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Feb 06th


Metropolitan State appoints academic internship coordinator

Metropolitan State appoints academic internship coordinatorVictor B. Cole, Minneapolis, was appointed academic internship coordinator for the Metropolitan State University Center for Community-Based Learning.  The three-quarter time appointment is effective April 18.  Cole replaced Jeannine Harff who retired earlier this year.
He is responsible for coordination and implementation of the university-wide academic internship program and works with individual students seeking study abroad opportunities.  He advises and assists students, coordinates internships with faculty members in each college, outreaches to communities, businesses and government agencies, and plans, promotes and evaluates the internship program.


Poverty puts struggling readers in double jeopardy: A new study reveals

A longitudinal study by Donald J. Hernandez, released recently at the national Education Writers Association conference in New Orleans, confirms the link between third grade scores and high school graduation and, for the first time, breaks down the likelihood of graduation by different reading skill levels and poverty experiences.

Students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers the study found.

Metropolitan State spring commencement set for May 3

Metropolitan State University’s 88th commencement exercises are Tuesday, May 3, in the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.  Approximately 965 students are receiving bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees with 665 expected to participate in the ceremony.  Crystal L. Saric, Plymouth, College of Management outstanding graduate student, is the student speaker.

Pell Grant reduction too costly to students

The proposed 15 percent decrease to the Pell Grant, a financial award to low-income students, will have significant impact on the more than 153 eligible students and families in Minnesota who desire access to college. Preserving the maximum level of Pell Grant funding is vitally important not only to maintain and raise the number of college graduates in Minnesota, but also for the health and growth of Minnesota’s economy. Without increasing the percentage of Americans who have a college degree or other postsecondary credential, the U.S. will have a labor market shortage of 23 million college-educated adults by 2025. In Minnesota alone, 70% of all jobs will require postsecondary education by 2018.

Paola Riera to attend Harvard secondary school program

Paola Riera to attend Harvard secondary school programPaola Riera, an eleventh-grade student at Thomas Edison High School, will attend the Harvard College Secondary School Program in the summer of 2011. The program seeks mature, academically motivated students who expect to enter college in 2011, 2012 or 2013. Admission is based on each individual student’s interests, ambitions and background.

Riera was nominated for the program by Edison counselor Kris Baumgartner. “Paola is a highly motivated, charismatic, positive leader among her peers,” said Baumgartner. “She has the maturity and thoughtful determination to take advantage of the challenge and opportunities that the Harvard Secondary School Program provides.”

Glaze “beats the odds”

Glaze “beats the odds”Southwest High School senior Alexander Glaze on March 11 was awarded a $4,000 “Beat the Odds” scholarship from Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Minnesota. Glaze not only ‘beat the odds’ tackling his high school assignments and tests over the past four years, but was also recently granted acceptance to Stanford University, which he plans to attend in fall 2011.

Minneapolis Public Schools seek dedicated community members for new North High Redesign Advisory Committee

Minneapolis Public Schools is now seeking eight dedicated community members for a strong, committed advisory committee that will inform and guide consulting firm Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) as it works to redesign the academic program at North High School for fall 2012.
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