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 >>

Schools  forced into  online start

Schools forced into online start

Rebecca Neipp

With the anticipation of Kern County landing on the state’s “monitoring list” starting today (see related story: news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000011612), Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education held a special session Tuesday night to move forward with plans for the mandated distance-learning model to be implemented . . . Read Full Story >>

College amends fall plans

College amends fall plans

As California hit its highest daily count of confirmed cases of coronavirus, and numbers continue to rise in Kern, Mono, and Inyo counties, Cerro Coso Community College announced plans move on-campus classes to remote delivery for the fall term. “Because the safety of every student, . . . Read Full Story >>

Pursuit of on-campus return nixed

Pursuit of on-campus return nixed

Rebecca Neipp

Days before learning that Kern County numbers disqualified an on-campus return for the start of the school year, administrators, trustees and teachers from the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education met July 16 to affirm support for safely reopening school sites. The latest . . . Read Full Story >>

College  to host  virtual  webinar  for vets

College to host virtual webinar for vets

Cerro Coso Community College will host a webinar for veterans on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6-7 p.m. The Zoom-based meeting will outline how to enroll as a student. The webinar will also give an overview of education benefits, processes for the G.I. Bill and CalVet . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS grad makes national scholar list

BHS grad makes national scholar list

Burroughs High School 2020 graduate Andrea Murphree was one of a select few (about 1 in 1,000 nationwide) to earn disctinction as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. The program first selects semi-finalists based on the performance in the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Candidates are then invited . . . Read Full Story >>

Search for CCCC president narrows to three finalists

Search for CCCC president narrows to three finalists

Kern Community College District announced that the search for a new president of Cerro Coso Community College has narrowed to three candidates. A forum, held online in consideration of pandemic precautions, will be held Thursday, July 23, to allow members of the public to participate . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern schools qualified to reopen

Kern schools qualified to reopen

Rebecca Neipp

Schools in counties that have been off California’s COVID-19 monitoring list for 14 consecutive days are eligible for a return to on-campus instruction this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced at his press conference on Friday, July 17. That means that, as long as Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

District cautiously pursues return to campus

District cautiously pursues return to campus

Rebecca Neipp

With only three weeks before the start of school, amid a landscape of shifting guidances aimed at managing COVID-19 outbreaks across the state, the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education’s July 16 meeting yielded unanimous support from administrators, trustees and the teachers union . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>