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Wednesday, Sep 28 2011 06:16 PM

Education roundup: Two Bakersfield students receive premier CSU award

By The Bakersfield Californian

Turns out two of the 23 students who received the highest recognition for student achievement in the CSU system last week are from Bakersfield.

Gabriel Garcia was chosen as CSUB's winner of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement, as mentioned recently in The Californian. Chosen as Cal State Monterey Bay's recipient was Arienne Arreola, a Bakersfield High School graduate.

They both received a $3,000 scholarship, and possibly more if singled out for individual trustee awards.

The 23 students chosen received the awards for overcoming significant challenges to demonstrate superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements, according to CSU. Many of the scholars are the first in their families to attend college.

Arreola, a biology major, and Garcia, a theater arts major, are featured on the CSU website. to read their inspiring stories, go to www.calstate.edu.


Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold a forum for students interested in attending one of the U.S. service academies from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 22 in the supervisors' chambers at the county administrative center, 1115 Truxtun Ave.

"Our nation's service academies produce great leaders, and each year, many of our community's students attend one of them," McCarthy said in a statement. "This forum will allow students and parents to get detailed information on the application process, academy life and career opportunities in the military."

The application procedure to receive a congressional nomination to one of the five academies will be discussed. Academy officers, visiting cadets and midshipmen from the academies will share information on life at an academy.

RSVP: 327-3611 or RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov.


Donate $5 or more for local breast cancer awareness efforts and get a Bakersfield College football ticket.

Those who donate to Links for Life from Saturday through Oct. 15 will be given a general admission ticket to the Renegades-Allan Hancock College football game as part of the "Renegades vs. Breast Cancer" fundraiser.

The money will go to programs and services provided by Links for Life in Kern County. The group provides wigs and bras, mammograms, ultrasounds and needle biopsies for women under 40 who are uninsured or underinsured.


New parent education workshops will start Tuesday at several Bakersfield campuses, and will continue at others.

Parent Institute for Quality Education, or PIQE, classes have begun at Arvin, Ridgeview and Golden Valley high schools. New workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday at Horace Mann Elementary; at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jefferson Elementary; and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at West High.

The program is an hour-and-a-half long once a week for nine weeks. PIQE is a statewide nonprofit group dedicated to educational reform by informing and motivating low-income and immigrant parents to become knowledgeable about how to navigate the school system.


From the blogs: The top school in California for after-graduation, mid-career salary potential is Caltech , according to PayScale Inc., a company that surveys compensation. And the bottom of the 60-campus list? Cal State Bakersfield.

The mid-career median salary for a CSUB grad is about $63,100, according to PayScale Inc. In comparison, Caltech's median starting salary for grads is $69,600.

The median starting salary for CSUB grads, however, ranks much better than other California colleges, at $45,200. That's higher than Fresno State, Cal State Los Angeles and UC Irvine, to name a few.

Rob Meszaros, CSUB spokesman, said CSUB generally ranks low in terms of mid-career salaries. It's all relative to our market, he said.

"More than 70 percent of our grads stay and work in our service region (100-mile radius of CSUB). And, since the south valley inherently has a lower cost of living than most parts of the state, wages have generally been lower.

"I think over time, we will start to see a shift here as technology in the local private sector demands higher skilled labor (i.e. agriculture, oil, distribution, logistics, etc.). And, I think mid-year careers will trend up over time.

Generally speaking, I think CSUB grads who live in our service region would fair pretty well in term of how much they earn and how much they pay to live in this area."

To view the complete list, go to www.payscale.com.


Grimmway Academy , a charter school in Arvin, has been selected to host a California Charter Schools Association regional meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Grimm Family Education Foundation, 11001 River Run Boulevard.

At the Central Valley Charter Leaders' meeting, attendees will discuss charter school issues, have the opportunity to provide input into legislative priorities, and interact with charter officials.

Grimmway Academy opened in the fall as the ninth charter School in Kern County. Charter schools enjoy flexibility to develop curriculum and experiment with teaching methods. They still follow state or local regulations, and must still meet accountability standards.

The 29th Facility for Animal Care and Treatment barbecue open house will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Cal State Bakersfield's environmental studies area.

The event will feature tours, talks, demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt. Members of CSUB's 60+ Club will sell nature gifts, T-shirts, note cards, coloring books and zoo books.

Dinner, served at 5 p.m., includes deep-pit beef and chicken, beans and salsa, salad, rolls, desserts, coffee and tea. Beer, wine and soda will also be available for purchase. A silent and live auction will be held, as well as an opportunity drawing. Door prizes will be awarded. The event also includes live folk music.

Dinner tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for kids 5 to 12 years old.

Reservations: 654-3167 or fact@csub.edu. More information: www.csub.edu/fact/Annual_BBQ.htm.


-- 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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