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Lifelong learning classes resuming at GCC

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Classes at GCC have advanced since this photo was taken in May, 1948. (Photo by Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library via Wikimedia Commons)

Glendale Community College will offer a range of Lifelong Learning Seminars Jan. 4 to Feb. 11.

The free classes are held across Glendale, including the Life Skills Building at the college main campus and Sparr Heights Community Center.

Classes feature discussions like Quality of Life, Where’s My Memory and Contemporary World Affairs. 

Seminars also promote healthy living, such as Health through Aerobics and Health and Exercise. Other courses include Art History, Beginning Sketching and Self-Discovery via Writing.

For course times and locations call 818-243-5196 or visit the website.

Students can register online or during class.


Written by Max Zimbert

December 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

PCC seeks former students who were in internment camps during WWII

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Pasadena City College hopes to identify former Japanese American students who were forced into internment camps during World War II so that they may be honored during the college’s commencement exercises next June.

The search is being done in coordination with the California Nisei College Diploma Project, which aims to bestow honorary degrees to those who are eligible to benefit from AB 37, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach) and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

According to PCC officials, it is estimated that 123 of its former students (at the time the school was known as Pasadena Junior College) are eligible to benefit from AB 37.

The California Community College, California State University and University of California systems are all involved in the project.

For more information, go online to or call (626) 585-7315.

Written by Carol Cormaci

December 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm

GUSD to debate Race to the Top

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Glendale Unified School District Board of Education is meeting in a special session tomorrow morning to discuss and possibly decide on its application for Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion competative grant that we’ve written about recently.

The Burbank Unified Board of Education approved 5-0 to apply for Race, but could opt out at a later date. Check out the story in Thursday’s News-Press.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Glendale seeks applicants for scholarship

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Glendale officials last week announced the city’s Commission on the Status of Women is seeking local students to apply for their annual $1,000 scholarship, called the 2010 Gem of Glendale Award.

Here’s more from the city press release:

One outstanding high school senior will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the Sixth Annual Jewels of Glendale event on March 11, at the Glendale Hilton Hotel.

 The Gem of Glendale Award is a scholarship that will be awarded to one outstanding student (male or female) who is engaged in community service that reflects the core values and mission of the Commission on the Status of Women. The community service should include work involving women and/or girls in areas such as: homelessness, health, leadership, and financial literacy. Educators and organizations are encouraged to nominate eligible students for this scholarship. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 20.

The nomination packet and more information can be found at the City of Glendale website. Interested parties may also call 818-548-4844 or email for more information. 

For more information on the Gem of Glendale Award or sponsorship opportunities for the Sixth Annual Jewels of Glendale event, please contact Christine Baboomian at 818-548-4844 or  

Written by Melanie Hicken

December 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Education, glendale

CV High 44th best high school in California

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Crescenta Valley High School (photo via Glendale Unified School District)


Nice work, Crescenta Valley.  

U.S. News and World Report placed Crescenta Valley High in the top 3% of schools in the country. The rankings rely on Advanced Placement scores and demographic information.  

Its ranking as 44th best in California puts it within the top 6% of schools in the state, which includes public, private, charter and competitive admission campuses.  

Even though California is close to being a failed state — especially when it comes to education funding — the state finished third (behind Massachusetts and Connecticut) in terms of the percent of schools that ranked highest in the magazine’s College Readiness Index.  

California and Massachusetts are considered to lead the nation in academic standards.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Jingle Jam What What

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(Image via Creative Commons)


Party on, Marshall Elementary School. 

The 11th annual Jingle Jam Winter Holiday Concert is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Teachers and staff will play and sing-a-long to seasonal favorites from multiple cultures and in several languages. 

The concert is open to the public for $3 per person. 

Parents listen up! 

Friday morning will feature all grade levels performing songs they’ve rehearsed for weeks. It is among the most memorable events of the year, organizers say. 

Be there… I just might make it myself.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm

La Cañada High School makes top 100 list

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La Cañada High School finished 80th in a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of top public high schools in the nation. LCHS finished first among open-enrollment high schools in Southern California.

Open-enrollment schools are defined as schools that accept all students within district boundaries without specific admissions requirements and regardless of special education needs.

La Cañada Unified School district governing board president Jeanne Broberg said the ranking is an example of what can be accomplished when dedicated families and committed district staff come together.

“It is very exciting, and it represents hard work by everyone,” Broberg said. “It represents the efforts of the students, but also the faculty and the parents. It is an illustration of why we have all come to live in La Cañada, because almost everyone has moved here for the schools.”

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Posted in Education, la cañada