Community – Baisieux Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:47:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community – Baisieux 32 32 Alabama community colleges report surge in enrollment Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:29:00 +0000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) – Enrollment of students pursuing academic and workforce training courses at Alabama community colleges has surged amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nearly 144,000 students received education or training at a statewide community or technical college. This included 101,094 students enrolled in traditional college credit courses, which represented an increase of 4,700 students – or 6% – from fall 2020 to fall 2021. Among the programs with the largest increases in enrollment included welding, vehicle and body technologies, and business. .

“Our numbers continue to show a clear message that every community college in the state is here to serve students and businesses in their communities, and the people we have at each of our colleges are committed to providing programs and services that their local students, businesses, and industry need and seek,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

In addition to a continued focus on career planning, academic counseling, and workforce development and increased safety measures at each of Alabama’s community colleges, ACCS has frozen fees tuition and offered financial support to help students during the pandemic. CASC announced in the summer of 2021 increased scholarships for dual-enrollment students and expanded the use of these scholarships to include college courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. The total number of students in 2020-21 includes more than 19,000 Alabama high school students participating in dual-enrollment programs.

Residents choose Alabama community colleges for accessible and affordable academic and vocational technical training opportunities that prepare them for success. As program enrollment grew, 34,434 degrees were earned in adult education and credit programs, bringing the total number of community college degrees and certificates earned to more than 140,000. Alabama over five years.

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DMU is part of two £1.5m Community Renewal Fund projects Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:47:08 +0000

DMU is part of two projects worth over £1.5million awarded through the government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF).

The £1million Leicester Accelerator will see DMU scholars and students working with their counterparts at Leicester and Loughborough Universities to help businesses on their journey to net zero.

Through audits, training and workshops, the six-month program aims to help over 40 businesses and reach over 200 people in the city.

Dr Andrew Reeves, Lecturer in Energy and Sustainability at DMU, ​​said: “This is great news for the university and a testament to our expertise and focus on sustainability. We have decades of clean energy research and experience that we are keen to share through this collaboration and we are confident it will have a positive impact on businesses in the city.”

Separately, a team of 13 DMU researchers will be part of a £500,000 program to support the city’s textiles and clothing industry led by Professor Rachel Granger.

DMU will map all textile activity in the city, from companies and dye houses to brands. The university will then work with companies to develop a plan for industry growth, providing leadership training and shifting the focus from low-cost, non-compliant products to high-quality products.

In total, Leicester has received funding for five CRF projects. The other three are Positive Communities, to help boost job prospects; the She Inspired Business Playbox to help women find work; and a community ESOL program to help improve language skills.

Leicester City Deputy Mayor for Jobs and Skills, Cllr Danny Myers, said: “These projects will deliver some truly innovative and much-needed projects across the city, which will be a key part of our work to help Leicester to reach its potential as we recover from the impact of the pandemic.”

In April, the government is due to announce funding offers from the Shared Prosperity Fund, in which a series of faculty-wide information sessions are planned to help colleagues refine their ideas and apply. If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Ricketts, Regional Business Development Manager, at – or your Faculty Business Manager:

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Covid-19 Delta outbreak: School kids getting bitten today, 16 community cases Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:21:30 +0000
New Zealand

Schoolchildren are getting their shots of Covid-19 from today as the highly transmissible variant of Omicron continues to hover on New Zealand’s doorstep.

There are 16 community cases of the virus today, the health ministry said.

Today’s new community cases are in Auckland, Lakes, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and the West Coast.

Thirty people are in hospital with the virus – including two in intensive care.

An MIQ employee at Stamford Plaza tested positive for Omicron on Friday and of the 67 close contacts who linked them, 43 have already returned negative test results.

Additional genome sequencing of the other positive returnee cases at Stamford Plaza was also being completed.

In a statement released today, the ministry said the aim was to eradicate and prevent further transmission.

“With 93% of the eligible population now having received a double dose and the booster program underway, New Zealanders are well protected.”

We want vaccinations to continue to increase and ask everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, they said.

As Omicron continues to spread like wildfire overseas, the Cabinet will meet this week to consider the latest advice from health officials to ensure New Zealand is prepared for entry into the community.

He will also receive advice on the country’s traffic light settings this week and make an announcement on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Northland remains in the red light setting, while the rest of the country is in orange.

The Auckland border – which previously meant people who had been vaccinated or had recently tested negative for Covid could cross – also opened up to everyone today.

