Campuses adjust to enrollment spikes

One of the largest U.S. community colleges has expanded course offerings and operating hours to accommodate a flood of new students, but cash-strapped state governments have forced other two-year colleges to slash class sections, even as student applications pour in at an unprecedented clip.

Bringing weekend classes to Portland Community College’s four campuses in 2007 has paid dividends this year as the economic downturn has spurred a 21-percent enrollment jump. Underemployed and newly unemployed adults are hoping to bolster their resumes in the coming years, and the college’s class sections on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays fit adults’ busy schedules.

“We just want to be as flexible as possible for people coming back to school,” said Dana Haynes, public affairs manager for Portland Community College, where officials have seen a spike in the number of nursing, welding, and teaching students. “For the working student, it’s become very popular.”

Miami Dade Community College, among the largest nationwide, won’t increase its number of class sections–and in some cases, has trimmed back the number of sections–as state funding has dwindled by 11 percent despite the steady increase in students seeking training during a recession.

The massive jump in demand was evident June 18, when thousands of students logged into the college’s web site to register for fall courses in the first minutes of availability. Most of the 20,000 students were turned away or received error messages because the site’s capacity was quickly reached. More than 500 classes were filled within 12 hours of opening class registration. The college projects that 30,000 students will not be able to take classes they need.

“It will delay their degree attainment and ultimately their entry into the workforce,” said Juan Mendieta, a spokesman for Miami Dade Community College, which has eight campuses, 164,000 students, and more than 2,000 faculty members.

Miami Dade Community College funding has dropped 18 percent since 2006, and to avoid more course cutbacks, a college memo spells out ways the college can remain viable.

“While we have made every effort to minimize the impact on faculty and staff, obviously, there are no painless remedies that involve jobs or compensation,” according to the March 28 memo sent by Miami Dade President Eduardo J. Padron.

“Our priority is clear: we need to protect our core mission of teaching and providing essential services to students. To do so, it’s important to resist the temptation to simply cut across the board. Such a strategy would surely invite mediocrity in the most essential aspects of our mission.”

Eighty-six vacant positions were eliminated, saving $4.4 million, and 111 employees were laid off–resulting in a savings of $7.2 million. There were also cutbacks in overtime availability, a freeze on all employee travel, and other, less-severe reductions were instituted as well.

“We have been forced to the last resort of losing people who are valuable members of our community and drawing our belts tighter yet with regard to program operation,” Padron wrote.

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Pearson Awarded Five-Year Contract to Continue Managing Michigan Teacher Certification Examination Program

LANSING, Mich., and HADLEY, Mass. – July 22, 2009 – Pearson, the education and education-technology company, announced today that its Evaluation Systems group has been awarded a five-year contract to continue managing teacher certification testing for the state of Michigan. Beginning in October 2009, this new contract for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) program builds on Pearson’s nearly two-decade relationship with the Michigan Department of Education and –  for the first time –  includes computer-based testing.

“In Michigan, we recognize that putting knowledgeable, prepared educators in our schools’ classrooms and in leadership positions in our school districts is critical to preparing our state’s students for 21st century success,” said Flora Jenkins, director, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education. “Through our continued collaboration with Pearson and the development of computer-based tests, we are increasing certification examination opportunities for candidates.”

As part of this new contract, Pearson will begin to introduce certification tests via computer-based testing, beginning with two in the fall of 2010. Candidates for teacher certification in Michigan will take these tests at Pearson’s secure test centers and receive immediate test results. Pearson Professional Centers are completely dedicated to testing and have been awarded a patent for their unique security design, which features biometric verification of test takers.

In addition, the number of MTTC paper-based test administrations will grow from four to five each year, in another effort to increase testing opportunities for candidates.

The MTTC program currently consists of nearly 70 subject-area tests, including nine world language tests and a basic skills test. Typically, each of the world language tests includes multiple-choice questions and two or more written performance assignments. The basic skills test assesses candidates’ foundational knowledge in the areas of reading, mathematics and written communication.

Pearson brings deep experience in both teacher certification testing and computer-based test delivery to its new contract with the Michigan Department of Education. The Evaluation Systems group is the most experienced developer of standards-based teacher certification testing programs and is known for launching the first computer-based content teacher certification tests and the first fully computer-based statewide teacher licensure testing program.

