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Trustee Kenneth Brown shared Occupy Democrats's video.Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 6:13am
As we move from one administration to another, it is good to reflect...
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Yes we DID! Shared by Occupy Democrats, LIKE our page for more! Video from The Rachel Maddow Show.
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Trustee Kenneth Brown shared Samuel L. Jackson's video.Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 8:09am
"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." -James Baldwin
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Join me for James Baldwin’s #IAmNotYourNegro, the film critics are declaring “essential viewing for all Americans.” In theaters 2/3
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Trustee Kenneth Brown shared Senator Sharif Street's video.Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 3:28pm
Congrats to Senator Sharif Street, Morehouse Track & Field Alumni on his election in Pennsylvania. I am very proud to call you a friend!!
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Hear my floor remarks on my Resolution on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Week, Jan. 4th 2017. The equal access to fair pay, education and housing are core U.S values, but more importantly civil and human rights.
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Trustee Kenneth BrownSaturday, December 24th, 2016 at 6:28pm
El Camino College Receives AARP Foundation Grant

El Camino College is among 17 community-based organizations selected to receive funds to help older adults build the skills to work for themselves

El Camino College recently received a grant from AARP Foundation to conduct free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops in the South Bay. This national grant initiative is designed to help older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills, and connect with resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves.

El Camino College Community Education, which provides short-term, not-for-credit classes, workshops, career-training programs and events designed for professional and personal development, will offer three Work for Yourself@50+ workshops: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in ECC’s Decathlon Room; 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Hawthorne Senior Center, 3901 El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne; and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. March 16 in ECC’s Alondra Room. Light refreshments are included as part of each workshop.
“Our goal is to inspire and empower plus-50 adults with the tools they need to succeed professionally, personally and financially,” said Betty Sedor, ECC’s director of community education. “Thanks to AARP Foundation’s stellar workshop materials, coupled with El Camino College’s top-notch presenters, these workshops create think tank environments where attendees learn how to make their entrepreneur dreams come true!”

This Work for Yourself@50+ program is an exciting new extension of ECC Community Education’s established Young@Heart program that offers a selection of classes designed expressly for plus-50 adults.

“For many low-income older adults, self-employment and business ownership is an opportunity to change their future,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “AARP Foundation is proud to work with organizations committed to helping older adults successfully run their own business. Our Work for Yourself@50+ program is designed to enable older adults to pursue self-employment by connecting them with trustworthy resources in their own communities.”

Through a nationwide open request for proposals, AARP Foundation, with support from The Hartford, identified and then selected promising organizations in high-need communities to receive grant awards and implement the Work for Yourself@50+ workshop model. The workshops help low-income adults age 50 and older understand the pros and cons of self-employment and support them through the early steps that can lead to success.
“The Hartford is excited to work together with AARP Foundation on the Work for Yourself@50+ program, empowering mature adults to build on their potential and to prevail as independent entrepreneurs,” said Diane Cantello, head of Corporate Sustainability for The Hartford. “Self-employment creates small businesses that contribute to the stability and vitality of their local communities.”

Creating and owning a business has long been heralded as a path to financial success and economic mobility. Low-income older adults, however, face unique hurdles when re-entering the workforce in a nontraditional capacity. AARP Foundation’s and The Hartford’s investment in these grantees seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable populations by supporting and advancing effective solutions.

To learn more about the Work for Yourself@50+ initiative, contact ECC Community Education at 310-660-6460, visit aarpfoundation.org/workforyourself, or call 1-888-339-5617 to receive a free tool kit and register for one of the upcoming workshops.
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Trustee Kenneth Brown shared El Camino College's post.Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 9:27am
Tiny Houses are coming to El Camino!! S/O to ECC Architecture Program!!
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Trustee Kenneth BrownWednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 3:16am
El Camino College to Celebrate 2016 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

El Camino College will honor four exceptional alumni at the 2016

ECC Distinguished Alumni Awards, scheduled for Jan. 13 at the Torrance Marriott.

El Camino College Distinguished Alumni have furthered their educational and career goals and have shown outstanding achievements in a chosen career and service to the community. Their efforts have attracted local, state, or national recognition for their involvement in the fields of art, medicine, politics, business, and education. The El Camino College Foundation chairs the selection committee and sponsors the biennial awards ceremony.
This year’s honorees include retired educator and community activist Eleanor Bersano, former California State Assemblyman George Nakano, Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation Executive Vice President Laura Allman Schenasi, and actor/director William Young.

“El Camino College played an important role in the education and growth of these distinguished alumni,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “They are among the leaders in their chosen vocations and professions, and bring distinction to themselves, credit to the college, and significant contributions to their communities. They are just a few of our proud alumni who have worked hard and made the most out of their opportunities.”

El Camino College 2016 Distinguished Alumni Honorees include:
Eleanor Bersano, a longtime Gardena resident, served as an educator in area elementary and high schools for 36 years. Always a community volunteer, she put her heart and soul into volunteering after her retirement and has served in leadership positions in several clubs, charity groups and service organizations throughout the South Bay. Bersano was named Gardena’s Citizen of the Year and earned a Community Recognition Award from Lions Clubs International, among numerous other honors. “El Camino College provided me with a solid education, a launching springboard, which helped me reach my life and professional goals and inspired me to become a community activist,” she said.

George Nakano began his career in education as a teacher at Watts’ Jordan High School, eventually serving as an administrator in the Inglewood Unified School District. He has lived in the South Bay for over 50 years, served on the Torrance City Council for 15 years, and was a California State Assemblyman for six years until he termed out of office in 2004. "El Camino College provided the foundation for a new direction in my life," he said. Nakano founded the Torrance chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and has been honored by numerous organizations for his service. He also served on the El Camino College Foundation Board of Directors from 2007-2011.

Laura Allman Schenasi, executive vice president of the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Foundation, directs a team that increased fundraising from $750,000 annually to an average of $17 million per year since 2001. Previously, Schenasi was director of major gifts for the Keck School of Medicine at USC. She was awarded Staff Member of the Year from the USC School of Law and the USC Widney Alumni House Award. “I would not be where I am today without my experience at El Camino College,” she said. “It was a maturing year academically and professors paved the way for continued success at USC.” A longtime resident of Palos Verdes Estates, the Switzer Learning Center named Schenasi as one of the South Bay Women of the Year.

William Allen Young has been an actor since age 13 and has earned more than 100 starring roles in TV, stage and film productions including “CSI: Miami,” “Moesha,” “A Soldier’s Story” and now stars as Dr. Guthrie in CBS’s “Code Black.” “El Camino College provided me with the tools and guidance I needed to achieve success throughout my life. Those formative years I spent at ECC contributed greatly to my personal growth and development and inspired a young African-American youth from Watts to believe that anything in life is possible.” Young is founder/president The Young Center for Academic and Cultural Enrichment, a nonprofit organization that trains, educates and inspires underserved youth in Southern California.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way. Tickets are $90 and can be reserved by contacting the El Camino College Foundation office at foundation@elcamino.edu or 310-660-3683.

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