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NWI Times News Coverage: Youth turn out at IUN to watch presidential debate
October 20, 2016 GARY — Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump clashed early and often on the debate stage Wednesday night, but it was another story at Indiana University Northwest — where local elected officials set aside politics long enough to urge young people to pay attention and vote. Deciding which candidate to vote for cannot be accomplished “in a vacuum,” Douglas Grimes, Republican candidate for Lake County Prosecutor, told the 50 or so high school and college students who attended the presidential debate viewing party. It requires research and reflecting on personal values, but also being engaged with the election, he said. “There has to be something out there you see, or hear or read that makes you vote for a person. You vote for the person, vote for what you know about that person. They are asking for something extremely valuable. Your vote is extremely valuable,” Grimes said. Many in attendance were just shy of voting age. Jasmine Johnson, 17, a senior at East Chicago Central High School and president for the Jobs for America’s Graduates program, said she’s paying attention to this election because who secures the presidency impacts her. Key issues for Johnson include college affordability, equal rights for all and fair wages. “I’m not able to vote, but it affects me. I can listen in and persuade others to vote,” Johnson said. “A lot of people say ‘Oh, I’m not going to vote. It doesn’t mean anything.’ But every vote counts.” At the event, students learned about voter registration and early voting options, the history and purpose of presidential debates, the power of young voters, and what to look for during the debate. Wednesday’s debate should not be the end of the story, said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. How well students pay attention to the two candidates in the remaining few weeks leading up to Election Day is equally important, she said. “I want to talk to you about the importance of listening carefully,” Freeman-Wilson said. “As you watch election advertisements, read the newspaper… and go on social media, think about the way people are trying to persuade you.” Many applauded or laughed at jabs as the candidates squared off. The audience watched intently as Clinton and Trump discussed the economy, international relations, the country’s debt, immigration issues and a few extra-curriculars. On nearly every issue, Clinton and Trump interrupted and talked over each other and the debate monitor, said Tyre Johnson, 16, a student at Gary Westside School. “Donald bogarted the stage a bit and Hillary couldn’t explain herself,” Johnson said. The half hour leading up to the debate was focused less on politics and more about engaging young voters in the election. A bipartisan panel of elected officials, professors, and local political party representatives focused on the importance of voting and how to vote intelligently. The panel included Freeman-Wilson, Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown; State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary; Lake County Republican Chair Dan Dernulc; James B. Dillon Sr., a member of the Young Democratic Party; and Jack Bloom, an IUN professor of sociology and anthropology. "We hope that you get out to vote. Whatever political pedigree you are, that’s fine. Go out and vote," Dernulc said. Event coordinators included Bloom, Dwight Williams, a professor of IUN’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Dominique Wilson with the JAG program. The Gary School Corporation transported high school students to the event. Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/2016-election/article_a7c847b9-93f7-5bcc-9ce6-e15aa58bbf0d.htmlLearn more »
Resources to Help Customers Access Higher Education Opportunities and Student Financial Aid From The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration
October 2, 2016 Background In recent years over 20 million individuals annually turn to the services provided by the public workforce system. Many of these individuals are seeking new careers in growing industries or attempting to identify the training and education necessary to advance within an established career pathway. Through AJCs and online/virtual tools, the public workforce system provides an array of services and supports to these individuals ranging from Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded career services and training. Building on this array of services, WIOA Section 134(c)(2)(A)(xi) identified the additional role for the workforce system of providing its customers assistance with establishing eligibility for programs of financial aid assistance for training and education programs that are not funded under WIOA. Resources Starting on October 1, individuals can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to access the $180 billion investments available for higher education during the 2017-2018 school year. Statistically bachelor’s degree recipients earn $1 million more in their lifetime compared to high school graduates. Likewise, education can serve as a pathway to the middle class. However, many individuals assume they are ineligible for financial aid and never complete a FAFSA. To assist the workforce system provide their customers with the most accessible information on higher education, FAFSA, and the new College Scorecard, we are providing several resources for both workforce system staff and customers: -Training and Employment Guidance Letter 8-16, Supporting Unemployment Insurance Beneficiaries Seeking Postsecondary Education or Training provides policies, strategies, and resources that support UI beneficiaries seeking postsecondary education and training opportunities, including longer-term training and education programs. -The new College Scorecard provides the first comprehensive data on costs and student outcomes at many postsecondary institutions in the United States. Now, students can search for the earnings of the students who attended an institution and the quality of the education provided. -The Department of Education’s Financial Aid Toolkit provides Federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others. Staff providing career and training services to workforce system customers are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with these resources to help inform their education and career counseling. -The Financial Aid Toolkit includes a downloadable flyer with additional information about the FAFSA and the College Scorecard. Videos on FAFSA completion and the College Scorecard are also available. AJCs are encouraged to consider posting and distributing this flier and other FAFSA and College Scorecard information at their local offices, websites, and through its routine mailings and outreach to customers. -The First Lady’s Up Next texting tool provides advising for FAFSA completion, the college search, and student debt repayment. Customers may text COLLEGE to 44044 to get to access step-by-step support and additional information. Completing the FAFSA may mean the difference between going to, and completing, college or not. Thank you for your partnership and for sharing information about opportunities available to support education and skills-building with your staff and customers.Learn more »
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