Annual State of Clubs highlights Boys & Girls Clubs’ efforts in Kern County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County will hold its annual State of the Clubs presentation, called “The Road to Success,” Aug. 23 at the Boys & Girls Club – Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St.

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 with the primary goal of informing and updating the community (public agencies, elected officials, business owners and corporations) on the history, mission and core program areas of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County as well as its success with the Nutrition Program and After School Education & Safety program partnerships.

The program will highlight the Boys & Girls Clubs’ opportunity for growth and expansion in the areas of scholarships for membership for children living in homelessness and economic disparity, vehicles for bridging transportation barriers to program locations, and the need to expand our footprint in the southwest and northwest areas to serve a growing number of children who are left unsupervised and without programs.

State of the Clubs will wrap up with tours available to the attendees at 9 a.m. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County operates 63 club sites in Arvin, Bakersfield, Barstow, Frazier Park and Lamont, offering after-school and holiday day camps for children ages 5 to 17.

To RSVP for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County’s State of the Clubs, call Maggie Cushine at 661-325-3730.

University of La Verne opens new Bakersfield location

The University of La Verne relocated its Bakersfield regional campus to a new, larger space that will allow it to launch new academic programs tailored to meet the area’s educational and professional needs.

Classes at state-of-the-art campus located on 10800 Stockdale Highway will start in September and an open house is scheduled for Oct. 12. The opening coincides with the introduction of three new bachelor’s degree programs in psychology, information technology and criminal justice in addition to a master’s program in psychology, which complements the university’s current programs in the areas of education and business.

“This is a great time to live, work and study in Bakersfield,” University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman said in a release. “The city’s population is booming and the region’s economy is transforming. As the premier private university in the area, we are proud that we are growing along with the community and creating opportunities for students to achieve their educational goals.”

Deanna Blaise named senior vice president, director of retail strategy for Rabobank N.A.

Deanna Blaise was appointed as senior vice president and director of retail energy for Rabobank N.A. Blaise will continue to develop and implement the vision and strategy for the bank’s California retail banking network.

Blaise was previously a retail division manager for the bank’s south division, in charge of overseeing 36 retail branch offices. Before joining Rabobank, Blaise spent 13 years as a marketing director for a regional CPA firm. At CSUB, she studied business administration and marketing and completed a corporate leadership program at IESE Business School in Spain.

In addition to being a senior vice president and director of retail energy, Blaise is a current member and former president of the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference, Bakersfield North Rotary and Youth Connection Inc.