“By expanding MTTC testing opportunities, through both computer-based testing and an increased number of paper-based test administrations, the Michigan Department of Education is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring that schools have access to a greater number of knowledgeable teachers,” said William Gorth, Ph.D., president of the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. “We value our long-term relationship with Michigan and look forward to continuing to work with state education leaders in the future.”

For more information at the MTTC, go to www.mttc.nesinc.com. For more information about the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, go to http://teacher.PearsonAssessments.com.

 

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today’s digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company’s investment in innovative print and digital education materials for pre-kindergarten through professional learning, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company’s respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, the Stanford Achievement Test Series, the Wechsler family of assessments, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson’s comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson’s commitment to education for all is supported by the global charitable giving initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearson.com.

 

For more information, press only:

Adam Gaber, Pearson, 212-641-6118, adam.gaber@pearson.com

Wendy Lienhart L. Wolfe Communications, 630-920-0182, wlienhart@lwolfe.com

Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, lwolfe@lwolfe.com

 

 

 

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New York’s Astor Services For Children & Families Selects CoSoSys to Protect its Endpoints

San Jose, CA, July 22, 2009. CoSoSys, vendor of the most innovative and effective applications for portable storage devices and endpoint security solutions, has been recently selected by the Astor Services For Children & Families to protect its network from the threats embedded by portable storage and lifestyle devices. Astor has selected the Endpoint Protector solution to increase its security and protect their network from both inside and outside threats and to comply with specific regulations of the State of New York.

Founded in 1953, Astor promotes the well-being of children, adolescents and their families through a range of programs that prevent and treat emotional problems and facilitate healthy development. The NGO has 300 PCs in its network and aimed to completely secure all USB devices in their environment. Moreover, as Astor is funded by the State of New York, they needed to prove compliance with Confidentiality and Privacy regulations. Endpoint Protector was the perfect fit for their requirements.

“We strongly believe Endpoint Protector is the best endpoint security solution in the market and also is the most flexible when it comes to costs. By implementing it, we succeeded in creating a safe environment, while taking full advantage of the portable devices our day to day activities required,” explained Glenn Ungaro, Astor Network Security Manager.

“As the risk of data loss, data leakage and data theft increases every day, both businesses and NGOs need to proactively monitor and regulate the use of portable devices, especially since they are currently vital to an efficient work flow. Endpoint Protector enables such companies to both secure their network and comply with local, countrywide and industry standards regarding data breach management and IT governance,” concluded Roman Foeckl, CEO of CoSoSys.

Endpoint Protector is a best-of-breed DLP (Data Loss Prevention) and removable media device control solution designed to minimize internal threats, reduce data leakage risks and proactively control devices connected to the endpoints. It allows IT departments to proactively take control of the device internal use, while tracking all data transferred in or out of the protected network and enforcing encryption of the data in transit on portable devices. Endpoint Protector is available as a free 30 day trial or online demo at http://www.EndpointProtector.com. Endpoint Protectors low TCO and support for both Windows and Linux Server Platforms makes it an excellent choice for NGOs and businesses alike.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Client: Windows XP/ 2003/Vista (32 and 64 bit)/Windows 7
  • Server: Windows 2003 Server, Linux; Debian, Red Hat, Fedora

Devices supported

USB flash drives, memory cards, internal and external CD/DVD players/burners, internal and external hard and floppy disk drives and card readers, ZIP drives, digital cameras, smart phones, BlackBerry, iPods and other MP3 players, FireWire devices, biometric drives, Bluetooth devices, printers, ExpressCards, Wireless USB, webcams. Additional devices will be added as they become popular. 

 

About CoSoSys

CoSoSys specializes in network endpoint security and development of software for portable storage device enhancement.  The application portfolio includes functions from device control, password security, data synchronization and network security.  CoSoSys distributes its products globally through leading hardware manufacturers, software distributors, resellers and directly to users at http://www.CoSoSys.com and http://www.EndpointProtector.com.  CoSoSys has offices in Germany, the United States and Romania, and enjoys a continuously growing installation base of users worldwide.  

 

About Astor

Astor Services For Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves children and families in New York State‘s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx.

