Empire College Receives Jefferson Public Service Award

ACICS congratulates the Empire College Board of Directors on receiving the 2015 Jefferson Award for "Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement" Award. The press release with details is below.



For Immediate Release


SANTA ROSA, CA - 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:

  •  Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County
  •  Empire College Board of Directors
  •  Vince Harper
  •  Herman J. Hernandez
  •  Mentor Me

A national recognition system designed to highlight public service in America, the Jefferson Awards began as part of the American Institute for Public Service in 1972 and was established by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, a staffer to Bobby Kennedy.

Locally, the program was adopted by the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors in 2006. After an analysis of other local recognition programs, the County’s program was designed to highlight the value of non-profit organizations, boards, commissions and advisory bodies, as well as individual efforts for Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.
“The Empire College Board of Directors is pleased to be recognized among this year’s Jefferson Award honorees,” stated Roy Hurd, chairman of the board and president of Empire College. “It is a tribute to the legacy of our founder, Henry Trione, and to our faculty and staff’s commitment to fostering service learning and volunteerism among our students. Collectively they provide a variety of free services each year and raise thousands of dollars for nonprofit agencies and local residents.”

For the past three years, Empire College has been named to the White House’s “President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll” with Distinction. The national award recognizes colleges that inspire lifelong civic engagement among their students and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Hurd added, “The members of the Empire College Board proudly reaffirm our pledge as a community resource and educational asset. We are committed to providing ongoing leadership to promote engagement in addressing community issues.”

Serving the residents of Northern California for more than 54 years, Empire College is an accredited college offering specialized associate degree and career training programs in legal and medical office careers, business administration, tourism and hospitality, accounting, and information technology. Empire College School of Law, founded in 1973, has consistently achieved the highest Bar Exam pass rate of all California Accredited Law Schools since 2000. Its alumni comprise approximately 25 percent of the Sonoma County Bar and include members of the judiciary in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lassen, Calaveras, and Merced Counties.

For additional information on Empire College educational and community outreach programs, call (707) 546-4000 or visit



Contact: Sherie L. Hurd 707.546.4000