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FEARLESS

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One of EPIC's core values is "Opportunity"...to give the opportunity to others to make their dreams a reality. Reyna Vargas de Alvarez took her opportunity and enrolled in our EPIC high school in Atwater Ca. Join us in congratulating Reyna. She was nominated by her teacher Bernadette De Salles for May Student of the Month. In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought learning to a screeching halt worldwide, creating the most severe global education disruption in history. Our students faced difficult times and switching to virtual learning became a challenge. It was a big change for educators, students, and their families. During this time, although difficult, Reyna continued working hard and taking advantage of all the opportunities she had to reach her goal. "I chose Reyna for Student of the Month because she is fearless. I say she is fearless because she has a confidence that shows in how she carries herself. I am sure that she has her moments of insecurities, but

World Oceans Day 2021

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 Recycling helps keep plastics out of the ocean and reduces the amount of "new" plastic in circulation. Call our FIELD Recycle team at 661-527-6003, your local recycling center, about the types of plastic FIELD Recycle accepts.  Today is World Ocean Day. World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8th to remind us of the important role of the oceans in sustaining our livelihoods and the necessity to prevent them from destruction.  According to the United Nations {UN}, oceans are the lungs of our planet and a major source of food and medicine, and a critical part of the biosphere.  Fun fact: The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean in the world.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, World Oceans Day 2021 is set to be celebrated with a virtual event by the UN. With a pledge to preserve the oceans, this year, World Ocean Day is based on the theme 'The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods'. To learn more about Ocean day and join the virtual celebration, follow the link https://unworldoceansday.or

No stopping me now!

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Jerlean always wanted to get her high school diploma but always feared the judgment of dropping out. She was a young mother at 16. She drove by our EPIC high school in Cal City several times but never went in.  Ms. Carney said, "I used to see the students outside the building and think I can't go to that school. I was concerned about the way people would judge me. After two years of driving by the school and talking to those hanging out in front, I met a student who was part of the Cesar Chavez Environmental Corps’ (CCEC) KSACC program (Kern Service & Conservation Program). I realized the great work FIELD (Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development) was doing for my community. I was intrigued. He convinced me to enroll to get my high school diploma." CCEC runs various projects which serve the community, such as emergency food distribution, assisting the Office of Emergency Services, and fire preparedness. The programs focus on education, the environm

Employee spotlight

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  Join us in recognizing our committed employee Maria G. Flores. She joined FIELD in 2017 as a Student Service Coordinator. After discovering she had an AA and BA she joined our ESL team and became the substitute teacher. Shortly after she became a teacher's assistant for our EPIC de Cesar Chavez high school in Tulare Ca.  Maria, was born and raised in Jalisco Mexico and moved to the US when she was 12 years old. After 3 years she moved back to Mexico and returned the US to finish high school in Tipton Ca. After graduating high school she received her AA in Liberal Arts from College of the Sequoias. She attended Fresno State University where she received her BA in Liberal Arts. She is currently working on getting her teaching credentials and her Masters.  Maria always wanted to be a teacher and wanted to teach children under 8 years old, but working with FIELD teaching adults changed what she really wanted to do. Most importantly help her community understand the importance of educ

Our Biggest Enemy is Fear....

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Jose Martin, 46, will be graduating this June from EPIC High School, a FIELD Institute program which provides adult learners an opportunity to receive their high school diplomas. He was nervous about taking on the combined demands of school, work, and family, but his friend in the FIELD ESL program inspired him.  "I would encourage everyone, no matter the age, to get their high school diploma. Our biggest enemy is fear, fear that we can't do it. We need to believe in ourselves. It's difficult, but not impossible, and so well worth it. Si Se Puede!" said Jose as he shared his excitement approaching his graduation day.  He has worked in construction for the past 21 years and has dreams of working for the city as an inspector and foundation specialist. Jose is from Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico. However, he lived in both the US and Mexico while his father worked in the fields. He is the oldest of three siblings, and the family struggled with finances and his father's

Remembering

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 As we enjoy this 3-day weekend, remember to honor those who have served to protect our freedoms. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! 

Throwback Thursday

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 Throwback Thursday takes us back to 2019 at the Cesar Chavez breakfast. Pictured are Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Huerta and FIELD'S CEO/President David Villarino Gonzalez. Looking forward to the 2022 Cesar Chavez breakfast.