Now serving over 6,000 children and families annually, Astor’s current range of services offered include: Residential Treatment, Therapeutic Foster Family Care, Early Childhood Programs, and Community Based Mental Health and Educational Services. For more details, please visit: www.astorservices.org.

 

 

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Let retiring ‘Boomers’ transform schools

An innovative and potentially ground-breaking approach to 21st century education is placing baby boomer retirees from STEM fields into “learning teams” with educators in an attempt to give students knowledge from real-life science and math experts.

Spearheaded by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), these learning teams pair experienced STEM retirees with classroom teachers to inject compelling real-life lessons into classroom instruction, while at the same time giving teachers valuable support.

“Every day that we give a standalone teacher a standalone curriculum, we’re recreating this [outdated] model–we need to start thinking about transforming these learning organizations into a 21st century learning system,” said Tom Carroll, NCTAF president.

“We’re living in the learning age,” he said. “The standalone teaching model is no longer sustainable, and teachers need a collaborative team environment–it’s not fair to the teachers or the students.”

Carroll compared the outdated system of solo teaching to professions that have evolved to incorporate a team approach, and asked why the nation thinks teachers are the only professionals who should work without teams to assist them.

For instance, he asked, would we visit, and have confidence in, a doctor who worked completely alone with no nurses and no technicians who are well-versed in important specialties? And if we lived in a society without schools, and had to invent them, would we invent the same kind of schools that we have today?

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To that effect, Carroll is proposing a new kind of collaborative approach to teaching, in which educators will have support and learn from seasoned STEM professionals who, although retiring, have much knowledge to share and are not ready to stop working.

“There are 78 million baby boomers in the workforce, and they will be the largest, healthiest, most accomplished generation of retirees we’ve ever had,” Carroll said. Many of those baby boomers are not ready to stop working and would like to work with children, as they have years of knowledge and skills to share, but do not have the teaching certifications required to educate.

“It creates a powerful learning environment for students, it gives teachers the support they need, and it’s giving those retirees an outlet,” said Carroll, who founded the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology program and created the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants Program at the U.S. Department of Education.

“The rest of the world is already creating 21st century learning environments,” Carroll said. “We need to create true collaborative learning environments–it’s a community responsibility.”

As an example of NCTAF’s vision, NASA scientists and engineers are working with ninth grade earth science teachers in Maryland on project-based learning modules built on NASA education content.

The goal here is to give teachers strong professional development in science content, give students a stronger learning experience, and help NASA employees learn about pedagogy.

One important aspect is that this team approach need not be “just a recruitment effort–it’s creating an effective structure, curriculum, and instruction activities, and that’s essential for its success,” Carroll said.

According to Carroll, three forces are driving change in education: a new learning age, an open learning economy, and a growing number of young educators leaving the teaching profession.

The new learning age requires competencies in core areas, such as creativity and communication, if students are to successfully participate in a globally integrated learning culture.

“For young people to develop these skills, teachers need to have those skills and need to be able to organize a learning environment that mirrors where these young people will live and work in their lives,” Carroll said.

An open learning economy surrounding schools today makes many powerful resources and network learning opportunities available to students and teachers outside of school, therefore schools will no longer be “the” learning place, Carroll said. User-driven and user-created content is happening constantly on Facebook, YouTube, and SecondLife.

“An open learning economy allows for deep personalization, more participation, and new education roles and learning relationships,” Carroll said.

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A definite Catch

With the days getting longer, warmer and milder, there’s bound to be more insects and bugs flying about their business; which is great for Mother Nature, but not so great for the rest of us. Naturally as the weather becomes less antisocial people begin to open their doors and windows to let some fresh air in, and it’s at this point when insects of all shapes and sizes take up the invitation to come indoors, and seemingly create havoc. After all, there are not many people who’d want to share their sandwiches with a big fly, or their shower with a big eight-legged furry friend!

Getting Personal realise how bugging and scary it can be for some to have to confront insect intruders, let alone remove them from the house; so we have an ingenious and humane solution to the problem. Our Spider Catcher is a fabulous and unusual gift idea for all who are bugged by bugs, suffer from arachnophobia, or would simply like a more friendly approach to relocating natures adventurous. In fact, as far as useful gifts for her go, the Spider Catcher is sure to be an unlikely hit.

