Education Lab

Education Buzz for Sunday, March 6

Valley educators win Kremen School awards

Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development will honor four Valley educators on March 17 at the Kremen Noted Alumni Dinner.

Robert Aguilar has served as superintendent of Delano Unified School District since 2007. He was the recipient of the Top Dog Alumni Award in 2015 and is a member of the Kremen School Community Council.

Kim Mecum is the chief academic officer for Fresno Unified School District, where she has worked since 1996. She began her career as a teacher and softball coach.

Pauline Sahakiantaught for 33 years for the Clovis Unified School District before becoming the founding director of the University of California at Merced Writing Project in 2000. She served as a fellow in the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project and has taught freshman composition at Fresno State.

Richard Kinney is a science teacher at Buchanan High School and has worked for Clovis Unified since 1987. He also has taught at Kastner Intermediate, Alta Sierra Intermediate and Reyburn Intermediate and is the coordinator of the Buchanan Energy Academy and Environmental Research Center.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m. March 17. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Kremen School’s Office of the Dean.

Program helps young offenders

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mental Health Systems’ Visions for Youth Program will be held Monday at Violet Heintz Education Academy.

The nonprofit organization partnered with the academy to create a program that helps youths in the juvenile justice system who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

Those in the program will go through three six-month treatment episodes, attend group counseling twice a week, take random drug tests and have individual counseling sessions.

Sign up for West Hills cycling event

Registration is now open for West Hills College Coalinga’s Century cycling event, which will be held Saturday.

Proceeds from the third annual West Hills College Century, which is co-sponsored by the Fresno Cycling Club, will benefit scholarships at West Hills Coalinga, including the President’s Scholars Program and WHCC Good Samaritan Fund.

The event, previously limited to a 62-mile Metric Century ride, now has been expanded to include a new 100-mile Century route, but participants can still register for the 62-mile Metric Century route, 38-mile Mini-Metric and 10-mile fun ride.

Online registration will continue until March 11 for the Century, Metric Century and Mini-Metric routes and until March 12 for the fun ride, which is being hosted by the WHCC athletic department and WHCC Associated Student Body.

Registration is $55 for the Century, $45 for the Metric Century, $35 for the Mini-Metric and $10 for the fun ride. Registration will also be available on campus on the day of the ride between 7 and 10 a.m.

For more information and to register online, go to

Pacific Islander, Asian scholarships

The Central California Asian Pacific Women’s organization announced that scholarships are available for young Asian or Pacific Islander-American women entering or continuing undergraduate or graduate studies, or re-entering a college or university for the 2016-17 academic year.

Applicants must reside in or have grown up in Fresno County. The selection criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

Deadline for application submissions is April 30.

To download an application, go to For more information, email

CNA, home health aide programs

California Institute of Medical Science announced the addition of Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aide programs to its curriculum.

The CNA program is a 12-week course to train students on providing basic nursing services, assisting patients with daily tasks, recording and communicating issues to medical staff.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or have completed a GED test.

The Home Health Aide program is a three-week course for current CNAs. The program teaches routine individualized health care practices including changing bandages, dressing wounds, monitoring and reporting on health care and other personal care needs at the patient’s home or in a care facility.

Enrollment is now open for spring courses.

Students interested in the programs should call 559-490-3911 or go to

Alumni association gets large gift

Learn 4 Life Charter Schools and Choices in Learning National Foundation will donate $108,000 to the Fresno State Alumni Association to benefit the new Dante Simi Scholarship Fund.

The donation was presented on March 3 at the Smittcamp Alumni House by Simi, who is the co-founder of Learn 4 Life. This is the largest donation given to an alumni association scholarship fund in the 23-campus California State University system, according to Fresno State.

West Hills offers ag scholarship

Applications are being accepted for a new ag scholarship at West Hills College Coalinga for high school students intending to study agriculture.

The Ag Scholars program offers students $3,750 per semester for tuition, books and allowable expenses.

To apply, applicants must submit an essay or short video describing their dedication to agriculture. Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed at the end of each month.

There is no minimum high school GPA for the scholarship and it is not needs-based. Scholarship recipients will be required to maintain a 2.0 GPA, be enrolled in a minimum of 15 units per semester, and take at least eight units through the ag department. Additionally, recipients must complete 32 service hours monthly.