Sierra Honored as a Wonderful Workplace

Sierra College received the Wonderful Workplace award at the annual Rocklin Chamber Business Excellence Awards ceremony on January 24. The Wonderful Workplace category recognizes a business or organization that has a wonderful work environment, competitive benefits and team spirit.

“One of the reasons working at Sierra College is so wonderful is that all of our employees care deeply about the college and our students,” stated Ryan Davis, Vice President of Human Resources. “Everyone wants to see our students succeed in accomplishing their goals and that common mission helps to guide our daily work. Knowing that we are helping students accomplish their educational goals makes the work we do very rewarding. We also have a very collaborative culture and our employees are encouraged to participate in decision making throughout the college.”

Over 150 nominees were received in the five categories: From the Heart, Certified Smile Maker, Now Open, Wonderful Workplace, and Business Person of the Year. The award was presented by California State Assemblyman for District 6, Kevin Kiley, and included a Certificate of Special Recognition from Congressman Tom McClintock and a commendation from the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

As one of the top employers in Placer County, Sierra has over 1,300 employees (526 full-time faculty and staff and over 800 part-time faculty) in four locations across the 3,200 mile district. The college serves over 18,000 students each year at campuses and centers in Rocklin, downtown Roseville, Grass Valley, and Truckee. In addition to offering 126 degrees and certificates, the college provides a broad range of Community Education (non-credit) courses and is one of only four community colleges in the nation to have an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  

In 2018, Sierra College received the Business Legacy Award from the City of Rocklin as part of the city’s 125th Anniversary celebration for the college’s significant contribution to the local and regional economy in the past and present, as well as affecting the future. Sierra was also recognized as a Healthiest Employer by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2013.