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

East Central FFA Competes at Nationals

first_imgSt. Leon, IN—The state winning East Central  FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE (Career Development Event) team competed in the 2019 National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 30- November 1.The event was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The team consisted of Amelia Hartman, Rachel Kraus, Alex Dudley, and Alex Newport. The Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design, and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders, and equipment.Forty-three states were represented in this event and East Central’s placed in the silver emblem category. This is East Central’s fifth time competing in this national event. Congratulations to these members for a job well done representing the state of Indiana and the East Central FFA Chapterlast_img read more

Steeplechase runners thrive despite lack of training

first_imgPaige Stoner doesn’t mind getting her feet wet.“Surprisingly, it’s not that different,” Stoner said of running with wet shoes.In the steeplechase, a 3000-meter race where racers must hurdle steeples — a larger hurdle — into water pits, athletes have to clear 28 hurdles and jump into seven water pits.Stoner, Noah Affolder and Aidan Tooker have excelled in the event for SU this year. Fox said they might bring out the hurdles once or twice during May, but they generally don’t train specifically for steeplechase. Instead, they try to “find really good athletes,” Fox said, who will be able to thrive in the event.“We have guys right now who just ran a 1500-meter and they’re about to run a 10K later in the season,” said Stoner, who broke the school record for the 3000-meter steeplechase with a 9:57.20 time. “They train us to be strong and be able to cover any event.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAffolder, a freshman, started running the steeplechase in his junior year of high school. His coach set up sand pits to mimic water traps, and he didn’t jump in water until his first race.“Right after I got out (of the water), I was like, ‘This doesn’t really feel too good,’” Affolder said. “A lap or two in, you forget about it. It wasn’t really a big deal after the first time.”The most difficult part of the steeplechase is timing up the hurdles to avoid “stutter stepping,” Affolder said. Launching off his non-dominant leg can be “a little scary,” but he has gotten more comfortable with experience.Stoner first tried the event as a freshman at Lipscomb University before she transferred to SU her sophomore year. She said Lipscomb’s approach to training for the steeplechase contrasts SU’s.“We did hurdle drills (at Lipscomb),” Stoner said. “So we would kind of do the same workouts the rest of the team was doing, but we might be doing ‘thousand repeats’ out in lane two with some hurdles. Here, we don’t ever do workouts with hurdles. I guess they just have a different philosophy on training here.”The same day Stoner broke the SU women’s record, Tooker set the fastest time among collegiate runners in the race at 8:45.79. Affolder crossed the finish line six seconds behind him. Fox said the three are all “natural” at the event.Last year at nationals, Tooker ran one of the fastest times ever recorded by a freshman (8:39.34). He hasn’t run the event yet this outdoor season, but Fox said the steeplechase is “his event.”“He’s kind of gravitated toward that,” Fox said. “You have to have really good hurdling skills, and it has to come naturally to you. It’s kind of a hard event to teach, and he’s picked it up right away.” Comments Published on April 25, 2018 at 10:11 am Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stidham limited at Patriots’ padded practice

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd August, 2020 07:49 IST Stidham Limited At Patriots’ Padded Practice Tom Brady’s departure has created a void the New England Patriots might need two quarterbacks to fill. One of those quarterbacks appears to be dealing with a setback that could hinder his chances to win Brady’s old job Tom Brady’s departure has created a void the New England Patriots might need two quarterbacks to fill. One of those quarterbacks appears to be dealing with a setback that could hinder his chances to win Brady’s old job.Second-year pro Jarrett Stidham was limited at Friday’s practice for the first time since the Patriots began the padded portion of training camp. Stidham was in uniform for the non-padded practice, but watched from the sideline with his helmet in his hand while standing next to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for much of the team’s combined scrimmage.The Patriots don’t appear too concerned about the 2019 fourth-round pick’s status.“Coach (Bill Belichick) held him today, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be out there ready to roll the next time we practice,” McDaniels said afterward.The 24-year-old Stidham is competing with veteran Brian Hoyer and recently signed 2015 MVP Cam Newton for the starting job. On Wednesday, Belichick said he would consider a two-quarterback system if that’s “what gives us the best chance to win.”Stidham struggled early on in camp to gain a rhythm with his receivers, throwing multiple interceptions. Belichick downplayed the quarterback’s miscues as simply knocking off some offseason rust.“I think in the early stages there’s definitely a timing, confidence, anticipation issues that are different from player to player,” Belichick said before practice. “The first day or two, three, whatever, is not as critical as going forward when you’ve been through things multiple times.”Stidham was the last quarterback on the field Friday and started his day taking snaps from an unguarded center alongside Hoyer and Newton.He progressed to throwing with Hoyer at roughly 15 yards apart and later threw short crossing routes as Newton and Hoyer worked with other receivers on downfield passes.The only deep throws Stidham made Friday were to a coach on an adjacent practice field as the punt teams worked on the main field.“You want to have the perfect day at practice, you want to have the perfect game, but I also believe it’s an imperfect game we’re playing,” Patriots quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch said about Stidham.Fisch said he was unaware of any significant injuries in the quarterback room.Newton and Hoyer split first-team reps during the team period of practice, with each orchestrating downfield drives.“As we’re going through the evaluation of the quarterbacks, we’re just trying to make sure they’re all getting similar plays — not worry too much about rep counts, per se,” Fisch said.McDaniels has been impressed with Newton’s ability to adapt to his new surroundings nearly two months after joining the team.“We added him basically in July, and I think he’s really busted his butt to try to learn and grow each day he’s been with us,” McDaniels said.McDaniels didn’t tip his hand as to which direction the Patriots are leaning at quarterback, but said he is itching for an answer.“As soon as the decision is made, then obviously that’s an opportunity to start going in a specific direction,” he said.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 22nd August, 2020 07:49 IST COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more