State Center Community College District Takes the Initiative


Technology in support of student success is a priority at State Center Community College District (SCCCD), which serves more than 44,000 students across Californias Central Valley. The largest higher education institution in the region, with a geographic reach spanning four counties and 13,000 square miles, SCCCDs campuses include Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Madera and Oakhurst Centers.

Recognizing the opportunities to improve the student experience through cutting-edge technology, SCCCD applied and was selected to participate in three state-funded technology programs sponsored by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellors Office as part of its statewide Student Success Initiative. These programs, known as the Education Planning Initiative, Common Assessment Initiative and Online Education Initiative, are aimed at boosting community college completion rates through a centralized offering of student support services and tools, online courses and degree programs.

The three initiatives have a common entry point in CCCApply, an online community college application used system wide, and are linked together through a federated identity, or single sign-on technology. These components are managed by the CCC Technology Center, an established program of the Chancellors Offices Telecommunications and Technology Unit.

Pedro Avila, District Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management, discussed why SCCCD signed up to be in the pilot test groups for technology developed by the statewide initiatives.

We decided to apply to all of the pilot projects because they aligned with our mission and goals of improving student access and success, Avila said. We feel that our students deserve the best and we are committed to providing them with the technology that will help engage them and make their college experience a success.

We expect to assist the state in developing custom systems that will cater to the unique needs of our students, he continued. Our students, technical staff, counselors, instructors and other key staff are working directly with initiative representatives, programmers, designers and other experts to ensure these systems are designed to our specifications.

The three initiatives have an estimated cost above $ 1 million but as a pilot district SCCCD will receive these systems at no cost for all of its colleges, students and staff. Next year, aside from the state pilot projects, the district is scheduled to invest $ 3 million in new technology projects.

When asked how this would benefit the district, Avila said: Aside from the large cost savings, it will place our district as a leader in technology across the state and the nation.

Currently all three initiatives are scheduled for the 2015-16 year.

Information about the statewide technology initiatives can be found at cccedplan.org (Education Planning Initiative), cccassess.org (Common Assessment Initiative), ccconlineed.org (Online Education Initiative) and CCCApply.org.







Giving Our Two Cents on Finance Education with Mediaplanets Financial Literacy Campaign




Mediaplanet today announces distribution of its second cross-platform edition of Financial Literacy, inspiring readers to become more financially educated to prepare themselves for long-term monetary needs.

The print component of Financial Literacy is distributed within this weekends edition of USA Today, with a circulation of approximately 450,000 copies and an estimated readership of 1.3 million. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To export the digital version of the campaign, click here.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan graces the cover of the campaigns print publication. In an exclusive interview, he discusses why it is essential that financial literacy programs be implemented in schools across the country, beginning with elementary age students, in order to ensure their financial security and knowledge as they move into the working world.

Also inside, the veteran NFL wide receiver Brandon Lloyd weighs in on the importance of financial literacy for athletes. He connects being financially educated with being an athlete, saying, Regardless of what you study in school, its all about having discipline and making sacrifices. Thats why college is so important, especially for young athletesbecause getting a degree shows employers you can do those two things.

This campaign was made possible with the support of National Endowment for Financial Education, Jump$ tart Coalition, Money Savvy Generation, Financial Finesse, FINRA Foundation, California Department of Business Oversight, BizKid$ , Working In Support of Education, Council for Economic Education, BBVA Compass, Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions, GRP Advisor Alliance and many more.

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National Association of Professional Women Inducts Regina Lee Manuel, Owner of Jim Manuel Iron Works, Into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle




The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Regina Lee Manuel as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating local chapters.

“Regina Lee Manuel is a prime example of a woman determined to get a college education despite all the responsibilities that go with being a 16-year-old high school drop out and single mother,” says NAPW President Star Jones.

Today, Ms. Regina Manuel has a B.S.B.A. degree in Management and Organizational Development, an M.S. in Instructional Technology and an Ed.D in Technical Educational Leadership. She brought two decades of technical expertise to her highly valued position as Delivery Project Executive at IBM for 14 years. At IBM, she was responsible for leading cross-cultural teams, researching, designing and deploying complex enterprise integration solutions for multimillion-dollar projects. She became Owner of Jim Manuel Iron Works, founded in 1977 by her late husband Jim Manuel, after his passing in 2012. Ms. Manuel has taken over the business with a focus on extensive leadership, encompassing not only the technical infrastructure but business requirements and technological developments.

