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VETTE’S VEGAS VOICE: Aspiring to Achieve

December 18, 2017 by  
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS

 

On October 23, 400 students from 21 CCSD high schools participated in the African American Student Summit hosted by the Clark County Black Caucus in partnership with Clark County School District.

Students enjoyed a fast-paced program focused on college and career readiness. The audience was surprised by twin tap dancers Sean and John Scott (from the critically acclaimed “Absinthe”) opening up the program — followed by hip-hop violinist Brandon Summers, performances, and storytelling. Following an interactive panel discussion and the Career & College Fair sponsored by the CCSD Career & Technical Education Department, students learned about apprenticeships, job opportunities, and college resources. Career/college mapping will help guide students through high school graduation depending upon their personal goals.

Parents should be aware of the Nevada College Kick Start Program, a college savings account provided to students across the state . The program automatically enrolls all eligible Nevada kindergarten students attending public schools with a $50 College Kick Start Program account with information provided by the State Department of Education or the child’s school or district. Kick Start accounts are forfeited if a family fails to claim their child’s account before the end of third grade. For more information, visit http://collegekickstart.nv.gov/

Anyone interested in Office of Workforce Innovation or Nevada’s Apprenticeship Project should visit http://gov.nv.gov/OWINN/ and http://www.nvapprenticeship.org/students/#opportunities. As a registered apprentice, you’ll be paid to learn your job. Your employer pays for your on-the-job and technical classroom training, so you don’t have to worry about finding the time or money to go back to school.

Nevada legislators serving on education committees were recognized as CCBC Education Equity Heroes, along with Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky for his years of service. Dr. Zac Robbins, principal of Cheyenne High School, was honored as the Educator of the Year. Black Student Union club presidents helped present the awards.

Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.

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