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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. 

Budget cuts leave summer school students hungry

Budget cuts leave summer school students hungry

55.8% of students in California during the 2011-2012 school year received free or reduced lunch.

A recent article written by the Sacramento Bee’s Loretta Kalb has drawn some attention to cuts in funding for summer school courses. According to the article, close to 150,000 students from the Sacramento and Yolo counties were eligible to receive free or reduced lunch during the 2011-2012 school year. However, when summer hit, “fewer than 10 percent of them took advantage of the free meals available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

EGUSD Virtual Academy now accepting registration for 2013-2014 school year

EGUSD Virtual Academy now accepting registration for 2013-2014 school year

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Virtual Academy is now accepting registration for kindergarten through 8th grade students for the 2013-2014 school year. The online academy is open to students living in Sacramento, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties.

The EGUSD Virtual Academy offers an innovative learning experience for the 21st century student. This free online academy allows students in kindergarten through 8th grade to experience teaching and learning from virtually anywhere a computer will take them. All courses are aligned to the State of California’s standards and benchmarks and have a strong emphasis on building skills and critical thinking.

Capitol Connection Podcast: College game day

Capitol Connection Podcast: College game day

Gov. Jerry Brown focused on California's colleges and universities this week -- specifically, ideas for online education and his insistence that higher education trim its fiscal sails.

In this week's Capitol Connection podcast, Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I discuss the policy and political reasons that might be behind Brown's big higher education push.  We also discuss some of the early efforts of the Legislature to suit up for what's shaping up to be a big year in education politics.

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