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NEWS BRIEFS

Raina Croff to Speak at Architectural Heritage Center

'When the Landmarks are Gone: Older African Americans, Place, and Change in N/NE Portland’ describes SHARP Walking Program ...

Portland Playhouse Presents August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Through June 10

May 20 performance will include discussion on mental health; June 10 performance will be followed by discussion of fatherhood ...

Peggy Houston-Shivers Presents Benefit Concert for Allen Temple CME

Concert to take place May 20 at Maranatha Church ...

Family Friendly Talent Show, May 18

Family Fun Night series continues at Matt Dishman Community Center ...

US Marshals, police arrest Vermont fugitive in Oregon

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a missing sex offender from Vermont has been arrested in Oregon.The Marshals say 55-year-old James Rivers was arrested May 16 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by deputy marshals and local police. It's unclear if he has an attorney.Authorities...

Oregon State study says it's OK to eat placenta after all

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — First experts said eggs are bad for you, then they say it's OK to eat them. Is red wine good for your heart or will it give you breast cancer?Should you eat your placenta?Conflicting research about diets is nothing new, but applying the question to whether new mothers...

State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Elk are easy to spot against the green backdrop of the Skagit Valley, where much of the resident North Cascades elk herd that has grown to an estimated 1,600 is found.For farmers in the area — especially those who grow grass for their cattle or to sell to...

Famed mini sub's control room to become future exhibit

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport has a new addition to its archives — the salvaged control room of the legendary, one-of-a-kind Cold War-era miniature submersible NR-1.Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy, conceived the idea for the...

OPINION

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

Will Israel’s Likud Party Ever Respect the Rights of Palestinians?

Bill Fletcher weighs in on the precarious future of the two-state solution between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people ...

The Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Pets

Dr. Jasmine Streeter says CBD-derived products show beneficial therapeutic benefits for pets ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo.And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump.The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders...

Guess who's coming to Windsor? Royal ceremony weds cultures

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (AP) — With a gospel choir, black cellist and bishop, Oprah, Serena and Idris Elba in the audience and an African-American mother-of-the-bride, Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle was a blend of the solemn and the soulful.Guess who's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Broadcast networks go for milk-and-cookies comfort this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you're feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help.The upcoming TV season will bring more sitcom nostalgia in the...

Met says it has evidence Levine abused or harassed 7 people

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period.The Met...

'13 Reasons Why' premiere canceled after Texas shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix canceled the premiere party for its second season of the teen drama "13 Reasons Why" because of a school shooting near Houston.The streaming service announced the cancellation hours before the scheduled premiere and red carpet event, citing the Friday morning...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal...

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and...

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday's royal wedding as...

Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

LONDON (AP) — Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk...

Walter Ghant
By Christen McCurdy | The Skanner News

Walter Ghant grew up in north Portland, near the intersection of Williams and Killingsworth. After graduating from Madison High School, Ghant attended Warner Pacific College, and took what he describes as “a 20-year hiatus” away from Portland to pursue graduate school and a career in education. Ghant holds master’s degrees from James Madison University (history) and George Mason University (public administration) and a doctorate in divinity from Howard University, all located in Washington D. C.

Ghant worked in a variety of administrative positions in higher education in the Washington, D. C. area, but told The Skanner he and his wife had been talking about moving back to Oregon for some time.

Now he’s back in Portland to serve as executive director of De La Salle North Catholic High School’s office of community learning, overseeing the school’s 16-year-old corporate work study program (formerly known as the corporate internship program). Ghant arrived in Portland at the end of October to step into his new role.

“This position kind of found me, quite frankly,” Ghant told The Skanner. “Things kind of worked out just magically, or providentially.”

De La Salle North’s program places students with large corporations in the Portland area to work five eight-hour shifts per month.

Ghant said the total budget for the corporate work study program is $2 million. To participate in the program, companies pay $27,295 per year for a team of four students with rotating schedules -- or they can divide their sponsorships to receive one student, or sponsor multiple teams. A full year of work helps compensate for half the cost of that student’s tuition. Sponsors include Providence Health Services, OnPoint Credit Union and Standard Insurance, among others.

Thirty-five percent of students who participate in the program are Latino, 30 percent are African American and 18 percent are Asian-American, Ghant said.

Ghant and the program’s staff train and orient students on basic job skills and etiquette, as well as “soft skills” – addressing issues that are critical to surviving in a corporate environment, such as punctuality and dress codes.

One of the key requirements of the program is that corporate sponsors provide real work for the students to do – including administrative office work like data entry or interacting with clients – so they learn basic office skills they’ll need later in the workforce. Many have gone on, as adults, to work for the companies where they served as work-study students, he said.

“The stories that they tell are very inspiring,” Ghant told The Skanner. “The confidence of these students is probably the number one thing they’ve watched develop. [It’s inspiring] to hear students say, ‘OK, I belong here,’ in a city that is predominantly White, for students in predominantly White settings, corporate organizations.”

Ghant added that since he stepped into his new role, representatives from sponsoring organizations have spoken glowingly about the students the program has sent them, saying they couldn’t do the work they do without students’ help. It’s common to hear that from nonprofit organizations that rely heavily on young volunteers, he said, but to hear it from large, private-sector employers was really meaningful.

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