Getting Credit for Doing Good

A new program allows Shasta College students to earn college credits by volunteering at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Mercy’s Volunteer Services Department has teamed up with Shasta’s Worksite Learning Program to start the program. Students can earn one hour of college credit for every 60 hours of volunteer work they do at Mercy, up to a maximum of 16 hours.

Shasta College official Jason Dell such volunteering “helps students develop an understanding of the world of work and an awareness of their own skills and abilities.”

For more info, go to and type “worksite learning” in the search box.

  • Tonight is the first official State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama, giving him a chance to talk directly to the American people and reframe the first year of his administration. Peter Baker has a fascinating history of the ritual speech here.
  • Mark Your Calendars for Feb. 1, when the famed Leipzig String Quartet will perform at Simpson University’s Heritage Student Life Center. Tickets ($15 general and $12 for students/seniors) are available at the Simpson bookstore or at the door the day of the 7 p.m. concert.
  • Shasta County Public Health wants to remind parents that preteens need another round of vaccines as their childhood vaccinations wane in efficacy. When kids reach 11 or 12, they should have doctor’s appointments to catch up on all the important shots. For more info, click here.
  • Rules for Successful Living #26: Do unto others before they do unto you.

sb-07-09A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.

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