1. CTE Highlights:
A Transition Year

2. SRJC Receives U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant

3. High School - SRJC Articulation

4. Connecting Digital Media Students with Jobs

5. Articles of Interest for
Faculty and Staff
• Failing Community Colleges
• If You Find Work 2010

6. Power Jobs in Solar Photovoltaic

7.The Appetizer Engine

8. Holiday Cookies from SRJC's Shelly Kaldunski

9. CTEA/VTEA Funds:

10.Worth Our Weight





A Transition Year

As most of you know, Lorraine Wilson, Dean for Career and Technical Education & Economic Development, has been on maternity leave during the fall semester. Her daughter Ava was born in May; Lorraine will return in January 2011. Please join us in welcoming Lorraine and Ava to the spring 2011 semester.

Lorraine and Ava

Lorraine and daughter Ava

Other Transitions

Stephanie Thompson, Dean for Career & Technical Education Services and Agriculture, will retire in July 2011. During her time at the college, Stephanie has fulfilled many managerial functions, focusing on Career & Technical Education issues. We wish Stephanie relaxation and calm in her retirement.

New Staff - Katie Seder

In addition to the new baby in CTE, we welcomed new staff in fall 2010. We're pleased that Katie Seder joined the CTE office. Katie will work on projects related to the Agriculture/Natural Sciences Department and Shone Farm in addition to supporting the SRJC Perkins (CTEA) grant.

Katie Seder

A Santa Rosa native, Katie attended SRJC and graduated with an A.A degree. She then earned a B.S. in business administration from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in communications from Gonzaga University. She enjoyed her time as a student at SRJC so much that she decided to pursue a career at the college.

In her first position at SRJC, Katie coordinated the information Desk/Mailroom. Next, she was promoted to the Small Business Development Center at SRJC as the Administrative Assistant where she worked for three years. Prior to her employment at SRJC, she was in the private sector in hospitality, marketing, and residential lending. She is bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

When she is not working, Katie enjoys cooking Italian and Thai food for her husband Jim, son Christian, and daughter Jules. She also enjoys any kind of fiction and has recently devoured The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

A College Gem - Alicia Jourdain

Alicia Jourdain

In the spirit of building community, the Classified Senate announced the SRJC GEMs peer recognition program. This new program will create an ongoing Classified Staff opportunity to acknowledge individuals for the many things they do everyday that positively impact others in the college community. Alicia Jourdain was selected a GEM. Everyone in CTE agrees wholeheartedly--Alicia is a GEM.

Following is a comment about Alicia from the GEM award nomination:

Alicia is intelligent, strong, brave, resilient, caring, innovative, a great writer, a determined spirit, and has a great deal of knowledge regarding truth. She goes that extra mile all the time. She inspires me. She is a GEM.

And Finally, Thank You!

I want to thank all CTE faculty and staff for the patience, forebearance, and strength you exhibited in working with me while I have substituted for Lorraine. I have greatly enjoyed the eight months as interim CTE dean, in large part because of your help and support. I look forward to working with you in the next year.

--Chuck Robbins