Gov. Wolf to Nominate Noe Ortega to Serve as Education Secretary

first_img Education,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today his intention to nominate current Pennsylvania Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Postsecondary and Higher Education Noe Ortega to serve as the next Secretary of Education. Ortega will replace Pedro Rivera, who will continue to serve as Secretary until he becomes President of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on Oct. 1, 2020.“Noe Ortega has a proven record of advocating for equity and access for all students,” said Gov. Wolf. “Recently, Noe has been spearheading Pennsylvania’s efforts to diversify our educator pipeline to make our classrooms better reflect the students we educate, and his expertise will continue to advance the department’s mission of ensuring Pennsylvania’s learners have access to the educational opportunities that will help them succeed.”Before joining PDE in 2017, Ortega spent eight years at the University of Michigan (U-M), where he held several academic and administrative roles, including working as the Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and as the Managing Director for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. Ortega also spent nearly a decade working in the areas of financial aid and enrollment management at both public and private universities in Texas and served as a P-16 Specialist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He also spent nearly seven years as director of a language institute in Japan where he trained teachers in the area of early childhood language acquisition.“Under Pedro Rivera’s leadership Pennsylvania adopted the landmark basic education funding formula, the Future Ready PA Index, an innovative school measuring tool for communities to more easily evaluate how their schools are performing, and implemented a school improvement strategy to provide struggling schools with resources and guidance to help them develop plans responsive to local conditions and needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “His leadership has been critical during the commonwealth’s response to COVID-19 and the relationships he cultivated with education stakeholders during his tenure have strengthened the ties between state and local partners and allowed local schools to inform state education policy.”Ver esta página en español. August 04, 2020 Gov. Wolf to Nominate Noe Ortega to Serve as Education Secretarycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

USC battles Stanford for first place

first_imgDespite the myriad challenges the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team has faced — and, for the most part, overcome — this season, Saturday’s game against No. 3 Stanford at McDonald’s Swim Stadium may prove to be its biggest yet.Stanford, which enters the weekend at 19-1 and 6-0 in the conference, hasn’t lost since Oct. 11, and has been ranked in the top three nationally the entire season. The Cardinal won both the Navy and the NorCal tournaments at the beginning of the season, and during that time held the No. 1 ranking while the Trojans stalled in third place.“It’ll be another tough match,” said sophomore goalkeeper Joel Dennerley. “It was tough last year, and they’re pretty dominant this year, so it’ll be a challenge for us.”Surprisingly, the two teams have not met yet this season, despite their successes. USC and Stanford have participated in two tournaments — the NorCal Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif., and the UCI Invitational in Irvine, Calif. — together, but after a Trojan loss to UCLA in the NorCal tourney and a Cardinal loss to Cal at UCI, the teams were never given the chance to square off against each other.But while it may seem that the two squads have had little impact on each other this season, their recent history with each other leaves little to the Trojans’ imagination as to what to prepare for.“We haven’t played Stanford this year, and not since the NCAA finals last year, but we still prepare the same way we would for any other team,” Dennerley said. “We’ve watched them at other tournaments. They lost a few players last year, but the core of their team is more or less still there and they are doing the same things. We’ll match up as we need to, but it’ll be a tough game.”USC won all four of its games against Stanford last season, but three of them were decided by two goals or less. The most notable of the victories came in the NCAA championship game, in which the Trojans clinched their fourth national title with a 7-5 win. Every NCAA title the Trojans have won has come against Stanford.The Trojans avoided a major obstacle last weekend against UCLA on the road to set the stage for this important match, beating the Bruins 7-6 on a last-minute score from junior driver Kyle Sterling. But last week’s game doesn’t change anything for the team as they head into this week’s match, USC coach Jovan Vavic said.“The last game is over,” Vavic said. “This is a different opponent with different strengths, so we really have to get ready for it. We don’t labor on wins that much. We just have to get ready and execute. We have to focus on Stanford’s strengths, because they have a couple of really good players.”The winner of this match will gain sole possession of first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference, and will likely take the first seed in the MPSF tournament in late November.“I think both teams are going to be excited that we finally get to play each other,” Vavic said. “I think it’s going to be a very emotional game for both teams, because this is the first time we’ll see each other after the [NCAA tournament]. Both teams have one loss, and the winner will be in really good shape.”last_img read more

