Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (PCSST) Army JROTC Earns Honor Unit with Distinction

PATERSON, NJ  – The Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (PCSST) JROTC Lion Battalion announced that it has once again earned the highest unit qualification possible for SY 2020-2021, first awarded during the last school year. The most sought-after unit award is the Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD – Gold Star) rating.  

“Our Lion Battalion Cadets work hard to maintain this unique Honor Unit with Distinction rating from year to year,” said Senior Army Instructor LTC (R) Mike Hodges. “It validates the value of the system to our school and community and further enhances our recommendations for our cadets’ future endeavors.”

The LION Battalion is currently commanded by Cadet LTC Jabria Smith, and her senior enlisted advisor is Cadet CSM Jeremy Chomba. Where effective leadership is critical, this achievement required the cadet battalion to score at least 95% on a rigorous 5-hour inspection conducted by the JROTC Chief from

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Camden Charter School Will Inspire More Students to Pursue Tech Careers With $350K Donation

CAMDEN, NJ — A $350,000 donation will not only call for Camden’s LEAP Academy to rename its fabrication lab after Vernon and Shirley Hill, but more importantly help a new generation of students aspire toward careers in technology.

“In Camden, we believe that our children can lift our city to new heights,” said Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, founder and board chair of LEAP. “We are helping prepare them for college and to achieve, for many, admission to prestigious Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) programs and exposure to a growing career sector.” 

During a Monday morning ceremony, attendees cut a ribbon and toured the Vernon and Shirley Hill Fab Lab at LEAP Academy. School officials said the lab aims toward assisting students with low-income backgrounds.

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According to Bonilla-Santiago,

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Tech Talent Charter Launches ‘Doing It Anyway’ Campaign To Drive More Diversity To The UK Tech Sector

It’s not a secret that women are underrepresented in the UK tech sector, and the pace of change is slow. In 2017 the UK Government’s Digital Strategy estimated that just 17% of people who work in the tech sector and only 9.5% of students taking computer science A level courses are female. Yet women make up almost half of the workforce. A 2019 report from WISE put the number at 16%. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted even more differences between genders: 65.1% of BAME women reported anxiety as a result of having to go out to work during the pandemic, while 41.0% of them reported working more than they did before the pandemic.

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC), a non-profit organization with the mission of addressing the inequality in the UK tech sector,

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