, according to this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools report.

University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law is the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy, the magazine said.

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Out-of-the-box plan saves Modesto Christian

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MODESTO — Modesto Christian School was hit hard in the Great Recession and last year, was poised to close its doors. But a passionate parent and team of involved community members came to its rescue.

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Patterson High School logistics program offers job prospects

PATTERSON — With the dramatic growth of online shopping, the Central Valley is playing an increasingly important role in the distribution part of the e-commerce industry.

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SJ County Office of Education to hold warehouse sales

STOCKTON —The San Joaquin Office of Education is selling surplus property at two public sales later this month and in March.

Among the items at the warehouse sale are furniture, classroom supplies, office supplies and kitchen appliances.

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