The Central Coast is home to two of the most highly ranked public universities in the nation according to this year's college survey from U.S. News and World Report.
Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo ranked No. 10 in the magazine's overall list of the West's best universities, while UCSB came in No. 10 on a separate national list.
Cal Poly also ranked No. 1 nationally for its Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering program. UCSB's College of Engineering—which is ranked on a different list of schools that offer doctorates—came in 20th nationally.
We will continue our series of conversations with the leaders of the Central Coast’s public colleges and universities. This week KCBX, News Director, Randol White, speaks with Dr. Willard Lewallen about the challenges Hartnell College in Salinas is facing and the school’s plans for the future
Several Central Coast community colleges started their Fall class schedules Monday including Allan Hancock College in northern Santa Barbara County, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo County and Hartnell College in Salinas.
Hancock is reporting an 8.5 percent jump in first time students and an overall increase of 0.6 percent.
At Cuesta, nearly 700 recent high school graduates in the county are taking advantage of the school's new Promise Program that provides a fee-free first semester. The college estimates that to be a $700 value.
Summer break is quickly coming to an end for most students along the Central Coast, but for the teachers at San Luis Obispo High School these final remaining days are being used to prepare for a worst case scenario on their campus.
On Wednesday, August 20, an alarm will sound on the school grounds of SLO High signaling an emergency situation. In this case it will be a practice drill, simulating a gunman—or active shooter—is among them.
The first in a series of conversations with the leaders of public colleges and universities here on the Central Coast takes us to Santa Barbara City College, and a discussion with President Lori Gaskin. Like Cuesta to the north, SBCC is asking voters this November to approve a bond measure to help fix the aging campus.
The new enology laboratory at Allan Hancock College includes state-of-the-art equipment like a corking vacuum, destemmer and more. Students will get a hands-on opportunity to make wine this fall in AG 310 (Basic Winemaking 1).
The Santa Maria campus of Allan Hancock College is offering classes in winemaking, tasting, and a wide variety of ag-related wine curriculum this fall.
The winemaking classes will be held in the school's new Industrial Technology Complex with its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. It has more than 35,000 square feet of lab space. There will also be an online-only version of the class offered.
Professor Alfredo Koch says the expanded wine curriculum is attractive to students looking to continue a degree at Cal Poly, Fresno State, or U.C.Davis.
This month Cal Poly released the final report on a feasibility study that looks into the potential for a hotel and events center on campus.
The study, which was conducted by an independent contractor, analyzed the market potential for an events center along with an integrated hotel, conference center and a museum. Cal Poly spokesperson, Matt Lazier, the project is just an idea at this point.
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.
Cuesta Community College has served San Luis Obispo County for over 50 years. Marisa Waddell talks with Vice President Toni Sommer about the college’s plan for fulfilling community needs going forward, recent gifts, growth, and promise to offer a free first fall semester for every high school graduate in the county.
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.