WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Education reform alone isn’t enough to close achievement gaps between Blacks and Whites, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
[caption id="attachment_24694" align="alignleft"]Photo credit: Anna Min of Min Enterprises Photography LLC[/caption]The Minneapolis Foundation welcomed Patrice Relerford as its new director of impact strategy – education.
Minneapolis Public Schools’ Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services Bertrand Weber represented school districts from across the country at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship last week. The forum brought together key human and animal health groups involved in antibiotic stewardship, which is the development, promotion and implementation of activities to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics.
[caption id="attachment_24690" align="alignleft"]Ayla Koob (Photo credit: DHS)[/caption]The odds are often stacked against them. Foster youth are less likely than their peers to attend and graduate from college—in part because they often lack a stable support system and don’t have the financial means to pay for tuition, room, board, books and other expenses. Yet, some, with use of Education and Training Vouchers from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, are overcoming the odds.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that Metropolitan State University’s application to be designated a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Defense (CD) Education was approved. Metropolitan State has been recognized as a National Center of Excellence since 2005. The certification process occurs every five years for the designation. The current award will extend through the 2020 academic year.
[caption id="attachment_24652" align="alignleft"]Fanice Thomas[/caption]A Columbia Heights resident and Kenya native, whose research addressed how Western media have contributed to negative body image for Kenyans, has been selected a Metropolitan State University outstanding student. Fanice Thomas was chosen spring semester outstanding undergraduate student in the university’s College of Health, Community and Professional Studies. She was one of 986 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate students receiving degrees at Metropolitan State’s 96th commencement exercises on May 4 in Saint Paul.
[caption id="attachment_24543" align="alignleft"]Gary L. Cunningham[/caption][caption id="attachment_24544" align="alignleft"]Christine M. Boese[/caption]Metropolitan State University has named two new members to the Metropolitan State Foundation Board of Trustees.
[caption id="attachment_24541" align="alignleft"]Students on top of the La Alhambra in Granada.[/caption]Nineteen Armstrong Spanish students and one Cooper Spanish student traveled to Spain March 26 to April 6 along with Spanish teachers Mark Mertens and Lisa Norrbohm Jones. In addition to Madrid, students visited Segovia, Toledo, Sevilla, Granada and Malaga.
[caption id="attachment_24491" align="alignleft"]Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, area development director, UNCF (left); Dr. Reatha Clark King, former president and board chair, General Mills Foundation (middle) and Jacob A. Gayle, UNCF Masked Ball vice chair 2016 (right). [/caption][caption id="attachment_24492" align="alignleft"]Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, area development director, UNCF (left); Kimberly F. Price, UNCF Masked Ball chair and vice president, 3Mgives and 3M Foundation; Sharon Ryan, Masked Award honoree; Robert Ryan, Masked Award honoree and Laysha Ward, UNCF Masked Ball vice chair and executive vice president and chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target Corporation (right).[/caption]The Twin Cities area office of the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) joined more than 400 civic and business leaders in support of education at the 3rd Annual UNCF Masked Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on May 9. The annual black-tie event raised funds that provide metro-area students with the support and financial aid they need to attend and graduate college.
[caption id="attachment_24489" align="alignleft"]Spotlight Schools initiative grant recipient Eric Mahmoud of Harvest Preparatory with United Way’s Bharti and Sam Blackwell.[/caption]“We can’t believe it,” and “This good news made my day,” are some of the reactions by school administrators’ to news their school – after a rigorous selection process – will receive grant monies totaling $1 million.