Community colleges, USDA team to help rural California
February 21, 2013
• To aid in economic development
• Eleven events are already scheduled throughout the state
A partnership between USDA Rural Development and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, to be formalized Feb. 26 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding, is designed to bolster rural development in the state.
This is to include workshops and seminars to coordinate rural development, financial and technical resources to assist small- and family-operated farm owners, agriculture-related small business and other small business owners to strengthen and improve their business.
The goal also is to provide outreach and technical assistance to rural colleges and rural small businesses and co-sponsor events such as conferences, seminars, webinars and other networking events to improve California’s rural colleges and small businesses.
Eleven events are already scheduled throughout the state to provide information on how to get capital to grow the businesses and improve their local economy. R
Representatives from USDA Rural Development, the California Community Colleges’ Workforce & Economic Development Business and Entrepreneurship Centers, the Small Business Development Center and the local community colleges are to provide information and resources that participants can use to obtain loans and receive available services.
The first event will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Yuba College in Marysville. The tour concludes May 16 at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
Also scheduled, in the Central Valley, are:
• March 5, 2 p.m., Butte College, Chico Center, 2320 Forest Avenue, Chico, Room 107
• March 14, 9 a.m., Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, Board Room, LRC Room #133
• April 4, 2 p.m., Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto, Founders Hall, Room 155
• April 17, 2 p.m., College of the Sequoias Tulare College Center, 4999 East Bardsley Avenue, Tulare,
Building B, Room 223
• April 18, 2 p.m., West Hills College Coalinga, 300 Cherry Lane, Coalinga, Ag Science Facility