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Jun 30th


Education Spotlight: Faruq Abdul Sabur

Education Spotlight: Faruq Abdul Sabur  In the words of his Washburn High School colleague, William A. Holden, Washburn High School colleague: “Faruq Abdul Sabur teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Washburn High School. He also coordinates the Black Student Association Connections class and runs the ALC after school credit recovery program. He tutors students after school and on weekends. He is often asked by the senior class to give the commencement address and rumor has it he has been voted in for this June's ceremony.

Carlson launches Beyond School Walls Mentoring Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters and KIPP Stand Academy

Carlson launches Beyond School Walls Mentoring Program with Big Brothers Big Sisters and KIPP Stand AcademyCarlson has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities and KIPP: Stand Academy in Minneapolis to launch Beyond School Walls, a program where fifth- and sixth-graders are matched with company employees for one-to-one mentoring.

Minneapolis Board of Education selects Bernadeia Johnson as next superintendent

Minneapolis Board of Education selects Bernadeia Johnson as next superintendentThe Minneapolis Board of Education at its meeting on February 9 selected Bernadeia Johnson, current deputy superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools, as next Superintendent of Schools. Her selection comes at the end of a process that began in July 2009, when current Superintendent Bill Green announced his decision not to seek renewal of his contract when his term concludes on June 30, 2010.

National Urban League advances economic development opportunities during historic mission to China

BEIJING (Feb. 9, 2010) – A National Urban League delegation of more than 40 prominent businesspeople, educators, public officials and community leaders, led by Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and Blair Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, took part in a historic cultural and trade mission to Beijing that not only opened the door for future investment and business opportunities between African-Americans and China, but secured two education partnerships before the trip was even over.

Students ready for college but need more industry support to grow programs

To help more African Americans enter the information technology (IT) workforce, the CompTIA Educational Foundation provided 239 African Americans with free IT training and certification last year, and another 19 received merit award scholarships to help them further their educational goals.
African Americans are finding new tech career success, although they are still somewhat under-represented in the IT workforce.The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 calculated that approximately 574,000 African Americans worked in IT and related fields. African Americans make up roughly 12.5 percent of the entire U.S. population, compared to only 8.6 percent of the IT workforce.

Poetry of success at City, Inc. High

Poetry of success at City, Inc. HighThe City Inc High Schools has offered its students an after school performance arts program for the past two years. This opportunity as been made available through the generosity of the Minneapolis Public Schools Contact Alternative Office. Phyllis Productions provides performance arts training to the students.

Ahmed Dagane chosen Metropolitan State outstanding student

A Burnsville man has been selected an outstanding student at Metropolitan State University.  Ahmed Dagane, chosen fall semester, was among 920 students receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Metropolitan State’s 85th commencement exercises on December 15.
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