High School Parents, Educators Invited To PEF College Knowledge Lunch And Learn Sessions

Friday, February 28, 2014

High school parents and educators are invited to attend the Public Education Foundation's College Knowledge Breaks.  These monthly lunch and learn workshops will focus on college related topics such as essay writing, college financial planning and college admission.  Other adults who work with or advise students on the road to post-secondary success are invited as well. All the sessions will be from 12–1 p.m. in the PEF Ruth Holmberg Center for Excellence, third floor of 100 East 10th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.

PEF VP of College and Career Success Stacy Lightfoot said, "One of the most important decisions our students will make is to continue on to college. PEF’s College and Career Readiness work focuses on encouraging students to attend college, and provides them and their families with support and access to help them accomplish this goal."

Spring 2014 sessions include: 

·         Thursday, March 13 – ACT/SAT:  That is the Question While many students put their energy into acing standardized tests, in reality, grades and the rigor of a student’s curriculum are the most important factors in a college application. Standardized test scores are often necessary, but not sufficient for determining admission on their own. We invite you to this workshop to hear about the truth behind testing and how it affects your student in the college application process. Who better to hear this information from than Carl Forbes of ACT, Inc.

·         Thursday, April 24 – The Importance of Volunteering PEF Volunteer Coordinator Kate Skonberg will help participants learn how strategic volunteering can help students set themselves apart from the crowd. It’s a competitive world, but through volunteering, students can gain valuable job skills, become eligible for scholarships, build career networks, and grow as a person. Attendees will learn specific ways to find service learning and volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga and techniques toward maximizing each opportunity. 

·         Tuesday, May 20 – Support Students with Disabilities Many parents are often frustrated at the lack of support for their students who may have special circumstances and challenges when it comes to their disability/difference. However, there are many resources beyond high school that can help students transition into the world of post-secondary learning. Whether your student is gifted, has a learning difference, or physical challenge, colleges have stepped up the plate to offer assistance in many areas, including tutoring in various subjects, preparing for tests, developing effective study skills, writing assignments, choosing a career, changing your major and using the library.

PEF will provide an optional lunch for $5 per person.  RSVPs for lunch are required and may be made online at pefchattanooga.org/registerapply.

Baylor Elects 2016-17 Honor Council

Members of Baylor's 101st Honor Council have been elected for the 2016-17 school year.  They are Trey Freeman '18, Annie Dethero '17, Alison Anderson '17, Lauren King '17, David Thompson '17, Ashton Jenne '17, Kristopher Kennedy '19, Connor Duffy '20, Chase Radpour '20, Jonyca Jiao '19, Sarah Talley '18, Matthew Davis '18, Alex Robinson '19 and Mats Pokela '18.  ... (click for more)

Dawson Chosen As The Coordinator Of Development And Alumni Relations

Cindy Dawson was chosen as the coordinator of Development and Alumni Relations at Cleveland State Community College.  Prior to accepting her position at CSCC, Ms. Dawson had worked with non-profit organizations for over ten years.   She worked for The Next Door, where she served as the regional development coordinator for East Tennessee. She also served as the executive ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  District Attorney Neal Pinkston said Mr. Stone was not read his Miranda rights and the arrest was based on his statement. He also cited the involvement in the arrest by the mayor's office with Chief of Staff Stacy Richardson going to the ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Commercial Fire In Alton Park

The Chattanooga Fire Department on Thursday responded to a fire at Metalcasting Minerals Technologies at 3406 Alton Park Blvd. with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Ashley May said a hopper was full of combustible materials and a small area was on fire. Firefighters opened the hopper's hatch and applied large amounts of water and foam to the burning coal dust-type material. ... (click for more)

Literacy Is Critical

Government spending is often portrayed as a freight train "quickly running out of track." And there is some truth to that statement. There is not an endless supply of money to fund every good idea that comes along, and we must acknowledge that problem. Fiscal responsibility is a must.  That is why spending on priority issues like public education is important. You can spend ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prayer Over Despair

As a strong proponent of early voting, I joined hundreds at the Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters on Amnicola Highway yesterday to exercise what I consider one of our greatest freedoms – “for the people, by the people.” Candidly, I have never been as upset or as disappointed over my choices for President in my life. Locally I am fine with our candidates but to pick ... (click for more)