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Mar 06th


New policy boosts students in need, HBCUs

New policy boosts students in need, HBCUs Special to the NNPA from the Afro American Newspapers

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - With the signing of yet another historical piece of legislation, President Obama made good on his promise to make higher education more affordable and accessible for all Americans.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted on March 30, strengthens the Pell Grant program, invests in community colleges, extends support for historically Black colleges and other minority-serving institutions, and helps student borrowers manage their student loan debt by capping repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. These efforts will be fully paid for by ending the government subsidies currently given to banks and other financial institutions that make guaranteed federal student loans.

“By removing the bank’s middle men and eliminating millions of dollars in annual subsidies we are able to ensure that students have a more competitive and robust program for entering colleges and leaving them and going on to jobs not burdened so heavily by additional loans,” said Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Minneapolis Urban League’s PROJECT READY hosts Annual Historically Black College Tour

 Minneapolis Urban League’s PROJECT READY hosts Annual Historically Black College Tour   Helping at-risk youth—for whom college often is not a consideration—realize their dream of going to college and having the doors of opportunity open for them is the main reason the Minneapolis Urban League has been hosting its Historically Black College Tour for more than two decades. Since its inception in the 1980s, more than 600 students have participated in the tour.

Principal Larry Lucio “It’s all about the Kids”

Principal Larry Lucio “It’s all about the Kids”On Thursday March 11, 2010, Stadium View School, in conjunction with the Juvenile Detention Center of Hennepin County, hosted a celebration marking the accomplishments of the school, the students and its Principal Larry Lucio.

The guest speaker for the day was Dr. Dorothy Wodraska, Director of Juvenile Transition for Maricopa County in Phoenix, AZ. Wodraska has been working with Stadium View since the Fall of 2008. They are seeking to make a difference in the way institutionalized students are educated. Wodraska and Lucio believe that the best way to impact institutionalized kids is to serve them better instructionally.

Cub Foods presents Cub4Kids Easter Event

Parents and their children are invited to hop on over to their local Cub Foods store Saturday, March 27 for a “meet and greet” with the Easter Bunny. Kids may enjoy free treats and special holiday activities, including a personal photo of themselves with the Easter Bunny.



AP coaches help students become college bound

AP coaches help students become college boundAdmission Possible, the nonprofit organization providing college preparatory programming to low-income high school students for free, is recruiting now through mid-April for sophomores interested in obtaining a college education. Applications are being accepted from eligible sophomores by Admission Possible staff at each of the program’s greater Twin Cities partner high schools. Students in attendance at other high schools may contact Admission Possible headquarters at (651) 917-3525 or to apply.

Ellison announces Congressional Arts Competition: Urges all high school students to participate

US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is proud to announce the opening of the 2010 Congressional Arts Competition for 5th District high school students. Each year, Congressional Districts from all over America display a cross section of developing artists’ works in the corridors of the United States Capitol.   

First Lady Michelle Obama promotes reading

First Lady Michelle Obama promotes readingFirst Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were special guests at the National Education Association’s 13th Annual “Read Across America” Day, held at the Library of Congress on March 2. The event celebrated Dr. Seuss’s 106th birthday and kicked off the NEA’s national reading-promotion campaign, in which an estimated 45 million educators, parents and students are expected to participate in literacy promotion events nationwide.
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