May 10, 2004
Marisa O'Neil When Scott Packer worked as a college admissions officer, he expected to get calls from parents anxiously asking how to prepare their middle school-aged children to get into college. But the calls from parents with children still in elementary school were another matter. "You'd get off the phone with them and you'd have to laugh about it and cry about it," Packer said. "They feel like they have to throw their children into the middle of the panic so early."
May 13, 2005
They lead in the classrooms, on the playing fields and in the community. They know how to handle the toughest science experiments, negotiate the hardest history tests and counsel their friends and neighbors. Whether on a college campus or in the halls of a high school, Costa Mesa's top students of 2005 continue the string of excellence produced in the city's schools. Their academic achievement is stratospheric. Their giving in the community is exemplary.
January 27, 2000
OCC will present a free seminar that offers tips for coping with the high costs of a college or university education at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Robert B. Moore Theatre. "This workshop is designed for persons who are concerned about financing their own college education, or that of their children," said Gregory D. Clark, advisor to OCC's Student Leadership Programs. "Students may be eligible for more money for college than they realize, whether they are planning to attend OCC, Harvard or Berkeley."
September 15, 2002
FRESNO -- Orange Coast College's Michelle Icban and Ava Jones went 1-2 at the Fresno City College Invitational at Woodward Park Saturday to lead the Pirates' women's team to the team championship. Icban won in 18:47 and Jones trailed in 18:53 over the 3.1-mile course. Also with big runs were Suzette Dinoso (20:03), Roseann Peters (20:07), Natalie St. Andre (20:10) and Sandra Montoya (20:37). Joel Guzman's 21:12 over four miles was good for sixth place in the men's division.
September 21, 2002
"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life." -- Sandra Carey My husband Jon and I were filling in our calendars with upcoming plans and dates when our daughter Amy chimed in that she might head back to college earlier than originally planned. I understood because her friends were already back at college, and she was more than eager to do the same. We'd had great family times, but she was ready to dive into the next chapter of her life.
April 9, 2005
Michael Miller Claudia Flores will graduate from UC Irvine this year with a double major in psychology and sociology. But if not for the intervention of a local group, she might never have entered. "At Save Our Youth, they told me to take the SAT II on the last testing date in December of my senior year," said Flores, relaxing in her office at UC Irvine's Community Outreach Partnership Center. "I took it and got an 800 in Spanish. That was the last test I had to take."
February 15, 2008
OCC’s LeBard Stadium press box may not broadcast Jim Carnett’s words anymore, but it will still carry his name. Carnett, a longtime employee, recently retired as senior director of community relations for the college. The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to honor Carnett by naming the press box after him by request of the school’s president, Robert Dees. Carnett was the sport’s director at OCC for 15 years, which allowed him the opportunity to announce football games from the press box. Carnett spent 36 years working at OCC and never relinquished his role as broadcaster, despite his being promoted.
May 14, 2004
Marisa O'Neil They learn how to edit videotapes, bake a mean tart and even save a life before they graduate from high school. Tonight, 70 of the best students from the Coastline Regional Occupational Program will receive honors for their excellence and achievement. The program offers vocational courses to Orange County students in 75 different career areas. "These are students who are really focused scholars," program coordinator Robin Sinclair said.
September 9, 2006
If you're older than about 15, summer flew. Fifteen is about the age when kids take on summer jobs and learn that being busy has this magical effect on the clock. Kids with no obligations see this summer differently. Many of them, glad to be out of school in June, could not wait until it started again Tuesday. And there were plenty of parents who were glad it started too. Our house is adjusting to a different routine. For the first time in two years, our kids are at different schools, and what was once so easy has now become something worthy of a battle plan.
February 12, 2002
As the last remaining signs of the holiday season disappear, students in schools all over the country begin their second semester. While the thought of having only 4 1/2 months of school until the summer is exciting for anyone, it is a particularly thrilling time for high school seniors. After more than 12 grueling years of formal education and following a repetitive routine, the soon-to-be graduates will finally have the opportunity to start building their lives the way they choose.