11:56 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Listen: Cal Poly President Armstrong and the state of the university

First day of the fall quarter saw a record-breaking number of enrolled students for the Cal Poly campus.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A record-breaking number of registered students were enrolled as Cal Poly's fall quarter got underway this September. For the first time in history, more than 20,000 students are enrolled at the university.

The previous peak enrollment at Cal Poly was prior to the recession at 19,777. It dropped as low as 18,360 in 2010 and completely rebounded this fall with 20,102, a 2.4 percent increase of 2013's 19,623.

Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong says the school is currently experiencing an upward trend with an improved state economy.

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5:30 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Lompoc public schools to get new $1.2 million central kitchen

Public schools in Lompoc are getting a $1.2 million grant to remodel the district's central kitchen in an effort to bring more healthful food options to students.

The Central Coast-based Orfalea Foundation announced the plans Wednesday afternoon.

In a media release, the organization says nearly 10,000 students at 14 Lompoc Unified School District locations will have access to scratch-cooked entrees and freshly prepared salad bar choices via the new kitchen.

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7:07 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Fall quarter starts for Cal Poly Students with positive trends on campus

First day of fall quarter on the Cal Poly campus, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit 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

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.

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5:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

New rankings: Central Coast universities among the nation's best

The UCSB campus including Storke Tower.
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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.

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3:28 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Hartnell College

Broadcast date: 8/27/14


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

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6:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

It's back to school for many Central Coast community college students this week

Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria Campus
Credit Allan Hancock College

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.

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6:10 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

San Luis Obispo High School teachers practice for possibility of school shooter incident

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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.

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Central Coast
4:03 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Santa Barbara City College

Broadcast date: 8/20/14

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. 

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5:59 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Expanded wine courses offered this fall at Allan Hancock College

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).
Credit Allan Hancock College

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.

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5:23 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Cal Poly study looks at options for on-campus hotel and events center

Bishop Peak seen in the distance from the Cal Poly campus in San Luis Obispo.
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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.

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6:12 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Santa Maria school year ready to start, overcrowding still a problem

The yet-to-be-named elementary school under construction in Santa Maria is about half way through the construction process.
Credit 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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5:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cal Poly highly ranked among California universities in new survey

The Poly Canyon Dorms, Baggett Stadium, and nearby agriculture centers on the north side of the San Luis Obispo campus.
Credit Flickr member Rob Bulmahn

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.

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6:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Full-time student enrollment soars at Cuesta College

The main Cuesta College San Luis Obispo campus.
Credit 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.

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7:15 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Central Coast lawmaker wants immediate action to address sexual violence on college campuses

Storke Tower on the UC Santa Barbara Campus.
Credit Flickr user Ricardo Diaz

A California report detailing sexual violence on the state's college campuses has local Assemblyman Das Williams calling for immediate changes.

Williams responded Monday to a hearing on the report last week, hosted by the Assembly Committees on Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audits.

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Cuesta College
4:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Cuesta College Future Plans

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.

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