Minter: Tuition-free community and technical college for Vermonters

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter has announced her plan for “Vermont Promise,” which will provide two years tuition-free at Community College of Vermont (CCV) and Vermont Technical College (VTC). The plan is modeled on the widely hailed Tennessee Promise and will ensure Vermont students the education and training required to access livable wage jobs. Speaking at CCV Winooski last week, Minter was joined by former Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges Tim Donovan, former President of CCV and Johnson State College Barbara Murphy, Representative Clement Bissonnette, former Representative George Cross and former Representative Jason Lorber.Minter campaign photo.Vermont currently ranks in the top five states in the country for its high school graduation rates (almost 90 percent), yet near the bottom nationally for college continuance (about 60 percent).Vermont Promise will enable all eligible high school graduates in Vermont to obtain high quality, post-secondary credentials tuition-free. This will help break down barriers to ensure that our next generation is qualified for livable wage jobs. And, it will ensure that young Vermonters are not saddled with crushing student debt. For community college students who continue to four-year college, Vermont Promise will effectively cut the cost of a Bachelor’s Degree in half.“Education is the most powerful tool there is to change lives, grow a 21st century work force, and eradicate poverty,” Minter said at a news conference at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski. “Vermont Promise will enable young Vermonters to achieve their dreams.”“This is a win for everyone,” Minter said. “Vermont students will be trained for good paying jobs, families will have an affordable pathway to college and businesses will have access to the skilled workers they need to grow and thrive.””In the global economy, the equivalent of two years of college has the same importance as a high school diploma did 15 years ago,” said Tim Donovan, former Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges, who spoke at the press conference with Minter. “Sue Minter is making access to that level of education a centerpiece of the gubernatorial campaign. Without this, Vermont’s political leadership will be leaving Vermont’s young people and its economy ill-equipped for the future.”High school seniors applying for Vermont Promise will work with a volunteer mentor to navigate the college admissions process and complete a financial aid application, which they can submit to any college. Vermont Promise applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, have graduated high school within the previous year, and must enroll full-time at CCV or VTC.“Two-thirds of jobs in Vermont will require some post-secondary training by 2020,” Minter said. “The lack of access to college and job training is a major driver of Vermont’s opportunity gap. Vermont Promise will help close that gap by enabling Vermonters to be qualified for today’s jobs.”Minter highlighted the proven benefits of a post-secondary education. Compared to high school graduates with no college:Holders of associate’s degrees earn 51% more ($12,000) per year.Holders of bachelor’s degrees earn 134% more ($32,000) per year.Lifetime earnings for BA holders are about $625,000 (114%) greater.The incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower among holders of a BA.The probability of being employed is 24 percent higher.Vermont Promise would be a “last dollar” plan – the state would cover tuition costs at CCV or VTC that are not covered by other scholarships and grants.Vermont Promise will cost approximately $6 million in its first year, and $12 million by its second year of operation, when two years of students will be enrolled. It will be funded by a bank franchise fee on the largest banks and by expanding Vermont’s corporate income tax to the biggest banks doing business in Vermont. Banks operating in New Hampshire and New York currently pay corporate income tax, but banks in Vermont do not.Vermont Promise is a component of Minter’s plan to support working families. The plan includes access to quality affordable childcare at Vermont community colleges, paid family leave, and raising the minimum wage. This follows Minter’s plan to grow economic opportunity through InvestVT and InnovateVT(link is external).Source: Minter Campaign. 6.7.2016last_img read more

