New center opens in north county for education, work opportunities

The new center was made possible by Harris-Stowe State University and the Community Impact Network

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — There’s a new center in north St. Louis County and it’ll help provide higher education and workforce development opportunities.

The new center was made possible by Harris-Stowe State University and the Community Impact Network.

It is where the former McKinley Elementary School once was at 6800 Normandale Drive.

A ribbon-cutting was held on Monday at the Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center will provide opportunities to underserved populations throughout the community.

“We could not be more thrilled to open the new Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center,” said Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr., President of HSSU. “This Center will serve as a bridge to higher education at Harris-Stowe State University and provide educational and job training opportunities for students and families residing in the Normandy Collaborative

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Des Moines leader Nancy Mwirotsi receives $10,000 grant for STEM work

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Published 5:34 a.m. CT Oct. 2, 2020

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Athletes from Ames, Hoover, North and Roosevelt speak before the DMPS March for Fairness.

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Nancy Mwirotsi, founder of Pursuit of Innovation 515 (Pi515) in Des Moines, has been awarded a $10,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the country.

Mwirotsi is known in the area for her advocacy work on behalf of underserved women, refugees, and low-income students, the press release announcing the award stated. She will use the grant to expand her Girls Entrepreneurial Summit program that focuses on educating young women on business basics including planning, financials, marketing, and digital promotion.

“I am shocked and quite honored to have received this grant,” Mwirotsi said in the release. “It’s such a blessing to be recognized for your work.”

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Seattle schools is launching a ‘school reopening’ task force that will work on online learning

For eight months, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) leaders say they will lean on the work of a 20-person task force to help inform its decision-making as schools mediate worsening educational inequities caused by remote learning. Anyone can apply to be on it.

Contrary to its name — the Reopening Plan Task Force — the group’s primary focus isn’t to guide the physical reopening of classrooms, but to improve upon current remote learning practices.

On paper, the group is intended to be a sounding board and regular advisor to the superintendent throughout this school year. The district expects the group to derive its recommendations from academic research (particularly on remote learning), district data on student engagement and community feedback.

Or, in the district’s words in School Board documents: “The Task Force will make recommendations to the Superintendent and Board leadership regarding mid-year course corrections, possible revisions, and other continuous improvement ideas.”

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3 Things To Know About The Future Of Work And Automation

Long before Covid-19 upended our daily lives, the “future of work” discussion was already well underway. In fact, the National Science Foundation had identified research surrounding the Future of Work as one of its 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. With the landscape drastically altered since March 2020, we’re now forced to come to terms with these changes, and their potential fallout, sooner than expected.

The pandemic has expediated disruption and we’re now

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Oxnard high school students juggle online school, work

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the traditional school year, high school students still have the same responsibilities when it comes to planning for their post-graduate futures.

Hundreds of students in local public school districts have applied for permits to work jobs around their school schedules. State law requires minors to obtain a work permit before getting a job.

Since the beginning of the school year, the Conejo Valley Unified School District has issued 293 general work permits to its high school students, according to district spokesperson Kim Gold. 

In Oxnard Union High School District alone, district Career Education Director Monica Phillippe said there are around 500 students with work permits.

UPDATE: Moorpark Unified first in county to receive approval to open for young learners

Pablo Gallegos, a work experience education coordinator at

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‘Roadschooling’ 101: Families Make Remote Learning Work in an RV

Patricia Winters and her family decided to take advantage of her husband’s remote work arrangement, so they bought a camper. In June, they left their Annapolis, Md., home for a trip out West, with plans to be back in time for school.

“At the end of July, our school district decided to go virtual, so I said, ‘I guess we can keep going,’ ” Ms. Winters said. The family of five has logged 11,000 miles visiting 16 states and 14 national parks. But they weren’t fully prepared for the realities of school on the road, or “roadschooling,” as some families call it.

Many are taking the rare opportunity of remote work and remote learning to see the country—or at least get out of the house for a while. RVshare, which connects RV owners with people who want to rent one, said it is seeing more families traveling this fall. As

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Why Central Planning In Higher Education Doesn’t Work

In an excellent policy brief for the Niskanen Center, Robert Orr explains that the high cost of health care in the United States is a function of the relatively low number of new doctors that our higher-education system produces every year. The shortage of physicians is no accident. Instead, it is the result of deliberate pressure by the federal government and other bodies to reduce the supply of medical school graduates in response to a perceived “physician surplus.”

The episode and its disastrous consequences are a reminder of how using the heavy hand of government to steer various sectors of the economy usually creates more problems than it solves. This is especially true in higher education, where political interventions with the aim of achieving specific economic outcomes continue.

Between 1980 and 2005, Orr writes, “a series of ill-judged

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Coronavirus: Care leavers are facing ‘digital poverty’ with no online access to education or work, campaigners say. | UK News

Care leavers are facing “digital poverty” without laptops or access to the internet, campaigners say.

A government scheme to provide digital devices and internet access to vulnerable young people in England during the pandemic is set to end in November.

Charities say it risks leaving up to 80,000 18-25 year-old care leavers isolated and unable to access education and work or to keep in touch with friends and family.

In an open letter to ministers, leading charities and youth organisations including Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society have called on the government to extend the scheme and ensure every care leaver gets internet access for at least 12 months when they first live independently.

They’ve described the move to stop the scheme as a “backward step”.

The letter reads: “Taking it away would not only be a backwards step, but would have a potentially damaging effect on these young care leavers’

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Chesapeake employer’s solution for parents during virtual learning: Bring the kids to work

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Nine-year-old twins Austen and Aiyden have adjusted to third grade COVID-19 style.

So far, the Ghent Elementary students have had perfect scores. But the twins are not learning in the typical remote class environment, the kitchen table or a family home office. They are in virtual school at the Battlefield Business Park where their mother is employed at Family Medical Supply.

Mom April Rouse with twins Aiyden (left) and Austen (right) and Michelle Davies (Photo courtesy: Rouse family)

“It’s really easier in the morning when we are up and getting ready because we all have one spot to go. We’re up and getting ready and it’s like ‘Guys OK, let’s go to work,’” said their mother April Rouse.

The school-at-work model was developed by company owner Michelle Davies who lost two other employees when they quit due to child care issues. Rather than lose another trusted

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3 simple tips for making virtual learning work

Insights from a virtual academy on how to have a successful year with online learning

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Now that most school districts are back in session, many have or are turning to virtual learning, even if they were hoping to be in person this fall. No one could have predicted what the past six months would entail for districts, teachers, students, and parents. Districts now have the opportunity to learn from schools that have been doing virtual learning successfully for years.

Angela Lassetter is the Superintendent for Georgia Cyber Academy.

Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) was founded in 2007 and serves approximately 11,000 students across the state of Georgia. Over the years, the school has successfully earned high averages in the state’s “Closing the Gaps” score and has made across the board growth in all grade bands. As the school’s superintendent and a parent of GCA students, I understand how well

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