SCOE GETS GRANT FOR EARLY HEAD START
The Stanislaus County Office of Education has been awarded a $2.64 million grant for Early Head Start services through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will provide day care and family support for 80 children in high-poverty areas of Stockton and elsewhere in San Joaquin County, and 73 children in Newman, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock, Ceres and Modesto.
ECONOMIC INEQUALITY TOPIC OF MJC TALK
Chris Benner, a professor of Community and Regional Development at UC Davis, will speak on economic inequality in the Central Valley, focusing on educational attainment and solutions proven effective in promoting economic improvement. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Forum 110, Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave. The free event is part of the MJC Civic Engagement Project Spring Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $2 in student lots. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information on MJC’s Civic Engagement Project, email English professor Jason Wohlstadter at email@example.com.
STAN STATE SCIENCE STUDENTS PLAN EXHIBIT
The College of Science Student Poster Celebration 2015 will be 3 to 5 p.m. May 11 in the lobby of the Naraghi Hall of Science, California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. Students make posters to summarize their research work and stand by their posters to answer questions. Community members can wander around, asking questions and learning about what different students are doing.
ACADEMIC PENTATHLON WINS ANNOUNCED
Livingston Middle School seventh-graders; eighth-graders of Bellevue Elementary School in Atwater; and Los Banos sixth-graders from Westside Union Elementary School took top overall honors at the Merced County Academic Pentathlon. The competition was held at Golden Valley High School in Merced, with teams from throughout Merced County demonstrating their knowledge in literature, math, science, social science and the Super Quiz.
UOP BUSINESS CENTER NAME CHANGE
University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center, known since 2004 for its widely cited economic forecasts, is changing its name and expanding to UOP’s Sacramento campus. The Center for Business and Policy Research expansion will enable collaborations with the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and planned Sacramento graduate programs in business and policy. It will maintain its office on the Stockton campus and remain as a center of the Eberhardt School of Business.
ONLINE FAIR FOR INCLUSIVE COLLEGES
Campus Pride and GLSEN will host an online college fair 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. It is the first-ever such event specifically focused on helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) and ally students find a college or university that is inclusive and supportive. The fair will allow students to meet with representatives from more than 50 colleges, universities, scholarship funds, sponsors and supporters from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to talk about issues, including discrimination policies, gender-neutral housing and access to LGBTQ-focused student organizations. Campus Pride and GLSEN will also host Twitter chats focused on finding an LGBTQ-friendly campus, financial aid and scholarships, and tips for applying and making the most of the first year on campus.
VALLEY CHARTER HIGH TEAM WINS
Valley Charter High School students competed in the SkillsUSA Region 5 competition in Stockton, competing in skills related to careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. The local SkillsUSA Chapter 524 includes 23 students from VCHS, one student from Modesto Christian Middle School, one from Great Valley Academy, and one from Modesto Junior College. The team, advised by VCHS teacher Tina Collier, earned 28 medals, qualifying all students to advance to the state championships in San Diego in April.