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REP. SANCHEZ HAILS HOUSE PASSAGE OF HOSPITAL LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS BILL

 
State Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain) praised House passage of a bill he championed and which has been one of his legislative priorities this session. House Bill 5385, An Act Concerning Language Interpreters in Hospitals passed with a 139 to 6 vote.
“I am grateful to my colleagues, Rep. Susan Johnson (D-Willimantic) and Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain, Chairs of the Public Health Committee for their support and understanding in raising this bill,” Rep. Sanchez said. “I have been hearing from constituents across the state about their frustrations in dealing with emergencies and health care in hospitals because their lack of English speaking skills, including cases of relatives trying to translate medical terminology to others without thorough understanding.”
 
The measure will require hospitals in the state to maintain qualified interpreters to ensure an interpreter is available for patients whose primary language is not English and to post multilingual notices informing patients of the new service. The law applies to geographic areas where at least 5% of the population speaks a particular language and resides within the area served by the hospital. Current law requires hospitals to provide interpretation only to the extent possible.
 
Rep. Sanchez said, “This legislation is critical for individuals who don’t have options to have family members with them at the time of hospital service, particularly when it relates to following up after surgery, dietary recommendations or at the time of hospital discharge. Often times, they go home without a clue about what they need to do in order to improve their condition.”
 
The bill now heads to the Senate for action before the end of the legislative session on May 7.

Leadership Greater Hartford Presents ¡Hablemos Más!  A forum on increasing Latino participation on Boards of Directors

On Tuesday, April 29, Leadership Greater Hartford will host ¡Hablemos Más! (Let’s Talk Some More). The forum, part of the Leadership Greater Hartford’s  award-winning Leaders on Board program, will focus on identifying ways to increase the participation of Latinos serving on nonprofit boards of directors and City of Hartford boards and commissions. Current Leaders on Board nonprofit partners will have the opportunity to learn about:  how to recruit and retain board members from the Latino community, cultural norms, and how to engage in meaningful relationships.  The forum  will take place at Capital Community College, 950 Main Street, Hartford, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and features Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, President, Capital Community College; Cándida Flores-Sepúlveda, Executive Director, Family Life Education; Luis Cabán, Former Executive Director, SINA; and Rosaida Rosario, President, Rosario & Associates, LLC.
For more information about ¡Hablemos Más! or Leaders on Board, please Mae Ryan at 860.951.6161, x1900 or register online by Friday April 25 at www.leadershipgh.org.
 
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Bilingual Books for Kids Coordinator
Bilingual (Spanish/English fluency) Required. Based at Branford office and requiring travel within Connecticut. 28-32 hours a week.
52 weeks a year; 2 weeks’ vacation and specific holidays (when falling on workdays).

  • Work as one of three-person team in the Books for Kidsprogram. (Lead coordinator and 2 coordinators)
  • Coordinate with RTG staff a new program that requires setting up partnerships with other non-profits to add or strengthen literacy components in their services for low-income and at-risk families with young children, from birth to 5-8 years old. (Partnerships Initiative)
  • Participate in workshops for parents and other service/program providers. (Partnerships Initiative)
  • Work with RTG staff and other service organizations and community leaders to develop and manage book distribution centers (Book Place/Rincón del Libro) at various sites in the state.
  • Assist in coordinating book drives, which are organized by others.
  • Assist in responding to program requests.
  • Assist in overseeing warehouse inventory – intake and deliveries.

Details: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/M3Hk9bmZw9h4
 

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The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) is pleased to announce the availability of a Spanish-language homebuyer website. Consumers can access the new website by visiting www.hogarchfa.org. CHFA launched the website to better serve the Hispanic markets and increase access to home-buying education and support.
 

