Any student having a high school diploma and is planning to go on to college should know about getting a tuition free college ﬁrst year. The Pasadena City College trustees have voted to grant free college tuition to all incoming freshmen students.
With all the talk about going to college, all high school graduates in the area should check out this opportunity to start college at no cost. This opportunity should not be ignored because It saves your family some money and will get you started on your career, for free! The trustees making this once in a lifetime opportunity included current PCC President Rajen Vurdien, past president, Jack Scott, and Hoyt Hilman.
There were others who apparently voted to extend this educational opportunity, are representatives on the PCC Board, including our own representative, Ms. Berlinda Brown, the only Black on the Board. Brown has been busy doing what she can to help Black and Brown students get into PCC. She is one of our favorites doing her job on the board.
I have always urged Blacks to go to college and create a legitimate career from the thousands of careers out there, if they want to work. Whether it is based on the PCC policy of free tuition, or family sacriﬁce, we must return to a time when we value education and make it a priority over almost anything else. It is education that makes a difference because it leads to more economic opportunity. Economics make up the policies that turn former street criminals into family supporters and successful citizens.
As a note The Journal plans to honor Berlinda Brown who recently lost her husband, Vernon, to an Illness. She is one of six women who will be honored. I like to call them “The Magniﬁcent Six”. Her story, is like all of the Women of Achievement this year. Brown was born in Costa Rica and had to learn English before she could successfully pass the California Board to become an X- ray Technician. Her story is inspiring. We invite you to come out and meet these inspirational Black Women and hear more about their journeys. These women will join the group of women who we have honored in the past, as they all become recognized as legends and leaders in the community. You simply must come out and meet these inspirational Black women and hear more about their journeys. Bring your young ladies to the breakfast for them to be inspired by the lives of six professional women.
You may still purchase tickets for the Women of Achievement Breakfast, before they sell out. Contact the Journal Ofﬁces, Monday through Thursday, between 9am and 5pm. We are closed on Fridays. See more information in this issue of The Journal.