Hogan To Expand State STEM Program for Students; Crime Drops for Fifth Consecutive Year in Region
News, announcements and other helpful links for Thursday morning
Airbnb launches disaster-relief program for Hurricane Florence victims and those deployed for relief efforts
Airbnb, a home-sharing company, has launched a disaster-relief program for Hurricane Florence evacuees and relief workers by offering free, temporary housing in several states along the east coast. The program will be offered through Oct. 1 in select areas in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
“It allows our hosts to offer their spaces free of charge to anyone who’s been displaced or needs to evacuate or is deploying in the area to help with relief efforts,” said Kim Rubey, global head of social impact and philanthropy at Airbnb. [WTOP]
Hogan to expand STEM program for students
Gov. Larry Hogan, R, will meet with leaders from IBM and other Maryland businesses Thursday to advocate for the expansion of a STEM education program already in place in the state, the Pathways in Technology Early College High School program, known as P-TECH.
The program which encourages students to study math, science and technology, allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and a “no-cost” two-year associate degree in the STEM field in six years or less.
P-TECH students are paired with a professional mentor, participate in workplace training and are eligible for paid internships. Students also receive a priority placement for jobs upon graduation. [Associated Press]
Crime is down for a fifth year in a row in D.C region
Crime is down overall in the D.C. region over the last five years, including murder, assault, robbery and car theft, according to a report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments covering the period from 2013 to 2017.
But in Montgomery County, there were eight more homicides in 2017 than 2016, and rapes increased by 20 percent in 2017. “This is something we should be concerned with and focus on,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik.
A change in how the FBI categorizes rapes may account for the uptick in the percentage. Certain sex offenses previously not categorized as rape are now included. [WTOP]
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