Meet Steve Watkins: Fire Program Manager Dedicated to Empowering FIELD’S Corpsmembers

Meet Steve Watkins: Fire Program Manager Dedicated to Empowering FIELD’S Corpsmembers

By Kelly Hartog Steven Watkins comes to FIELD’s Fire Program following a 33-year career as a Battalion Chief for the Bureau of Land Management and as an Interagency Incident commander. After retiring from BLM, he joined FIELD in January 2023 as the Fire Program Manager and Acting Natural Resources Manager. Watkins was instrumental in helping…

Good News for Fall – Grants, Honors, Back to School
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Good News for Fall – Grants, Honors, Back to School

As summer comes to an end, our schools are now back in session, offering our students a new season full of opportunity and hope.   We’ve been busy at FIELD the past few months planning the coming year and we have a lot of good news to share.  Our classroom capacity is expanding. Because transportation is such a barrier to our students…

FIELD’S EPIC Charter High Schools Receive Healthy Meals Incentives Grant

FIELD’S EPIC Charter High Schools Receive Healthy Meals Incentives Grant

BAKERSFIELD, CA: FIELD is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a $150,000 Healthy Meals Incentives grant from Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), to support its efforts to create kitchen facilities at its Union Avenue property, which will allow students at its EPIC de Cesar Chavez charter high schools for adults to receive healthy,…

EPIC Schools Receive $100,000 Kitchen Equipment Grant for Union Avenue Site 

EPIC Schools Receive $100,000 Kitchen Equipment Grant for Union Avenue Site 

By Kelly Hartog   FIELD’s Epic High School for adults operates at over 22 sites in California with little to no kitchen equipment to feed its students or support its nutrition classes.   But now, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Education, FIELD will be able to build out a fully equipped kitchen…

Graduations, Inspiration, Triumphs and More!
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Graduations, Inspiration, Triumphs and More!

We’re off to a busy summer at FIELD starting with 150 graduates taking the stage last month in Bakersfield and some of our surrounding campuses. It’s always so inspiring to hear the stories of resilience and hope that our graduates and their families share at these celebrations. One graduate who spoke talked about her seven…

An Evening of Triumph and Accomplishment at Indio’s EPIC High School Graduation

An Evening of Triumph and Accomplishment at Indio’s EPIC High School Graduation

By Kelly Hartog Cheered on by their friends and family, 15 proud adult students took the stage at FIELD’s EPIC de Cesar High School graduation in Coachella on June 14, where they were congratulated by keynote speaker, Indio Mayor, Oscar Ortiz.   The two graduate student speakers–Sonia Araceli Torres Felix and Jay Oliver Sese–spoke passionately…

Bakersfield Celebrates as 46  EPIC High School Graduates Take the Stage

Bakersfield Celebrates as 46  EPIC High School Graduates Take the Stage

By Steve Virgen Photos By Joe Bergman Photography The 46 adult graduates of the EPIC de Cesar Chavez High School appeared nervous and excited as they waited to enter the Bakersfield College indoor theater on the evening of Saturday, June 17. Then, as “Pomp and Circumstance” played in the background , they walked in, smiling…

FIELD and Kern County Fire Department Sign MOU Three Years in the Making

FIELD and Kern County Fire Department Sign MOU Three Years in the Making

Si Se Puede! FIELD is thrilled to announce that on June 14 a Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) was finally signed between FIELD and the Kern County Fire Department (KCFD). FIELD’S CTE Fire Manager Steve Watkins was instrumental in finalizing the agreement, which was signed by FIELD President and CEO David Villarino and Kern County Fire…