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WCC gets two federal grants to support student services Woodland Community College (WCC) has been awarded two TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) grants totaling $2.2 million over a five-year funding cycle (20102015) through the U.S. Department of Education. Both grants will provide support services for students at the main WCC campus in Woodland and at the new Colusa County Outreach Facility, with one of the grants specifically focused on serving English as a Second Language (ESL) students. WCC is the only federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in the Sacramento Region with 43% of its student population being Latino. Nearly 400 students, or just over 8% of the student body, were enrolled in ESL Classes during the

2009-10 academic year. The purpose of the SSS Program is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first generation or disabled college students. The Program also strives to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitates their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and fosters an institutional climate supportive of student success. The SSS Program will provide WCC students who are eligible with the following services: study skills, tutoring, counseling, admissions and financial aid, career guidance, mentoring, and special services for students with limited English proficiency. “The SSS Program will enable us to provide additional services to our most underserved

The Yuba Community College District (YCCD) launched @ go.yccd.edu last week, which is a new online communication service the District is offering to its students. @go.yccd.edu is more than just another email account with 10GB of email storage. The new @go.yccd.edu will also provide YCCD students with a number of productivity and collaboration tools, including 25GB of online file storage, group calendaring, shared online documents using Microsoft Office Applications, blogging tools, and much more. Since these tools are browser-based, students will be able to access these services from virtually any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. “This is a wonderful tool for our students to have,” said Karen Trimble, Director Information Technologies for YCCD. “Our goal is to make @go.yccd.edu our primary campus communication, calendar, and collaboration service. This can only be accomplished through a high adoption rate among our students first.” This new communication

service was made possible through a partnership between the District and Microsoft, using Live@edu. Over 60,000 student accounts were created and are ready for use. In essence, @go.yccd.edu will become the District’s new e-mail/online communication system replacing the old go.yccd.edu accounts. At a time when resources are limited, partnerships become very important in supplying students with maximum functionality. Current students and those interested in learning more about @go.yccd.edu should visit www. yccd.edu/webmail. All students are encouraged to log in today to begin accessing these new tools. The Yuba Community College District spans eight counties and nearly 4,200 square miles of territory in rural, north-central California. It has colleges in Marysville and Woodland, an educational center in Clearlake, and will be adding outreach facilities in Sutter and Colusa Counties as part of the Measure J facilities bond. For more information about YCCD please visit our website at www.yccd.edu.

yccd launches new online communication service for students

and underrepresented students who are often at-risk of not graduating and need further support to achieve their academic goals,” said Dr. Angela Fairchilds, WCC President. “We are honored to be selected for these highly competitive grants and grateful for the funding to expand targeted support services for our students in Yolo and Colusa Counties.” The Program will begin this year and will be housed in WCC’s newly renovated Student Services Center, Building 700. These SSS grants, the first ever such grants for WCC, will benefit students and the local communities WCC serves. “These federal dollars help provide additional services and support to our community college

students,” added Dr. Fairchilds. “This is especially significant for the rural region we serve, which has been mired with double digit unemployment for several years now.” The Yuba Community College District spans eight counties and nearly 4,200 square miles of territory in rural, northcentral California. It has colleges in Marysville and Woodland, an educational center in Clearlake, and will be adding outreach facilities in Sutter and Colusa Counties as part of the Measure J facilities bond. For more information about YCCD please visit our website at www. yccd.edu.

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