Education

Marinello shuts down amid fraud accusations

The Marinello location in Palmdale.

LOS ANGELES – The Marinello Schools of Beauty is closing its campuses, including the Palmdale location, as a result of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to cut off access to student financial aid, the company announced. “The Department of Education’s unprecedented and unfounded actions left us with no other option except to close our…

Local students help form robotics team in Japan

The students are collaborating under the guidance of teacher Matthew Anderson [right]. (contributed)

QUARTZ HILL – Students involved in the Vex Jets Robotics team at Joe Walker Middle School helped a former student establish a robotics team in Tokyo, Japan. Under the guidance of teacher Matthew Anderson, the Vex Jets students have been video-corresponding with former student Noah Okada for the past four months. Okada was heavily involved…

DeVry University accused of fraud

DeVry University's Palmdale branch.

LOS ANGELES  – The operator of a for-profit college chain is being sued for allegedly lying about its students’ job prospects and earning potential. The Federal Trade Commission contends DeVry University — which has branches in Palmdale, Anaheim, San Diego and elsewhere — deceived consumers by claiming that 90 percent of its students seeking employment…

Desert High student appointed to USAFA

Garron Ireton

EDWARDS AFB – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23rd District) announced his nominations to the United States Service Academies Jan. 8. One Desert High School student, Garron Ireton, received a Presidential nomination to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was offered an appointment and accepted. Though the number of presidential nominations…

Palmdale Aerospace Academy accepting applications

Palmdale Aerospace Academy

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year, and space is limited. Applications are available online at www.tpaa.org or by visiting The Palmdale Aerospace Academy, located at 38060 20th Street East. Informational meetings for interested students and their families will take place on Jan. 21 and Feb. 4.…

Local schools donating food to residents in need

Donate school lunch

PALMDALE – Nearly a quarter of elementary school lunches are thrown away, costing the United States economy more than $2 billion a year, according to Food Bus Inc. Palmdale School District aims to reduce that number by giving back to the community. Six schools this month will begin donating leftover fruits and vegetables to South…

High school seniors urged to apply for Edison Scholars Program

AVC Foundation Scholarship application deadline

Local high school seniors planning to study science, technology, engineering or math in college still have time to apply for Edison International’s $1.2 million Scholars Program. The deadline is Feb. 1. Each year, the parent company of Southern California Edison selects 30 high school students in SCE’s service territory as recipients of $40,000 scholarships paid…

Toys delivered to Antelope Valley Academy for Autistic Children

[L to R] State Sen. Bob Huff, student Christian Barillas, and Assemblyman Tom Lackey. [contributed]

LANCASTER – State Sen. Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, teamed with Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, and state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, to help deliver electronic goodies to the Academy for Advancement of Children with Autism, Antelope Valley campus. The group delivered seven LeapFrog Brand LeapTV Educational Gaming Systems and 13 LeapFrog brand LeapPad3 Learning Tablets to…

Palmdale recruiting for new robotics team

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is recruiting for a new robotics team for youth in grades 7th through 12th who attend Shadow Hills School, Cactus School, Palmdale High School and Pete Knight High School. Participation is free. Only 15 team members will be accepted. To register, interested parents of students from Shadow Hills, Cactus,…

Desert Christian students develop space experiment, future batteries could charge in 30 seconds

Hannah Laubach and Trevor Sattler work on elements of the Desert Christian experiment expected to launch to space in March 2016. It is a follow up to the components launched Dec. 6.
[NASA Photo / Jay Levine]

LANCASTER – Future cell phones and other electronics could have batteries that charge in less than a minute. This new capability will be in part thanks to a space experiment using hard, flexible material as a clean power source. That potential future launched on the Orbital ATK’s S.S. Deke Slayton II Cygnus spacecraft atop a…

Statement from AVC president regarding Dec. 1 campus closure

AVC exterior

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College resumed a full schedule of class and business operations today after being closed much of Tuesday because of unspecified threats made online and via text messages. AVC President Ed Knudson addressed the issue in a statement released Wednesday. Read it below: Early morning on Tuesday, Dec. 1, a threat was…

Video: AVC closes after threats of violence

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LANCASTER – Daytime classes were canceled and Antelope Valley College was closed Tuesday, Dec. 1, because of “unsubstantiated threats,” school officials said. The closure of all three of the college’s campuses — in Lancaster, Palmdale and at Fox Field — began about 8 a.m. College spokeswoman Liz Diachun said that sometime overnight, “nonspecific threats of…

Kaiser AV donates to local students in need

(L to R): Anita Sencion, Wendy Fuentes, and Lance Robinson of Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley deliver food and personal hygiene items donated by Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley physicians and employees to Antelope Valley College’s Heart and Hands Pantry.

LANCASTER  – Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley physicians and employees recently donated more than 500 food and personal hygiene items to Antelope Valley College’s Heart and Hands Pantry. The Hearts and Hands Pantry assists AVC students, in good standing, who are homeless or struggling with hunger. Last year, the pantry distributed more than 5,000 ready-to-eat meals…

Palmdale Regional donates portable X-ray machine to AVC

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LANCASTER – Palmdale Regional Medical Center has donated a portable X-ray machine to Antelope Valley College for use in the on-campus Radiologic Technology lab. This machine is typical of those used in a hospital’s emergency room, intensive care unit, coronary care unit and neonatal intensive care unit. Images are produced immediately and can be transmitted…

Eastside students to study materials from the moon

Amanda Sullivan [left] from Tierra Bonita Elementary and Terra Pennsy from Columbia Elementary took part in a NASA Office of Education Lunar and Meteorite Certification workshop for K-12 educators. NASA has now certified Sullivan and Pennsy to have actual parts of the moon in their classrooms for student science labs. [contributed images]

LANCASTER – Students from Eastside Union School District are thrilled to learn their science labs will soon include actual pieces from the moon, thanks to teachers Terra Pennsy of Columbia Elementary and Amanda Sullivan of Tierra Bonita Elementary. The two Eastside teachers took part in NASA’s Lunar and Meteorite workshop for K-12 educators, and NASA…