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Delta College hosts new technology program for middle school girls


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — Starting next week, San Joaquin Delta College will join Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of the country, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the 2-year program was piloted last summer at five community colleges and will expand to 16 community colleges, engaging over 1,500 students.

Kicking off today, Monday  July 9th with a three-week intensive learning experience, about 100 girls from middle schools across Stockton will come to Delta for courses in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles. Following the summer, the students will participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year where they will develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focus areas of the SDGs include poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality.

“Our acceptance into Verizon Innovative Learning will help us and our partner, the Verizon Foundation, benefit many young girls in our community by providing them with insight and tools for their future in the digital world,” said Delta College Superintendent/President Kathy Hart.

Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers, where a staggering 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men. The percentage of women in STEM careers has not improved since 2001, specifically within the engineering (12 percent) and computing (26 percent) work forces. As a member organization of more than 300 community colleges across the country, NACCE is dedicated to supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in local communities.

Verizon Innovative Learning gives free technology, free access and innovative curricula to students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in this initiative and has reached more than one million students. Learn more at http://www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.

SJC Office of Education Seeking Outdoor Education Volunteers


Volunteers would work with students on field trips to Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center

The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center is looking for volunteers passionate about nature who would like to share their love of the outdoors on field trips for elementary school students.

The Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center is part of San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) STEM Programs.  San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county. With its highly regarded programs, innovative staff, and community partnerships, SJCOE ensures that every student in San Joaquin County has the opportunity of a quality education. For more information, visit www.sjcoe.org.

Durham Ferry volunteers will run hands-on learning stations during field trips for third- through fifth-grade students. No background in education or science is required. Training will be provided, and the time commitment is flexible. Volunteers will be required to work outside and be able to walk on uneven surfaces.

Located along a bend in the San Joaquin River about 7 miles south of Manteca, the Durham Ferry Outdoor Education Center offers field trips that provide student-centered, inquiry-based outdoor education for students to inspire lifelong curiosity and wonder of the natural world To learn more about Durham Ferry, please go to http://bit.ly/DurhamFerryOutdoorEd.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please contact Kristine Stepping at (209) 468-4880 or kstepping@sjcoe.net.

Educational workshops to address consumer credit and loan problems


Stockton— “Educational Workshops about credit and debt in our community will benefit our residents,” said Rosalinda Galaviz, Community Advocate in South Stockton.

“I have seen cases of individuals who cannot find an apartment or a house to live because their credit is hurting them,” Ms. Galaviz elaborated, “in the case of a Stockton resident, ‘I know,’ she is living with a friend by renting a room because her student loans as well as some medical bills are hurting her credit…”

During the morning of March 8th, —at the Kennedy Center located on Southeast Stockton—  Housing and Economic Rights Advocates and local Officials released information of a new monthly workshop series aim to educate local residents about mortgage and debt collection issues.

“We’re excited to be bringing more of our energy and focus into the Valley, and we’re starting with San Joaquin County,” said Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director of HERA.

San Joaquin County Officials praised the plan, “I think HERA can help fulfill a need,” highlighted San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney, James Lewis as he acknowledge underserved residents in the community.

Monica Hernandez is looking forward to the information because, “my ex-husband has drown my credit.”  Hernandez has been looking for help on reestablishing her credit as she would like to become a homeowner in a near future.

“Having the workshops southeast Stockton is great!” Galaviz acknowledge that some residents may encounter transportation issues; but, “by bringing the clinic to the neighborhood it helps.”

The series is underwritten by a grant from San Francisco-based van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation and the presenters will be offered by the Oakland based, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates.

HERA is a not-for-profit legal service and advocacy organization dedicated to helping California residents —particularly those most vulnerable.  The organization has been building a safe, sound financial future, free of discrimination and economic abuses, in all aspects of household financial concerns.

The San Joaquin County Human Services Agency and HERA are working together in elaborating the workshops and legal clinics calendar which will soon be published.  Anyone may obtain more information about the workshops by contacting Erté Boyette, Community Program Manager at (209) 468-1549 or by contacting HERA at (510) 271-8443.