Jim Manuel Iron Works started as a one-man shop and has evolved into a full-service manufacturing and metal fabrication company. To accommodate its impressive growth, the company moved to three different locations before its final and current location on Indiana Avenue in Winston, NC. Ms. Manuels team understands what it takes to meet her clients specifications. They take pride in their work and strive to exceed customers’ expectations. Their goal is to offer efficient, high-quality workmanship at reasonable prices for portable welding, restaurant repair, pre-engineered metal buildings, shop welding and steel materials.

Ms. Manuel is also now a partner with My Online Business Education, also known as MOBE. MOBE is a training and internet marketing program that was developed by an Australian-born entrepreneur. Ms. Manuel provides training courses and webinars at ReginaManuel.com

Awards & Accomplishments: B.S.B.A., Mt. Olive College, Management and Organizational Development; M.S., Appalachian State University, Instructional Technology Specialist; ED.D. Appalachian State University, Technical Educational Leadership

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Brine Group Staffing Solutions Welcomes Joe Galante into their Technology Recruiting Division

Burlington, MA (PRWEB) June 19, 2015

Effective immediately, Joe Galante, will be joining Brine Group Staffing Solutions headquartered in Burlington, MA. In the capacity of Consultant, Joe will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the Technology Recruiting Business and will help Brine Group evolve in ways to better service its client’s recruiting and employment needs. Joe is a recent graduate of Mount Ida College in Newton, MA where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. It is with tremendous excitement and optimism that they welcome Joe to the firm. Brine Group Staffing Solutions is located at 8 New England Executive Park, Suite 120, Burlington, MA 01803. Ph (781) 272-3400 or online at http://www.brinegroup.com







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In-Depth Study of Online Degree Programs Offered by Wisconsin Higher Education Institutions Identifies Top Performers in State


New York, New York (PRWEB) June 02, 2015

Over 1,000 US colleges offer fully online degree programs. 22 of these schools call Wisconsin home. Some of these colleges and universities are regionally focused while others cater to students from anywhere around the world looking for a degree from a research institution.

As online education in the US has grown, so has the number of groups and reports that attempt to evaluate and rank colleges and universities that offer online degree programs. However, many of these tools miss the mark on what matters most to students and the data may be misleading.

BestSchools.com is the first resource that combines quantitative data analysis and qualitative feedback from members of administration at several institutions. The interviews provide rich insight into what makes certain online degree programs successful and sustainable.

The Top 10 Wisconsin Online Colleges:

1. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

2. University of Wisconsin-Platteville

3. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

4. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

5. Concordia University Wisconsin

6. University of Wisconsin-Superior

7. University of Wisconsin-Madison

8. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

9. University of Wisconsin-Stout

10. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

The findings of our research demonstrate that quality education and educational experience is accessible to students in an online format from traditional and reputable Wisconsin schools. While each of these institutions has a bricks-and-mortar campus, many of them also have a long history of distance education. Several of the UW campuses started offering distance education in the 1970s. Online instruction is simply a new method of course delivery.

Schools like UW-Green Bay and UW-Whitewater offer in-demand majors like business and education to online students. While each school employs some experts as adjunct faculty to teach online courses, students will primarily be taught by the same full-time faculty who teach on-campus. Beyond academics, online students have access to similar services that traditional students do. UW-LaCrosse, for example, works to ensure that all services available to on-campus students are also available online.

Qualitative criteria that were incorporated into the rankings explored institutional commitment to online education, ability to create a sense of community for online students, and strategic adoption of new technologies.

We offer a three-week online instructor training course, which has been huge, says Brian Uderman, UW-LaCrosses Professor and Director of Online Education. Weve had 200 or so faculty complete that.

Online students will find differences that can be difficult to identify from websites and other rankings. For example, UW-Platteville aims to provide programs in niche areas in addition to popular majors. Some schools encourage building relationships among students using Facebook or LinkedIn in addition to what takes place during classes and others focus primarily on the classroom environment.

There are also commonalities across these schools that ensure both an identical education outcome and similar student experience for online and residential students. Every school interviewed allows and encourages online students to participate in commencement activities. Online students receive the same diplomas as students who complete their programs on campus.

