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WAKEFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) – A 16-year-old Northeast Metro Tech football player is recovering in hospital after being seriously injured in a collision during a junior varsity game in Wakefield on Saturday, officials said.

Emergency teams responding to a report of an unconscious person on the high school football pitch at around 10:30 a.m. provided medical attention to the teenager before the ambulance arrived.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. He is alive and recovering, according to school officials.

“We’re still investigating how it happened, but we know it was during a play,” DiBarri said. “It wasn’t a direct one-on-one injury, at one point his must have made an impact, but we’re not entirely sure.”

The community of Wakefield is now uniting to support the injured player.

“It’s one of your worst days when one of your kids is injured like this, you just hope they are okay,” said parent Joe Zdanowicz, whose two children play football for another team.

Guidance counselors will be available to support the football team and other students in the aftermath of the incident, according to DiBarri.

“At this point, the focus is on prayers for his family and his recovery,” he said.

The game against Saugus High School has been suspended following the incident and an investigation is still ongoing.

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Mesa Ridge football feeds off Community Day to beat Widefield https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/mesa-ridge-football-feeds-off-community-day-to-beat-widefield/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 23:15:59 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/mesa-ridge-football-feeds-off-community-day-to-beat-widefield/

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COLORADO SPRINGS – When the community gets involved, it makes sense to lead an entire precession through town and into CA Foster Stadium.

Mesa Ridge and Widefield could lead their annual rivalry match to a Friday night. Under the lights at prime time seems like the logical choice. But in their mind, it’s thinking too small. Give the city the day. A parade paraded the community down the road and into the stadium before the 48-minute battle between the players.

The Grizzlies came away with a 35-0 win, but this particular game went way beyond football. It was four quarters between two teams and a Colorado Springs subdivision.

“It’s crazy, the atmosphere in the locker room is crazy,” said Widefield running back Braydon Demattos-Burrows. “Losing a game hurts even more. “

The loss was really the result of three big games, all of which came in the first quarter. Quarterback Noah Ramirez threw touchdown passes from 62, 63 and 72 yards with Niko Allgood, Desmond Burton and Cash Cheeks all in reception.

In a flash, the Grizzlies (2-2 on aggregate) took a 21-0 lead and looked set to run away with the game. But then something clicked defensively for Widefield.

The Gladiators (0-3) began to put pressure on Ramirez and the defense became immobile.

He has been sacked four times, twice by Matthew Clark and twice by Cody Wilson.

“We were doing a bad job moving our feet early,” said Mesa Ridge coach Jerimi Calip. “We wanted to correct this. We knew what we needed to do and only made a few adjustments. “

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It took a little while for the adjustments to take effect. The Gladiators kept the intensity going on the defensive end of the ball and kept Mesa Ridge out of the end zone for the entire third quarter. The play-off unfortunately didn’t hold and the Grizzlies added a pair of touchdowns before the game was over.

“My line got stronger in the second half,” said Ramirez. “It was a team effort to get this victory.”

This is the Gladiators’ third straight loss at the start of the season, but after a week of missing players due to COVID-19, there was a lot to build on after Saturday’s game. .

The way the defense fought in the second and third quarters gave a glimpse of what the team is capable of and how they just need a few more balls to bounce back and set everything in place.

“We have to put this one behind us,” Widefield coach Shane Zimmerman said. “We just need to focus on what we can do today. The result is the result and we must move forward. We have a choice, we can be 7-3 or 0-10. Being 7-3 means taking the good things we did in the second and third quarters on defense and our offense starts to execute and eliminate turnovers.

The Gladiators welcome Golden to the non-championship final before moving on to the 4A I-25 class. Mesa Ridge will host Falcon, then open the league against Fountain-Fort Carson.

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WHYY’s NICE partnership amplifies community voices https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/whyys-nice-partnership-amplifies-community-voices/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 17:38:29 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/whyys-nice-partnership-amplifies-community-voices/

One of the things that I think is common is this idea of ​​a storyteller, of people sharing the stories of their community, their culture, their neighborhood. This is one of the things I really love about NICE. The idea behind NICE is that we seek out and connect with people who are the storytellers in their communities. And it really gives a richness and depth to the storytelling both from the perspective of the audience and the people who are the subject of the story.

Well, you and I talked about the phrase “parachuting”, where a reporter, maybe me, I have a story idea and I approach a certain community, a certain person. And I’m inside, I’m outside, I’m done. But with the community journalism we’re talking about here with this collaboration, that parachuting isn’t happening, there’s a lot more connection, isn’t there?

