LAUSD announces anti-dropout campaign

first_imgTwo people who returned to school after dropping out were featured speakers during today’s launch of LAUSD’s “My Future, My Decision” program, which targets the district’s high dropout rate. Appearing with Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia and Superintendent David L. Brewer III, Jordan High School students Miguel Garcia and Araceli Vasquez urged their classmates to stay in school. “The reason I kept going is I wanted to go to college and be a medical assistant,” said Vasquez, who told her story to reporters in English and Spanish. Now in her fifth year at Jordan High, Vasquez drew a cheer when she answered Monica Garcia’s question about her anticipated graduation date. “In February,” the beaming Vasquez said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe soft-spoken Miguel Garcia told the gathering he also is in his fifth year at the school. He said that this time, he won’t stop step off campus for good without having that piece of paper in hand. “I always knew that having a diploma is important,” he said. “I don’t want to have a bad job and be stuck in the streets all my life.” Miguel Garcia and Vasquez wore T-shirts touting the “My Future, My Decision” program, the details of which are available at www.myfuturemydecision.com. Monica Garcia said the LAUSD’s goal is to have every student who comes through the classroom doors as a ninth grader reach their senior year and get a diploma. She said that with “My Future, My Decision,” the district is reaching out to its students in danger of dropping out, or who have already quit school. “You are not alone,” she said. “We know you can succeed when we connect you to our services.” Brewer echoed Monica Garcia’s plea to those students who gave up on getting a diploma. “Come back, come back to school, we have resources for you,” Brewer said. “Do not stay out there and become a statistic in our society.” Those who finish high school on average make $300,000 over the course of their careers than those who do not, Brewer said. Board member Richard Vladovic said the LAUSD is no place for losers. “A winner gets off the ground and overcomes those obstacles,” Vladovic said. “It’s a new day, we’re going to help you be successful.” Marshall E. Drummond, Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor, said his schools are the key to achieving more dreams for those who drop back in and want additional further success. He said money is not an obstacle to college. “We have more financial aid than we can give away,” Drummond said. Debra Duardo, director of the LAUSD’s Dropout Prevention and Recovery Program, said she left school in the ninth grade and had a baby at age 16. But she said she persevered, obtained her first degree from the LACCD and later bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA. “We understand things happen in life,” Duardo said while urging students to not let those setbacks be permanent roadblocks to getting finishing school. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nottingham Forest appoint Philippe Montanier as their new manager

first_imgNottingham Forest have appointed Philippe Montanier as their new manager.The former Real Sociedad and Rennes boss has signed a two-year contract with the Championship side.“Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Philippe Montanier as the club’s head coach,” Forest announced on their official website.“The former Rennes and Real Sociedad manager arrives at The City Ground on a two-year deal following a playing career which saw him make over 300 appearances for clubs including Toulouse, Nantes and St Etienne.”Forest have been without a permanent boss since sacking Dougie Freedman in March.Paul Williams was placed in interim charge following Freedman’s departure but left in May.Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs was rumoured to be in contention for the job, but the club have opted for experienced Frenchman Montanier.The 51-year-old, a former goalkeeper, has been out of work since being sacked by Rennes in January after three years with the Ligue 1 club.He previously sent two years in charge of Real Sociedad and led them to a fourth-place finish in La Liga. Philippe Montanier 1last_img read more

VHI celebrates 10th Anniversary in Gaoth Dobhair

first_imgThis month VHI celebrates 10 years of business at its business centre in Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Business Park, Gaoth Dobhair. Currently employing 20 people, the office in Gaoth Dobhair is mainly responsible for communications with Vhi customers in respect of Multi-Trip from Vhi, Ireland’s No 1 travel insurance product in Ireland and Vhi International which provides private medical insurance for those travelling abroad for six months or more.Speaking at an event to mark 10 years here in Gaoth Dobhair, John O’Dwyer, CEO, Vhi said they are delighted they took the decision 10 years ago to establish a business centre here in Gaoth Dobhair. “Our experience to date has been very positive and we are very pleased that we have continually been able to recruit from the skilled competitive workforce locally which initially was one of the key reasons for our decision to have an office in Gaoth Dobhair .“The team here also provides great support to the Vhi business in general and key to that has been their adaptability to support the business needs across a multitude of products when required. The facility is ably managed by Bridget Gallagher from Falcarragh in Co Donegal and focuses mainly on inbound communications with our customers”He continued “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Údarás na Gaeltachta for all their support over the last 10 years and look forward to continuing to work with them over the next decade.Mr Stiofán Ó Cúláin, Príomfheidhmeannach, Údarás na Gaeltachta said VHI is a great example of an established national company which can effectively locate key elements of its operations successfully in a rural Gaeltacht area. “Their successful operation in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park endorses this Gaeltacht region as being an excellent location to access a highly skilled workforce. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire team at Vhi on celebrating 10 years of business on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park. We offer our continued support to the company and wish them every success in the future.”Pat Sweeney, Annemarie Kuncaitis and lan Cowley at VHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonVHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonVHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonBridget Gallagher, Contact Centre Manager, John O’Dwyer, CEO, Vhi and Mr Stiofán Ó Cúláin, Príomfheidhmeannach, Údarás na Gaeltachtaat Vhi Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonJoelle Oliver, Anne Marie Doherty, Maggie McKinney, Tara Glynn and Rebecca Ruth at VHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonTherese Bourke and Fiona Murphy at VHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonAnne Marie Gallagher, Amy Stewart, Rosetta McFadden and Maggie McKinney at VHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonBridget Gallagher, Contact Centre Manager, speaking at Vhi Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonVHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonVHI Ghaoth Dobhair Celebrating there 10th Anniversary at the Údarás na Gaeltachta site. Photo Clive WassonVHI celebrates 10th Anniversary in Gaoth Dobhair was last modified: May 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10th anniversarydonegalGaoth Dobhairvhilast_img read more