College to offer FASFA Help

College to offer FASFA Help

The key to reducing the cost of college is getting the most out of your financial aid offers, but applying for financial aid can be a daunting process. It is not too late get federal financial aid for the upcoming fall semester. Cerro Coso will . . . Read Full Story >>

Education funding safe — for now

Education funding safe — for now

Rebecca Neipp

A budget deal struck between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature means that most of the K-12 funding remains intact for the next fiscal cycle. However, some funding withholdings and deferred payments will keep districts across the state in a state of flux for . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso makes plans for fall semester

Cerro Coso makes plans for fall semester

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — As California and the counties of Kern, Mono, and Inyo continue to expand the reopening of business and services, Cerro Coso is preparing now to offer face-to-face classes in the fall 2020 semester at all campus locations. Cerro Coso is . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso recognizes Honors Program graduates

Cerro Coso recognizes Honors Program graduates

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The CCCC Honors Program hosted its first virtual recognition for graduates at cerrocoso.edu/studentservices/ 2020-honors-program-graduates. Graduates and their instructors reflected on the hard work the students put into the rigorous program. Students received their Honors chords and tassels to wear in . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro  Coso  offers  paralegal  studies

Cerro Coso offers paralegal studies

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a complete line-up of online paralegal courses for the fall semester. “The paralegal industry has changed significantly since the 1970s when being a legal assistant first emerged as a bona fide career,” said a spokesperson. “Client demands, economic necessity, . . . Read Full Story >>

Arlow receives Danhauser Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Arlow receives Danhauser Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Curt Danhauser and his daughter Chloe (left) present a $1,000 scholarship to Erica Arlow — the 2020 recipient of the Teresa Danhauser Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Erica, the daughter of Joel and Debbie Arlow, will pursue a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools will reopen — with modifications

Schools will reopen — with modifications

Rebecca Neipp

As educators consume the guidance document (perhaps better classified as a tome) for what schools will look like when they reopen next term, early photos from districts across the state show the potential for draconian solutions — spaced-out desks separated by shower curtains, students in . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona hires new superintendent

Trona hires new superintendent

The Trona Joint Unified School District Board of Education announced at its June 4 meeting the hiring of Dr. Jairo Arellano, who will serve as the new superintendent. “This was the culmination of an extensive search that began in March,” said a spokesperson. Arellano will . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC virtual graduation streams June 13

CCCC virtual graduation streams June 13

Zulema Castillo, center, and her family celebrates graduation from Cerro Coso Community College. The college hosted a drive-through diploma presentation that included an opportunity for a professional photograph. “Our students have shown extraordinary resilience,” said CCCC Vice President Heather Ostash. “They have been through so . . . Read Full Story >>

Drive-through diploma days

Drive-through diploma days

Rebecca Neipp

As losses of life and livelihood are calculated during the COVID-19 pandemic, families of graduating seniors wistfully add to that list their moment to celebrate the culmination of a 13-year academic career for hundreds of local students. “Upon reflecting on all the unexpected change this . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest native graduates from Air Force Academy

Ridgecrest native graduates from Air Force Academy

Rebecca Neipp

When the U.S. Air Force Academy held its graduation ceremonies in April, many local residents tuned in to see one of their own honored during the virtual commencement exercises. Anne Ewbank, daughter of Beverly and Kenney Ewbank of Ridgecrest, received her bachelor of science in . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC holds drive-through awards ceremony

CCCC holds drive-through awards ceremony

Renee Santamaria, Cerro Coso Community College’s Student of the Year for the IWV Access Program, accepts her diploma at the May 14 drive-through awards ceremony. Fifty Program students will graduate with associate degrees, and 24 with Certificates of Achievements this June. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools  face 10-  percent  slash in funding

Schools face 10- percent slash in funding

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month that COVID-19 measures yielded a projected $52 billion deficit in the state budget. Following analysis of his May Revise, public schools are expecting that shortfall to translate into a massive loss in funding. Proposition 98 requires that . . . Read Full Story >>

Board seat to go on Nov. ballot

Board seat to go on Nov. ballot

Rebecca Neipp

The unexpected death of Amy Castillo-Covert, a longtime trustee on the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Directors, leaves a vacancy that would otherwise not be filled until late 2022. Dr. David Ostash, district superintendent, said he learned recently from SSUSD attorneys that given . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Drive-through’ ceremony set

‘Drive-through’ ceremony set

Rebecca Neipp

After weeks of monitoring state directives regarding COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, Sierra Sands Unified School District announced that any option for even a modified assembly has been ruled out. “While operating within the latest and foreseeable state and county guidelines, our graduation committee has . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Angels with stethoscopes’ graduate

‘Angels with stethoscopes’ graduate

Cerro Coso Community College announced that 22 students from Ridgecrest and the Kern River Valley have graduated from the nursing program. “The inability to hold a public capping and pinning ceremony due to the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home edict could not stifle the enthusiasm and pride these . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC student-inmate published in national journal

CCCC student-inmate published in national journal

Cerro Coso Community College student Patrick Larmour is one of 26 members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to have his writings published in “Note Bene,” PTK’s online literary journal. The anthology, which draws its name from the Latin expression for “note well,” recognizes outstanding . . . Read Full Story >>

Learn about college credit for high schoolers

Learn about college credit for high schoolers

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cerro Coso Community College will host Zoom meeting to instruct parents of juniors and seniors in high school who are interested in finding out how their child can earn college credit through dual and concurrent enrollment programs. A parent meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

Uncertainty continues. But so do our schools.

Uncertainty continues. But so do our schools.

Rebecca Neipp

As uncertainty relating to COVID-19 shutdowns and associated impacts continue, Sierra Sands Unified School District moves forward in its mission to educate by focusing on “teaching and reaching” students through the newly defined distance-learning model. Like all California school districts, Sierra Sands closed its campus . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools face funding slashes

Schools face funding slashes

Rebecca Neipp

As schools begin to regain footing in the new “distance learning” model dictated by closures to reduce outbreaks of COVID-19, the resulting economic losses relating to state mandates are generating new fiscal challenges. Dr. David Ostash, superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, read a . . . Read Full Story >>