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Young Entrepreneur Program Visits KPMG in Norfolk

One of the features of M. H. West & Co., Inc.’s award-winning Young Entrepreneur Program is site visits. Each week students visit a local business to learn how it operates and to see concepts that they have learned in the classroom practiced in the real world. Last week students participating in the Young Entrepreneur Program at Ingleside Elementary School were able to visit the KPMG office located in Norfolk, Virginia.

The images below were taken by Brennan West who works with Ingleside Elementary School on the Young Entrepreneur Program. If you are interested in learning how the Young Entrepreneur Program can benefit your students, please contact M. H. West & Co., Inc. at 888.937.8904.

July 28th Is World Hepatitus Day

July 28th Is World Hepatitus Day

The theme for this year’s World Hepatitis Day is “Prevent hepatitis. Act now”. Viral hepatitis is caused by 5 distinct hepatitis viruses. Infection from these viruses results in approximately 1.45 million deaths each year. These viruses are transmitted through contaminated water and food, as well as by contact with blood or bodily fluids, through unsafe injections or transfusions. Infection also occurs from a mother to a child, or through sexual contact. Infection through all these routes of transmission can be prevented through proven and effective interventions. It is important for everyone to be aware of hepatitis and to learn how they can protect themselves from being infected.

Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont

Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont

Experience the roots of American culture at the sixth annual Richmond Jazz Festival, August 6-9th. Regarded as a “world-class jazz event worth traveling for,” the Richmond Jazz Festival, renowned for its dynamic, lively atmosphere, appetizing cuisine and phenomenal lineup with some of the best in jazz, funk and blues, attracts over 10,000 fans each year.

Throughout the week, preview events at the historic Hippodrome Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery showcase the genre’s best local and national talent. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, thousands travel from near and far to Maymont, a Richmond jewel, to take in the sights and sounds of one of the largest jazz festivals on the East Coast. From tasty eats to great finds and some of the best wine around, the Richmond Jazz Festival has established itself as a premier cultural destination for music aficionados across the globe.

Go to jazzatmaymont.com for the schedule and tickets.

Silicon Valley Struggles To Hack Its Diversity Problem

Silicon Valley Struggles To Hack Its Diversity Problem

In a recent edition of Marilyn’s Monday Morning Message, Diversity and the Bottom Line, M. H. West & Co., Inc. Chair and CEO, Marilyn H. West explains why a diverse workforce benefits an entire organization. However, Yahoo disclosed last week that African Americans made up just 2 percent of its workers, while Hispanics stood at 4 percent. Those revelations came days after Facebook reported that in 2014 it had employed just 81 blacks among its 5,500 U.S. workers.

Silicon Valley has a diversity problem, a contentious issue that has come into sharper focus in recent months as tech firms have sheepishly released updates on their hiring of minorities. The companies have pledged to do better. Many point to the talent pipeline as one of the main culprits. They’d hire if they could, but not enough black and Hispanic students are pursuing computer science degrees, they say.

But fresh data show that top schools are turning out black and Hispanic graduates with tech degrees at rates significantly higher than they are being hired by leading tech firms.

Last year, black students took home 4.1 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in computer science, information technology and computer engineering, according to an annual survey by the Computing Research Association of 121 top U.S. and Canadian colleges. That’s double the average of blacks hired at the biggest tech firms. Hispanics accounted for 7.7 percent of the degrees.

“It would be a more convincing argument if their numbers more closely tracked what we were producing,” said Stuart Zweben, an Ohio State computer science professor who helps conduct the survey. And Silicon Valley’s diversity problem exists not just on the tech side.

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Major Report on School Crime and Safety Released

Our research for turning around Persistently Dangerous Schools shows that giving students a positive learning environment is vital to their academic performance and future prospects.

Major Report on School Crime and Safety Released

The National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics jointly released Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2014. The report draws from an array of sources to present statistics on crime and safety at schools and on college campuses using data collected from students, teachers, principals, and post-secondary institutions. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at post-secondary institutions.

Key findings from this year’s report include the following:

Between 1995 and 2013, the percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being victimized at school during the previous 6 months decreased overall (from 10 to 3 percent), as did the percentages of students who reported theft (from 7 to 2 percent), violent victimization (from 3 to 1 percent), and serious violent victimization (from 1 percent to less than one-half of 1 percent).

The percentage of students who reported being bullied at school was lower in 2013 (22 percent) than in every prior survey year (28 percent each in 2005, 2009, and 2011 and 32 percent in 2007).

In 2013, about 7 percent of students in grades 9–12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club on school property. In the same year, 5 percent of students in grades 9–12 reported carrying a weapon on school property during the previous 30 days, representing a decrease from 12 percent in 1993.

Between 1993 and 2013, the percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported being in a physical fight on school property during the previous 12 months decreased from 16 to 8 percent.

The number of arrests for weapons possession reported by public and private 2-year and 4-year post-secondary institutions was 4 percent lower in 2012 than in 2001 (1,000 vs. 1,100). Conversely, arrests for drug law violations increased by 76 percent during this period, reaching 20,800, and arrests for liquor law violations rose by 8 percent, reaching 29,500.

Race-related hate crimes accounted for 46 percent of reported vandalisms classified as hate crimes, 45 percent of reported intimidations, and 44 percent of reported simple assaults in 2012. Additionally, one-quarter of vandalism and intimidation hate crimes and 28 percent of simple assaults were classified with sexual orientation as the motivating bias.

View the full report.






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