Conn. seeks to strengthen career, technical programs


An effort underway in Connecticut to develop alternatives for profession training and coaching contains the separation of the Connecticut Technical Training and Profession System from the state Division of Training, pending ultimate approval from the state legislature. As an unbiased company, the system would have a brand new govt director, who is predicted to associate with enterprise and business leaders.

SLCC star Chase Adams’ basketball career started with a viral moment. Then it took a sudden twist


The loss of life of a brother despatched the Bruins’ star guard on an surprising journey

(Taylor Munroe) Salt Lake Group Faculty guard Chase Adams was a viral sensation earlier than he received to highschool. However his brother’s sudden loss of life despatched Adams on an surprising path.

This story is collectively printed by nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune, in collaboration with Salt Lake Group Faculty, to raise various views in native media by means of scholar journalism.

When Salt Lake Group Faculty level guard Chase Adams was in seventh grade, a video of him showcasing his spectacular ball dealing with was posted on the YouTube basketball channel BallislifeMidwest.

Within the video — which at the moment has over 16 million views — Adams breaks ankles, ball fakes and runs circles round opponents who towered over him. Already well-known among the many Chicago basketball circle on the time, his recognition grew considerably after the video went viral.

“In Chicago, all people knew who I used to be, however after that video, it made issues nationwide,” Adams stated. “I used to be solely in seventh grade. I received my first [college] provide after I was in eighth grade from Bradley College.”

As one of many highest-ranked level guards within the nation coming into ninth grade, Adams began highschool optimistically, however he stated the whole lot modified when his brother — who Adams known as his greatest good friend — handed away of a grand mal seizure.

“I wasn’t actually linked with basketball,” Adams stated. “I used to be form of out of it mentally, and it took me some time to bounce again from that. To be trustworthy with you, I’m nonetheless engaged on it. That was the most important purpose why I fell off a little bit bit.”

After highschool, Adams performed for a yr on the College of Portland however entered the switch portal after his coach was fired. Adams initially had no curiosity going to junior faculty, even rejecting SLCC head coach Kyle Taylor’s preliminary provide to hitch the Bruins. However after some reflection, Adams determined SLCC was one of the best match for him.

“The distinction was, coach Kyle stated he was going to get gamers round me, and we have been going to have a group filled with gamers that have been hungry, coming from Division I applications like myself, and in the identical boat as me,” Adams stated. “That was thrilling to listen to, as a result of I do know they might have a chip on their shoulder like me.”

In the present day, Adams is a enterprise advertising and marketing main and chief of one of the best junior faculty basketball group within the nation, a group that additionally stands undefeated.

“Chase has been phenomenal,” Taylor stated. “He’s a frontrunner, he’s a winner and he works extremely onerous.”

Adams’ management influences the remainder of his teammates, based on Bruins guard Jordan Brinson.

“Chase is the kind of person who’s at all times going to ensure you’re okay and attempt to convey one of the best out of you,” he stated. “Chase and I roomed collectively at first of the yr, and each opened to one another and received shut. I really feel like our relationship off the courtroom as pals helps [us] on the courtroom, as a result of we all know inspire one another and convey one of the best out of one another.”

One other teammate of Adams, Physician Bradley, who’s beginning small ahead and capturing guard, stated he sees Adams as an even bigger brother.

“[Adams] is at all times there after I want to speak to him about something, not simply basketball, and I do know he’s going to inform the reality,” Bradley stated.

The time at SLCC has been simply as helpful to Adams.

His brother’s loss of life remains to be on the entrance of his thoughts, and Adams stated it nonetheless looks like yesterday. However by means of the assist system discovered at SLCC, Adams has discovered to deal with his loss and let it drive him to turn into higher.

Adams stated that SLCC has helped him discover his confidence and love for basketball once more. Taylor defined how his level guard has grown.

“He has regained his confidence capturing the ball and playmaking,” Taylor stated. “We actually emphasize coming to JUCO to ‘get wholesome,’ and for Chase, that’s been his confidence and his scoring.”

Division I faculties like Coastal Carolina, Stetson and Gardner Webb have taken discover of Adams’ elite play and provided him a scholarship to play for his or her faculty. With Adams being a sophomore, he will likely be shifting on subsequent season. In spite of everything he has endured to regain his confidence, Adams feels prepared, as soon as once more, to play on basketball’s largest stage.

Morgan Workman wrote this story as a journalism scholar at Salt Lake Group Faculty. It’s printed as a part of a brand new collaborative together with nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune.



AP Photographer Kathy Willens Retires, Reflects On Career



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World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has his headgear adjusted by coach Chris Dundee, in Miami Seashore on Dec. 21, 1977.

When Kathy Willens graduated from faculty, she was principally resigned to turning into a ravenous artist. As a substitute, she turned a photographer, and labored for the Related Press for practically 45 years, successful a number of awards for her protection of breaking and common information, options, sports activities, style, and celebrities.

When Willens began, there have been only a few girls photojournalists working alongside her, and your complete business was an analog one — with photographers growing their very own movie and writing their captions on typewriters. On the finish of Willens’s profession, 95,000 of her pictures have been on the AP Pictures web site.

