SIKESTON -- Dr. Syed Sayeed has been granted a J-1 visa waiver by the U.S. Department of State to work as a psychiatrist for the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston as part of the DRA's Delta Doctors program.
"This program is designed to increase the number of physicians providing care to the people we serve," said Pete Johnson, federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. "The Delta Doctors initiative allows foreign physicians who are trained in this country to work in medically underserved areas for three years. Many of them choose to stay far longer once they develop a patient base."
The Delta Regional Authority is one of the few government agencies allowed to recommend visa waivers to the State Department. Medical school graduates from other countries normally are required to return to their home countries for at least two years after they complete their education. A J-1 visa waiver allows them to stay in the United States if they spend at least three years in medically underserved areas. The physicians must provide primary care in their specialty fields for at least 40 hours a week. They also must provide care to the indigent, Medicaid recipients and Medicare recipients.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has received a $25,000 grant from Southeast Missouri WIRED. The grant will support Missouri REAL Entrepreneurship, a program to help develop entrepreneurial talent to foster the creation of new enterprises throughout the state. Missouri REAL provides entrepreneurship curriculum, professional development and support services to secondary and postsecondary students and teachers. Southeast Missouri WIRED is a Department of Labor initiative funneled through the Workforce Investment Board, which aims to increase the skills of the region's students and workers.
WAYNESVILLE -- Laura Hendley, director of the Waynesville Career Center, and former director of Sikeston Career and Technology Center was recently voted to the office of President-Elect of the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education. This vote took place at the annual conference held in late July.
As president-elect, Hendley shall, in the absence of the president, perform the duties of the president. The president-elect also chairs the Missouri ACTE Program of Work Committee. The president-elect will succeed the current President after the 2008 annual convention.
Hendley said she is humbled by the vote of confidence given to her by her fellow Missouri ACTE members, and is committed to do the very best job she can do to enhance and improve career and technical education throughout the state of Missouri, doing whatever it takes to make it happen.
Hendley is the daughter of Mary Lois Henry of New Madrid and Charlie Hendley of California, Mo.