Month: June 2015

Graduation Time is Here, Time to Save

  Graduation is the Perfect Time to Think About the Future Graduation season is here. Whether you have a child finishing kindergarten or high school, graduation is the perfect time to reflect and think about the future. Planning for college can be daunting at times, and that’s why graduation is a natural time to consider your options about saving for college, which may be just around the corner. ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, offers families a tax-advantaged way to save early and help them ease the burden of rising tuition as well as provide some additional encouragement for that …

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Site helps community college students find best online classes

(from SF Gate article originally published here) A website overhaul that makes it easier for community college students to know which online classes are best for their academic goals is the first tangible product of California’s $59 million push to make cyber college available for all. State college officials unveiled the new website Monday, two years after lawmakers authorized spending the money over five years and made online education a key part of their plan to transform community college students from aimless course-takers into scholars with an eye toward university transfer. The colleges offer thousands of online courses. But students …

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Many blacks in educational limbo, some college credit, no degree

From LA Times June 2, 2015 Ida Marie Briggs, shown at Cal State Long Beach, enrolled in community college as a young woman, but family and work kept her from earning a degree. Now, at 58, she’s about to re-enter school at Cal State Long Beach in the fall, determined to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) #### By CARLA RIVERA Earning a college degree has eluded Ida Marie Briggs for nearly 40 years. Growing up the eldest of seven in a poor New Jersey household, she wasn’t able to accept a scholarship at a local …

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GEAR UP Regional Leadership Forums Make Strides

  Developed to meet the diverse and complex needs of California GEAR UP middle schools, the 2015 Spring Regional Leadership Events provide a forum for school teams to problem solve together and learn from each other about school practices, challenges and solutions.  The events were designed to build on the progress made at the Fall events and were facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content designed to respond to the needs of each unique middle school community in their region. Activities were customized to engage and support participating schools within each region aligned with target areas of growth identified in the School Self …

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