Established in 2006, by Preston Smith and John Danner, Rocketship is a chain of free, college prep charter schools. They have now inaugurated five schools in San Jose, California. The number of students in each school averaged out to 450. They believe that the journey to college and beyond starts in kindergarten. Their belief that every child is gifted and deserves good education is the driving force behind the non-profit organization. Studies show that for the year 2016-17, 85% of the students enrolled in Rocketship charter schools were from low-income families. Out of which 90% qualify for free lunch and 75% have English as a second language.
The learning model implemented by Rocketship school is hybrid in the sense that the learning experience is not only limited to classroom teaching but also dedicated online learning platform and tutoring given to small groups of students. To eliminate any achievement gap, Rocketship focuses on enrolling students belonging from families with low income. They also have a history of working with a non-profit organization called Team America, that helps college graduates to get a job in the teaching profession.
In 2016, with the partnership of Rocketship and Techbridge, a major treat for the fifth-grade students was arranged, who were allowed to visit eBay’s Global Headquarters. In the same school year, Rocketship’s partnership with Web of Life Field (WOLF) School resulted in arranging science trips for fifth-grade students.
In June 2016, NPR covered Rocketship charter schools and the piece written by head blogger Anya Kamenetz, was debated to be unbalanced. Though the piece stated that it is one of the most nationally applauded network of charter schools with an innovative learning model, emphasis on its recurrent problems was focused too.
Rocketship implemented a hybrid and technologically advanced learning model which they had to change later after reduction in their expansion goals. This is a topic that resurfaces every now and then. Another part of the writing that sounded incorrect was the use of the word ‘company’ to define Rocketship, which is a non-profit organization. The word has been used in several instances which can be interpreted as a critical accusation of being commercial. The supporters of Rocketship tried to buzz the NPR, but the writers and editors of the writing very not made available for making any comments. People were surprised that the piece went through the editing process without any red flags.
Growing up on a family farm in northeast Iowa, David McDonald gained a first-hand appreciation for the first and most fundamental tier of the human food chain. He learned from his father the basics of animal husbandry through raising beef cattle, from farm to market.
Perhaps it’s just appropriate, then, that McDonald would one day lead one of the largest meat and protein processing companies in the world. Today, David McDonald is President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, an international firm with 65 facilities spanning 17 countries.
McDonald’s educational background served to support his future career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Iowa. He was also an active participant in ISU’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Now at the helm of OSI Group, McDonald has established numerous opportunities for ISU students to further their careers with internships, special projects and jobs.
OSI Group is the only company David McDonald has ever worked for. He started there more than three decades ago in a bottom-rung managerial position. McDonald and the OSI company culture proved to be a perfect match. He rose through the ranks quickly to become OSI Group president. He also holds a seat on the company’s board of directors.
One of the most significant ways McDonald has put his stamp on OSI Group has been his relentless pursuit of sustainability. Food production in a world with more than 7 billion hungry people and increasingly scarce and stressed resources means that giant producers like OSI need smart and well-planned operating procedures. Superior logistics and strategy are paramount.
That includes using fresh water with extreme preservation techniques, adopting green sources of energy to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and humane treatment of animals as they are shepherded through the complex food production process. Employee safety, working conditions and well being are another vital factor. A company is only as good as the people who work for it, McDonald says.
After 31 years, David McDonald is still excited about what he does every day with the company that gave him his first job as a fresh-faced graduate of Iowa State.
Some people desire to join some professions while they are still young to understand the details of the profession fully. Igor Cornelsen happens to be among them. He always wanted to be an engineer before he even knew the training institution he could join. Igor was born and raised in Curitiba in Brazil. His love for engineering led him to Federal University of Parana in the year 1965. Igor came to know he was extra passionate about finance than engineering in his junior year. This saw him take up economics as his major. Shortly after graduating in 1970, he got a job at an investment bank.
