Three Cal State Bakersfield students were accepted out of more than 200 applicants into the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar Program, which allows students to explore education beyond their baccalaureate degrees.

Students selected for the program, Alejandro Cruz, Moriah Cobb and Jazmine Meija-Munoz, will receive $3,000 in support and participate in a summer research experience at a University of California campus.

“The student has a unique opportunity to use these funds to explore graduate programs with their respective faculty advisor. It means that more CSUB students, particularly historically underrepresented students, will be able to pursue post-baccalaureate education,” said Vandana Kohli, associate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies.

BCSD hires new director of English Language Learners Services

Beatrice Castilleja-Gray, a former principal in Riverside who started her career as a teacher at Bessie E. Owens Elementary School 27 years ago, has been hired as Bakersfield City School District’s new director of English Language Learners Services.

Gray will be responsible for facilitating district-wide change that enhances services for English learners, monitor the implementation of bilingual programs, and assist individual schools with program development.

“My desire … is to lead, empower and support employees and students with purpose and passion in meeting and improving their academic, social and emotional goals,” Castilleja-Gray said. “It was at BCSD that I began my educational career as a teacher at Bessie Owens School and I am very happy to be back home.”

Student awarded scholarship

Tesoro Corporation, an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, awarded a $4,000 scholarship to Ryanne Granados, a Bakersfield local studying at UC Santa Cruz.

Granados was one of 50 nationwide to win a Tesoro Scholarship.

California Connections Academy information session

California Connections Academy will host a free information session Tuesday evening at the Four Points by Sheraton.

The information session provides families an opportunity to meet with the online school’s teachers, explore the school’s program and curriculum and learn about the enrollment process.

The tuition-free online public school is open to students in Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings and Inyo counties.

The session runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 5101 California Ave.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce