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Career And Education


Widespread ‘Skills Gap’ Leaves Jobs on the Table

Written by Chris Levister, Special to the NNPA from Black Voice News on Friday, 21 October 2011 18:34.

As President Obama turns up the heat on Congress to pass his $447 billion dollar job bill, a growing number of employers, unions, educators and employment experts are grappling with a related and urgent imperative: A widespread “skills gap,” which leaves many employers struggling to fill job openings even as millions of Americans search for work.


President Obama Visits the Triad Job Creation Plan Discussed

Written by Afrique I. Kilimanjaro on Friday, 21 October 2011 18:29.

On a bus tour covering parts of North Carolina and Virginia, President Barack Obama paid a visit to Jamestown after spending the previous night in Greensboro. The purpose of these appearances is to discuss The American Jobs Act with local residents. Although this official visit by the president was billed as being closed to the public, more than 500 tickets were distributed to local residents, politicians and dignitaries to hear the president speak.


The Disparity in Teacher Pay: A Civil Rights Issue

Written by Kenneth J. Cooper Special to the NNPA on Friday, 14 October 2011 19:02.

New federal research shows that African American and Hispanic students are being shortchanged, literally, when it comes to school budgets, in most districts with diverse enrollments. The U.S. Education Department study found that teachers in schools with more Latino and African American enrollment get paid an average of $2,500 less than teachers in the whole district.


Harry E. Johnson, Sr.: From CBC to MLK

Written by Rebecca S. Rivas, Special to the NNPA from The St. Louis American on Friday, 14 October 2011 19:01.

On October 16, many will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the dedication ceremony of his memorial. Harry E. Johnson Sr., who has led the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation as president and CEO since 2002, will address thousands. 


Black Voters and the Black (and White) Conservative Shuffle

Written by Lee A. Daniels , NNPA on Friday, 07 October 2011 18:25.

You can depend on it: if it’s the presidential-election season, then it’s time for conservatives to retrieve from the political cesspoolthe tawdry claim that Black voters, seduced by the political bells and whistles of “Black leaders,” unthinkingly vote Democratic.


Poverty Rate Among U.S. Women Now the Highest Ever Recorded; Child Poverty Rates Also Catastrophic

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 16 September 2011 20:18.

I realize that women are a discrete special interest group as they only represent half the population. But this seems like something even the people who count should be concerned with: The poverty rate among women climbed to 14.5 percent in 2010 from 13.9 percent in 2009, the highest in 17 years. The extreme poverty rate among women climbed to 6.3 percent in 2010 from 5.9 percent in 2009, the highest rate ever recorded.

Angel Baked Cookies Provides Youth with Work and Spiritual Training

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 05 August 2011 18:53.

Angel Baked Cookies, where the secret recipe is prayer, is an after-school program in North St. Louis that creates job opportunities for inner-city teenagers through baking and selling cookies. Teenagers in the area are provided with an opportunity to work in the kitchen basement of Saints Teresa and Bridget Catholic Church.  Father Gary Meier, the founder of Angel Baked Cookies, believes the program supplies more than a working opportunity.

ivil Rights Report Shines Light on Education Disparities More Underserved Kids Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Written by Chris Levister, from on Friday, 05 August 2011 18:52.

If algebra is the “gatekeeper” course that determines whether students will have access to higher education then thousands of African American and other underserved high school students are facing a locked gate with no key. U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights data show schools serving mostly African-American students are twice as likely to have inexperienced teachers as are schools serving mostly whites in the same district.

Black Colleges Key to Reviving U.S. Education

Written by Stan Washington on Friday, 15 July 2011 15:02.

ATLANTA – If the United States is going to regain its global leadership position in higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will need to play a major role, says a White House official on education. Just how the nation's predominately Black institutions will participate in that objective was the main topic at a recent Southern Education Fund conference of HBCU presidents, held in Atlanta.