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Old and New Combine for Ventura College Student Projects

Raspberry Pi Fuels Innovation Across Disciplines

Old and New Combine for Ventura College Student Projects

Efrain Hernandez is the go-to person in his family whenever anyone needs help with technology, but he never thought he would pursue it as a career. Now the recent Ventura College graduate is heading on to complete his bachelor’s degree and hopefully secure a position in the Computer Science field.

Hernandez combined his interest in Computer Science with his love of vintage video games into a unique project for professor Elliot Gertner’s Computer Architecture Class. He created a bar-top arcade game that contains hundreds of video games from Pac Man to Street Fighter.

 

Record number of students earn degrees at Allan Hancock College graduation

993 students earn 1,411 associate degrees

Record number of students earn degrees at Allan Hancock College graduation

This article originally appeared on KEYT3, KCOY12, KKFX11
By: Dave Alley, KCOY

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Pomp and circumstance was the theme of the day at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

On Friday, in front of hundreds of family members, friends, faculty and staff, a record-breaking number of students received associate degrees during the school's 96th commencement.

Under a cool, cloudy sky, the two-hour ceremony was held in The Commons area in the middle of campus.

Conference Opens Students’ Eyes to Professional World

Conference Opens Students’ Eyes to Professional World

Working professionals know that conferences are a great way to learn new things and meet new people, but the concept is a little foreign to college students.

About a dozen Computer Science students from Ventura College recently had the opportunity to dip their toes into the water of the professional world at the Data Center World conference, held in at the Los Angeles Convention Center in early April. They were accompanied by faculty from Ventura College and Oxnard College.

Elliot Gertner, a computer science faculty member at Ventura College, worked with Paula Hodge, Deputy Sector Navigator for Information and Communication Technologies, to secure funding for students from his Computer Architecture class to attend the conference.

Hancock Nursing Program Ranked in Top Four Percent in the State

Hancock Nursing Program Ranked in Top Four Percent in the State

By Allen Hancock College

Hancock's passing rates among the best in California

Mar. 13, 2017 -- The licensed vocational nursing (LVN) program at Allan Hancock College has been ranked among the top four percent of the 165 programs in California according to the website PracticalNursing.org.

“We are very pleased to once again be recognized. We have known for years that our pass rates were among the best in the nation,” said Bonny Friedrich, the director of Hancock’s LVN program. “The recognition is another testament to the college and the program’s high standard of instruction.”

The rankings were based on the pass rates of the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) between 2011 and 2014. The NCLEX-PN is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure. The study considers the passing rates as the best way to determine how well a program prepares its students for a career in practical nursing.

Events Help Counselors Visualize Learning Pathways

Events Help Counselors Visualize Learning Pathways

When a high school student wants to get a jumpstart on college credit, their mind often goes to AP credit. But, there’s a whole other world of possibility in community college classes.

Thanks to partnerships with SCCRC colleges, high school students can experience what a college class is like and start on a career pathway that can lead to a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree.

However, the path from high school to certificate or degree can get a little complicated. Each career pathway has its own requirements, and transfer credit processes vary from college to college.

STEM Pathway on Display at Santa Clarita Student Showcase

STEM Pathway on Display at Santa Clarita Student Showcase

As he stood in Emblem Academy, Anthony VanPuyvelde was a little nervous.

He was there to demonstrate two robots he’d built as part of class at Arroyo Seco Junior High School, and explain his work to business leaders, college professors, and other leaders in the community. The eighth grader wasn’t exactly sure how he would describe the claw-machine robots to his audience, but as he quickly found that the words came as easily as the robots moved.

“We went to show how in this class we learned how to put robots together using simple tools like Allen wrenches,” Van Puyvelde said. “You hook the brain of the robot up to a computer, type up the code and put it into the robot, flip a switch and it follows the code and does the actions we want it to.”

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