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Foothill College selected to launch 4 year degree program

Not only is Foothill a beautiful college, nestled in the Los Altos foothills (yup, the name is descriptive) but it will give dental students a LOW COST option.
Dental-hygiene baccalaureate (cost:$10,500/year) will begin in fall 2016

Foothill College is officially one of 15 community colleges in the state that, for the first time in California’s history, will offer a four-year baccalaureate program.

A total of 34 colleges up and down the state were in the running to launch four-year degrees under a new bill that allows up to 15 community colleges to offer one baccalaureate degree in select vocational fields, as long as they meet a local workforce demand and don’t compete with or duplicate any programs already offered at University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.

The chancellor of the California Community Colleges announced his 15 recommended selections to the system’s Board of Governors Tuesday afternoon, which unanimously approved the initial list and will give its final stamp of approval in March after additional review by the Chancellor’s Office, as well as further consultation with the CSU and UC systems.

Foothill’s new four-year degree will be in dental hygiene, and will launch next fall with an annual tuition of approximately $10,500.

by Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Weekly

February Days to Remember!

This is a short month, so let’s make the most of it!! 

1  National Baked Alaska Day
2  Groundhog Day
3  National Carrot Cake Day
4  National Stuffed Mushroom Day
5  Primrose Day and National Chocolate Fondue Day
6 National Wear Red Day
7  National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
9  National Inventor’s Day
10  National Umbrella Day and National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
12  National Plum Pudding Day
14 Valentines Day
15 National Gum Drop Day
16  National Almond Day
17  National Cafe au Lait Day
18  In 1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
19  National Chocolate Mint Day
20 National Cherry Pie Day
21  National Sticky Bun Day
23  National Banana Bread Day
24  National Tortilla Chip Day
26  National Pistachio Day
28  National Chocolate Chip Day
29  National Surf and Turf Day

January is a Great Month to Celebrate!
Feb 18 – Quite a Day!
MARCH DAYS are here!

BRR – FEBRUARY is often the coldest month of the year.… take a look at ways to stay warm!!

January is a Great Month to Celebrate!

Have you been dragging your team to the same old boring meetings? Hmm. Before they start calling in sick on meeting day or volunteering to Clean the Fridge (eww!) at meeting time…. build in some fun!

january

Each day of every month has many events associated with it. Your company may also have interesting history tidbits for a particular day.

You can make a recognition strategy plan to start great traditions. Do it with your team or club.

A new year is here!

Here are some fun and interesting themes for JANUARY:

1  Happy New Year
2  National Cream Puff Day
3  National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
4 National Spaghetti Day
5 Bird Day
6 National Shortbread Day & Bean Day
7 National Tempura Day & Old Rock Day
8 National English Toffee Day
9 National Apricot Day
10 National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
11 Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from HI to CA in 1935
12 National Marzipan Day
13 National Peach Melba Day & Make your Dream Come True Day
14 Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
15 Hat Day
16 In 1920, The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.
17 In 1982, “Cold Sunday“: in numerous cities in the United States temperatures fall to their lowest levels in over 100 years.
18 Winnie the Pooh Day
19 In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India
20 National Butter-crunch Day
21 In the United States, It’s National Hug Day!
22 National Blonde Brownie Day
23 National Pie Day
24 National Peanut Butter Day
25 Opposite Day
26 National Peanut Brittle Day
27 National Chocolate Cake Day
28 National Blueberry Pancake Day & National Kazoo Day
29 National Carnation Day & National Puzzle Day
30 National Croissant Day
31 National Popcorn Day (& it occurs again on Super Bowl Sunday!)

In honor of January 13, Make your Dream Come True Day, we will share this quote.

As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

-Barbara Sher

December Days to Remember are here! 

Days to Remember in February! 

What Happened on this day in February? The 24th and 25th

 

 

Crunchies Awards -Thursday, February 5, 2015

TechCrunch kicks off 2015 with the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards, the annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.

Nominations open in November and stay open for a month…. nomimations have closed.  Take a look at last years winners (bottom of page), and dream on…. get ready to nominate your fave for next year. We do have a BIG Voice in these awards.

The Crunchies are hosted by TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Best of all, the internet community is invited to choose who wins. Nominations are now closed but stay tuned as nominees will be announced early January 2015.

 

Photo Credit: Orange Photography

The Crunchies Awards will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco with the ceremony beginning at 7:30 pm. It’s an elegant venue that has hosted some of the greatest musical performances in history, just the type of setting to host the most influential technology awards ceremony. Crunchies General Admission tickets will be released this later fall.

Following the Crunchies Awards, the Davies will provide a festive playground for this year’s after party. As always there will be a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, intriguing interactive entertainment and other fun surprises.

