Assistance League awards scholarships
The Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito recently awarded $30,000 in college scholarships to 20 students from the San Dieguito School District. Twelve are entering college freshmen: Lucas Amberg, Isaac Arana, David Castro, Pamela Deshayes, Avalon Fraser, Brett Jensen, Jesse Manfredi, Jenna Nelson, Diego Padilla, Evan Pauley, Jasmine Perez and Monique Sandoval. Eight are students from last year’s awards now entering their college sophomore year: Brandon Eng, Jessica Gilbert, Malia Guillory, Brian Hall, Devon Hollingsworth, Kayla Hultgren, Dalia Salgado and Venkata Putta. The Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito has awarded $90,000 in scholarships since it started four years ago. District students interested in applying for 2023-2024 scholarships may contact their school counselor/social worker or teacher. Visit www.alrsd.org.
Credit union provides $10K for scholars
North Island Credit Union has provided four $2,500 college scholarships to students in partnership with the North County African American Women’s Association. In the second year of the partnership, the credit union scholarships were awarded through the NCAAWA’s Scholarship Program, created to help young African American women acquire higher education. The credit union also provides financial literacy training for high school girls in NCAAWA’s Global Ambassadors Mentoring Program. The North Island Credit Union 2022 Scholarship recipients are Hannah Campbell, a graduate of Surfside Educational Academy in Oceanside; Lauryn Hall, an El Camino High School graduate; MiraCosta College student Skye Lebreton; and Arianna White of San Marcos.
Final week to ‘Stuff the Bus’ with donations
The San Diego County Credit Union “Stuff the Bus” campaign is wrapping up its eighth year collecting money donations to buy back-to-school supplies for students experiencing homelessness. The campaign, which ends July 31, is a partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations in support of Live Well San Diego. Some of the donations will also help San Diego Youth Services’ various food programs to provide meals for homeless youth. Besides donating online at sdccu.com/donate, the community can also make in-store monetary donations at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store in San Diego County. More than 18,000 school-age children were identified as homeless during the past school year, affecting urban and suburban school districts countywide.
Free classes prepare students for jobs
MiraCosta College is offering free short-term classes this fall to help train students for the job market. Students can earn a certificate in a semester or even just a few weeks. Classes start Aug. 22, and all are available online:
- Introduction to Affordable Housing Management and Emerging Leaders in Affordable Housing Management, eight weeks. Students will gain skills to succeed in property management, especially in affordable housing, and will work with mentors from the housing industry.
- Teacher’s Aide. The certificate can be earned after completing two of the three offered courses — The Basics, Educational Technologies and Special Education. For students interested in becoming teacher’s aides or for employed aides who want to brush up on their skills.
- Office Clerk. Earn a certificate in one semester after completing five courses — Beginning Microsoft Word, Beginning Microsoft Excel, Applied Computer Skills, Word Processing, and Office Skills and Procedures. This certificate was developed after area business leaders said they needed more qualified applicants.
- Google Apps, eight weeks. This certificate was created to help students working with apps such as Google Docs, Google Slides, Gmail or Google Calendar. The apps are becoming increasingly common, especially for elementary and high school students.
Learn more and apply at miracosta.edu/jobtraining.
College’s financial outlook revised
Moody’s Investors Service recently reported that after a review of Palomar College, its Aa2 bond rating was affirmed, and its financial outlook had been revised from negative to stable. According to the report, “The Aa2 rating reflects the district’s extremely large and diverse tax base that is well positioned for continued growth, in addition to favorable resident income and wealth levels. The rating also reflects the district’s solid financial position and management’s commitment to improved fiscal policies and procedures, which support sound operations going forward.” Dr. Star Rivera-Lacey, superintendent/president of the Palomar Community College District, said in a statement that the positive Moody’s findings showed that Palomar remains fiscally strong and is positioned for growth. The methodology is available at ratings.moodys.com.
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