The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Community Awards will recognize nine people for lifetime achievement at a ceremony Monday.

Those being honored are Horace Mitchell, retiring president of Cal State Bakersfield; Essie Davis, a retired high school vice principal; Odella Johnson, a retired Bakersfield College administrator; Lisa Green, the departing Kern County District Attorney; Ramon Hendrix, superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District; Harry "Doc" Ervin, the superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District; Darryl Johnson, director of human resources at Panama-Buena Vista Union School District; Karyn Bostick, dance director at The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; and Bakari Sanyu, who has spent 20 years as a volunteer tutor at the MLK Community Center.

The committee is focused on improving children's lives.

The Kern County Consortium SELPA, a division of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, will host an all-day conference for parents of children with special needs on Jan. 26.

The second biannual conference, titled “Specially Yours,” will be held at Hodel's Country Dining, located at 5917 Knudsen Dr. The goal of the conference is to educate and empower parents who are struggling to meet the needs of their special-needs children.

Dr. Amanda Nicolson Adams, co-founder and executive director of the California Autism Center and founder of the Autism Center at CSU Bakersfield, will speak on social skills programs, understanding your child's behavior, social support for children on the autism spectrum and more. 

Admission is $10, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

To register, visit The registration deadline is Jan. 19.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Training Academy is currently accepting students. Enrollment is taking place now for classes at the Bakersfield office, located off Highway 65 on Flight Path Way in north Bakersfield. 

ABC’s training programs are created by the industry for the industry, and many students begin working the day they complete some programs. These programs are open: forklift, advanced and safety risk management, "competent person," empowered people series, line location and front line supervisor training.

Call the ABC Training Academy at 392-8729 to learn more.

The ABC Training Academy is nonprofit organization that provides job-ready education in the construction and energy industries. 

Individuals who are fully credentialed, intern-eligible and holders of bachelor’s degrees or higher are invited to attend the 18th annual Kern County Teacher Recruitment Fair on March 17. 

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Larry E. Reider Education Center, located at 2000 K Street. Interested individuals will be able to see what positions are available as well as what may be available in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Districts are interested in meeting individuals who qualify in the areas of multiple subject, special education, speech pathologist, school nurse, school psychologist, single subject credentials and substitutes.

Additionally, several school districts are recruiting Career Technical Education  teachers. People who possess a high school diploma or equivalent and at least three years worth of experience in the field you want to teach are eligible.

Sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, the fair is the county’s largest gathering of school district recruiters in one location.

To pre-register online, go to Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resume. For more information, call 636-4750.

George Nagy has retired from the boards of Mission Bancorp and Mission Bank.

Nagy, former CEO of Mojave Desert Bank, has been a director for over five years. He joined the Mission Bank board as part of the merger between Mojave Desert and the bank in 2013.