JPMorgan Chase funds Miami Dade College program

first_imgJPMorgan Chase will award Miami Dade College (MDC) $700,000 over two years to help hundreds of South Florida’s youth gain the skills needed to land jobs in information technology, trade and logistics.Each year, the new MDC-Career Connect initiative will provide fast-track training for 100 to 150 Miami-Dade County students ages 16 to 24, earning college credit and shortening the time it takes to obtain a workforce credential.Strengthen MDC’s career pathway programsThe program aims to strengthen MDC’s career pathway programs in information technology, trade and logistics in Greater Miami – fields with high demand for middle-skill workers.Middle-skill jobs require more than a high school diploma and are central to the county’s economy. Miami’s unemployment rate for residents ages 20 to 24 with low skills is 19.9%, compared to 9.5 percent for those with some college education or an associate’s degree.Partnership with JPMorgan“We are pleased to launch this new initiative in partnership with JPMorgan Chase as we work to close the opportunity gap between the supply of trained workers and industry demand. We are also grateful to offer Miami’s youth even more opportunities to succeed,” says Mark Cole, vice president of Advancement and executive director at MDC’s Foundation.“We want more people to share in the benefits of a growing economy by creating sustainable paths to careers that lead to prosperity and wealth for more individuals,” said Guillermo Castillo, head of Chase Middle Market Banking in Miami. “Our partnership with Miami Dade College will help more youth gain the skills needed to access careers in the high demand industries of information technology, trade and logistics.”Beginning Oct. 17, Chase ATM machines across Miami will feature this initiative. To learn more and contribute, visit www.mdc.edu/givelast_img read more

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal purse, salaries: How much money will they make at UFC 251?

first_imgJorge Masvidal said this week he needed a hefty monetary promise to fight at UFC 251, and he had all of the leverage to improve his payout when asked to replace Gilbert Burns in the main event against Kamaru Usman.His positioning helped him secure a multifight contract with UFC, which he told ESPN has satisfied his desires. What is Jorge Masvidal’s net worth?Like Usman, Masvidal’s net worth is difficult to pin down, mostly because knowledge of his endorsement deals and outside business pursuits is limited. His base career earnings from fights, though, are about $2.6 million.Kamaru Usman’s career fight recordUsman holds a 16-1-0 career record with his lone pro loss coming by submission in 2013. Since that defeat, he’s racked up three title fight wins and 15 straight victories overall. In 2019, he defeated Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.Jorge Masvidal’s career fight recordMasvidal is 35-13-0 in his career and enters Saturday night on a three fight unbeaten streak. His last bout came against Nate Diaz, whom he defeated by TKO last November. Usman, meanwhile, is trying to ride the momentum of a 15 fight win streak in which he’s blossomed into a high-earning fighter in his own right.Here is a financial breakdown for the UFC 251 main event:Usman vs. Masvidal fight purse, prize moneyWhile the fight purse won’t be announced until after the event, we do know the earnings each fighter has received in recent appearances to get an idea of the incentives at UFC 251.Usman earned $550,000 for his UFC 245 title victory over Colby Covington last December and $350,000 for his UFC 235 victory over Tyron Woodley last March.Masvidal has earned a shade over $1 million across his past three contests, including $520,000 from his TKO win over Nate Diaz last year. This is his first UFC title fight.It’s expected, then, that each will earn at least $500,000 for appearing at UFC 251.What is Kamaru Usman’s net worth?There is no reputable estimate for Usman’s overall net worth, but his base career earnings from fights are about $1.5 million.last_img read more

