Cosumnes River College Pilot

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Providing services for Cosumnes River College students who participate in CalFresh.

In Sacramento County, a new Community College CalFresh Employment & Training (E&T) program is proposed for Cosumnes River College beginning in Spring 2016. This program is designed to support students to become more employable.

Program details

This program is for Cosumnes River College students who are:

  • Attending specific classes (including GED, ESL, career technical education, and adult basic education)
  • Sacramento County residents
  • Enrolled in CalFresh (at or below 200% of federal poverty level, generally)
  • Educationally disadvantaged, timed out of TANF, a veteran, or an emancipated foster youth.

New services will include case management, an academic progress meeting, and a series of group workshops exclusively for the student cohort. These workshops will be provided by campus staff with expertise in particular topics, professional role models working in different industries, and other qualified presenters. Topics may include:

  • Industry-specific expectations and career pathways
  • Interviewing and resume-writing tips
  • Job-seeking tips
  • High-demand local jobs requiring an AA degree or less
  • Emotional intelligence in the workplace
  • Wages and budgeting
  • Healthy lifestyles

New services may also include facilitated study groups; academic support groups or learning communities; individualized support in resume-writing, interview preparation, career planning, and aptitude testing; faculty mentor-protégé programs; work-based learning and job shadowing opportunities.

In addition to these services, the Fresh Success program at Cosumnes River College may pay students up to the actual costs of the following expenses:

  • Required textbooks and transportation assistance
  • Career assessment and career interest survey fees
  • Costs for fingerprinting and TB testing
  • Emergency housing of up to one month
  • Required tools for classes such as automotive technology and culinary arts

Contact us

Cosumnes River College

Kathy F. Degn
EOPS/CARE & Fresh Success Coordinator
T:  916.691.7419
E: degnf@crc.losrios.edu


Foundation Contact

Tanya Garbolino
Senior Program Specialist, Fresh Success
T: 916.491.4477
E: tgarbolino@foundationccc.org

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Partners and Supporters

  • AC Strategic Solutions
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Welfare Directors Association
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Y&H Soda Foundation

Pilot Providers

  • Gavilan College, Santa Clara County 
  • Cosumnes River College, Sacramento County
  • Opportunity Junction, Contra Costa County
  • Rubicon Programs, Contra Costa County

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