Sheriff chats with criminal justice class

Sheriff chats with criminal justice class

Students in Rick Smith’s criminal justice class at Burroughs High School got the chance to hear from our county’s top law enforcement officer when Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood came in for a chat. Youngblood shared his experiences with the youth, reminding them of their . . . Read Full Story >>

Local student selected for NASA program

Local student selected for NASA program

Rochelle Caravalho, a student at Cerro Coso Community College, has been selected to travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory this fall to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Caravalho is one of 40 community college students from across the U.S. to be . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso Community College to honor veterans with films, exhibits

Cerro Coso Community College will celebrate veterans during the month of November with activities dedicated to honoring those who served our country. A variety of activities, films, and exhibits are planned for the Ridgecrest campus and local community. To kick off Veterans Month, Cerro Coso . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Ooi brings expertise, passion for science

Dr. Ooi brings expertise, passion for science

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Dr. Guck Ooi, is a new associate professor of biology at Cerro Coso Community College. Dr. Ooi has been teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology classes at the college since 2011 as an adjunct faculty member. Born in Malaysia, Dr. Ooi . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the Candidates SSUSD Board of Education

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Four candidates are seeking three seats on the SSUSD?Board of Directors. The board is in the final phase of implementing a 2012 action to reduce its seven-member board down to five, so this election voters will choose three . . . Read Full Story >>

Burros Bits

By BLAIR?ETOCH BHS?Commissioner of Communications It’s Rally Week at Burroughs High School! Students have been dressing up each day this week, earning spirit points for their class. Tourists were everywhere on Tuesday, and today there are flowers everywhere as we celebrate Floral Day. We will . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC offers GED prep course

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso is once again offering a General Educa-tional Development Exam Prepa-ration course, EDUC C005, online for those who want to take the GED. The exam changed in 2014 with greater focus on in-depth thinking skills. The GED Exam Prep . . . Read Full Story >>

McNair is new dean of CTE

McNair is new dean of CTE

Cerro Coso President Jill Board announced that Mike McNair has been hired as the college’s new dean of Career Technical Education. “Mike is a seasoned educator and his vast leadership experience in the classroom and administration will make him a tremendous asset to the college,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Program helps student land dream job

Program helps student land dream job

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Welding is one of the few career choices in which a student can receive certifications after two semesters of course work and start earning $30 to $40 an hour. For Cerro Coso student Ryan Holden, the accelerated welding program proved just . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe students clean-up campus

Monroe students clean-up campus

Monroe Middle School seventh-grader Elsie Christy-Huber freshens up one of the school’s buildings with a new coat of paint during last week’s campus clean-up. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Pang has big plans for distance education

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — New Director of Distance Education Rebecca Pang has big plans to improve distance learning at Cerro Coso Community College. Her first priority is improving student retention for online courses through the services the department provides. Pang knows that once a . . . Read Full Story >>

School board hears update for new year

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Thursday marked the first school board meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year. Superintendent Ernie Bell reported that enrollment is up from 4,897 students in August 2013 to 4,925 this year. SSUSD staff is also up by 65 members. . . . Read Full Story >>

New Mesquite principal ushers in school year

New Mesquite principal ushers in school year

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent Jo Anne McClelland isn’t a person on a mission – she’s a person on four. While her official title reads simply “Principal, Alternative Education,” the former Burroughs High School assistant principal and longtime Sierra Sands educator is taking on . . . Read Full Story >>

Marvin returns to Lion Pride at Las Flores

Marvin returns to Lion Pride at Las Flores

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent Las Flores Elementary School Principal Sue Marvin might be new to the job, but she certainly isn’t to the school. “It feels like coming home,” said Marvin. “I came to LF 26 years ago, enrolling my five-year old in . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum offers bat class

The Maturango Museum will sponsor a class on Southwestern Desert bats, instructed by Patricia Brown-Berry, Ph.D., and held at the Desert Studies Center in Soda Springs (Zzyzx). The course will run from Oct. 10-12. Brown-Berry has been teaching variations of this course for 30 years. . . . Read Full Story >>

History of Mexico offered

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — From the ancient ruins of the Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs to the train routes used by the legendary Pancho Villa and the beautiful beaches of Cancun and Acapulco, Mexico’s history is as romantic, blood-curling, dramatic and complex as it gets. Beyond . . . Read Full Story >>

Victoria Wade Perry earns MBA

Mike and Pattye Wade are proud to announce that their daughter, Victoria (Wade) Perry, received her master’s degree in business administration from Concordia University. Commencement exercises were on May 3. Her studies focused on management and finance. Her team won first place for their MBA . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe welcomes new admins

Monroe welcomes new admins

By SUSIE BURGESS News Review Correspondent New administrators Dr. Bonny Porter and Mike Sernett say they are ready to stir up tiger pride at James Monroe Middle School – and not just by drycleaning the musty mascot suit. The duo have refined the school’s goals . . . Read Full Story >>

Weeks brothers earn degrees from Missouri University of Science and Tech

Last term Joshua Austin Weeks and James Allen Weeks of Ridgecrest completed technical degrees from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, which held commencement ceremonies May 16-17. Joshua earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He was also named to the Spring . . . Read Full Story >>

Summer school changes offer opportunities for student success

Summer school changes offer opportunities for student success

By SUSAN BURGESS News Review Correspondent An innovative online curriculum is allowing Burroughs and Mesquite high school students a chance to fix past mistakes, reinforce skills and get a jump start on the next school year, while still leaving plenty of time for a summer . . . Read Full Story >>