April 18, 2019
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
RCRPC hosted Annual Community Award night Libraries = strong communities Creating a teacher recruitment and retention plan RP Easter egg hunt SonomaFi coming to local libraries Showing off their talents Community Events Calendar April 12, 2019 through April 25, 2019 Volunteer's Corner RCHS Guard and drumline competition Space for reflection Join us on Easter Sunday Everything bunny in Rohnert Park Hub Cyclery celebrates another year Bailey So. Co. Woman of the Year Community Events Calendar October 5, 2018 through October 18, 2018 Community Events Calendar January 11, 2019 through January 24, 2019 The “Disney” concert in the TAG building Let’s talk Turkey Recipes sought for B’nai Israel cookbook Community Events Calendar April 5, 2019 through April 18, 2019 Community Events Calendar September 28, 2018 through October 11, 2018 Community Events Calendar December 28, 2018 through January 10, 2019 Welcome to a new year of reading and writing Coffee with a Cop Community Events Calendar August 31, 2018 through September 13, 2018 Community Events Calendar October 19, 2018 through November 1, 2018 Local author donates to Wildfire Relief Charities LIME Foundation partners with local organization United Way ensuring community gets fair share in 2020 census Gore in tune Community Events Calendar October 12 through October 25 Over 100 volunteers wrapping toys Community Events Calendar January 4, 2019 through January 17, 2019 Volunteer's Corner JavAmore, Caprara’s Pizzeria hold fundraiser Save Rancho Adobe FPD Sonoma Clean Power partners with Uber Homeless veterans receive greatest gift Volunteer's Corner TAG building ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony RP Expressway improvements Remo is ready for dessert SSU’s Sakaki names Griffin-Desta as new Chief of Staff Haute Flash takes the stage Transgender march and rally Community Events Calendar August 10, 2018 through August 23, 2018 Get your hula on for the Penngrove luau A day at Thomas Page Academy Elves clowning around Burton Recreation Center gets a new look McLea’s receives AAA banner Community Events Calendar September 14, 2018 through September 27, 2018 Pastis visits the Ranch A Cotati home has the Christmas spirit 2nd Annual Sweethearts Fairytale Dance Local nonprofit to host Santa Rosa fundraiser for homeless veterans Bands and DJs playing great music in Cotati Photo exhibit by Penngrove artist sheds light on disability community Free Advance Care Planning workshop Jan. 15 SSU Outreach and events coordinator changes Cycle Without Limits in action again at SSU Community Events Calendar March 29, 2019 through April 11, 2019 Cotati’s early morning breakfast Cotatians turned out in droves Sat. to celebrate Oliver’s Market 30th anniversary party Bark After Dark: Dinner and auction to help save animals Enrollment event at SC airport Would you make a great foster parent? RCHS ‘sold out’ crab feed Cotati chicken BBQ returns Community Events Calendar August 24, 2018 through September 6, 2018 Community Events Calendar October 26 through November 8 Community Events Calendar November 9 2018 through November 22 2018 Rohnert Park students to learn bike safety Genealogy library hosts open house in Santa Rosa NorCal Honor Band accepts Analy High School musicians Volunteer's Corner CPI North Bay fire recovery Sonoma Raceway hosts food drive American Sign Language and police departments Volunteer's Corner Community Events Calendar January 18, 2019 through January 31, 2019 Community Events Calendar February 1, 2019 through February 14, 2019 Free care planning workshop Photography Show Newest report finds new growth on rare Cotati albino Chimera Tree The work behind “The Art of Resistance” SRS has affordable family concert, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. RP Health Center ensures all children in school district receive dental care Volunteer's Corner Volunteer’s Corner Creative Sonoma supports artists impacted by fires Community Events Calendar September 21, 2018 through October 4, 2018 A Veteran remembers Veterans SSU to buy 90-unit Petaluma complex for workforce housing Decker waves the baton at a concert Richard Crane fourth graders harness the wind Collaborating Together for Peace Local winner at art show It takes a village to honor its past Veterans story Mark Weston Volunteer's Corner Young accepts ‘prez’ of the RP Historical Society Community Events Calendar December 21, 2018 through January 3, 2019 Rancho Cotate Varsity Girls Basketball receives recognition A new strategy for the Cotati Chamber of Commerce The Native Daughters host CA Admission Day Veterans Day 2018, Rick Norman Community Events Calendar November 23, 2018 through December 13, 2018 A lighter, brighter Cotati Vandalism at