District adapts to new metrics

District adapts to new metrics

Rebecca Neipp

REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff WriterAlthough Sierra Sands Unified School District reported a slight dip in enrollment at the beginning of this year, the traditional metric for gaging attendance has changed with the implementation of Distance Learning. Because students are no longer arriving at a . . . Read Full Story >>

CNA course at Cerro Coso begins Sept. 21

CNA course at Cerro Coso begins Sept. 21

Cerro Coso Community College is offering its Certified Nursing Assistant course, which will offer students an opportunity to gain the skills necessary for passing the state-mandated test, beginning Sept. 21. HCRS C055 – Certified Nursing Assistant will meet with instructor Matt Wanta, Monday through Thursday . . . Read Full Story >>

Parents thank Pierce Elementary teachers

Parents thank Pierce Elementary teachers

Rebecca Neipp

While students hunker down in their homes for Distance Learning, many teachers still go to work like any other day, doing their best to adapt their traditional tools of learning to reaching kids through a virtual environment. When the faculty and staff of Pierce Elementary . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC offers late enrollment

CCCC offers late enrollment

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a number of late start classes for the fall semester. Most classes are offered completely online, with a few hybrid, scheduled Zoom or on-campus options available. For a complete listing visit www.cerrocoso.edu/ class-schedule. “In addition to taking late start . . . Read Full Story >>

Early insights on distance learning

Early insights on distance learning

Rebecca Neipp

A slight dip in enrollment, an unknown impact on attendance, and a light at the end of the tunnel for special needs families were the highlights of last week’s meeting for the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education. Dr. David Ostash, SSUSD superintendent, . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC students praised for research

CCCC students praised for research

Cerro Coso Community College students Emily Aralar and Luci Bui submitted research to the Honors Transfer Council of California. This multidisciplinary conference showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by students from community colleges in the Golden State. Although the physical conference, scheduled for April 4 at University . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso begins fall term

Cerro Coso begins fall term

The back-to-school protocol looked a little different for students at Cerro Coso Community College, who returned to school this week with the start of the fall semester. The following changes for this year were highlighted by Dr. Corey Marvin, acting president and vice president of . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools take virtual plunge

Schools take virtual plunge

Rebecca Neipp

As our community closes the first week of Distance Learning in the Sierra Sands Unified School District, stakeholders are trying to take stock of the insights to determine how to refine the process moving forward. Even before the first class went live, students and parents . . . Read Full Story >>

Special needs families struggle in Distance Learning

Special needs families struggle in Distance Learning

Rebecca Neipp

“It is ironic that we are taking all these precautions to make sure that we don’t spread COVID to our most vulnerable population, but in education those seem to be the very ones falling through the cracks.” Such was the comment of one parent of . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC outlines new protocol

CCCC outlines new protocol

Cerro Coso Community College Interim President Dr. Corey Marvin has released guidelines for reopening protocols for the fall semester. “Not only does this document represent a lot of input by a lot of people but it captures the college’s approach to the pandemic and to . . . Read Full Story >>

Day One of Distance Learning

Day One of Distance Learning

Rebecca Neipp

Distance Learning began today, Aug. 17, for the students in Sierra Sands Unified School District. Already, students and parents are expressing the frustration of solving challenges relating to technology, schedule and logistics. But finding immediate resolution in a system that is overtaxed at every level . . . Read Full Story >>

The greatest test in education

The greatest test in education

Rebecca Neipp

On Monday morning, Sierra Sands Unified School District begins its new academic year. But instead of the first-day photos, nostalgic walks to the bus stop and ritual school-supply lists, students and teachers and parents are embarking on a shared journey into the new, and largely . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Sean Hancock  named new  CCCC pres

Dr. Sean Hancock named new CCCC pres

The Kern Community College District announced this week that Dr. Sean C. Hancock will be the board recommendation for the next president of Cerro Coso Community College. KCCD conducted a nationwide search process that included Hancock and two other candidates participating in zoom sessions last . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso launches courses in three formats

Cerro Coso launches courses in three formats

Cerro Coso Community College noted that fall will not look like “business as usual” when the fall term begins Aug. 24. “While our top priority remains providing a safe environment for our students and employees, our goal is to continue to give students the best . . . Read Full Story >>

College to offer training for engaging in online classes

Distance learning has come a long way over the last 30 years. For all their benefits, however, online classes also offer some unique challenges compared to traditional, in-person classes. Without a plan for managing the challenges, performance could suffer. Having moved most classes to remote . . . Read Full Story >>

Videography course offered

Videography course offered

Photographer-videographer Ray Hocker will be instructing a 3-unit class in Digital Video Production at Cerro Coso Community College this fall. The course is designed to help students edit and manipulate videos. “No matter whether you are a novice video maker, blogger, or business owner; this . . . Read Full Story >>

Questions remain after special education update

Questions remain after special education update

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District held a Town Hall meeting last week to address concerns about how its 700 students with special needs will be supported in the new distance learning model, which all 5,200 students will begin the year with. Officials from the state . . . Read Full Story >>

School to begin Aug. 17

School to begin Aug. 17

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday to amend its academic calendar to change the first day of school to Monday, Aug. 17. According to district reports, the administration negotiated new contracts with the unions “to allow for additional . . . Read Full Story >>

Distance Learning 2.0

Distance Learning 2.0

Rebecca Neipp

Five months into continually changing public health and educational guidance for the COVID pandemic, local school officials report that they have hammered out a more cohesive model for “Distance Learning 2.0,” which we are mandated to adhere to for at least the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso reports alumnus check-in

Cerro Coso reports alumnus check-in

Jennifer Welling, a business major and 2019 graduate of Cerro Coso Community College, reflected on her experience at the IWV campus. “My time at Cerro Coso was a very positive experience! I was there from Fall 2016 until Spring 2019. I attended Cerro Coso because . . . Read Full Story >>