The techniques Igor acquired in his engineering classes have helped him to handle all his financial responsibilities meticulously. He easily used sliding rulers to calculate compound interest rates in an era where the calculators were a foreign concept. His success on the first job saw him move to Rio and became a board member at Multibanco. Igor Cornelsen rose to the position of a chief executive officer after committing himself to the company’s vision for about two years. Having succeeded in his role, he joined Unibanco in 1978, which was among the most successful firms in Brazil.
Having acquired immense knowledge and experience in the financial world, Igor joined Libra Bank PLC in 1985 where he got his biggest breakthrough. The bank was a London Merchant Bank. Working for this bank earned him American dollars instead of the Brazilian currency he used to get. The change in currency made a huge difference in his economic life. He had the spending power, but he chose to invest wisely. He decided to invest his funds in some companies in America and Europe.
Having achieved financial success, Igor Cornelsen enjoys being in his Southern Florida-based home or the other home in Brazil. During his free time, you will find him playing golf, his favorite sport. Igor’s love for golf influenced him to choose a house in Florida because the state has numerous golf courses. Furthermore, the weather in Florida is favorable for this sport throughout the year. Even though he is a retired investment banker, Igor offers his consultancy services to many bank executives.
A news article from Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund discusses how there have been many fronts of attack by GOP members that were directed at the DACA program. This news is being distributed across immigrant networks and organizations.
The DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and allows young immigrants that meet all the prerequisites a reprieve from deportation while also providing them with a social security number. According to the article, the DACA program also allows these youths an opportunity to work in the United States for a two year renewable period. Under the DACA program the youths can also get a driver’s license and gain access to in-state tuition fees. This program works to allow these youths the chance for a better life when they may have not otherwise received these chances.
There has been a letter sent to the Trump administration that has asked them to cancel the DACA program by September 5th. The letter then threatened that if their demands were not met that the party would ensue legal action. It is discussed in the article that they are not proposing an abrupt termination of the program, but rather a “phasing off.” This would lead to new applications of the program not being considered and no renewals. There are currently nine attorneys and one governor that put their names on the letter.
The article goes on to discuss that members of the Hispanic Caucus met with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly in a private meeting. Kelly stated that the DACA program is in jeopardy and mentioned that there are legal cases currently challenging the program. The DACA program that has been in effect for the past five years currently protects 800,000 people. The factual statements regarding the future of the program were very worrisome to many.
The DACA program have brought many good things to the United States as a whole. There are currently ninety-five percent of DACA beneficiaries that are working, studying, or doing both. These beneficiaries currently contribute millions of dollars to colleges and universities across the country. While doing this they have also improved the earnings that they make and are paying higher taxes. These beneficiaries are very invested in making a better life for themselves. Many of these individuals are still advancing their education, buying homes and cars, and creating their own businesses. This is all due to the DACA program that is currently in place.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is currently on the fight for the preservation of the DACA program. They are helping to provide any information or guidance as well on the matter at hand. The creators of the fund are co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
On October 18th 2007, Lacey and Larkin were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio after revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings. After suing and ultimately winning, the journalists decided to use their $3.75 million winnings to help support immigrants and their rights.
Brian Torchin began his career in the medical industry as a chiropractor. Armed with a chiropractic degree from New York College and a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science from the University of Delaware, Brian lived and breathed the industry for many years as a practitioner. It was during this time he noticed the staffing problems medical was having. Employers were having a hard time finding applicants, and medical professionals like himself could not find work. This was because most open medical positions were not advertised. There was simply no way of knowing if such positions existed. This is what led him to his present position, as CEO of HCRC Staffing Solutions. Read more at phillypurge.com about Brian Torchin
HCRC is a staffing firm dealing exclusively in both the medical and legal field. It connects doctors, nurses, medical practitioners, attorneys, paralegals, legal secretaries, and administrators to respective positions in the variety of fields currently in high demand. HCRC has a unique approach to the business, it does not take payment until an employer has hired a candidate. For this reason the lists of candidates it offers any client are of the highest qualified, and best fitting prospect around. Each prospect is personally vetted in intensive phone interviews before the list is generated.