It comes as some experts warn that more restrictions are needed to ensure more of the population gets their booster shots before Omicron spreads through the community.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday that the government’s next steps would be cautious, although she did not say whether caution meant staying on the orange setting or turning the country green.

Ardern said cases of Omicron in the community were inevitable and urged people to get vaccinated as soon as they were eligible.

She receives her third blow today.

Anyone over the age of 18 can now book their boosters using or by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline or visiting a walk-in clinic.

Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the Department of Health had recently reduced the interval between the second dose and a booster dose from six months to four months to help speed up rollout and provide a better protection against the Omicron variant.

The Department of Health has also updated its booster advice for pregnant women and those who are severely immunocompromised, saying it can be given at least four months after the second dose and at any stage of pregnancy. .

“We urge everyone to receive their booster dose as soon as four months have passed after their second dose. Even if less than four months have passed since your second dose, you can always book ahead to ensure ‘get the date and time you prefer, once you’re eligible.’

More than 82% of vaccinated New Zealanders will be eligible for a booster by the end of February.

About a third of the 65 new border cases reported last Wednesday were staying at the Stamford Plaza facility in Auckland – the same hotel where the last community case worked. The vast majority of cases were the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

Auckland Regional Public Health is working with MIQ staff to investigate all possible routes of transmission between the returnees and the worker and staff at this facility are in the process of arranging further testing.

Data from the Ministry of Health shows that the majority of cases appearing at the border are the Omicron variant with 266 cases detected in the MIQ since December 1.

Meanwhile, new places of interest continue to pop up across the country, with Pine Haven Orchards in Greytown and Community meeting Waihou Community Hall in Waihou both listed earlier today.

Anyone in these places should self-monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 for 10 days after being exposed.

‘Community, love and reflection’ | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 15 Jan 2022 08:03:06 +0000

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What: Conversation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

When: Monday at 7 p.m.

Where: via Zoom

Who: Julia Naylor and Jane Burleson

Two longtime members of the Coppin Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will share their experiences during the time of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

Julia Naylor and Jane Burleson will talk about MLK Monday night via Zoom.

“It highlights those two,” said Sherry Washington, Chair of the Pleasant Valley Outreach Committee. “The idea was for Jane and Julia to talk about their lives at that time and what they remember.”

Both women are over 90 years old. Burleson became the first woman and the first woman of color to be elected to the Fort Dodge City Council in the 1980s. Naylor is a Fort Dodge native. She worked at Hormel for many years. Naylor has spoken at many programs across the church, including a talk titled “Growing up black at Fort Dodge.”

“Who better to tell an MLK story in this era? » Washington said. “Just to get their perspective and feelings on what was going on in their lives”

Washington said it would be interesting to hear how the two women view the world now versus then.

“We see the documentaries and the movies, but I thought how many times do we have two women in the 90s who could talk about it?” Washington said. “It will be a great opportunity for these two wonderful women to share a bit of what they remember. We want to hear their thoughts then and their thoughts now. Is it still the same. Has it changed? Are we evolving or are we backing down?

The Zoom call is open to the public. It will also be possible to ask questions.

Washington believes the MLK dream is alive today.

“It symbolizes the whole movement of what we are doing today”, Washington said of the famous civil rights leader. “Here in America and around the world. I think people are more diverse than they have been in previous generations. Now it’s not that unusual or rare to see mixed couples and mixed children, mixed families.His dream has broken down many barriers and many walls.

Washington said MLK tends to be a figure that brings people together.

“I feel like everyone loves Martin Luther King, not just African Americans, but everyone,” she said. “I believe everyone can see their dream for what it is. And together, everyone is making things happen, I think or trying to do.

Even with racial tensions high across the country, Washington said there were victories to be won.

“We still have hills to climb, mountains to cross, but we keep moving forward,” she said. “Not everyone is in love, peace and harmony. But you still have to love your neighbors. Look for the brighter side. If we keep moving forward, we hope to realize this dream he had for us. With so much going on in the world right now, a little community, love and thought can go a long way.

About MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most iconic leaders of the civil rights movement.

Of southern roots, King was born and raised in rural Georgia. The son of a Baptist pastor, he was raised in the middle of a family of three children.

King excelled academically in his primary education and first entered university at Morehouse College at the age of 15. In 1948 King received his sociology degree from Moorhouse College. He then graduated valedictorian in 1951 from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. at the seminary and received his doctorate at the age of 25.

