Basic Needs Center
Let Us Help You Get Your Basic Needs Met
Our mission at Sierra College is to help connect you with resources to meet your basic needs so you can focus your energy on your education with fewer worries.
Find Resources for:
- Financial Support
- Food Assistance
- Health and Wellness
- Jobs and Employment
- Laptops, Wi-Fi, Technology
- Student-Parent Support
- Various Community Resources
This page is designed to meet the basic needs of our students and the guidelines set forth by California Assembly Bill 2881/66027.81. Please contact our Basic Needs Center if any corrections, edits or updates are needed on this page.
Learn how to access free and discounted food on- and off-campus.
- The Food Pantry at Sierra College is open to all currently enrolled students experiencing food insecurity regardless of income. The Food Pantry stocks non-perishable items such as cereal, canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, etc.
- CalFresh: Most students may qualify for CalFresh. To see if you qualify, complete the CalFresh application. If you have any questions, please contact Britt Bray, Program Manager of Basic Needs and Support Services at Sierra College.
Health and Wellness
- Student Health Services: As part of your tuition fees, we offer all students free or low-cost medical services provided by a nurse practitioner. Services include family planning/birth control, counseling, illness diagnosis/treatment, lab tests, health screenings, prescriptions, and Well Woman exams.
- Counseling: Our counselors can help guide and support you through your educational experience. We offer career and academic planning, plus short-term personal counseling.
- Behavioral Intervention CARE Team: Our CARE Team provides coordinated support for students in distress and takes a proactive approach to address students’ concerns, including personal issues, academic progress and mental health.
- Free access to mental health care: Sierra College students have FREE, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare — the virtual health and well-being platform from TimelyMD, designed for college students. Students do not need insurance to access TimelyCare services.
- Hygiene Products: The Food Pantry offers menstrual supplies and hygiene products in addition to stocking non-perishable food.
- Residence Hall: Rocklin Campus offers on-campus, student housing. Several spaces are open each year in the Residence Hall for unhoused or emergency situations involving students who need housing.
Jobs and Employment
- Career and Transfer Connections: Our Career and Transfer Connection team provides resources and guidance to help students research careers, gain work experience, earn credit for internships and hone their professional development skills.
- CalWORKS: CalWORKS helps students meet their Welfare-to-Work requirements. The program offers academic, personal and career counseling, educational expense cards, employment opportunities, financial grants, priority registration and loaner laptops and calculators.
Laptops, Wi-Fi, Technology
Sierra College provides support and resources for student-parents of children who are 18 years old and younger, and for students who are pregnant or expecting a child. For assistance and referrals, please contact our Basic Needs Center.
- Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE): The CARE program helps students who are single parents receiving cash-aid from CalWorks or Tribal TANF who want to receive college-level training or complete a specific educational program. Services may include meal cards, gas cards, child care assistance, school supplies and/or grant funds.
- Family-friendly study room (Rocklin Campus, LR Building, Room 216): The room is equipped for students with children and can be reserved by any Sierra College student.
- Lactation spaces: Sierra College offers lactation facilities at all four locations.
- Pregnancy and parenting rights: Federal law under Title IX prohibits schools, like Sierra College, from discriminating against students because of pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, or recovery from these. You have the right to an equal education, including participating in class and having pregnancy-related absences excused.
- Bus Services: If you’re looking for ways to save money on your commute, consider using public transportation.
- Transportation Assistance: If you need help with transportation to and from Sierra College, we offer transportation discounts and support to assist students on a case-by-case basis.
- AuntBertha.com: Find food, housing, and health and wellness resources available in your area.
- Child Action Inc., (CAI) – Sacramento County: CAI provides resources and referral services for families seeking child care, child care subsidies for qualifying families and family education and support.
- Child Care Referrals – Placer County Office of Education (PCOE): The Resource and Referral program at PCOE provides free child care referrals, without discrimination and without regard to income, to all individuals seeking child development programs in Placer County.
- Interfaith Food Ministry
- Food Bank of Northern California
- Golden Sierra Job Training Agency: Use this local agency to find a job, gain job training, access job research resources or to attend job fairs and workshops.
- Mental Health Resources: If you are experiencing a crisis or life-threatening emergency, call 911. Otherwise, use the Mental Health Resources list to find mental health support on- and off-campus.
- Nevada County Health and Human Services: Learn about health services, emergency services and other offerings in Nevada County.
- Placer County Food Bank Distribution Schedule
- Placer County Services for Children and Family Resource Guide: Use this guide to find family support, food assistance, clothing/furniture, disability services, employment services, health insurance/financial/general, medical/dental clinics, mental health/safety/violence/anger management, and transportation services.
- Placer County Health and Human Services: Learn more about in-home support services, Medi-cal, mental health, public health and other offerings in Placer County.
- Placer Housing Programs: Learn more about transitional and permanent supportive housing available.
- Placer Housing and Homelessness: Learn more about Placer County’s housing and homelessness programs, including emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing and housing vouchers.
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offers a supplemental nutrition program for women and families who qualify. WIC offers cards to buy healthy foods, nutrition information, breastfeeding education and support, and referrals to health and community services.