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Studies show that students who graduate in four years see financial benefits, both by paying less tuition and being faster to boost their income by getting a better job, and they also tend to have higher GPAs.
Ro Nayyar grew up in Roseville, a first generation American born to immigrant parents from India who owned a liquor store and emphasized the value of pursuing higher education.
Patricio Wise spent more than a decade climbing the ladder in international finance, and he attributes his success to hard work and a belief in scientific methods. Last year, though, he started working with a different kind of formula: recipes, to be exact. He opened Nixtaco, a taqueria and craft beer spot on Cirby Way in Roseville, fully-equipped with a menu of cuisine inspired by his native Monterrey.
Students at UC Davis are building a house. Not just any house, but a solar-powered house, one with the potential to be as affordable as it is innovative and, above all, energy efficient.
Because the current generation of young adults and professionals prefer urban lifestyles to the spacious lawns and ample suburban backyards of their predecessors, Tuttle says the Sacramento region has an unprecedented opportunity to turn its riverfront into a tie between the two cities.
Arlene Mordeno is a cyber security consultant by trade, who has also written a pair of pop songs that became major hits in international markets. Mina Alali is a 19-year-old musician from Davis, a precocious singer who organized and managed a girl group that performed the national anthem at Sacramento Kings games when she was only in junior high school.
To combat homelessness in Placer County, a new nonprofit organization is working to build a campus-model homeless shelter, also known as a one-stop-shop, to make services more accessible by consolidating them into one place with the ultimate goal of reducing chronic homelessness.