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Second chance student Brandon Bridges prepares a dish during his stay at the program.

From prison bars to becoming a star: Designer sets sights on new ventures

Emma Makin April 19, 2024

In the bustling world of culinary arts, flavors dance on plates and creativity has no bounds.  Brandon Bridges, a previously incarcerated New Jersey resident, stands as a testament to the belief that...

Second Chance student Shermeira Harris works the line at the MCVSD Culinary Education Center during a Second Chance Class.

Formerly incarcerated students get a second chance to stir up success

Lily Howard April 10, 2024

It’s jambalaya night and Taurian Black is ready to turn his life around. Working around the kitchen, the cook supplies his colleagues with a side dish as he masterfully chars red peppers in between...

COVID-19: A look back at nurses’ battle to slow the unstoppable

Riley Forrester June 2, 2021

A young man was admitted to a Philadelphia hospital in the early spring of 2020, one of the many patients infected with a new airborne virus that the hospital’s staff had been swarmed with for the past...

Byron and Janice: Victory in the fight for educational opportunity

Vivianna Varlack June 2, 2021

When Janice Cato Varlack arrived at George Wingate High School in Brooklyn, NY, only weeks after stepping off the plane from Jamaica, she expected it to be filled with what America promised to be for all...

Musicians overcome performance anxiety with positive mindset and confidence

Liam Umbs June 2, 2021

“I detest audiences,” said the legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.  Frédéric Chopin, one of the most famous composers and pianists of the Romantic era, put it a bit more eloquently, saying...

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