Schools in recovery, planning for future

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Rebecca Neipp

While the quakes caused millions in structural and content damage for local schools, officials took the opportunity to assess not only the destruction, but also the underlying needs revealed during the shake-up. “The earthquakes definitely highlighted how well our facilities performed in the new and . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals make list of alternates for academy appointments

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy this week announced his nominations to U.S. service academies, which included several local students competing alternates for the primary nominations. Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified high school students from California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Nuno receives Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship

Nuno receives Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship

Cerro Coso Community College student Zulema Nuno (center) receives a $750 Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship. Also pictured are EOPS-CARE Director Penny Talley (left) and Access Programs Director Pam Campbell. Nuno is a first-generation college student who returned to school after becoming a single . . . Read Full Story >>

Student speaker contest

The Ridgecrest Lions Club will once again host its student speaker contest for grades 9-12, on the theme “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?” Students will present their speeches on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Winners from the local contest will advance to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Thespians get expert training

Thespians get expert training

Rebecca Neipp

One of the lesser-known casualties of our July earthquakes is the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center — which has been temporarily shuttered while structural repairs are completed over the next few months. Because the building was deemed “nonessential” by the bureaucratic standards that . . . Read Full Story >>

Career Center opens on Dec. 5

Career Center opens on Dec. 5

Cerro Coso Community College will hold a grand opening for its Career Center, located on the second floor of the Main Building, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. “Career exploration and readiness is a continuous process that guides individuals into successful and fulfilling . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD gives hands-on presentations to students during STEM Day

NAWCWD gives hands-on presentations to students during STEM Day

EOD2 Sam Montejano from China Lake helps Burroughs High School student Spencer Johnson try on an explosive ordnance disposal bomb suit helmet during the Nov. 8 STEM Day, when Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division professionals offered 15-minute interactive presentations. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso to host Open House

Cerro Coso to host Open House

Cerro Coso Community College will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3-7 p.m. in its newly remodeled Main Building on the second floor at the Student One Stop. “This is a great opportunity for students, potential students and community members to tour the . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso honors local businesses at President’s Circle luncheon

Cerro Coso honors local businesses at President’s Circle luncheon

From left, Cerro Coso Community College student Brynn Turpin, CCCC President Jill Board, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver, CCCC Foundation member Jan Bennett and students Cameron Reese and Abigail Voigt attend the Oct. 24 President’s Circle luncheon. RRH, Mather Bros. Inc. and Desert Valleys . . . Read Full Story >>

After-school program seeks community support

Rebecca Neipp

A teacher at High Desert Leapin’ Lizards’ after-school program addressed Ridgecrest City Council at its Oct. 16 meeting, asking for support for the service to students and families in our local district. Manuel Fierro noted that California voters approved a proposition for after-school education and . . . Read Full Story >>

YES! gives middle schoolers hands-on experience

YES! gives middle schoolers hands-on experience

By AARON CRUTCHFIELD NAWCWD Public Affairs One hundred twenty-seven local middle school students got to experience science and engineering first hand at the ninth annual Young Engineers and Scientists! of Ridgecrest conference on Sept. 28 at China Lake. The students, who came from Murray and . . . Read Full Story >>

Saalex, CCCC form partnership

Saalex, CCCC form partnership

Saalex Solutions, China Lake’s largest defense contractor and the third largest employer in Ridgecrest, has formed an internship partnership with Cerro Coso Community College, in order to drive local workforce development. “I am proud to offer local area college students the opportunity to gain valuable . . . Read Full Story >>

Blanton crowned BHS Homecoming Queen

Blanton crowned BHS Homecoming Queen

Newly-crowned 2019 Homecoming Queen Jocelyn Blanton receives a congratulatory hug from last year’s winner Enyssa Armendariz as Jocelyn’s fellow cheerleaders and proud father Joseph Blanton look on. The Burros lost their game to the Oak Hill Bulldogs. Tonight they play against undefeated Serrano. Their final . . . Read Full Story >>

College to participate in ShakeOut

College to participate in ShakeOut

Cerro Coso Community College will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m. “Following the recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest, now more than ever it is important that we be prepared,” said a spokesperson. “The college uses this opportunity to practice how . . . Read Full Story >>

NAFIS honors  Sierra Sands trustee

NAFIS honors Sierra Sands trustee

Sierra Sands Unified School District Board Trustee Amy Castillo-Covert brought home an award from the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, which honored her recently for her contributions to the program. Castillo-Covert recently returned from the NAFIS Fall Conference, where impact aid reimbursements were allocated . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Sands students hear from ‘Anchored4Life’ founder

Sierra Sands students hear from ‘Anchored4Life’ founder

Rebecca Neipp

Author-illustrator-motivational speaker Trevor Romain came to Ridgecrest last week to present a program for local students involved in the “Anchored4Life Club” — an organization that helps develop leadership skills, enhance life skills, build confidence and offers support to eligible youth. Romain is a popular author . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD EZ info comes to market

SSUSD EZ info comes to market

The Sierra Sands Unified School District, in an effort to make themselves more accessible to the public, will establish an EZ-up at the next Ridgecrest Farmers Market, held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. “We are calling the event ‘SSUSD EZ Info’” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Ostash gives Sierra Sands update

Ostash gives Sierra Sands update

Rebecca Neipp

Dr. David Ostash started his first day as superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, on July 1, with a cabinet meeting to outline goals, vision and ideas with leaders of the district. “We had an incredibly productive and energetic meeting,” he said. Then, on . . . Read Full Story >>

Trustee gives history of school funding

Trustee gives history of school funding

Rebecca Neipp

While earthquake recovery efforts play out in the background, the steady growth of Sierra Sands Unified School District has leadership planning for a facilities plan that will meet the needs of the future as well as those of the present. After a gradual decline in . . . Read Full Story >>

Community turns out for ’Ultimate Gaming Tournament’

Community turns out for ’Ultimate Gaming Tournament’

Bringing home the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation Gaming Tournament trophy in the sponsorship competition for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are Eddie Conde (left) and Armando Contreras, with CCCC President Jill Board at center. More than 83 gamers showed up for the inaugural Super Smash Bros. . . . Read Full Story >>