After an eclectic first round, seed fund aimed at jump-starting entrepreneurs prepares for next batch
A line of natural, cruelty-free, eco-friendly skin care products. An ergonomic trash can designed for people with limited mobility. And an app to help drivers find their vehicle after it has been towed.Those were the start-ups conceived by JMU students or graduates that received the first three $5,000 investments as part of a new element of entrepreneurship — a program called Bluestone Seed Fund. The program is expected to announce the second round of winning start-up proposals on March 22.
Dave Urso, a dean of academic affairs at Blue Ridge Community College, came to the school 16 years ago because it was an open admissions institution that sought to meet students where they were. But with the pandemic interrupting new students’ last couple years of high school, the college has had to adjust in myriad ways to keep up with those students’ needs.
Harrisonburg’s second high school could open its doors in the fall of 2023, if school district administrators, city staff and the contractor can all agree on terms to restart construction in the next two to three months.
More elementary and middle school students will be back in city classrooms in a month, after the Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously in a special meeting Tuesday to approve the next phase of the division’s reopening plan.
A local non-profit that creates college opportunities for high school scholars of Latino descent, has found an innovative way to host its annual fundraising event: drive-thru style.
In latest round of COVID-19 business, council outlines CARES Act money and gets briefings on JMU and EMU
The Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday took up several tactics to mitigate the effects of the pandemic: a plan for how to distribute more than $3 million more in federal CARES Act funding, an emergency ordinance to allow the Open Doors shelter to open October 1, as well as protocols to slow the virus’ transmission among college students.
Students from around Harrisonburg will get the chance next week to make their own classroom — or at least what others will see behind them when participating in virtual lessons.
With JMU classes scheduled to start Aug. 26, the university has published reams of new guidelines about masks and apps and quarantining that all depend on one thing in order for the campus to remain open: students, faculty and staff self-policing each other. ,l