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Hartford Loves Poetry Festival
It’s National Poetry Month, and many celebrations are planned.
Hartford Public Library will host Hartford Loves Poetry, a free series of events from Monday, April 7 through 16 featuring poets at its nine branches, followed by a community celebration at the downtown library, 500 Main St., on April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Bessy Reyna, an award-winning poet, is curating the events, which celebrate the area’s rich multicultural heritage. Connecticut poets will read and lead workshops, residents will write and share poems and at the finale, participants will read poems in 16 languages, including Tamil, Bosnian, Greek, Spanish, Polish and Hebrew, with English translations.
 

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NBC’s Stephania Jimenez is leaving Connecticut, moving to Texas to be a main anchor at the CBS station in Corpus Christi.  Stephania contacted CTLatinoNews in our early days, understanding the need  for quality, balanced news about Latinos.  She championed and created a CTLatinoNews weekly report on NBC CT which shared our stories with the station’s audience.  We wish her the very best,  and we will always remember her efforts on behalf of all the Latinos in the state.

 IT Instructors Needed

Bridgeport After School Program
Teach high school students to build and troubleshoot computers
$225 per class/ 16 Classes
Email resume to mail@baym.org
(203) 209-9971

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The Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education is offering several scholarships of $1,000.00. The deadline for the scholarships is April 15, 2014.
Students may visit CALAHE’S homepage (www.calahe.org) where they can print the application.
 
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Community Colleges Now Helping To Train Students  In Manufacturing Apprenticeships

New Partnership Brings Learning Component to College System

“Connecticut’s community colleges are uniquely positioned to react rapidly to changing workforce demands and ensure that our students get the highest-quality training in their fields,” said President Gray. “This partnership takes advantage of our strong advanced manufacturing programs taking talented students through training right into the workplace — producing skilled manufacturers and contributing to the statewide economy.”

Each year of registered apprenticeship requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of related classroom instruction. Most apprentices interested in manufacturing careers are in training for three to four years, which translates to between 6,000 and 8,000 hours of on-the-job work and up to 576 hours of related instruction.  While the related instruction can now be accomplished at the designated community colleges, the on-the-job training hours must be earned in a workplace setting.

Registered Apprenticeship is the premier form of workforce development that combines a work schedule of on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Currently, there are more than 4,600 registered apprentices in the state, working for 1,500 active employers-sponsors.

One major difference is that a graduated four year apprentice will likely have no student loan debt as opposed to a four year college student. Additionally, many apprenticeship programs also qualify for college credits.

Upon completion of an apprenticeship, average wages are $50,000 per year with most earning excellent retirement and health benefits in addition to wages. Careers often advance into supervisory or project management positions, jobs in health and safety, while others open successful businesses.

For further information on registered apprenticeship programs, please contact Program Manager Vinnie Valente, Office of Apprenticeship Training, at Vinnie.Valente@ct.gov.

 
 

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“I Am Latina” Essay Writing Contest

Win $1,000 and publication in Latina and Shebooks!With over 52 million Latinos in the U.S., it’s easier than ever to keep our cultures alive. Latina & Shebooks, a new e-book publisher, want to read about the moment that you felt the most connected with your culture and were proud to call yourself a Latina. Starting January 10, 2014, you can submit your essay up to 1000 words, and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 and publication in a future issue of Latina.  Winner and runners-up may also be featured in a future Shebook.What we’re looking for Your story must be nonfiction, not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. To be considered, the memoir must be between 500 and 1000 words. Judges will be considering submissions on the basis of their adherence to the theme (I Am Latina), originality of the story, and the quality of the writing. We’re looking for an essay that the reader won’t want to put down!Enter Your Story Between January 20 and April 20: All entrants will receive a free two-month subscription to Shebooks
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Bilingual Books for Kids Coordinator
Bilingual (Spanish/English fluency) Required. Based at Branford office and requiring travel within Connecticut. 28-32 hours a week.
52 weeks a year; 2 weeks’ vacation and specific holidays (when falling on workdays).

