News Article | November 21, 2016
An analysis of California’s college career training programs by leading higher education resource site, Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), has revealed the top 54 schools in the state for trade and vocational education. Crediting two-year and four-year schools respectively, the site ranked Lincoln University, Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses, University of LaVerne, American River College, Sacramento City College, College of the Sequoias, Cosumnes River College and Cerritos College among the top scoring for Best Schools for Trade & Vocational Programs in California for 2016-2017. “Some of today’s fastest growing industries are in trade and vocational fields, and projections show these industries continuing to gain steam over the next decade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “The California colleges credited on our list are those helping students achieve maximum success with not only high quality training, but career placement and counseling services that can pave the way to successful job placement.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges and universities to meet minimum standards to qualify for ranking. Institutions must be regionally accredited and hold public or private not-for-profit status to be considered. For the Best Trade & Vocational Programs list, schools must also offer career counseling and placement services to assist students. Qualifying schools are scored and ranked based on analysis of more than a dozen unique statistics, such as student-teacher ratios and program variety. A full list of schools on California’s ranking, as well as details on the data points and methodology used to determine scores and list position can be found at: Allan Hancock College American River College Antelope Valley College Bakersfield College Cabrillo College California College San Diego, San Diego California College San Diego, San Marcos Cerritos College Cerro Coso Community College Chabot College Chaffey College Citrus College City College of San Francisco Coastline Community College College of Alameda College of San Mateo College of the Canyons College of the Desert College of the Redwoods College of the Sequoias Contra Costa College Cosumnes River College Crafton Hills College Cuyamaca College De Anza College Diablo Valley College East Los Angeles College El Camino College Folsom Lake College Foothill College Fresno City College Fullerton College Glendale Community College Golden West College Grossmont College Humphreys College - Stockton & Modesto Campuses Imperial Valley College Irvine Valley College Lake Tahoe Community College Laney College Las Positas College Lassen Community College Lincoln University Long Beach City College Los Angeles City College Los Angeles Harbor College Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Pierce College Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles Valley College Los Medanos College Merced College Mission College Monterey Peninsula College Moorpark College Moreno Valley College Mt. San Antonio College Napa Valley College Norco College Ohlone College Orange Coast College Oxnard College Pasadena City College Porterville College Reedley College Rio Hondo College Riverside City College Sacramento City College Saddleback College San Bernardino Valley College San Diego City College San Diego Mesa College San Diego Miramar College San Jose City College Santa Barbara City College Santa Monica College Santa Rosa Junior College Shasta College Sierra College Skyline College Solano Community College Taft College University of La Verne Ventura College Victor Valley College West Los Angeles College Yuba College About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.
News Article | October 29, 2016
KCRW’s ongoing reporting project, KCRW Investigates, continues with an original series about abuse of seafaring crews on cargo and cruise ships, one, a key Los Angeles industry, and the other, a robust port of call. Seafarers move millions of people and billions of goods around the world every year. It’s always been a dangerous profession, and that’s why it’s had global protections for hundreds of years. But some of those are unraveling thanks to a private system of justice that some say is anything but just. A quarter of all seafarers are Filipino. This is a workforce that has few protections. KCRW reporter Karen Foshay investigated how a private system of justice, relying on arbitration rather than the courts, leads to exploitation of seafaring crews. She talked to workers from around the world and in Long Beach, where workers coming through the port told her stories of death, injury and injustice. “Troubled Waters: How a Private Justice System Exploits Workers on the High Seas,” presents Foshay’s findings in a two parts that that will air this week on KCRW's Morning Edition and All Things Considered Wednesday and Thursday, October 5-6: The Secret World of Arbitration– Imagine losing a limb, going blind or almost dying on the job. And then imagine not being able to hold those responsible accountable. Arbitration is routinely used by companies worldwide to keep injured workers out of courts and out of the public eye. (Airing October 5) Low Wages on the High Seas– Even though many of the companies that employ seafarers are US based, they are exempt from US labor laws – paying a fraction of the minimum wage because they are “foreign flag vessels,” ships based in the US but registered in other countries. (Airing October 6) Maritime trade has always been a grueling and dangerous profession, but it is now seeing some long-standing worker protections stripped by private systems of justice that impose arbitration for settling disputes. For Filipinos, arbitration clauses are included in overseas employment contracts. Often the employer requiring the arbitration also pays for the arbitrator, who doesn't have to be a judge or a lawyer. Their decision is final and with few exceptions, not subject to appeal. The arbitration hearings are private and companies can make injured workers fly anywhere in the world to attend them. If workers don’t show up, they automatically lose. “Troubled Waters: How a Private Justice System Exploits Workers on the High Seas” is funded by a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as part of a multi-year reporting project to tell stories of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities. It follows “Burned: Abuse in LA’s Restaurant Industry,” Karen Foshay’s investigation into the abuses of restaurant workers, and “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA,” a year-long documentary series from producer David Weinberg. These documentaries focus on issues affecting the lives of Los Angeles residents who find themselves on the edges of society. For more information and online access to full audio and video featurettes, please visit: kcrw.com/investigates About Karen Foshay Award-winning investigative reporter Karen Foshay, who spent two months on these stories, is a former senior producer with Al Jazeera America. Before joining Al Jazeera America, she was a producer for PBS, NBC and CBS and KPCC. She has been honored with more than 30 journalism awards, including two DuPont-Columbia silver batons, a George Foster Peabody and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Karen is available for comments or inquiries. About KCRW KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways -- on the radio, digitally and in person -- to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com. About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. In 2015, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to Landesa, a Seattle-based land rights organization. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants, distributing $107 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2015. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit http://www.hiltonfoundation.org.