Alternatively our Spider catcher might come in more useful for the many men out there who are secretly creeped-out by creepy crawlies, or who rather fancy themselves rescuing a fair damsel in distress.

Despite being named after its most pursued pest, the Spider Catcher contraption is a great and humane way to get rid of flies, wasps or any other unwanted insects. Seriously easy to use and requiring no chemicals or batteries, the handle is simply squeezed to open the stick like tentacles, placed over the insect intruder and then carried outside to release back into the wild all at arms length!

The Spider Catcher is available from GettingPersonal.co.uk for only 9.74. This and many other unusual gifts for her can be delivered free-of-charge when more than 30 is spent in one transaction. Items are usually dispatched within 24-hours.

GettingPersonal.co.uk also have a fantastic, extensive range of gifts for her that include personalised gifts, engraved gifts, gardening gifts and experience days
 

If you are looking for a distinctive Personalised or Unusual Gifts for Her then take a look at our exclusive range of gifts for women – all selected to be perfect for the woman who thought she had everything.For further information, please visit our website at http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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The Elite Dating Services

The elite dating service website SugarBaby4U.com, which offers affluent men and beautiful women the opportunity to meet and socialize online, is now offering two new features that will enhance this unique dating community even more. SugarBaby4U.com is rolling out customized IM and chatroom features that now allow members to hear and see each other online.

The SugarBaby4U customized Instant Messenger application now offers members the ability to not only text chat with one another, but it also has integrated audio and video capability so that a sugar baby and a sugar daddy can talk one-on-one just as they would in real life. This feature lets members cut down on wasted dating time by talking with potential dates before meeting up so that they can test whether or not there’s a spark there.

For members who are a bit shy but still want to see and hear other members, SugarBaby4U also now offers a community chat room with integrated audio and video as well. Now, users can enter a chatroom just like they would enter a lounge or club, and simply socialize with other community members in a fun and comfortable environment. Members can really step up and show off their personality for everyone to see, or they can sit back and watch – all from the comfort of home.

“I’ve seen people try other sugar-daddy websites and get frustrated because it’s so hard to know whether you’ll hit it off with the person you’re texting once you meet,” said D.L. Golan, co-founder of SugarBaby4U.com.

“With the new audio and video features on the IM and chatroom, people feel like they’re standing in front of the person talking. You’ll know that you share a connection with the person long before you get together – it’s a powerful addition to the site and we’re proud to be the first and only sugar-daddy dating site that offers it.”

Dating website customers often complain about how hard it is to meet a decent date (or potential partner) on dating sites. Since its inception, SugarBaby4U has been serving the unique dating niche of affluent men and beautiful women known as “sugar daddies” and “sugar babies.” The site offers members a freedom to enjoy a lifestyle that works for them in a safe and comfortable environment, where other members are seeking out the same sort of dating relationship. The site has been wildly successful and the membership of single wealthy men and stunningly beautiful women continues to grow.

These new SugarBaby4U features are still available free of charge to all members once they sign up, and they can start using the chat room and IM tools immediately. The website offers a simple sign up form and easy profile screens to provide the community with characteristics and interests, and the search feature immediately turns up long listings of surprisingly beautiful women, or the many affluent men who would like to pamper them.
D.L. Golan, Co-founder
dgolan@sugarbaby4u.com
800-336-1004
SugarBaby4U, Inc
http://www.sugarbaby4u.com

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Integrated labels, integrated cards patch applicator & cutter

All Tamarack, Hunkler & Dimuken patch applicator models are designed to meet commercial demands for integral labels, reinforced self sealing cards and window style stickers within the form itself, for today’s market of continuous forms or laser sheets.
These applicators apply a patch of label backing paper (which has a film of double sided adhesive) to the back of the form which then can be die or kiss cut, to create integrated peel out labels.
A patch of clear self adhesive laminate can also be applied to the front of the document to produce an integral peel off reinforced card. This can be used to produce membership cards or loyalty cards and other similar products.
A patch applicator is a knife cylinder which cuts a specific patch of backing paper against a vacuum cylinder, then transfers the cut patch into the paper register. It is used in the production of labels or laminate film for cards. Whilst applied to the form, the patch is fed into the applicator which completes the job by kiss cutting the peel off section.
This type of production allows a form, with its integrated peel out section, to be printed in a single pass. This eliminates some of the time, as well as the cost, required to produce labels and integrated cards separately and then having to affix them to the carrier form. This is an ideal solution for security data, for example. Both the form and peel out product cannot become mixed up in production, and it is quick to set up and operate with negligible wastage. This process is ideal for short, medium and long run jobs.