  • Work as one of three-person team in the Books for Kidsprogram. (Lead coordinator and 2 coordinators)
  • Coordinate with RTG staff a new program that requires setting up partnerships with other non-profits to add or strengthen literacy components in their services for low-income and at-risk families with young children, from birth to 5-8 years old. (Partnerships Initiative)
  • Participate in workshops for parents and other service/program providers. (Partnerships Initiative)
  • Work with RTG staff and other service organizations and community leaders to develop and manage book distribution centers (Book Place/Rincón del Libro) at various sites in the state.
  • Assist in coordinating book drives, which are organized by others.
  • Assist in responding to program requests.
  • Assist in overseeing warehouse inventory – intake and deliveries.

Details: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/M3Hk9bmZw9h4
 

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The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) is pleased to announce the availability of a Spanish-language homebuyer website. Consumers can access the new website by visiting www.hogarchfa.org. CHFA launched the website to better serve the Hispanic markets and increase access to home-buying education and support.
 

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Hartford Loves Poetry Festival
It’s National Poetry Month, and many celebrations are planned.
Hartford Public Library will host Hartford Loves Poetry, a free series of events from Monday, April 7 through 16 featuring poets at its nine branches, followed by a community celebration at the downtown library, 500 Main St., on April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Bessy Reyna, an award-winning poet, is curating the events, which celebrate the area’s rich multicultural heritage. Connecticut poets will read and lead workshops, residents will write and share poems and at the finale, participants will read poems in 16 languages, including Tamil, Bosnian, Greek, Spanish, Polish and Hebrew, with English translations.
 

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NBC’s Stephania Jimenez is leaving Connecticut, moving to Texas to be a main anchor at the CBS station in Corpus Christi.  Stephania contacted CTLatinoNews in our early days, understanding the need  for quality, balanced news about Latinos.  She championed and created a CTLatinoNews weekly report on NBC CT which shared our stories with the station’s audience.  We wish her the very best,  and we will always remember her efforts on behalf of all the Latinos in the state.

 IT Instructors Needed

Bridgeport After School Program
Teach high school students to build and troubleshoot computers
$225 per class/ 16 Classes
Email resume to mail@baym.org
(203) 209-9971

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The Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education is offering several scholarships of $1,000.00. The deadline for the scholarships is April 15, 2014.
Students may visit CALAHE’S homepage (www.calahe.org) where they can print the application.
 
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Community Colleges Now Helping To Train Students  In Manufacturing Apprenticeships

New Partnership Brings Learning Component to College System

“Connecticut’s community colleges are uniquely positioned to react rapidly to changing workforce demands and ensure that our students get the highest-quality training in their fields,” said President Gray. “This partnership takes advantage of our strong advanced manufacturing programs taking talented students through training right into the workplace — producing skilled manufacturers and contributing to the statewide economy.”

Each year of registered apprenticeship requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of related classroom instruction. Most apprentices interested in manufacturing careers are in training for three to four years, which translates to between 6,000 and 8,000 hours of on-the-job work and up to 576 hours of related instruction.  While the related instruction can now be accomplished at the designated community colleges, the on-the-job training hours must be earned in a workplace setting.

Registered Apprenticeship is the premier form of workforce development that combines a work schedule of on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Currently, there are more than 4,600 registered apprentices in the state, working for 1,500 active employers-sponsors.

One major difference is that a graduated four year apprentice will likely have no student loan debt as opposed to a four year college student. Additionally, many apprenticeship programs also qualify for college credits.

Upon completion of an apprenticeship, average wages are $50,000 per year with most earning excellent retirement and health benefits in addition to wages. Careers often advance into supervisory or project management positions, jobs in health and safety, while others open successful businesses.

For further information on registered apprenticeship programs, please contact Program Manager Vinnie Valente, Office of Apprenticeship Training, at Vinnie.Valente@ct.gov.

