Stanislaus branch of state’s more accessible university system not content to sit on its many laurels, looks toward collaborations with area leaders, innovative degree programs to power-up regional economy.
Yosemite Community College District Chancellor Joan Smith explains the multifaceted mission of the state’s junior colleges – serving frugal future transfer students, the unemployed and underemployed needing new skills, and lifelong learners.
In Modesto City Schools, college counselors and planning software guide teens toward higher ed. But even without the extra help, families can find much for free online to educate themselves about heading into higher education.
A very few teens from here head each year to Ivy League schools or prestigious private universities like the University of the Pacific in Stockton. But setting sights on a higher prize can pay off in many ways. Here is some wisdom from UOP on how to stand out in the applications avalanche.
Two-thirds of students at University of California at Merced are the first generation of their families to graduate from college. The campus head of admissions, Encarnación “Chon” Ruiz, understands the challenges. As a young man, he lived them.
Water-themed science classes tap into kids’ curiosity and tie scientific methods to hands-on excitement. Outdoor learning, always popular, is gaining academic street cred through higher standards, nonprofit advocacy.
Middle schoolers hunted down soil contaminants, excess nitrogen in water as the junior high portion of the Waterways project. The National Ag Science Center mobile lab headed to Hughson to lead the classes.
Sixth-grade camp gets a water science focus under the Waterways project. Students from Ross Middle School in Hughson spend week at Sonora facility covering river geography to stream ecology to cavern erosion.
Second-graders get to walk on the wild side at natural history museum as part of Waterways program. Great Valley Museum animals – some living, most preserved – show life in the Valley’s varied habitats.
Hughson third-graders trek to the marshy playground of geese and other birds as part of the Waterways project. The trip and related lessons focus on ecosystem dynamics, migration and the water’s journey from mountain to ocean.
Hughson High environmental studies classes got their hands dirty planting native species, counting birds, traipsing over riverbank. All the while talking to folks with careers working in the wilderness, restoring the environment.
Camp Green Meadows gives Merced County fifth- and sixth-graders a chance to spread their wings and have some fun while learning serious science. This summer, the camp trained teachers to share how it’s done.
Eye on Education has been made possible through an underwriting program with strategic partners in our community. We would like to thank and recognize the following partners for supporting this important initiative: