Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Dr. David Ostash ------ Dr. David Ostash has been selected as the next superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, following a special meeting of the SSUSD Board of Education on Monday evening. Currently serving the district as assistant superintendent of human resources, Ostash . . . Read Full Story >>

Spring semester starts Monday

Spring semester starts Monday

Cerro Coso Community College will welcome students back to school Monday, Jan. 14, for the spring semester. “As students begin their new semester they’ll immediately be welcomed back into the main building at the college that recently underwent a three-year state-of-the-art remodel,” said a spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso closed until Jan. 2

Cerro Coso closed until Jan. 2

All offices and classrooms at all Cerro Coso Community College campuses will be closed for winter recess from Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Online registration will be available at www.cerrocoso.edu. Try this easy and convenient way to register for classes. The spring . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso holds pinning ceremony

Cerro Coso holds pinning ceremony

Ridgecrest Campus cohort (from left) Alexis Boske, Maria Renate Gaivoronski, Jessi House, Kayla Linton, Ma’aka Luma’ava, Mashel Lyon, Mary Katie Maguina, Tammy Sue McKinney, Rondra Dee Morrison, Martha Paz, Jonathan Shaw, Brenda Isabel Solis, and Dulce Trujillo — Courtesy photo ------ Cerro Coso Community College . . . Read Full Story >>

Inmates get second chance at CCCC

Inmates get second chance at CCCC

Posing with recent inmate grads from left are (front) Warden George Jaime, Cerro Coso President Jill Board, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Superintendent Shannon Swain, CDCR Director of Rehabilitation Brant Choate and CDCR Principal Dr. Lincoln Johnson. Standing at far right is KCCD Chancellor . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS senior receives academy nomination

BHS senior receives academy nomination

Rebecca Neipp

Burroughs High School senior Gavin Vigneault earned a service academy nomination from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, an important requirement in the competitive process of applying to United States academies. BHS Principal Bryan Auld noted that given the size of McCarthy’s district — which includes Bakersfield, Antelope . . . Read Full Story >>

Pink Ladies present nursing scholarships

Pink Ladies present nursing scholarships

Barbara Martin (center), scholarship chair of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, presents the Jan Hoagland scholarship to students seeking vocational nursing degrees at Cerro Coso Community College. Also pictured are (from left) Kayla Linton, Dulce Gutierrez, Jessi House and Mary Maguina. Not . . . Read Full Story >>

STEM professionals give presentations at BHS

STEM professionals give presentations at BHS

Justin Sumners from the Quick Reaction Capabilities Office/Counter Improvised Explosive Devices program helps Burroughs High School Freshman Jordyn Petroski in and out of a Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal rapid-response vehicle during Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Day at Burroughs High School on Nov. 9. Students . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso offers dual enrollment

Cerro Coso Community College reminds students and their parents that students at Burroughs High School offers many dual-enrollment programs that allow students to earn college credit. Health Careers at BHS is articulated for two classes at CCCC with a grade of a “B” or better. . . . Read Full Story >>

Tractor Supply supports charter school garden

The Ridgecrest Tractor Supply store is supporting Ridgecrest Charter School in developing a garden to provide students with a hands-on learning experience. “The School Garden Program provides kids with an opportunity to use their hands and minds in a way that’s not typically available in . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff Youngblood visits criminal justice students

Sheriff Youngblood visits criminal justice students

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood addresses Rick Smith’s criminal justice class at Burroughs High School. Youngblood spoke to the students about aspects of law enforcement, including the preparation and response to an active shooter situation — which was in the news last week on the . . . Read Full Story >>

DKG honors Kleinschmidt for 50 years

DKG honors Kleinschmidt for 50 years

Pat Kleinschmidt (left) is honored for her 50 years of membership in the Delta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary international teachers’ society. Kleinschmidt taught at Pierce Elementary School for more than 20 years and served as principal of Las Flores Elementary School. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso honors Desert Valleys for its support

Cerro Coso honors Desert Valleys for its support

Cerro Coso Community College President Jill Board presents Dana Griffin, Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union’s vice president of operations, with a plaque at the first President’s Circle Luncheon. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Phi Theta Kappa student officers who presented their research plans . . . Read Full Story >>

College to host Open House

Cerro Coso Community College is offering prospective spring-semester students an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 2-7 p.m. The event will take place in the newly remodeled main building on the second floor at the Student One Stop. “This is a great opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Local middle school students say  YES! to math, science, technology

Local middle school students say YES! to math, science, technology

At right, students wait anxiously as volunteer John A. Johnson helps them test the strength of their spaghetti bridges during the YES! conference. — U.S. Navy photo by Stacie Lawrence ------ By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs A resounding thank you could be heard through . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands denies charter school request

Sierra Sands denies charter school request

Rebecca Neipp

During a special meeting last week, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees denied, on a 5-0 vote, a request by Ridgecrest Charter School to sponsor its petition. SSUSD staff reviewed the petition and made a recommendation that the board deny the request . . . Read Full Story >>

Bell announces retirement

Bell announces retirement

Rebecca Neipp

Although the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Trustees had not yet met when the News Review went to press, one of the discussion items on the agenda was a “letter of resignation” from Superintendent Ernie Bell. “Submitting this letter is just the formal . . . Read Full Story >>

College announces closures for moving

College announces closures for moving

Cerro Coso Community College announced that several offices will be closed during the ongoing process of moving from temporary quarters back to the main campus. “It has been three years since the college vacated the main building for construction, and the time has finally come . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy honored for impact-aid support

McCarthy honored for impact-aid support

Pictured: SSUSD Board President Amy Covert (center) presents the award to Rep. Kevin McCarthy. ------ House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was honored for support of schools and districts that are negatively impacted by the lack of traditional revenue streams generated by government industry — including . . . Read Full Story >>

College helps students save on textbooks

College helps students save on textbooks

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Studies show that reducing textbook costs allows students to move through their programs more rapidly because they can afford to take more classes instead of paying for costly textbooks. Sometimes a student avoids taking a class because of the cost . . . Read Full Story >>