Bilingual Weekly (BW News) – Your source of Local news covering topics of Latino interest in Stockton, California; and San Joaquin County.

TCSJ Launches Transitional Kindergarten Certificate Program


Spanish Translation — http://bwlatino.net/2016/01/05/tcsj-launches-transitional-kindergarten-certificate-program/

New program at Teachers College of San Joaquin allows transitional kindergarten teachers to obtain certificate required by change in law, SB 876

The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) announces that enrollment is open for the new Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Certificate Program that will allow teachers to meet new requirements for teachers following the Kindergarten Readiness Act.

Under a recent change to state law, teachers first assigned to a TK classroom after July 1, 2015, must complete 24 units in child development by Aug. 1, 2020. Recognizing the need, TCSJ developed a program allowing teachers to complete those units while also giving them the option to pursue other educational and professional goals through programs already offered at the college.

“We have worked hard to make the program attractive to a variety of teachers by developing it in such a way that teachers are able to choose multiple pathways, including the pursuit of a Master’s Degree,” said Kimberly Ott, a program developer and SJCOE coordinator of TK support services.

Classes begin in February.

The new certificate requirement comes from Senate Bill 876. The law follows the Kindergarten Readiness Act, which made one year of voluntary, high-quality TK available to every 4-year-old in California to ready them for success in school.

For more information about the TK Certificate Program at TCSJ call (209) 468-4926 or visit: teacherscollegesj.edu.

Teachers College of San Joaquin: Founded in 2009 by the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE), Teachers College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) is the first WASC accredited institution to be housed within a county office of education and serves graduate students from across Northern California, including teachers and administrators who come from both elementary and high school settings. This year, TCSJ has over 1,000 students enrolled, including new TK teachers.

BW News – Your source of Local news covering topics of Latino interest in Stockton, California; and San Joaquin County.

A Champion Challenger with a Winning Vision


Stockton, CA —The echo of a rope hitting the ground, constant punches to sand bags, and echoes of men and woman on boxing training mode fill the Yaqui Lopez Fat City gym walls — a gym under the leadership of Alvaro “Yaqui” Lopez.

Yaqui Lopez, is remembered for challenging the World Light Heavyweight Boxing title five times; although he did not succeeded as the title holder, he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 13, 2007.  “I am pleased to be among the champions who have been inducted into the hall of fame,” shared Lopez.

Today, Lopez’ focus is outside of the ring.   He has a vision to help younger generations reach their goals.  Lopez now trains and stands at the ring’s corner as Jack Cruz, his late father-in-law and manager, did during his 12-year career.

“I know that this guys have the potential of climbing the boxing later, I know they have the potential to reach their goals,” Lopez highlighted the hard work of each of the participants and what that means to him.

“I started training very young,” explained Abel Carreon, Stockton resident, who spends a minimum of two and a half hours training and runs an average of 10 miles a day.  Fat City has kept him out of trouble, “I come from the streets, being here keeps me healthy and out of trouble,” Carreon recognizes the positive impact of Yaqui Lopez’ vision.  Similar to Carreon’s story there are others who prefer spending their time training rather than to be in the streets.

The gym is open to the public with a nominal fee to keep the equipment running.  “We don’t get paid for all the work we do with the kids,” Lopez is grateful of the support he receives from several volunteers who help him keep and maintain the gym.  Lopez explained that, “we ask for a small contribution to maintain the equipment and to get other training equipment needed.”

Fat City Boxing Gym is constantly replacing damaged equipment as its natural boxing use tears and wears many items fast.  Many have stepped up to helping Lopez with equipment, and funds, “We operate as a not-for-profit organization; so, we constantly encourage our community to help.”

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Yaqui Lopez’s Fat City Boxing Club you may reach their office at (209) 800-2977.   The gym is located at 835 E. Miner Avenue, Stockton, CA  95202.

