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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem State University has received a $400,000 grant to support a program designed to reduce teen pregnancy in Montgomery County, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The program, a partnership between WSSU and Montgomery County Schools, is directed at middle-school students, WSSU said in a news release. It is funded by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ teen pregnancy prevention initiative. The program will begin in August.


The program, entitled Draw the Line, Respect the Line, is a three-part health intervention, said Kineka Hull, director of academic services in the WSSU School of Health Sciences and an instructor in the school’s healthcare management program. “The program encourages youth to practice abstinence, to delay having sexual relationships, reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, and prevent pregnancy.”

While teen pregnancy rates have decreased nationwide and the rates in North Carolina are at a historic low, the teen pregnancy rate in Montgomery County was third overall in the state in 2012.

WFU grad student awarded fellowship

Nazanin Kaussari of Winston-Salem has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study in Tajikistan during the 2014-15 academic year.

Kaussari is a graduate student in the interpreting and translation studies program at Wake Forest University, WFU said in a statement. She will improve her Persian proficiency and conduct a linguistics research project as training to become a translator/interpreter.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an international and language component to their graduate education, WFU said. They support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to the future security and stability of the United States.

Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program and are a major federal initiative designed to build a qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.

“The National Security Education Program is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approaches the study of foreign languages and cultures,” said Michael A. Nugent, NSEP director.

Forsyth Tech receives $52,000 from Pope Foundation

Forsyth Technical Community College has received a $52,000 gift from the Lawrence E. Pope Foundation to update and expand the college’s diesel and heavy equipment technology program.

Jeff Taylor, vice president and chief financial officer of the Pope Cos., and the foundation’s treasurer, presented a $26,000 check of Gary Green, FTCC’s president. The gift will be distributed to the Forsyth Tech in two payments over two years.

“The Pope Foundation has a strong interest in making a difference in our community by supporting the educational needs of our area schools,” Taylor said

Pope Cos.’ founder, Lawrence Pope, had a lifelong interest in grading equipment, over-the-road tractors and diesel-powered heavy equipment, Taylor said.

“We are deeply appreciative of this very generous gift from the Pope Foundation,” Green said. “The Pope Cos. through their deep experience in the truckload transportation business, understand the importance of training a highly skilled workforce to meet the needs of current and future logistic and supply chain management operations.”


  • Bo Diddley

    Why the heck would you have the bunnies at WSSU teach anybody about abstinence? And Montgomery county? You better have a course on in-breeding.

  • FaithC

    You want to stop teen pregnancy…stop handing out free money for every baby they have. These teens know if they pop out a baby they get free housing, free college and money to live on, food stamps, WIC, and a lot more. All they have to do is work a few hours a week, if that.

  • Chuck

    Half a million to teach a class that is already being taught at the school? The PARENTS of the kids in Montgomery county need to “Teach” their young ladies…..things like this just baffle me..that is a LOT of money for DSS just to hand out…all tax dollars
    /end rant

    • Chuck

      but good job to FTCC, the 50k towards teaching a job that can’t be outsourced is a good investment imho

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