BestSchools.com asked each person interviewed for advice for prospective online students. Stephanie Douglas, Online Student Services Coordinator for the College of Business and Economics at UW-Whitewater, says understanding personal goals for earning a degree is a great help to students interested in online degree programs.

The complete list of Wisconsin schools and full interviews can be found here: http://www.bestschools.com/online-colleges-in-Wisconsin/.

About BestSchools.com

BestSchools.com is the first resource and guidebook created for prospective online students that blends data analysis with qualitative feedback from the staff and faculty of accredited colleges and universities. Rather than creating another flawed ranking system, BestSchools.com aims to identify the nuanced strengths and details of each school so students know which institution is the best fit.







Trading Block Holdings Appoints Paul Finnegan as Chief Executive Officer


Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) June 10, 2015

Trading Block Holdings, Inc., a financial technology and services holding company and parent company of AOS, Inc., which does business as TradingBlock and MoneyBlock, leading online brokerage businesses serving investment professionals and their clients, self-directed investors and traders, announced the appointment of Paul Finnegan as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Finnegan began his career as a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). His background includes Director of International Business Development for the CBOE, Vice President of Marketing/Business Development at MF Global, Managing Director of Marketing for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), Director of Retail Derivatives with E*Trade Financial, Senior Vice President for NYSE Euronext and Co-CEO of the NYSE Arca Options Exchange, Chief Executive Officer for Livevol Inc., and Director of Software Sales at Convergex.

“Paul has a tremendous financial technology and services background and has been directly involved in a number of industry-leading initiatives over the course of his career,” said Mike Delazzer, chairman of the board. “We are confident that, with his leadership and focus, we will continue to expand the core TradingBlock and MoneyBlock business lines and as well as the companys strategic initiatives.”

I am excited about the prospects of the TradingBlock and MoneyBlock business suite and the services that the company offers to the advisory marketplace. We have a number of key competitive advantages that differentiate us specifically from other independent brokerage businesses and the future looks extremely promising for our business model. I am fortunate to be able to join a talented group of industry experts as our business continues to expand, said Mr. Finnegan.

Mr. Finnegan received a BA in Marketing from Loras College and a MBA in International Business from St. Xavier University. He is series 7, 24 and 63 licensed. Mr. Finnegan also participates on a number of industry related advisory committees.

About Trading Block Holdings, Inc.

Trading Block Holdings, Inc. is a financial technology and services holding company and parent company of AOS, Inc., which operates as TradingBlock and MoneyBlock. TradingBlock and MoneyBlock are leading providers of financial technology, brokerage and trading-related services offering flexible and comprehensive solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of investment advisors, their clients, and self-directed investors and traders. More information about Trading Block Holdings is available at http://www.tradingblock.com or http://www.moneyblock.com . Member FINRA, SIPC and NFA. Phone: 1-800-494-0451.

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Kids Receive Complimentary Dental Services at Rio Salado Dental Clinic


Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) June 01, 2015

Rio Salado Colleges Dental Clinic is hosting two complimentary dental clinics for children and young adults this summer.

The clinics take place Friday, June 12, and Wednesday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rio Salado Dental Clinic. The clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street, in Tempe.

A big goal for us is to offer services to the community, while also providing a learning experience for our students, said Nikki Shipp, Clinical Coordinator for Rios dental hygiene.

Complimentary clinic services include: exams, X-rays, cleaning, and a Fluoride varnish. Each child will also receive a gift bag to take home, as well as educational tips on maintaining good oral health.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable.

Prevention starts with knowledge, Shipp said. We want to help educate parents and kids about the importance of good oral hygiene and cavity prevention.

Clinic services are free for children 17 and younger. Parents are asked to RSVP to (480) 377-4100 or dental.hygiene(at)riosalado.edu to guarantee a spot, as space is limited.

Walk-ins will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Rio Salado dental hygiene students, instructors and staff are volunteering their time and expertise to staff the clinics.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $ 25-35 depending on the age of the patient.

For more information about [Rio Salado Colleges dental clinic, call (480) 377-4100.

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and one of the largest online public community colleges in the nation, serving nearly 59,000 students annually with more than 30,000 online. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado offers 600+ online classes, 100+ degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students and serves as one of the largest providers of adult basic education in Arizona.







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