Hampton University launches student-run public relations and brand agency

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Hampton University launches student-run public relations and brand agency.

Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has launched a student-run public relations and brand agency, according to a statement from HU officials.

BRAND757 is one of more than a hundred such agencies at universities around the country. The revenue-generating venture will have full account teams providing services to businesses such as media relations, collateral development, publicity, communications planning, social media, graphic design, web design and event planning.

Students have been selected for officer roles at the agency, which is expected to provide them with first-hand experience and make them more marketable for future employment.

Line item schools budgets

A new state law passed by the General Assembly requires school divisions to publish their approved annual budgets in line item form on their websites. Hard copies of the documents are to be made available as needed for citizens to review.

Some school districts already do this, while others provide a categorical shortened version of the budget. Current law does not specify the form to be used. It just requires that the budgets be published.

New TNCC site

Thomas Nelson Community College will offer its first class at the new Thomas Nelson Center for Building and Construction Trades at the Goodwill Industries facility,1911 Saville Row in Hampton, starting Tuesday, April 28, according to a statement from TNCC officials. More classes will be added later this year.

The workforce development program will include HVAC, residential electrician and facilities maintenance technician training. The focus is on adults — primarily the unemployed, underemployed and veterans — seeking to earn certification for in-demand employment.

The first class is heating, ventilation and air conditioning. For information, visit tncc.edu.

Newport News adds space

Newport News Public Schools will consolidate its elementary school alternative program by moving the part of it located at Watkins Early Childhood Center to join the existing site at Enterprise Academy in Oyster Point. The School Board approved the leasing of additional classroom-size space at Enterprise Academy at its April 21 meeting.

Moving the program from Watkins provides more space for the preschool program located there, according to NNPS officials.

Hampton environmental grant

The Hampton City Schools science department received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of $360,000 over the next three years.

HCS proposes to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create the ¿Hampton Systemic Environmental Literacy Program, a sustainable environmental education program. It¿ will provide the foundation for watershed stewardship through quality professional development and the integration of meaningful watershed educational experiences into the division's curricula, according to a statement from HCS officials.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4-8 is designated as national Teacher Appreciation Week for this year. Local school districts have already started recognizing their teachers of the year, but the week is set aside specifically to recognize the contributions to the community of all teachers across the country, both individually and collectively.

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