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Aldine CTC holds School of Business 2012 summer graduation

By Julieta Paita

ALDINE–Students at the School of Business in Aldine Community Transformation Center (Aldine CTC) celebrated their summer graduation on August 2, 2012.

A total of 15 graduates and 6 program participants received a certificate for completing a nine week business summer program.

Guest speaker Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher, president of Houston Community College-Northeast talked to students about “ownership”.

“The first level of ownership is ownership of self, what you do, where you go, the decision you made,” said Dr. Fisher. Learning to control emotions is “part of learning ownership,” said. Dr Fisher.

Dr. Fisher explained that if someone does not control his emotions, (anger, hapiness, sorrow) sometimes could get you in trouble. “A lady won the lottery, was so happy that she had a heart attack; anger could also get you in trouble,” Dr Fisher added. During the nine weeks summer program, students received hands-on training in marketing, customer relations and retail principals just to name a few.

According to the center’s website, the school of business at Aldine CTC “is an intern program designed to give teens, ages 14 to 17, the opportunity to develop business, financial, interpersonal and job readiness skills to prepare them for the workforce and adulthood.”

Interns also trained at the resale shop (located in front of the Aldine CTC) in areas such as customer service, inventory control, stocking, cashier skills and merchandising. All graduates agreed that skills learned at the program would help students in their career or when they apply for a job.

School of Business 2012 Summer graduates are: Summer Angel, Sandra Colindres, Krislyn Curtis, James Davila, Kaylyn Gay, Tommy Gonzales, Juan Herrera, Raimore Kayode, Jaylun LaRue, Brandy Marsh, Fernando Monsibais, Miguel Ontiveros, Blanca Reyna, Alexis Robledo and Jasmine Rojas. Program participants are: Shaakira Carr, Megan Castillo, P.J. Gonzales, Raime Kayode, Daron McGuire and Ashley Price.

Ms. Monique Stewart, school of business life skills trainer and Mr. Ronnie Lillard, assistant life skills trainer are responsible for the sucess of the students at the school of business. The School of Business program is sponsored in part by the East Aldine District.

Board members Joyce Wiley and Gilbert Hoffman were on hand to receive a recognition award.

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Couch Theater DVD Previews

By Sam Struckhoff

“Bernie” (PG-13) — Jack Black stars in this oddly satisfying comedy with a twist of murder. Bernie Tiede (Black) is the nicest guy in Carthage, Texas. Bernie even puts effort into befriending the most reclusive person in town, Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a sharp-tongued widow sitting on heaps of money. Bernie becomes involved with Marjorie as a companion and manager of her affairs. When her cruelty finally drives Bernie to shoot her four times in the back, nobody in town wants to blame him, except the district attorney (played by an oil-slick Matthew McConaughey). It’s not a gut-busting laugh riot, but a satisfying ride through accessible dark comedy. The performances of the three main actors bring just the right amount of quirk. Interviews with witnesses and town gossips fit right in with the movie’s quaint take on scandalous matters.

“The Dictator” (R) — In the fictional North-African nation of Wadiya, supreme dictator Adm. Gen. Aladeen rules with a bejeweled iron fist. In a satire of Muammar Gaddafi and other autocrats, Aladeen lives in obscene luxury while tossing off one-liners full of anti-Semitism and hate for Western society — except the celebrities he loves. This is the newest character from Sacha Baron Cohen, who previously brought praise and infamy with “Borat” and “Bruno.” “The Dictator” is entirely scripted, which explains why it’s missing the edge of the last two films. It also tries to incorporate a romantic comedy aspect that pleases neither fans of Cohen’s dark satire or fans of romantic comedies.

“A Separation” (PG-13) — This drama from Iran is a stunner. It’s a gripping, real, relevant and touching story about a family falling apart. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband and daughter, but her husband won’t leave his ailing father suffering from Alzheimer’s. This means Simin is not allowed to leave the country. She moves in with her parents, and her husband hires a maid to help care for his father. Life takes a few twists, and the people who just wanted things to go back to normal have to hold together what they have left through rough times.

“Chimpanzee” (G) — Disney knows how to produce a nature documentary. Sure, it’s more sympathetic than scientific. The result, however, is an affecting look at another species, one that is intolerably fun to watch and also in peril. Narrated by Tim Allen, the film tells the story of Oscar, a baby chimp orphaned in the jungle. In true Disney fashion, the visuals are stunning, the story can reel in kids and adults, and the 77 minute runtime is backed with many adoring sighs of “Aaawww.”


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