CONGRESS AND DACA

President Trump announced is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), however the White house made it clear they want a solution to protect the “DREAMers” who now face the possibility of deportation and there are several bills pending that could make that happen:

Dream Act, sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

According to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Dream Act has many of the same protections in place as DACA does, and also creates a path for citizenship or permanent legal resident status if applicants meet certain requirements; DACA did not provide such a path.

Qualifications for permanent status in the Dream Act include having lived in the U.S. for a certain length of time and meeting certain educational, work or military service requirements. It would take at least 13 years for those eligible to achieve citizenship.

Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, sponsored by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.

“The bill provides immigrants that have been vetted by The Department of Homeland Security with three pathways toward legalization: higher education, service in the armed forces, or work authorization. Following a 5-year conditional status, these immigrants would be able to reapply for a 5-year permanent status,” Curbelo said in a press release announcing the bill earlier this year. At the end of their permanent status — after a total of 10 years, according to the NILC — DREAMers could apply for citizenship.

Hope Act, sponsored by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

To be eligible, people must have entered the U.S. before age 18. It does not include any work, education or military requirements, but does reject people who have been convicted of certain crimes, according to the NILC.

It also provides the fastest path to citizenship. Those eligible can apply for conditional permanent residency, valid for up to eight years, and after three years can apply for lawful permanent residence status. After a total of five years, they can apply for U.S. citizenship.

BRIDGE Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

The BRIDGE Act — which stands for Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy — was proposed back in January, and essentially would codify the current DACA program into law and extend it for three years, allowing Congress more time to come up with a comprehensive, long-term solution on immigration reform. Unlike the other bills in Congress, it does not include a path to citizenship.

SOURCE: NPR

 

-AM

“I See the Finish Line”

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share information about college with you! Just FYI, I currently work as a Student Success Coach at Broward College, a state college in South Florida. My job is to advise people who are coming to college for the first time through the admissions process and also help them pick classes for their first semester. Therefore, I help people “see the finish line” all the time, which is what I want to briefly discuss with you today.

To clearly see the finish line while you are attending college, you have to do things that keep you motivated. This includes aiming for a career that aligns with your interests and abilities and one that you are passionate for. I never recommend students to pursue a career only because it pays well. Rather, think about the following question that one of my colleagues always asks students that are still undecided. She asks them: “If you won the lottery tomorrow and money was never going to be a concern in your life again, what would you do for a living?” I love this question because it helps you dig into your likes and dislikes. It is critical that you select a career that makes you happy because you will be taking a lot of classes in this field while you are in college. If you do not like the classes that are related to the career you chose, then chances are you will perform poorly in them. This will ultimately discourage you and that will affect your overall academic progress. So bottom line, make sure you love the career you pick because this will keep you motivated and it will always help you keep your eyes set on the finish line.

Also, consider the career centers many colleges and universities have that help you narrow down career options. More often than not, these centers offer assessments that survey your likes/dislikes, talents, and strengths/weaknesses. The objective of these assessments is to help you narrow down your career search to those careers that align the most to your personality, talents, and interests. If you are not yet enrolled in a college or a university, feel free to check out the assessment the college I work for offers on its website by clicking on the link below.

Career Coach Assessment

To sum up, it is important that you select a career that you are passionate about so that you can enjoy the classes you take, be successful in them, stay motivated, and see the finish the line throughout your entire educational journey. If you are a current college student who is still struggling to determine the right career to pursue, you should check out your school’s career center so you can get advice on picking the right career for you. If you are not yet in college, it is never too early to start considering career options. This can help you save time and money when you get to college because you will have your career and major defined right off the bat. Also, feel free to take Broward College’s Career Coach Assessment to help you get started. But above all, ask the Holy Spirit, which guides us to all truth, to help you decide what career you should pursue. You will not be disappointed!

I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions, please post them on this blog and we will get back to you soon. I am confident that after “all your days” when you “prayed and prayed” you “can see the finish line.” God Bless You!

Best,

Harold Garcia

Paying tuition

There is no reason that any student should pay full tuition for college. It just takes time and work to find different ways to pay. Scholarships aren’t just for the 4.0 GPA students, the athletes or the artist. The truth is: there are scholarships out there for everyone.

Service clubs, companies, and charities give out about $2 billion in private scholarships each year. Roughly 1 million students receive this support – meaning 1 out of 13 students wins a scholarship. The average of these scholarships is $2,000. So are you ready to start looking?

The following is a list of scholarships with corresponding links you can research and have an idea of what is out there:

Minority Scholarships. These scholarships are typically reserved for students from financially unprivileged backgrounds and ethnicities.

Employee Scholarships. Many employers, whether yours or your parents, offer scholarships to students just because of the relationship that exists between the two.

Wacky Scholarships. There are scholarships out there that are wacky enough for any student. Just type “wacky scholarships” into a search engine to find more.

School Year Scholarships. Whether you’re college or graduate school, there are scholarships available to students within every school year. Find your school year and apply today!

Scholarships by Personality Type. Did you know you can find scholarships to suit just about any personality trait or interest? Find scholarships that suit who you are, as a student, today.

Situational Scholarships. You can find scholarships to suit just about any situation within, they offer students from all walks of life the opportunity to fund their education.

This information was gathered from  http://www.fastweb.com/

 

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– AM

The importance of Internships

 

It’s frustrating to graduate college and then not being able to get a job because employers disdain your lack of experience. So my question use to be: How do you expect me to have experience if you don’t offer me an opportunity? Magic answer to this question is: Internships. The sooner you start them the better. Don’t wait until your junior or senior year to start. Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a resume, internships have other advantages:

Possible college credit or certification: What can be better than this? Getting paid (some of the time) acquiring real experience and getting college credit?

Chances to network: Networking is interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career. Yes, you can attend a networking event without doing an internship, but you would be limiting yourself. Being an intern gives you more opportunities to build connections with company professionals that can be very beneficial for your future career, it allows you to establish deeper relationships than you normally would talking to a stranger one-on-one.

Resume Builder: “How do I get a job interview?” Well, there is one specific section on your resume that employers will be more interested in than any other section. EXPERIENCE. Internships are the perfect way to get that relevant experience as appose to a part time retail job (not that is anything wrong with that). When employer’s see that you have done one or multiple internships it will go a long way in convincing them that you are an asset to their company.

Test drive a career: It gives you the opportunity to experience what it’s like on a day to day basis. A real life perspective on the occupation: How much time is spent behind a desk versus in the field? Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab? Would I be happier in marketing or advertising? It also gives you an introduction to the field’s culture and etiquette.

& here is a secret: you can compete for a higher starting salary. Graduates who participate in an internship will likely earn more than students who did not intern since then have more experience in their fields.

 

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– AM

AXIS SCHOLARSHIP 2017

Requirements: 

1.Baptized and member of the United Latin American Pentecostal Church for a minimum of 3 years

2. Letter of recommendation sent from your pastor to e-mail axisstudentsblog@gmail.com

3. Active College Student

4. Copy of your unofficial transcript (minimum 3.0)

5. Answer Essay question: In 500 words tell us how you were led to the major your choose and why. What are your goals 5 years from now? How are you contributing to your local church?

Instructions:

E- mail everything in one e-mail to axisstudentsblog@gmail.com

On the subject of your e-mail write : your District , state and City

The only other e-mail we should receive from you should be from your Pastors. His letter should be in letter format. The e-mail subject of your recommendation letter should have your name.

Deadline April 5, 2017