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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS COMPUTER SCIENCE: Alumna and Google Vice President Sabrina Farmer has funded a computer science scholarship with a $250,000 gift to the University of New Orleans. Farmer, who earned her undergraduate degree in computer science from UNO, is vice president of engineering site reliability for many of Google’s billion-customer products such as Gmail, Search, Google Maps, Android and Chrome. A Marrero native, she also oversees reliability of product infrastructure, including Google’s authentication, identity and abuse systems.

UNIVERSITY OF HOLY CROSS: Free telecounseling is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday from the University of Holy Cross. To schedule a session, call (504) 398-2168.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP: A $250,000 gift from alumni Tom and Connie Kitchen will create an undergraduate scholarship at the University of New Orleans. Tom Kitchen, a former executive with Stewart Enterprises and Avondale Industries, earned both a bachelor’s

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset expands outreach efforts in Latino community

After seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases among members of the Latino community this spring, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, launched bilingual outreach efforts to help area Latino residents prevent the spread of the illness.

Through more than 20 events over the past six months held in collaboration with local schools, churches, food banks, health departments and municipalities, the hospital’s Community Health and Diversity & Inclusion departments have distributed nearly 17,000 masks, 5,000 hand sanitizers and 5,000 soaps as well as Spanish-language educational materials.

The hospital has also formed a Latino Advisory Council with about 20 representatives from local government, businesses and organizations serving the Latino community to further expand its community outreach efforts.

As a result of input from the group, the hospital has launched a new online health education series in Spanish for members of the Latino community. Topics include the importance of

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California Community Colleges receives historic $100-million gift for students most in need

The California Community Colleges announced Tuesday that it has received the largest ever gift to such institutions in the nation — $100 million — to help more students complete degrees, transfer to universities and support their basic living expenses.



a group of people looking at a bird in a dark room: A historic gift to California Community Colleges will help more students complete degrees, transfer to universities and cover their basic living expenses. Above, Santa Monica College graduates are silhouetted at sunset as they line up to receive their diplomas. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)


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A historic gift to California Community Colleges will help more students complete degrees, transfer to universities and cover their basic living expenses. Above, Santa Monica College graduates are silhouetted at sunset as they line up to receive their diplomas. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The gift, from an anonymous donor to the Jay Pritzker Foundation, is described by college officials as a recognition of the role community colleges play in educating Californians and preparing them for the workforce. It also addresses the shortcomings of a system that is struggling in many regions to adequately and equitably address the higher education needs

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2020 World Young Scientist Summit Fosters a Global Youth Community for Science and Innovation

The 2020 World Young Scientist Summit (WYSS) was held on October 18-19, 2020, in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, bringing together representatives from 125 countries/regions and international organizations. Participants included world-class scientists, Nobel laureates, and 113 academics from China and overseas, around 70% of whom were aged under 45.

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Young scientists recite the Wenzhou Declaration of the World Young Scientist Summit in multiple languages on October 18, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua/Cuili)

The WYSS is an annual event for leading young global talent, jointly sponsored by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province.

The 2020 Summit boasted an extensive program divided into four sections: Moment of Science, Dialogue with the Future, Engagement & Sharing, and Realizing Dreams, and included around 30 sessions and activities, such as the Global Young Scientist Scholar Roundtable and International Forum

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Illinois community colleges see big drop in enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting national declines in higher education

Enrollment at Illinois community colleges plunged nearly 14% this fall, an indication that low-income and older students who typically favor the institutions might be struggling to pursue higher education because of the coronavirus pandemic.



a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Enrollment at Oakton Community College, whose Skokie campus is shown here, dropped this fall by about 12.4% to 7,079 students.


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Enrollment at Oakton Community College, whose Skokie campus is shown here, dropped this fall by about 12.4% to 7,079 students.

All but three of the state’s 48 community colleges saw substantial headcount declines, according to initial data from the Illinois Community College Board. Compared to last year, about 37,200 fewer students enrolled in for-credit classes this fall. Some of the biggest drops were among students over age 30 and in career-track courses such as nursing, construction and welding.

