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California Lutheran University and Moorpark College have received a $3.75 million federal grant to help more underrepresented students graduate from college.

The colleges will work together to redesign classes to create more culturally relevant content for groups like Latinos.

The project calls for as many as 50 classes at Cal Lutheran and at Moorpark College to be revamped. The hope is the effort will increase the graduation rate.

In the hills above downtown Ventura, three young women are struggling to pull a huge weed-like bush out of the ground.

The women are part of an army of college students taking part in a unique community project.  The entire incoming group of new students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, about 650 in all, is kicking off its new school year with a project to aid in recovery efforts from the deadly and destructive Thomas brush fire.

It’s a quiet day on a college campus in Ventura County. Classes don’t start for a few days, but more than 40 undergraduate students are here early getting a special orientation.

Many people have stories about how they struggled to go to college, but members of this group really went through a lot to end up where they are: California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. They are international students, with some coming from places like Syria and Mongolia.

California Lutheran University is reporting the largest freshman class in the more than half century old college's history.

The Thousand Oaks based university has nearly 700 freshman enrolled for its fall semester, which kicks off with new student orientation on Saturday.

California Lutheran University is joining with more than three dozen other independent universities to set up guaranteed admissions for students from some community college campuses.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and the California Community Colleges announced the new pathway agreement. 

Qualified students will be able to transfer in as juniors, with at least 60 transferred units being accepted. 

California Lutheran University has granted a young woman its first scholarship that benefits Syrian refugees. 

Eighteen-year-old Rama Youssef has received the International Leaders Scholarship from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. It was created by an alumna who wanted to help Syrian refugees.

Youssef was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and lived there during the start of the Civil War.

“Many times, I literally was going to lose my life. It was very bad. We would just be walking in the street, and a bomb can literally take over,” she said.

The first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State is going to speak in Ventura County.

Condoleezza Rice will appear at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks May 4th.

Photo by David Grannis

A documentary on California’s historic drought produced by a South Coast college professor and his students will be screened this week.

The film “Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation” takes a deep look into the state’s severe drought and its impacts.  It was created by a film professor and his two students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. 

Karie Portillo Guerra, who was a student when she helped create the film, says it was eye-opening to see the devastation in Central Valley towns that had pumped their groundwater dry.

Work officially kicked off Friday on construction of a new, nearly 50,000 square foot science center at a South Coast university.

California Lutheran University is building a new three story complex on its Thousand Oaks Campus.

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A South Coast university will be building a $30 million science center. 

California Lutheran University will be breaking ground on its Thousand Oaks campus later this month on what will become a three-story, 47,000-square-foot facility featuring 30 flexible science labs.

The sounds of football practice echo through a stadium in Ventura County. On one end of the field at William Rolland Stadium in Thousand Oaks, members of California Lutheran University’s football team practice a number of pass plays. On the other end, you see the back of a player, Number 49, practicing point after touchdown kicks, or PAT’s through the goal posts.  What's unusual is that it's not a he, it's a she.

A South Coast university is reporting the largest undergraduate enrollment in its history.

The new school year is just getting underway at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, with nearly 3,000 undergraduates enrolled. There are about 575 freshmen, and 250 transfer students. CLU’s enrollment also includes about 1300 graduate students.

The university is starting its new academic year with the opening of an eight million dollar, 20,000 square foot art complex called the William Rolland Art Center.

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Low-income children who are deaf or hard of hearing are getting help this summer on the South Coast.

Eleven-year-old Natalie Juarez, who has extreme hearing loss, wears implants that allow her to hear.

“Without my implants, I feel deaf. Like you can’t hear nothing,” she said.

But even with the implants, she still needs speech and language therapy, which is hard to come by in the summer when school is out. That’s why she and other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are in a free eight-week program held at the nonprofit, No Limits, in Oxnard.

There’s an effort across the country to encourage students to pursue the fields of science, technology, engineering and math because there are plenty of job opportunities in those industries and not enough people to fill them. But, a South Coast university is going one step further. The university is targeting students from underrepresented groups.

Students and professors hike up Mountclef Ridge and through Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks in the name of science. They’re exploring nature -- jotting down notes and snapping photos of the plants and animals they encounter.

A real life tragedy isn’t going to stop a new production of one of Shakespeare’s works from opening on the South Coast this month.

The Kingsman Shakespeare Company’s production of “Julius Caesar” is in rehearsal for its July 21st premier at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Last Friday night, the play’s director, John Slade, died in a traffic accident while return home to Ojai after a rehearsal.