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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Redwood Credit Union (RCU) has re- cently been ranked the


Santa Rosa, CA. ~ The Ca- reer

(CTE) Sonoma

Technical Education Foundation

County has launched its new- est initiative in partnership with the county’s largest em- ployers and education institu- tions. The Sonoma Corps is a pilot program recruiting high school students in their senior year to prepare them for a “gap year” work experience intern- ship following graduation. Beginning in Fall 2019, up

to 20 seniors from Piner High, identified through a competi- tive application process, will attend semi-weekly classes to develop work-readiness and technical skills, meet employ- ers, and explore how personal interests can lead to lucrative careers with Sonoma County employers. Upon high school graduation,

participants will

be assigned to a year-long paid internship based on their learning objectives


aligned to economic develop- ment needs in the county. After successful completion of gap- year internships, participants will be awarded scholarships for tuition at a post-secondary institution, preferably into education pathway programs at SRJC and SSU. Developed in partnership

with public and private stake- holders, Sonoma Corps is a gap year program for


school students. Several indus- try partners are involved in the design and implementation of the program, and have signed up to host a “gap year” intern

with their company, includ- ing: County of Sonoma Gen- eral Services Department; E&J Gallo; Keysight Technologies; Labcon; Straus Family Cream- ery; and Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART). In ad- dition to major employers, key education stakeholders have pledged support to bring Sonoma Corps to fruition: Jerry Miller, Senior Dean, Ca- reer & Technical Education and Economic Development at Santa Rosa Junior College; Lisa Vollendorf, Provost at Sonoma State University; and Stephen Jackson, Director, CTE Partnerships at Sonoma County Office of Education. Jen Klose, President of Santa Rosa City Schools Board (the largest district in the County with six high schools, includ- ing Piner) is a close collabora- tor on Sonoma Corps, and will be instrumental in its pilot im- plementation, evaluation and model development. Finally, Ethan Brown, Program Man- ager at the Economic Devel- opment Board will represent the Strategic Sonoma coalition on the Committee. Steering Committee activities launched February 11, 2019. All part- ners named above gathered to discuss motivations for join- ing the effort, come to agree- ment on program goals and desired outcomes, and provide input on the ideal candidate for the program. Monthly meetings have been set for the year to guide program devel- ...continued on page 28

healthiest credit union in the United States (out of approx- imately 5,400 credit unions), according to Glatt Consult- ing’s Credit Union Health- Score, which measures credit union strength and growth. Glatt Consulting, an indepen- dent firm that studies the fi- nancial health of credit unions, uses 17 performance metrics to calculate its Credit Union HealthScore, including finan- cial and operational strength and growth, asset quality, asset/liability


and productivity. RCU is the only credit union to have been ranked in the top five in each of the last five years. “Financial strength and stabil- ity are key factors for any fi-

nancial institution. As a credit union, our continued strength and growth allow us to re- turn even greater value to our Members and community, and further help them succeed,” says Brett Martinez, President & CEO. RCU experienced


growth in 2018, reaching more than $4.5 billion in as- sets and over 335,000 Mem- bers. In addition to traditional banking services such as checking, savings, and loans, Redwood Credit Union also offers wealth management and financial planning ser- vices, insurance, Small Busi- ness Administration (SBA) loans, and auto sales. RCU is currently the 42nd largest credit union in asset size in the United States, and 8th largest in California.

2019 Merriment ...continued from page 5

and too much sun!” Unbelievable to me, while

sorting through ancient pa- pers,

I discovered my 1942

American Red Cross card is- sued to me when I was a Girl Scout! Memories flooded back, when I recalled my mom introducing me to the extra- ordinary woman doctor, who ran those official classes “for adults” during WWII. My mom had been trained

as a nurse by a much ad- mired New York City phy- sician, from Texas, who had trained in Leipzig, Germany prior to WWI. My mom was a Girl Scout troop leader and needed the American Red Cross card to supervise badge projects. She also assisted the overworked nuns and staff at a Catholic Orphanage. In ad- dition to the children in res- idence, many children were dropped off for daycare at that location while their mothers worked in war-connected fac-

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

tories. How convincing my mom was to tell the doctor that I was “ready” for those classes and had to learn to be of ser- vice too. Fortunate indeed, the chil-

dren who have such moms, who exude love and warmth in every waking moment of their lives. Te word “charismatic” comes to mind. But, it does not nearly convey what such women possess. Mainly, their true charm is their genuine lack of guile. Down to earth, respectful of all others, incred- ibly hard-working, honest and modest,--hard to discover any people like that any more. And that warm voice. Being

sung to, or read to, no child could have been more fortu- nate than I was. ~~Hug someone today and smile! ~

Weird Facts & Trivia - 7

The Moon is drifting away from the Earth. The Moon is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet every

year. It is estimated that it will continue to do so for around 50 billion years. By the time that happens, the Moon will be taking around 47 days to orbit the Earth instead of the current 27.3 days.

At 3,475 km in diameter, the Moon is much smaller than the major moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Earth is about 80 times the volume than the Moon, but both are about the same age. A prevailing theory is that the Moon was once part of the Earth, and was formed from a chunk that broke away due to a huge object collid- ing with Earth when it was relatively young.

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