College readiness program helps 5
Five recent central Fresno high school graduates will be the first in their families to attend college this fall thanks in part to a college advising program.
Youth Empowered for Success helps students in the 93701 ZIP code stay on track and be eligible for college and higher education through tutoring and advising.
Roosevelt High graduates are Beatriz Garcia, Mario Rios and Gemima Macin. McLane High graduates are Marinarde Soto and Jennifer Nava.
Tehipite students win bicycles
Two students from Tehipite Middle School with stellar attendance records each received a new bicycle, helmet and bike lock.
Seventh-grader Daniel Nieto and eighth-grader Gabriel Hernandez had their names drawn from a pool of students with attendance records at 95 percent or better for the entire school year.
Rubber Soul Bicycles donated the bicycles, and Fresno Schwinn donated the helmets and locks. The stores made their donations to Mike’s Bikes, a companion program to Steve’s Scholars, a scholarship program at Tehipite.
Steve’s Scholars encourages students to have good attendance, achieve academic excellence, do community service and earn credits for college-prep courses.
40 police cadets graduate
Forty cadets from the Fresno City College Police Academy graduated on Thursday.
The ceremony was held at Northeast Assembly Church at 4386 N. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.
The graduating police cadets from Class No. 139 underwent segments of rigorous curriculum in about 42 areas such as criminal law, investigations, patrol and juvenile procedures and traffic emergency management, among others.
Graduates from the police academy are eligible for hire as police officers, deputy sheriffs or district attorneys in the state of California.
The graduates are:
▪ Dalton Reynolds, Caruthers
▪ Alana Williams; Brandon Silveira; Gregory Punsalan; Michael Langdon; Shawn Plummer; Stephen Dunn; Trevor Morgan, Clovis
▪ Matthew Clifton, Kingsburg
▪ Felix Rocha, Lemoore
▪ Vincent Baez, Los Banos
▪ Anthony Martinez; Elisabeth Huerta; Josiah Ford; Julian Garcia; Samuel Sanders; Scott Roberts, Madera
▪ Alicia Gorman; Caleb Salas; Carson Sanders, Merced
▪ Oscar Iniguez, Parlier
▪ Dustin Motsenbocker; Sergio Arguello, Sanger
▪ Martin Alcantar; Ashley Alvarado; Briana Leon; Chad Alcorn; Christopher Luis; Jason McIntyre; Jody McBeth; John Burnett; Jovan Tamayo; Lacey Kane; Marcos Gordillo; Michael Walker; Neil O’Brien; Rene Mancinas Jr.; Thomas Pearce; Timothy Dawson; Tucker Carrillo-Zazueta, Fresno
Interim science & math dean selected
While Fresno State searches for a permanent dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Robert Dundas will fill that position, Fresno State Provost Lynnette Zelezny announced.
Dundas, the interim associate dean since January 2015, joined the Fresno State faculty in 1998 and has held leadership roles within the community and university since then, the university said. He has brought in $1.8 million in grant money and contract funding for Fresno State and has developed a paleontology research program for graduates and undergraduates.
“Dr. Dundas is highly respected by the faculty and staff,” Zelezny said. “He will bring significant breadth in institutional knowledge and leadership continuity to the college.”
Tulare teacher wins award
Tulare City School District curriculum specialist Aubree Short is one of 10 educators nationally who has been recognized as a DreamBox Learning Hero for her excellence in education.
Short was selected from more than 100 nominees from across the U.S. and Canada.
She will be recognized during the International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Conference and Expo held in Denver on Sunday through Wednesday.
DreamBox Learning offers mathematics curriculum and advanced tutoring services.
West Hills program helps disabled
Applications are being accepted for a new program at West Hills College Lemoore intended to help students with disabilities transition from high school to college.
During the two-week Access Learn Progress Succeed academy, students will learn skills essential for college success including time management, how to advocate and how to identify technology that best meets their needs.
The program will be from July 25 to Aug. 4 on campus and there is no cost. Only 20 spots are available, and the deadline to register is Thursday.
CattleWomen award scholarships
The Fresno-Kings CattleWomen awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 graduating seniors with plans to attend college. The nonprofit educates the public about and promotes beef and ag-related industries.
The awardees this year are:
▪ Clovis East High School: Zachary Buckley, Morgan Henson and Mitchell Parham
▪ Reedley High School: Lauren Costa and Jacqueline Taylor
▪ Kerman High School: Angelica Camacho
▪ Kingsburg High School: Aaron Davis
▪ Sierra High School: Clayton Ford
▪ Lemoore High School: Riley Jacobs
▪ Sanger High School: Riley Prewitt
The organization also awards a yearly scholarship to a student at Fresno State. Nathan Yerin, an animal science major, was the winner this year.
Clovis FFA student gets scholarship
Zachary Buckley of the Clovis FFA was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National FFA Organization.
Buckley was selected from 8,383 applicants nationwide, who were chosen based on leadership, academic record, FFA and other activities, agricultural work experience, and future goals. The organization gave out 1,820 scholarships this year, amounting to more than $2.6 million.
Buckley plans to use the scholarship to attend Texas Tech University.
Exchange program seeks host families
World Exchange is looking for four more families in the Fresno/Clovis area willing to host a French exchange student for 17 days in July.
There are two boys and two girls ages 15 to 17 who still are looking for host families for July 11-27. World Exchange says the families don’t need to have an extra bedroom, and the students will come with their own spending money and health insurance.
The program says there will be planned outings and activities during their stay, and students just want to experience “American family life, eating hot dogs, pepperoni pizza, shopping at the mall, shooting hoops, making friends and practicing their English.”
The program says the teens know three languages: French, English and either Spanish, German or Russian.