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September 23, 1995
Empiria (Empy) Rendon, a longtime Oak View resident, has died after a brief illness. She was 65. Rendon was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Clarksdale, Ariz. She came to Ventura County from Santa Barbara 20 years ago. Rendon was a licensed vocational nurse before she retired in 1989. She was active in the community as a member of the advisory committee of the Serra Retreat in Malibu, the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Ladies Altar Society in Ojai, the Right to Life League and the Detention Ministry.
November 25, 1988 | Herbert J. Vida
Buena Park High School senior Shannon Berge earned $500 by winning first place in the child-care category at the recent statewide Vocational Olympics in Fresno. Second-place awards were won by Lori Freeman of El Toro in the accounting group and Paul Shozi of Anaheim for architectural drafting. Jolena Grande of Westminster won third place in horticulture skills, while fourth-place awards were won by Juanita Garcia of Buena Park in child care and Tony Ferraro of Anaheim for small engine repair.
October 26, 2000
Janet Ruth Holzapfel, a licensed vocational nurse, died Friday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura after a four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 36. She was born Dec. 29, 1963, in Canoga Park. According to family members and friends, she took great pleasure in helping people. Ten years ago she moved with her family to Ventura County. She enjoyed visiting museums, zoos and amusement parks with her children.
March 30, 2007
Re " 'Diploma mill' curbs to expire," March 26 The Times article utilized sweeping generalization to portray vocational schools in a very negative light. Yes, there may be some bad apples, but not every school is like that. As the associate director and job placement director for 14 years at the Adelante Career Institute, a small vocational school in the San Fernando Valley, I can tell you that we are in the business of changing people's lives for the better. We nurture our students, provide them with all types of assistance and do everything possible to help them succeed.
January 30, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Within three hours, Darren Barr had to make 40 tastefully decorated hors d'oeuvres and canapes, along with a large salad. "It's a little bit more than I expected--sitting here with a bunch of people you don't know, competing, doing the best you can," said Darren, 15, of West Hills as he cut snow peas and prepared cucumber rounds topped with seasoned cream cheese. Barr, a Camino Real High School student, wasn't alone in feeling the pressure.
January 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc and Carla Rivera
Dozens of students gathered outside a South Los Angeles trade school Thursday, angry that the college where they had been taking classes -- and had paid thousands of dollars to attend -- had shut without notice. Authorities confirmed that accreditation and eligibility to provide federal financial aid had been withdrawn from Career Colleges of America amid ongoing financial problems. The school, opened in 1988, provides training in medical fields to about 800 students at campuses in South Gate, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
April 6, 2006 | Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writer
Most American high schools phased out vocational education years ago, motivated by complaints that it was used as a tool to "track" African American and Latino students into low-paying careers. But the idea of combining traditional academics with career training is making a comeback, and a poll released Wednesday suggests that it is popular among one particularly important group: struggling high school students.
March 21, 1987 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
Although moving ahead in their careers, their economic security solid, they still feel they aren't tackling the real stuff of life. So they shift directions, take a new tack. That's the story of a growing proportion of older, experienced men going into the nation's seminaries to study for the ministry. Most haven't been disenchanted with their previous work, feeling rather that "it had its good points, but it didn't deal with values and the solid issues of people's lives," said the Rev. Ellis L.
December 28, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS
Ventura County parents, students and teachers will have the chance at a public hearing next month to voice their opinions about what type of vocational education courses should be offered at high schools, adult education schools and community colleges. The state Department of Education is holding a series of public meetings around the state on how to spend $114.2 million in vocational education funds.
December 13, 2000 | Associated Press
Thirty women and teenage girls clashed with security guards, police and each other in a riot at a vocational school dormitory. Four Keystone Job Corps Center students were arrested on charges that included disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and aggravated assault. Several officers were injured in the melee that started after two girls argued with each other, police said. The center, operated by a private company for the U.S.
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