It’s a lot more connection. And it’s a greater sense of respect for the community. That’s not to say that there isn’t a level of respect that exists for journalists who come from outside the community. But there is a different level of understanding, a different depth of connection and relationship. And so, community members and neighbors, when you talk to them and get interviewed, they know you have their best interests at heart because you come from that community or there is a pre-existing relationship.

Eric, one of my favorite NICE projects is radio and web based and supported by PlanPhilly, who are known for their original and in-depth reporting on Philadelphia neighborhoods. And it’s called the 47 Bus.

We listened to this PlanPhilly series last year. It’s a wonderful series. It takes us to a bus line, the 47 SEPTA bus route in the communities. Many of them are from Latino communities.

I like the idea of ​​using Highway 47 because it literally connects communities to each other under a range of socio-economic conditions. I think it’s great, and it’s just one example of what NICE partners bring, this ability to see the everyday common thing in a different way.

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Community calendar | News, Sports, Jobs https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/community-calendar-news-sports-jobs/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 04:49:09 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/community-calendar-news-sports-jobs/

FRI / 9-17

Chester

Quaker State Retirees, 9 a.m., EJ’s

Columbiana

Columbiana Women’s Club (CWC) Garage Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 121 N. Main St.

Good As New Shop, 10 am-5pm, Methodist Church; everything $ 1 except blue tags

Eastern Palestine

The Way Station / Kingdom Kloset, Presbyterian Church, 109 W. Rebecca St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cuisine des Aigles open from 4 pm to 8 pm; cod fish specialties in beer batter, on a dish, $ 7, sandwich with side $ 8, dinner with two sides $ 10, basket of shrimp lovers with side $ 10; 330-886-0397

Hanover

United Local School Board, 7 am, administrative conference room; special meeting to discuss COVID guidelines with actions to be taken

Leetonia

1962 Leetonia High School Class, 9:30 a.m., Heck’s

Lisbon

Lepper Library book sale, 9 am to 4 pm; enter the Vine Street garage

New Cumberland

Hancock County Oldtime Fair, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tomlinson Run State Park; activities include Bike Night; entry $ 2

New Garden

Fall Charity Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., New Garden United Methodist Church; fill a large bag for $ 5

New Waterford

New Waterford Eagles, Fish Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Full menu in or take out 330-457-7230

North of Lima

Barber Drive Fry BBQ, 3:30 to 7 p.m. or sold out, Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St .; $ 13, includes giant breaded haddock served with coleslaw, fries and buttered green beans. Cross only

Salem

Canceled: Phillips Christian Church revival

SAT / 9-18

Beloit

Chicken and Cookie Dinner pick up 5 pm-7pm, Smith Grange Hall, 11090 Beloit Snodes Road; $ 10 per dinner, rsvp by calling 330-614-3846 or 330-257-2980. Execute only.

Calcutta

Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center open 1 pm to 5 pm; nature crafts for children, Christmas tree ornaments, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., pavilion

Columbiana

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Columbiana Chapter Bed Construction, 9 am to 1 pm, St. Jude Church; in collaboration with the Catholic Church of St. Jude in Columbiana and the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Eastern Palestine; information at 330-428-2351

Columbiana Women’s Club (CWC) Garage Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 121 N. Main St.

Good As New Shop, 10 am-2pm, Methodist Church; everything $ 1 except blue tags

Library Board, Special Meeting, 10 a.m., Salchow Room

Damascus

Community breakfast, 7 am-10.30am, United Methodist Church; at will, to order, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice and coffee by donation, proceeds go to the 2022 summer mission trip for the United Methodist Church of Damascus and the Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church

Liverpool East

Pantry open at 8:00 am, Emmanuel Presbyterian, Park Boulevard; photo ID required.

Eastern Palestine

Cuisine des Aigles open from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. conduct BBQ beef brisket or pulled pork dinners; 330-886-0397

Bingo, American Legion, 6 p.m., doors open 4:30 p.m.

Hanover

United High School Class of 1967, dinner, 5:00 p.m., Marks Landing Restaurant in Guilford Lake; Joyce Grindle at 330-692-1858

Leetonia

Friend of the Library Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Leetonia Community Public Library

Drive-thru food distribution, St. Patrick’s Church Pantry, 167 Main Street West, 9:30 am to 11:00 am for residents of the Leetonia School District. Please have photo ID and an empty trunk for loading groceries.