We caught up with Willens two weeks into her retirement (“I haven’t had a second to calm down!” she mentioned) to speak about sports activities pictures, lengthy lenses, and what it was wish to cowl sports activities, presidents, and the Mariel boatlift.


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Avant-garde artist Andy Warhol snaps a photograph of a courtyard contained in the Amsterdam Palace resort in Miami, Sept. 6, 1980.

How did you get into pictures?

My profession began in 1974. I labored at a small pink tabloid referred to as the Spinal Column — it was actually pink. It was a throwaway paper that folks would use to cowl their birdcage bottoms. It was suburban, past suburban, exterior Detroit, the place I grew up. Pictures appeared like probably the most viable profession alternative. At my first job, I believed I used to be going to be making $50 a photograph; it ended up being $5.

I obtained a tip that the Miami Information was in search of a lab technician. I ended up getting that job [later] in 1974. I labored there for six months when one staffer left and I joined as a full-time employees photographer. Miami was very completely different from the place I grew up. I ended up photographing issues like tent revivals and photos of a homicide scene on the I-95, in all probability stupidly contaminating proof, however no police have been there but. However these photos made the entrance web page, or have been prominently displayed. Late in 1976, the Related Press’s native photograph editor approached me with a suggestion to interchange a retiring staffer, and I labored for them for practically 45 years.


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Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste and Haitian protection lawyer Ira Kurzban at a deportation press convention in Miami, 1981.

What have been the large tales of the day?

One which spoke to me have been tales about Haitian and Cuban immigrants, tales that have been enormous and ongoing. The whole lot occurred in 1980, it was an insane 12 months. There was no different 12 months prefer it, apart from now. That 12 months was equally transformational for me and everybody else in Miami. There have been the 1980 McDuffie Riots, after which the Cuban Mariel boatlift. [The McDuffie riots] have been the aftermath of the acquittal of 4 white policemen within the loss of life of a Black man. That first night time many individuals died within the violence and chaos. I couldn’t go away the workplace to {photograph}, the telephone was ringing all night time lengthy and I answered it. I reached out to J. Scott Applewhite, then a freelancer, who went out to {photograph} for AP.

And the Haitian immigration and migration tales. These have been actually near me. I turned shut with a Haitian activist priest named Reverend Gérard Jean-Juste, and he gave me nice entry to inform these refugee tales. These photographs are very near me, however a few of them have been by no means proven. Earlier than I left, I let the Related Press scan them in so that they might be saved within the archives.

Hurricane Andrew was an enormous story in Miami as properly. Latin America was at all times an enormous story. Nicaragua, the Iran-Contra scandal and Oliver North. I additionally went to El Salvador. After I transferred to the [AP’s] New York bureau in 1993, I went to Somalia, which was utter chaos after I was there. It was the identical 12 months because the Black Hawk Down incident. The AP reporter who had been in Somalia, Tina Susman, was kidnapped, and three weeks after my departure from Somalia, the photographer who changed me was killed. After I got here again, I assessed what I wished to do. I felt that it was so near having been me. And I selected to remain nearer to house, which included taking pictures extra information and sports activities.


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On this Could 19, 1980, photograph, folks stroll previous ruins within the Culmer part of Miami after rioting over the acquittal of 4 cops charged with the 1979 beating loss of life of Arthur McDuffie, a Black motorcyclist.

I think about that the gender dynamics within the Seventies have been completely different.

It was very completely different. I used to be so younger, and I used to be surrounded by middle-aged males, older than middle-aged. There have been two feminine photographers in Florida, Mary Lou Foy on the Miami Herald and Ursula Seemann on the Solar Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. The expectations positioned on me have been only a lot. If nothing was happening, I used to be anticipated to exit and {photograph} girls on the seashore in Miami. I discovered a girl sporting the skimpiest bikini that I may discover, and I took her photograph, printed it out, and blew it up and put it on our workplace wall and instructed everybody that this was the LAST girl I might take an image of in a bikini. It was girls’s lib, and I believed it was unacceptable to ask me to try this.

When masking sports activities, I used to be virtually at all times the one feminine on the sphere. There have been no function fashions for me, however typically, I appeared as much as warfare photographer Susan Meiselas, though she was in all probability youthful than me. I additionally studied the portraits and photojournalism of Annie Leibovitz and road pictures by Helen Levitt.


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East Group’s John Wall, of the Washington Wizards, dunks the ball throughout the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball recreation, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York.

What about sports activities made you keep it up, and what was it like masking Muhammad Ali?

I lined Ali on the fifth Avenue Health club in Miami. It’s just like Gleason’s Health club in New York Metropolis. I [had] by no means lined considered one of his matches as a result of they have been all around the world and I used to be low on the totem pole. He was close to the top of his profession after I met him. The AP would at all times ship folks with extra seniority — males, I would add.

