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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/03/2018 12:49 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/04/2018 09:49 AM
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Columbia College Receives State Grant for Fire Science Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative

Columbia, CA...Columbia College has received formal notification of the intent to award, pending Board of Governor's approval and available funds commencing on January 18, 2018, a two-year grant to develop a new Fire Science Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative program. The college will receive $496,804 over two years to implement the Initiative, recruit students, and launch the training with partner agencies. The award, just announced by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Workforce and Development Division, is part of the new California Apprenticeship Initiative aimed at broadening the range of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs available to California workers.

Columbia College is currently implementing two Apprenticeship Initiatives with similar grant funding in Hospitality Management and Child Development and is excited about expanding opportunities to other industries to provide a well-trained workforce. The Columbia College Apprenticeship Initiative Programs have registered 49 Hospitality Management apprentices since January 2017 and 18 Child Development apprentices starting their pathway in January 2018. There are 30 remaining slots for Child Development apprentices, for which the program is still accepting applications.

The new grant will fund the development of the Fire Science Pre-Apprenticeship, a pilot project that will allow high school students and adults interested in careers in firefighting to explore opportunities in Fire Service and prepare them for admission to the Columbia College Fire Academy. The program also creates a pipeline for individuals to apply to Cal-JAC, the state’s only apprenticeship in firefighting. Designed with input from partner agencies, the program is modeled on European apprenticeships, blending classroom instruction and hands-on training to prepare individuals for the intensity of a fire academy and apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship programs are differentiated from Registered Apprenticeship programs in that they provide a broad-based training program in order to prepare participants for admittance to registered apprenticeship programs.

Dr. Klaus Tenbergen, Dean of Technical and Career Education & Economic Development, will oversee development and implementation of the Initiative starting in early 2018.

“This is a unique opportunity to work with local partners and agencies to develop a skilled and educated workforce for the Fire Science industry,” Tenbergen said.

Pre-apprentices will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of skills-building workshops and training through different professional agencies at partnering sites, receiving comprehensive training in a range of activities associated with firefighting. Training in other “soft skills” will be incorporated throughout. Once students complete the Initiative components as described, they will be prepared to enter the Columbia College Fire Academy, and eventually apply as apprentices with the California Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) or intern with local fire districts. If students desire, they may also pursue an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science with additional coursework.

Along with other fire agency partners in our community, the following agencies have expressed support: Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, Mother Lode Job Training, Motherlode Workforce Investment Board, and California Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC).

Other interested parties are encouraged to contact Dr. Tenbergen to be included in upcoming planning meetings to be scheduled for late February 2018.

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Posted on: 2018-01-03 13:19:04   By: Anonymous
Looks like the Iron Stone Mafia shut the post for the deer that Kautz poached...... Money 💰 Talks.....

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    Re: Poacher
    Posted on: 2018-01-03 17:48:39   By: Anonymous
    In the picture, snapped in the darkness of a Wilton vineyard, Jack Kautz crouches behind a dead buck, smiling broadly as he holds up the animal’s head by its freakishly large set of antlers.

    It was a buck for the record books – with sprawling antlers about an arm’s width apart. If Kautz, 52, had been able to claim it as an official trophy, he could have added it to his long list of accomplishments detailed on the website of his family’s Lodi grape growing business, Ironstone Vineyards.

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      Re: Poacher
      Posted on: 2018-01-03 21:04:36   By: Anonymous
      Oh lord,..a schmuck in Lodi again.

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    Re: Poacher
    Posted on: 2018-01-04 07:02:32   By: Anonymous
    How can they shut down a news website? Oh wait, unless of course money or a promise was made to pull the comments.....ISN'T THAT ILLEGAL?
    And some of you think Trump is bad, look what we have here.

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    Re: Poacher
    Posted on: 2018-01-04 07:36:39   By: Anonymous
    Could you please tell us more of this story? Post it a few times in different stories here. I'd really like to hear about this, and I think a few more people should know when people break the law why should some be printed and not others? Oh, but of course since money talks, we will never hear another word about it if someone at THEPINETREE received money to NOT print it ever again. Now you can see why politicians are always under the microscope, maybe they start out something like this, taking money to never say a negative word about the cash-cow, not matter what piddly amount was received.
    Some people are cheap, some people have dignity.

    Another reason I've now copied a story or two, and have saved it. I have one of someone in an (I assume) an alcoholic rant over our current BOS that I could print, but I can understand why this person went off, and I do believe I'd never print it, unless of course he did my family or myself injury.

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Posted on: 2018-01-03 17:51:12   By: Anonymous
But back to this article, kudos to Columbia College. We are going to need these trained men and women in the coming years. Fire season is quickly becoming a nearly year round phenomenon.

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    Posted on: 2018-01-03 18:27:20   By: Anonymous
    No, back to the elitist POACHER.

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      Re: poaching deer=
      Posted on: 2018-01-03 18:28:43   By: Anonymous
      global warming.

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    Columbia College
    Posted on: 2018-01-03 19:30:16   By: Anonymous
    Isn't that in south America?

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any other part of their iPhone experience
Posted on: 2018-01-03 19:55:00   By: Anonymous
Most of Japanese people can not ship them to foreign countries and can not communicate with you using English well.

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Posted on: 2018-01-03 20:17:26   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2018-01-04 15:20:14   By: Anonymous
Wow, I just saw it on the sacbee, that's one huge buck!!!
Nice picture too.
Oh well, like one guy says, so what, he only killed one.
Now if the other 38,000,000 people in this state only kill one......

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Posted on: 2018-01-04 15:43:27   By: Anonymous
oh shoot, I forgot I was going to be a nicer guy this year and stop being a jackass on here.
Well better late then never I guess.
I'm really gonna try....jeez, this will be hard
Audios Amigos.

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