 
 

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“I Am Latina” Essay Writing Contest

Win $1,000 and publication in Latina and Shebooks!With over 52 million Latinos in the U.S., it’s easier than ever to keep our cultures alive. Latina & Shebooks, a new e-book publisher, want to read about the moment that you felt the most connected with your culture and were proud to call yourself a Latina. Starting January 10, 2014, you can submit your essay up to 1000 words, and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 and publication in a future issue of Latina.  Winner and runners-up may also be featured in a future Shebook.What we’re looking for Your story must be nonfiction, not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. To be considered, the memoir must be between 500 and 1000 words. Judges will be considering submissions on the basis of their adherence to the theme (I Am Latina), originality of the story, and the quality of the writing. We’re looking for an essay that the reader won’t want to put down!Enter Your Story Between January 20 and April 20: All entrants will receive a free two-month subscription to Shebooks

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Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury launches the Hispanic Immigrant Integration Project

Danbury, CT – Jan 23rd, 2014 – Thanks to a grant by the Hispanic Federation, which was made possible by the Walmart Foundation, The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury has launched the Hispanic Immigrant Integration Project.  The initiative will help to facilitate the integration of Latino immigrants into their communities.  Families who qualify will be provided with civic classes and application assistance for citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and family petitions for free of charge.
The city of Danbury is undergoing a significant demographic evolution, resulting in a pressing need for communitywide planning and development in the delivery of comprehensive integration services. Demographic, economic, and social forces have continued to bring immigrants of all backgrounds to the City of Danbury, and their integration into the community remains a major issue that warrants attention.
Danbury is a city of immigrants, the 2007-2011 American Community Survey estimates that 24,555 (30.7%) of the City’s population are foreign born, 16,552 are not yet Naturalized citizens.
This clearly highlights the need for affordable, accessible immigration services in the Danbury area. A substantial amount of our population are in various stages in the legalization pathway, and will require an array of services – ranging from DACA assistance, family-based petitions, and Citizenship assistance. Which the Hispanic Immigration Integration Project will enable the Center to provide.
“Our vision is to serve as the multi-cultural center of Danbury because as immigration cycles and waves change the immigrant and integration experience does not” Stated Andrea Contreras, the Center’s Interim Executive Director.
“Danbury’s immigrant population has more than doubled in the last ten years.  This holds significant economic and social implications for the progress and well-being of our City.  The funding from the Hispanic Federation will allow us to address the community’s need for immigrant integration. Our Program seeks to educate, mobilize, and integrate the immigrant community in the decision making process.  We will achieve this through naturalization, civic integration, and voter education and mobilization activities.”
The Hispanic Immigration Integration Project will be serving over four thousand immigrant families across the country. Service areas include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury Inc. Mission “We serve, We Educate, We Engage, We Advocate.”  We carry out our mission by assisting the Latino and other ethnic communities immerse and succeed in the social and economic mainstream of Connecticut.

http://www.hispaniccenterofdanbury.org/

 

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CT Nonprofits Internship Program

is accepting applications for the 2014 legislative session.

  •  See how state government works firsthand
  •  Work with public policy specialists across all issue areas of the nonprofit sector
  •  Expand your education through our Center for Professional Development skill-based trainings.
  •  Build relationships that can last a lifetime

Are you a graduate student or undergraduate student with:

  • at least 60 college credits.
  • interested in a career in government, policy, membership development, or nonprofit management
  •  Motivated and willing to take on responsibility
  •  A Connecticut resident

If you answered yes to these questions, then apply now.
Questions? Contact Jeff Shaw at 860.525.5080 x 27 or jshaw@ctnonprofits.org
 

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The Connecticut General Assembly’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) has an opening for a Legislative Analyst. Excellent State of Connecticut fringe benefits package available. For more information visit our Facebook page. For application Instructions: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary history to be received no later than January 22, 2014 to: Werner Oyanadel, Latino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Rep. Matt Lesser Named by Jewish Ledger as one of the year’s “Movers & Shakers”  