It was enjoyable being a part of that tradition. My then-boyfriend was a superb sports activities reporter, and so I obtained recommendations on all kinds of issues. For me, sports activities has the flexibility to seize these moments of utmost emotion. The enjoyment of it, it’s proper there in entrance of you on a regular basis. It’s so omnipresent and compacted into a brief time period. It additionally made nice pictures. I at all times needed to be taught on the go. My second boss at AP Miami, Phillip Okay. Sandlin, was extraordinarily good at capturing these moments. He had an extended lens, the longest lens, like a 500mm–600mm equal. I might course of his movie and watch him edit, and I might attempt to emulate that. He used to accuse me of taking pictures too many photos. He would shoot a roll of 36 and have possibly 4 or 5 nice pictures on it. I must shoot six or seven occasions that many rolls to get a superb image.

How do you’re feeling concerning the business now that you just’re leaving it?

I really feel just like the occupation is in superb fingers proper now. We’re on this time of reassessment the place girls, together with girls of shade and various photographers general, are being explored and included. It’s nice. The occupation is altering, and there might not be as nice remuneration. I don’t know if it’s simpler or tougher to advertise your self on the apps and social media. However there are such a lot of extra alternatives for girls than there have been after I was developing, and individuals are benefiting from them. I feel that’s a very good signal.


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Serena Williams celebrates on the US Open tennis match in New York on Sept. 10, 1999.


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New York Yankees outfielder Jimmy Wynn (middle) is given a lift by fellow outfielders Reggie Jackson (left) and Paul Blair on the Yankees spring coaching camp at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 1, 1977.


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The ocean-going tugboat Dr. Daniels heads for Key West’s naval pier with 700 to 900 folks on board on Could 6, 1980. It was the most important vessel carrying the best variety of refugees from Cuba because the starting of the Cuban boatlift two weeks earlier.


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On this Oct. 15, 1977, file photograph, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave to folks at Nassau’s Clifford Park after their arrival in Nassau, Bahamas.


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First woman Hillary Rodham Clinton leans over to assist Dan Quan, 9, spell his “I Have a Dream” task at New York’s PS 154 in Harlem on Jan. 26, 1998.


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Jay-Z (left) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers ahead LeBron James on Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.


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Haitians, led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, show in Miami, April 19, 1980.


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A mourner at funeral for Haitian drowning victims, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1982.


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Hassan Riyole, 10, recites prayers from the Qur’an along with his father, Osman, inside their straw hut in Dheeray, Somalia, on Could 25, 1993.


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Haitians show in Miami, April 19, 1980.


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President Invoice Clinton greets Pope John Paul II upon their arrival at Newark Worldwide Airport in New Jersey on Oct. 4, 1995.


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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (left) intercepts a go supposed for Seattle Seahawks vast receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona.


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New York Mets first base participant Pete Alonso walks to his place between innings of the crew’s recreation in opposition to the Chicago Cubs, June 17, 2021, in New York.



New Resource Highlights How States Use American Rescue Plan Funds to Reengage Students through Career and Technical Education


Right this moment, the U.S. Division of Schooling launched a new reality sheet highlighting methods states and college districts are utilizing American Rescue Plan funds to reengage college students and improve tutorial studying by increasing profession and technical schooling (CTE) alternatives. As faculties assist college students handle misplaced educational time, high-quality CTE applications is usually a highly effective software to spice up college engagement and on-time commencement.

“As our nation recovers from the pandemic, we should guarantee right this moment’s college students are prepared to satisfy tomorrow’s wants.  Investments in Profession and Technical Schooling – applications which might be confirmed to efficiently reengage college students and put together them for in-demand, good paying jobs – are key to that purpose,” mentioned U.S. Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona.  “Expanded pathways from highschool to the workforce might help college students acquire the talents and earn the credentials wanted for high-growth jobs, together with people who do not require a four-year faculty diploma.”

The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary College Emergency Reduction Fund (ARP ESSER) has supplied almost $122 billion to states and college districts to put money into Ok-12 faculties and meet the pressing wants of colleges and college students on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. The brand new reality sheet highlights examples of how states are utilizing reduction funds for CTE applications in excessive faculties as a part of their work to assist college students and communities get well and create alternatives for college students to pursue greater schooling and profitable careers.

College students who full a sequence of CTE programs in highschool are extra probably to graduate on time and enroll in postsecondary schooling. Course sequences can embody alternatives to take part in work-based studying and to earn postsecondary credit score or industry-recognized credentials in highschool.   

Earlier this 12 months, Secretary Cardona highlighted the significance of creating greater schooling extra inclusive and reasonably priced as he laid out his imaginative and prescient and priorities for schooling in America. He additionally confused that college students ought to have pathways by means of greater schooling that result in profitable careers. To attain that, he referred to as for reimagining the connection amongst p-12, greater schooling, and the workforce.

Learn extra about state and native investments in CTE applications utilizing ARP ESSER funds within the reality sheet. A brand new Homeroom weblog submit for college students, households and educators particulars how CTE applications put together college students for in-demand profession pathways by offering alternatives for hands-on experiences and educational time, a lot of which was interrupted on account of COVID-19 challenges.