King married Coretta Scott in 1953, and in 1954 he became pastor of Dexter Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

The night Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give a white man her seat on a bus, King met with the local NAACP. The group planned the Montgomery Bus Boycott which King was elected to lead.

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first speech to an audience gathered to launch the Alabama bus boycott. His fervor for freedom and equality resonating throughout the community, a new revolutionary movement was formed. Disenfranchised residents joined forces to speak out against segregation and inequality, as the boycott lasted 382 days.

In 1957 King and others formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a group that led nonviolent protests, meetings, and events.

After his arrest in Alabama in 1963, excerpts from King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” were published in the New York Post Sunday Magazine, without King’s permission. The letter was written in the margin of a newspaper, the only paper King had access to in the county jail. The letter has been reposted dozens of times and is widely studied in sociology classes to this day.

On August 28, 1963, King led a mass rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. The rally is known as one of the most historic moments in civil rights history. It was during this demonstration that King delivered his “I have a dream speech” the speech most people know by now.

The following year, King worked with congressional leaders, and despite the 60-day filibuster bills, King and many others attended the official signing ceremony for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that year.

Four years later, the morning after Kings delivered the “I went to the top of the mountain” Speech, April 4, 1968, in Memphis, he was assassinated.

Feelings of devastation followed across the country.

Posthumously, King received esteemed recognitions from the President of the United States and Congress as well. In 1977 President Jimmy Carter presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Coretta King, in 1977. In 2004 Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King received the Congressional Gold Medal.

The national celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is held on the 3rd Monday of every January. This year’s observance brings many professionals in the region to a day’s work. One way to observe this day for many may be cleaning up the Christmas decor, but for many the day is about keeping the legend alive at home by educating ourselves and our children about the exploits achieved by this revolutionary national leader. whose life work has been abruptly interrupted. , but there is a small generation.

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San Mateo County Community College District to Move Forward with In-Person Classes | Coronavirus Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:15:00 +0000

San Mateo County Community College district officials have spoken out in favor of hosting in-person classes at its three campuses starting next week amid the current wave of omicron variants of COVID-19.

“We are very attentive to a number of concerns and are taking action to make our facilities and campuses as safe and healthy as possible,” said Richard Holober, chairman of the district administration board.

On Tuesday, community college district officials gathered for a special meeting to determine whether in-person classes, which are scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 18, should be temporarily brought online given the heavy spread of COVID-19.

Ultimately, the council supported the delivery of in-person, online, and hybrid courses. Public speakers shared a mix of comments for both pro and con, but, in an interview after the meeting, Holober said the board decided to go ahead as planned because the students signed up for face-to-face classes for the sake of convenience or comfort while experiencing health. risks.

Acknowledging the health and safety concerns, Holober said the district takes these concerns seriously and has implemented a number of policies to keep the community safe on campus.

The district instituted a vaccination mandate for students and faculty last semester, which requires anyone entering campus for programs, courses or services or performing work on behalf of the district to present proof of vaccination or to undergo regular tests. And according to state and local requirements, masking is mandatory at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status, although professors have implored officials to implement a requirement that applies on expiration. state or local mandate.

Monica Malamud, president of the San Mateo County Community College teachers’ union, said professors have long had safety concerns with the return, regardless of when it happened. Specifically, faculty have requested smaller classes to allow for better social distancing and access to adequate safety resources like masks and tests.

The demands have grown even more pressing as the virus spreads across the county, infecting nearly 18,600 residents in the past 30 days, she argued.

“The faculty emphasizes safety not only because we need to take care of our own health and that of our families, but also because we care about the enrollment crisis our district is grappling with,” Malamud said.

Dr Aaron McVean, vice-chancellor of education and planning, said spring semester enrollments were down 15% from the same time last year, but similar trends are occurring in the state community college system.

As of Monday, January 10, around 6,000 students were enrolled in at least one course on campus, with an average of around 50%. About 40% of students were exclusively enrolled in at least one online course, while 11% had enrolled in a hybrid course.

Switching from face-to-face to online courses and vice versa can disrupt learning, said Kate Williams Brown, chair of the faculty’s Academic Senate. While not taking a position on what the district should do, Williams Brown noted the transition would be unlikely in such a short time frame.

