Mayor To Help Celebrate Success Of PowerIt Up

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Andy Berke on Friday will join Associate Principal Maryo Beck at Girls Leadership Academy to commemorate the successful computer-based after school program PowerIt Up.

Officials said, "It showed complete community participation as several local businesses supported the initiative. The hope is that PowerIt Up helps high school students find employment for girls while still in school using their design skills.

"Funded by The UnFoundation, PowerIt Up aims to target the scarcity of females in STEM fields and the disparity between school system education and applicability in the real world.  The program integrates STEM skills into the girls’ education and also allows the girls to utilize their skills to earn a wage."

Graphic design majors instructed high school girls at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy basic skills with Adobe In Design. After sessions were completed, the girls were connected with local companies as independent contractors. Each student received a publication project for the company. After the complete their design, they will submit it to the corporation and every time it is used, the girl will receive pay. The designers volunteered their time for free.

Companies that participated include St. Nicholas School, Way Paver – LampostGroup, and Chattanooga’s own The Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders. Cube Printing, a local printing service, was also very supportive. Other supporters include Reginald Smith with the Hamilton County Department of Education.

The girls will be given a certificate of completion from Global Excel. Along with the certificate, the girls will also be given gift cards to be used for educational purposes.

Anjali Chandra, a junior at Girls Preparatory School, began Global Excel, a non-profit dedicated to providing underprivileged children with the skills they need to succeed, when she was 11. She wants this program to continue and grow: “It has potential for the community and some of the top private schools to take ownership and make a difference in the immediate area” said Chandra.

Over the past year, she has realized that she can empower the girls of Chattanooga. Chandra’s PowerIt Up program aims to help literacy as well as female empowerment in the computer and educational worlds, it was stated.


New Communications Arts Building Nearing Completion At Lee University

Main Street Cleveland members got a preview tour of Lee University's nearly-finished Communications Arts Building Monday. "We wanted it to look great all the way around," Dr. Jerome Hammond, vice president for university relations, told those touring the 41,000 square foot building. The structure will be a prominent part of downtown. One foyer opens onto the Ocoee St. and Central ... (click for more)

UTC College Of Business Hosts Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

For the third consecutive year, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is offering free training and mentoring in entrepreneurship and small business management to our nation’s disabled and service distinguished veterans.   Participants in this year’s VEP are attending an eight-day boot camp at UTC through Saturday, July ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)