Adult School grads share stories of triumph; words of wisdom | dailyrepublic.com

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

A record number of graduates, 150, took their rightful place in Willow Hall Thursday morning as the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School sent its Class of 2024 into the world.

The graduates, wearing blue, were cheered on as they walked to “Pomp and Circumstance” and found their seats before the stage.

Tamika J. Wright gave the first student welcome.

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Leadership Vacaville, Opportunity House teaming up for youth needs donation drive – The Vacaville Reporter

By Lynzie Lowe

To help ensure that area teens go to school feeling fresh, confident, and ready to learn this year and next, Leadership Vacaville is hosting a “Youth Needs” donation drive to collect items for the Opportunity House’s Youth Rising outreach program.

Serena Eastman, Director of Shelters and Programs for Opportunity House and Vacaville Solano Services Corp., said the outreach program is located on three local high school campuses in Vacaville – Will C Wood, Kimme WRAP, and Vacaville High School – and provides onsite support and resources to any youth who may be in need of physical support like food, clothing, and hygiene, school supplies, as well as provides connections to local resources for mental health, substance use education, housing assistance, employment, tutoring, case management and healthy, strong adult relationships.

Source: Leadership Vacaville, Opportunity House teaming up for youth needs donation drive – The Vacaville Reporter

Solano County Educators of the Year Winners Chosen | Independent Voice

During Solano County Office of Education’s Educators of the Year celebration May 1, Superintendent Lisette Estrella-Henderson announced Camila Andaluz as the Solano County Classified School Employee of the Year and Chris Bryan, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year as the Solano County Teacher of the Year.

Andaluz is an exemplary figure within the adult program at the Irene Larsen Center. As a paraeducator, her dedication and hard work resonate with the community as she tirelessly commits to the growth and well-being of young adult students. Andaluz goes beyond conventional teaching methods, creating an environment encouraging students to reach their full potential. She spearheaded the micro-enterprise “Snack Shack,” teaching students money management and cooking skills while instilling an entrepreneurial spirit. Andaluz’s multifaceted roles, from classroom engagement to community involvement, showcase her commitment to the holistic development of young adults.

Source: Solano County Educators of the Year Winners Chosen | Independent Voice

Young artists showcased at Solano County Fairgrounds – Times Herald Online

By Thomas Gase

Solano County has long been known for its emerse talent with the arts. Judging by Saturday’s showcase at the Solano County Fairgrounds, that won’t be ending anytime soon.

The 4th Annual Solano Student Art Showcase, hosted by the Solano County Office of Education at McCormack Hall, included over 400 pieces of art by over 375 different artists ranging from the fourth grade to seniors in high school. This year, there were three components — a performing arts exhibition, a displayed art exhibit and a community health fair.

The Solano Student Art Showcase community health fair featured 15 local agencies offering interactive booths with services and resources. There was also a few tables with activities, including students creating their own masks.

Source: Young artists showcased at Solano County Fairgrounds – Times Herald Online

Deadline is Monday to sign up for Girls in Robotics camps | dailyrepublic.com

The application deadline for the Girls in Robotics Leadership Camps for middle school and high school students is Monday.

There are three camps for middle schoolers, and one for high school students.

“During the five-day camps, students will learn teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. The GIRL Camp will introduce middle school students to robotics, principles in engineering, computer programming, 3-D printing and Ch/C/C++ programing code. They will be able to interact with women from engineering and other technology-related fields,” the Solano County Office of Education said in a statement.

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Special Education Students Experience Fair Fun | Independent Voice

Some of the special education students squeezed their eyes closed on the May Fair carnival rides. Others closed their eyes peacefully and looked like they were sleeping. Still others flung their arms and legs out and laughed with pure glee. In their own way, each adapted to Dixon’s 147th May Fair.

“The goal is not just for the kids to be here but for the youth to have fun, too,” said coordinator Bill Seiden of Vacaville Noon Rotary, about the 31st year of the event where Dixon Rotary Club members also assisted.

Bill and his wife, Karen, started the endeavor for special needs children to experience the Dixon May Fair with their daughter who was only three years old at the time. They have been doing the event for 30 years now. Their daughter, Kendra, is now 41.

Source: Special Education Students Experience Fair Fun | Independent Voice

Work-Ready! participants recognized at Jelly Belly event | dailyrepublic.com

Nearly 170 high school students completed the Work-Ready! Certification program this school year – one of the largest groups since the program started in 2013.

