The Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation has a launched a new scholarship program aimed at new and returning students, offering $350 each to individuals with full-time enrollment.

Totaling $52,000, the application-based scholarships will be disbursed for the spring semester. The program follows two donations from an anonymous donor totaling $6 million, with an initial $5 million gift being the largest single donation in the college’s history.

The college’s long-running Doyle Scholarship, funded by the shareholder dividend of Santa Rosa’s Exchange Bank, resumed in the fall semester of 2013. The return of the program was widely celebrated, with award amounts dependent on funds available through an administering trust.

The two programs point to an overall improving outlook for the college after a major retraction in public funding during the economic recession. The college has restored hundreds of class sections, including 160 new sections in career technical training.

Applicants for the new scholarship program must have been enrolled in 12 or more units by Jan. 11, with applications available at between Jan. 13 and 17.***

Sonoma State University has launched a new hospitality and tourism certificate program, responding to a growing need for trained North Bay workers in the sector.

Taught by Kyuho Lee, who received a Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, the course meets 12 times in the spring semester between Jan. 20 and April 17. Instruction includes skills specific to hotels, restaurants, meetings and conventions, event management, cruise lines and tourism.

“Hospitality and tourism has become a major economic backbone of Northern California. Importantly, the hospitality and tourism sector, which ranges from the lodging industry to the casino industry, has generated a number of employment opportunities in Northern California, including a new casino,” said Mr. Lee, in an announcement about the program.

Enrollment in the course is available at, and costs $1,195.***

Touro University, a New York-based institution which operates a graduate medical college on Vallejo’s Mare Island, has named former Nevada congresswoman Shelley Berkley as CEO and senior provost for its Nevada and California campuses.

Ms. Berkley replaces Michael Harter, PhD, who will retire this month and has worked in Touro since the inception of its Nevada campus in 2004.

“Her distinguished record of achievements makes her perfectly suited to take on this esteemed role. I look forward to working with her in the years ahead,” said Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, chief operating officer and provost of Touro University California, in an announcement.***

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