30 Jan
Centennial High School Named Mock Trial Champs

Centennial High School Named Mock Trial Champs

Sixteen high school teams competed on Saturday, January 28 in the final round of the Kern County Mock Trials held in Bakersfield’s Kern County Superior Courts. Competing high schools reversed defense and prosecution roles each round and provided witnesses and courtroom officials in the fictitious case of People v. Franks, the trial of Jordan Franks, […]

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19 Jan
2023 Teacher Recruitment Fair Registration

2023 Teacher Recruitment Fair Registration

The 23rd Annual Kern County Teacher Recruitment Fair is scheduled to take place Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street in Bakersfield.  Individuals who are fully credentialed, intern-eligible and holders of bachelor’s degrees or higher are invited to attend. Sponsored by the Kern County […]

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07 Dec
KCSOS Mini Grants Awarded

KCSOS Mini Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the teachers from KCSOS’s Special Education and Alternative Education programs who received over $24,000 in mini grants from Dr. Mary Barlow to fund unique education projects for their classrooms. A total of 24 projects were funded across various campuses in Kern County and spanned many different subjects. One project, led by John Merkle […]

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05 Dec
Centennial Wins Regional We the People Competition

Centennial Wins Regional We the People Competition

Nearly 150 students from seven local high schools put their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution to the test on Dec. 3, 2022 during the annual We the People Congressional Hearings held at Golden Valley High School. Centennial High School won the regional competition and will move on to represent Kern County in the state championships […]

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24 Oct
Student Data Demonstrates Impacts of the Pandemic

Student Data Demonstrates Impacts of the Pandemic

The California Department of Education (CDE) released student performance data results on October 24 from the 2021–22 administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which includes assessments for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Last spring was the first time in two years that all California students in grades 3-8 and […]

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21 Oct
Educators Gather for Equity Symposium

Educators Gather for Equity Symposium

More than 250 educators from around the county and beyond participated in the Power of Equity in Education Symposium on October 20, 2022, hosted by KCSOS and 21CSLA. The theme of this year’s day-long professional learning opportunity was “Choosing to See” and focused on the sharing of best practices to strengthen Kern County’s educational systems […]

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18 Oct
Camp KEEP Reopens Doors to Students

Camp KEEP Reopens Doors to Students

Close to 100 bright-eyed 6th graders enjoyed breakfast together in the dining room hall on an early September morning after more than two years of camp closures and virtual programming at Camp KEEP. For both the staff at Camp KEEP by the Sea in San Luis Obispo and Camp KEEP Ocean in Los Osos, this […]

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19 Sep
Website Launches to Help Local Teacher Shortage

Website Launches to Help Local Teacher Shortage

To complement a statewide initiative to help recruit prospective educators to the profession amid an ongoing teacher shortage in California, KCSOS’s Teacher Development Program has launched an outreach campaign and new website to help address the local teacher shortage. The site, located at teachkern.org, is designed to educate prospective teachers on the vast benefits of […]

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10 Aug
KCSOS Holds Annual Transportation Awards

KCSOS Holds Annual Transportation Awards

KCSOS held its annual transportation awards in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol on Aug. 10 at KCSOS’s Student Service Center. The CHP awarded bus drivers who have driven for at least 10 years or a minimum of 100,000 miles without a preventable accident with their coveted CHP Safe Driving Certificates. KCSOS’s Safe Driving Pins […]

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09 Jun
$18.1M Workforce Grant Announced

$18.1M Workforce Grant Announced

Educational attainment in Kern County lags behind the statewide average. The region has among the largest share of residents lacking a high school degree or equivalent, and the smallest with a bachelor’s degree or higher. This education gap often equates to gaps in the available qualified workforce and in personal earning potential. Assistance is on […]

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