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This weekend we witnessed with trepidation a sight Utahns do not see very often, a riot. We watched the anger, frustration, grief, and injustice of a people boil over into chaos in the streets. We heard chants for justice for George Floyd and repetitious cries of “hands up, don’t shoot!”

The reverberations of the recent tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas that took the lives of nine people far too early are still being felt globally, and I can’t help but think about how this explains the human condition so well. For 17 years we welcomed Kobe Bryant into our homes, most likely to cheer against him being deep in Jazz territory, and witnessed a man who worked for everything he wanted.

Kent has lived nearly twenty-five years in the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah, but he traveled out-of-state for college, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Linfield College in Oregon and a Master’s degree in Technical Communication from San Diego State University. He worked as a Lead Technical Writer for industry-leading companies like American Express and FLSmidth, then transitioned into a Software Project Manager for BioFire Diagnostics.

Kent Bonacki is currently a grant writer for the Park City School District (PCSD) with over a decade of experience as a technical writer and three years’ experience as a project manager. Kent’s background consists of working in the education, medical device, mining, financial, and aerospace industries which have diversified his skills and knowledge base, and illustrated his ability to focus on the industry’s needs.

When it comes to what fields of study today’s college and university-bound students should pursue, the conversation is typically dominated by STEM.

However, while it’s doubtlessly true that graduates with strong science, technology, engineering and math skills are coveted by employers — especially if they have some business courses added to the mix …

Some myths are harmless or even helpful. However, other myths are dangerous and destructive, and are long overdue for elimination. On the educational landscape, one such myth that seems to have more lasting power than the Energizer Bunny is the fiction that physical education is optional rather than essential in primary and secondary school.

Thanks to factors such as public education campaigns, research advancements, medical innovations, and of course, the web and its ever-growing myriad of sources, channels, and portals, people these days are more aware and empowered than ever before to safeguard their heath and enhance their overall wellbeing.

Kent Bonacki Looks at the Links Between Higher Education and a More Successful Career
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In the latter half of the 20th century, it was generally viewed as axiomatic that higher education meant a more successful career, which explains why public and private college enrollment in the U.S. increased every single year from 1965 to 1992.

Before seeking to secure adequate funding for afterschool programs, it is important to understand why they work.

Have you ever wondered about the state of our public education and why our children are faring poorly compared to education systems in other countries?

We only have one Earth, and it is a world we all share. Until science proves otherwise, our planet is the only inhabitable one for the foreseeable future.

As a researcher and grant writer for the Park City School District of Utah, Ken Bonacki is concerned about education funding going in 2020.