Vermont Tech Receives $25,000 to Help Fund Summer Bridge Program

first_imgVermont Tech Receives $25,000to Help Fund Summer Bridge ProgramRANDOLPH CENTER, Vt-Vermont Technical College this week received a $25,000 grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation.The money will be used to support Vermont Tech’s Summer Bridge Program, which helps incoming freshmen prepare for the college level math and English courses they’ll need to succeed in most of the college’s rigorous programs.While the Summer Bridge program is affordable in comparison to academic year tuition, board and fees, it has in the past been a deterrent to low- to moderate-income students who count on their summer break to earn money for the academic year. The college estimates that between 10 and 15 students each year choose not to enroll at Vermont Tech because of the cost of the Program.The Summer Bridge program is required for students applying to the Applied Science Program and will shorten by one year the time required for engineering students to graduate. The program provides courses in Math, Physics, Computer Skills and English. Students who do not enroll in the program are often required to take remedial courses elsewhere, potentially postponing their entry to Vermont Tech.An estimated seventy percent of Summer Bridge students are “first generation” (the first in their families to attend college) and a large majority of these are Vermont residents. The program typically enrolls between 30-50 students.Founded in 1986, the Vermont Community Foundation is home to over 500 charitable funds. With more than $160 million in assets, (December 31, 2007), it ranks among the top 10 percent of community foundations nationwide for total assets and gifts received. The Foundation helps Vermont-based philanthropists and organizations gain knowledge about community needs; deepen their understanding of ways strategic philanthropy can make a difference; nurture innovative practices and invest in the most promising models for lasting change; and increase Vermont’s philanthropic capital by inspiring new giving opportunities.Vermont Technical College is the state’s only technical college and is one of the five Vermont State Colleges. Graduates from Vermont Tech enjoy a 98% job placement rate; 90% of the student body comes from Vermont; and in 2007, 87% took jobs in Vermont, growing and improving the state’s workforce.last_img read more

Senior Kendrick Castillo identified as student killed in CO shooting

first_imgWednesday, police identified the student who was killed in Tuesday’s shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado as 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo.Kendrick was shot to death while attempting to stop the shooter, and eight others were injured.A female classmate told reporters Kendrick charged the shooter giving students time to hide and flee the scene.Kendrick’s parents broke their silence Wednesday confirming to reporters that he was killed in the shooting, adding, that their son was a hero and want the public to know what a great kid he was.Kendrick was a senior set to graduate at the end of the month, and Friday would have been his last day of school.He enjoyed computer information technology and was on the school’s robotics team.Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said there were “very heroic things” that took place inside the school, including students attempting to stop the shooters.last_img read more

VIDEO: Rwanda arrives in Entebbe ahead of Nations Cup qualifier.

first_imgVIDEO: Rwanda arrives in Entebbe ahead of Nations Cup qualifier.Kampala, Uganda | NTV UGANDA | Rwanda is settling into Entebbe ahead of their 2018 African Nations Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday. The match, which will be the first leg of the final qualifying round, will take place at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.Share on: WhatsApplast_img

N. Zealand coach wants rules review after ‘hollow’ World Cup final

first_imgHe said that was a shame but the New Zealanders had signed up to the rules that governed the tournament.“At the end of the day nothing separated us, no one lost the final, but there was a crowned winner and there it is,” he told Newstalk ZB.The New Zealand captain and his teammates have been widely praised for the grace with which they accepted the gut-wrenching defeat.“Williamson has shown sports fans and elite athletes alike how to behave with humility, how to accept heartbreak,” stuff.co.nz columnist Kevin Norquay wrote.“You don’t need to smash your equipment, yell at the umpire, or swear at and threaten rival batsmen, even with the stress of a World Cup on your mind; this news will be foreign territory to some.”There have been calls in New Zealand to give the team a ticker-tape parade, regardless of the result.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that was unlikely but she wanted to ensure that the players received “a heroes’ welcome” when they returned to the country.New Zealand Cricket said they were in discussions with the government about when that would take place.“At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it’s just not practical,” they said.“Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come.”Share on: WhatsApp New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson pointed out his team was not defeated on the pitch, saying it instead fell victim to “fine print” in the rules. Here, he reacts as he waits for the trophy presentation after losing the Cricket World Cup final match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in LondonWellington, New Zealand | AFP | New Zealand coach Gary Stead has called for the Cricket World Cup’s rules to be overhauled, labelling the showpiece final “hollow” after England defeated the Black Caps on a technicality.The teams could not be separated at the end of both regular play and a Super Over shootout, so England were handed victory because they had a superior boundary count.“It’s a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game, but that’s the technicalities of sport,” Stead told reporters in remarks released by New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday.He said such a thrilling match, which has been hailed by many experts as the greatest one-day game in history, deserved a better way to determine the result.“There’s going to be many things they look at over the whole tournament — I’m sure when they were writing the rules they never expected a World Cup final to happen like that,” he said.“I’m sure it’ll be reviewed (and) there’s many different ways that they’ll probably explore.”Stead shrugged off suggestions England had been mistakenly handed an extra run after a throw from a fielder hit the bat of a diving Ben Stokes’ and deflected to the boundary in the final over of regular play.England were awarded six runs but former umpire Simon Taufel said they should only have got five as the batsmen had not crossed for their second run when the throw was made.“I didn’t actually know that,” Stead said. “But at the end of the day the umpires are there to rule.“They’re human as well, like players, and sometimes there’s a mistake but that’s just the human aspect of sport.”– ‘We didn’t lose’ –Skipper Kane Williamson pointed out his team was not defeated on the pitch, saying it instead fell victim to “fine print” in the rules.last_img read more

Disney Wins “No Wait” Lawsuit Against Woman with Autistic Son

first_imgA federal judge has ruled in favor of Walt Disney World, after a disability advocate from the Orlando area sued the company on behalf of her adult autistic son.Donna Lorman, who serves as president of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, sued Disney in 2014 to get her son immediate access to the FastPass lines at the theme parks.“Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. We are pleased with the court’s decision,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said in a statement.Lorman filed the lawsuit came after Disney World changed its policy seven years ago in response to reports of tourists hiring people with disabilities and terminally-ill children to help them skip long lines and ride multiple times.Disney subsequently created its new system the Disability Access Service Card, or DAS, which allows people with disabilities get return times for rides, similar to a FastPass, so they do not need to wait in a line.When filing her complaint, Lorman said she wanted 10 passes to the Magic Kingdom, so her son could ride his favorite attractions quickly by getting directly into the FastPass line.Otherwise, he would have had to get an advance reservation to come back later.The extra waiting was difficult for her son, who did not understand the concept of time, according to his mother.She accused the parks of not accommodating his disability.However, Disney argued that it is not required to provide unlimited, front-of-line passes for every ride under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If disabled guests received two more re-admission passes, the standby line at Magic Kingdom’s popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster would increase by 39 minutes, from 69 to 108 minutes, the company argued in court documents.In a decision reached June 22, U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sided with Disney, ruling that it was “unreasonable” for the company to give such access to Lorman’s son. It would make Disney’s system ripe for abuse again, he wrote.“Requiring the modification, based on the history of the former system, would lead to fraud and overuse, lengthen the wait times significantly for non-disabled guests, and fundamentally alter Disney’s business model,” Conway explained.Conway said Disney could “recover its cost of action.”“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I really truly believe in what I was fighting for,” Lorman wrote to a reporter after the ruling.During the trial, she testified that her son, who was 22 when she filed the lawsuit, has moderate to severe autism that makes communication difficult and following a routine essential.Otherwise, her son could melt down. For example, he needed to visit the Disney rides in a particular order, she said.In response, Disney’s defense team said Lorman should have planned her visit better, in order to adjust to the new rules.last_img read more

Arenado, Rockies sweep NL Central-leading Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez looks on as the Pirates load the bases but fail to score against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of the Rockies’ 3-2 victory in a baseball game in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER (AP) – Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Pittsburgh 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Pirates. The Pirates came to Coors Field this weekend with a five-game winning streak. They hold a three-game edge over St. Louis, and host the Cardinals in a three-game series starting Tuesday night.Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates.last_img