Education

American Graduate Day
6:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Saturday is American Graduate Day on WXXI-TV

For the third consecutive year, WXXI will play its part in bolstering graduation rates in Rochester and across the country. WXXI will air the American Graduate Day 2014 broadcast on WXXI-TV starting at 11 a.m. The day-long broadcast celebrates the work being done across the country that helps youth stay on track to college and career success.

American Graduate Day 2014 will be anchored by “Stories of Champions”, a series of one-minute profiles that will spotlight individuals in local communities across the country helping to keep students in school.  Locally, WXXI will highlight the Rochester City School District’s Universal PreK program, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, Homework Hotline, Rochester Dial-A-Teacher, and other local initiatives. 

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Education
2:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New Roberts Wesleyan President Takes Helm

New Wesleyan College president Deana Porterfield
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Deana Porterfield has been inaugurated as the 11th president of Roberts Wesleyan College, and the first woman to lead the school.

That's nothing new for her -- she says she's been one of the first females in many of her roles in her career.

That includes 26 years of Christian education experience in California.

She says after meeting the Roberts Weseleyan community, she found the needs of the college and Northeastern Seminary, a graduate school of theology, aligned with the gifts she has.

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Education
1:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Education Commissioner King: Common Core is Working

State Education Commissioner John King (right) visits classroom at School 15 in Rochester
Credit Alex Crichton

State Education Commissioner John King made the case for the Common Core while visiting two Rochester area schools today.

King says our international competitors are dramatically outperforming the US in math and science, but the common core curriculum is designed to close that gap.

He says in order to grow the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- or the STEM fields critical to our region -- our students need to be better prepared.

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Education
11:16 am
Tue September 23, 2014

MCC Offers New Certificate Program for Sales Professionals

Credit blacksalesjournal.com

Monroe Community College says a new certificate program is designed to bolster the skills of sales professionals.

MCC’s director of Workforce Development, Chuck Caples, says many are aware of job openings in technology and manufacturing, but a skills gap has also created opportunities in sales.                     

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Education
3:09 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

East H.S. Principal To Be Honored By The White House

The White House has announced that the Principal of East High School, Anibal Soler, is one of ten Latino educators from across the nation who will be honored Monday in Washington as a “Champion of Change.”

The awards are given to people who are doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans,  particularly in low-income communities.

As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, officials say the event will showcase these leaders and the exceptional contributions they have made to Latino communities and the nation overall. 

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Education
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New College at Brockport Building Opens

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The new Liberal Arts Building at the College at Brockport is open for learning.  

Officials cut the ribbon this morning.

College President John Halstead says the building is keeping with the school's core mission of providing a liberal arts and professional education.

Halstead says the 29.3-million dollars, 61-thousand square foot building features a number of amenities, with space for the departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, art gallery, a high tech auditorium  and much more.

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Education
1:02 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NOVA Adviser Inspires Girls to Pursue Science

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.
Credit Courtesy Girl Scouts of Western New York

A noted Yale professor and science adviser to the PBS series NOVA spoke Friday morning in Rochester to encourage more girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—or STEM.

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.

Ramirez says she wants to give young woman an extra-boost to hold on to their curiosity.

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Education
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

RIT Dedicates New Hockey Facility, The Gene Polisseni Center

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

RIT is taking the wraps off its new hockey arena. Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday for  the Gene Polisseni Center, named after the former Paychex official who helped start that company with Tom Golisano.

Polisseni died in 2001. He was a big fan of local hockey as well as the Sabres, the NHL team that Golisano used to own. Both the Polisseni Foundation and Golisano got together to donate $4.5 million toward the construction of the facility.

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Education
4:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Aims to Get City Children Reading Younger

Credit Michelle Faust

A new City of Rochester initiative aims to support children before they start school.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Today/ Thursday the 3-to-3 early learning initiative.

The city multipronged plan will focus on learning for children between 3 years old and the third grade. Warren says she will become an advocate for pre-K providers, provide ideas and programs to empower parents, and reallocate recreation resources to include more educational programs.

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Education
2:31 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Charter School Advocates Suing the State

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An advocacy group for charter schools is supporting a lawsuit against the state, arguing charter schools are getting short-changed.

Kyle Rosenkrans is interim president of the group Northeast Charter Schools Network. 

He says the suit was filed by four families in Buffalo and one family in Rochester, but is on behalf of 107-thousand charter school children and another 50-thousand children on waiting lists. 

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