Jessica Manzo

Jessica Manzo Jessica Manzo is a youth reporter for South Kern Sol and a student at Cal State Bakersfield.

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CSUB programs catering to incarcerated students inspire change; spark conversations around ethical issues about incarceration

December 9, 2019 / By

Larry Gonzales is on track to graduate in just two years with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, Bakersfield, but his journey to success has not been the easiest. 

The 35 year old has served two prison sentences before beginning his education in the Fall of 2018.

‘This one is one for the history books’: CSUB’s Dreamers Resource Center brings hope and support to undocumented students

December 5, 2019 / By

Faculty, students and community members gathered at California State University, Bakersfield Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the campus’ first ever Dreamers Resource Center — a spot on campus that will ensure students and staff feel safe, comfortable and supported.

‘Today, I am an American’: People from around the world become citizens at Naturalization ceremony at CSUB

November 13, 2019 / By

Seventy-Five people from countries around the world gathered in Cal State Bakersfield’s Dore Theater Tuesday morning to complete the final step in becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.

Program helps those ‘Move to Improve’ daily activities with recovery class

November 4, 2019 / By

When Karen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis years ago, doctors weren’t sure when she would be able to move freely again.

Sol on the Street: CSUB students celebrate sustainability month

October 21, 2019 / By

Every October college campuses celebrate Campus Sustainability Month, an international celebration of sustainability in higher education.

One Book Project brings community together to understand diversity through literacy

September 17, 2019 / By

During the months of September and October, One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern invites the community to engage in reading, educational programming, and entertainment that focus on one central theme.

Local hospitals help victims of human trafficking by educating staff and providing trauma informed care

September 11, 2019 / By

It’s not every day a human trafficking victim has access to health care, but when they do, they often do not speak up about their abuser, despite this being one of the very few moments victims are alone.  

However,  local Dignity Health hospitals are working to change that with the Human Trafficking Response Program.

‘A model for rural communities’: Early college program could transform education in the Central Valley

September 3, 2019 / By

In many rural communities, just getting kids to graduate from high school proves challenging.

But in McFarland, Bakersfield College and McFarland High School administrators are doubling down on efforts to ensure kids not only graduate with a high school diploma, but also take college courses and put them on a pathway to a degree.

Project Next Step event to provide tools for success for high school students

August 13, 2019 / By

The Kern High School District welcomes students and parents to its Project Next Step event, a free one-day conference and resource fair for incoming freshmen and returning high school students.

Sol on the Street: Incoming freshman receive tips from recent graduates about how to succeed in college

August 6, 2019 / By

With the beginning of a new school year about to begin, many students are about to start college for the first time.