Placer County residents interested in taking upper-division Sacramento State classes being offered this fall at Sierra College in Rocklin now have a greater incentive, thanks to a generous donor to the University.  

The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, provided a pool of $50,000 for tuition scholarships that will allow any Placer County resident to take one of the five, first-ever courses to be offered in Placer County.

The deadline for registering has been extended to Friday, Aug. 28.

“Education transforms lives,” said Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen. “By collaborating with Sierra College and our partners in Placer County, we not only meet the growing demands of the region; we will also transform actual students’ lives as well as the lives of their families."

Willy Duncan, president of Sierra College, said the scholarship is a boost to the ongoing partnership with Sacramento State to enhance higher-education opportunities in Placer County. “These courses will allow our students and other members of the community to get a firsthand experience of upper-division courses,” he said.

Vince A. Sales, vice president of University Advancement at Sacramento State, noted that other private donors are growing the scholarship pool with matching contributions. “We are excited to offer this opportunity as we move forward on this partnership,” he said.

Earlier this summer, the University announced that it will offer five upper-division courses at Sierra College’s Rocklin campus as part of a growing partnership between Sierra College and Sacramento State.

The five classes include three in the business school – Business Communication, Data Analysis for Managers, and Management of Contemporary Organizations – and two general education courses, Popular Culture and Multicultural America.

The courses will begin the week of Aug. 31 and conclude during the week of Dec. 7, with finals the following week. Each of the classes is worth three transferable upper-division credits; they will be offered during the evening and Saturday morning. Enrollment for the classes opened in July.

The courses are open to anyone who is not currently a Sacramento State student. They are:

  • Business Communication (MGMT 102 – Wednesdays): The course will teach basic concepts for understanding the practice of communication in the changing world of business for both managers and professionals.
  • Data Analysis for Managers (DS 101 – Saturdays): The business statistics course focuses on the application of statistical methods to business problems.
  • Popular Culture (HIST 166 – Mondays): The course will concentrate on entertainment and everyday life in America from the beginning to the present.
  • Management of Contemporary Organizations (HROB 101 – Tuesdays): The class provides an overview of managerial and organizational theory and practice.
  • Multicultural America (HRS 161 – Thursdays): The class will offer an introduction to the cultural experiences of historically underrepresented groups.

Sacramento State and Sierra College also are collaborating on a three-year bachelor’s degree in nursing, as well as a Sierra College presence at a planned Sac State satellite campus in the Placer Ranch development.

For more information on the courses and the registration process, please contact the Sacramento State College of Continuing Education, (916) 278-6984, or Prospective students can also register online at

For information on supporting this or other scholarships, please contact Tracy Latino-Newman in University Development at (916) 278-6989 or