Green S.A.,University of California at Los Angeles |
Rudie J.D.,University of California at Los Angeles |
Colich N.L.,Stanford University |
Wood J.J.,University of California at Los Angeles |
And 5 more authors.
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | Year: 2013
Objectives Sensory over-responsivity (SOR), defined as a negative response to or avoidance of sensory stimuli, is both highly prevalent and extremely impairing in youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), yet little is known about the neurological bases of SOR. This study aimed to examine the functional neural correlates of SOR by comparing brain responses to sensory stimuli in youth with and without ASD. Method A total of 25 high-functioning youth with ASD and 25 age- and IQ-equivalent typically developing (TD) youth were presented with mildly aversive auditory and visual stimuli during a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan. Parents provided ratings of children's SOR and anxiety symptom severity. Results Compared to TD participants, ASD participants displayed greater activation in primary sensory cortical areas as well as amygdala, hippocampus, and orbital-frontal cortex. In both groups, the level of activity in these areas was positively correlated with level of SOR severity as rated by parents, over and above behavioral ratings of anxiety. Conclusions This study demonstrates that youth with ASD show neural hyper-responsivity to sensory stimuli, and that behavioral symptoms of SOR may be related to both heightened responsivity in primary sensory regions as well as areas related to emotion processing and regulation. © 2013 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.All rights reserved.
News Article | February 28, 2017
Sandra Bergen Strength Recognized as a Top Executive and Prominent Business Leader by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication Santa Monica, CA, February 28, 2017 --( About Sandra Bergen Strength Ms. Strength is an international self-employed, freelance Design Consultant, specializing in movies, sets, painting, costumes, music and logos. She works on movie sets, theatre/play sets, costumes, music logos and position lines within the entertainment industry. She specializes in the use of colors and design and ensures that projects are aesthetically correct within the context of the projects. Ms. Strength enjoys working on cutting-edge entertainment projects with socially meaningful messages. She is also interested in consulting on landscaping and interior design. She sits on the CCSM Board of Affordable Housing. Ms. Strength was recently honored with an American Achievement award from Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide. Born on August 30, 1943 in North Island, California, Ms. Strength received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1965 and attended the Art Center College of Design at Santa Monica College. She has three children, Dana, Adeline and Raymond (deceased), and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys volunteer work with the homeless, reading, painting and surfing. About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Santa Monica, CA, February 28, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Sandra Bergen Strength of Santa Monica, California has been recognized as a Top Executive and Prominent Business Leader for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of entertainment and art.About Sandra Bergen StrengthMs. Strength is an international self-employed, freelance Design Consultant, specializing in movies, sets, painting, costumes, music and logos. She works on movie sets, theatre/play sets, costumes, music logos and position lines within the entertainment industry. She specializes in the use of colors and design and ensures that projects are aesthetically correct within the context of the projects. Ms. Strength enjoys working on cutting-edge entertainment projects with socially meaningful messages. She is also interested in consulting on landscaping and interior design. She sits on the CCSM Board of Affordable Housing. Ms. Strength was recently honored with an American Achievement award from Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide.Born on August 30, 1943 in North Island, California, Ms. Strength received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1965 and attended the Art Center College of Design at Santa Monica College. She has three children, Dana, Adeline and Raymond (deceased), and four grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys volunteer work with the homeless, reading, painting and surfing.About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide
Huang C.,Johns Hopkins University |
Hinnov L.,Johns Hopkins University |
Fischer A.G.,University of Southern California |
Grippo A.,Santa Monica College |
Herbert T.,Brown University
Geology | Year: 2010
A high-resolution grayscale series of the pelagic Fucoid Marls (Piobbico core, central Italy) shows strong, pervasive lithological rhythms throughout the Aptian interval. A hierarchy of centimeter-to meter-scale cycles characterizes the rhythms; when calibrating ~1 m cycles to Earth's 405 k.y. orbital eccentricity cycle, these rhythms correspond to the periods of the eccentricity, obliquity, and precession index. Tuning to orbital eccentricity cycles provides a high-resolution time scale for the Aptian. Correlation to the Cismon core (northern Italy) extends the tuning to the Aptian-Barremian boundary. The tuning indicates a minimum duration of 13.42 m.y. for the Aptian Stage, where previous estimates range from 6.4 to 13.8 m.y. The combined Aptian-Albian astronomical tuning of the entire 77-m-long Piobbico core (and part of the Cismon core) provides a 25.85-m.y.-long astronomically calibrated time scale for Earth history. © 2010 Geological Society of America.
