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    Aera to help Bakersfield College develop science center

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer
    Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 05:38 PM

    Aera Energy will donate $500,000 to help Bakersfield College transform a maintenance building into a center for students pursuing science and technology careers, officials plan to announce Wednesday.

    The contribution is a little more than half the $900,000 cost to turn a 3,000-square-foot maintenance and operations building, located at Red and White Way and Mount Vernon Avenue, into a home base for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

    The renovated center will bring STEM counseling, tutoring and university transfer resources currently located across the campus together in one building.

    It will be named the Aera STEM Success Center. The oil and gas producer is funneling its $500,000 donation through the...

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    Taft High coach, parents decry handling of hazing incident

    The head football coach at Taft Union High School, who was put on paid administrative leave after a hazing incident, complained at a crowded school board meeting Monday night that he's been "stripped of something" he loves for doing the...

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    Record-number of CSUB students start school

    More academic programs at Cal State Bakersfield has, in part, led to increasing fall enrollment at the school this year. The university enrolled a record-breaking 8,850 students by the first day of the 2014 fall quarter Monday. Enrollment,...

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    Students honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attack

    More than 150 ROTC cadets stood in uniform while cadets placed a wreath in front of the Bakersfield High School flagpole Thursday. Students were honoring those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The color guard posted colors...

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    THE GRADE: CSUB povost named president of Cal Poly Pomona

    FIRST WOMAN POMONA PRES: Cal State Bakersfield Provost Soraya Coley will become the first female president of Cal Poly Pomona. Cal State University trustees made the announcement Wednesday, and Coley followed with a conference call with...

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    College Night fair targets foster students

    Bakersfield High School junior Sarah Mans packed a yellow plastic resource bag with college brochures Monday at the 15th annual Kern County College Night. The three-hour-long College Night at Rabobank Convention Center attracted 116...

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    KHSD investigating unauthorized spending

    The Kern High School District is investigating a payroll mistake uncovered earlier this year that led to years of unauthorized spending. That spending includes between $9,150 and $12,750 each year in stipends to coordinators, specialists,...

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    THE GRADE: College Night coming up

    FOSTER STUDENTS TARGETED: Less than 60 percent of emancipated foster youth in California have earned a high school diploma or GED by age 19. More than 70 percent of all California state prison inmates have spent time in the foster care...

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    Absenteeism costing local schools

    Atziri Flores, 16, failed every class she took her first semester at East Bakersfield High School in 2012. She earned six Fs in English, geometry, earth science, gym, health and Spanish. "I just wasn't going to school every day," Flores...

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    Students ice Garces admins for ALS

    Students at Garces Memorial High School poured buckets of ice water over administrators, teachers and other staff members Friday as part of a fundraising effort. The event is in recognition of students reaching their goal to raise $5,000...

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    Students donate to former foster youth

    Students at Bakersfield Christian High School delivered "fresh start" gift baskets Friday to former foster youth. The baskets include household necessities to help former foster students transition to independent living. Bakersfield...

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    THE GRADE: Teen wins top state 4-H award

    A HEART FOR SERVICE: Linda Snoddy, a senior at Valley Oaks Charter School, has a 6-inch binder full of service and extracurricular projects she has spearheaded since she was 9-years-old. Snoddy, 17, is a Kern County member of a national...

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    BC enrollment up, college adds courses

    Lyse Mugema, a second-year Bakersfield College student, scurried into her first morning anatomy class of the 2014 fall semester Monday with no doubt she'd be allowed to finish the class. She wasn't on a wait list to enroll. But Mugema, 27,...

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