With 62-12 win over SM North, Lancers enter school, league record books

first_imgWyatt Edmisten broke away for a second quarter touchdown against SM North that helped seal the Lancers 9-0 start to the season.On Friday morning, no SM East football team had ever started the season 9-0. On Friday morning, no Sunflower League team had ever scored a combined 455 points in the regular season and district play. After SM East’s 62-12 win over SM North Friday night, the 2014 Lancers had achieved both feats.Friday’s dominating performance wrapped up a perfect 3-0 record in district play and earned the Lancers the top seed in the Eastern half of the state 6A playoff bracket. Sunflower League rival Olathe North, also 9-0, is the second seed in the East; last year’s state winner, Derby, is the top seed in the West. The Lancers will face the eight seed, Sunflower League rival Lawrence, next Friday at SM North District stadium. SM East head coach Dustin Delaney left his starters in until early in the fourth quarter, longer than he might have normally given his team’s sizable lead in the second half. But, Delaney said, the early blowouts against Harmon and Wyandotte had prevented his starters from getting late-game experience to draw on as they head into the playoffs.“It was good to get those game reps in,” he said. “We needed to get a little rhythm. Our guys hadn’t been sore in games, and we needed to feel what it was like to play tired. We needed to feel what it’s like to play four quarters, because it’s going to take four quarters to win in the playoffs.”SM North kept the game interesting in the first half, with Sunflower League-leading passer Will Schneider hitting favorite target Nick Perez for a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter to cut the Lancers’ lead to 14-6. Another long pass set up the Indians’ second score of the night, a rush from back Terrick Bell that made it 21-12.But SM East’s defense began to wear down SM North’s line, and by the second half Schneider was having a difficult time operating in the pocket and finding open receivers. With the Indians’ potent pass offense stymied, SM North couldn’t produce any additional scoring opportunities.“Tonight’s obviously disappointing because we got behind and we weren’t able to get back in it like before,” said SM North head coach Ben Bartlett after the game. “We do have another game left, and not a lot of teams can say that and those guys earned it by winning the past two weeks. You never know what’s going to happen, if you go out an execute like you’re capable of. And we have yet to fully play football like we’re capable of.”SM East’s offense moved freely from its first snap, and save for a couple of sloppy plays that resulted in turnovers, looked to be in excellent shape to face playoff competition. Gunnar Englund found Sky Tate on the Lancers’ first drive for the night’s opening score. Tate would catch another touchdown pass to open up scoring in the second half. Running back Wyatt Edmisten had another standout performance as well, with three touchdown runs. Sam Huffman, Mike Bamford and Alec Dean each scored once for the Lancers, and Englund had a touchdown on a keeper in addition to his passing scores.“We’ve had a lot of different kids score all year,” Delaney said of the team’s scoring record. “It’s really a team effort — we haven’t had one kid that’s been shining over the others.”Delaney said Lawrence should prove a solid competitor in the opening week of the playoffs. With the Sunflower League’s leading rusher in J.D. Woods and a junior outside linebacker named Price Morgan who has already attracted a good deal of interest from D1 college programs, the Lions feature elite talent. That talent hasn’t translated into consistent success for the 5-4 Lions this year, but they showed Friday that their offense has plenty of pop when it’s working well. Lawrence handily defeated Olathe East 66-28 to earn its spot on the state bracket.“They’ve got great athletes and they’re big,” Delaney told his team after the game.SM North will face Olathe North in its opening game of the playoffs. That game will be next Friday at the Olathe District Activity Center. Kyle Ball jumped to try to block a pass from SM North’s Will Schneider.SM North coach Ben Bartlett consulted with quarterback Will Schneider in the first half.SM East’s offense wrapped up the record for most points scored by a Sunflower League team in the regular season.SM North’s marching band and drill team put on a riveting halftime show with a military theme.The night ended with the SM North marching band’s annual “Light Show.”last_img read more