About half of those were recognized at a ceremony held Thursday at Jelly Belly.

“This initiative, designed to equip students with essential workplace skills, saw participants engage in a series of workshops focused on teamwork, work ethic and responsible social media use,” a statement released by the Solano County Office of Education said.

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Spotlight shines on Solano County’s top educators | dailyrepublic.com

Chris Bryan, a physical education teacher at Fairfield High, and Camlia Andaluz, a paraeducator with the Solano County Office of Education’s adult program at the Irene Larsen Center in Vacaville, have been named the Solano County Educators of the Year.

Bryan was selected as Teacher of the Year, and Andaluz was named Classified Employee of the Year. The announcement came during a Thursday night celebration recognizing all the top educators from each district.

“Bryan brings 21 years of education experience, with 13 years in his current role as a physical education teacher at Fairfield High School. He emphasizes lifelong health, positive character, and goal setting, going beyond the norm to help students overcome challenges and adopt healthy lifestyles,” SCOE said in a statement.

Source: Spotlight shines on Solano County’s top educators | News | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County Office of Education offers free robotic camps | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education, in partnership with UC Davis C-STEM, will host free C-STEM Girls in Robotics Leadership Camps for students in Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo.

They are designed for students in sixth through eighth grade.

The camps are designed to inspire and motivate young women to explore computing and STEM concepts through a robotics curriculum. Campers will have the opportunity to learn robotics, develop coding skills and create films.

Source: Solano County Office of Education offers free robotic camps | News | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County Supervisors approve bills, unveil early learning center – The Vacaville Reporter

By Michael Montalvo

The Solano County Board of Supervisors approved a slew of bills and was presented a presentation on a Vallejo Early Learning Center at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Board approved several pieces of legislation including Senate Bill 2265, which prohibits an impounded stray dog or cat from being euthanized six business days after being impounded, and requires any public animal control agency, shelter, or private entity to release those animals to a nonprofit animal rescue or adoption organization before the scheduled euthanasia.

The bill will impose a state-mandated local program.

Source: Solano County Supervisors approve bills, unveil early learning center – The Vacaville Reporter

STEAM Discover Festival set for Saturday at Solano College | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County Office of Education has partnered with the Benicia Makerspace and Solano Community College to host the STEAM Discovery Festival on Saturday.

“Engaging young people in hands-on STEAM experiences fosters creativity, exploration, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a deeper understanding of the world around them. We appreciate the partnership with the Benicia Makerspace and Solano Community College who have helped us bring this opportunity to youth across Solano County,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

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Solano students get crash course in adult financing | dailyrepublic.com

By Susan Hiland

Kids learned the basics of creating a budget and spending within their means at the annual Mad City Money program on Saturday.

Since 2009, Travis Credit Union in Vacaville has been providing thousands of students with a one-day financial boot camp.

The lessons learned probably will help their parents as well with some going home and sharing what they learned.

“We have had more than 10,000 students take the course,” said Michelle Sabolich, AVP, Corporate Communications Travis Credit Union. “They learn to budget through in-person learning and using an app on their phones.”

Source: Solano students get crash course in adult financing | News | dailyrepublic.com

SCOE and Travis Credit Union to host youth financial literacy event – CUInsight

Travis Credit Union (TCU) and the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) will be hosting a hands-on financial literacy event aimed at empowering teens and young adults with essential financial skills. The primary objective of the event is to simulate the realities of managing financial responsibilities and to educate students on making informed financial decisions.

Participants will learn through an interactive financial simulation designed to provide a realistic experience of managing personal finances in the adult world. Students from seven Solano County school districts will be assigned various real-life scenarios, including occupations, salaries, spouses, children, debt, and credit scores. Through engaging activities, attendees will navigate through the challenges of budgeting, saving, and making financial decisions based on their individual circumstances.

Source: Solano County Office of Education and Travis Credit Union to host youth financial literacy event – CUInsight

Solano Workforce Development Board hosts Job Fair – The Vacaville Reporter

By Nick McConnell

Between updating resumes, drafting countless cover letters, scouring LinkedIn for openings and taking interviews, being on the job hunt can be daunting. That’s why the Workforce Development Board of Solano County in partnership with Solano Community College, hosted an event to try to make it a little easier for local job seekers.

