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    Gov approves 4-year degrees at CA community colleges

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer
    Monday, Sep 29 2014 08:00 PM

    Claudia Morales, a first-year Bakersfield College student, not only wants to earn a two-year certification to design buildings.

    The 24-year-old also wants to get a bachelor's degree in industrial architecture at BC -- an impossible dream today. But BC is one step closer to giving students like Morales a four-year degree option as early as 2017.

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Sunday for a pilot program that will allow up to 15 California community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees until 2023.

    The legislation, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, will make California the largest of 22 states to allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees.

    California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office along with the...

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    Election notebook: Classified union backs KHSD incumbents

    A local chapter of the California School Employees Association, the union that represents classified employees, has endorsed incumbent school board candidates Martha Miller and Mike Williams in contested Kern High School District races....

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    Pig handling stuns fair-goers

    Kern County Fair-goers were outraged Thursday when hundreds of sold hogs housed in a three-section ring erupted in fights. Fair workers, attempting to stop several of the fights, kicked and grabbed the animals and used what looked like...

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    THE GRADE: When a bear swings by, truancy and more

    WHEN A BEAR SWINGS BY: A Voorhies Elementary School bus bringing students to school was just arriving about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday when school officials got a call from local law enforcement that a bear had been spotted in the area. Principal...

  5. Election notebook: High school and college district board debates coming up

    Local candidates in contested high school and community college school board races will participate in a public debate Oct. 2 at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools City Centre building. The Californian and Kern Citizens for...

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    New KHSD superintendent: Midwestern roots, Bakersfield branches

    Bryon Schaefer learned to love school and appreciate the importance of a bonded community when, at the age of 16, tragedy thrust him into challenging circumstances. His mother died of breast cancer halfway through Schaefer's high school...

  7. KHSD Spanish teacher still teaching after alleged assault

    A Centennial High Spanish teacher arrested Sept. 13 on suspicion of assaulting another man will remain in the classroom for now, according to the Kern High School District. Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said the teacher, Alberto...

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    More KHSD students pass exit exams on first tries

    Slightly more sophomores in the Kern High School District passed required exit exams last school year than in 2012-2013, according to state results released Friday. Eighty-three percent of first-time test-takers in math and 82 percent in...

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    Shafter High principal to retire

    The Kern High School District will consider a new principal at Shafter High School Oct. 6 following the retirement of its current leader. Connie Sack, principal of Shafter High, announced Thursday she will retire as principal at the end...

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    THE GRADE: Taft hazing update, BHS to enclose campus

    COACH'S JOB TBD, TAFT HAZING: The Taft Union High School District plans to determine by the end of this week how long head football coach Jarudd Prosser will remain on leave after reporting a hazing incident earlier this month. Prosser...

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    Aera to help Bakersfield College develop science center

    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...

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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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