John Day approves funding for Grant County Coworks | News

While internet connectivity is being addressed at Humbolt Elementary with a project to connect the school to John Day’s fiber line, another facility is looking to provide an outlet to help the county overcome the trials of broadband while providing access to many resources.

Didgette McCracken, the Open Campus Coordinator at Oregon State University Extension, presented Grant County Coworks — a shared workspace for educational and entrepreneurial pursuits and technology — during the John Day City Council on Aug. 25.

Coworks will be a workplace where members will be provided with coaching and mentorship to provide one-on-one advising to help find funding, create a sustainable business strategy and launch their ventures, while providing local students with access to the technology, tools and mentorship necessary for online education, according to McCracken. Desks, computers, printers, phone charging stations and other items will be provided.

“We have this rural community that’s very isolated,

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School board approves CARES funding request | News

Supervisors pointed out that school board members did not have the opportunity to review those new allocations, and were reluctant to release the funding without their approval.

Assistant superintendent for Finance Terry Stone outlined how those funds would be utilized, the entirety of the requests slated to address COVID-related needs at the special meeting earlier last week.

A large portion of the funding, about $1.6 million, is slated to provide devices for students in grades K through 2, completing an effort that provides all Hanover students with laptops or other devices.

Stone said this represents an addition to the current Technology Plan, necessitated by the possibility of a return to online instruction only.

Dr. Michael Gill, superintendent, assured board members that all students currently enrolled in online instruction will have devices when school began Tuesday, Sept. 8.

But, without the purchase of the additional devices for the remaining students not

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Cole County Commission approves more federal COVID-19 relief funding requests

Document: Cole County CARES Act Funding Requests Approved Sept. 10, 2020


The Cole County Commission approved more federal COVID-19 relief funding distribution requests Thursday.

Cole County received $9 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds in May and started accepting applications for portions of the funding last month, after hiring BKD, a Springfield accounting firm, to assist the county in meeting its obligations under the CARES Act for purchases related to the pandemic.

Most of the items approved Thursday were for the Cole County courts, at a total of $42,525.

The money for this equipment will come from the $3.6 million of the $9 million in CARES Act money the commission set aside for internal county needs.

Earlier this week, Judge Jon Beetem told commissioners the courts planned to use off-site venues instead of the Cole County Courthouse in an attempt to maintain a civil trail

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Cabinet approves Mission Karmayogi to re-skill civil servants for New India

Narendra Modi smiling for the camera: Narendra Modi Mission Karmayogi scheme for civil servants

Narendra Modi Mission Karmayogi scheme for civil servants

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved Mission Karmayogi, a skill development scheme for civil servants. The Narendra Modi government aims to build a future-ready civil service in the country through its Mission Karmayogi scheme.

Launching the scheme, Union minister Prakash Javadekar described Mission Karmayogi as the “biggest human resource development reform in the government”.

The Mission Karmayogi scheme will be open to all government employees for their re-skilling. They would be encouraged under the scheme to better equip themselves with their domain, and improve their functional and behavioural competencies.

The scheme will be under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the Prime Minister’s HR Council functioning as the apex body to provide guidance and direction to these capacity-building reforms. The council will have chief ministers as members.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Mission Karmayogi will radically improve human resource management practices

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Cabinet briefing live updates | Govt approves ‘Karmayogi yojana’ for skill development of civil servants

With the monsoon session of parliament set to begin in two weeks, the Cabinet met on Wednesday.

Here are the key decisions taken:

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Mission Karmayogi will help build a future-ready Civil Service, says C. Chandramouli, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training. It will be open to all government employees, to equip them with domain, functional and behavioural competencies.

The Prime Minister’s HR Council will be the apex body to provide direction to these capacity building reforms, says Dr. Chandramouli.

A Special Purpose Vehicle, 100% government owned, will be set up to own and operate the online platform and facilitate digital learning. Total outlay for the scheme will be Rs. 510 crore in five years.

An annual subscription of Rs. 431 per civil servant will be charged by the SPV.

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Karmayogi Yojana

Cabinet has given its nod to roll out a Karmayogi Yojana to give government officers

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Hamilton County school board approves more than $700,000 in state grant funding

Hamilton County Schools’ vocational programs will receive more than $700,000 in state grant funding.

The board of education voted unanimously on Aug. 20 to approve a grant that will assist in preparing sixth to 12th graders for a career. There are 9,507 students participating this school year, 7,740 of whom are high schoolers.

The district received a $704,759 Carl Perkins grant, a source of federal funding aimed at improving secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the country. Hamilton County Schools has relied on the grant for decades, communications director Tim Hensley said. The grant is given to school systems based on their population and poverty levels — specifically those with at least 70% of their families reporting earnings below the poverty line.

This school year, the Perkins funds will be dispersed through the career and technology education department, mostly on equipment used by students. A maximum of

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