Education

The first all-women's Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship cohort pose with their certificates on the day of their graduation. Photo courtesy of Rising Sun Energy Center.

Women Build graduates its first all-female class in the construction trades

The majority of people in the room seemed to be women, and many wore proud smiles on their faces. They were attending the graduation ceremony of the first all-female Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship...
Members of the Contra Costa County public defenders office at an action in Martinez in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Martin.

County supervisors approve task force to combat criminal justice racial disparities

Last Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took a step towards examining racial disparities in the county’s criminal justice system. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, the board unanimously approved...
Words of wisdom at the Richmond Library's Literacy Center. Photo by Isara Krieger

Richmond Public Library helps adults complete their high school diplomas

Through its Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP), the Richmond Public Library is now offering scholarships for adults to complete a Career Online High School Diploma course. While LEAP has offered GED courses for years,...
The students are getting ready for the one-mile walk along San Francisco Bay Trail. (Photo by Serla Rusli)

Not just a walk in the park for kids in Richmond

Every Kid in a Park is a White House youth initiative that gives every fourth grader in the United States, along with their families, free passes to visit all federally-owned lands and waters, including the...
Bay Area Rescue Mission

Bay Area Rescue Mission helps local people get back on their feet

The Bay Area Rescue Mission team reflects on the achievements of its recent graduates and provides a readers with a look at the services it has to offer.
WCCUSD and the City of Richmond have a plan to try and bridge the digital divide and connect Iron Triangle residents with free Wi-Fi. Photo Courtesy of Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative.

City, school district aim to provide free Wi-Fi to central Richmond

The City of Richmond and the West Contra Costa Unified School District are working to bring free Wi-Fi to residents of the Iron Triangle, by building a fiber optic network. Richmond is joining other cities...
Fourth graders from Verde Elementary School used their grant to buy soccer nets to inspire their school to be more active (photo courtesy of Dave Clark)

The Potential Project gives students a voice to help create solutions

Students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District can use their ideas to improve their school with the help of The Potential Project. The program gives students a voice in the district’s planning process,...
Jose Luis Gomez teaches a transitional bilingual second grade class at Bayview Elementary in San Pablo. He's one of the teachers recruited from Mexico and Spain.

Richmond schools adapt to growing need for bilingual teachers

Richmond and surrounding cities have not escaped the teacher shortage facing the rest of California, but the problem here is different than in many other school districts: a shortage of bilingual teachers. In order to...
City Council members voted on November 17 to include all Richmond students in the Richmond Promise, a scholarship program to be funded by Chevron. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

New scholarship helps Richmond college students

The Richmond City Council voted Tuesday evening to include all of Richmond's students in a new college scholarship program. Students who earn the scholarship will receive $1,500 per year, starting with high school graduates in...