Lisbon

Johnny Appleseed Festival, downtown; schedule on https://lisbonchamberofcommerce.com

Township of Madison

Cleaning day, 10 am-2pm, municipal garage; no electronics, devices or tires

New Cumberland

Hancock County Oldtime Fair, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tomlinson Run State Park; entry $ 2

New Garden

Fall Charity Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Garden United Methodist Church; fill a large bag for $ 5

Salem

Salem Hunting Club 38th Annual Youth Day – FREE for children ages 8-15; registration starts at 8:00 a.m. event starts at 9:00 a.m., last call recording is at 10:00 a.m. anyone who logs in after 10 a.m. is not eligible to win a trophy. Food, t-shirts and a chance to win a door prize as well as trophies for the best shooters in archery, trap, .22 rifle and black powder

Community shredding event, 10 am to noon, Salem Public Library; do not bring plastic, cardboard or newspapers

Canceled: Phillips Christian Church revival

Wellsville

Legends of Music, 7:30 p.m., Wellsville VFW; with Ernie Valley in Elvis, Steve Dorsey in Roy Orbison and Jan Roff in Patsy Cline

SUN / 9-19

Calcutta

Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Columbiana

Open house for the newly renovated St. Jude Activity Center, 1 pm to 3 pm; inauguration ceremony at 12:45 p.m.

Eastern Palestine

Eagle breakfast, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., dinner in or take out, 330-886-0397

Lisbon

Johnny Appleseed Festival, downtown; schedule on https://lisbonchamberofcommerce.com

Canceled: Lions Club Bingo

Midland

Take-out lunches, noon to 5 p.m., St. Anthony Club, 561 Beaver Ave .; $ 15, Italian stromboli with pasta in marinara sauce; or sausage with peppers, onions and sauce on a grilled hoagie with a side of aglio olio pasta; meals must be ordered in advance at 724-643-1820

New Cumberland

Hancock County Oldtime Fair, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tomlinson Run State Park; activities include Classic Car Show; entry $ 2

New Springfield

VFW Post 2799 Auxiliary House Style Breakfast, 8 am to noon, house mail, 3161 W. South Range Road; $ 7 adults, $ 4 children 12 and under; eggs, hash browns, sausage or ham, freedom pancakes or toast and coffee

New Waterford

New Waterford Eagles, breakfast 8 a.m. to noon. Eat in or take away 330-457-7230

Salem

Canceled: Phillips Christian Church revival

Burchfield Homestead open at 4:00 p.m.

Salem Historical Society Museum, open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (last visit 3:30 p.m.), the featured exhibit is the centenary of suffrage; Gift shop, open from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Salem Historical Society Underground Railroad Tour on Quakertown Cart, 1:30 pm, load at 239 S. Lundy Ave .; the visit lasts about an hour and a half; minimum of 15 required; reservations at 330-337-6733 (leave a message)

Breakfast VFW Post 892, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., home mail, 496 Arch Street; haystacks and traditional haystacks, $ 6; dinner on site or at the wheel

Winona

Winona Regional Historical Society Museum (Meeting House 1838) and Quaker Meeting House, open 1 pm to 4 pm; visitors are welcome at the corner of Winona Road and Cameron Street

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City donates $ 4.1 million to previously neglected communities – City of Albuquerque https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/city-donates-4-1-million-to-previously-neglected-communities-city-of-albuquerque/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 18:49:59 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/city-donates-4-1-million-to-previously-neglected-communities-city-of-albuquerque/

September 16, 2021

The city of Albuquerque has announced that more than $ 4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding will be made available to families who were previously excluded from federal stimulus assistance. Mayor Keller and Director of Economic Development Damian Lara joined a virtual town hall in Spanish organized by El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, a grassroots organization for immigrant rights and workers’ justice that works with Latino immigrant communities, to advertise the fund. Applications for the CABQ 2021 Community Impact Fund are open now.

“Underserved communities were hit hardest during the pandemic, yet too many of them missed a crucial federal stimulus,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The Albuquerque immigrant community is just as much a part of our city and our recovery as anyone else, and we are taking direct action to ensure they are also able to bounce back from the pandemic. . “

The CABQ 2021 Community Impact Fund can provide $ 1,000 in stimulus funds for families residing in Albuquerque and:

  • Did not receive a federal stimulus check;
  • Was not entitled to unemployment benefits or paid sick leave;
  • Experience of at least 20 hours per week or more of reduced time worked, leading to financial hardship;
  • Had a household income of less than $ 75,000, among other criteria.

