Empire College

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Finley Foundation Gifts $100,000 to Empire College Foundation

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

Good news for those thinking about studying for their General Equivalency Diploma! The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation recently gifted $100,000 to the Empire College Foundation for the furtherance of the College’s free General Education Diploma (GED) preparation program for the public. The program was initially funded by a $250,000 donation to the Empire College Foundation from the estate of former Empire College board member, businessman, and civic leader Evert Person.

Empire's Commitment to Community Service

Empire College in Santa Rosa, California, has earned national recognition from the White House – with distinction– the past three years on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2013 it was one of 19 finalists for the top award. The national award recognizes public and private colleges and universities that inspire lifelong civic engagement among their students and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Donated, Refurbished Computers Benefit the Community

Empire College student rebuilds computer

Hardware instructor Scott Wilcox has given away many small items as needed by tech students and has picked up recycled equipment to help the person/company dispose of items and help others. This has led to a recycling and donation system that has provided his students in Empire's information technology programs with computers that can be used to build a network at home.

Empire College tech students donate rebuilt computers

Latest Issue of The Empire Writes Back

Empire Writes Back Masthead

The latest issue of The Empire Writes Back is now available. It's filled full of student achievements and graduate job news, including:

Empire Board Honored with Jefferson Award

Jefferson Award

The Empire College Board of Directors has been selected as a Sonoma County recipient of the 2015 Jefferson Award for “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement” and will be honored, along with four other recipients, during a regular meeting of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. The 2015 recipients are:

Remembering Empire College founder, champion Henry Trione

Henry and Eileen Trione at the July 2014 Empire College commencement.


Yesterday the community celebrated the extraordinary life of Henry Trione. Much has been written about his entrepreneurial spirit and innumerable contributions to our community which include Empire College, the gift he consistently said was his “proudest achievement.”

Empire College graduates honor Henry Trione at their commencement in July 2014.

Empire Receives Nation's Top Honor for Community Service

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

We are bursting with pride at Empire College! For the third straight year, Empire was named to President Obama’s 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor roll program annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

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Empire College founder Henry Trione

A few years ago, September 8 was declared Henry Trione Day by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. For those who know Henry, they agreed it is a well deserved recognition. For those of us associated with Empire College, we are honored to have him as our founder 53 years ago and and our avid supporter today.

Education Pays Off

This is a wonderful human interest story about an emergency that occurred this morning at the corner of Russell and Range as students and faculty were on their way to 9 a.m. classes. Three Empire students came to the rescue!

The background of the "emergency" is that an elderly man was rushing to get across the street and fell in the crosswalk, resulting in a head injury.

Empire's Blessing

Empire College is blessed to have Henry Trione as its founder. "By any measure one of the Redwood Empire's leading men of all time," as Press Democrat writer Chris Smith described him in today's front-page story, Henry has lead an interesting and rich life.

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