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Education
4:40 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

CCAC Receives $1.59 Million Federal Grant

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has been selected, along with 13 other colleges and universities across the nation, to receive a $1.59 million grant aimed at ensuring students successfully make it through their chosen program. Nationwide, $5.4 million of the US Department of Education's money will go to the effort.

So what exactly will the Title III grant be doing?

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Education
6:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Legislator Harshly Critiques State Standardized Tests

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State Senator Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) is a former mayor with a teaching degree, so he thinks his prior experience provides an interesting take on the expansion of standardized testing in Pennsylvania schools.

From a former mayor’s point of view, he says the tests go beyond evaluating student and teacher proficiency.

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Education
5:37 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Pittsburgh is #5 College Town

Academics are a key factor, but others like quality of life and professional opportunities are also taken into consideration in the American Institute for Economic Research's (AIER) College Destinations Index.  Pittsburgh ranks as the 5th best mid-size college town out of 20 in the nation.

Steven Cunningham, Director of Research and Education for AIER said Pittsburgh is a “good solid area” for college students.

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Education
7:35 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Chatham University Adds New Sustainability Track

Chatham University is offering a new program that it believes will push the school to the forefront of new business ideology.

The sustainable business track, which will complement programming within the School of Sustainability and the Environment, will attempt to expand students’ business knowledge.

Bruce Rosenthal, Director of the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship at Chatham, said it used to be that businesses only looked at profit margins, but now they look at the three P’s: people, planet, and profit.

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Education
12:19 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Does Your Historical Site Have a Marker?

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is once again asking people, cities, and historical societies to nominate their historical sites for a marker.

Since 1914, PHMC made more than 2,600 of the familiar blue and gold markers designating historical events, people, and dates.

PHMC spokesman Howard Pollman said the markers help communities recognize and preserve their local history.

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Education
7:14 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Promise Fulfilling Goals – but Still Has Work to Do

The Pittsburgh Promise has issued its annual report, and overall it's doing well. The first goal, to transform the quality of public education in the state, is on the right track, according to Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril.

“In the last six years high school completion rates in Pittsburgh went from about 62 percent, 63 percent to 71 percent, so we’re delighted by that growth,” he said, “having said that, it’s not where we want to be, we want to be at at least 85 percent.”

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Education
6:47 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

African American Historical Convention To Be Held In Pittsburgh

African American Women in Culture and History is the theme for this year's convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Pittsburgh. 

The organization, which created Black History Month, will hold its 97th annual convention at the Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown from Wednesday through Sunday, September 26-30.

Sylvia Cyrus, ASALH Executive Director, says the conference will honor the impact of African American women on the black community and the nation as a whole.

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Education
4:47 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Social Network Model Reveals Global Food Trade Patterns Tied to Food Safety Standards

Food safety regulations can determine which countries trade corn with one another. That’s according to a new study by the University of Pittsburgh that used social network modeling to determine global trade patterns. Lead Author and Pitt Associate Professor Felicia Wu said it began with looking at the way countries regulate the contaminate aflatoxin, which grows on corn.

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Education
6:44 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Pittsburgh & Irish Universities To Cooperate Through Student and Faculty Exchanges

Colleges and universities in Pittsburgh will cooperate with schools in Ireland on education, innovation, research and training.  The 10 members of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)  will work with the 13 members of Ireland's Institutes of Technology which according to PCHE executive director Kenneth Service have a reputation for supporting business development.

Service says the partnership will initially be student exchange between Ireland and Pittsburgh, but then will expand into other ventures.

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Education
12:55 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Envirothon Awarded With $300,000 Grant

Nearly 15,000 students from approximately 700 schools representing all 67 counties are expected to participate in this year’s Pennsylvania Envirothon. The long-standing environmental competition for high school students has received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Education
7:35 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Curriculums Could Include Child Abuse in K-8 Classrooms

Pennsylvania schools could see an addition to their health class curriculum to address child abuse and exploitation.

A bipartisan state House proposal would allow public school districts to teach children, from kindergarten to eighth grade, about child sexual abuse and how to identify the common behaviors of abusers.  School districts could use that, or create their own lesson plans. But, parents would be able to review the abuse awareness curriculum, and even pull their kids out of class if they don’t approve of the material.

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Education
5:58 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Concussion Rules Take Effect with New School Year

A law intended to reduce head injuries among student athletes in Pennsylvania is now being fully implemented as the fall sports seasons are underway.  In preparation for the start of the new athletic seasons, Pennsylvania’'s coaches had to take a class this summer on recognizing concussions.

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Education
2:35 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

South Side Carnegie Library First in City with Geothermal Cooling/Heating

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s South Side branch is one of the oldest. It recently underwent renovations and for the first time in its 103 year history it will have air conditioning. Several other branches have been renovated in the last decade, but none have included the geothermal technology that will be in use on the South Side.

