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Farm to School Workshop January 24

(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Department Agriculture, along with over 20 event co-sponsors, is hosting a farmer/school food service educational workshop on January 24 at the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute. The workshop will focus on building a stronger infrastructure for farm-to-school sales in Yolo and Sacramento counties through the use of a distributor/aggregator.

The workshop is expected to attract food service professionals, farmers and policy experts from around Northern California, as well as representatives from co-sponsoring organizations including, the California Farm Bureau, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Farmer Veteran Coalition, California Department of Education and the Greenwise Joint Venture.

Free Homework Help this Winter at the Davis Branch Library

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis, invites students to drop in to the Homework Center for free tutoring and homework help between January 6 and March 10 on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. 

The Homework Center, located in the Children’s Activity Room, provides tutoring for all subjects up to ninth grade, as well as high school math.  Transition to High School Math and Algebra I are available both days while advanced math tutoring will be available only on Mondays.  Advanced math includes Introduction to Analysis, Calculus, Statistics and Probability, Pre-Algebra, Trigonometry, Algebra II and Geometry.

“We hear from parents that their children love the tutoring provided by college students and appreciate the opportunity for their children to complete their homework after school rather than after dinner,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.

Free Financial Aid Workshop for College Bound Teens January 12

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library will host a free financial aid workshop for teens and their parents on Sunday, January 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.   Independent college adviser and owner of Davis-based The Right College for You, Jennifer Borenstein, will speak to college-bound teens and their parents about the financial aid process and changes in the application process this year.  She will address the different types of federal, state and private aid options, who is eligible and how and when to apply for financial aid.

“With the rising cost of higher education, college-bound teens and their parents need to be informed about all the financial support options available to them,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “They can start their information gathering by attending this free workshop on January 12, specifically designed to help teen college applicants navigate the often complex financial aid process.”

Free Computer Assistance on Thursdays at Davis Branch Library

The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis, has welcomed a team of volunteer Davis Senior High School students on Thursdays, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., to provide the community with basic computer help.

This free assistance, provided by Davis Senior High School juniors Drew, Wilson, Richard and Pranish will cover general computer skills, such as logging onto library computers; setting up and using e-mail accounts; attaching, resizing and printing pictures; watching DVDs; and accessing the Yolo County Library’s digital media collection, powered by OverDrive, to download eBooks and audiobooks.

Yolo County Day Reporting Center Hosts Inaugural Graduation Nov. 19

Many former offenders struggle to find success because the transition to life after incarceration is difficult.  There are a variety of challenges, such as a lack of job training, lack of a high school diploma or equivalent, and the absence of valuable life skills.  The Yolo County Day Reporting Center, which opened in February 2013, provides vocational training and life skills programs designed to provide former inmates and offenders the skills needed to find and keep a job.  On November 19, noon to 2:00 p.m., the inaugural class of the Yolo County Day Reporting Center will be honored for successfully meeting many of these challenges and completing the core components of the transition program.  Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto will be the keynote speaker during the graduation which will take place at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center located at 1280 Santa Anita Court in Woodland.

UC Davis ranked among top 10 public universities

UC Davis ranked among top 10 public universities

The University of California, Davis, is ranked ninth among the nation’s top 10 public universities, according to rankings released today (Sept. 10) by U.S. News & World Report.

UC Davis also moved up from 100th to 85th spot in the QS World University Rankings.

Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis, said the rankings indicate the university's growing international stature.

Davis high schools make Sac Biz Journal's list of top Sacramento schools

Davis high schools make Sac Biz Journal's list of top Sacramento schools

The Sacramento Business Journal created a list of the “Sacramento region’s 25 smartest public schools by SAT scores," and Davis high schools made the list.

According to the report, Da Vinci Charter Academy ranked No. 3, with an average SAT score of 1783 out of 2400 in the 2010-11 school year. The school was able to hold onto its No. 3 ranking from the previous year.