The after party begins immediately following the ceremony at 9:00 pm until 11:30 pm. Admission to the party is included with a purchase of a Crunchies Awards ticket.

Location:
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Davies Symphony Hall is located in the landmark War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco’s Civic Center district.

List of Categories and most recent winners:

Best Technology Achievement (2013: bitcoin)
Best On-Demand Service (2013: Airbnb)
Best E-Commerce Application (2013: Wanelo)
Best Mobile Application (2013: Snapchat)
Fastest Rising Startup (2013: Upworthy)
Best Health Startup (2013: One Medical)
Best Design (2013: Pencil by FiftyThree)
Best Bootstrapped Startup (2013: Imgur)
Best Enterprise Startup (2013: Zendesk)
Best International Startup (2013: Waze)
Best Education Startup (2013: Duolingo)
Best Hardware Startup (2013: Oculus VR)
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (2013: Candy Crush Saga)
Biggest Social Impact (2013: Edward Snowden’s NSA Revelations)
Angel of the Year (2013: Chris Sacca)
VC of the Year (2013: Peter Fenton, Benchmark)
Founder of the Year (2013: Arash Ferdowsi & Drew Houston, Dropbox)
CEO of the Year (2013: Dick Costolo, Twitter)
Best New Startup of 2014 (2013: Tinder)
Best Overall Startup of 2014 (2013: Kickstarter)

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Descriptive Words

Running out of Descriptive Words?!? NOW is a great time to recognize a team member, hard worker, or a person that lends a hand!

Sometimes the perfect word is on the “tip of your tongue”, here is a helpful list from four basic categories and some questions the answer when working on recognition:

  • What is the task that was completed or what problem was solved?
  • What kind of customer service was part of the activity?
  • Is this team member showing leadership or innovation skills to solve the issues they face?
Describe the Task Service-Oriented Describe Leadership Include Innovation
Timely Follow-up Empowering Best practice
Researches Customer-focus Goal oriented Original
Careful Exemplary Role model New path
Add value Stunning Considerate Change
Delivers on time Knowledgeable Communicative Revolutionize
Clarify Problem solver Caring Transform
Reduce time needed One-stop Acknowledged Update
Streamline In the loop Concise Lead the way
Consolidate Focused Supportive Develop new method
Ask questions Pleasant Team focus Extra mile
Above standards Exceed expectations Responsive Raise the bar
Review Well informed Accommodating Not typical
Develop process Conversant Encouraging Receptive to new ways
Analysis Ideal Alert Creative
Scrutiny Pursue Advocate Over the top
Faster than expected Resolution Carefully listened Improved
Looked at all issues Discuss alternatives Collaborate Updated
Assess Ideal Promote Modernize
Vigilant Valuable Diversity focused Renewable

Describing a co-worker’s excellent efforts can be difficult, but here are some more words that might help start sentences or begin additional descriptions.

It takes time to add descriptions and details, it makes Recognition so much more meaningful.

Friends at Work

We have known this for a long time, employees that have friends at work, are more engaged and are more likely to say they love their company.

Of those that said they have several friends at work:

  • 64% said they loved their company (compared to only 24% said they love their company – but didn’t have friends at work)
  • Add that 48% of those with work friends feel highly engaged (compared to 28% feeling highly engaged, with no friends at work)

from FAST FACT, “Employees Thrive on Work Friendships”

Thanks Wells Fargo!

It feels great to work for a company that cares about where we live and work.  Many companies have outreach programs for communities, I can imagine, that those employees feel proud of their company sponsorship too!

Several of us read to elementary kids, we get time off to do this, and it is so rewarding to join in school activities. I’ve been reading to John F. Kennedy Elementary school in Daly City. Everyone that is volunteering in the Reading First program is at a different school or day care. It is wonderful to see my kindergartner’s faces as they listen to the story. They are loving it! We talk about how fun it is at work, it makes me feel involved and grateful. Anyone at Wells Fargo can apply for the 10 free books, and go read them to a school of their choice. Then, best of all, we give the books to the school library to keep. This is fun!