Matt Lesser sworn inState Representative Matt Lesser, 29, is serving his third term in the Connecticut House of Representatives, where he is assistant majority leader. Lesser was first elected in 2008, while he was a student at Wesleyan University – young enough, in fact, to participate in a Birthright trip, encouraged by the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT). In 2012, he won reelection for his current term while successfully battling cancer.
A native of Greater Washington, D.C., Lesser is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor who fled Nazi-occupied Europe on foot, making her way to Argentina. His mother escaped the dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla and immigrated to the U.S.
Lesser’s political CV already reads like that of a much more seasoned elected official. He chairs the Legislative Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, serves on the Energy & Technology Committee, and is Democratic ranking member of the Internship Committee. He previously served on the Education Committee, where he was named a “Children’s Champion,” and on several other committees and task forces. He has sponsored legislation relating to health and voting rights, and is working to strengthen Connecticut’s public campaign finance system.
Since 2010, Lesser has served as vice chairman of the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
 

      

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$25,000 WILL SUPPORT
NCLR’s ESCALERA PROGRAM: Taking Steps to Success
@ the Center for Latino Progress – CPRF
 
The Center for Latino Progress – CPRF will offer the NCLR Escalera Program to Latino youth for the first time in Connecticut.  Escalera will be adding pathways to college to the existing after-school-youth work readiness programs at the Center.  Youth will acquire learning strategies; will complete college applications and visits; fill scholarship applications; and will receive financial assistant for college registration.  Youth will also have the opportunity to travel to national conferences and meet their peers across the Nation.
 
The Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success may change the landscape for many youth in Hartford.  The two-year study of Escalera Program participants in other states has shown the following impact:
  • 88% of students who have enrolled in the Escalera Program have successfully completed and graduated from high school.  In Hartford, the high school completion rate for Hispanics is 53.4%, according to the State Dept. of Education.
  • 87% of Escalera Program graduates have chosen a path to upward economic mobility by enrolling in postsecondary institutions.  Escalera graduates are persisting in college past year one at an average rate of 89%.  In CT, 16.9% of Hispanic high school graduates were attending college, according to the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.
  • The 2011 graduating cohort of the Escalera Program earned a combined total of $779,675 in scholarships.
“When in Hartford, 64.6% of Latino youth are out-of-school and out-of-work, the implementation of Escalera in our youth programming could not come at a more opportune and necessary time to reverse those trends.  Specially, when services and guidance to the Latino high-school age youth are virtually non-existent.  Escalera will address this void in our community, which is crucial to the success of Latino youth–ultimately Latino families– and their ability to become productive citizens and have a meaningful impact in their community.” said Yanil Terón, executive director of the Center.

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Connecticut Health Foundation Names Its  New Class of  “Health Leaders” 

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) recently selected 19 Health leaders to participate in its ninth Health Leadership Fellows (HLF) Class.

 This 10-month program is focused on the development, practice, and application of leadership skills to the complex issue of health equity for people of color in Connecticut
“Effective leaders are essential for elevating health equity as a priority issue in Connecticut,” said Lina Paredes vice president of program. “The class offers many opportunities for leaders to grow and expand their skillset to bring them closer to success.”
Participants are selected through a competitive process, and complete a ten-month intensive program. This year’s class includes:
A dentist fluent in Spanish who advocates for all Spanish-speaking patients at the community health center where she works; a  nurse and long-time martial arts enthusiast whose passion for health equity was ignited with the tragic loss of her mother and aunt to esophageal cancer; and a public health specialist who came to Connecticut by way of Jamaica, and is motivated to relieve the ravages of racial and ethnic disparities across borders.
“I have so learned so much in the first three months of this fellowship, but one thing that truly resonates with me is that ‘optimum’ health care for all of Connecticut’s residents is complex and multi-layered,” says Karen Hatcher Sneed, President, Pequot Health Care/PRxN. Hatcher Sneed, a resident of Groton, is a seasoned healthcare executive interested in how population health management can improve the health and wellness of all racial and ethnic groups.
Members of the 2014 Health Leadership Fellows Class

At commencement in June, the class of 2014 will join the diverse and powerful statewide network of 160 Health Leadership Fellows.
Applications for the 2015 Class will be accepted in January 2014.  To learn more about the program, visithttp://www.cthealth.org/fellows-program/.
 
