The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County are getting on the graduation train.

The organization will hold its own graduation for 150 teens across its 11 club sites on Friday from 5:25-8:30 p.m. at the Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St. The graduation is being funded with a grant from the Taco Bell Foundation.

Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, will attend the graduation, which will also feature performances from the Sequoia Middle School dance team and Emerson Middle School stomp team. The event will end with a dance party for the teens.

For more information, call 325-3730.

The Kern High School District’s Regional Occupational Center is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its new expansion on May 21.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the ROC, 501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. The expansion will include the culinary arts, cosmetology and construction trades as well as veterinary and automotive technology programs.

Guest speakers at the event will include KHSD Superintendent Bryon Schaefer, KHSD Board President Phillip Peters, Mayor Karen Goh and others affiliated with the center.

Call the ROC at 831-3327 for more information.

The Frontier High Future Farmers of America group won the Light Horse Judging contest California FFA Finals on May 5.

In the contest, students evaluated and ranked horses based on breed characteristics, conformation and performance. As a team, students cooperatively solve problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production.

Members of the team included Presley Cortez, Savannah Salters, Riley Supertino and April Darling.

Students at state finals competed in more than a dozen other leadership and career development events throughout the day in areas of floriculture, farm business management, veterinary science, livestock and more.

The team will represent California at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis.

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