The City is working with community organizations to inform the public about this new funding, including El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, the Asian Family Center, Partnership for Community Action, Encuentro, Enlace Comunitario and APS Family Resource Liaisons.

“We are proud that the city has allocated ARPA dollars to provide relief to those excluded from federal aid, recognizing the vital contributions of all Burqueños, including essential immigrant workers,” said Marian Méndez Cera de El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, “A real economic recovery at federal, state and local levels must be inclusive and this is a step in the right direction.”

“Mayor Keller’s administration stepped up last year to provide $ 2.5 million in economic assistance to immigrant communities in Albuquerque, and the response has been overwhelming,” said Damian R. Lara, Acting Director of the City’s Economic Development Department. “We are increasing the fund and we are committed to putting these resources into the hands of families in our community who have been neglected.”

In December 2020, the City of Albuquerque launched the CABQ’s first Community Impact Fund, which distributed nearly $ 2.5 million in CARES Act funding to families who were not eligible to receive assistance. federal stimulus. The fund has reached its maximum number of requests in a single day.

Only one candidate per household can apply. For more information, please visit cabq.gov/ImpactFund2021.

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Community Colleges Boost Workforce Education and Training https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/community-colleges-boost-workforce-education-and-training/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:06:52 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/community-colleges-boost-workforce-education-and-training/

A new investigation found that community colleges, and particularly their non-credit programs, play an inordinate role in providing employment-oriented education.

Opportunity America, a Washington, DC think tank focused on economic mobility, explained the survey’s findings in an accompanying policy report released Tuesday.

The report states that community colleges are “on the cusp of becoming the leading national provider of employment-oriented education and training.”

Community and technical colleges educate more people per year than apprenticeship programs, coding boot camps, and federal job training programs combined, noted Tamar Jacoby, president of Opportunity America and author of the report. However, many people underestimate the value of these institutions.

“They are an important stepping stone to four-year colleges and universities, but that’s only part of what they do,” she said in a press release, referring to the ability of community and technical colleges to prepare students for working life directly through employment. oriented programs.

Over 600 colleges responded to at least one of the survey questions and 477 institutions provided more comprehensive responses, for a response rate of 38%.

Survey results show that more than half of the community college students who responded are enrolled in employment-oriented programs.

The report also argues that uncredited education programs at community colleges in particular demonstrate “signature strength” in delivering workforce training, but policymakers know little about who is. these students. The report notes that about 3.7 million students nationwide are enrolled in non-credit programs. More than half of uncredited students, 57 percent, were enrolled in employment-oriented programs.

About three-quarters of students enrolled in uncredited workforce programs were aged 25 and over, compared to 44 percent of community college students in degree programs. Students in uncredited Workforce programs were also more likely to be white than those in degree-seeking programs, based on available data. However, less than half of the responding colleges had information on the race or ethnicity of students in uncredited workforce training.

The report makes a number of policy recommendations to improve workforce training in community colleges. It recommends that policymakers collect more robust data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, on student enrollment and achievement for uncredited community college workforce programs, among other suggestions.

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Community Remembers 9/11 Victims at Grapevine Ceremony – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/community-remembers-9-11-victims-at-grapevine-ceremony-nbc-5-dallas-fort-worth/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 02:07:01 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/community-remembers-9-11-victims-at-grapevine-ceremony-nbc-5-dallas-fort-worth/

Hundreds of people gathered in Grapevine as the sun rose on Saturday to remember the lives lost on one of America’s darkest days.

Members of the community, including flight attendants and uniformed pilots, gathered at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial to honor the victims of September 11, 2001.

“Today, for me as a flight crew member, is a time we will never forget,” said Erik Harris, National Treasurer of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

American Airlines’ very first female captain, Beverley Bass, recalled her Paris-Dallas flight on September 11.

“We were right in the middle of the North Atlantic when we heard over our aircraft radios that one of the towers had been hit,” Bass said.

During the rally, participants stopped for moments of silence for those killed, their families and first responders.

Valerie Thompson, founder of the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation, was an American Airlines flight attendant for 24 years.

Thompson’s late husband Dean Thompson created the 9/11 memorial sculpture, where Saturday’s ceremony took place. The memorial is dedicated to the 33 flight crew members who died in the attacks and to professionals in the airline industry.

“What is heartwarming is that we see everyone and it’s a respectful memory for all of us, and historic too,” she said.

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Flint teacher lives in community after unexpected death https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/flint-teacher-lives-in-community-after-unexpected-death/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 03:28:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/flint-teacher-lives-in-community-after-unexpected-death/

FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) –

A heartbreaking loss in the Flint Community School District as they mourn the death of a beloved kindergarten teacher.

