Online course boosts volunteers
Registration is open for a 14-week online course hosted by the Humanics program at Fresno State titled “Effective Volunteer Administration,” which aims to help address a shortage of credentialed administrators for volunteer programs.
The course, which begins Aug. 29, leads to volunteer administrator certification by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration; participants will earn one unit from the university.
Professional ethics, organizational management, human resource management, accountability, leadership and advocacy will be addressed in the class.
The online course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, Humanics program alumni, professional staff employed by nonprofits and volunteer coordinators for community benefit organizations. Class registration is open through Open University. The last day to add classes with instructor permission is Sept. 19.
West Hills gets grant for migrant students
West Hills Community College District has been awarded a five-year $2,125,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education.
The College Assistant Migrant Program grant will go toward identifying, enrolling and assisting 45 migrant students each year to complete their first academic year of college and continue with their post-secondary education.
The grant will be sectioned in disbursements of $425,000 a year and will go toward covering first-year tuition, fees and books, as well as substantial tutoring, advising, counseling, and enrichment opportunities to ensure academic success for eligible students districtwide.
College to host car show fundraiser
Registration is still open for West Hills College’s second annual fundraiser car show, which will be at the Coalinga campus on Sept. 10. Business sponsorships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are also being offered and donations for a raffle and gift bags are being accepted.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the President’s Scholars Program, a scholarship program that provides free tuition and $250 per semester for books to students across the West Hills Community College District.
Street rods, hot rods, lowriders, stock and modified cars, pickups and motorcycles are welcome. The sign-up fee is $25. Registration will also be available on the day of the show for $30.
Admission for spectators is free, with food and beverages available. The cars will be displayed along Elm Street in front of the athletic field.
Senator gets top Fresno State award
California Senator Fran Pavley was honored with the President’s Medal of Distinction, presented to her by Fresno State President JosephCastro on Tuesday.
The medal is the highest non-degree award given by the university to citizens whose contributions in professional achievements or public service are nationally or internationally significant.
Pavley is considered a leader in environmental issues and is currently pursuing legislation to reduce climate pollution as well as improve recruitment of new teachers.
During the Senate session in which she was awarded the medal, Pavley said her passion for water and air quality issues was sparked during her time at Fresno State.
Pavley earned her teaching credential at Fresno State after completing a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1970.
In 2010, President Barack Obama implemented the “Pavley Law,” which set national clean car standards.
Pavley has served in the state Senate since 2008.
PBS to air film made by college students
A documentary-style film produced by four Fresno State mass communication and journalism students will air Sunday on the local Valley PBS, channel 18.
The half-hour film, titled “Fresno to Fiji,” will air at 6:30 p.m. and will later be available on demand on the PBS website.
The students, Mike Demmers, Michael Price, Jordan Nicholson and Yvette Mancilla, produced the project with professional equipment to document their winter break trip.
Twenty students, including the four journalism students, took part in the trip and earned college credit for Community Service 101, where more than 10 million community service hours have been logged in 10 years.
Alcatraz swim raises funds for food bank
San Joaquin Memorial High School junior Christian Fung completed a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf on Aug. 13.
Fung’s swim earned the Fresno Community Food Bank $5,500.
Unofficial results from the event website show Fung, 17, placed 157th out of 608 swimmers and finished 123rd out of 390 other males in the race. Fung finished with a time of 47 minutes and 25 seconds.