Newman J.,CSIRO |
Fazio V.J.,CSIRO |
Lawson B.,Santa Monica College |
Crystal Growth and Design | Year: 2010
We have created the C6 Web Tool that uses an underlying metric to compare the chemical similarity of two crystallization conditions and by extension the similarity of two crystallization screens. With over 220 crystallization screens currently available for purchase, it is difficult to know what each screen contains and when it is appropriate to use that screen. The C6 Web Tool can be found at http://c6.csiro.au and is available to the crystallization community at no charge. In addition to measuring the similarity of conditions and kits, the C6 Web Tool also provides the means to examine the conditions of a crystallization kit (or kits) in novel ways. Using the C6 Web Tool, researchers can efficiently select appropriate screens to use throughout the various stages of a crystallization project. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Nichols L.B.,Santa Monica College
Western North American Naturalist | Year: 2011
American pikas (Ochotona princeps) seem to be especially vulnerable to climate change, with recent extinctions of pika populations being attributed to global warming. Incomplete historical location records are currently used to examine changes in pika distributions. A method of determining recent pika distributions in the absence of historical records is needed. Here I report on changes over time of known-age pika fecal pellets up to 36 years old. Predictable changes in diameter, internal consistency, and color of pellets provide a method to approximate the dates of last occupation in patches where pikas have been extirpated. © 2010.
Paik S.T.,Santa Monica College
American Journal of Physics | Year: 2014
We bring attention to the fact that Maxwell's mean free path for a dilute hard-sphere gas in thermal equilibrium, (√2σn)-1, which is ordinarily obtained by multiplying the average speed by the average time between collisions, is also the statistical mean of the distribution of free path lengths in such a gas. © 2014 American Association of Physics Teachers.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 649.72K | Year: 2016
Santa Monica Colleges (SMC) STEM Scholars program will investigate the impact of scholarship assistance and targeted interventions both in and out of the classroom to improve student success in STEM among community college students. Many of these students are the first in their family to attend college and represent demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM disciplines. These interventions will bridge the academic curriculum with comprehensive student support services and will include STEM-focused counseling and career planning sessions, a STEM speaker series, STEM skill building workshops, and applied learning activities, including research opportunities with local university and industry partners. This project will provide additional support in math, which is often the primary barrier to success in STEM for community college students, many of whom enter underprepared in math.
The STEM Scholars program evaluation plan includes both formative and summative components that will assess the effectiveness of the project in improving student outcomes, as well as measuring the institutions capacity to support student success. In collaboration with SMCs Office of Institutional Research, the formative component will assess the establishment of a program database to evaluate applications, development of marketing materials, initiation of classroom presentations, distribution of scholarship funding, and facilitation of cohort activities. The summative component will assess the overall impact of this project on both students and the institution and will focus on the projects four primary objectives and how the project has helped achieve the S-STEM Program Goals.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 199.89K | Year: 2014
Southern California has a high density of solar energy businesses that require a technologically skilled workforce. Santa Monica College and its industry partners are further developing and improving an existing Solar Photovoltaic Installation program created in response to industry need. Through a multifaceted project that includes program improvement as well as curriculum and educational materials development, this project is creating and implementing strategies to bridge the gap between employer demand for qualified workers and student ability to acquire the skills necessary to match employment opportunities in the field, including on the job training and math and science understanding. This project focuses on three inter-related strategies for addressing workforce demand, including 1) expanded outreach to include K-12 and community based training programs; 2) the development of contextualized math and science modules to strengthen the solar photovoltaic curriculum and improve student success; and 3) the development of an internship course to provide on the job training for students while connecting them with potential employers. Through these activities, the college is improving the regional capacity to address the workforce demands of the solar industry. The project aims to increase student enrollment in the program by targeting high school students and first time freshmen, women, veterans, and underrepresented minorities so the program enrollment more closely resembles the general student population. It plans to improve student completion rates in courses by improving their math and science skills and increase student aptitude to attain employment by engaging students in internship opportunities.
As a minority serving institution located in a highly diverse region, this project is impacting a diverse array of students, including many low-income, ethnically diverse, first generation college students, and providing them the opportunity to pursue viable careers in a new and emerging field. Employers are being provided a steady stream of skilled applicants for job openings that have both the hands on training and a strong background in math and science necessary to address immediate employer needs and advance in their careers. The educational materials developed to support the degree program are being thoroughly assessed for effectiveness and disseminated throughout California and the nation to assist other regions as they prepare a qualified workforce for the solar energy industry. An extensive evaluation is also assessing the effectiveness of the new strategies designed to increase the number of students who enter the Solar Industry workforce.
Advanced technological education in solar energy is part of a career path that begins in middle school and high school, continues through community college, and provides opportunities beyond the community college setting. This project, both its needs and its responses, is based on extensive conversations with students, faculty, and industry advisors both locally and throughout the state regarding the barriers to success both in the classroom and in the workplace. Strategies, specifically the development of contextualized math and science education and field-based learning experiences, are research-based and have demonstrated success in other industries. With these program improvements, students who pursue coursework through the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Program are completing their studies with the skills and knowledge that they need to enter the workforce or continue their education.