CPSTS was a featured organization at the 5th Annual Parkdale High School College and Career Fair. The event, sponsored by County Council Member Dannielle Glaros – District 3, was held on October 2, 2019. Several Colleges and Universities were there to meet and talk to students and parents about degree programs offered on campus, online, in state or out of state. The list of Colleges and Universities was impressive.
Students and parents also had the chance to explore career opportunities ranging from career training programs to actual job recruiters. Recruiters from branches of the military, County Public Safety agencies, contractors and Labor Unions were there to discuss the educational requirements of entry-level jobs through promotional growth and answer questions.
The Fair offered free information sessions. The session topics were on Financial Aid, College Money for Undocumented Students and NCAA Eligibility.
The traffic to the CPSTS/Linnell Driving School table started out slowly but increased as the evening went on. Many students that visited the table were Seniors and unable to participate in the Fire Cadet Program, but there was plenty of interest in the Driver Education Program. We also had students interested in participating in upcoming Safety Tour to sign-up.
Mr. Taylor was able to talk briefly with the Principal and Council Member Glaros but missed meeting the PTSA President, Michael Dickson or Pastor Mike as he’s called. Overall, a somewhat productive evening!
(Right) President/Founder Bill Taylor, CPSTS, takes time out for a photograph with Dr. Tasha Graves-Henderson (Left) Principal at Parksdale High School
(Left) Council Member Dannielle Glaros, District 3, sponsored the event and thanked President/Founder Bill Taylor, CPSTS for his participation.
On September 27th, CPSTS was instrumental in brokering a partnership involving MMYC, Miller and Long Concrete Construction, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake Chapter, the Linnell Driving School (LDS). Through a reciprocal referral process the partners exchange information on potential student and/or apprentices. The first collaboration was held at MMYC on October 25th. Miller and Long, IEC and LDS participated in an Informational Session where each presented information on the opportunities available at their respective businesses. Paid training, apprenticeships, entry level jobs and an opportunity make payments while you earn a driver’s license. Junior and Senior students also learned about the Fire Cadet program at Flowers and Gwynn Park High Schools.
The students were very interested to learn about the opportunities they knew nothing about. They asked plenty of questions and asked for a return of the presenter again. To their surprise and delight, the presenters all agreed to come back again.
Ms. Romania Byrd, Director of Education and Training from Miller & Long Concrete Construction, talks to the students about employment opportunities from entry-level to CEO.
The Coalition for Public Safety Training in Schools, Inc. (CPSTS) continues its support of community programming which benefits the youth of Prince George’s County.
The George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., in partnership with Council Member Obie Patterson, District 8, the Coalition for Public Safety Training in Schools, Inc., and other supporters joined forces to make scholarships available to 31 new and continuing college-bound students. The recipients were scholars and leaders in their respective schools and had demonstrated, through their actions, the essence of leadership. The very capable Ebony McMorris, National News Correspondent for Reach Media Radio One, carried out the Mistress of Ceremony duties impeccably. A profound message was delivered by Keynote Speaker, Calvin Hadley, Strategic Initiatives Advisor to Howard University President Wayne Frederick and Student Ombudsman, who challenged the scholar/recipients to persevere beyond failure, choose the difficult, unpopular choices, ignore the “haters,” put in the work to show their championship pedigree, and accept that “you are enough—be the best version of yourself.”
CPSTS is proud to be among the supporters of this spectacular event. In attendance were Board Members William “Bill” Taylor (Founder/Vice President), Norma Bullock, Laura Ellsworth, Thomas Martin, and Linwood Nelson. We congratulate the student recipients and commend the outstanding work of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., whose recipient base has grown twofold, from 15 in 2012 to 31 in 2017.
2018 FIRE CADETS
LUBAI BANGURA (*)
MYOUNNA C. BLACKMOND
TYREEL M. COLLINS (*)
INDIA J. DARRINGTON
KHADIATOU DIABY (*)
MAKAYLA J. FLEMING (*)
KOREE A. FREEMAN
NYAH I. GADDY
JAMAL D. HEAD
JORDAN C. HOPKINS (*)
COURTNEY T. JENKINS
KEITH D. JOHNSON, JR. (*)
MYA A. LOWE
TOCHI S. NGOBILI
COREY R. NICHOLAS
MARYAM T. OFFORD
AARON E. PAIR (*)
CHAD G. RAMDEEN (*)
SHOLLETTE J. RAWLS (*)
KAYLA M. REID
KENAYA W. SCOTT
TRINITY S. STEWART (*)
CLINTON E. VASQUEZ, JR.
KARLA B. VILLANUEVA
(*) HONOR STUDENTS