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

Community colleges make a play for former ITT Tech students

Community colleges are trying to reach former ITT Tech students who are deciding how to continue their higher education after their schools shut down.

Here’s who pays for community college 'promise' programs

Sixteen of California's 23 community college "promise" programs were announced this year. Most promise a year of free college tuition, while some offer more.

Commentary: RIP Juan Gabriel, the greatest songwriter of his generation

Gabriel was 66 when he died at home this past Sunday. KPCC's education correspondent remembers the star for who he was: the greatest songwriter of his generation.

Lots of new faculty hired at community colleges

Some Southern California community colleges have hired dozens of new full time faculty to start this year, thanks to $62 million in new funds.

Community colleges opening door wider for high schoolers

Research shows that high school students who take some community college classes before graduation are more likely to enroll and finish college.

Why more schools are starting the year in early August

Schools have been moving the first day of school to August to help kids' academics. Now one out of four L.A. County school districts start the week of Aug. 8.

Public school science moves away from memorization

New science standards aim to improve science knowledge through critical thinking and problem solving to help students become better citizens and consumers.

School safety industry now $815 million a year business

School safety companies create everything from portable toilets to be used in classrooms in case of a lockdown to mass notification apps.

Long Beach City College president to lead community college system

For nine years Oakley has led Long Beach City college as president, but his connection to community colleges is also personal.

Lawsuit: Dismiss former Corinthian college students' loans

Former students of the now-defunct Corinthian College chain say debt collectors are threatening them in order to collect private loan debt.

$10 million boosts California math, science teacher training

The grant-makers hope to make a difference in how effectively California teachers master new methods that encourage students to figure out concepts for themselves.

The diversity of UCLA's incoming freshman class

UCLA says it has admitted its most diverse class of incoming students ever after a record year of applicants. It also offered admission to 11 percent more California students than last year.

New college program helps ex-convicts earn degrees

Seven Cal State campuses will host a program to help formerly-incarcerated students complete college by providing counseling, tutoring and money for books and food.

Half of Orange County's registered voters went to the polls

After three weeks registrar Neal Kelley says his office has finished counting votes. The official turnout was 49.6 percent of registered voters.

Summer school helps wealthier students get further ahead

School districts in affluent communities offer summer school classes for about $700. They're free in poorer areas but are used mostly to make up for a failing grade.