Conn. seeks to strengthen career, technical programs


An effort underway in Connecticut to develop alternatives for profession schooling and coaching consists of the separation of the Connecticut Technical Schooling and Profession System from the state Division of Schooling, pending last approval from the state legislature. As an impartial company, the system would have a brand new govt director, who is anticipated to associate with enterprise and trade leaders.

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


The demise of a brother despatched the Bruins’ star guard on an sudden journey

(Taylor Munroe) Salt Lake Neighborhood School guard Chase Adams was a viral sensation earlier than he acquired to highschool. However his brother’s sudden demise despatched Adams on an sudden path.

This story is collectively printed by nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune, in collaboration with Salt Lake Neighborhood School, to raise various views in native media via scholar journalism.

When Salt Lake Neighborhood School 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 rivals who towered over him. Already well-known among the many Chicago basketball circle on the time, his reputation grew considerably after the video went viral.

“In Chicago, everyone 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 acquired my first [college] supply once 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 every part modified when his brother — who Adams known as his greatest buddy — handed away of a grand mal seizure.

“I wasn’t actually related with basketball,” Adams stated. “I used to be type of out of it mentally, and it took me some time to bounce again from that. To be sincere with you, I’m nonetheless engaged on it. That was the largest purpose why I fell off a 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 supply to hitch the Bruins. However after some reflection, Adams determined SLCC was the most effective 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 staff 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.”

At this time, Adams is a enterprise advertising main and chief of the most effective junior faculty basketball staff within the nation, a staff that additionally stands undefeated.

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

Adams’ management influences the remainder of his teammates, in response to Bruins guard Jordan Brinson.

“Chase is the kind of person who’s at all times going to be sure you’re okay and attempt to carry the most effective out of you,” he stated. “Chase and I roomed collectively at first of the yr, and each opened to one another and acquired shut. I really feel like our relationship off the court docket as buddies helps [us] on the court docket, as a result of we all know how one can inspire one another and produce the most effective out of one another.”

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

“[Adams] is at all times there once 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 demise continues to be on the entrance of his thoughts, and Adams stated it nonetheless appears like yesterday. However via the assist system discovered at SLCC, Adams has discovered to deal with his loss and let it drive him to develop 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 taking pictures 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 college. With Adams being a sophomore, he can be transferring 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 greatest stage.

Morgan Workman wrote this story as a journalism scholar at Salt Lake Neighborhood School. 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 Seaside on Dec. 21, 1977.

When Kathy Willens graduated from faculty, she was largely resigned to changing into a ravenous artist. As an alternative, she grew to become 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 the complete business was an analog one — with photographers creating their very own movie and writing their captions on typewriters. On the finish of Willens’s profession, 95,000 of her photographs 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 loosen up!” she stated) to speak about sports activities images, 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 images?

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

I received 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 workers photographer. Miami was very totally 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 picture editor approached me with a proposal to switch a retiring staffer, and I labored for them for practically 45 years.


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Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste and Haitian protection legal professional 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 large and ongoing. Every part occurred in 1980, it was an insane yr. There was no different yr prefer it, apart from now. That yr 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 demise of a Black man. That first evening many individuals died within the violence and chaos. I couldn’t go away the workplace to {photograph}, the telephone was ringing all evening 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 grew to become 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 in order that they may very well be saved within the archives.

Hurricane Andrew was an enormous story in Miami as properly. Latin America was at all times a giant story. Nicaragua, the Iran-Contra scandal and Oliver North. I additionally went to El Salvador. Once 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 yr 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. Once I got here again, I assessed what I needed to do. I felt that it was so near having been me. And I selected to remain nearer to residence, which included taking pictures extra information and sports activities.


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

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

It was very totally 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 seaside in Miami. I discovered a girl carrying the skimpiest bikini that I may discover, and I took her picture, 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 assumed it was unacceptable to ask me to do this.

When protecting sports activities, I used to be nearly at all times the one feminine on the sphere. There have been no function fashions for me, however usually, I regarded as much as warfare photographer Susan Meiselas, regardless that she was in all probability youthful than me. I additionally studied the portraits and photojournalism of Annie Leibovitz and road images by Helen Levitt.


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East Group’s John Wall, of the Washington Wizards, dunks the ball in the course of 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 protecting Muhammad Ali?

I lined Ali on the fifth Avenue Health club in Miami. It’s much like Gleason’s Health club in New York Metropolis. I [had] by no means lined one among his matches as a result of they have been everywhere in 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 individuals 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 received tips about all types of issues. For me, sports activities has the power 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 photographs. I at all times needed to be taught on the go. My second boss at AP Miami, Phillip Ok. Sandlin, was extraordinarily good at capturing these moments. He had a protracted 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 perhaps 4 or 5 nice photographs on it. I must shoot six or seven instances that many rolls to get image.

How do you are feeling in regards to the business now that you just’re leaving it?

I really feel just like the career is in superb arms proper now. We’re on this time of reassessment the place girls, together with girls of coloration and numerous photographers total, are being explored and included. It’s nice. The career is altering, and there will not be as nice remuneration. I don’t know if it’s simpler or more durable to advertise your self on the apps and social media. However there are such a lot of extra alternatives for ladies than there have been after I was arising, 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 event 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 individuals 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 picture, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave to individuals 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” project 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, display 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 together with his father, Osman, inside their straw hut in Dheeray, Somalia, on Could 25, 1993.


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Haitians display 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 cross supposed for Seattle Seahawks broad 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 towards 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


As we speak, 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 training (CTE) alternatives. As colleges assist college students handle misplaced educational time, high-quality CTE packages could be a highly effective instrument to spice up college engagement and on-time commencement.

“As our nation recovers from the pandemic, we should guarantee right now’s college students are prepared to satisfy tomorrow’s wants.  Investments in Profession and Technical Schooling – packages which might be confirmed to efficiently reengage college students and put together them for in-demand, good paying jobs – are key to that purpose,” stated U.S. Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona.  “Expanded pathways from highschool to the workforce will 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 Faculty Emergency Reduction Fund (ARP ESSER) has offered practically $122 billion to states and college districts to spend money on Ok-12 colleges 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 aid funds for CTE packages in excessive colleges as a part of their work to assist college students and communities get well and create alternatives for college kids to pursue larger training and profitable careers.

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

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

Learn extra about state and native investments in CTE packages utilizing ARP ESSER funds within the reality sheet. A brand new Homeroom weblog submit for college kids, households and educators particulars how CTE packages 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 attributable to COVID-19 challenges.