Pipefitters Looking for New Recruits at Black Star; Lady's Man HasNeeded Conversation with Young Black Men; Decriminalizing School Disciplinefor Young Black Males; City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman Speaks OnSuccess
Star Project is partnering with the Pipefitters to give interested candidates an
introduction to the trade of Pipefitting.
April 20, 2015
for this session
Pipefitters assemble and repair pipe systems of
various shapes, sizes, and pressures. Ensure proper placement and alignment
according to blueprints and instructions. Require a high school diploma or its
equivalent and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Have
knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within a
particular field. Rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform
the functions of the job. Work under immediate supervision. Typically reports to
A conversation for
young Black men
about being a man
and Book Autographing
April 11, 2015
3:00 pm to
For more information or to purchase a copy of the
book, please Click Here
Decriminalizing School Discipline: Why Black
Recent events in Ferguson, Mo.,
Cleveland, and New York City have ignited a series of debates about the lives of
black males in the United States and how they are viewed in the larger society.
Regardless of what anyone believes, however, the reality is simple: Black males
are disciplined and punished disproportionately more than any other group.
The historical narrative often
depicts black males as violent, anti-intellectual, and resistant to authority.
What needs to be understood, however, is how schools contribute to building this
narrative, and what can be done to help change that. In many ways, young black
men have a much lower threshold for engaging in inappropriate behavior while at
school than their peers; overwhelming data show that black male students
experience school in a very different way than do their nonblack peers.
The U.S. Department of
Education's office for civil rights reported in 2014 that 42 percent of all preschool-age black
children have received at least one out-of-school suspension, compared with
28 percent of their white peers. The department also found that black males are
three times more likely than their white male peers to be suspended and
expelled, resulting in the loss of valuable learning time. Moreover, it is not
uncommon, as data from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California,
Los Angeles, and the Schott Foundation have shown, for districts with small
percentages of black males to report that this group still represents a majority
of students being disciplined.
report cited in particular the state of Missouri, where unrest over a police
shooting of a young black man continues to unfold. The data show that,
statewide, Missouri elementary schools suspended more than 14 percent of their
black students at least once in 2011-12, compared with only 1.8 percent of their
surprisingly, the effects of school arrests can be debilitating for a lifetime.
A University of Chicago study revealed that high school students with one school
arrest had a 26 percent graduation rate, compared with their non-arrested peers'
rate of 64 percent. The consequences of a lifetime with no high school diploma
and a criminal record are clear, so how should schools, parents, and caregivers
There is no reason for your child to be left
behind in school or in life. You must take control of your child's education.
Those who control the education of the children control the future of that
The Black Star Project
1) 10 male
or female high school students interested in learning to build websites and in
understanding code in our Youthtech program
2) 10 young
men and young women in 6th to 12th grade who want to accelerate in math for our
3) 10 boys in 1st
to 4th grade whose parents want them to become serious and effective readers for
our Black Male Reading Academy
4) 10 young
women and young men in 5th to 8th grade for our Saturday University focusing on
reading, writing and math.
Coaches Seated - Ivan Lee, Ava Myles and George
All classes are
at The Black Star Project, 3509 South King Drive, Chicago, Illinois. Please
call 773.285.9600 to register for any of the above classes or for more
information about these free programs. Parents must have a high level of support
and engagement with our academic programs. Enrollment is limited.
April 25, 2015
Chicago Lake Shore Hotel
Lake Shore Drive
to 1:00 pm
and universities will exhibit including:
Alabama A&M University - HBCU
Central Michigan University
City College of Chicago
East West University
Eastern Illinois University
Fisk University HBCU
Florida A&M University - HBCU
Governors State University
Harris-Stowe State University -
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana State University
Indiana University Northwest
Kentucky State University - HBCU
Lane College - HBCU
Lincoln University - HBCU
Mississippi Valley State University -
Morgan State University - HBCU
National Louis University
New Mexico State University
Northern Michigan University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Prairie State College
Prairie View A&M University
Robert Morris University
Rust College - HBCU
Southern Illinois University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Illinois Springfield
University of Illinois
University of Southern Alabama
University of Southern Indiana
University of Wyoming
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Naval Academy
Wilberforce University - HBCU
Xavier (LA) - HBCU
The 2013 College Fair attracts more than 1,000
Students, parents and educators from are encouraged to attend this college fair. Please
call 773.285.9600 for more information.
Click Here to see and hear
the last Black Star Project's College Fair.
on embracing challenges
Leads One of Largest Higher Education
Systems in the World
City Colleges of Chicago
Chancellor Cheryl Hyman (Zbigniew Bzdak/Tribune Newspapers)
By Cheryl Hyman
April 5, 2015
I grew up in public housing on
Chicago's West Side. My parents used to struggle with addiction. My lowest point
came when, at 17, I dropped out of high school. I could have found a lot of
excuses for failing to reach my potential.I didn't choose the best path - at
first. But it didn't take long for me to realize that I wanted a different life,
and that I needed an education to get it. I returned to high school, graduated,
and set a goal of launching a career around my passion for technology.
