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July 1, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end of her rookie year as a Thousand Oaks schoolteacher, Melissa Gross realized she still had much to learn. That's how she ended up in summer school last week, picking lemons and packing avocados so she could understand more about Ventura County agriculture and learn ways to teach her students about it.
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August 20, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trustees of the Ventura County Community College District are scheduled to meet tonight behind closed doors to discuss the fate of embattled Chancellor Philip Westin, but they are unlikely to take action despite his demands for an immediate resolution. Instead, the five-member board will receive an update from a Los Angeles attorney hired to investigate Westin, who is under fire for charging taxpayers $119,000 in expenses over a four-year period.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by Gov. Pete Wilson to hike community college fees by $7 per unit could force many financially strapped Ventura County students to postpone or even cancel their dreams of higher education, local community college students and district officials said Friday. "For some students who are barely making it out there, this could be it," said Ramiro Hernandez, 22, a television production student at Oxnard College, who himself gets by on a state grant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the tapping of hammers, California State University officials Tuesday unveiled the first phase of a sprawling housing development expected to fuel expansion of Ventura County's only four-year public university over the next 25 years. The University Glen project, being built by Cal State Channel Islands at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, will feature a mix of apartments, townhouses and single-family homes, all available at a discount to the university's faculty and staff.
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December 6, 1992 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a nationwide trend to make community service a high school graduation requirement continues to grow, more Ventura County schools are incorporating public service programs into their curriculum. Government and history teachers at Santa Paula and Fillmore high schools now require students to perform a specific number of hours of community service. Health teachers at Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks high schools have long included volunteer service in semester projects.
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August 20, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trustees of the Ventura County Community College District are scheduled to meet tonight behind closed doors to discuss the fate of embattled Chancellor Philip Westin, but they are unlikely to take action despite his demands for an immediate resolution. Instead, the five-member board will receive an update from a Los Angeles attorney hired to investigate Westin, who is under fire for charging taxpayers $119,000 in expenses over a four-year period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A greater percentage of Ventura County high school students stayed in school during the academic year ended last June than they did the previous year, according to a state Department of Education report released Wednesday. The latest dropout rate also reflects improvement that most Ventura County districts have shown during the past five years. Last year's rate, 1.8%, is down from 1.9% in 1998-99 and 2.1% in 1997-98, the report shows. Statewide, 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A greater percentage of Ventura County high school students stayed in school during the academic year that ended last June than in the previous year, according to a new state Department of Education report. "It's nice to see it going down," Chuck Weis, Ventura County superintendent of schools, said of the dropout rate. "But we know we lose kids, and that's a travesty. We need to work on it." Most Ventura County school districts have seen a decline in dropouts over the last five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a setback to efforts to expand academic programs, university officials have eliminated a new communications major at Ventura County's budding Cal State campus, a move that has angered a small but vocal group of students intent on pursuing such a degree. Communications students at the satellite campus of Cal State Northridge were told in September that low enrollment had forced cancellation of the new program.
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October 18, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unless schools target Latino students aggressively, stop justifying their failures and help them to succeed, Ventura County educators fear that a growing number of these students could be in danger of falling behind their peers or dropping out of school. Already, the challenges are daunting. Educators are scrambling to find ways to motivate Latino students in the face of low test scores, high dropout rates, and language and socioeconomic barriers that have historically plagued many of them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A greater percentage of Ventura County high school students stayed in school during the academic year that ended last June than in the previous year, according to a new state Department of Education report. "It's nice to see it going down," Chuck Weis, Ventura County superintendent of schools, said of the dropout rate. "But we know we lose kids, and that's a travesty. We need to work on it." Most Ventura County school districts have seen a decline in dropouts over the last five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moorpark High School won a key portion of the brain-draining Super Quiz contest Friday at the U.S. Academic Decathlon, bringing the Ventura County powerhouse one step closer to recapturing the national title the school won three years ago.
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July 1, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end of her rookie year as a Thousand Oaks schoolteacher, Melissa Gross realized she still had much to learn. That's how she ended up in summer school last week, picking lemons and packing avocados so she could understand more about Ventura County agriculture and learn ways to teach her students about it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A greater percentage of Ventura County high school students stayed in school during the academic year ended last June than they did the previous year, according to a state Department of Education report released Wednesday. The latest dropout rate also reflects improvement that most Ventura County districts have shown during the past five years. Last year's rate, 1.8%, is down from 1.9% in 1998-99 and 2.1% in 1997-98, the report shows. Statewide, 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jerome Gooch already credits Amgen with saving his life. Now, the Thousand Oaks biotechnology company has done a little bit more. Gooch was one of five local educators recognized by Amgen on Wednesday for teaching excellence. The award program, in its ninth year, carries a cash prize of $10,000 per winner and is bestowed on primary and secondary school teachers in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a setback to efforts to expand academic programs, university officials have eliminated a new communications major at Ventura County's budding Cal State campus, a move that has angered a small but vocal group of students intent on pursuing such a degree. Communications students at the satellite campus of Cal State Northridge were told in September that low enrollment had forced cancellation of the new program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To the tapping of hammers, California State University officials Tuesday unveiled the first phase of a sprawling housing development expected to fuel expansion of Ventura County's only four-year public university over the next 25 years. The University Glen project, being built by Cal State Channel Islands at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, will feature a mix of apartments, townhouses and single-family homes, all available at a discount to the university's faculty and staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scrambling to stem dwindling enrollment, Ventura County's three community colleges are adding classes to their spring schedules and inaugurating a countywide promotional campaign to attract new students. The promotional campaign aims to retain already-enrolled students and lure new ones. As part of the effort, officials have allotted the campuses money to replace canceled classes and add new ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unless schools target Latino students aggressively, stop justifying their failures and help them to succeed, Ventura County educators fear that a growing number of these students could be in danger of falling behind their peers or dropping out of school. Already, the challenges are daunting. Educators are scrambling to find ways to motivate Latino students in the face of low test scores, high dropout rates, and language and socioeconomic barriers that have historically plagued many of them.
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April 4, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly half a century after it was published, Richard Wright's searing account of growing up poor and black in the segregated South has split a Ventura County high school honors class into two groups. Parents objecting to what they say are amoral and violent messages in "Black Boy" have insisted that their ninth- and 10th-grade children be given an alternate text.
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