Superstition Vistas: A New Master Planned Community

first_imgGolf has played an important role in residential development in Arizona for years. Maybe it’s time the planners, developers and builders took a mulligan.Superstition Vistas, a 275-square-mile area in northern Pinal County about 30 miles east of Phoenix, represents a chance for a sort of developmental “do over.”If we knew then what we know now, would metropolitan Phoenix look different? Would, say, the western half of Mesa have more job centers? Would the downtowns of various municipalities be closer to the geographic center of each instead of at one end where the town first developed? Would our freeways and other transportation be routed differently?With questions such as those in mind, a team of consultants has started developing models for Superstition Vistas that will guide the development of the area over the next 50 years or more. The area eventually is expected to be home to about 1 million people.Except for one section — the area known as Lost Dutchman Heights, which was auctioned in December 2006 — the Arizona State Land Department owns the entire tract. Superstition Vistas is about as close to a blank canvas as it gets in the development game.The consulting team will look at finding a better use for the land, better use of water and lowering emissions for greenhouse gases.“We’re not really reinventing the wheel,’’ says Robert Grow, whose consulting firm will lead the research effort. “We’re trying to tap into knowledge that’s already there.”At the heart of what Grow calls “the visioning process” is the idea of sustainability. There’s also an effort to make it easier for the Superstition Vistas residents to find a balance in their lives, to be able to “work, live and play” — as the current development catchphrase goes — without hopping in a car and taking it out on a freeway.Grow’s team includes Harris Interactive, the well-known polling and research company from Rochester, N.Y.; EDAW, a San Francisco-based environmental and regional planning firm; Fregonese Associates, a Portland, Ore., land planning company; and Robert Charles Lesser & Co., based in Washington, D.C., which offers expertise in real estate strategic planning and market intelligence.Grow is the head of Robert Grow Consulting in Salt Lake City. He has been involved in regional vision planing for more than 40 metro areas, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.Grow says all the firms were eager to participate, adding the project has the potential to show the world new ideas about how to make development work better with the environment.“It’s unique,’’ he says. “There’s nothing like this that I know of.”While Superstition Vistas may be larger than other master-planned communities, and its completion time frame longer, the concept is not new to Arizona.“One difference is the others, such as McCormick Ranch, were mostly residential,’’ says Jay Butler, head of Arizona State University Polytechnic’s Realty Studies program.One of the key elements behind Superstition Vistas is that jobs will be available for residents. Unfortunately, you can’t just build space and expect employers will come.“It’s easier said than done,’’ Butler says. “You have to salt the mine a bit.”Another challenge is to come up with a framework that will make sense economically, says Roc Arnett, president and CEO of the East Valley Partnership.“It’s not just what people say they want but what they can afford and what they’ll buy,’’ he says.Harris Interactive is spearheading efforts to ascertain what Arizona residents would like in an urban area. The consulting group is also creating a database about land use, water use and energy efficiency.In May there will be an event involving the major stakeholders and the public. Grow stresses that the public will have input throughout the process.The consulting team will eventually come up with scenarios for the steering committee. The steering committee is made up of the State Land Department, Pinal County, the town of Queen Creek, the cities of Apache Junction and Mesa, and others. Chuck Backus, the former provost at what is now Arizona State University Polytechnic, is chairman of the steering committee, which is facilitated by the East Valley Partnership and Pinal Partnership.The municipalities that border Superstition Vistas have all made noise about making it part of their planning areas.“I have asked everyone to stand down on any annexations until we come up with a plan,’’ says Mark Winkleman, the state land commissioner.So it may be years before it’s decided whether Superstition Vistas is part of existing municipalities, its own city or some combination.Since he came to the Land Department in 2003, Winkleman has been protective of Superstition Vistas. He has called the 176,000-acre area the most valuable asset of the more than 9 million acres the department oversees.The department’s mission is to use the acreage set aside in a trust by the federal government in 1912 when Arizona became a state. Money generated through the land — by sale, lease or royalties — goes to fund K-12 education in Arizona and other state-supported entities.In order to realize the full value of Superstition Vistas and ensure that any master plan is followed, Winkleman believes the department needs to operate with slightly different laws. He has pushed for reform to give the department flexibility in how it sells the land.In 2006, there was a ballot measure that would have allowed that flexibility and created more oversight for the department. The Republican and Democratic parties, teachers, environmentalists and major news media backed the measure. Homebuilders and cattlemen backed a competing proposition. Voters rejected both measures.“We’re operating under laws,’’ Winkleman says, “that were fine at the time of statehood.’’For more information visit the following websites, read more

