Sierrastyle Publishing to Fund a Little Education For a Lot of Students 


Rocklin – Some Sierra College students will be able to attend a class of their choice “free” thanks to a new program called Educating the Community (ETC).  The philanthropic endeavor was created by the husband and wife editors Terry Carroll and Wendy Sipple of the very successful local publishing company of Sierrastyle Publishing. ETC will provide tuition fees for between 50 to 100 students in 2006 with the goal of assisting 1000 students within five years. To qualify, students need to complete a very simple application and if selected, will receive funding for one class of their choice.  


            Sierrastyle Publishing produces several regional magazines; the Roseville Granite Bay Style, Folsom ElDorado Hills Style, and Sierra Styles Luxury Living. The company’s latest venture the Lake Style Community Savings Guide will be out soon. “We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community,” said Carroll. “We’ve been searching for a special concept that would have a positive impact and we feel an educated community is a better community. It’s a great equalizer. It provides opportunity at all levels in the social ladder.”  


            ETC will work in partnership with Sierra College and Folsom Lake College to provide educational funding for students of various disciplines. In return, participating students will be asked to agree to an informal contract whereby they will be challenged to “pay it forward.” Their part of the deal is to give back to the community by helping in any measure they choose, to any individual or organization. 


            The students will be invited to share their experiences, in writing, with Sierrastyles Publishing. They will be asked to describe not only the impact of the schooling on their lives, but also how they chose to pay it forward and how their gesture impacted them or the recipient of their generosity. 


            Terry Carroll and Wendy Sipple see this venture as their starting point. They haven’t ruled out the idea of full scholarship opportunities in the future, but wanted to initially impact as many lives as possible at the onset of this program. “We wanted to create a short and long term ripple effect, with a five year goal of providing a bit of tuition to over 1,000 local residents.” 


            For more information about the ETC program and to receive a copy of the application form, contact the Sierra College Foundation office at (916) 789-2920, or Sonbol Aliabadi, Executive Director, at:  (916) 789-2815,  or Email: saliabadi@sierracollege.edu Website:  www.sierracollege.edu/foundation . Or contact Aimee Mundy at Sierrastyle Publishing, (916) 988-9888 x 115, or Email aimee@sierrastyle.com.


 


 

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