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What are the top most popular majors at Stanislaus State? Here’s what new data shows

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At Stanislaus State, students continue flocking to major in business administration. With around 1,524 students enrolled last semester, it has remained one of the most popular majors for more than four years.

According to data provided by the university, the remaining most popular majors are psychology, with around 1,299 students, liberal studies, with 752 students, criminal justice, with 611 students, and biological sciences, with 546 students enrolled in the majors.

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Modesto ranks 5th least educated among 150 U.S. cities, according to recent study

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Despite improvements in its graduation rates, Modesto continues to struggle in education, according to a recent report that ranks it the fifth least educated among “the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.”

The report demonstrates that local schools and colleges still have much work to do, said Dr. Chad Redwing, the interim president of Modesto Junior College. “We should not accept to stay at this end of the rankings — we need to encourage more learning in our community.”

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Library System Offers Expanded Service Hours

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Stanislaus County Library officials have announced changes to its business hours, a move designed to enhance customer convenience and provide increased access to library services.

Effective Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, library branches will expand operating hours to better align with the needs of the community. Highlights include the addition of morning hours at smaller libraries, and Friday hours at Turlock and Salida Libraries.

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Stanislaus State University in Turlock Named No. 5 for “Best Bang for the Buck” in the West and No. 8 on the Master’s List in Washington Monthly’s 2022 Rankings

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September 4, 2022 - Stanislaus State continues to provide students and families more “bang for their buck” when it comes to attaining a high-quality and affordable education. 

Washington Monthly released its annual College Guide and Rankings in which it rates schools on what they do for the country, and Stan State earned spots in the Top 10 on two lists.  

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Students return to Modesto schools for new year. Here’s what awaits some of them

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How do you spell the first day of school? N-e-w.

Students get new teachers, some who are new to teaching or new to their schools. Teachers get new students. Schools get new staff members.

Across California, high school students have new start times for their school days.

And in Modesto City Schools — and no doubt many other districts — students are greeted by improvements that are ready for their use or soon will be.

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California Schools Will Now Start Later In The Day Prioritize Children’s Health

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If you listen closely in mid-August, when the 2022-2023 school year starts in California, you might just hear it: the sound of teenagers across the state hitting snooze in unison. That’s because on July 1, a new law went into effect that pushes middle and high school start times throughout the state. Legislators hope this change will improve academic and health outcomes for the state’s teens.

Senate Bill 328 passed handily in the California legislature in 2019 before being signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The new law states that “the schoolday for high schools, including high schools operated as charter schools, shall begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The schoolday for middle schools, including middle schools operated as charter schools, shall begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m.” Exceptions are made for “rural districts” in the state.

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Device uses eye movement to help non-verbal children communicate

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LOS ANGELES — New technology is helping non-verbal students communicate.

San Bernadino County Schools in California recently received a grant to buy the Tobii Dynavox Eye Gaze Machine.

“This equipment just motivates everybody to keep working on individual students and how we can best connect with them so that we can support their goals,” said Superintendent Ted Alejandre.

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Modesto Schools Get New Building, Tech, Programs for STEM

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Little rolling robots dodged red, green and blue blocks as fifth-graders cheered loudly, at times rising to their feet with enthusiasm.

Tuolumne School students in south Modesto worked in teams to piece together 500 or so parts to create the devices, which they would soon learn to control through coding, teacher Hector Barraza said.

The robotics unit was part of a push at Tuolumne — and Modesto City Schools more broadly — to enhance K-6 learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. By exposing students to STEM at a young age, district officials hope more students will choose to take related courses in middle and high school, setting them up for in-demand careers if they choose.

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Amazon partners with Modesto JC, Stanislaus State to pay tuition for Valley employees

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Amazon is partnering with the largest higher education institutions in Stanislaus County to provide free tuition to the online retailer’s hourly employees in the region.

Turlock’s California State University, Stanislaus, and Modesto Junior College are part of the company’s Career Choice program, which will pay full tuition at associated institutions for hourly Amazon employees. Across the Central Valley, Amazon also is partnering with California State University, Fresno, Clovis Community College and Sacramento City College.

The program is open to full-time Amazon employees, as well as part-time employees (who receive half, but not full tuition). The e-commerce giant will pay tuition and fees for eligible employees, and partner institutions pay nothing to be part of the program.

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Cal Poly Students Use Drones To Study Elephant Seals

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Cal Poly researchers have a new tool to keep track of the local elephant seal population. The team consisting of graduate students, undergraduate volunteers and professors use drones to conduct their research during the seals’ current mating season.

The project began in 2017 but this is the first year they were able to incorporate drone images. The research team will begin to analyze drone images in March, once the breeding season has ended.

Kate Riordan is a graduate student in the Biological Sciences department and is a part of this research team. Like the rest of the team, Riordan helps to fly the drones and makes sure they don’t crash. She also helps weigh the baby seals and tags them in order to track where the seals will end up.

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