The Department of Education has awarded two five-year federal grants of $3 million to both Cal State Bakersfield and Bakersfield College aimed not just at preparing students for careers in the medical field but at improving the health of Kern County.
For the past five years, the Bakersfield City School District has kicked off its Parent University with an event that draws hundreds of parents to the district's middle schools. But this year's theme, “We can do virtually anything,” is a hint that this year's event will be very different.
Graduates of Bakersfield College's nursing program last spring finished their program in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many completed their clinical hours as they were called into local hospitals to help with the surge in COVID-19 cases. But until now, they hadn't been formally ce…
CSUB is getting ready to kick off its golden anniversary with a celebration Oct. 1, which will be a chance to commemorate the very first day of classes in 1970. A virtual celebration marking that day will feature guest speakers and musicians including Richard Branson, the founder of the Virg…
CSUB has made the cut for the annual U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best Colleges report, which ranks 1,452 higher education institutions that offer bachelor's degrees.
Bryan Easter, an assistant principal at Frontier High School, has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Board.
Every year, high school students and their parents expect to meet representatives of 100 colleges and universities at Kern County College Night. But this year's event scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14 will move online and look a lot different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
California State University Chancellor Timothy White announced Thursday that the CSU campuses — including Cal State Bakersfield — will continue to operate virtually for the rest of the academic year.
Kern High School District trustees heard but took no action on an item Tuesday night that asked the board to reconsider the district's sexual harassment policies. The item was brought to the attention of the board in response to several students from Ridgeview High sharing allegations of har…
Ian Journey, a local professional engineer, has announced his candidacy for the Bakersfield City School District School Board Area 5 Seat, according to a news release.
Neither kindergarten nor transitional kindergarten is a requirement in California, and many parents in Kern County this year have opted out. But educators and parents who have opted into distance learning for the youngest students say that so far they’re surprisingly optimistic about how the…
Students of the Kern High School District were locked out of their virtual classrooms Friday by a glitch that reset everyone's password. The technical issue affected all 42,000 students.
The US Department of Agriculture extended federal rules allowing children 2 to 18 to receive free grab-and-go meals at schools during the week. The extension is now set to expire at the end of 2020 or when available funding runs out. Local districts have been sending out notices letting pare…
Kern County’s third largest industry, behind agriculture and oil, is distribution, and Bakersfield College has just begun offering courses to prepare students for management positions in the field.
Bakersfield Christian High School President John Buetow sent a letter to parents to address an incident in which a student displayed the message “Black Lives Don’t Actually Matter” as their Zoom background during class.
Over 490,000 students are enrolled in the CSU system, and for the first time in the history of the board that governs it, one of the students chosen to represent all those voices will be from Cal State Bakersfield.
BCSD’s Superintendent Doc Ervin announced in a letter sent to BCSD employees on Friday that he will be taking a medical leave of absence after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
The first week of school is almost over, but music classrooms at Stiern Elementary are strangely empty and quiet, except for the sounds of teachers checking in with students over Zoom. Kern County music teachers are doing what might have seemed unthinkable a year ago: teaching thousands of s…
Every year, Mira Monte High School Principal William Sandoval mentally prepares himself for things to go wrong when school starts, but this year worried him more than usual. The first big bump in the road came Monday morning with the worldwide Zoom outage that brought the first hour of dista…
A small 20-student elementary school in Ridgecrest reopened Tuesday after its waiver to hold onsite instruction was approved despite Kern County being on a state watchlist for having a high number of COVID-19 cases.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools announced Monday that Bank of America has provided a $75,000 COVID Relief Grant to help support the purchase of 20,000 Chromebooks and 5,700 WiFi hot spots for local students.
The Bakersfield City School District is pushing back the start of the school year by a week after it couldn't get all the hot spots it needs from its internet service provider in time for remote education to take place.
The Bakersfield College Foundation received a significant financial gift from the Clifford and Patricia Mettler estate to support 120 students enrolled in BC’s Agriculture Pathways Early College program.
A new, no-cost virtual Taft College STEM-CiTE Community Summer Camp will take place Aug. 17 through 21 thanks to the collaborative efforts of Geekwise Academy, Taft College, Taft College Foundation and sponsor Synagro.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County is providing a grab and go meal service for at-risk and disadvantaged children in Arvin, Bakersfield and Lamont.
After almost two and a half years, the Kern High School District's Career Technical Education Center, located adjacent to Independence High School, is nearing completion.
Starting a new job anywhere is a stressful and daunting task, but first-year teachers might take the cake while launching their careers in an unfamiliar distance learning format this fall.
Securing personal protective equipment has been a challenge for some local hospitals, but small- and medium-sized practices have been hit the hardest during the coronavirus pandemic, preventing many from operating.
Officials at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District are providing teachers, parents and students with trainings and other resources to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 24.
Bakersfield City School District students and teachers will be logging onto the first day of school a bit later than anticipated.
The Kern High School District board of trustees heard a number of reports during its Monday night meeting, including pushing the 2020-21 school year start date to Aug. 24
Bethany Bachman, long-time parent volunteer, has announced her candidacy for the Bakersfield City School board Area 5 seat, according to a news release.
The Kern High School District board of trustees will hear reports and comments on a number of topics during its Monday night meeting, including South High School's mascot, an ethnic studies requirement and distance learning attendance.
The Weedpatch community is one that Vineland School District Superintendent Cindy Castro is very familiar with as she basically grew up in the area since her father owned his business there.
Chris Cruz-Boone will officially announce her candidacy and platform for the Bakersfield City School District area three trustee seat at 1:30 p.m. Monday on a Zoom meeting.
McKinley Elementary School's garden, part of the agriculture academy that lets students experience the full farm-to-table process, has missed a few helping hands that keep it growing these last few months.
For the past several months, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools has led a team of educators from 17 Kern County school districts and partners from Fresno, Kings and San Luis Obispo County Offices of Education to develop standards-based distance learning curriculum in English language …
In response to a letter by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundations of Southern and Northern California, which alleges the Greenfield Union School District created a hostile environment for Black students and staff, the district wrote in a statement it "strongly disagrees" with the cha…
Bakersfield College will honor the life of Congressman John Lewis and his legacy of “good trouble" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, livestreaming from Danny Morrison Media’s Facebook Page.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundations of Southern and Northern California sent a letter to the Greenfield Union School District Wednesday, expressing concerns and alleging “the district has created a hostile environment for Black students and staff in its schools by subjecting them …
The Vineland School District has received 700 backpacks filled with school supplies, dental hygiene kits and food to distribute to students and families for free.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program announced Monday it's ramping up support to Kern County schools to identify and connect schools with families struggling with housing, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release.
The Kern High School District has amended its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch/ School Breakfast Programs for the 2020-2021 school year.
Cal State Bakersfield announced its fall 2020 plan, which includes allowing select students back on campus for in-person instruction, has been approved by the Chancellor’s Office.