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Book Review: A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success by Gerald Chertavian

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A Year Up: How A Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills For Real Jobs With Real Success by Gerald Chertavian describes how his innovative program is providing hope for disadvantaged young people to move from joblessness to employment within a year. Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of the Year Up program.

Year Up is an intensive year long program that offers poor people training and development, mentors, intern positions, and real jobs at the end of the program. The program operates successfully in nine cities across the United States.

Program participants also earn up to 23 paid-for college credits. Some graduates look forward to making up to $300 thousand dollars a year in state of the art computer maintenance positions. All graduates are enthusiastic about what they learned and their prospects for obtaining a college education and permanent employment.

According to the author, the program teaches core values like respect, accountability, engendering trust, working hard, and having fun. One intern, Devon, is depicted translating German to English on the internet for UBS, stationed in New Jersey. There are many other success stories provided in the presentation.

These stories have tremendous relevance for today because the United States lags in college graduates although we were once a leader in this area. In addition, the racial wealth gap quadrupled. Many parents die young in poor neighborhoods, newborn children are lost and unsupported, there are avoidable random shootings, and many are lost to foreign wars.

A Year Up is a wonderful program worthy of emulation across the United States and elsewhere.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.