We look at the proposed $1.3 Billion dollars in cuts to After-School Programs, and how those cuts will affect programs here in Southern California.
We look at the proposed $1.3 Billion dollars in cuts to After-School Programs, and how those cuts will affect programs here in Southern California. President Trump's "Budget for a Better America" eliminates funding for After-School Programs. Trump's Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney (who is also Acting White House Chief of Staff), says the programs are "ineffective."
Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger disagrees. Speaking out on Twitter, he says, "Why do you take $1.3 billion from after-school programs in your 2020 budget, when you go and do tax reforms which are going to cost the taxpayers $500 billion every year? Why give it to the rich folks and take it away from the poor little kids? It doesn't make any sense. Maybe that's what you did at Trump University, but that doesn't make any sense normally. So, put it back in, O.K.?"
We hear from Alvaro Cortes, of BEYOND THE BELL, an organization that runs hundreds of after-School Programs in the LAUSD. We also talk with two students, Lyna Kim of North Hollywood High, and Abigail Miranda of Sylmar High, to find out more about what these programs do and how the proposed budget cuts might eliminate some of them.
A new report says, as the Baby Boom generation continues to grow older, California will soon have a critical shortage of medical workers to care for them. Not enough doctors... nurses... and especially medical assistants, who are often the first people you interact with when you go to the Doctor.
Now, UCLA is addressing that shortage with an innovative new Medical Assistant Training Program. We talk to the Dean of the program, Quanna Batiste-Brown, and Dammy Faleti, a recent graduate of the program, plus Neal Ressa, who gave up a career in the health insurance business to enroll as a student in the program.
Cloud computing is all the rage, and now Santa Monica College is teaching cloud computing, for one simple reason... all the big companies are using it.
Santa Monica College has developed a Cloud Computing curriculum with Amazon World Services, which is one of the world's biggest cloud computing companies. Check out some of the job listings and salaries for people with cloud skills. Computer programmers can make about $90-thousand dollars. Software developers, over $100-thousand. Computer network architects can make more than $120-thousand.
Those numbers depend on your skill level but that is big money for students just coming out of college... We talk with Santa Monica College Professor Howard Stahl, who helped develop the program. And, two students... Brenda Rosas and Michael Brown.
A look at this week's podcast on Strokes, and our goodbyes.