Education

Palmdale City Library’s “Techmobile” debuts

A student uses a Techmobile IPad. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s brand new “Techmobile” made its debut Tuesday at Tumbleweed Elementary School as part of The National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America. Palmdale City Library Director Thomas Vose drove the new vehicle to the school for its outdoor “Reading Party.” Students and parents were able to see it for…

Raising teen dating violence awareness

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brendon O'Dowd, 412th Test Wing chaplain, speaks to parents and teens during the Elephant in the Room event held at Desert Jr.-Sr High School on Feb. 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

EDWARDS AFB – Family Advocacy joined teens and parents at Desert Jr.-Sr. High School last month to talk about the elephant in the room – teen dating violence. A panel of subject matter experts gathered in the cafeteria to address issues with social media, sexting, dating violence, break ups gone wrong and unhealthy relationships. “If…

Palmdale educators selected for 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program

2014 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. [Courtesy NASA/SOFIA]

PALMDALE – Working to expand professional development opportunities for science educators across the country, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy program, known as SOFIA, has selected 14 two-person teams for its 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. Monique Perez and Jeri Sloane, both teachers at Palmdale Learning Plaza, are among the educators who were selected for…

School administrator accused of dogfighting fired

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PALMDALE – An assistant superintendent awaiting trial for child abuse, dog fighting and animal cruelty has been fired, according to a press release by the Palmdale School District. “[Tuesday, Feb. 24,] the Board of Trustees of the Palmdale School District held a special board meeting to consider whether the District should terminate the employment agreement…

Scorpion robotics teams recognized with flags

Maj. David Pangilinan spent time with the varsity team, Scorpion Robotics, while they practiced their interview techniques for an upcoming competition. (Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – The Scorpion Robotics teams at Desert Jr.-Sr. High School were recognized recently with several flag presentations. During their regular practice Feb. 12, they were joined by Maj. David Pangilinan, 452nd Flight Test Squadron, who recently returned from a deployment. Pangilinan presented an American flag that was flown on one of the last…

Local artist taps parents’ creativity to help students

Silva had parents not only learn about the creative process, but also engage in it. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – With classrooms and curriculum looking very different than when they were in school, many parents struggle with supporting their children in their education. Some parents face the added challenge of having grown up with fewer educational opportunities than their children. To help in this effort, Palmdale School District invited more than 100 parents…

Antelope Valley CEOs offer advice to young entrepreneurs

Dan Jacobs (left), CEO of Antelope Valley Fair, and Gus Camacho (right), CEO of Camacho Auto Group. (Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley CEOs offered enriching advice to budding entrepreneurs at a roundtable discussion Thursday night, emphasizing how the road to a rewarding future is paved with personal responsibility. The CEO Roundtable discussion at Antelope Valley College provided an enterprising forum for the 20 middle school students participating in the local Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s…

Local school district taking part in kindness challenge

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LANCASTER – Westside Union School District is preparing to bring compassion and caring to the forefront next week through “The Great Kindness Challenge.” The Great Kindness Challenge is a grassroots program started in Carlsbad, Calif. that has spread to over two million students in more than 4,000 schools in 47 countries. The program challenges students…

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

(Image courtesy American Public Transportation Association.)

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

Brad Rogers

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…