Pasadena City College Recognized for Student Success as One of Top Ten Finalists in National Prize Competition

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Pasadena City College was recognized today in Washington, DC as one of ten finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.We hold ourselves to high standards of student success and equity,” said Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D., PCC’s superintendent-president. “We have made significant progress in addressing the persistent achievement gap we see our student population, particularly among African American and Latino students. The recognition we have received today is a strong endorsement of our work.“Today, we are all proud to be Lancers,” he added.PCC was selected from 1,000 public community colleges nationwide. The $1 million Aspen Prize recognizes institutions for their outstanding outcomes in four areas: student learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.The Prize has been awarded every two years since 2011 by the Aspen Institute, a Washington, DC-based educational and policy studies organization which recognizes outstanding community colleges through a rigorous review process.The 2017 Aspen Prize winner, South Dakota’s Lake Area Technical Institute, will receive $600,000 in prize funds. Finalists-with-Distinction and institutions recognized with the “Rising Star” award for rapid improvement in student completion will all receive $100,000 prizes.For more about the 2017 Aspen Prize, profiles of the community colleges, photos and videos go to: City College serves a large and incredibly diverse suburban district of the Los Angeles metro region, and is a destination for students who want to transfer to a four-year institution,” said Joshua Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “The college has a strong, demonstrated commitment to making sure all students succeed both while in college and in promising careers after they graduate. This commitment to equity, exceptional faculty engagement, as well as smart investments in classroom innovations have improved learning and retention for all students and maintained Pasadena City College’s strong reputation for student success.”The outstanding student outcomes that helped PCC earn its recognition include:• A graduation/transfer rate of 49%, well above the national average of 39%• A 52% bachelor’s degree attainment rate among Pasadena graduates who transfer to a four-year university, compared to 42% nationallyAbout Pasadena City CollegeSince 1924, Pasadena City College ( has provided the San Gabriel Valley with a high-quality, innovative learning environment that inspires student success. Our academic programs encompass a variety of degrees, transfer programs, certificates of achievement, and occupational skills certificates that challenge students and support progress toward their goals. Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC is one of California’s top schools for transfers to local universities, including the CSU and UC system, USC, Art Center College of Design, Caltech, and more. Education Pasadena City College Recognized for Student Success as One of Top Ten Finalists in National Prize Competition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 11:27 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Top of the News Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

COA hears malpractice case involving former Conour associate

first_imgOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comRoughly five years after former Indianapolis personal injury attorney William Conour was charged in a federal wire fraud case, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard a legal malpractice action involving one of his ex-colleagues for alleged malpractice. One of Conour’s victims claims the attorney’s actions kept her in the dark about theft of her settlement money.The appellate court heard arguments Friday in the case of Rene DiBenedetto v. Timothy Devereux, 49A05-1609-CT-02146, with attorney Timothy Devereux, formerly of the Conour Devereux Hammond law firm, representing himself against the legal malpractice claims. The case was brought by Rene DiBendetto, represented by malpractice attorney Jon Pactor, who hired Conour after she was injured in a car accident in 2010.After DiBenedetto was awarded $50,000 in a January 2011 settlement related to the accident, the settlement money was entrusted to Conour and was held in a trust account that only he could access. After several months had gone by without receiving a payout from the settlement, DiBenedetto and her father came to the Conour Devereux Hammond law office, unannounced, in the summer of 2011 to speak with Conour about her case.Conour was not in, so Devereux met with the DiBenedettos, accessed her case file and informed her that she would not receive payout from the settlement until an underinsurance claim had been settled. That conversation, which Devereux said in court documents lasted about 10 minutes, was the only communication he had with DiBenedetto.When the underinsurance claim was settled for $50,000 the following September, Conour also failed to payout those funds. Devereux left Conour’s firm at the end of 2011, and Conour was ultimately charged in July 2012 with stealing $4.5 million from 25 clients, including the $100,000 from DiBenedetto. He’s currently serving a 10-year sentence in West Virginia after he pleaded guilty in July 2013. Conour resigned from the bar shortly after he was charged.The trial court granted summary judgment to Devereux in the malpractice case, but in oral arguments before the Court of Appeals Friday, Pactor argued that Devereux had committed malpractice by giving inaccurate, misleading advice to DiBenedetto when she came to the office that summer day.According to Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15(d), when an attorney receives funds in which a client or third party has an interest, an attorney must “promptly” notify both the client and any interested parties of the receipt of the money and then “promptly” deliver the funds. Conour failed on both accounts, Pactor said, and when Devereux accessed the case file and saw that the first $50,000 had not been distributed after roughly six months, he should have advised DiBenedetto that something was amiss.The definition of “promptly” became a central point of discussion during arguments, with Pactor saying he knew of the Indiana Supreme Court disciplining an attorney for holding funds in trust for three months. Devereux, however, said it was “common practice” for attorneys to hold money in trust while settling an underinsurance claim, an allegation he said was backed up by an expert witness’s affidavit he designated as evidence.Further, because of that “common practice,” Devereux said the claim that he should have known the funds were being mishandled was not backed by facts. But Judge Terry Crone pointed out that DiBenedetto’s expert said it was not common practice to hold the funds, contradicting Devereux’s expert.In a medical malpractice case, Crone said competing expert testimony would create a genuine issue of material fact, making the case inappropriate for summary judgment. Asked how his case was different, Devereux again returned to the “common practice” concept and the question of whether an attorney should be tipped off after learning that settlement funds had not been distributed for six months. Devereux admitted that such an issue had never been decided by the courts.However, Devereux also told the court that he had instructed DiBenedetto to follow up with Conour to learn more specifics about her case. Judge Patricia Riley asked Pactor what else Devereux was expected to do, given that he could not disburse the settlement funds himself.If he had been presented with DiBenedetto’s case file, Pactor said he would have immediately noticed that something was wrong and would have informed her of her options, such as filing a motion for contempt or filing a civil suit. Additionally, Pactor said he would have considered going to Conour himself on her behalf and demanding that he disburse the money.Judge Robert Altice expressed concern about sending the wrong message by finding in DiBenedetto’s favor, saying lawyers could choose not to step in and help clients when lead counsel is out if the Court of Appeals rules against Devereux for taking that same action. But Pactor presented a different scenario, saying a decision in Devereux’s favor would send the message that “the less you do, the more immunity you have.”Oral arguments in the case can be watched here. LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

