The end of my second term is drawing near and the college is basically a ghost town (the few classes that are active are online). I have been working on a lasting connection that will connect students with apprenticeships within the local unions. I paid visits to the offices of the local carpenters and plumbers unions to get more information about their requirements and took it to the community colleges Dean of Occupational Education, making a connection that can help put students to work, in their field of study, so that going to school won’t break their wallet. They will be getting paid as they learn on the job skills that coincide with what they are learning in the classroom. This should help a lot of students that don’t have the money to continue school.
I went to my first Points of Light conference this past week and WOW! Powerful speakers, eager learners, and an abundance of networks. Lonnie Ali was amazing, along with all of the speakers, but who stood out above all of them, for me, was Yara Shahidi. She is the young actress who plays Zoey Johnson on the TV show Black-ish. Mariela Shaker, was another of my favorite speakers. The way she made that violin sing was amazing. Music is the rhythm which our souls move to; it balances us, helps us to feel deeper, and gives us an energy to our lives that makes us feel unstoppable. Well, for me it does. That’s why our MC of the week, Mike Ellison, moved mountains. His words in rhyme brought to life not only the issues at hand but the solutions that can demand a better tomorrow.
With the networking that I did at the conference, I am going into my third term up in the Upper Peninsula with so many ideas, so much enthusiasm and determination to make another giant difference!
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