Since health conditions have changed frequently and suddenly, Williams Brown also urged the board to consider all points of view.

“We can’t do it all one way or another and make everyone happy,” said Williams Brown. “When you know that disease is dominant and spreading rapidly, you recognize that you don’t want to put people, their families and our communities at undue risk, but your balance again is to seek if there is a middle ground. ”

Holober argued that the district’s decision to go ahead with in-person classes is a compromise for students who may or may not want to visit campus. He said staff are also working on opening additional classes to alleviate long waiting lists for online courses and reduce class sizes.

“Unlike other institutions that don’t have this flexibility, we already have it,” he said. “And I think that answers a lot of concerns that are being raised on both sides.”

Sheikh Mohammed honors the winners of the Dubai Appreciation Award for Community Service Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:59:51 +0000

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (center) pays tribute to Khalaf Al Habtoor (left) in the presence of Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim (right) during the award ceremony at Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday
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Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, said service to the nation is a key value that has been instilled in the Emiratis, who consistently demonstrate their patriotism through initiatives and actions to improve the well-being of the community.

His comment came as he honored the winners of the Dubai Appreciation Award for Community Service at a ceremony held at Expo 2020 Dubai in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prince heir of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council; Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; and Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, vice president of police and public security in Dubai and chairman of the board of the award.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the contributions of all who were honored at the awards ceremony, describing them as inspiring role models for service to the community. Such a service has a positive impact on society, strengthens social solidarity and helps to create a better future for the nation, said Sheikh Mohammed.

The Community Service Award, launched in 2013, honors individuals, private companies and institutions who demonstrate exceptional commitment to social responsibility and serve the community through initiatives and actions in the areas of social protection. , health, education and other fields in Dubai, without regard for profit or personal gain.

Retired Major General Mohammed Saeed Al Marri, secretary general of the Dubai Police Advisory Board for Community Service, spoke at the ceremony. He said recognition programs such as the award help inspire community members to give back to society.


In the individual category, Sheikh Mohammed honored Khalaf Al Habtoor, the late Saeed bin Ahmed bin Nasser Al Lootah (award received by his son Saleh Saeed Lootah) and Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Ghurair (award received on his behalf by his son Abdulaziz Al Ghurair) with the Community Service Collar.

Those honored at the event included Khalfan bin Lahaj who received the Community Service Badge, and Ahmed Al Baloushi who received the Community Service Medal.

In the business category, Sheikh Mohammed honored INDEX Holding and Al Ansari Exchange.

The awards ceremony also took place in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group ; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Council for the Security of Border Crossings; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; and senior officials of government entities in Dubai.

Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his support for the award and praised the outstanding social contributions of those honored at the ceremony.

Coastal Community Foundation issues statement on ‘Reimagine Schools’ proposal ahead of Monday’s vote Sun, 09 Jan 2022 20:24:21 +0000

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Ahead of the Charleston County School District School Board vote on Monday, the “Reimagine Schools” nonprofit is releasing a statement on the proposal.

Officials from the Coastal Community Foundation have said that “Reimagine Schools” is a ten-year plan that “would create three inclusive community commissions that will determine the recovery plans for many of the poorest performing schools in their communities located in the worst areas. economically disadvantaged school district. ”

The CCF issued the following statement on Sunday:

The Reimagine Schools proposal is first and foremost an inclusive community engagement process to ensure that parents, teachers and local community members have the power to decide on changes to be made in their schools which have long been identified as needing improvement. . If the proposal is approved on Monday, it simply begins a process of appointing community members to commissions and collecting community feedback on what works and what doesn’t in their schools. All district residents in these areas would be invited and encouraged to provide their perspective and input throughout the commission process.

Every potential school model and possible outcome that is in the Reimagine Schools proposal is already an option that one of these schools can pursue today. The objective of this proposal is to ensure that the district has a proactive process of community engagement, so that any potential change is led first and foremost by the community most affected and, second, that these decisions be taken into account of other schools in the feeding model of this community. Currently, the state’s Innovation Schools Act does not require a principal or school district to collect this contribution from the community before requesting waivers, and that is why we are advocating for this process to be locally installed.

