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R.E.A.D. at AVC returns Feb. 21

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College’s spring session of “R.E.A.D! (Read, Educate, Activate, Discover) @ AVC” kicks off Saturday, Feb. 21, with the addition of a new class for older students. Saturdays (Feb. 21 through May 6), librarians from AVC will encourage children to disconnect from TV and electronic games to discover the wonderful and magical…

Students unveil electric car project

Kyle Barrett (right) explains various features of the electric car project to Erick Fuentes. (JIM E. WINBURN)

PALMDALE – Students from Knight High School’s Digital Design & Engineering Academy unveiled their finished electric car project on Thursday, demonstrating that the path to clean energy technologies is all hands-on. The electric car can reach speeds up to 40 mph and a distance of up to 20 miles on a 72 volt power supply…

AVTA promotes public transportation summit for students

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is promoting an exciting opportunity for local high school students to learn more about careers in public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is seeking a diverse group of 50 students from across the nation to participate in the 2015 APTA Youth Summit, to be held…

AVC selected to offer bachelor’s degree

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College was one of the 15 colleges selected Tuesday by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to develop a pilot bachelor’s degree program. AVC’s program in Airframe Manufacturing Technology is designed to meet needs in the aerospace industry for multi-skilled individuals who understand, perform, and serve as first-line leads in…

UAV welcomes new men’s basketball head coach

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LANCASTER – University of Antelope Valley this week announced the hiring of Brad Rogers as the first men’s basketball head coach at the university. Rogers comes to the Pioneers after spending the last three years working as the assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Christian University (ACU). Rogers was instrumental in…

Desert High student nominated for Air Force Academy

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EDWARDS AFB – Each year, high school students in the 23rd Congressional District in California compete for nominations to the United States Service Academies. Congressman Kevin McCarthy (Rep.) announced his selections Jan. 5. Among those students is Desert Junior-Senior High School student Gabrielle Evey, 17, who was selected as a nominee for the United States…

PSD administrator charged with dog fighting, animal cruelty, child abuse

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PALMDALE – An assistant superintendent at the Palmdale School District pleaded not guilty Tuesday to more than two dozen charges, including dog fighting, animal cruelty and child abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Pauline Ruth Winbush, 52, and her boyfriend Kevin Ray Williams, 50, face four felony counts of dog fighting, 17 felony…

Local school teaches lesson on giving

The boutique was the pet project of third grade teacher Jeff Pettipas (left), who led the campaign to collect new toys to be given away. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Eager parents slowly browsed tables loaded with dolls, digital cameras and even electric guitars, selecting the perfect gift for each of their children. But there were no price tags or cash registers at this holiday boutique hosted by Manzanita Elementary School. Every soon-to-be Christmas gift was free. “Manzanita is more than a school,”…

Eastside board president celebrated for 19-year legacy

Janette Crawford is honored Dec. 8 with a certificate of appreciate from State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. (Contributed)

LANCASTER –Janette Crawford, school board president of Eastside Union School District in Lancaster, was recently honored for 19 years of service on the school board. “Janette is the type of leader any district would hope to find,” stated Eastside Union School District Superintendent Mark Marshall. “She always makes decisions with our students in mind and…

AVC announces new associate degrees for transfer

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College is offering 19 transfer-specific degree programs, officials announced this week. These Associate in Arts (AA-T) and Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a California State University major and baccalaureate degree. Students who have been awarded the 60-unit AA-T or AS-T are able to…

UAV to join Cal Pac Conference in Fall 2015

UAV currently offers six intercollegiate sports, including Women's Soccer. (Photo courtesy UAV)

LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley has been added to the California Pacific Conference, effective with the 2015-16 academic year. “Our membership is genuinely thrilled to welcome the University of Antelope Valley to the Cal Pac family,” stated Commissioner Don Ott. “UAV adds to the distinctive educational landscape of the conference, and brings yet…

A. V. Freethinkers to offer scholarships

AVC Foundation Scholarship application deadline

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Freethinkers (AVF) has announced a new scholarship for college-bound seniors. “This scholarship is the first of its kind in the Antelope Valley,” stated David Dionne, president of AVF. “Our members have generously donated their time and resources to benefit the freethinking students in our community. We hope to encourage and inspire…

Grace Lutheran School to host Book Fair this weekend

This event will raise money for Grace Lutheran School’s reading programs, including the school and classroom libraries. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Grace Lutheran Christian School, Lancaster will host a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble this weekend featuring musical performances, story times, crafts and STEM-related activities. The family-friendly event will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will take…

Local robotics teams join forces in ‘Battle at the Border’

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy and Lancaster High School teamed up to make it to the quarterfinals.

PALMDALE – In a heated Battle at the Border, two Antelope Valley robotics teams formed a powerhouse partnership that fought to take the title in a competition last week in San Diego. The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s Gryffingear Robotics Team joined together with Lancaster High School’s Eagle Robotics Team to compete in the quarterfinals competition at…

AVC Foundation to award $200,000 in scholarships

LANCASTER –Antelope Valley College Foundation is busy preparing for the 2015-16 Scholarship season. Approximately 275 scholarships will be awarded to students continuing at AVC, transferring to a four-year university, or high school students attending AVC in fall 2015. Scholarships awarded are expected to total $200,000 with most awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. Scholarship applications…

Joe Walker hosts VEX Jets Skyrise Competition

The team received the overall Tournament Champions Award, the Design Award and the Energy Award on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Sky Rise Robotics Tournament. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The VEX Robotics Team at Joe Walker Middle School took home three notable honors at the 2nd Annual Joe Walker Middle School Stealth Academy Skyrise Robotics Tournament on Saturday at the home of the Jets in Lancaster. The team, made entirely of junior high school students at Joe Walker, received the overall Tournament…

AVC Anthropology Expo set for Oct. 24

Keynote speaker Dr. Duncan Earle has been involved in research on the contemporary Maya and their ancestors for more than 35 years.

LANCASTER –  The third annual Anthropology Expo has been set for Friday, October 24.  This year’s theme is “Anthropology in the Real World,” focusing on what students can do with a degree in Anthropology. The afternoon event from noon to 4 p.m. features guest speakers discussing their anthropology careers and an alumni Q&A session. Dr.…

UAV founders continue to give back to alma mater

The Johnson family: (L to R) Devion, Sandra, Tiffany and Marco

LANCASTER – During half-time ceremonies at the Lopes’ homecoming football game Friday night, University of Antelope Valley founders Marco and Sandra Johnson presented a $10,000 check to Antelope Valley High School. The donation marks the sixth annual installment of a 10-year, $100,000 commitment the Johnsons made to their alma mater, Antelope Valley High School, to…