GUMS Honors 110 Students

first_imgAlthough the 2015/2016 academic year is still in progress, the Ganta United Methodist High School (GUMS) recently honored about 110 students for academic excellence.The Principal of the school, Reverend Roger Domah, said honoring the students was his administration’s way of encouraging them to continue to ‘study hard.’ “The exercise is to also encourage their fellow students to study hard to earn the academic laurels for themselves,” Rev. Domah told the Daily Observer at the awards ceremony. He said because of the school’s strict academic policy, students have resolved to study hard and remain focused on their lessons.“We honored students who obtained grade point averages of 85 percent and above.” Domah said the school decided to honor about 110 students who attained the required grade point averages out of 769 students.The honorees included students from kindergarten to grade 12. They received certificates of appreciation for their achievements during the 1st semester.Regional Education officer, George S. S. Wuo, who served as keynote speaker, encouraged the honorees to redouble their efforts to continue receiving awards for excellent work.He also urged other students who did not meet the requirement to study hard and copy the examples set by their colleagues.The Ganta United Methodist School is one of the leading schools in Ganta, with a large enrolment of students. Its administration had earlier threatened to demote students, who do not perform well in their studies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rio Hondo considers axing environmental technology program

first_imgBrock said environmental technology was a booming field 10 to 15 years ago. But many colleges have now dropped their programs, she added. Enrollment in Rio Hondo’s program has dropped to 29 students spread out among four classes. In general, the college prefers at least 18 students in each class, officials said. Brock said the college will still offer courses dealing with the environment through other programs. The earliest that trustee could vote on discontinuing the program is March 21. But no vote has been scheduled as of yet, college officials said. tracy.garcia@sgvn. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Supporters of the environmental technology program at Rio Hondo College are decrying its scheduled demise at the end of this semester due, officials say, to low enrollment. No official action has been taken. But students in the program Wednesday night implored the college’s board of trustees to keep the program. “I see so much potential in this program. I can’t believe they’re trying to shut it down now,” said student Jeanette Ordenes of Whittier. Environmental technology deals with hazardous substances, the governmental regulations that pertain to such substances, and the protection of human health and the environment, according to a program brochure. Job growth in the field is expected to remain strong for years to come, particularly in such areas as air and water pollution control, hazardous materials and waste management, chemical spill response and site remediation and restoration, according to the brochure. Even so, Marilyn Brock, Rio Hondo’s interim vice president for academic services, said the local environmental technologies industry does not tap into the program or the training it provides. “The labor market statistics from the Los Angeles/Long Beach metropolitan area say the educational requirements for this field is one to 12 months of on-the-job training,” she said. “So they’re either training their own, or contracting with outside firms to do it. It doesn’t leave room for a college-credit program.” Victor Muniz, the program’s director, said he continually gets positive feedback from his contacts in government and private industry about how well-trained his students are. In addition, starting jobs in the field pay about $40,000 a year. Given that, it is difficult to understand why the college would “deny minority students the opportunity to get into a good-paying career,” Muniz said. “There are two objectives this college has – a responsibility to work force development and to move students on to higher education. In my opinion, this program has done both of those,” he said. last_img read more