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

Seal Beach and coastal Orange County brace for storm, surf

Since 10:30 this morning Orange County fire crews have been reinforcing 15-foot tall sand berms in Seal Beach to protect oceanfront homes from growing surf.

Officials monitor coastal Orange County during storm

Coastal, low-lying areas such as Sunset Beach are a source of concern for Orange County officials.

Governor signs Race To The Top reforms for public schools

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law at an elementary school in Compton and promised it would turn around low-performing public schools.

University of California applications for fall admission jump

According to UC admission numbers released today, applications for fall 2010 admissions to the university's nine campuses are up nearly 6percent.

Museum of Contemporary Art hires new director

A couple of years ago MOCA, Los Angeles — one of the most prestigious contemporary art museums in the world — was broke, nearly to the point of closing its doors. It has appointed a new chief. The new museum director hopes to use his vast private art world experience to the museum’s benefit.

Flight enthusiasts celebrate centennial of historic aviation meet

The week-long event in 1910 turned a flat field near what's now the city of Carson into the world capital of heavier-than-air flight.

Over 1,000 attend Bobby Salcedo's funeral mass

More than a thousand people overflowed the Church of the Nativity in El Monte this morning to pay their last respects to slain educator and school board member Bobby Salcedo.

Bobby Salcedo's funeral mass underway

A funeral mass is underway in El Monte for Bobby Salcedo, a popular educator who was shot and killed while on vacation New Year's Eve in Durango, Mexico. He and several other men were pulled from a bar, kidnapped, and executed. (Audio: KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is at the Nativity Church in El Monte.)

Bobby Salcedo killing resonates among Southland visitors to Mexico

Burial is scheduled today for El Monte educator Bobby Salcedo, one week after gunmen killed him in a drug cartel hot zone in Northern Mexico.

Consul general says travel to Mexico still safe, if precautions taken

Burial is scheduled this week for Bobby Salcedo, a popular El Monte educator fatally shot in Mexico on New Year’s Eve. Mexico’s consul general in Los Angeles says the incident, while tragic, shouldn’t discourage travel to Mexico.

Pasadena charter school employs 'chasers' to help dropouts graduate

Teenagers drop out of school for many reasons – social, psychological, family stresses and academic challenges. Learning Works charter school in Pasadena employs more than half a dozen young people, some only a couple of years out of high school, to chase down dropouts, check on their performance and help them keep a lid on the drama in their lives.

Pasadena charter school graduates chronic dropouts

In less than two years the Learning Works charter school in Pasadena has helped many chronic dropouts and minors on probation to finish their studies and earn high school diplomas.

Otis College toy design students adapt to industry trends

The holiday season is the most important time of the year for toy manufacturers and retailers. It's also when some local college students aiming for careers in the toy industry finish their studies.

United Teachers Los Angeles sues to stop handover of 24 new schools

Within months, the Los Angeles Unified School District is set to green-light petitions from outside groups — including charter school operators — to run newly-built campuses. The school district’s teachers union announced today it’s suing to stop that process.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa taps new education deputy

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has gone outside of California to pick a new advisor on education issues.