Typical Specification patch applicator
• Built in delivery table
• Film is cut by rotary cutting cylinder fitted with a replaceable cutting knife
• Laminated film length adjusted by size gears
• Changeable cassettes for different lengths
• Torque limiter system
• Powder brake system to control feed tension

Typical Specification Patch cutter
• Can be connected to a patch applicator to run in tandem with each other
• Web feed sensor auto start in tandem with other finishing machines
• Flexible anvil cutter dies
• Accurate control of cutting depth by either a magnetic or hardened steel rotary cutting cylinder.
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A leading UK supplier of stock integrated labels, bespoke integrated labels or printed integrated labels, recycled integrated labels and integrated cards.For further information, please visit http://www.cheap-integratedlabels.co.uk

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Wren Adds Access Control to Full Line of Security Offerings

Wren, a provider of enterprise video management solutions since 1983, today announced that it will offer IP access control solutions alongside its already extensive offering of network video and security software offerings. The capstone of the access control solution, Wren Access Control Software, is an intuitive, web-based application that integrates seamlessly on the IT network and enables easy access and control of the entire system. This software is coupled with top-of-the-line hardware from leading manufacturers including HID® and Assa Abloy.

 
New Solution Provides Enterprise Security Management Capabilities
 
Wren access control solutions provide enterprise security management capabilities, enabling remote management of entrances and exits with the click of a mouse. Because all IP solutions share key fundamentals and IT professionals are accustomed to running equipment on the network, Wren’s IP solutions enable in-house troubleshooting and maintenance. This results in a great cost savings over the life of the equipment. IP solutions also accommodate existing infrastructure, allowing organizations to take full advantage of previous investments in older equipment.
 
Already entrenched in markets such as education and retail with a wide range of network video solutions, Wren now brings turnkey IP access control solutions to these markets. "Our customers were clamoring for a single-source provider of video and access control solutions," said Andrew Wren, president of Wren. "They can now access turnkey solutions including software, hardware, installation, support and training." 
 
Wren is quickly expanding its line of software products to provide enterprise-level security management. The launch of Wren’s Access Control Software comes only a month after the launch of Encapsulon Assessment for Schools, a tool that helps schools comprehensively assess security and safety risks.
 
Wren’s Research Finds Education Market Needs Better Electronic Access Control Systems
 
A survey conducted by Wren in August 2008 indicated that schools have key security gaps involving access control. Electronic access control systems are not being used in the majority of schools that participated in the survey and only 28 percent of responding schools felt “extremely confident” in their ability to ensure perimeter doors would securely lock in case of an emergency lock down. The complete report on Wren School Security Survey: Access Control is available on the Wren website.
 
To learn more about Wren’s access control solutions, please contact Wren at 1-800-881-2249 or visit our website at www.wrensolutions.com.
 
About Wren
Wren specializes in physical security technologies and services for retail, education, hospitality, healthcare and government facilities. The company’s solutions, including enterprise-class video management software, access control systems, security assessments,  surveillance cameras and hardware, and professional services, enable organizations to protect people, assets and facilities, while empowering them with operational insights for better performance. Established in 1983 and headquartered in Jefferson City, MO, Wren is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO), and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Visit us at our website www.wrensolutions.com.
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Northwest Regional Education Service District Upgrades Employee Safety Offerings for its Members

 

Northwest Regional Education Service District Upgrades Employee Safety Offerings for its Members
Switch to ‘EmployeeSafe Suite’ system creates better documentation and more effective training for districts, while utilizing less employee time
Cincinnati, OH – July 21, 2009 – As the Northwest Regional Education Service District’s (NWRESD) need for more efficient and cost-effective safety training grows, it has taken a major step in providing member districts with new online safety training and management that will save both time and money. After considering several other online training providers, NWRESD has partnered with PublicSchoolWORKS (PSW), a provider of automated web-based safety programs that help facilitate timely administration of safety training, compliance with various state and federal requirements for things like drills and inspections, and accident management for school personnel via PSW’s web-based management systems EmployeeSafe Suite.
 
