Happy late 4th of July DC & Update of whereabouts.

Have you missed me?  Well, I am sure you have continued to see me from Northwest to Southeast to Northeast to Southwest.  You just haven’t seen me as much around the blog because guess what?!  My “employable” campaign worked!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am finally a federal employee and loving my job.

I will catch up with you all soon with fresh content, but until then I thought I would post Old Glory from Union Station and say “Happy Late 4th of July!”

United States flag hanging from Union Station in Washington, DC

Old Glory flying high for the 4th of July


NWtoSE Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NWtoSE 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NWtoSE 2012

Are you ready for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Tomorrow 10/18/12 @ 10:18

Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah preparing for natural disasters was part of daily life.  My high school, East High School, (you may remember it from such movies as High School Musical) was actually built on a fault line.  During my Freshman year the SLC school district tore down the school and built a new one that would be able to “roll” with an earthquake if one occurred.  As a young person growing up in Salt Lake I remember participating in as many earthquake drills as fire drills.  I remember being in 2nd grade and when the fire alarm would sound, the school made it sound different from a typical fire alarm so we would know it was an earthquake drill.  We would then calmly huddle under our desks during the drill, wait for our teacher to tell us it was safe to leave and then leave in an orderly fashion to a designated spot in the field outside the school.

Why did I mention the above stories?  Mostly because I enjoy reliving my childhood as far as public safety prevention is concerned (next blog post should be on my love of D.A.R.E), but also because I think DC should be excited about the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Tomorrow!  Please see details below:

Good afternoon Jana,

On October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m. EDT, more than 890,000 people across five states and the District of Columbia are scheduled to take part in the first ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut.  The ShakeOut is a regional earthquake drill in which participants simultaneously practice the recommended action during an earthquake.  This action is known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, which means:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD-ON to it until the shaking stops

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event.  These states are being supported by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC, www.cusec.org), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, www.fema.gov), and many other local, state, federal and volunteer partners.

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Reducing Mental Health Stigma? DC Gov’s “She’s Not Crazy” Workshop

Last week I received a mass e-mail from DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of Community Engagement about a Department of Health sponsored event to reduce stigma on Mental health titled “She’s Not Crazy.”  I was wondering what your opinions were on the title of the workshop before I share mine.  Speak up DC you know I am listening.

National Law Enforcement Officer Ride & Run to Remember Ofc. Oscar Pedrozo of 3D 10/14/12

Please see my recent post on the LeDroit Park Civic Association Blog:

Dear Neighbors,

LeDroit Park neighbor Martha Jenkins has organized a 5K team, “On the Lam” to run at the Annual National Law Enforcement Ride and Run.  The race will take place on October 14th at 8:00 am beginning and ending at the National Law Enforcement and Officer Memorial located on E Street between 4th & 5th Streets, NW.  We will be running (or walking) to remember 3D Ofc. Oscar Pedrozo who recently passed away on August 25th.  Anyone who frequented U street corridor and 14th street will remember Ofc. Pedrozo on his segway.  I miss joking with him and knowing that he was just around the corner if I needed him.  Please read about his life and his heroic policing in 3D in an article published in the Post today, “Family grieves for Officer Oscar Pedrozo.”

Please join “On the Lam,” here or feel free to donate to the NLEOMF.  If you have any further questions about how to donate directly to Ofc. Pedrozo’s family please contact Commander Jacob Kishter in 3D at Jacob.Kishter@dc.gov and he will direct you to the appropriate MPD representative.

TechXploration Youth Appathon & Access to Tech Skills training in DC

The TechXploration Youth Appathon presented by Cause-Driven and DiversiTech supported by Lumen8 and Lenvono held on July 14 & 15th, 2012 in Anacostia was  the single most valuable event I have attended in DC, ever.  Very simply TechXploration taught DC youth a new skill. High school aged youth from around the District working on teams with volunteer tech innovators to learn how to build mobile apps using JavaScript.  Following typical tech Appathon events, students gave a 5-minute pitch of their mobile app to a panel of tech judges from the community.  I was unable to attend the Demo & Awards day, but I was totally impressed by the ideas and skills that youth discussed on the first day I attended!







Finding web development training with no budget or a limited budget in DC is nearly non-existent.

As a current job seeker in the District I have found that aside from mastering networking and having a master’s degree, that your skill set is the single most important tool in obtaining a job.  Did you know that the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) does not offer any web design/development courses?  Personally I know that I need classroom training for technology-based training because for many “teaching myself online” is not a style of learning that works for me.  DOES offers training based on the direction of the Mayors Workforce Investment Council who bases training on Department of Labor statistics.

According to ONET, the Department of Labor’s database for occupational labor information web design describes salaries for web design here.  ONET also describes that the District does not have any web design jobs in DC, however, ONET cites DOES as their source here.  A quick Google search will show that there are in fact many web design jobs in the District with comfortable salaries for the DMV region.  I hope the correct data for web designers will reflect the current market in DC so that job seekers will be able to access training.  Recently the Washington Post published an article “Job seekers find it difficult to keep up with innovations in their field” that sums up the issue that many job seekers across the country are facing.

I am grateful to organizations like DiversiTech and DC Web Women that offer tech development to youth and adults in the District that are affordable and FREE.  Which means I hope the community continues to support tech organizations!

Here is a running list of my “Tech skills wish list:”

  • SEO optimization
  • CSS
  • HTML 5
  • Photoshop
  • iMovie/Final Cut
  • Drupal
  • SQL
  • Access
  • SharePoint
  • Java script
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Razor’s edge

DC Small Business Training Opportunities #DCSBDC

Thank you to Juan Camilo Barragan, the Ward 1 Liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement for sending me the following training information:

Please make sure and check out the District of Columbia Small Business Center Network’s website


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