Gold Ridge Community Center Community Events Calendar December 14, 2018 through December 27, 2018 Community Events Calendar January 25, 2019 through February 7, 2019 Transgender Day of Visibility Discrimination and bullying in our schools Volunteer City of Cotati offers Thanksgiving week fun for kids Saving on energy and giving youth jobs DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Volunteer's Corner Community Events Calendar February 8, 2019 through February 21, 2019 Credo students demand strong environmental action RP Founders’ Day Oct. 6 30 years for Danny's vacuum shop Volunteer’s corner Home Instead partners with local businesses Large affordable housing project breaks ground in Rohnert Park Is your Carbon Monoxide detector chirping? Volunteer’s Corner RP celebrates “I Heart RP” Feb. 10 One Planet Youth Summit and Credo High School Backpack drive event this Sunday Who you going to call? Adapting to the weather changes SC Public Library Foundation needs directors Athena sits in ‘artsy’ Cotati Community Events Calendar December 7, 2018 through December 20, 2018 Cotati hosts award dinner Volunteer's Corner Penngrove buries time capsule SC nonprofit arts and culture generates $80.4 M Community Events Calendar November 2, 2018 through November 15, 2018 Multiple Commission, Committee and Board appointive terms expire Dec. 2018 – We have seats to fill! Community Events Calendar November 30 through December 20 Volunteer's Corner Coffee with Cotati cops ‘Just Between Friends’ mega kids’ event Free job fair matches local employers and job seekers Community Events Calendar September 7, 2018 through September 20, 2018 SAY launches One Cold Night Devil Pups set a new goal Celebrate the holiday season responsibly  Tips for a Grinchless holiday season Church of the Oaks crab feed Feb. 8-9 Miss SC Scholarship competition Nor Cal Aging, Disability and Advocacy Expo Kenneth Bradley, a local photographer showcasing Community Events Calendar August 17, 2018 through August 30, 2018 Staying safe on our local trails Don’t be a victim of a charity scam Be a resource for fire survivors Poetry Out Loud Sonoma County contest Community Events Calendar March 1, 2019 through March 14, 2019 Community Events Calendar March 22, 2019 through April 4, 2019 Service dog dreams come true for heart attack survivor 20/30 club & Kohl’s outfit students Annual Sonoma County hunger index: 1/3 of residents went hungry in 2017 Volunteer's Corner Fun-filled Cotati stroll Celebrate Black History Month Heavy rain takes toll on drivers Volunteer's Corner Garbage rate increase may keep compostable materials in county Sonoma County reads ‘Kindred’ Be a resource for fire survivors STEM at SSU Community Events Calendar February 15, 2019 through February 28, 2019 Japanese Internment Remembrance Day Senior center prom Community Events Calendar August 3, 2018 through August 16, 2018 A warm day with dancing and good food Community Events Calendar November 16, through December 6, Volunteers needed to ring a bell Volunteer's Corner Volunteer's Corner  Senior art show registration for artists age 60+ SSU to sign landmark commitment to sustainability Mobility is freedom…with a Purple Heart truck run Train as a coach to help older adults prevent falls Rotary District 5130 provides multiple fire relief grants A New Coalition: Forming alliances for barn owls Grand opening at Acme Burger Free LGBT awareness training for caregivers Seniors are targets for telescammers CTE Foundation invests in local schools Our invisible but critical water source Future leaders of the community Rohnert Park Democratic Club SSU named one of the nation’s “Most promising places to work” Community Events Calendar February 22, 2019 through March 7, 2019 Mayor Belforte reads at Monte Vista A new student center in RP New Entrepreneur in residence at Sonoma State University Sonoma County STEAM Showcase Transgender day in the square Apply to represent So County’s older adults Cross and Crown celebrates 50th Anniversary Monthly CalFresh benefits to arrive March 1 Community Events Calendar March 15, 2019 through March 28, 2019 SSU to screen ‘Big Sonia’ to honor Holocaust and Genocide survivors Explore foster parenting talk Feb. 25 Cross and Crown Church reaches the big 50 Looking through the glass at Arch’s for 55 years Crew does a fine job It’s “American” History Volunteer's Corner Clover Sonoma supports free concerts for youth Residents give high marks to Cotati living Event volunteers needed SSU Library presents ‘Alchemia’ exhibit Community Events Calendar March 8, 2019 through March 21, 2019 Art students big on art Volunteer's Corner Rancho Cotati Rotary Club visited Thomas Page Academy Artists showing off their works The Rohnert Park Sister City Committee is in full swing Parkour Speed competition

