An endowment established to help fund agricultural education at Santa Rosa Junior College has grown to its goal of $1 million, the college announced.

The Warren G. Dutton Endowment of the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation Agriculture Trust was established in honor of Mr. Dutton, who served as the trust's founding chair until his death in 2001.

Mr. Dutton had spearheaded significant fundraising efforts that supported student materials and the construction of a new classroom at the college's 365-acre Shone Farm near Forestville. A 2003 tribute to Mr. Dutton raised $500,000 that, coupled with large gifts from Gallo Family Vineyards, the Harry A. Merlo Foundation and the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, amounted to more than $1 million towards equipping the Warren G. Dutton Agriculture Pavilion at Shone Farm.

The endowment will guarantee annual funding to the Agriculture and Natural Resources department, supporting the cost of resources and facilities.

“Dutton was a leader with a vision, focused on the future, and was totally committed to the welfare of Sonoma County Agriculture,” said Casey Cole, chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources department and vice-chair of the Agriculture Trust, in the announcement. “His legacy will live on through this established endowment.”***

The Petaluma Educational Foundation, a 31-year-old organization that has raised millions for Petaluma schools, has announced that Cate Steane has joined as the organization's new executive director.

Ms. Steane was most recently director of development at the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa. She succeeds Janet Ramatici, who retired from the role of executive director this year.

A Juris Doctor graduate from Yale Law School, Ms. Steane served as executive director at the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition in Hayward for four-and-a-half years prior to her role at Redwood Empire Food Bank. Her career in nonprofits spans a total of 17 years.

The foundation announced a milestone of $2 million in grants and $2 million in scholarships in 2012. Its kickoff campaign, the PEF BASH, raised $179,000 this year. Funds are available by application to all educators and K-12 institutions in Petaluma, with more information available at***

The Career Technical Education Fund of Sonoma County, a newly formed group seeking to align career technical education with county-wide economic needs, has also announced the hiring of an executive director, Kathy Goodacre.

Ms. Goodacre has been involved with nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County since 1990, most recently as lead marketing and fundraising specialist for Community Solutions Group.

The fund has received support from both public and private donors, including a pledge totaling $250,000 over five years from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The group has a goal of delivering more than $500,000 over five years to help launch and support workforce training courses in Sonoma County.***Submit items for this column to Business Journal Staff Writer Eric Gneckow, 707-521-4259 or