Thursday’s 2024 NorCal Career Fair at Solano Community College brought together nearly 100 employers to connect with area applicants and provide information about their vacant positions. With over 300 attendees pre-registered, the room was full of excited chatter about new opportunities.

Source: Solano Workforce Development Board hosts Job Fair – The Vacaville Reporter

Vacaville places pinwheels to prevent child abuse, Fairfield gearing up to do the same – The Vacaville Reporter

Lynzie Lowe

The Vacaville Police Department placed dozens of blue pinwheels in front of Vacaville City Hall Tuesday morning as part of the annual Pinwheels for Prevention event to promote carefree and joyful childhoods.

“The pinwheels are selected as a symbol representing childhood whimsy and fun,” said Paula Ledoux-Christison, Clinical Services Administrator for the department.

This event is part of a broader campaign aimed at raising awareness on child abuse and neglect, promoting positive parenting practices, and advocating for policies and programs that support children and families. While celebrated nationwide, it’s often organized locally by child advocacy organizations, nonprofit groups, schools, and government agencies during Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed across the country each April.

Source: Vacaville places pinwheels to prevent child abuse, Fairfield gearing up to do the same – The Vacaville Reporter

County workforce board receives Jobs for Future grant | dailyrepublic.com

The Workforce Development Board of Solano County took in a $10,000 grant from the national Jobs for the Future Workforce Communities of Action – one of only four workforce boards in the country to receive the funding.

The grant will fund a series of special events this summer to build awareness of bioeconomy careers.

“We have a unique opportunity to support an industry that is poised to grow exponentially, and to do so in a way that all Solano residents can access,” Solano WDB Executive Director Heather Henry said in a statement. “This collaboration of community, government, education, and industry will ensure a strong talent pipeline for this industry.”

Source: County workforce board receives Jobs for Future grant | News | dailyrepublic.com

Exemplary Educators Honored with Administrator of the Year Awards | Independent Voice

Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) proudly announces two employees have been named as recipients of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 4, Administrator of the Year awards. ACSA’s Region 4 includes Mendocino, Lake, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties. SCOE administrators Dr. Valerie Garrett and Lisa Eckhoff have each been honored with ACSA Administrator of the Year awards. These awards recognize outstanding educational leaders who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation, and commitment to serving students and communities.Lisa Eckhoff has been honored with the ACSA Region 4 award in the Central Office category. Lisa’s extensive experience and dedication have positioned her as a leader in educational services and administrative operations. As the Director of Early Learning for SCOE, Lisa has spearheaded countywide initiatives, including professional development workshops, collaborative networks, and data analysis efforts, aimed at enhancing the quality of early learning programs. Her tireless advocacy for student success and ethical leadership makes her a true asset to the educational community.

Source: Exemplary Educators Honored with Administrator of the Year Awards | Independent Voice

Supervisors recognize ‘Children’s Month,’ host of related parts | dailyrepublic.com

The Solano County supervisors on Tuesday recognized April as “Children’s Month” and proclaimed April as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

It also lauded plethora of other related celebrations, from support for Autism, to libraries, to children of military families to children advocates.

It included mention of the annual Blue Ribbon campaign to bring awareness to child violence and remembering the young lives lost to that violence. It was noted, by one speaker, that the League of Nations, in 1924, first spelled out the rights of children.

Source: Supervisors recognize ‘Children’s Month,’ host of related parts | News | dailyrepublic.com

The Vallejo Project empowers youth through Mental Illness Awareness Spring Break – Times Herald Online

By David Arias

The Vallejo Project (VP) is empowering youth to elevate their voices when it comes to mental health with the launching this month of the Mental Illness Awareness Spring Break Program.

In the program, young individuals will have an opportunity to acquire vital tools in combating mental health stigma while fostering growth and community engagement.

“VP Mental Illness Awareness Spring Break Program is not just about raising awareness; it’s about empowering our youth to become agents of change,” a statement read in a news release.

Source: The Vallejo Project empowers youth through Mental Illness Awareness Spring Break – Times Herald Online

State funding supports 2 Solano county projects | dailyrepublic.com

Solano County will receive $3.75 million from the state for two projects, including $2.75 million for radio infrastructure and improving system-to-system emergency communications.

The other $1 million will go toward the development of the Vallejo Early Leaning Center.

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is scheduled today to make a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on the funding he helped secure. There is no local match required to receive the dollars.

Source: State funding supports 2 Solano county projects | News | dailyrepublic.com