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Dr. Mary Barlow speaks on the ethics of leadership

Mark Armendariz-Gonzales, Reporter

September 29, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Mary Barlow was hosted on a zoom call on Sept. 24, where she spoke on being a leader and her experience of being one. Dr. Barlow has been serving as the Kern County Superintendent of Schools since 2017, and with this title comes the responsibility of overseeing 47 school districts. Dr. Barlow is not only active in public education but the community as...

Michael Bloomberg releases higher education policy

Jocelyn Sandusky, Features Editor

February 19, 2020

As the presidential primary gets into full swing, Michael Bloomberg has released his higher education policy proposal to showcase his commitment to affordable, attainable and quality post-secondary education. Fewer than half of Americans have a college degree, according to Bloomberg’s plan, which will provide students with “credentials to equip them for middle-income jobs; give talent...

Bakersfield ranked among top cities for teachers

David Portillo, Reporter

November 18, 2019

A study by Justin Saeheng was recently conducted showing Bakersfield is one of the best cities for teachers. According to a study by AdvisorSmith, 380 cities throughout America were ranked for the best largest city for teachers and Bakersfield was placed at number two. The field of teaching is growing at a rate of 3.82 percent with over 500,000 preschool teachers, 1.6 million...

Reading coaches volunteer to help young students

Luis Rojas, Reporter

October 4, 2019

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office announced in September that they are looking for volunteers for the annual Kern County Community Reading Project. This project recruits and trains community volunteers to become reading coaches for local second grade students.   According to Teressa Twisselman, coordinator English/Language Arts at KCSOS, “The program is ...

People in attendance checking out the booth from Simpson University.

Students look for future college opportunities during KHSD’s College Night

September 20, 2019

The 20th annual Kern County College Night, hosted by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office with the Kern High School District, took place on...

The Los Angeles teacher’s strike ends with reform

Amy Sarmiento, Reporter

January 24, 2019

Teachers and educators throughout the Los Angeles public school district went on strike in earlier in January, impacting about 500,000 students and their families. Teachers sought to improve students’ overall education by demanding that the district hire more school staff, decrease class size, and provide higher wages. Many argued this affected the current students’...

Bakersfield ranks among least educated cities in California

Malachi Parker, Reporter

October 15, 2018

Of the 150 most populated metropolitan cities across the states, when it comes to education, Bakersfield ranks 147. According to, Bakersfield ranks towards the bottom in most categories, such as the percentage of high school diploma holders, percentage of people who hold higher degrees, while educating children in a below average public-school system. Milto...

Professional development conference discusses early childhood literacy, education, homelessness, and hunger

Paige Atkison, Reporter

April 16, 2018

Dozens of activists, community organizers, and professionals attended a professional development conference at the Doubletree Inn on Wednesday, April 4. The 28 Annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits was held by the United Way of Kern County, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on early childhood literacy, education, homelessness, and hunger. The...

Colleges may be granted millions for education

Issy Barrientos, Reporter

February 11, 2018

The 2018-19 state budget proposed by Governor Jerry Brown emphasizes higher education. The proposal is set to grant colleges and universities millions of dollars’ worth of funding and to establish an online community college. According to the proposal, the California Community College system will receive “rewards” if they are able to meet certain criteria including the...

A Bakersfield College Advisor works with a Shafter student who is enrolling at Shafter’s Second Express Enrollment Date at the Shafter Learning Center

Shafter Learning Center offers second express enrollment for the community

January 28, 2018

The Shafter Learning Center held a secondary express enrollment date for those who wanted to enroll in college at BC on Jan. 9, for the Spring semester. This...

Orubba Amansouri, smiles as she refers to her mother, who has been at her side since pursuing an education.

Speaker advocates for global education

October 4, 2017

Education is the key to solving most of the problems we have today, said Orubba Almansouri, a native of Yemen, at a distinguished speaker’s series, held...

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