NEWS SCAN: Early Salmonella egg warning, cholera vaccination in Guinea, veterinary training

first_img NRC: Too few vet students going into research, public healthColleges are not preparing enough veterinarians to serve in academic and research capacities, according to a report from the National Research Council (NRC). The report says that, although the supply of veterinarians is growing, most graduates seek training in companion-animal or pet medicine and not enough are prepared for faculty teaching or research positions or for jobs in state diagnostic laboratories, federal research and regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical and biologics industry. College debt also drives veterinary students away from pursuing PhD training, according to an NRC news release. The shortage could hamper filling “jobs overseeing and enforcing food safety and animal health standards, conducting research in human drug development and advances in pet health, and participating in wildlife and ecosystem management, infectious disease control, biosecurity, and agro-terrorism prevention,” according to the press release. Alan Kelly, BVSc, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania and chair of the committee that wrote the report, said, “We must ensure that schools train qualified veterinarians in sync with the diverse and growing array of societal needs.”May 30 NRC news releaseFull report Iowa lab warned of Salmonella in hens before 2010 egg outbreakMonths before a 2010 multistate outbreak of Salmonella in eggs was made public, an Iowa State University (ISU) lab found Salmonella in sick laying hens at Iowa farms owned by former egg magnate Jack DeCoster and warned the egg producer that the pathogen “almost certainly” was in its eggs, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The ISU Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory found Salmonella in manure at several Iowa egg-laying plants and in hens’ internal organs about 4 months before the August 2010 recall of 550 million DeCoster eggs, the story said. Birds on the farms were dying in unusually high numbers, and by late April, 43% of DeCoster poultry houses tested positive for Salmonella. On May 1 of that year, ISU scientist Darrell Trampel, DVM, PhD, told a colleague that the lab had isolated Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), the outbreak strain, from the livers of dead hens from two farms that each housed tens of thousands of chickens. “If SE is in the livers of the laying hens, it is almost certainly in the eggs,” he wrote in an e-mail. He also informed DeCoster manager Tony Wasmund, both on that day and on May 11, when similar findings were seen in dead hens from three Iowa plants, according to the story. The laboratory released its testing records in response to a subpoena from NuCal Foods, a California cooperative that bought contaminated DeCoster eggs and is now suing. ISU lab operations director Rodger Main, DVM, PhD, said SE doesn’t have to be reported to state or federal officials, and doing so would violate confidentiality agreements between the lab and food producers, who pay for the voluntary tests. The 2010 outbreak sickened at least 1,900 people nationwide.Aid group vaccinates 117,000 to fight cholera in GuineaThe aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) announced recently that it vaccinated 117,000 people to fight a cholera outbreak in Guinea, marking the first time Africans have been give a two-dose oral vaccine during an outbreak. Working with the Guinean Ministry of Health, MSF vaccinated people in the coastal region around Boffa, 150 kilometers north of Conakry, capital of the West African country, MSF said in a May 31 statement. “We were faced with an outbreak and we wanted first to protect people by vaccinating them, and to limit the spread of cholera,” said Dr Dominique Legros, MSF’s innovation initiative manager in Geneva. MSF and a partner group, Epicentre, plan to monitor the course of the Boffa outbreak and the effectiveness of vaccination over the next 6 months. “The results of this surveillance will be analyzed and used to develop a comprehensive global response strategy for future epidemics, which will enable MSF teams to deploy quickly to vaccinate communities and protect more people,” the group said. It commented that vaccination is a promising new tool for fighting cholera, but it must be complemented by treatment, improved hygiene, and the provision of safe water and sanitation.May 31 MSF statement Jun 4, 2012last_img read more