 

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NBC CONNECTICUT ANNOUNCES A TOTAL OF $100,000 IN GRANTS FOR THREE LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

 
NBC Connecticut today announced a total of $100,000 in grants for three local non-profit organizations. The 21st Century Solutions Grants will help to support high-impact, progressive programs that are moving Connecticut forward.
In partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation, the 21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge recognizes and awards innovative community programs in the categories of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology.
The 2013 grant recipients and winning programs include: LEAP’s (Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership) healthy living initiative that supplies underserved young people with educational tools for environmental studies, computer literacy training, and health; the YWCA of the Hartford Region’s YW Career Women program that supports female heads-of-household pursuing an associate degree in healthcare; and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s FIRST LEGO Robotics and STEM Programming for urban youth.
“NBC Connecticut is proud to recognize charities doing extraordinary work for people in need throughout our state.  The winning programs are tackling issues, finding solutions and making a difference through compassion and innovation. Their spirit is truly inspirational”, said Ric Harris, NBC Connecticut President and General Manager.
21st Century Solutions Grant Challenge 2013 Winners
Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership    $50,000
YWCA of the Hartford Region                                   $25,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford                                   $25,000
Launched in 2012, the 21st Century Solutions program supports initiatives designed to address emerging and ongoing community challenges in new and creative ways. By focusing on social innovation, the program encourages non-profit organizations to drive forward bold new ideas to make local communities stronger. Nationwide, the NBCUniversal Foundation has awarded $1.2 million in 21st Century Solutions Grants in 10 markets served by the NBC Owned Television Stations this year.
NBC Connecticut is a media partner of CTLatinoNews.com and its Stephania Jimenez airs a weekly news report based on CTLatinonews stories.
 
 

                                   SCSU CIO NAMED TO LIST OF TOP 100 HISPANIC IT PROFESSIONALS                                                                                                              

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            NEW HAVEN – Pablo Mollina, chief information officer at Southern Connecticut State University, has been selected as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology industry by HITEC.
HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) is a global executive leadership organization of senior business and IT executives. The “HITEC 100” were honored recently at a reception in Palo Alto, Calif. The award program is designed to recognize outstanding Hispanic IT leaders who are innovators in their positions, and role models for younger Hispanics in the field.
Mollina began his duties at SCSU last summer. He already has launched a CIO speaker series and expanded the hours of the university’s IT Help Desk. Among his goals are to continue the technological innovation on campus, as well as to help de-mystify the IT process for the campus community.

            He previously served as associate vice president for information technology and campus CIO at Georgetown University for 12 years.

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ACCESS HEALTH CT UNVEILS MURAL CELEBRATING HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN BRIDGEPORT

 Access Health CT unveiled a community wellness mural today at Optimus Health Care in Bridgeport, where members of the community joined representatives from Access Health CT in a celebration of wellness and art. The community celebration included face painting and information about enrolling in health care through Access Health CT.
“Healthcare Reform isn’t just about getting people insurance for unexpected medical emergencies, it’s also about providing access to the preventative care and wellness programs that will help people become and stay healthier,” explained Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, co-chair of the Access Health CT board. “This mural is a creative way for us to express that commitment to building healthier communities.” 
The mural was created by Rafael Cornier, Jr., a Connecticut-based artist.
“I’m honored to work with Access Health CT and the City of Bridgeport and express the importance of wellness in a creative, artistic way,” said Cornier.  “This has been an exciting project and I hope it’s something the community will enjoy for years to come.”
Access Health CT will be in communities across Connecticut, hosting free enrollment fairs to provide information about how Healthcare Reform will impact you and your family, explain how you might receive financial help and provide assistance in enrolling for healthcare coverage through Access Health CT. To find an enrollment fair or an enrollment center near you, visit learn.accesshealthct.com/enrollment-centers. Enrollment is now open at www.accesshealthct.com, and all of the health insurance plans available through Access Health CT include preventative care and wellness programs. 

Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) of the University of Massachusetts Amherst promotes research, training, and public engagement on the histories, cultures, and politics of Latin American and Caribbean peoples across the Americas and throughout the world. Bridging the divide that historically has separated Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies as institutionalized knowledge formations with distinctive intellectual genealogies, political trajectories, and bureaucratic moorings at U.S. universities is central to our mission. The Center seeks to be a hemispheric, crossborder space for critical reflection, exchange, and intellectual production. We aim to engage in genuinely inter-disciplinary work, fostering the creative convergence of discipline-based knowledges. CLACLS is committed to sustaining links with Latin American and Caribbean communities in the U.S. and across the Americas, as well as to bringing the alternative knowledge produced in those communities to bear on our teaching and research. – See more at: http://www.umass.edu/clacls/#sthash.yng3Sebq.dpuf
To learn more:  http://www.umass.edu/clacls/
 

Latino Public Radio’s mission is to inform, educate and entertain the Spanish radio audience through the production and distribution of intelligent, high quality, cultural and educational programming that reflects the diversity of the Latino community.
To volunteer or learn more:   http://www.lprri.org/inicio

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CBIA Works to Expand High School Internship Program

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Photo Caption: Chabely Nunez, an intern at Tecton Architects, was one of four Hartford students praised at an internship breakfast staged by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA)

Executives from private industry called the CBIA internship program a success at a special breakfast meeting held on the morning of November 19th. The program has placed black and Latino students from Hartford Public High School Academy of Engineering and Green Technology into local companies, where the students have taken on challenging tasks and received extensive training. Participants praised the competence and work ethic of the students who have joined the program to date. CBIA is looking to expand the program to include more businesses and more students, and the group is issuing a call to inner-city businesses, including small, “Main Street” businesses to sign up. Those interested should contact Adam K. Ney, Assistant Director of Public Affairs for CBIA: adam.ney@cbia.com; 860-244-1933

                                                       

 

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With the powerful snowstorms southern New England has experienced in recent years, valuable life-saving information on how to be prepared.

When CAUGHT in a Winter Storm at home or in a building…

  • Stay inside. Make sure you provide proper ventilation when using alternate heat sources such as a fireplace, wood stove, space heaters, etc.:
    -use fire safeguards.
    -properly ventilate.
  • No heat:
    -close off unneeded rooms.
    -stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
    -cover windows at night.
  • Eat and drink. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Non-alcoholic beverages prevent dehydration.

When CAUGHT in a Winter Storm outside…

  • Find shelter:
    -try to stay dry.
    -cover all exposed parts of the body.
  • No shelter:
    -prepare a lean-to, wind-break, or snow cave for protection from the wind.
    -build a fire to heat and attract attention.
    -place rocks around the fire to absorb and radiate heat.
  • Do not eat snow. It will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.

For full details…visit:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax/safety/beprepared.php.
                                              

                  

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Cutting Energy Bills for CT families, businesses

Connecticut has announced a plan to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency, a step it says will significantly reduce electric and natural gas bills for families and businesses. A draft decision from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will increase funding for electric and natural gas energy efficiency programs from $122 million to $231 million a year for the next three years. The increase will be financed through an adjustment on charges for efficiency programs that are part of monthly electric and natural gas bills. DEEP estimates that residents and businesses who take advantage of the energy efficiency programs will see an average $3 to $4 in savings for every $1 invested in energy efficiency.

 Latino Public Programming Every Monday Night

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Tune in to Latinos Unidos, based in Waterbury, every Monday at 7 p.m. on Skye Cable Channel 13. The community program is a grassroots effort to engage local Latinos on social, political and economic issues. Our Community Program is a Grassroots effort to engage the various Latino groups here in America to educate our community on a myriad of social, governmental and economic issues that most Latinos face today.

 

 

 

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