“We’ve just worked out that we were able to incorporate the geothermal technology in this renovation because we had enough space to dig the wells and the land around to do it,” said Mary Monaghan, assistant director for neighborhood libraries.

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Education
3:34 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Next 5 Years And The Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh

After nine months of collaboration by board, staff, and community members, the final draft of Carnegie Library’s next five-year strategic plan is ready to be shown to the public.

On Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in East Liberty, the Library will hold an interactive workshop on the plan.

Library spokesperson Suzanne Thinnes said the workshop will be interactive and will utilize ideas presented by the public in further sessions.

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Education
8:23 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Still No Contract for Bethel Park Teachers

Hundreds of teachers of Bethel Park School District started teaching classes Tuesday under a contract that expired more than two years ago.

The Bethel Park Federation of Teachers (BPFT) said it will continue to negotiate with the district in a Thursday night session. The union agreed in late August to continue contract talks while teaching classes under the 2005-2010 agreement.

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Education
10:51 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Steelers QB Batch Mediates Sports Dispute Between Local Schools

Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch spoke to students from Brentwood and Monessen High Schools on Tuesday, emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and respect not only in high school sports, but also in daily life.

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Education
7:35 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Pitt Student Club Gets $100,000 To Manage

It will no longer be "Monopoly money" for some University of Pittsburgh students.   Members of the Socially Responsible Investment Club (SRIC) shift this semester from theory to the opportunity to invest $100,000 in companies that are acting as responsible corporate citizens.

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Education
9:12 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Pitt-Johnstown Breaks Ground on Nursing and Health Sciences Building

Construction is underway at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on a $12 million building that will serve as the new home to nursing and STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The building will house 11 labs for chemistry and biology as well as a nursing simulation lab.

Bob Knipple, Pitt-Johnstown Associate Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, said the building is a result of need for space on campus.

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Education
8:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

All Pitt Students who Complete Prep Program Guaranteed an Internship as Part of New Initiative

In an increasingly competitive job market, the University of Pittsburgh is trying to give its students a leg up by ensuring they can secure an internship. Starting this fall, any registered Pitt undergraduate on the Pittsburgh campus will be eligible to participate in the Internship Preparation Program (IPP).

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Education
5:14 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Many Health Issues, Including HIV/AIDS, To Be Discussed At Local Symposium

The rising rates of infection of HIV/AIDS in the Pittsburgh area will be one of the main topics discussed Tuesday at a symposium in Oakland hosted by Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS, Inc (ETAH).

"Achieving Health Equity for Minority Boys & Young Men": Focus on Boys & Young Men Symposium, Part II” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 28 in the University Club in Pittsburgh.

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Education
8:35 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Afterschool Programs in PA

A survey released last week by the Afterschool Alliance representing 4,947 sites serving 567,470 children painted a grim picture for the afterschool programs in the country and the commonwealth.

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Education
1:05 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Penn State Board Chair: Tough Times Ahead

The head of Penn State's board of trustees is warning of difficult times ahead as the school tries to make changes following the child sex abuse scandal.

Board Chairwoman Karen Peetz said at a public meeting Saturday that the months ahead "may be less shocking, but they may well be more difficult as the legal ramifications of this tragedy continue to play out."

She said the board is committed to making changes and was reviewing plans to implement recommendations of a university report conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

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Education
12:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

PA Treasury Encourages Parents to Invest in 529 Plans

The state Department of Treasury is reminding Pennsylvanians enrolled in the commonwealth’s college savings program to contribute before next month to maximize their savings. 

The main selling point of the state’s 529 College Savings Program, so-named for its section of the federal tax code, is that anyone who kicks money into one will see his or her savings grow at the rate of inflation.

“If you have enough for one semester of college today, you’ll have enough for one semester of college tomorrow,” the saying goes at the state Treasury.

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Education
1:35 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Ex-Penn State President Goes on Offensive

Penn State's disgraced former president is trying to convince the public he had no idea that Jerry Sandusky was a child molester — and that he most certainly did not protect one.

With a network TV appearance, a magazine interview and a news conference held by his lawyers, Graham Spanier portrayed himself Wednesday as the innocent victim of a witch hunt and a rush to judgment by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose university-commissioned report on the sex-abuse scandal prompted the NCAA to hit Penn State with a $60 million fine and other sanctions.

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Education
12:40 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Pittsburgh Girls Battle Age-Old Stereotype that Females aren't as Good at Math and Science as Boys

There’s an old notion that girls are not as good at math and science as boys. That thought still persists today even among teachers – according to a study by the University of Texas.  Girls and educators in the Pittsburgh region are working against that stereotype.

“Girls can do anything that guys can do, and maybe even better…especially science,” was the answer given by a group of girls at Carnegie Science Center’s Click! Camp for Girls, when asked if they thought boys were better at math and science.

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