Brian Torchin is passionate about finding solutions for the medical field’s staffing problems. In addition to his role as CEO, Brian Torchin also writes articles on the subject. His insights have inspired many to look at the problem more closely. Brian Torchin’s innovations have led HCRC to be very successful. Currently it operates on a global level servicing Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe. It offers a wealth of opportunity for medical professionals in need of a job, and allows employers to find the right fit. The skilled staff is on hand to assist in every aspect, even the drafting of the contract. Visit: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1098173
Peter Briger is the current Principal and Co-Chairman at Fortress Investment Group (FIG). Peter Briger also has a great track history of making important business deals on an international and also on a domestic scale. Peter Briger joined Fortress Investment Group in 2002. Not long after being hired by FIG, Briger took swift action by creating Fortress’ securities and real estate side of their business. Fortress Investment Group hired Peter Briger as both a Principal and Co-Chairman at the time that were mulling a move that did not focus on equities.
Peter Briger put together a team of staffers at FIG who were astute enough to raise almost 5 billion dollars for their new, Fortress Credit Opportunities Fund IV. Based on Briger’s experience in top areas of finance that Fortress Investment Group deemed was most important, Briger helped them yield some very big returns by working with many non-performing and assets categorized as troubled. The two asset classes were an important part of the long-term plan and strategy for Fortress Investment Group. Mr. Briger and Fortress made the timely decision to purchase these alternative and non-performing assets at a discount at the time the company purchased them.
Briger is in very high demand and a top company asset at FIG is because of his past knowledge and successes in different areas of finance. Mr. Briger is astute at knowing how to take financial risks that are calculated. Briger uses a strategy of purchasing many alternative assets at very cheap prices, then selling them back at a later time, when the markets are interested in buying specific assets back at a higher rate. Briger has had impeccable timing and a trusted record when making key moves regarding market rates and how they can benefit FIG.
But, Mr. Briger had a lot of experience in finance before being hired by FIG. Briger worked for over a decade at Goldman Sachs before making Partner at their firm in 1996. At Goldman Sachs, Briger had a seat on many committees. A few of these included the Asian Management Committee, the Japanese Executive Committee, and others.
Whitney Wolfe is from a very humble background. She is from a family of a real estate developer while her mother stays at home taking care of her. She was known to be a very disciplined kid and was loved a lot by her parents. Her mother was always there to make sure that the offers her daughter any relevant support that she may desire while in both primary and secondary school. She later left them to join the famous Southern Methodist University. At the campus, she studied a bachelors degree in international studies and had always worked towards following her dreams. She is very optimistic about making it in her thoughts and has lived a very humble life even when she was in University. Read more about Whitney Wolfe on Crunchbase.
When Whitney Wolfe graduated, she started looking for a job. At age 19 she was working at an orphanage and later after a few years went back to her country where she got a marketing job in a computer lab. She was able to perfect her skills in marketing, but on a different project besides the one, she was being invited to market. The project halted and the people who were assigned the job decided to create for them a dating app. She was told to suggest the best name and decided that it should be Tinder. To Whitney Wolfe, it would be more marketable and easy to introduce. When it was ready, she decided to take up the challenge. She went to the Universities across the whole of America and made sure that all the students have joined the dating platform. Within one year, they had managed to have so many subscribers.
Whitney Wolfe Continued to market the project, but a problem came when she had a dispute with a colleague at work. She faced sexual harassment which was a great crime. She had no other option but to leave. As a co-founder, she had to depart with her shares. She used the amount refunded to create another site known as Bumble in 2011. It has been able to do very well over the last few years, and she keeps on inventing new methods of getting more members.
Learn more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/06/bumble-ceo-whitney-wolfe-herd-is-coming-to-disrupt-sf/