Gaudi, who is wrapping up one major class project and a few minor ones before graduating this month, has already landed a job with Northrop Grumman. She will be working on the F-35 fighter fuselage program in Palmdale. “That’s the whole idea of the program – grow your own engineers,” Gaudi said. “The idea is getting engineers who are used to the environment here and who don’t get freaked out when they come here and don’t see any trees.” The degrees will be awarded to Gaudi and Hecker by Fresno State University. Although the two did not have access to the same resources as their counterparts at the main campus, the curriculum was was the same. “It is a full-fledged engineering curriculum,” Hecker said. “It’s not some watered-down version.” The Lancaster University Center is the product of more than seven years of effort to address the region’s need for engineers. In addition to Fresno State, the partners in the effort are Lancaster city government, the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, Antelope Valley College, California State University, Bakersfield, and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. LANCASTER There were lonely classes and long trips for laboratory work, but Rebecca Gaudi and Richard Hecker are about to become the Antelope Valley’s first “homegrown” engineers. Gaudi and Hecker will be the first to earn their bachelor’s degrees from the Lancaster University Center, a collaborative effort among academia, municipal government, the Air Force and NASA to allow students to complete their engineering course work in the Antelope Valley. Gaudi will earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, while Hecker will receive a degree in electrical engineering. The program is structured so students can take their freshman and sophomore courses at Antelope Valley College and then complete their upper-division work at the center, located at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Division Street north of AvenueI. The courses are offered in a mix of classes with a teacher in the classroom and computer-based classes from a distance. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the program is academically the same as at the main campus,” said Jeigh Shelley, a rocket lab researcher who is teaching at the center. “Having the program here is very important. There’s an incredible demand for engineers in the valley.” The center celebrated a major milestone last month when it opened its own mechanical-engineering lab. “We now have all the equipment to run all the laboratories,” Shelley said. “Commuting out of the area is no longer necessary.” For Gaudi, a single mom with two young children, having the center meant she was able to stay with her own mom while getting her education. “I could take care of her, and she could support me,” Gaudi said. “I took all my classes here. I did go to Fresno a handful of times – once to tour a facility for a design project.” For Hecker, there was one semester that required about a dozen trips to Fresno for lab work. Another class required a daylong lab session at Fresno to finish an assignment that couldn’t be done locally at the time. Hecker will take one last trip to Fresno to make a project presentation before graduating this spring. In addition to her Fresno trips, Gaudi also had to do some work one semester at the rocket lab because the center didn’t have the mechanical lab at the time. There are some drawbacks to distance learning. On campus, students have ready access to resources, such as counseling and support groups. “At a remote location, you are on your own,” Hecker said. There were also some lonely classes for both Gaudi and Hecker. “When I started the program, 90percent of the time I was the only student taking the class,” Hecker said. “I was taking classes with no one around.” Gaudi said in the majority of her classes she was either alone or with one other student. The biggest class had five students. The center currently has 13 students. “I’m happy the opportunity was here for me, and I hope it’s here for generations of engineers to come,” Hecker said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Since it was announced that the City was looking into another boundary extension proposal in June, Giesbrecht and fellow Fort St. John resident Lisa Boda have taken it upon themselves to contact the property owners, and now have 74 signed position papers indicating whether they are in favour or opposed to the proposal. Of those 74, Giesbrecht says 92 per cent are in opposition. “Clearly they’re going to have a lot of work to change their proposal if they want those no’s to yes’ because so many businesses and families are opposed to it,” he maintains. “It seems to me very clear that they don’t want to get the views of very many landowners because they know that they have to submit those to the [Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development], and the Ministry takes them very seriously,” he argues. The papers were received by Director of Legislative and Administrative Services Janet Prestley this afternoon, and will be attached to the administration report being prepared for the October 28 City Council meeting. Giesbrecht wanted to present the papers as a delegation at the next meeting, a request that was denied by city staff. – Advertisement -Prestley says receiving feedback from a delegation is not part of the process that was approved by the Ministry, and an option that wasn’t presented to other affected property owners. However, Giesbrecht argues it’s yet another move to do the bare minimum in consultation. “I’m worried that they’re trying to manage the input and the consultation process so much to keep out those people that are opposed. “The process is passive, and so we can’t just say to landowners, ‘Contact the City to make your view heard,’” he argues. “They’re busy! You need to actively talk to them, bring them the form, and say, ‘Can you give us your feedback? What do you think?’ and they’ll do it.” Advertisement The City has held two public meetings on the matter, and sent out its own “formal” response form to landowners, which asked for comments, in addition to their position. Mayor Lori Ackerman revealed Wednesday that only 23 property owners representing 56 pieces of land have responded, with a deadline of October 15th in order to be included in the report, before City Council decides whether to submit an application to the Ministry.
What’s the difference between volunteering and being denied boarding?First thing – whether you volunteer or have no choice, the airline must let you choose a different flight or give you the option of a refund.If you volunteer to give up your seat (also known as ‘being bumped’), it’s up to you and the airline to decide on compensation. They might also throw in a few extras, such as vouchers or cash, to make the wait at the airport a little easier but this depends very much on the airline.How much compensation would I get if I’m denied boarding?If it’s not your choice, you are entitled to compensation depending on the length of the flight you’ve been bumped from and the new flight you’ve been offered.For flights that cover less then 1,500kmFor delays less than two hours, you’ll get €125If it’s longer than two hours, you’ll get €250For flights that cover 1,500km to 3,500kmFor delays less than three hours, you’ll get €200If it’s longer than three hours, you’ll get €400For flights than cover 3,500kmFor delays less than four hours, you’ll get €300If it’s longer than four hours, you’ll get €600 Why do airlines overbook flights?It can be for a number of reasons ranging from airlines booking more people than seats because not everyone shows up right to them using a smaller plane than anticipated. Oh, so the plane is overbooked. What happens now?If this happens, then the Denied Boarding Regulation asks that said airline must ask for people to volunteer to give up their seat in exchange for benefits. If no one volunteers, then they can deny boarding to passengers against their will. This is when things get a little tricky.How do they decided who gets to stay on the plane?Priority will always be given to persons with reduced mobility and anyone flying with them. And if I want to avoid being bumped…?Check-in earlySome airlines tend to go with the people who paid the least for their flight, but sometimes they pick on the folk who arrived a little late at the gate or checked-in last.Board when your row is calledIf you hear your row being called, don’t wait for the queue to go down. If they don’t know you’re there by the time they move onto the next, they might think you’re a no-show.Become a frequent-flyerYeah, so this one is easier said than done, but if you’re known to fly a lot with an airline, they’re less likely to bump you from a flight.Pick an off-peak flightAgain this isn’t something that everyone has the luxury of doing, but if you can avoid flying when it’s busier then the flight probably won’t be overbooked.Read those pesky T&CsThey’re not fun, they’re usually in stupidly small fonts and most seem to be written in gobbledegook, but it’s full of important info which will let you know that airlines policy before the bumping happens. As the Boy Scouts would say – always be prepared.Book with an airline that doesn’t over sellJetBlue are very much against overbooking of flights. So much so that they even have a policy in place to make sure they don’t do it.Fly business or first classThis one is a little out there but if you can afford it then it drastically lowers your odds of being bumped. Need to find an alternative flight? Search here:ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map