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First-Generation College Student is Headed from Santa Paula to UC Berkeley
Mauricio Gonzalez's father earns a living picking crops and his mom cleaning hotel rooms. It's hard work that's paying off as they prepare to watch their son graduate from Santa Paula High School and enroll at one of the nation's top universities.
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Getting Girls into Technology is Personal for this Talented Grad
Technology and art are two of Sabrina Stone's biggest passions. As a student at Oak Park High School, she found a way to combine those interests along with her desire to encourage more girls to pursue careers in technology.
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After Fleeing Violence in Mexico, this Graduate is Top of Her Class
Angeles Montalvo was fifteen years old when her father was kidnapped and robbed near their home in Mexico. That prompted her parents to make the difficult decision to uproot the family and relocate to Oxnard.
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Career Education and College Prep are a Perfect Combo for this Student
Bouncing from welding and auto body classes to AP and honors courses is all in a typical week for Maxim Yalch. The Thousand Oaks High School senior will be attending Cal Lutheran in the fall, but being on the college track didn't stop him from taking advantage of career-related classes in subjects he's passionate about.
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Social and Emotional Support Helped Her Overcome the Odds
It was her sophomore year at Adolfo Camarillo High School and things weren't going well for Bethany Ochoa. Difficulties in her personal life had her struggling with depression, getting involved with drugs and ditching class. The idea of graduating from high school seemed like an impossible dream.
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$4.3 Million Grant to Enhance Career Education in Ventura County
Career technical education (CTE) programs for Ventura County middle and high school students will continue thanks to a major new grant awarded to the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE). In a highly competitive process, VCOE received a grant of $4,334,427 from the State of California. The grant is part of the “K12 Strong Workforce Program” administered through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – Division of Workforce and Economic Development in p...
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Champions of Career Education Honored at 2019 Pathfinder Awards
Ventura County businesses and educators who are leading the way in advancing career-related education were honored today in Camarillo at the 2019 Pathfinder Awards. The awards were presented by VC Innovates, a program of the Ventura County Office of Education in partnership with the Ventura County Community College District. VC Innovates connects businesses and schools to provide career education opportunities for middle school, high school and community college students.Twenty-four award recipi...
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Meet the Former Marine Named Ventura County Teacher of the Year
The Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) is pleased to announce that Jan-Erik Sand of Isbell Middle School in the Santa Paula Unified School District (SPUSD) is the 2019 Ventura County Teacher of the Year. Sand and his students found out about the honor today when his family, local dignitaries and members of the media made a surprise visit to his classroom. (Video and photos are available here.) Sand currently teaches an innovative engineering course that uses project-based learni...
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$10,000 in Grants Awarded to Innovative Ventura County Teachers
Teachers from throughout Ventura County are being honored with $10,000 in grants for developing innovative lessons for their students. At a ceremony tonight in Oxnard, the Ventura County Office of Education will present 14 IMPACT II grants to 23 teachers from nine schools in seven local districts. The grants are funded by local businesses and organizations that wish to promote unique and creative teaching practices. The winners were selected by judging teams comprised of educ...
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Dianne Miller is Teacher of the Year for VCOE Schools

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Dianne Miller is Teacher of the Year for VCOE Schools
The Ventura County Office of Education is proud to announce that Dianne Miller has been selected Teacher of the Year for VCOE-operated schools. As a teacher at VCOE's Phoenix School in Camarillo, Miller serves students with serious emotional and behavioral issues. In her 14 years as an educator, Miller has also worked to enhance the lives of students with special needs, including learning disabilities and autism. "She works daily to create positive learning environments for al...
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