I set my sights higher - on a
degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a four-year college in Chicago
with a strong computer science program. After meeting with an advisor at the
school, however, I recognized I wasn't financially ready. So I decided to go to
City Colleges, where my grandmother had gone years earlier to become a nurse. I
earned my associate's degree and then transferred to the Institute of
Technology, where I completed a bachelor's in computer science. By going to
community college first, I saved thousands of dollars on my degree.
After college, I was hired by a major Chicago utility
company, and ultimately became one of the company's youngest executives. The
climb up the corporate ladder was not always clear, but I worked to maximize
every opportunity. I worked hard, and when that was not enough, I worked
these accomplishments didn't come by waving a magic wand. They didn't come by
politely raising a hand. They came from leaning in. If you embrace challenges, no matter how big, and keep
moving forward, one day you will look up and be surprised at how far you have
I don't shy away from conflict or
confrontation, I have little patience for excuses, and I have a relentless
expectation of excellence - every day. These are the traits I look for when I
hire leaders in my organization.
Cheryl L. Hyman is
Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, a 115,000-student network that is
one of the nation's largest community college systems. In that role, she is
leading a reinvention of the institution that has resulted in the highest number
of degrees awarded in the system's history. She is proud to note that her
parents, mentioned in this article, survived their challenges too, and serve as
great sources of support for her today.
attack: 147 dead in Garissa University assault
Photo by Dai Kurokawa/European Pressphoto
At least 147 people, mostly
students, have been killed in an assault by al-Shabab militants on a university
in north-eastern Kenya.
Heavily armed attackers stormed
Garissa University early on Thursday, killing two security guards then firing
indiscriminately on students.
Four of the gunman were
eventually surrounded in a dormitory, and died when their suicide vests
detonated. It is the deadliest attack yet by
The militants singled out
Christians and shot them, witnesses said.
More than 500 students managed to
escape, 79 of whom were injured. A fifth gunman has reportedly been
Eric Wekesa, a student at
Garissa, told Reuters he locked himself in his room before eventually
"What I managed to hear from them
is 'We came to kill or finally be killed.' That's what they said."
"It was horrible, there was
shooting everywhere," another student, Augustine Alanga told the BBC's Newsday
programme. He said it was "pathetic" that the
university was only guarded bty two police officers.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned what he called a "terrorist attack" and
said the UN was ready to help Kenya "prevent and counter terrorism and violent
The United States said it was
offering Nairobi assistance to take on al-Shabab and would continue to work with
others in the region to take on the group.
The Kenyan government has named
Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabab official, as the mastermind of the
Al-Shabab says it attacked the
university because it is at war with Kenya, BBC Africa analyst Mary Harper
Atlanta school cheating convictions are unhelpful to education reform.
Former Deerwood Academy
assistant principal Tabeeka Jordan, center, is led to a holding cell after a
jury found her guilty in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating
By Robert Pondiscio
April 3, 2015
This is how it starts. You work
with these kids all year. You teach them how to do fractions or find the main
idea. They struggle; they make mistakes. They get it. They forget it. You keep
at it. Some days you go home with tire tracks on your back, but you come back
the next day. They're your kids, even the ones who push your buttons. Especially
On test day, you look over their
shoulders while proctoring. You cringe. A careless mistake. Another one. You
know they know this stuff. You've been over it enough. The one kid, he's bright
enough but unfocused. Always rushing; always has to be done first. Use the
remaining time to check your answers, you suggest. "I did," he says.
Your finger comes to rest on his
answer sheet. "Check this one."
This is how it ends.
In an Atlanta courtroom, with 11 educators convicted of criminal charges in a
cheating scandal dating back to 2001. Forty-four schools, 180 educators, 35
indictments. The ones convicted
Wednesday face up to 20 years in prison. They were all found guilty under the
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Charges usually brought
against mobsters and organized crime bosses were brought against elementary
It's hard to look at what's
happened in Atlanta without alarm and a bit of revulsion. How could this happen?
What signal, spoken or unspoken, leads elementary school teachers to engage in
"organized and systemic misconduct" bad enough to warrant a conviction on
racketeering charges? No one wakes up one morning with a fully formed plot in
their head to change hundreds of test scores in dozens of schools. Who bears the
responsibility for creating "a culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation"
that leads to "cheating at all levels" in a major American school system that
goes "unchecked for years"?
The teachers and administrators
convicted Wednesday cannot be forgiven. But they deserve some small degree of
sympathy. "They got a signal from somebody, whether it's their principal or
superintendent, that we need to see rising test scores at all costs," observes
Peter Cunningham, a former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of
Education, who now runs Education Post, a non-profit ed-reform organization.
correct objects of sympathy here are Atlanta's children. They were lied to at
best, robbed at worst, and led to believe they were where they needed to be
academically when they were not. They were denied the education they deserved
for expediency's sake.
Accountability is supposed to mean long-overdue
attention to those our education system has historically neglected. Now it also
means elementary school teachers perp walked, led from a courtroom in handcuffs.
Maybe it's justice. But it's a sad day nonetheless.