Mary Ann Prado has seen about 300 students experiencing homelessness and hunger since she started working as the Director of Resource and Referral Services at MCTC in May 2008. It’s her job to connect with students who are experiencing hunger and homelessness to find services so that they can find or stay in housing and stay fed and clothed.
On April 9, MCTC hosted a spring job fair on the second floor of the T Building with the objective of uniting students with employers. Job fairs are prevalent this time of year; companies at the fair described it as “peak season” for the job market. It is also a great time for students to find work due to its proximity to graduation and the end of the school year.
This past month, MCTC president Phil Davis delivered an address on the state’s staggering budget deficit, and the effects that deficit will have at MCTC. The announced reductions were devastating. “The significant loss in state funds will produce a fundamental shift in the range of programs and services,” Davis said.
One Monday afternoon I found myself in the cramped quarters of a conference room where Realizing Abilities Through Education’s (RATE) cabinet members continued pushing for more clarity, organizing resources both material and human, temporal and spatial. All this was anticipating the Technology Fair, in planning stages since Fall 2007.
The office of Mary Pruitt, located in the counseling center on the second floor of the T building, gives you an immediate sense that an old-school activist occupies the place.
The Runaway Homeless Youth Act is the first federal petition for funding of homeless shelters, clinics and services for homeless youth under 21 years.
The RHYA was voted for by senate in the non budgetary year of 2006, the requested eight million dollars in funding will not be voted on until early spring of this year.
Three students have proposed a new club to the Student Senate that has grown out of the Western Clinical Herbalism program. The Herbal Enrichment for Restoring Balance, or H.E.R.B. Club, hopes to teach students how to grow organic gardens, ways of sustainable living, and alternative medical practices.
Somalia is a country torn by conflict, home to a people divided by history. But one thing that Somalis can agree on: it is time for change.
If any of you students read printed newspapers, you might recall my introduction last year as CCN food critic with the review of Eli’s Food and Cocktails.