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    By Joe W. Bowers Jr. California Black Media During the final week before the Oct. 10 deadline for signing bills passed by the State Legislature this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 46 bills supporting public school and college education. Under his California Comeback Plan, the state budget invests more than ever before in public schools ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Wherever tens of thousands of dollars of free money are up for grabs, smart students are thinking way ahead of the curve. Now is the time to go for it. Sooner rather than later is the mantra for getting Black and Brown students in the door of higher education for Fall of ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Kathy Johnson has seen the roadblocks many times before. Just the thought of a few small strings attached to free money and scholarships is enough to keep some students from the competition to enter lucrative fields of finance and accounting. Many don’t try because they mistakenly think they need to have a ...
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    By Dr. Margaret Fortune I cannot aptly describe just how complicated running a school has become in the era of COVID-19. New categories of jobs have been created in schools just to contact trace, test, and track the escalation of the virus as it spreads. The county health department gave our school a one-page “decision ...
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    Rising Above Racism By Dianne Anderson In Orange County, where Black students make up just a small percentage at local elementary schools, it’s easy for kids to lose their sense of self in a sea of faces where few or none of the others look like them. A new program from the Orange County Branch ...
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    Dr. Scott Thayer has been named the interim president of San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) for the 2021-22 academic year, coinciding with the start of former president Diana Z. Rodriguez’s transition to chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District, which includes San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino and Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa. ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Once more, every participant that graduated from the Council of African American Parents program is going off to attend some of the state’s top colleges and four-year universities, proving that even the worst pandemic year couldn’t stop progress. Ingrid Johnson said they continue to teach students how to succeed, and also parents ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Growing scaffold-based human skin and other essential organs is nothing new in the world of biomedical engineering, but it never ceases to amaze the kids. For Anaya Blade, her sights are set on kids and students in engineering, letting them know that every field of research is fascinating, from healthcare to clinical ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Year after year, too many interns to count return to the Blu Educational Foundation. Some are looking for a real job, and some just want to give back to help others make their way through higher education. It’s all a circle. M’Cheala Prince said that their interns often come back to help ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Chipping away at institutional racism is not so much about applying pressure as such, but Dr. Fred Calhoun likes to think of it more as a process of encouraging diversity, which is his goal with Orange County educational systems. Sometimes, it could be a meet and greet to talk about the solution. ...