‘Everybody needs a roof’: How a new job academy plans to turn roofers into millionaires

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At GAF’s new Roofing Academy, students from underserved communities get free vocational training—and the skills to become entrepreneurs. On a rainy afternoon in February, fourteen vocational students have gathered in bucolic Parsippany, New Jersey, for what looks like an unconventional Project Runway challenge. Some are clad in khaki Dickies overalls, while others sport T-shirts bearing the word “HVAC.” (That’s “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,” for the uninitiated.) Steely Dan is playing through the speakers as they bend over their appointed stations, cutting and pinching and welding. Read Full Story

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The man who invented college spam—and created a monster

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Bill Royall was a humble direct mail marketer until he hit upon a novel idea. Royall made himself a millionaire—and transformed higher education in the process. Author Jeffrey Selingo explores the dark side of the admissions-industrial complex. The glossy college brochure has become a rite of passage for many Americans. Parents groan as leaflits fill boxes in bedrooms and cover kitchen tables. Teenagers marvel at the attention from admissions departments in far-flung locales. Read Full Story

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The stars and creators of Netflix’s ‘Self Made’ discuss why pioneering entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker’s story matters now

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Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood, Bill Bellamy, and A’Lelia Bundles—Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer—talk about what the pioneering African American female entrepreneur means to them. Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire. That’s a fact that many people most likely learn as a quick black history fact. Read Full Story

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