BW News – Your source of local news covering Latino News in Stockton, California

Delta College Recognized as “2013 Military Friendly School”


San Joaquin Delta College

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY— Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named San Joaquin Delta College to the coveted 2013 Military Friendly Schools list.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the country’s top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as they work toward academic and career success. Delta College was also selected to the 2012 Military Friendly Schools list.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Delta College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for military friendly schools. Congratulations to San Joaquin Delta College.”

Denise Donn, Director of Financial Aid & Veteran Services, was proud that Delta College has again been recognized for serving veterans and active military. “Delta College will continue to make the extra effort to help our veterans achieve their academic and career goals. It’s important that those who put their lives on the line for their country know Delta College is their dedicated partner. Our commitment will not waver.”

Victory Media’s 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and data-driven surveys of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools. The survey results for the list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP, based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology and criteria developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

If you want to learn more about the survey methodology information is available at: http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology

San Joaquin Delta College’s Veteran Resource Center moved to its new location in the DeRicco Student Services Building (DeRicco 151) and it will be open on October 13, 2012 — the first day of Delta’s fall semester. The Veteran Resource Center provides: Quiet Study Area; Tutoring; Computer Access; Workshops; Veteran Benefits Information; Networking and support with other campus veterans and a meeting space for the Veteran Student Alliance.

SJ Bar Association Offers Free Law Clinic


STOCKTON, CA- San Joaquin County residents now have a place to answer their legal questions and get free legal advice. Continue reading

Health Careers Academy Starts New Academic Year


STOCKTON, CA- Health Careers Academy (HCA) started its second academic year on Tuesday August 14, with 250 students and with a warmth welcoming by local community leaders. Continue reading


Candy Vargas, Bilingual Weekly

Candy Vargas poses for Bilingual Weekly cover-shoot by Sarah Lippincott.

Candy Vargas,

Born and raised in Lamont Bakersfield, Vargas moved to Stockton six years ago to attend the University of the Pacific.

It was during a study abroad program at Lima, Peru where Vargas renewed her interest in the public service. Continue reading


STOCKTON, CA – Representatives from local organization met at El Concilio in downtown Stockton, on Wednesday, August 8th to discuss Latino challenges in the community and the possible creation of a Latino statewide agenda. Continue reading

I Have a Voice: Danny Thomas Dunne Ruiz


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Dunne-Ruiz is a retired police officer from Tracy, author of the Blue Mexican, a novel published in 2009 and currently works as English teacher at San Mary`s High School and the San Joaquin Delta College.

What started as a part time job at the Tracy Police Department, for the young Dunne-Ruiz turned into a police career of twenty years.

“I went from a dispatcher to a patrol man, to detective sergeant.”

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Who and Where the DREAMers Are


WASHINGTON D.C. – Exactly who might be eligible for the Obama`s “deferred action”? is the question that a recent Immigration Policy Center (IPC) report, Who and Where the DREAMers Are, aims to answer. Continue reading

Carne Asada with the Candidates and First Deferred Action Forum in Stockton


Update August 2, 2012 – Event will be held at 11:00AM

STOCKTON, CA- Statewide and local non-profit organizations bring and opportunity and space for the community to meet with local candidates and learn more about the recent Deferred Action policy on August 4th at La Jamaica located at 609 S. Lincoln St. Stockton, CA 95203.

The event aims to get communities to become more familiar with local candidates and get to meet them personally and so build a strong relationship between community members and political leaders across the Central Valley.

The forum will provide information about the Deferred Action Announcement by the Obama Administration on June 15 and give the community time to ask questions and express their concerns.

2nd Generation of Reach for the Stars Academy Graduates


STOCKTON, CA- Reaching for the Stars Academy celebrated its second graduation on Thursday, July 12 at the University of the Pacific. Continue reading

Arizona`s Controversial Immigration Law Supreme Court Results: SB 1070


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – This week the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit came to conclusion that Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, Senate Bill (S.B.) 1070, was determined to be mostly unlawful in a 5- 3 decision in Arizona V. United States that excluded Justice Kagen. Continue reading

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