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Federal Spending That Works

Most community colleges could easily put federal grant money to good use plugging up budget holes after years of slashing by states. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s $2 billion in workforce development funding for the sector was designed to encourage two-year colleges to make lasting, ambitious changes instead of just back-filling budgets. And that approach seems to be working.
The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, for example, have shared $20 million from the Labor Department to create new or redesigned credentials, which are aimed at unemployed or underemployed adults.

CYBER INSECURITY: Stakes immense in protection of digital data

For credit card users in New Jersey and many other parts of the world, Duy Hai Truong was an invisible enemy, authorities say. Over six years, from a site in Vietnam, Truong racked up more than $200 million in fraudulent charges on credit cards, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in a federal court in Newark.

VLJ Sets Dates for Monmouth, Ocean County Clinics for Superstorm Sandy Victims

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) has announced dates that it will hold free legal aid clinics in Monmouth and Ocean counties for residents impacted by legal issues related to Hurricane Sandy. The clinics are a part of the organization’s Disaster Legal Response Program (DLRP). In Monmouth County, the clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Brookdale Community College, located at One Crown Plaza in Hazlet. Dates for these sessions include…

A walk for when ‘Thank you’ isn’t enough

It took a long time for Mark Reagan to pen the right words. What do you say to someone who lost their son? How do you say thank you to his mother for the heart he donated to keep you alive? Three years after receiving 19-year old Jorge Gonzalez’s heart, Reagan, of Basking Ridge, and the Gonzalez family agreed to meet at their Maimi home. Reagan wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be bitter? Sweet? Would he see tears of sorrow or joy? Jorge’s mother Magaly ran to the door and threw her arms around him. She asked if she could put her head to his chest. Reagan said yes.

A record six players with Staten Island ties selected in MLB draft (updated)

Saturday will not soon be forgotten by Staten Island baseball historians. A record six players with local ties were selected on the third and final day of the annual Major League Baseball draft, making it the most active draft day in local history. Let’s start with Adelphi University senior pitcher Dillon McNamara, who was taken in the 27th round by the hometown New York Yankees. The 6-foot-5 Moore Catholic HS product has a good chance to start his professional career next week with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League.

Former TR North pitcher Leiter Jr. picked by Philadelphia

There was a time when Mark Leiter Jr. was known as Little Light. The time was 1997-98 when his dad pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies. “I brought him with me all of the time,” Leiter Sr. said. “He grew up in the locker rooms of all of the teams I played for (eight).” “I guess I was either six or seven years old when I got the nickname,” Leiter Jr. said. “I used to shag fly balls in batting practice. My dad took me on the field at the Vet (Veterans Stadium). I caught my first fly ball off a bat at the Vet. Alex Arias of the Phillies hit it. It was a pretty awesome moment.”

Joe Reynolds Speaks on Wildlife Along the Shore

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host a presentation by Joe Reynolds on Marine life along the Monmouth County shores on Wednesday June 19 at the Strauss Mansion 27 Prospect Circle at 7:30pm. Mr. Reynolds will speak on the diversity of marine life found near and along Monmouth County’s coastline, from Blue Whales to Blue-Claw Crabs to Great Blue Herons to Horseshoe Crabs that have blue blood! Let local naturalist and nature writer Joe Reynolds help you to better understand the amazing creatures found throughout the year under the sea and along the shore where the wind, waves, salt, and sand create a …

Developing new pathways for community college students

Ensuring that community colleges can better support students in pursuit and completion of college credentials is a central focus of AACC’s 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

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