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San Joaquin Building Futures Academy hosts open house


STOCKTON - The brand new San Joaquin Building Futures Academy (SJBFA) will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at 3100 Mt. Diablo in Stockton.

The event, in conjunction with the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, will give the community a chance to learn how SJBFA is creating a foundation for future success by providing its students with a non-traditional approach to education by focusing on developing construction and leadership skills. The academy offers hands-on construction training for young adults in need of a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED).

For more information about San Joaquin Building Futures Academy, visit www.sjcoe.org.

UOP students to attend U.S. Naval Academy conference

STOCKTON - Three University of the Pacific students have been selected to atetnd the U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference, an event held every year to bring together undergraduate student and military personnel from across the country.

Students Sarah George, Silvia Guzman and Caelan Urquhart will represent UOP at the conference because of their leadership qualities, including George who is an Iraqi war veteran. She is a senior at the university and is one of the few women veterans at the school. Guzman is a junior majoring in History and plans to join the Navy. Urquhart is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration.

The conference will be held from Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. CEO of General Motors, Daniel Akerson, will speak on theme "Leader Development: The Cycle of Success."

After the conference, the UOP representatives will speak at an alumni reception at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.