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PCC Budget Woes Force Cancellation of Winter Intersession

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 3:56 pm

The Pasadena City College Board of Trustees voted to cancel PCC’s winter intersession at its July 1 meeting, according to published reports. The college reportedly faces a projected $7.7 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.  Canceling the winter inte... More »

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PCC Teacher earns Risser Award

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 9:15 am

Television Operations instructor Carmen Porreca of Pasadena City College was honored this week with the Risser Outstanding Teacher Award, it was announced. Given to a full-time, tenure track or tenured faculty at PCC, the Risser Award is the most prestigious h... More »

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High School Scholars Craft Catapults at Caltech

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 3:25 pm

About 30 high school students welcomed July and the upcoming Independence Day holiday by tossing raw eggs at the Caltech campus lawn on Wednesday afternoon. As part of the Caltech Young Engineering and Science Scholars Program, underrepresented high school stu... More »

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Marshall Fundamental Named One Of Newsweek’s Top Schools

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 5:50 pm

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) was “truly excited” to discover Marshall Fundamental School made the Newsweek “Top Public High Schools in 2009” list, public officials said Monday. Newsweek’s list, which represents the top six percent of all high sc... More »

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Kicking For Pasadena

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 10:41 am

A La Salle High School student will be representing Pasadena overseas this summer as a young soccer player. Taylor Mediano, of Sierra Madre, will be playing with her club soccer team for the Adidas National Training Program in London, England from August 14-23... More »

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PUSD Awarded $1.175 Million Grant

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 4:49 am

The Pasadena Unified School District announced that it was awarded a $1.175 million grant to implement a “comprehensive high school reform strategy” for students throughout PUSD. PUSD is one of six California school districts selected by ConnectEd: the Califor... More »

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PUSD Delays Laying Off More Teachers By Increasing Classroom Sizes

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | 5:59 pm

The Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night to increase student-teacher ratios in kindergarten through third grade classrooms from the current 18.93 to 1 to 25 to 1, putting the 34 teacher jobs in jeopa... More »

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Biotech Executive Joins Caltech Board of Trustees

Friday, June 19, 2009 | 10:09 am

Kevin W. Sharer, chief executive officer and president of Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company, has been named a trustee of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). From October 1992 to May 2000, Sharer served as the president and chi... More »

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Blair IB Magnet School Graduates 155

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | 8:10 pm

In a festive ceremony Tuesday evening, Blair IB Magnet School graduated 155 of its seniors. Blair is an International Baccalaureate school that serves gifted students in grades 7 through 12. Students who are accepted to the middle or high school must adhere to... More »

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The Hill Street Café Supports Measure LC and La Canada Schools

Monday, June 15, 2009 | 10:27 am

Mark Kim, co-owner of the Hill Street Café in La Canada voted yes on Measure LC, a $150 per parcel tax that if approved would bring in an estimated $4.5 million over its five-year duration to benefit La Canada public schools. In addition, the restaurant creat... More »

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Speaks At Caltech Commencement

Friday, June 12, 2009 | 2:41 pm

U.S. Secretary of Energy and renowned physicist Steven Chu, Ph.D., spoke today at Caltech’s 115th annual commencement. Chu, the 12th United States Secretary of Energy, is a distinguished experimental physicist and scientific administrator and Nobel Laureate. A... More »

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Local Foundation Awards $140,000 in College Scholarships

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 8:32 am

Students from the Pasadena Unified School District receiving the AIM High Scholarships and the PEF/PHS Wark Scholarships were honored on Thursday, June 4, at a special reception at the Tournament of Roses. PEF’s AIM HIGH Scholarships, developed with funding ... More »