And here is more good news:

Following are the list of the forty-three schools in Wells Fargo’s Peninsula area, which received $1,000 grants as part of the Community Connection Grant Program:
 
Carlmont High School – Belmont
Brisbane Elementary School – Brisbane
Franklin Elementary School – Burlingame
McKinley Elementary School – Burlingame
C.B. Elementary School – Cupertino
Marjorie Tobias Elementary School – Daly City
Panorama Elementary – Daly City
Caser Chavez Academy – East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto Charter School – East Palo Alto
Audubon Elementary – Foster City
Cunha Intermediate School – Half Moon Bay
Almond Elementary School – Los Altos
Los Altos High School – Los Altos
La Entrada Middle School – Menlo Park
Oak Knoll Elementary School – Menlo Park
Mills High School – Millbrae
Benjamin Bubb Elementary School – Mountain View
Mariano Castro Elementary School – Mountain View
Mountain View High School – Mountain View
Springer Elementary School – Mountain View
Stevenson Elementary – Mountain View
Terra Nova High School – Pacifica
Barron Park Elementary – Palo Alto
Willow Oaks Elementary School – Palo Alto
Adelante Spanish Immersion School – Redwood City
John F. Kennedy Middle School – Redwood City
Sequoia High School – Redwood City
Taft Elementary School – Redwood City
Allen Elementary School – San Bruno
Tierra Linda Middle School – San Carlos
Borel Middle School – San Mateo
Meadows Elementary School – San Mateo
Meadow Heights Elementary – San Mateo
San Mateo County Special Education – San Mateo
El Camino High School – South San Francisco
Martin Elementary School – South San Francisco
Braly Elementary School – Sunnyvale
Cherry Chase School – Sunnyvale
Columbia Middle School – Sunnyvale
Fremont High School – Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale Middle School – Sunnyvale
Woodside Elementary – Woodside
Woodside High School – Woodside

End of Another Great Year! December Days!

December

1  National Pie Day and Eat a Red Apple Day
2  National Fritters Day
3 Galileo invents the telescope in 1621
4  Wear Brown Shoes Day and National Cookie Day
5   Happy Birthday to Walt Disney, American animated film producer (1901 – 1966)
6   Happy Birthday to Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (1920)
7  National Cotton Candy Day
8 Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” album is released in UK in the year 1967
9  National Pastry Day
10 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled in 1915
11 In 1975, 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
12  Happy Birthday to Cathy Rigby, American gymnast and actress (1952)
13  National Cocoa Day
16  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
19  National Oatmeal Muffin Day
20  Games Day
21 Winter Solstice
22  In 1964,The first test flight of the SR-71 “Blackbird” took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.
23 Night of the Radishes (Oaxaca, Mexico)
24  National Egg Nog Day
25  Christmas & National Pumpkin Pie Day
26  National Candy Cane Day
27 In 1966, The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
28  National Chocolate Day
29 In 1937, The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
31 New Year’s Eve

December 31 marks the end of 4th Quarter.

Dec 2012 calendar

AND there are monthly fun celebrations for December, many charities and organizations have a special month.

November Days to Remember are here! 

January Days to Remember are here! 

Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Funding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

Social networks were the first phase of digital P2P. They enabled anyone to create media and then share it. The Collaborative Economy is the second phase. It enables anyone to create goods and share what they already own. So, how similar or different are the funding amounts for these two movements? This post provides some insight.

There are many ways to compare industries. I’ve conducted analysis on: adoption rates, attitudes, growth rates, and, in tech-heavy industry, funding rates. While investors have often known to be wrong, funding indicates bullish attitudes based on financial analysis and gut reaction to new markets. It’s a metric we must analyze.

If you want to see the full perspective of funding, advance to the Google Sheet of Collaborative Economy funding. Please note that there are multiple tabs.

To produce this comparison, we gathered publicly available information about consumer-facing, popular social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (and 17 others) to find out how much money a mature market, complete with winners, losers, and IPOs, has been funded. Next, we gathered public data about funding in the Collaborative Economy (Uber, Airbnb, Indiegogo, and hundreds others) to see what we could find.

A few analysis notes:

  • Popular social networks are reported to have been funded by $5.4 billion over the last decade. Mostly “consumer” Collaborative Economy startups that enable the sharing of goods, services, food, money and vehicles, have been funded $6.8 billion
  • If you compared, percentage wise, the Collaborative Economy has been funded 26% more than popular social networks.
  • This isn’t an apples-to-oranges comparison: There are few fewer social networks (we looked at 20) than Collaborative Economy startups (we tabled 497). There is no public data for many social networks that died by the wayside lack.
  • Often, funding in early stages is not reported, so it’s impossible to ever truly know what the total funding amount for many companies. Early seed and angel rounds aren’t typically reported.
  • While social networks aren’t likely to be funded significantly greater, I expect that many Collaborative Economy startups are going to receive significantly more funding.
  • I didn’t tally up enterprise social business software funding (community platforms, social media management systems) as there isn’t comparable software for the Collaborative Economy …yet.

Summary
This doesn’t mean that all Collaborative Economy startups will succeed. Markets often only have room for three players – not like the dozens of transportation players currently available. It could also mean that Collaborative Economy companies need to be more resource-intensive to lift off the ground. It certainly means that investors, many who funded social networks, are also bullish on this next phase of P2P sharing.

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