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Denham Announces Central Valley Job Fair

Denham Announces Central Valley Job Fair

MODESTO, Calif. — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced his 2013 Central Valley Job Fair, being held in conjunction with the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance. The job fair, which will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza, will help connect employers with job seekers and provide an opportunity for face-to-face meetings.

“The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County continues to hover around 12 percent,” said Rep. Denham. “I intend to do everything I can to help hiring employers meet with job seekers and prepare those looking for work to best present themselves.”

“Any way you slice it the Alliance is all about jobs - creating them and putting people to work,” said Teri Adams Jones, communications marketing manager for the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance.

San Joaquin USA's New High-Tech School!

San Joaquin USA's New High-Tech School!

River Islands Academy dedicated

Banta Elementary School District’s new River Islands Technology Academy in Lathrop was dedicated Wednesday evening.

Built as part of the Banta school district, the charter will serve 350 to 400 students in grades K-6 when it opens its doors on for the first day of classes on August 14 according to Banta Superintendent Albert Garibaldi.

This is a momentous milestone,” Garibaldi said at the dedication. “It marks the culmination of many years of planning and pre-planning.”

In addition to an administration building and multipurpose room with gymnasium, the school also has classrooms with wireless internet hubs, a fully equipped kitchen, science labs, library and a computer lab.

Students in kindergarten through second grade will receive mini iPads and the students in the higher grades will get laptops.

New programs aim to increase graduation rates

New programs aim to increase graduation rates

While high school graduation rates appear to be up in the Central Valley, Stanislaus and San Joaquin schools are determined to increase them further by implementing valuable programs to help keep kids in school.

Slated to roll out this month, Come Back Kids — a new charter school run by the Stanislaus County Office of Education — was specifically designed to address the academic needs of students 16 through 23 who are at risk of not completing high school or who have already dropped out.

Delta College Trustee Janet Rivera & Bipartisan Latino Policymakers Address Needs of Latino Students

Delta College Trustee Janet Rivera & Bipartisan Latino Policymakers Address Needs of Latino Students

San Joaquin Delta College Trustee Janet Rivera joined Latino public officials from across the nation at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) National Taskforce on Education in Washington D.C. (May 21-22). Over 13.6 million Latino students (ages 5-21) are currently enrolled in American schools. The NALEO Taskforce representatives will discuss the impact of sequestration and strategies for improving Latino student success with members of Congress and the Obama Administration.

Modesto girl wrestles her way onto the USA World Team

Modesto girl wrestles her way onto the USA World Team

MODESTO, CA - A Modesto wrestler earned a spot on the USA National Wrestling Team. 

James C. Enochs High School freshman Sariyah Jones, 14, traveled to Lakeland, Fla., to compete in the Body Bar National Freestyle Championships. The Body Bar Nationals, held March 10-12, is a World Team qualifier for women. 

A first place finish earns the winner a spot on the World Team and a chance to represent the United States at the World Championships in Serbia. A second place finish is the alternate position and an opportunity to represent the United States at the PanAm games in Colombia.

Jones won her way onto the world team, having to best Makenzie Bacich, from Stockton's Bear Creek, in a best of three series in the finals. Jones won the first two matches quickly, putting aside any doubt as to who would represent the United States in the 43 kg (94.75 lbs) weight class. In fact, no one was able to score a point on her during the tournament.

Delta Charter School: In Demand and Growing

Delta Charter School: In Demand and Growing

TRACY, Calif. – Delta Charter School, a fully accredited, tuition-free K-12 public charter school, is inviting interested families to its main campus in Tracy to learn more about the nationally recognized charter school and the variety of learning opportunities it offers to area students. 

Delta Charter School serves students in San Joaquin and surrounding counties delivering a rigorous technology-rich curriculum that provides students with a personalized learning experience.  Delta Charter students are provided with individualized attention that includes high levels of support from highly qualified credentialed teachers and educational coordinators. 

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Delta Charter School offers a comprehensive standards-based curriculum that meets the needs of students who are looking to continue on to a college or university, as well as students who need to participate in credit recovery. 

Promising Young Scientists to Compete at 16th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad

Promising Young Scientists to Compete at 16th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad

Approximately 300 elementary school children from throughout the region are gearing up for the 16th Annual Elementary Science Olympiad - slated for Saturday, April 20th from
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
at Hickman Elementary School, 13306-A Fourth Street in Hickman.  Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and supported by the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County and major sponsor JS West and Companies, many of the events are open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. This year, spectator events include:  Bridge Building, Can Race, Catapult – Tennis Ball, Straw Egg Drop and Water Rockets.  The awards ceremony is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Hickman School lawn area with entertainment provided by Liquidd DJ.