Scholarship Campaign Supports Student Success
The Woodland Community College Scholarship Campaign raised funds to help students achieve their academic dreams. Students such as Suzy Villagrana, a recent WCC graduate. Here is her story:
“My life changed the day I stepped foot on the WCC campus – it became my ‘home away from home.’
At WCC, I grew both academically and personally. I started as a scared high schooler taking concurrent enrollment classes. Because of the helpful staff and faculty, I came to love the college and found lifelong friends.
WCC helped me graduate early from high school and encouraged my educational success. I transferred to my dream university, and now have a job and livable wage and forward mobility.
Woodland Community College gave me the ability to believe in myself and have the confidence to achieve my dreams.”
The Woodland Community College Fund
The Woodland Community College Fund of the Yuba Community College District Foundation is a charitable support organization for Woodland Community College. The WCC Fund is focused on securing financial, volunteer and community resources to increase opportunities for students, and support their academic success.
WCC Fund is an auxiliary of the YCCD Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is overseen by a committee of local community volunteers. As an auxiliary of the YCCD Foundation contributions to the WCC Fund are tax deductible .
At Woodland Community College, we believe there is value in offering wider doors of opportunity for students. Thanks to generous support of individuals and community organizations, WCC provides a number of privately funded scholarships each year. WCC scholarship recipients become contributing members of our local communities. Every day you see WCC graduates in a wide range of vocations from agriculture, health care, law enforcement, culinary arts, education, welding and so much more. Your gift to support WCC scholarships will make a lasting impact in the life of a student and the community.
Foster & Kinship Care Education & Independent Living Programs Serves Some of the Most Vulnerable Students
The WCC Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) and Independent Living Programs serves CA Resource Parents – foster, kinship, adoptive – providers, along with individuals interested in becoming resource parents and our County’s Transitional Age Youth and Young Adult Dependents. These programs provide free classes, workshops and on-going support.
The mission of FKCE is to provide quality education and training for resource parents – care providers of youth in out-of-home care so that these providers can meet the child’s educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs. There are 424,000 reasons to provide education and support to families caring for children placed outside their birth families. This is the number of youth in the United States living in foster care as of 2020 (ifoster) .
Youth Engagement Strategies for Success – Independent Living Program (ILP) is a partnership between Woodland Community College, Foundation for CA Community Colleges, Yolo County Office of Education and Yolo County Health & Human Service Agency, Transitional Age Youth Unit. Teen and young adult dependents, those 14 to 21-years-old touched by foster care, are provided an array of classes, addressing Financial Literacy, Health & Wellness, College Preparation, Job Readiness, Relationships, Pregnancy Prevention, Housing, and Resource Navigation just to name a few. Our team of three CA Foster Youth AmeriCorps service members serve to up-lift our young people with Ansel Casey Life Skills Assessments, individual academic and financial literacy tutoring, and personal life skill coaching.
Within ILP we do our best to make certain each young person feels connected and valued. For holidays, birthdays, and graduations we make a big deal of it, giving gifts, cards, support and most important of all, an extension of kindness and humankind. If you are open to contributing to these endeavors, we appreciate your financial support that allows us to extend and enhance our programs.
Because You Care, we continue to help change lives and open wider doors to the future for our community’s most vulnerable population of children, youth and non-minor dependents. Thank you from the WCC FKCE, ILP and CA Foster Youth Initiative AmeriCorps team!
Supporting Students in times of need. The Dorothy Minges Student Emergency Fund
Woodland Community College is committed to supporting our students during this pandemic, and in other times of emergency and unexpected need. In addition to missing classes and valuable learning opportunities, many WCC students are missing work, supporting their children with online education, and suffering financial challenges without regular income. During campus closure, some do not have access to food, shelter, medical care, childcare, and other support resources.
The Woodland Community College Dorothy Minges Emergency Fund was established the to help students when they are experiencing those untimely emergencies and need help to pay bills, provide food, and support their families. By giving to the Emergency Fund you can help transform lives through preparing the workforce of the future!
About Dorothy: As a local educator, Dorothy was a long-term member of the Yuba Community College District Foundation Board representing her native Woodland. She was instrumental in the development of the Foundation’s scholarship program. A University of the Pacific graduate, Dorothy taught elementary classes for 36 years before becoming a local real estate agent. She was an advocate for students and believed that we need to do everything possible to breakdown roadblocks that inhibit a student’s ability to succeed.
Founders Day is an annual celebration of individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in the life of Woodland Community College. The 2020 Founders Day honorees are: Lance Davis, Gary Sandy, Dennis Schiermeyer, Ana Villagrana, Daniel Walker and the Yolo County Farm Bureau. The 2020 Celebration was put on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This year’s honorees will be celebrated along with 2021 honorees in the Fall of 2021.
Woodland Community College Fund Volunteer Committee
- Mayra Vega, Co-Chair
- Darlene Gray, Co Chair
- Susan Alves
- Hiedi Andersen
- Wayne Ginsburg
- Lynn Jepsen
- Cherie Schroeder
- Suzy Villagrana