Precinct Reporter 08 31 2017 E Edition Page A-2

A-2 Thursday, August 31, 2017 Precinct Reporter Bible College Holds Graduation Ceremonies By Eliz Dowdy StaffWriter West Angeles Cathedral was the setting for the spectacular tenth anniversary of Next Dimension University. The recently held ceremony celebrated the dedicated work of students, and honored those in the community who are changing lives through dedicated perseverance and hard work. The graduation pre-event consisted of a red carpet walk for grads, and honorary grads. Next Dimension University is ten years old, but moving light years ahead, under Chancellor Joel McLeod and staff. Two principal tenets guide the direction of Next Dimension: addressing illiteracy in society, because many children are unable to read in society today, and they are the ones that will end up in jail or on welfare. Next Dimension has created a preparatory program that is designed to impact illiteraracy. The other pillar is stomping out biblical illiteracy, for as it is written, My people perish for a lack of knowledge. The graduation ceremony awarded diplomas of completion for Associate degrees in biblical Studies; Bachelors in Biblical Studies; Masters in Biblical Studies; Doctorate of Ministry; and Doctorate of Philosophy, both in Biblical Studies. Honorary doctorate recipients included Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, AKA Mary Mary, the singing duo; Vanessa Bell Armstrong, gospel soloist; Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, senior pastor, Faithful Bible Central Church; Apostle Rebecca Washington Berry, presiding prelate of Faith Ministries International Network of Churches, and chancellor of Elbon Bible College in Apple Valley. Another High Desert pastor receiving an honorary doctorate was Pastor Johnny Lewis, Grace Christian Community Church in Hesperia. Dana Cooley, a parishioner at Spirit of Christ Tabernacle in Victorville received an Associate degree in biblical Studies. The Next Dimension choir director was Bishop SBPD Honors (Cont. from Page A-1) Tragic endings to simple tric stops could be reduced with a more diversified force, he said, and it is a decent paying job with good benefits. Right now, there are not a lot of African American or Latino icersintheInlandEmpire. Theres some, he said. Police departments say theyre trying to hire more African Americans, but they say theyre not passing all the qualifications, the drug tests, background check, the lie detectors. Part of the problem is that more students of color need early preparation in recruiting for law enforcement before they get to high school to keep their records clean if they plan to pursue a career on the force. Too many kids are already on probation or caught up in the system in their early teens. In the Explorers program, Stone said there are also very few African American kids because the community is dissuading them from getting into these types of fields. If you dont want them to do this, what do you want In some cases, agencies are now referring fathers to the Annual Fatherhood Conference and Fatherhood Breakfast. He said that he appreciates the Black Rose Award, and partnerships that are working together to strengthen the community. Its really the baby of a strong collective of agencies and individuals who have been passionate about fatherhood engagement and stuck with it to bring this to the table, he said. Humanitarian of the Year, Gwendolyn Dowdy Rodgers, said that growing up in San Bernardino inspired her nonprofit, the Young Womens Empowerment Foundation. She said the local recognition is an unexpected honor. Ive been doing this, but Im just one of the people lying under the radar, she said. Its for the glory of God. I am thankful for it all. Some of her motivation comes from a feeling of local duty, but mostly its a labor of love to get the girls prepared in spite of the diculties they face. They bring a lot of spirit and energy, which fuels her own passion for the program. They know me because Im there in the trenches with them, said Dowdy Rodgers, who also serves on the city school board. Im calling and checking on them at school, and theyre calling me. From the programs inception, she was aware of the pressing need to support BORN TO BE GREAT Made possible by a grant from the 2017 National Newspaper Publishers Association. All rights reserved By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. Previously, courses teaching higher-order thinking skills like critical thinking and problem solving were reserved for the economically advantaged and "gifted and talented." The federal government has a responsibility to invest in the success of every student. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that acquisition of those higher-order thinking skills be the standard for every student but your involvement is needed to make those requirements realities. To learn more about ESSA and how you can get involved, visit www.nnpa.org/essa. Your child's dreams are like stars: If he chooses them as his guides, he can reach his destiny. Black Rose Awards (Cont. from Page A-1) Dana Cooley Rebecca Washington Berry them to do? Play basketball, football? he said. According to a 2015 Justice Department study, icers of color only made up 27% of the national police force, which included 12% African American, and 12% Hispanic or Latino. Local towns and cities across the nation are not going to get better if there are no cops that look like people of color, or resemble the community, that they protect and serve, he said. You cant have people that dont really look like you trying to monitor you in your own community, he said. You need more people of color on the force. young women in the city that she loves. And, she still sees San Bernardino as a great community, one that has molded her into the person she is today. She also follows a long line of family members from San Bernardino who were active in giving back to the community. She said that a big part of her story is also her ministry and its guiding principle to help women on the right path in life. Even though I had a great family that has done amazing things, people have supported me and the community was like my second family, she said. When she first started YWE, the goal was to serve, but her first big question was to herself. What is my expertise to give? Is it talking with someone, sharing of yourself? Its not always monetary or materialistic. Its giving of you, she said. (Cont. on Page A-4)

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