EVSC Unveils OptIN Program Led by Executive Director B. J. Watts And Alex Burton,…

first_imgThe Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation announced an innovative program aimed at helping students and parents identify all of the opportunities available to them upon high school graduation. OptIN, Opportunities through Partnerships that Transform and Inspire, will educate EVSC students on postsecondary and career options that best match their interests and strengths.“OptIN will focus on extending and expanding options for all students,” said EVSC Superintendent David Smith. “We have students with incredible promise and we have first-rate employers that are not able to fill high-wage, high-demand positions. OptIN will connect students’ passion and interests with open positions in our community by ensuring our students have the education and transferable skills necessary for today’s workforce.”According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Research & Analysis, by year 2024 there will be 78,200 unfilled jobs in the Evansville area alone. Of those, nearly 75 percent will require either a high school diploma, postsecondary certification, or four-year degree. Evansville also mimics some of the same trends seen nationally.  The 2016-2017 U. S. Talent Shortage Survey revealed some of the most difficult-to-fill jobs in the nation are skilled trades, health care workers, teachers and technicians. These are also high-demand job opportunities in the Evansville region.“OptIN will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the entire Evansville community by providing local employers direct access to a highly-skilled workforce.” Smith said. “OptIN will significantly benefit Evansville and the surrounding community as we develop and retain our home-grown talent.”“As a community, our thinking has to change regarding how we define postsecondary success,” Smith said. “We certainly will continue to support students who choose to pursue a four-year degree, but we also have to realize that students can be extremely successful in a host of careers that build upon students’ skills and interests. OptIN will allow us to provide tangible opportunities that marry students’ aptitudes with their passions. It will leverage current initiatives and supports to ensure EVSC students and families are aware of the myriad of options and opportunities available for lifelong success.”OptIN will be led by Executive Director B. J. Watts, most recently an EVSC teacher. Watts  served on the Evansville City Council from 2001 – 2011 and as a Governor’s Appointee to the Indiana State Board of Education since 2011. Alex Burton, OptIN program manager, will work one-on-one with students to help them identify interests and develop the skills necessary to be successful.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

‘Pusoy’ puts five persons behind bars

first_imgILOILO City – Five persons were caught engaging in illegal gambling in Barangay New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan. Recovered their possession were a deck of playing card and bet money which amounted to P805. 4 p.m. on May 17. They were identified them as Manuel Datu; Domingo Carillo; Rolly Bautista; Jessie Senal; and Leo Berongo, a police report showed. center_img Detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station, the suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PN The suspects were nabbed after officers of the Kalibo police chanced upon them playing pusoy aroundlast_img read more

Ayre: 59,000 capacity right for now

first_img With a season ticket waiting list stretching into the tens of thousands, it is unlikely to satisfy the demand for match tickets, but Ayre stressed the proposed new numbers fitted the business plan. “Never say never, people say. I think it is too difficult to answer that question,” Ayre said when asked whether expansion had reached its limit with the latest proposals. “We have great experience from our owners (Fenway Sports Group) who have achieved something similar at Fenway Park (home of Boston Red Sox baseball team) and we are always looking to improve the stadium and you just don’t know where this thing goes over time. “We think the capacity we are aiming for ultimately is around the sweet spot for Liverpool – but that could change. “Sweet spot has a number of points to it: one is the cost to develop and the return on that investment. “If you spend £40million on a stand and you get 5,000 general admission seats, that takes a long time to get that back, so you have to find a solution and other ways to make that return quicker. “The 60,000 capacity as a construction cost feels like the right solution to be able to be sustainable and build the business from, so in that regard that is why we feel that is the right number. “For now we feel we are on the right track and we feel the range of facilities and the quality and authenticity is the right fit for now and years to come.” Work begins on Monday on the £100million-plus redevelopment of the ground’s main stand, which will add about 8,500 seats to the 45,500 currently present. Phase two of the proposals will see an expansion of the Anfield Road end to take overall capacity to just under 59,000. In recent weeks, protests over ticket prices have taken place at Anfield and the fact more than half of the new seats in the redeveloped Main Stand will be non-general admission will have done little to assuage those complaining that ordinary fans are being priced out. The club will meet with supporters’ representatives next week and Ayre is confident they can still keep fans onside. “We built the economic model on the basis of having a range of prices, as we do today,” he added. “We have said all along we absolutely recognise there needs to be some affordable pricing and tickets in the stadium and that is the case today, but maybe there can be more of that. “More importantly for us is people understanding why we increase prices: they have largely increased in line with inflation and, if you look at players’ wages, transfer fees, they are not going down either. “We always want to try to find the right solutions for our fans.” Away from the stadium issue, Liverpool have sent striker Daniel Sturridge to train in Los Angeles for two weeks to help in his rehabilitation from a thigh injury. The England international has not played for the club since August 31. Press Association Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has not ruled out taking Anfield’s capacity beyond the 60,000-mark in the future, but insists it does not make financial sense at this stage. last_img read more