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Where I stand; We should all support the president’s community college plan

Amy Schulz
Director of Career Technical Education and Economic Workforce Development
Feather River College
1/23/2015

Recently, President Obama announced a plan to provide two years of community college to all students for free. As a local education expert at a public, two-year, fully accredited community college located right here in Plumas County, I wholeheartedly embrace his proposition and I hope you will too. One of the biggest reasons we should offer this plan our support is the wage gap, which is made wider and more cavernous by the concurrent growing middle skills gap we face in this country.

At this point, most people have two questions: 1) What is the middle skills gap? and 2) How will making community college more affordable to a broader pool of students shrink it?
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The unending dilemma: Who knows where the time goes?

Sam Williams - My Turn
Managing Editor

 
Wow, the holidays have passed, and we’re off and running in a brand new year — 2015. It seems as if 2014 had just arrived, and now it’s already in the history books. I always thought time flies as we get older because we spend so much of our lives working for a living. Maybe I should long for the days before the Industrial Revolution when our lives were linked to the dirt rather than televisions, smartphones and computers. As I get older, I fear my understanding of time has abandoned me completely.
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The frog is our friend; policymakers trying to protect it are not

Feather Publishing
1/16/2015

Last week Plumas County realized its first tangible economic casualty directly related to the yellow-legged frog.

The popular Lost Sierra Endurance Run scheduled for early September was canceled. It’s canceled because the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship said it can’t afford to pay for a frog habitat impact analysis associated with the U.S. Forest Service’s special-use permit.

This is likely just the beginning of the economic collateral damage resulting from the frog being considered an endangered species.
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Proposed degree fills workforce need, builds on existing excellence

Where I Stand
Dr. Kevin Trutna,
Superintendent/President, Feather RIver College


With the passage of Assembly Bill 850 (Sen. Block), up to 15 California community college districts will be eligible to offer technical baccalaureate degrees. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office will select, through a competitive process, which districts and what degrees will be offered. Feather River College recently submitted an application to be considered as one of the 15 colleges in this unique pilot program. FRC applied to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine and ranch management to help supply an unmet industry demand for trained workers in this growing industry.
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Butte sheriff’s silence about Plumas deaths sends deafening message

Feather Publishing
1/9/2015

Nearly three weeks ago a husband and wife from Cromberg were found dead in their car near a cabin they owned north of Oroville. The two were both popular and greatly respected county employees. Their grieving friends and co-workers wanted to know what happened. Were they murdered? If so, were there any suspects at large?

In the days following the Dec. 20 deaths, Feather Publishing tried to get some answers from the Butte County sheriff. But each time we called the sheriff’s media relations person the answer was the same: No comment. After a couple of days she no longer answered either of her phones when we called. And not once did she return our calls.
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