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    State approves BC's first four-year degree program

    It's official. Bakersfield College got the final OK Monday to add its first-ever four-year degree, a program in industrial automation. BC will be one of the first community colleges in California to offer a bachelor's degree. The...


    Woodshop class may be chucked

    Nathan Sanchez, 14, was having what teacher Dale Reed called a "tough start" in school at Compton Junior High. Truth be told, his grades (a mix of As, Bs, Cs and Ds) are still like a variety pack of potato chips. But they've been...

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    So you want to be a professional athlete?

    His eyelids felt heavier and heavier, and he fought to keep them open. But soon Rashaan Shehee, then a Kansas City Chiefs running back, was nodding off during a team meeting. Shehee, now a health teacher at Bakersfield High, spoke to an...

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    High school students roll out their music video

    Delano students got back the finished product of a day's hard work -- a complete music video they created Feb. 10 outside of Cesar E. Chavez High School. Alex Gonzales, band director at Delano and Chavez high schools, shared the video...

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    THE GRADE: The ins & outs of education in Kern County

    FUTURE FARMERS GET BOOST: The FFA program at Bakersfield Christian High School got two $2,500 donations the school will use to buy tools, equipment and curriculum for its animal and plant science programs. Wilma De Jager, a BCHS parent...


    Farm Day in the City again attracts thousands

    School children, furry critters and strawberry banana juice samples were aplenty at the 30th annual Farm Day in the City event, which opened Tuesday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Farm Day, a two-day agriculture education event staged by...

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    Judge to decide if lawsuit against KHSD holds up

    A Kern County Superior Court judge is considering a Kern High School District request to dismiss a civil suit alleging it used discriminatory disciplinary practices targeting black and Latino students. Lawyers and community members...

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    THE GRADE: Contest mixes building cars and comedy

    ODYSSEY OF THE MIND: Valley Oaks Charter School students will, for the sixth time, advance to state in an international problem solving competition called Odyssey of the Mind. There will be more than 200 teams at the state competition...

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    Local spelling bee: Eesha Sohail wins again

    Eesha Sohail, an eighth-grade student at Norris Middle School, won the Kern County Scripps National Spelling Bee Monday for the second year in a row. The contest, sponsored by KERO 23 and moderated by members of the California Retired...

  10. CSUB to unveil two new kinesiology labs

    Cal State Bakersfield will open two new physical education and kinesiology labs for public tours Tuesday. Faculty members hope the labs, the Human Performance Lab and the Gait and Posture Neuromechanics Lab, will enhance learning. Kris...

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    She made a big splash with her tiara and sash

    Brittney Lumsden-Ross, wearing her 2014-2015 Miss Teen Bakersfield sash and tiara, read the children's book "The Cat in the Hat" Monday at William Penn School. The K-5th-grade elementary school was one of several Bakersfield campuses that...

  12. Report blasts quality of virtual schools

    In the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.,-based think-tank funded in part by labor unions, paints a grim picture of the state's largest provider of online public education. Albeit colored with anti-charter-school rhetoric, its new...

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    Paralympic athlete to local kids: You, too, can overcome adversity

    Jazmin Cervantes, a fifth-grader at Williams School, stood in front of about 90 of her peers and bent her right leg -- a request from a guest speaker talking to the group Friday. That speaker, Paralympic athlete Brent Poppen, is making...

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