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Sunday, Sep 02 2012 12:00 PM

Education roundup: 'College Night' to help students navigate hgher education opportunities

By The Bakersfield Californian

Kern County's 13th annual "College Night" will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Rabobank Convention Center.

As in past years, students for free will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges and universities from around the country. They include local colleges such as Bakersfield College, Cal State Bakersfield and Taft College.

A host of University of California and California State University campuses will also be represented including UCLA, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Sacramento and Cal State Northridge.

Representatives from private and out-of-state universities are attending this year as well including Colorado State University, Cornell University, Arizona State University and Oklahoma State University, among others.

This year's event is sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.

Breakout sessions will begin at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., with two late sessions. Topics include how to gain financial aid for college, how to make the most of your high school experience, how to gain money through the California Dream Act, how to write that perfect personal statement, and how to prepare for high stakes tests, like the ACT and SAT.

Other sessions will focus on how to choose the right college, and how to maneuver the transfer process from community colleges to universities.

Counselors from throughout the Kern High School District will also be on hand to answer questions and help students and parents figure out which workshops fit their needs the best.

Kern High School District's board on Tuesday is expected to hear a report on the start of the new school year , and vote on naming Foothill High School's football stadium in honor of the school's winningest coach, Ned Permenter.

Permenter began as a teacher in Foothill High when it opened in 1962, served as an assistant coach for three years and as head coach for 37. According to KHSD's screening committee for the naming of facilities, Permenter helped develop Foothill football into a "powerhouse program, " became one of the winningest coaches in the Central Valley and inspired former players to be coaches.

In nomination letters, school officials and former students said Permenter enriched the lives of students and student-athletes, and his impact on students went far beyond the athletic field.

Also Tuesday, KHSD Superintendent Don Carter and KHSD director of research and planning Roger Sanchez will update the board on the start of the school year, and enrollment data. Updates include information in the new "parent information booklet," including graduation and college entrance requirements and the California High School Exit Exam. Nearly 30,000 28-page booklets were prepared and mailed in August.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at 5801 Sundale Ave. In other business, the board is expected to:

* Hear a report on board policy regarding the naming of KHSD facilities, as requested by a board member.

* Discuss in closed session the appointment of an assistant principal at Regional Occupational Center.

* Vote to appoint Stephen P. Renock IV to a two-year term on the board of directors for the KHSD Educational Foundation.

* Accept a $3,000 donation for Stockdale High School programs from State Farm Companies Foundation's Matching Gift and Good Neighbor Grant programs. Five State Farm employees designated the donation, and each volunteered at least 40 hours of work for student activities.

Kern County Superintendent of Schools' special education division accepted a 24 iPads donation Friday from Bakersfield native and former National Football League standout Joey Porter and his wife, Christy Porter.

The Porters, who have a child in special education, are donating the iPads to help enhance instruction, specifically to accommodate writing and communication for KCSOS students who are working on fine motor control skills, or have limited verbal abilities.

The Chemistry Department at Cal State Bakersfield has been awarded a $270,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a instrument to help students perform modern chemical research.

The money will be used to buy a 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument, necessary to perform chemical analysis. It has a central role in the analysis of chemical compounds in modern chemistry research labs. The technology is similar to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine used for diagnostic purposes in medicine.

The new instrument will have remote access capability, making it possible for faculty at Bakersfield College and Taft College to incorporate the technology into their classrooms via the web.

The department will replace a 200 MHz resonance instrument used since 1979 until being decommissioned in May 2012.

The department plans to have the new instrument installed during the fall quarter, which starts Sept. 10.

Cal State Bakersfield's Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund will award nearly $100,000 to 50 students during the 29th annual scholarship awards program Sept. 22 at CSUB's Dore Theater.

The fund was established in 1984 and aims to increase college access to academically excellent, financially deserving, underrepresented students who demonstrate leadership potential, but not necessarily minorities. It has given $2.7 million in scholarships to nearly 1,500 students.

The event's featured speaker will be Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate professor at UC Riverside. A sponsor and VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m., with a special cultural presentation of music, dance and poetry at 6:30 p.m. And the scholarship awards will be given at 7:30 p.m.

For sponsor and ticket information, contact Gloria Castaneda at 654-6754 or gcastaneda@csub.edu, or Thomas R. Martinez at 654-3064 or tmartinez@csub.edu.

More information: www.csub.edu/hesf.

-- Jorge Barrientos, Californian staff

For more education news, go to The Californian's education blog, The Grade, at www.bakersfield.com/thegrade or follow The Grade's Twitter at twitter.com/TBCTheGrade.

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