“The districts we work with were using programs that weren’t saving them time or providing the types of reporting that were effective,” said Scott Cummins, Application Specialist for NWRESD.
“After reviewing several programs on the market, I found that PSW’s Staff Training module, which is part of their EmployeeSafe Suite, had the ability to provide us with exactly the type of training that we needed while cutting back on the time required by administrators to manage recurring safety training, as well as, effectively manage the training of new staff.”
 
NWRESD works with more than 20 school districts in the northwest counties of Oregon and will begin implementing the EmployeeSafe Suite’s Staff Training module into 12 of the districts that serve more than 5,000 employees. “We were looking for a viable training option that could replace our previous programs; a single program that would be less expensive yet actually get the tasks done that we needed to take place,” continued Cummins. “I think we have found that solution with PSW.”
 
“We are pleased to support the NWRESD with their safety training needs. The EmployeeSafe Suite’s Staff Training System will make much better use of the administrators’ time by automating the management and communication to staff of required safety training and automatically generating and sending reports to key administrators letting them know who of their staff has not completed their training. This system serves as the backbone of the entire safety program, leaving administrators free to focus on the business of education,” said Tom Strasburger, Vice President of PublicSchoolWORKS.
 
EmployeeSafe, the only comprehensive, fully-automated risk management system available for schools, addresses the training requirements of schools to ensure compliance with Child Abuse Prevention, Cyberbullying, Bloodborne Pathogens, Sexual Harassment, and FERPA privacy issues, just to name a few. Employees are required to acknowledge their review of the information in order to ensure that workers are aware of important resources and to reduce the district’s liability. The PSW system also automates the process of tracking, managing and documenting of compliance task management (non-training), staff accident reporting requirements, and other safety requirements while virtually eliminating the time and effort formally required by administrators to meet those requirements.
 
All activities within the EmployeeSafe Suite are managed automatically with e-mail notifications when an action such as training needs to take place. Supervisors are notified when staff is not in compliance. System users receive 24/7 technical and training compliance support via telephone helplines to ensure staff questions are immediately addressed while eliminating the support burden typically required of school administrators to support technology.
 
“After I looked at the sensitive and compulsory issues, both on a State and Federal level, that the EmployeeSafe Suite system covered, I worked with Britta Bowles and Tom Strasburger to set up a webinar to explain in greater detail to our districts what this program could do for their training programs. After further discussion about the product, six more districts joined right away and are beginning to prepare their management program for staff so they can implement it in its entirety by mid-August,” said Cummins.
 
About Northwest Regional Education Service District
NWRESD is a leader in providing special education, instructional services and technology support to the 20 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties.
NWRESD works in partnership with component districts and the Oregon Department of Education to provide innovative and cost-effective programs and services that meet their needs and priorities. www.nwresd.k12.or.us
 
About PublicSchoolWORKS
Since its founding in 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS has been committed to providing top-quality, practical and cost-effective solutions to the constantly changing environmental, health and safety requirements affecting the nation’s educational systems. The company has gained an exemplary reputation for the innovation and technical superiority of its comprehensive and integrated safety and compliance management systems, which combine administrative software tools and resources to dramatically reduce the time and cost required to develop, implement, and sustain safety compliance programs. For more information visit us on the web at www.publicschoolworks.com
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Web site recreates Apollo 11 mission in real time

WeChooseTheMoon.org is a new web site from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum that aims to inspire members of the Internet Generation 40 years after the first lunar landing. The web site launched on July 16, recreating the Apollo 11 mission online in real time on the 40th anniversary of this historic event. The site tracked the capsule’s route from the Earth to the moon, ending with the July 20 moon landing and Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk—in real time, but 40 years later. Site visitors had the opportunity to follow the mission through live Twitter feeds and site updates last week, but students and educators can take part in the archived experience any time, at their own pace. Internet visitors can see animated recreations of key events from the four-day mission, including when Apollo 11 first orbits the moon and when the lunar module separates from the command module, as well as browse video clips and photos and hear the radio transmission between the astronauts and NASA flight controllers. The site also connects the mission back to Kennedy, who first set the goal to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade during a May 25, 1961, speech before Congress. http://wechoosethemoon.org

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