Tuesday, December 29, 2009
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    DECEMBER 16, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:      STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, JIM MCCLAIN (626) 914-8794


Citrus College Manager’s Volunteer Work Leads to Opportunities for Students

By Stacy Armstrong

 

Having lived most of his life along the San Gabriel foothills, Glendora resident Jim McClain has come to value their beauty and wildlife.

 

The Citrus College dean of mathematics and health sciences says this appreciation is what led him to join the Glendora Community Conservancy.

 

“I have a desire to share this love of nature with others by helping to preserve the native flora and fauna for future generations,” he said.

 

McClain says he was recruited to join the conservancy by the organization’s president.  Since then, he has been serving as a member of the conservancy’s board of directors. 

 

“Our board meetings take place at local restaurants, while other planning activities occur at the conservancy’s Route 66 office.  We have also held activities at the conservancy properties, which include the Colby Trail and Bluebird Ranch,” he said.  “I find it extremely rewarding to share a common vision with others and to work with them to fulfill this vision.”

 

McClain’s role as a board member not only allows him to do something he enjoys, but it has also proven to be beneficial to Citrus College’s students.

 

“I act as a liaison between the conservancy and Citrus College,” McClain explains.  “Most recently, I have been working with science instructor Dr. Scott Mondrala to create cooperative education activities that will allow students to work on the 600 acres of conservancy property.”

 

According to McClain, they are combining Conservancy and STEM grant resources to create opportunities for students to learn about Wildlife Management, Wildland Fire Management, Forest Recreation Development, and Physical Geology.

 

This project is just one of the many reasons why McClain continues to work with the conservancy.

 

“It makes me happy to be doing something that also benefits others,” he said.  “I encourage everyone to volunteer.  You can always find time for things you enjoy, so double your joy by volunteering for something that helps others too.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    DECEMBER 16, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:      STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, JIM MCCLAIN (626) 914-8794

Jim McClain