England boys’ targeting fourth win at Home Internationals

first_img England Golf has announced its team for the Boys’ Home Internationals to be played at Ashburnham Golf Club, Wales on Tuesday, 6 – Friday, 9 August.England successfully defended the title at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals at Royal Dornoch.The Players Jack Bigham, 15 (Harpenden, Hertfordshire) was sixth at the English Boys’ U16 Open Stroke Play Championship (McGregor Trophy), eighth at the Peter McEvoy Trophy and tenth at the Henry Cooper Junior Masters. He represented England in the recent European Young Masters where he finished in a tie for 20th place.Barclay Brown, 18 (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) was a member the English team that won last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals and also represented his country in this year’s European Boys’ Team Championship. He was fourth in the Junior Orange Bowl International in the US at the start of the year. Won the Carris Trophy last year.Enrique Dimayuga, 18 (Walton Heath, Surrey) represented England at the recent Dutch Junior Open where he finished ninth. He was also 11th at the French International Boys’ Championship.Conor Gough, 16 (Stoke Park, Berkshire) has missed much of this season studying for his GCSE exams but before taking time out he did win the Major Champions Challenge in the US. Had a stellar year during 2018 when he won the Boys’ Amateur Championship, the Fairhaven Trophy and the McGregor Trophy. He played on the winning English team at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals. Also represented England at the European Boys’ Team Championship.Max Hopkins, 16 (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) is another player who has seen his season curtailed due to exams but did return in time to represent England at the European Boys’ Team Championships. He was also a member of the winning English team at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals. Became the youngest ever winner of the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship late last year. Was second at the Henry Cooper Junior Masters and fifth at the Peter McEvoy Trophy.Habebul Islam, 18 (Ipswich, Suffolk) was part of the winning team at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals. He started this year with a 19th place finish in the Portuguese International Amateur and has also been 17th at the French Boys’ (Carlhian Trophy), 18th at the Brabazon Trophy and 16th at the Tillman Trophy.Jacob Kelso, 18 (Kings Hill, Kent) makes his first appearance for England in the Boys’ Home Internationals. He was third at this year’s Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, tenth and the Fairhaven Trophy and 11th at the German Boys’.George Leigh, 17 (Trevose, Cornwall) recently won the Cornwall Amateur Championship. He was 12th at this year’s Fairhaven Trophy, 17th at the Carris Trophy and 24th at the West of England Amateur.Callum Macfie, 18 (Lindrick, Yorkshire) birdied the last two holes to win this year’s Fairhaven Trophy. He was also tied-6th while representing his country at this year’s Northern Boys Qualifier.Joseph Pagdin, 17 (Lake Nona) created history recently when he because the first European play to reach the semi-final of the US Junior Championship. This year he has also finished fourth at both the Sage Valley Junior Invitational and the AJGA Simplify Boys’ Championship and 15th at the Jones Cup Invitational. Made the match play stage at The Amateur Championship. A member of the winning English team at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals.Robin Williams, 17 (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) represented England at last year’s Boys’ Home Internationals and this year’s European Boys’ Team Championship. He was 15th at this year’s St Andrews Links Trophy and 18th at the Brabazon Trophy. Also made the cut at the European Amateur Championship in Austria and reached the match play stage of the English Men’s Amateur Championship.Photo: Credit Vicki Head. Pictured Barclay Brown. 2 Aug 2019 England boys’ targeting fourth win at Home Internationals Tags: Boys’ Home Internationalslast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers FieldHockey Team

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers reeled off a couple of late wins to finish to pull off a ninth place finish at the BC High School AA Girl’s Fieldhockey Championships this past week in Surrey. LVR edged G.W. Graham of Chilliwack 2-0 in Consolation Round action Friday.The win came a few hours after the Bombes edged Enver Creek of Surrey 2-1.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Bombers with Team of the Week honours.The team includes Paige Meisner, Shianne Michalchuk, Aimee Montpellier, Ashley Hall, Maria Giavedoni, Ashleigh Maclean, Rylie Jordhal, Pearl Velisek Pauline Seeliger, Clara Hundertmark, Sienna Mornigstar, Elissa Centrone  and Isabel curstion, Heather Potkins, Rylee Zondervan, Hanna Quinn Julia Burkart, Noa Butterfield and coach Bruce Walgren.last_img read more