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St. Philip’s Students Give a Taste of Tex-Mex at France Food Event

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Eight students at St. Philip’s College will travel abroad in September to take part in France’s premiere foodie event and lead classes on the art and industry of Tex-Mex cuisine.

The student’s journey is a part of an international exchange program with partner institution, Lycee Guillaume Tirel culinary school in Paris. Along with faculty member Chef Patrick Costello, the students will take part in Gastronomy Week, a nationwide food event that hosts nearly two million visitors, 61,000 banquets and picnics, and 350 initiatives abroad. Because the St. Philip’s College-to-Paris program coincides with the start of the semester, only the most academically strong students can consider the opportunity.

“This year’s members are all first-time attendees, and all culinary program students from St. Philip’s College,” said Costello. “They are likely to meet a few of the students from Paris who have studied intensively with us at our campus in San Antonio with our booming culinary industry during the CultureFest and Fiesta season that occurs here each April.”

The four-year-old exchange program originally celebrated the international links the school in Paris has forged, and foreign delegations of students came from Germany, Canada, China, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and San Antonio, to support a program that stressed the importance of international trade.

Chef Patrick Costello is the second faculty member to lead the college’s longest-running educational expedition for students in both San Antonio and France. He led eight SPC students on the journey in 2017. Additionally, the college hosted 15 French culinary students during the college’s CultureFest Fiesta event in 2017 for classes with Costello in fish preparation, and in Texas barbecue with award-winning alumni guest Chef Johnny Stewart. Those visitors learned the secrets of Stewart’s barbecue rig when it was parked on campus and fired up as a smoking, flavory training aid fit for teaching and learning secrets.

St. Philip’s College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department has been acknowledged with an Exemplary rating from the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission. St. Philip’s is one of only 25 schools worldwide with the commission’s Exemplary status. The program typically graduates 100 students annually, and an expansion is expected this decade when the college opens its $30 million Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center of Excellence building funded as part of an Alamo Colleges District bond package approved by voters in 2017.

To learn more about the St. Philip’s program, go here.

An archival image of St. Philip’s College exchange students in Paris with college faculty member Chef Patrick Costello (second row, right) to represent American culinary culture during France’s Gastronomy Week.

 

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Black Educators Conference Comes to San Antonio

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Educators looking to grow, network, advance professionally, stay informed of legislative initiatives impacting education policy and current 21st century best educational practices are encouraged to attend the premier educational summit known as the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) State Conference.

San Antonio, Texas has been designated to host this conference, February 20-23, at Hyatt Regency River Walk located at 123 Losoya St. This year’s conference theme is Empowering Educational Excellence through Equity. This conference will provide excellent learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of every educator and is the premier professional development conference for educators.

This conference will unite hundreds of state superintendents, elected officials, central office leaders and teachers.

“We have some outstanding district and campus leaders slated to present,” TABSE President Dr. Kimberly McLeod said. “Districts and schools that have experienced academic success with children of color or low socio-economic status will share their journey to meeting Texas Education Agency accountability standards.”

In addition, there will be career institutes for educational professionals who aspire to be principals, athletic directors or superintendents. TABSE proudly boasts of placing more than 10 superintendents and other educational and campus leaders around the state of Texas who have been trained through the TABSE career institutes.

Additionally, TABSE’s legislative institute has promoted individuals to local and state board positions and have trained them in understanding contributing to educational policy and implementation.

This annual conference is an opportunity that comes once a year to unite and equip educational professionals with a skillset, knowledge base and network to propel them to new professional and experiential heights.

Educators do not want to miss this learning opportunity, so, for more information, visit www.TABSE.net for additional conference information.

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Champion For A Cause

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Serena Williams is Building Schools in Jamaica and Various African Nations 

Nationwide — More than just a tennis champion, Serena Williams has always been a champion for a cause. Through the Serena Williams Fund, new schools are being built in Jamaica and in various countries on the African continent.

Williams, who has a total of 39 Grand Slam titles under her belt, recently built the Marsh Elementary School in Jamaica in conjunction with the nonprofit Helping Hands Jamaica. Schools on the African continent were also built in partnership with Build Africa.

Prior to that, Williams already established grade schools in other African countries including Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.

Those efforts were part of Williams’ mission through her own non-profit organization called Serena Williams Fund “to promote equity; through education, gender, race, disability, or anything else that stands in the way of someone achieving their goals and living their best possible life.”

“The mission of this charity is to help the individuals or communities affected by to violence, and [to ensure] equal access to education,” Williams said in a statement.

According to Borgen Magazine, the sports superstar “has done extraordinary tasks using her own resources and through partnerships with the Serena Williams Fund and other foundations dedicated to providing and improving education for those in difficult conditions or developing countries. Her active role has notably left a mark on those who have had their lives changed significantly through this act of kindness.”

Williams, who is named as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, also founded Serena Ventures which aims to invest in early-stage companies to give them wider opportunities to grow.

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Financial Literacy And Discipline

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New Financial Literacy Curriculum Teaches Black Youth How to Invest in the Stock Market

Nationwide — Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services is now offering a financial literacy curriculum for youth. The primary purpose of the curriculum is to provide financial education and discipline at an early age, thereby possibly decreasing the wealth gap for future generations. The curriculum is titled Junior Wallstreeters: Empowering Youth with Financial Wellness.

Wallstreeter’s curriculum is very different compared to other financial literacy lessons. Their lessons will provide the following: 1) an introduction to financial literacy concepts; 2) tools on starting and running an investment club; and 3) investing in the stock market. One of the lessons will incorporate Kevon and Kamari Chisolm’s ebook titled Financial Legacy: Building Wealth Through Investment Clubs.

The inclusion of the investment club portion is the main difference of their curriculum. In this section, they teach students to apply the financial information by investing in the stock markets. Students learn how to become investors in some of the popular brands that they currently use including Nike, Timberland and McDonalds. The curriculum is currently being used at Vance High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Next summer, Black Wallstreeter Consultation Services is planning on offering Junior Wallstreeter Camps, which will use the same curriculum mentioned above.

For additional information about incorporating this curriculum in your classroom, after school program or if you have a location for a summer camps, please contact Kevon L. Chisolm, Esq. at 571-236-1471 or visit www.theblackwallstreeter.com.

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