We first told you about Casey Purdy in July when she told us she needed to find a second job to help buy supplies for her classroom.

“The reason I work for a second is to help them get things home if their parents can’t buy it, you know, backpacks or whatever I can buy,” Purdy said in August. 2021.

We also caught up with Purdy in August right after receiving a $ 500 TikTok donation to help pay for supplies in his classroom.

Purdy died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 40.

Family members say it’s still too early to say what exactly happened, but continue to honor her legacy by collecting backpacks, school supplies and more for her students.

Purdy was a kindergarten teacher at Brownell STEM Academy during the week and landed a second bartending job in downtown Flint to help pay for supplies in her classroom.

Kimberly Edwards says her son was in Purdy’s class last year.

Edwards not only says that Purdy supported his son, but that she also supported him.

“She encouraged me, she said to me: ‘no, we are not going to stop, and we are in the same boat, it’s hard for everyone’.”

“She was really cheering me on and those little words would go a long way through my day,” added Edwards.

The friends, family and parents of his students at Purdy want to make sure his legacy lives on by ensuring that the students at Flint Community School always have what they need to be successful.

“We have to be like Casey, we have to work just as hard to make sure everyone has what they need, you know, if we could keep giving and keep that going, and build something in her. name, that would be great, ”said Aisha Avant.

To find out where to send your condolences to the family or to donate school supplies click on the link, HERE.

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Address vaccine hesitancy in the Hispanic community https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/address-vaccine-hesitancy-in-the-hispanic-community/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 23:12:00 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/address-vaccine-hesitancy-in-the-hispanic-community/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Several events planned for Nashville aim to address vaccine hesitancy among the Hispanic community.

The CDC reports that minority populations are disproportionately affected by the virus.

Yuri Cunza, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is committed to getting more people in the Hispanic community vaccinated.

Cunza participated in the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine trial from Vanderbilt.

He says that even though there were side effects, he believes the good outweighs the bad.

“I hope they will see that the vaccine is stronger and that it will inspire more people in our Hispanic community to do it,” Cunza said. “And it’s not just the Hispanic community, but not all minority communities are confident about the benefits and benefits of getting the vaccine versus the consequences.”

Metro’s public health department has partnered up and hosted a number of events with the goal of educating the Hispanic community about the vaccine so that they would feel more comfortable getting it.

“We donated vaccines to our Lady Guadalupe, we held weekly community events in Plaza Mariachi, and worked with Hispanic businesses and restaurants,” said Rachel Franklin.

Franklin says obstacles like misinformation and mistrust may be the reason some don’t want to get it.

“We really want to build the trust with partners that already exists in this group,” Franklin said, “We hope that if a face of trust has brought them the information, they will be safer and more confident in the safety of the vaccine. , that their information will not be shared and that is good for friends, family and the community. “

Metro Public Health has opened a new vaccine and testing site on Charlotte Avenue. The second center will be in a parking lot at 350 28th Ave. North, off Charlotte Avenue, near Centennial Park.

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Financial aid scam rolls around California community colleges https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/financial-aid-scam-rolls-around-california-community-colleges/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:10:02 +0000 https://wankanyaklaselfhelpgroup.com/financial-aid-scam-rolls-around-california-community-colleges/

The California Community College system is investigating an admissions and financial aid scam involving “bot” students enrolled in courses and fraudulent financial aid applications, the Los Angeles Times reported. The fraud makes it difficult for colleges to assess enrollment numbers in the fall after a year of decline during the pandemic.

Patrick Perry, director of policy, research and data at the California Student Aid Commission, told the Times he believes there could be more than 65,000 bogus requests for financial aid, although officials detected the problem early enough that the money was likely not distributed to the crooks.

He said he became suspicious several weeks ago when another 60,000 first-time California community college applicants of a certain age and income group applied for financial assistance for two-year programs compared to last year. All were aged 30 and over with an annual salary of less than $ 40,000.

Colleges also experienced irregular admission activity. The system discovered that 20% of recent traffic to its main online application portal was “malicious and bot-related,” according to a memo written by Valerie Lundy-Wagner, acting vice-chancellor of innovation and development. digital infrastructure. Faculty members also began to suspect that some of their students were in fact fake robot accounts.

“We were looking at financial aid and they were looking at enrollment applications,” Perry told the Times, referring to colleges. “And we finally put the two together. The two just got closer and at that point we were like, “Yeah, this is fraudulent. “

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