Prince William Chamber of Commerce Economic Development luncheon was packed yesterday at the Hylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater with Governor Ralph Northam and George Mason University President Angel Cabrera. The program began with a special tribute to John Gregory, who passed away Monday and had gifted the theater when it was built. Virginia is #6 in new business in the country when it … Continue reading PW Chamber Economic Development luncheon — educate students to be workforce ready.
By: Theresa Coates Ellis — My 8 year-old grandson Colby stayed with me last week. He went home yesterday — to Georgia. Today as the lock down at the schools unfolded, my heart dropped thinking about the children, the parents, the teachers and our first responders who were all at the mercy of one person. Last week I had my radar up every second that … Continue reading The worst fear
My daughter, Kat Coates, and I are exploring an educational business model. Destination Learning. The entrepreneurial spirit has even hit the scientist! Students pay or are awarded to learn and educators are paid to teach all over the world. My daughter Kat Coates, Osbourn Eagles, has been a self-funded or grant-winning student in S. Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, and even Florida. Now that she has … Continue reading From Osbourn Eagle to Indonesia — Destination Learning
By: Theresa Coates Ellis — Our City of Manassas is changing. Our schools face challenges from years of changing without preparation. We have great students and teachers, but our community must come together to think outside the box and find solutions to these challenges. Our population continues to change. Historic Manassas Inc., service organizations and energetic citizens create great events attracting a diverse vibrant population. Growing … Continue reading All hands on deck for Education
By: Theresa Coates Ellis — She loved daddy long-leggers as a toddler. Yes, the spider. Many years ago, when I caught Kat, one of my daughters, giggling with one crawling up her arm, I was horrified. She said it tickled. As a mom, I encourage my children to fuel their passions, but sometimes it takes courage and patience. Kat always loved living things. In fact, … Continue reading Grow the STEM passion.
By: Theresa Coates Ellis — It was the east meeting the west — for the love of birds. Kathryn, my middle daughter, was eager to catch up with her buddy — Toni — they met in their local High School Nursing program years ago. After Kathryn graduated Osbourn High School, they became Old Dominion University (ODU) roommates and expanded their interests to study Biology. Now … Continue reading Meet “Almost,” the Acorn Woodpecker — Virginia Biologists research a Cali reservation.
As college students prepare for graduation, they sort, pack, toss and plan. After finding that perfect outfit to walk the big stage, they ponder. Young and new professionals are emerging into the workplace. Finding a job or a career is the number one priority. The reality of life — bills — are about to hit them. The last thing they want to do is move … Continue reading Build it and they will come
As college students prepare for graduation in May, career-prep and self-awareness weigh heavily on their minds and create a few butterflies in their tummies. Parents: Be patient. After raising a bunch of kids, I know they usually do figure things out. But you do need to listen and guide them ever-so gently. My daughter Laura Coates, an Osbourn High School alum, will complete her Business degree ON … Continue reading College students: puppies and butterflies