Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Pasadena City College program suspended over who's teaching it

A popular program designed to encourage students to enroll in college has been suspended because the classes are taught not by professors but by high school teachers who qualified as faculty.

San Marino school board member investigated for harassment

Four people have accused school board member Christopher Norgaard of sexual harassment. At least two of them are adult employees of the district.

Community colleges hailed as model for disaster readiness

Staffers at various campuses sprang into action to help during recent fires. Officials say their response should be a national model.

Sexual harassment reports double at LA community colleges

Los Angeles Community College administrators said formal complaints of sexual harassment are up dramatically. They're taking steps to find a solution.

129th Rose Parade rolls in Pasadena; see the list of float winners

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the street to watch 39 floats decked out with countless flowers, along with show horses, marching bands and celebrities. Millions more watched on TV.

College students still feeling effects of Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire cut the semester short at some colleges. Administrators are letting some students take finals when they return from winter break.

Some kids in LA no longer have to pay their library fines

L.A. County library officials say overdue fines lead many young patrons to stop using the library's resources. So, they're off the hook — as long as they read.

Report critical of community college bachelor’s degrees

A report by the state's legislative analyst cautions lawmakers about expanding the number of California community colleges that offer bachelor's degrees.

Ventura councilman says hundreds of homes destroyed in fire

On Thursday, a Ventura city councilman updated a two-day-old tally of the number of homes destroyed by the county's devastating Thomas Fire.

Number of homes burned in Ventura still a big question mark

Since Tuesday, the Thomas fire has tripled in size to 96,000 acres. But officials haven't updated their estimate of structures lost. They've kept it vague: at least 150.

Lawsuit: California literacy policies fail many students

Lawyers for students say California isn't doing enough to ensure that schools have what they need to teach all students basic reading and writing.

College tuition may be source of conflict in next budget

California public universities raised tuition this year, but the governor says he doesn't want another increase — and he's using the budget process to send the message.

More funding for community colleges likely, but with limits

As the California economy improves, community colleges are expected to receive more funding next fiscal year but campuses may find limits.

CA wants to close the higher education gap by creating a statewide-online community college

On Monday, a proposal for an all-online community college was heard in efforts to boost job prospects for about 2 million working class Californians who lack full degrees.

An online community college for working-class Californians

California community colleges are considering creating an online community college to help people who aren't necessarily looking to earn a degree.