education

Every Student Deserves Healthy Food

Nov 10, 2016

Broadcast date: 11/10/16

The focus of the Farm to School movement is to improve the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by modifying food purchasing and education practices at school and education sites. This benefits students by providing them with access to healthy, local foods as well as educational opportunities in agriculture, food preparation, health and nutrition, all while supporting the local economy and contributing to active communities. 

Broadcast date: 6/30/16

The vision of One Cool Earth is to create a peaceful, abundant planet with a healthy environment for all. They do this by supporting outdoor education, neighborhood gardens and community tree plantings. Real planting, they believe, takes place when ideas and youth connect, so they aim to plant the seeds of education, inspiration, and empowerment to help youth take charge of their futures.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Greg Ellis-Valencia, Executive Director with One Cool Earth, and Victoria Carranza, Education Director with One Cool Earth as they discuss the value of outdoor education to student health, academics, and well-being.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

For many Santa Barbara County residents, access to proper nutrition and quality food is a struggle. 

UCSB reports record-breaking donations approaching academic year

Sep 23, 2015
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UC Santa Barbara begins the academic year Thursday on the heels of an historic fiscal year. 

UCSB issues acceptance letters after receiving record number of applications

Jul 2, 2015
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UC Santa Barbara has sent out its acceptance letters for this coming fall quarter to more than 29,000 potential students.

Santa Maria-Bonita School District

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is moving forward with a plan to bring bilingual education to its students. The dual immersion program was approved by the superintendent and district board Thursday night.

The program will be set at the new elementary school, which is scheduled to open this August.

District Spokesperson Maggie White says the board chose not to initiate a program start date yet, but says it could go into effect as soon as the start of the next school year.

Hands in Nepal

Jan 13, 2015

Broadcast date: 1/15/2015

Seven years ago, Danny Chaffin, then only 19 years old, was volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. It was here he learned about the dire social situation in Nepal. Danny found many children living in the city’s orphanages had been sent to Kathmandu by well-meaning parents, from remote rural villages, without schools, to receive an education. 

Allan Hancock College

A refinancing move by the Allan Hancock College District is expected to save some Santa Barbara County taxpayers nearly $6 million in the years to come. 

Back in 2006, voters approved Measure I, a $180 million bond to pay for facility and technology improvements at Allan Hancock College. Last week, a portion of those bonds were resold at a better interest rate for taxpayers.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Monday was the first day of the academic year for Cal Poly students.

Incoming freshmen will be happy to learn that Cal Poly ranks No. 3 in California for having the highest paid graduates of any public 4-year degree programs. The school ranks just behind UC Berkeley and UC San Diego according to PayScale.com.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong says the overall financial situation for the university is on a good upward trend, following years of budget cuts during the recession.

Allan Hancock College

It’s part three of our ongoing conversations with the men and women in charge of the Central Coast's public colleges and universities. 

President of Allan Hancock College, Dr. Kevin Walthers, speaks with News Director Randol White about the direction that institution is now taking, including a growing viticulture department and the expansion of its satellite facilities.

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

Arts Education Advocacy

Aug 22, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/28/2014

Arts education has been disappearing from California’s schools for the past thirty years. Currently, only 11% of public schools meet the state goal for arts instruction. The group Arts Education Advocates believes education will prepare our students for the expectations of the twenty-first century workforce, which requires innovation, communication and collaboration.

Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students in Santa Maria will head back to school on August 12 facing overcrowded classrooms and campuses.

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is working to address the problem by building 12 new classrooms at its Tommie Kunst Junior High.

A Santa Maria construction company was awarded the bid at a special session of the board of education Thursday. Its bid was the lowest.

A new yet-to-be-named elementary school campus is also under construction. Both projects are being self-financed through loans.

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The college ranking season has begun with Money Magazine's look at the best universities nationwide.

Cal Poly is within the top five percent of schools considered to be a good investment for your money. UCSB is within the top seven percent.

Among California schools, Cal Poly comes in at number eleven.

President Jeff Armstrong says in order to crack that top ten, Cal Poly needs to better its graduation rate.

Full-time student enrollment soars at Cuesta College

Jul 24, 2014
Cuesta College

There is a surge of full-time students looking to attend Cuesta College this fall. The latest figures from the college show a jump of more than 12 percent enrolling in classes throughout San Luis Obispo County.

The fall semester doesn't begin until mid-August, so there are still several weeks remaining for students to register.

The number of students looking to attend Cuesta took a big hit during the recession as budget cuts created a limited class schedule. Also, concern began to grow over the school's accreditation, forcing some to consider colleges elsewhere.

Reforming Education

Jun 23, 2014

Educator and author, John Kuhn, articulates the need funding equality throughout the education system.

It may be time for a serious education revolution.  A revolution to emancipate students from the deadening experience of trudging through a system that is so focused on training the next generation of glorified factory workers that it is harming them physically, emotionally, and socially.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the importance of educating the whole student to ensure a vitalized, engaged, and fully functioning populace.  Your calls with questions and comments are a always welcomed and encouraged.

Who is a Maker? What is a Hacker? Why are collaborative workspaces popping up around the globe? Learn why Maker Spaces are the growing platform that will provide the basic hands-on technical training needed to produce goods in our current economy.  Host Fred Munroe is joined by guests Clint Slaughter, M.D., and CEO of SLO MakerSpace, along with Michael Bales and Steve Phillips, co-founders of Santa Barbara’s Hackerspace to explore the importance of these spaces as a place for creation, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Silicon Valley draws thousands of young programmers hoping to strike it rich in the tech industry. Problem is, it's a rather exclusive club, favoring top-notch graduates from prestigious universities. But a new program in the Salinas Valley is challenging that formula, by helping the children of farm working families become programmers and engineers -- in just three years.

The California’s Report's Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis says a lot is on the line for these students…and their families.

Restoring Opportunity

Feb 14, 2014

 

Economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane lay out a meticulously researched case showing how intervention and support can help improve education for low-income children.

Kathleen Schwinn, a junior at Arroyo Grande High School, discusses the "Central Coast Regional Middle-School Science Bowl."

One of the most important aspects of planning for our community's future is understanding the present. To help do this the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo conducts the Vital Signs reports, which is the latest in a series of reports issued by ACTION for Healthy Communities. The report provides real data on community issues from homelessness to education to quality of life topics.