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Delta College hosts new technology program for middle school girls

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — Starting next week, San Joaquin Delta College will join Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of the country, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the 2-year program was piloted last summer at five community colleges and will expand to 16 community colleges, engaging over 1,500 students.

Kicking off today, Monday  July 9th with a three-week intensive learning experience, about 100 girls from middle schools across Stockton will come to Delta for courses in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles. Following the summer, the students will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year where they will develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focus areas of the SDGs include poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality.

“Our acceptance into Verizon Innovative Learning will help us and our partner, the Verizon Foundation, benefit many young girls in our community by providing them with insight and tools for their future in the digital world,” said Delta College Superintendent/President Kathy Hart.

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers, where a staggering 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men. The percentage of women in STEM careers has not improved since 2001, specifically within the engineering (12 percent) and computing (26 percent) work forces. As a member organization of more than 300 community colleges across the country, NACCE is dedicated to supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in local communities.

Verizon Innovative Learning gives free technology, free access and innovative curricula to students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in this initiative and has reached more than one million students. Learn more at

SJC Office of Education Seeking Outdoor Education Volunteers

Volunteers would work with students on field trips to Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center

The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center is looking for volunteers passionate about nature who would like to share their love of the outdoors on field trips for elementary school students.

The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center is part of San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) STEM Programs.  San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county. With its highly regarded programs, innovative staff, and community partnerships, SJCOE ensures that every student in San Joaquin County has the opportunity of a quality education. For more information, visit

Durham Ferry volunteers will run hands-on learning stations during field trips for third- through fifth-grade students. No background in education or science is required. Training will be provided, and the time commitment is flexible. Volunteers will be required to work outside and be able to walk on uneven surfaces.

Located along a bend in the San Joaquin River about 7 miles south of Manteca, the Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center offers field trips that provide student-centered, inquiry-based outdoor education for students to inspire lifelong curiosity and wonder of the natural world To learn more about Durham Ferry, please go to

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please contact Kristine Stepping at (209) 468-4880 or

SJ-RTD: Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on the Fourth of July

Stockton, CA — In observance of Independence Day, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices, call center, and Downtown Transit Center (DTC) on Wednesday, July 4.  RTD will not operate its regular fixed-route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

 A limited, demand-response service that starts at 8:00 a.m. with the last drop-off by 6:00 p.m. will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis.  The fare is $3 per one way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one way for the general public.  Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

 Reservations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, June 26, to Friday, June 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will be limited to one round trip per passenger.  Call (209) 955-8420 to make reservations.

 Greyhound will operate service on July 4.  For assistance with Greyhound during the holiday, please call their customer service number.  For English, call (800) 231-2222 or visit

 RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices, call center, and DTC on Thursday, July 5.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County.  RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.  For more information, visit, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

I HAVE A VOICE: María Ramos

“I am a community Activist…”

María Ramos has dedicated her life to eliminate discrimination, oppression, and injustice in her community. Continue reading

Opinion:Research and Development: Settling for Tres Leches Cake

(ADKITCHEN) – Every new bakery starts with faith, and a business plan. Your business weather it is a bakery, car dealership, newspaper, or wedding planner can somehow relate. Continue reading

Stockton has PRIDE for the first time

STOCKTON, CA – The San Joaquin Pride center will host Stockton’s first Pride Festival in recent history on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at Oak Grove Regional Park. In Addition, there will be a pre-event celebration and art exhibition held on Friday, August 24th, 2012 at the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery from 6PM until 9PM. Continue reading

I Have a Voice: Jose Cuevas

STOCKTON, CA – Downtown Stockton is a pivotal location for Jose Cuevas, it represents the middle of two worlds – a road to north Stockton one way known for its rich members of the community and a road leading the other directions – toward a bridge that has housed many of Stockton’s homeless or helpless. Continue reading

Breaking the Trend on Crime

*Updated August 07, 2012 at 4:34 pm to say, “oversees 235 organizations and partnered with several of the Miracle Mile Merchants and the University of Pacific.” It used to say it ”coordinated with 235 organizations on the Miracle Mile and the University of Pacific.”

STOCKTON, CA – With the city of Stockton facing high crime rates, the city experienced one district that is breaking the trend. Continue reading

Opinion: Latino Vote National Tour Welcome to Stockton

By Fr. Dean McFalls

As a Caucasian American born into the middle class and raised in Seattle, I always considered citizenship, voting, and making a political difference as a foregone conclusion.  It never dawned on me that huge sectors of American society might feel themselves isolated, counted-out, or systematically unwelcome in the process of self-determination and of shaping the future of this great democratic nation. Continue reading

Stockton Approves Agreements with Six LAbor Groups

STOCKTON, CA – The Stockton City Council approved labor agreements with six of its nine employee labor groups Tuesday, July 24. Continue reading

Recipe: Lavender Thumbprint Cookies with Lemon Curd Filling

by Angela Wright


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks (reserve egg whites)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon(s) dried lavender flowers (Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup(s)Lemon Curd, or store-bought
  • 1  egg white
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans


1)      Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with mixer until well blended. Beat in yolks, vanilla, lavender and salt. With mixer on low speed beat in flour just until moist clumps form. Gather dough together in bowl to bind. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2)      Heat oven to 350 degrees ºF.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or nonstick liners.

3)      Shape scant tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in egg white, then nuts. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. With your thumb make a deep indentation in the center of each ball.  Bake cookies until firm and lightly golden on bottom, about 19 to 20 minutes.

4)      Remove cookies from oven and immediately fill indentations with curd.  Return to oven and bake 2 minutes longer to set curd.

Lemon Curd:


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice


In the top of a double boiler, beat eggs and sugar.  Stir in lemon juice, butter and lemon peel. Cook over simmering water for 15 minutes or until thickened.

San Joaquin County Reports First Detection Of West Nile Virus Infection

STOCKTON, CA (July 20, 2012) — San Joaquin County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, confirmed that a 48-year old male living in Stockton is the first human with West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in San Joaquin County this year. Continue reading

Voters to Consider New Term for County

(BW) SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA – On July 17, 2012 the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors decided in a 4-1 vote to place a measure on November’s ballot to increase Board of Supervisors term limits to three terms in a lifetime. Continue reading

Recent Pacific Grad victim of the Colorado theater shooting

STOCKTON, CA- Petra Anderson ’12, who graduated in May as a composition major in the Conservatory of Music, of the University of the Pacific was caught in last night’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater. The latest information provided is that Petra is undergoing surgery in an Aurora hospital. Continue reading

Opinion: A defect in Women

A defect in Women

Story by Lila Towns

God made women in the sixth day.   It was an intense journey of hard work and extra hours.  An angel appeared and asked: “Why do you dedicate so much time to the creation of this creature?  And the Lord answered: Have you read the project of what I want to accomplish with this creation?   It must be able to wash, but not made of plastic, it has to have more than 200 movable pieces, each exchangeable and be able to function with a diet of left overs o anything, it has to have shelter for four children simultaneously, must have a kiss that can heal anything from a knee up to a broken heart y and it will do everything with a simple two hands. Continue reading

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