New Mexico State Police Arrest Violent Arizona Fugitives

first_imgBreanna Sanchez-ColemanNMSP News:BELEN – The New Mexico State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit received information Tuesday, Feb. 11 from the Tucson Police Department in Arizona that several wanted violent fugitives from Arizona were in Belen.  The fugitives were identified as Maurice Diaz-Casales,16, Breanna Sanchez-Coleman, 20, and Jarrel Diaz-Casales, 18, all of Arizona. They were wanted in connection with multiple robberies that occurred in Arizona.After receiving this information, the New Mexico State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which was created by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in October of 2019 to arrest wanted fugitives across the state, began an investigation to locate these fugitives, and coordinate a plan to safely take them off the streets and into custody. Maurice Diaz-CasalesDue to the violent nature of the individuals, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit requested assistance from the New Mexico State Police Special Operations Bureau consisting of Tactical Team, Bomb Squad and Crisis Intervention Team as well as the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and Uniform Bureau.In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 12, Fugitive Apprehension Unit Agents positively identified and located two of the fugitives at 1200 Court Street in Belen. Jarrell Diaz-Casales After a brief standoff, New Mexico State Police Special Operations executed a search warrant on the house and successfully took Maurice Diaz-Casales and Sanchez-Coleman into custody.  Jarrell Diaz-Casales was not in the house but through investigation agents quickly located him in Albuquerque and took him into custody without incident. A fourth individual, Lucy Sanchez, 21, of Los Lunas who is not believed to be connected to the Arizona robberies, was inside the Belen residence.  She was arrested and charged with Abuse of a Child. CYFD took custody of her 4-year-old child. Maurice, Sanchez-Coleman and Sanchez were booked into the Valencia County Detention Center and Jarrell was booked into the Metro Detention Center. All four fugitives will be extradited to Arizona.  For details on the Arizona crimes, contact the Tucson Police Department. This case remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police with no additional information available at this time.* Note: A photo of Breanna Sanchez-Coleman was not available.last_img read more

The market in minutes – Sussex

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Speyer’s story

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CIF Elects 2 New Trustees To Continue Initiatives

first_imgMichael Quinn (left), Jeff Wildman (right).The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) recently elected Michael Quinn and Jeff Wildman to the board of trustees to carry on the foundation’s initiatives throughout the coming years.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementMichael Quinn is the director of business development, Western Region for Certified Collision Group (CCG). As a 35-year industry veteran, Quinn has held various positions, and has served the industry in many volunteer roles, including the National Auto Body Council for a total of 11 years (board member and co-founder of the Recycled Rides program), chair of the Collision Industry Relief effort following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and was inducted into the Collision Repair industry’s “Hall of Eagles.” Quinn served as the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) chairman from 2011-’12. A technician at heart and co-founder of 911 Collision Centers, Quinn is currently active in CIC as the committee mentor for CIC’s Emerging Technologies.Jeff Wildman is the manager – OEM and Industry Relations with BASF. During his 25 year career with BASF, Wildman has held positions such as regional business manager, business development manager, ART marketing manager, operations manager, marketing e-commerce manager, distribution programs manager and sales representative. Wildman currently is active in NABC’s Membership and Distracted Driving & Marketing committees as well as in CIC’s Marketing committee.Trustee Petra Schroeder – CIF secretary – said, “The CIF board of trustees is very excited and honored to have Jeff and Michael join our team. Their industry experience and credibility will make them key contributors to delivering CIF’s mission of helping Collision Industry professionals in need.”last_img read more

Confirmed COVID Case Closes East Hampton Schools Wednesday

first_imgA second coronavirus case at the East Hampton elementary school has led to the entire school district closing Wednesday.In an email Tuesday afternoon, Adam Fine, the assistant district superintendent, said there was a confirmed case at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, the second in less than one week. On Saturday, Fine said the school had its first confirmed case, but determined no students or staff needed to be quarantined.While Suffolk County Department of Health, again, advised school officials quarantining students and staff was not necessary, all three schools in the district were being closed out of an abundance of caution, he said. Students and staff will remain home and students will receive instruction remotely on Wednesday.The latest student, whose age and grade was not disclosed publicly, did not come in close contact with any staff or students, Fine said, adding that close contact is defined as being within six feet of another person for 10 minutes.The school was not required to have students and staff quarantine because of the precautions in place at JMMES, Fine said. “This includes required face coverings, social distancing and plexiglass barriers,” he said.“Contact tracing has been completed by school personnel for up to 48 hours before the student exhibited any symptoms,” he Sharelast_img read more

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