North Bay Construction Corps receives statewide recognition

November 16, 2018

The North Bay Construction Corps, a workforce development program launched by a partnership of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation, the North Coast Builders Exchange and the Sonoma County Office of Education, will be featured at the 2018 California Economic Summit as a Partnership for Industry and Education (PIE) award winner. The local program was named second place among a statewide competition organized by California Forward, and will be honored at an award ceremony on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country. California Forward, a non-profit organization that organizes the California Economic Summit created the annual PIE Awards “to identify and honor innovative partnerships achieving success for students and communities” in hopes of inspiring more collaboration between education and industry.   The North Bay Construction Corps is one of only four programs across the state to receive the Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) award at the California Economic Summit.  The winning programs, which address worker shortages in the construction and health care sectors, were selected by a panel of judges from a strong list of 37 entries up for consideration. Each submission was judged on its community impact, how involved students and employers were in the project planning, and whether the project can be modeled for expansion and/or replication in other communities.  

“We are honored to receive this recognition for this highly impactful program. The North Bay Construction Corps would not be possible without the wide net of construction and trades industry partners who donate their time and expertise to teach program classes, inspire and mentor students and provide financial support,” says Kathy Goodacre, Executive Director of CTE Foundation.

The North Bay Construction Corps, launched in January 2017, is a 5-month training program that introduces high school seniors to careers and jobs in construction and various trades. The program has proven to be a very successful model, having graduated nearly 40 students in Sonoma County to date.  The program received a real boost earlier this year, thanks to a $1,000,000 grant from the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, resulting in the rapid expansion to seven cohorts (up to 175 students) across the North Bay in 2019. The North Coast Builders Exchange will develop and execute new programs in Napa and Lake Counties, as well as, oversee the expansion of existing programs in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Additional interest and funding from the Mario Ghilotti Family Foundation will allow for the launch of the program into Marin County as well.  

For more information regarding the North Bay Construction Corps and/or if you are interested in supporting the program, contact Robin Bartholow, NBCC Director,, visit call (707) 542-9502.

The North Bay Construction Corps (NBCC), a construction exploration and training program for local high school seniors in their last semester of high school, is now accepting applications for the 2019 Corps. In Sonoma County there will be three chapters, in Sonoma, Rohnert Park and Healdsburg.

Construction Corps members meet once a week for two hours and one Sat. a month for five hours over a 14-week period from late Jan. through mid-May. Basic construction skills are taught by local contractors and other construction professionals and safety is emphasized at every meeting. Students earn industry-recognized certifications such as CPR/First Aid, Forklift and Boom Life Certification, Personal Protective Equipment, Ladder Safety and more.

Successful Corps members are invited to attend a two-week Boot Camp in June where students work full-time on a real construction project. Graduates who complete the NBCC program are prepared to work in an entry-level position where they can be trained further by the company that hires them.

Successful students earn three college credits for work experience from their local community college that are transferable to a Ca. State University. They also receive a $750 stipend for the boot camp work and a letter of recommendation. An interview event is held on the last day of boot camp and construction industry participants have the opportunity to highlight the benefits of working for their organization to these potential employees. If interested visit the NBCC website for more information and a student application at  

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to expand and enhance career technical training and work readiness for Sonoma County students, aligning education with the workforce and economic development needs of the County in a manner that creates an enriched learning experience for students. Since its founding in 2012, CTE Foundation has invested over $2 Million in local schools and career exploration opportunities for Sonoma County students.    

The North Coast Builders Exchange is a non-profit contractors’ association that provides services and representation to construction-related firms in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Napa Counties. NCBE currently has 1100 dues-paying members including general and sub-contractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, as well as a broad array of professional firms in banking, law, accounting, and other businesses who provide services to the construction industry.  

Sonoma County Office of Education serves as a partner to Sonoma County’s 40 school districts, providing services and oversight that help them serve roughly 71,000 students. Programs offered by SCOE’s Educational Support Services department provides Career Technical Education support and services to districts, secondary school sites, and teachers aimed to prepare all students to be college and career ready. Specifically, these services promote and support districts, school sites, and teachers to develop, align, and implement programs that support college and career readiness opportunities.