The proposal includes the possibility of forming a new innovation management organization within the district to which schools choosing to become non-profit managed innovation schools could be assigned for administration purposes. As a Foundation, we believe this model of school management has merits – especially in schools that invite change to give teachers and principals more autonomy and flexibility to respond to the specific needs and circumstances of their students. However, Reimagine Schools as a proposition is not intended to prescribe this as an outcome. We think this is a very important distinction because we never want the Foundation or any other entity to do things at the community. We believe very strongly in getting it right with the community. If a community commission decides that one or all of its schools do not need any changes, then this is a perfectly legitimate outcome of Reimagine Schools.

Coastal Community Foundation

With the vote taking place on Monday, the “Reimagine Schools” proposal put many parents, staff and community groups in Charleston County on high alert.

Groups and parents say the CCF has little experience with school operations, the question of why the CCSD uses an outside entity rather than channeling money directly to schools in need, and why the school district cannot provide equal education for all students.

Albertville church and community activist open shelter for homeless people Sat, 08 Jan 2022 04:40:00 +0000

ALBERTVILLE Alabama (WAFF) – If you need a warm place to stay this weekend, a local church in Albertville is opening its doors to those in need.

After seeing the need to help the homeless in Albertville, resident Unique Dunston decided to lend a hand.

“So we have a homeless community in the area, and they live in what they call the tent city, and they use a bunch of tents and tarps and whatever they can use to survive.” , said Dunston.

As the weather turned colder and temperatures expected below freezing, Dunston contacted St. Paul Missionary Baptist and members of the community to provide shelter.

Without hesitation, church members opened the doors to their recreation center and began to set up beds and blankets. Dunston says face coverings will be required and pets are not allowed.

She says their goal is to serve as many people as possible and help them stay warm and safe.

“Other members of the community who have housing and may not have adequate heating in their homes can also come, even if it is only for a few hours. I would love to educate the public about warming shelters or places like this that provide heat, ”Dunston said.

The heated shelter will be open from 1 p.m. on Saturday January 7 until Sunday January 8. Lunch and breakfast will also be provided.

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Joshua’s House Teen and Community Center plans to reopen, looking for local businesses and organizations to partner with Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000

OWEGO (WBNG) – For many years Joshua’s House Teen and Community Center has provided a safe space for teens in the community to come together and enjoy a variety of activities.

Joshua’s House co-founder and director Deborah Smith said she was inspired to start the center after her son died. She wanted to create a place where young people can come together and protect them from trouble.

The teenage and community center has had to partially close due to COVID-19, but plans to reopen soon under new management. Joshua’s House will serve as a recreation center for teens and provide troubled youth with helpful resources.

“We decided to create a youth center to provide a safe and positive environment – so that the teens or young people in our community have a place to come and play games, be supervised and feel safe,” Smith said. . “It keeps teens from going out onto the streets, where there isn’t much to do and where they can get into trouble or make bad decisions.”

Smith is partnering with Marc Brainard, who works as a clinician at the Broome County Addiction Center. Together, they plan to create a space to support children affected by drug addiction.

“We started to create this idea of ​​a space for kids that impact substance,” Brainard said. “Whether they have an addiction disorder themselves, they are affected by an addict, a parent who uses it, a family member or a loved one.

In order to make possible their new vision of helping young people, Smith said Joshua’s House is looking for local businesses and organizations to partner with.

“If anyone is interested in helping us with donations or if anyone has any ideas for things they would like to do, we’re open to that because we really want to make a difference,” Smith said.

Those interested in making a donation or partnering with Joshua’s House can contact the center through its Facebook page.

Veterans Memorial vandalized in Avondale, community hurt and confused Tue, 04 Jan 2022 04:42:09 +0000

AVONDALE, Colo. (KRDO) – The veterans memorial in Avondale is in ruins after being vandalized during the holidays. The commemorative flag of a missing prisoner of war was torn, a statue toppled and concrete benches in the park were smashed.

Alex Benavidez, chairman of the Avondale-Boone Pueblo County Veterans Foundation (ABPCVF), told KRDO that the professionally installed Christmas lights in the park have also been turned off.

The cost of repairs is estimated to be around $ 5,000. The money, says Benavidez, the foundation doesn’t.

“As a veteran, I am enraged,” said Benavidez. “I couldn’t even describe the emotions going through me when I got the phone call.”

Benavidez says he and the foundation spent a lot of time and effort renovating the memorial. He believes the area is a beacon of the community, not just for veterans.

“He cut all those lights, he took our statue and smashed it. [He] broke the bricks of the foundation of it, then he took the POW-MIA flag and tore it to shreds, ”explained Benavidez.