US foreclosure starts decreased in January, Vermont still among lowest

first_imgThe state of Vermont continues to have the lowest overall foreclosure rate east of the Mississippi and one of the lowest in the nation. The January Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS) shows that while foreclosure starts decreased in the first month of 2011, they still outnumber foreclosure sales by almost three to one. At the same time, repeat foreclosures – loans that had cured in one way or another, but have fallen back into foreclosure – now account for more than 35 percent of foreclosure starts. As of the end of January, foreclosure inventories stood at nearly eight times historical averages (and 25 times January 2011’s level of foreclosure sales), with delinquencies more than double historical norms. January’s data also showed that the foreclosure process continues to drag out as the timelines for foreclosure starts, days in inventory and sales all continue to extend. Serious delinquencies continue to rise as well. Deterioration in the 90+-days delinquent category increased last month, for the first time since May 2010. The 90+ category has grown overall, with the largest increase in the 12+-month category as loans were removed from foreclosure. As of January 31, 2011, there are now more than 2.2 million loans 90 days or more delinquent but not yet in foreclosure, with more than 6.9 million loans in some stage of delinquency or foreclosure. As reported in LPS’ First Look release, other key results from LPS’ latest Mortgage Monitor report include: Total U.S. loan delinquency rate: 8.9 percent Total U.S. foreclosure inventory rate: 4.16 percent Total U.S. non-current* loan rate: 13.1 percent States with most non-current* loans: Florida, Nevada, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey States with fewest non-current* loans: Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, South Dakota, North Dakota *Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state. Note: Totals based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets and are extrapolated to represent the industry. About the Mortgage Monitor LPS manages the nation’s leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information on nearly 40 million loans across the spectrum of credit products. The company’s research experts carefully analyze this data to produce a summary supplemented by dozens of charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations for LPS’ monthly Mortgage Monitor Report. To review the full report, visit is external). About Lender Processing Services Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics, to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit is external). JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 2, 2011 –last_img read more

Barcelona coach Setien urges calm after Sevilla stalemate

first_img Loading… “Maybe the feeling right now isn’t a positive one, but I’m sure he’ll think differently tomorrow. “I don’t think Real Madrid are going to win all their games either. read also:Setien demands UEFA allow Camp Nou hosts Barcelona v Napoli tie “The reality is that it doesn’t depend on us anymore, but this can change. “We knew beforehand that it would be very difficult to win every game – it was practically impossible. “It’s not that I’m satisfied with only getting a point, but it’s the lesser of two evils.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona coach, Quique Setien, urged calm after their 0-0 draw with Sevilla on Friday night. Barcelona hopeful Luis Suarez will return after COVID-19 break The result opens the door for Real Madrid to take top spot later this weekend. Gerard Pique spoke negatively about the result after the game and its impact on Barcelona’s title push. “It’s the frustration of the moment,” Setien said when asked about Pique’s comments. “Especially because we played well in the first half.Advertisementlast_img read more