Education

Reports focusing on the latest education news and trends along California's Central Coast.

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Science, technology, engineering and math are all school subjects typically geared toward boys, and represent careers fields dominated by men. But, there’s an effort taking place on the Central Coast to tutor adolescent girls in this so-called ‘STEM’ curriculum. 

UC system increases minimum wage to $15 an hour

Jul 22, 2015
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The University of California system is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour over the course of three years. 

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The president of Cal Poly will get a two percent raise following a vote Tuesday by the CSU Board of Trustees. The salary increase for University executives comes as faculty members negotiate for their own pay hike. 

NASA

 Victor Glover is a Cal Poly Alumnus and a NASA astronaut. 

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College students looking to land a job in Silicon Valley are off to a good start if they attend either Cal Poly or UC Santa Barbara.

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Cal Poly is now renovating its historic, hillside letter 'P' in an effort to make the area safe for students and hikers. 

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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.

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Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong spent more than any other CSU president on travel expenses, according to a report by the Los Angeles News Group.

San Luis Obispo Fire Department

Cal Poly released a report Tuesday detailing the incidents that lead to a roof-collapse earlier this year.

The annual event referred to as St. Fratty's Day garnered international attention when a video went viral showing a roof collapsing under several people.

Cal Poly officially receives one of largest donations in its history

Jun 8, 2015

A local couple officially donated a large piece of Central Coast land to Cal Poly Monday--  one of the largest, private land donations in the university's 114-year history. 

Stuart and Jan Bartleson announced they would the 450-acre avocado and lemon ranch at a press conference along with university officials.

The ranch, located near Arroyo Grande, will increase Cal Poly's existing agricultural land holdings to more than 10,000 acres.

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Several Cal Poly faculty members and students picketed on campus in front of the President's Administration building Thursday morning. 

They voiced concerns over the number of administrators hired in recent years at the rally. Dr. Belinda Morril is a temporary lecturer and serves as the Academic Senate Representative for part-time faculty. She said that something needs to change.

"We had people there who have been here for 30 years. They're ready to retire. They're not going to get anything out of this, other than to say...this is not the 'Mustang Way,' " said Morril.

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Representatives from opposite sides of the GMO debate will be at Cal Poly Tuesday.

The student group, Net Impact, is hosting a panel discussion about issues surrounding GMOs.

There will be a representative from Monsanto and members of the local agricultural community.

Amy Tran is an Economics major at Cal Poly and helped organize the panel. She said they aimed to make it as neutral as possible and that they want to inform students about GMOs and the future of food.

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California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla will be at UC Santa Barbara Thursday to speak with students about the importance of voting. 

Padilla said that he and a lot of others in the political world were dismayed by 2014's record low voter turnout in California.

He said that getting more people involved in the political process is important. With a school like UCSB, where there are thousands registered to vote, he said their participation, could really shape an election.

He said that getting people to participate is the tough part.

Arroyo Grande High School

An instructor at Arroyo Grande High School will no longer teach creationism in his science class, according to a spokesperson for the Lucia Mar Unified School District. The swift action comes following a parent's complaint and a request to fix the problem voiced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The District says the teacher was using the evolution versus creationism argument as a teaching tool to get students engaged. But, at least one student didn't find the creationism focus appropriate for the subject matter.

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University leaders are sharing new plans for how to deal with an expanding Cal Poly over the next 20 years.

They are considering two versions for a Master Plan.

One continues with the quarter system, using an expanded campus. The other would use increased summer enrollment to handle more students.

Linda Dalton is the interim university planning officer

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