Assemblymember Holden Introduces Legislation to Extend and Expand Dual Enrollment

first_img 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Assemblymember Holden Introduces Legislation to Extend and Expand Dual Enrollment Published on Friday, December 11, 2020 | 12:44 pm Subscribe Top of the News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community Newscenter_img Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Today, Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced legislation to extend, AB 102, and expand, AB 103, dual enrollment opportunities for California students. Specifically, AB 102 would eliminate the 2027 sunset date for College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnerships, while AB 103 increase access to dual enrollment opportunities for students in juvenile court schools.“Dual enrollment increases the number of college graduates, reduces time and money spent for college, and helps close the achievement gap,” said Holden. “Making dual enrollment permanent means more school districts will be able to invest in creating these partnership agreements that benefit their students and prepare them for college.”Dual and concurrent enrollment provides high school students access to college-level coursework. In some cases, students earn both high school and college credit for the same course depending on approval from local school and community college governing boards. Assemblymember Holden first established the College and Career Access Pathways program in 2015 (AB 288) and has since passed numerous bills to increase and expand dual enrollment opportunities through these partnerships.According to an October 2018 Career Ladders study, students who participate in dual enrollment at a community college during high school are more likely to graduate and enter college and more likely to complete a certificate, degree, or transfer. A key finding was that students most underrepresented in community colleges often benefit the most.AB 103 would allow juvenile court schools, through the county offices of education, to participate in College and Career Access Pathways partnerships in the same way local school districts do. Students in juvenile court schools experience high rates of educational instability, and are likely to be behind in credits. As the quality of court school education varies widely, many students express that they feel disengaged from school, or that they are constantly repeating material that they have already covered. Increasing educational opportunities, like dual enrollment, for students in juvenile hall could provide a turning point that leads to academic success and future employment.“Despite the high aspirations of youth in the juvenile justice system for postsecondary educational attainment, the system fails to support access to college,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “AB 103 provides an opportunity for a uniquely vulnerable population to make academic progress and jump-start their college education.” Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

More eyes on climate change

first_imgThe options for how to spend your free time are almost endless, whether it’s working out at the gym, curling up with a good book, or relaxing in front of the TV. But have you ever considered taking part in scientific research?With the launch Tuesday of Season Spotter, you’ll have the chance.The creation of Margaret Kosmala, a postdoctoral fellow, Andrew Richardson, an associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, and colleagues at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Season Spotter is a citizen-science project that aims to recruit Internet users to assist researchers in analyzing images of natural scenes.“We’re trying to get scientific data out of a set of images that we can’t easily get with a computer,” Kosmala said. “We need to rely on people’s eyes and brains to do the processing for us. We’re asking them to answer simple questions about what they see in these images.”“We have pretty decent seasonal timing data at specific sites in the U.S. and around the world, but the problem is we don’t have that information for the same time periods across a broad geographic area,” she said. “The idea is we want to see the vegetation’s response to climate change, because that’s going to be important for a number of applications, from agriculture to forestry to tourism, and even things like pollen alerts.”The images largely come from a network of more than 200 automatic cameras, dubbed the PhenoCam Network, created by Richardson and placed on everything from weather towers to buildings. The cameras overlook landscapes of forests, prairies, shrub, and even tundra, recording at least one image an hour. In many cases they have been in place for several years, resulting in more than 5 million images.“Analyzing this huge image archive presents all sorts of challenges for us — it’s more than my lab group can do on our own,” said Richardson. “So we are tapping into the power of the Internet to get amateur phenologists from around the world to help us with this task.”In addition to answering questions about the images, users will be asked to draw on some of them — for example, to draw shapes around trees in a picture — to help researchers track changes in specific locations. Photo by Season Spotter/PhenoCamThe researchers initially tried to use algorithms to examine the images, but found that queries a human might have handled easily were stumping the computer.“The questions we’re asking are very straightforward, things like: Are there plants flowering?, Have leaves started changing color?, and ‘Do you see snow in this picture?” Kosmala said. “But those questions turn out to be surprisingly difficult to answer with a computer. For example, when a field starts blooming with yellow flowers, the computer can’t really tell if there are flowers appearing or if the grass is turning yellow. But people can tell immediately.”In addition to answering questions about the images, users will be asked to draw on some of them — for example, to draw shapes around trees in a picture — to help researchers track changes in specific locations.Overall, Kosmala said, the questions are designed to be relatively easy — something a user could tackle with a few spare minutes during a lunch break or while waiting for the bus.Hawaii’s Kamuela mountainside.“The goal here is if someone just wants to come and try it out for a minute or two, or if someone wants to spend their lunch hour every day doing this, that information is all useful to us,” she said.The site includes a discussion forum where users can interact with one another and the researchers, and where researchers can share results from the study as they occur.“Season Spotter provides a great opportunity for the general public to learn about how climate change is affecting the natural world around us,” said Richardson.“These sorts of projects are really democratizing science,” Kosmala said. “People who may not be professionally trained as scientists can now contribute to real science in a meaningful way, and we can do research at a scale we couldn’t before.”last_img read more

6 places you’re paying more in fees than you have to

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’re like most people, when you think about saving more money you probably groan and wonder what fun things you’re going to have to cut out of your life. While it can certainly come to that, start by routing out those pesky fees that you don’t know you’re paying or hate that you’re paying.They’re lurking everywhere — on your credit card statement, in your 401(k) — and can sneak up on even the most careful spender.Here are some places to scour for fees and bid them farewell:1. Your credit card: There are an average of six fees on every credit card, according to a CreditCards.com survey. You’ll be slapped with fees for stepping out of line, like if you’re late in paying your bill, but you could also be hit with fees depending on how you use your card, like if you’re trying to take out a cash advance, transfer a balance or swipe your card outside the U.S. Plus, don’t forget the hefty annual fee attached to a lot of cards. continue reading »last_img read more