With the high cost of living driving many young people to leave Ventura County, it’s created a unique challenge for the business community to attract qualified job applicants.

Business and education leaders came together for a first of a kind brainstorming summit on how they can do a better job of working together.

(Photo courtesy Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara)

This is a big week for thousands of new, and returning college students on the Central and South Coasts.

For more than half a century, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has been awarding scholarships to help students in need get the means to continue their educations. This week the foundation is presenting scholarships to a wide range of new, and continuing college students.

The Santa Barbara Police Department has unveiled a new vehicle it calls a DRAGG Car. DRAGG (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti) is a non-profit educational organization for students.

Researchers find that students on the South and Central Coasts are losing tens of thousands of days of instruction due to suspensions. 

A study by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies shows that suspensions in school districts across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties accounted for nearly 28,000 days of lost instruction during the 2014-2015 academic year.

A cyberattack which hit some government websites across the country, sending them to pages with information about a terrorist’s group impacted some public education agencies on the South Coast.

Some people looking for information on some education related websites in Ventura County were shocked to find themselves redirected to pro-ISIS websites.

A man who’s led education efforts on the Central and South Coast for more than three decades is retiring.

Bill Cirone announced he’s stepping down this summer as Santa Barbara County’s Superintendent of Schools.

Cirone is the state’s longest running county schools leader, serving 34 years in the position. He was first elected in 1982. The county’s Board of Education appointed Deputy Superintendent Susan Salcido to fill the remainder of Cirone’s term.

More than 200 people came together on the South Coast this weekend to talk about equity in education.

Educators, administrators, students and parents attended Cal State Channel Islands’ 9th Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education yesterday at its campus in Camarillo. This year’s theme was “First Do No Harm: Challenging Laws, Policies and Practices that Undermine Social Justice in Education.”

A South Coast school district has hired a new Superintendent.

Dr. Angelica Ramsey will head the Pleasant Valley School District. She is coming to the Camarillo area district from Northern California, where she’s been the Associate Superintendent of Agricultural Services for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Ramsey will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of RaeAnne Michael, who is retiring this summer after nearly four decades with the district.

The Pleasant Valley School District has 11 schools, and is the parent of two charter schools.

In solidarity with other college campuses UC Santa Barbara students rallied with a large march Thursday that called for a number of changes.

The list of demands included educational reforms and more respect for students of different religions and ethnicity.

(Photo by Joey Ogle)

More than 80 high school students from the South Coast were among those caught in a lockdown of some key Washington, D.C. buildings today after a man armed with a gun tried to enter the Capitol’s Visitors Center.

84 eighth grade students and seven teachers from La Colina, Goleta Valley, and Santa Barbara Junior High Schools were touring the Capitol complex when the confrontation occurred. The students were safe, but were confined to a secure area for about an hour. They were able to send messages to their parents letting them know they were safe.

One of the White House’s top environmental officials got a closeup look at the Channel Islands today, as part of an effort to get kids interested in visiting the nation’s parks.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell toured the Channel Islands by boat, and was briefed on efforts to help the Island Fox make a comeback from near extinction.

A tiny, one school Ventura County school district is dealing with what it considers a potentially explosive problem.

Concern about possible danger from four oil and gas pipelines which run through, and next to the campus prompted the district to move ahead with a plan to relocate the entire school.

A provost and vice president of a state college in Nevada has been selected as the new president of Cal State Channel Islands.

Erika Beck will take over as head of the Camarillo-based university beginning this summer.