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The preliminary data, collected in an online survey at the end of class registration, mirrors national trends. The latest analysis by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows community

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Coalition to hold stand-out in support of families outside Holyoke Soldiers’ Home hearing at Holyoke Community College

HOLYOKE — A grassroots coalition will hold a stand-out at Holyoke Community College in support of families appearing for the first Legislative Oversight Committee hearing probing the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

The hearing will take place at the college starting at 11 a.m. The stand-out is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. outside the entrance of the campus. The rally has been one of many the coalition has staged across the state to bring awareness to the issue and promote reforms at the long-term care facility for veterans.

The pandemic took the lives of at least 76 veterans and sickened dozens more — prompting criminal charges against two former top administrators, a federal class action lawsuit and the formation of the oversight committee. The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition, a network of former administrators, families, veterans and supporters also formed in the wake of the tragedy.

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Oregon prisons to end community college-led adult-education program

The Oregon Department of Corrections will be ending its contracts with multiple community colleges in the state in a move to bring its adult education program “in-house.”

The state prison agency currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school diploma equivalency testing, or GED services, to inmates across its 14 facilities. The agency will not be renewing five of those contracts set to end Jan. 31, 2021. It will be ending the sixth, with Portland Community College early – on that same date.

The full list of colleges the Department of Corrections is ending its adult education contracts with is: Blue Mountain Community College, Central Oregon Community College, Chemeketa Community College, Portland Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College and Treasure Valley Community College.

“Our policy decision to bring education in-house is a continued reflection of our ongoing commitment to effectively prepare adults in custody (AICs) for

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Addressing education inequity requires aligning state aid to community need (Letters)

It was unfortunate to see inaccuracies in a recent article quoting Amherst town budget chief Sean Mangano about our research on equity in state education aid, “School funding report draws town’s criticism,” Oct. 8, page A10. As a regional chamber of commerce and a statewide education advocacy organization, we believe that growing inequality and economic uncertainty necessitates a statewide approach steeped in equity.

Our report shows that 14% of state Chapter 70 aid for schools (almost $800 million a year) is not based on community need. This aid goes predominantly to wealthier communities at the expense of students in less wealthy districts where the state has not fully met its responsibility to fill funding gaps. The Amherst and Amherst-Pelham school districts receive 1 percent or about $7.8 million of that total.

The recommendations in our report redirect $25 million of statewide non-needs-based aid toward communities that need it the most.

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Election of a board majority will shape the nation’s largest community college district

With a dizzying 33 candidates, the election of four seats on the seven-member Los Angeles Community College District board has brought into focus the basic needs of some of the poorest college students in California amid the pandemic, as well as issues of declining enrollment, budget oversight and accountability over the chancellor.



an empty parking lot in front of a building: Four at-large seats on the seven-member Los Angeles Community College District board are up for grabs in the November election. Above, the closed campus of L.A. City College. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)


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Four at-large seats on the seven-member Los Angeles Community College District board are up for grabs in the November election. Above, the closed campus of L.A. City College. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Voters within a 900-square-mile area of Los Angeles County, from San Pedro to San Fernando and Malibu to Monterey Park, will choose whether to elect candidates backed by labor, newcomers marshaled by students, trustees who have run before, homeless advocates or others to oversee the nine-college system. Each seat is elected at large and there is no primary,

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Lehigh Carbon Community College receives grant from U.S. Dept. of Education

Lehigh Carbon Community College has been selected to receive Title III funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program.



a clock tower in front of a building: Lehigh Carbon Community College has been selected to receive Title III funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program.


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Lehigh Carbon Community College has been selected to receive Title III funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program.

The grant is for an estimated $2.25 million over five years. The college is expected to receive $450,000 in the first year of the program, which began Oct. 1.

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LCCC’s project, Pathways to Success for All Students, will focus on helping students stay in school and complete their degrees, and it will enhance the use of data to make more informed decisions related to supporting student success.

Student success coaches and a career readiness coach will work directly with students. In addition, funds will allow the college to examine the sequencing of mathematics courses and redesign math placement, with curricula

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