Find a Class for Personal Enrichment or Career Advancement: Courseopedia.com Launches in California




HAYWARD, CA – Whether you’re looking for a class in French, Java programming, cosmetology, photography, taekwondo or an esoteric interest like Islamic art, a new search engine called Courseopedia.com makes quick work of finding everything that’s offered in your local area. The site is launching with listings for California schools and will gradually expand to create a nationwide source of information on personal enrichment, vocational and career advancement courses – including those offered by private instructors.

 

Courseopedia is designed to eliminate tedious searches through multiple online college catalogs, alert adult learners to local colleges and private educational resources they might otherwise not know about, and provide a central location for browsing and discovering classes of interest.

 

Simply go to www.courseopedia.com, enter the kind of class you want or select from an extensive dropdown menu of course categories, and plug in your zip code to get a list of courses that match your needs. The site also offers a “Comments” feature that enables users to give their opinion on courses they have taken as well as programs and schools they have attended, providing feedback for others who may be exploring their options.

 

Courseopedia currently lists 30,000 courses from 17 California city and community colleges, including College of the Sequoias, American River College, Barstow Community College, Citrus College, College of Marin, College of the Canyons, , Cosumnes River College, Cuesta College, Folsom Lake College, Foothill College, Gavilan College, Imperial Valley College, Lake Tahoe Community College. Long Beach City College, Monterey Peninsula College, Sacramento City College and Taft College. Nearly 70 more California schools will be added by mid-summer.

 

“Trying to find continuing education classes is time-consuming and frustrating. The information is scattered in many different catalogs and websites,” said Abdullah Yahya, who founded Courseopedia with partners Jawad Ahmad and Haseeb Qawam after facing the problem himself. “We are building Courseopedia to be the Monster.com of college course listings: the definitive, easily searchable source of class information for lifelong learners.”

 

Courseopedia features include:

 

·       Courses – Filter course searches in 10 master categories; narrow down the search further with subcategories, geographical preferences and advanced search options.

 

·       Programs – Find descriptions, pricing information, locations, direct links and contact info for specific programs.

 

·       Schools – Browse course and program offerings by school and easily compare school information such as estimated expenses, accreditation status and admissions requirements.

 

·       Careers – Explore career information such as required training, job outlooks, earnings expectations and related careers for more than 300 occupations.

 

·       Comments – Provide and retrieve personal evaluations of courses, programs and schools.

 

About Courseopedia.com

Courseopedia.com is a central source of information on continuing education courses and other college classes enabling users to search for courses by class, school or career. The site speeds and simplifies course searches by aggregating multiple college and private educational course listings in a centralized database. It also offers a valuable new outlet for educational institutions to publicize their offerings. More information is available at www.courseopedia.com.

 

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Ahlia University Selects SunGard Higher Education to Help Create a Unified Digital Campus

MALVERN, Pa. – July 20, 2009 – Ahlia University, Bahrain’s first private university, is poised to create the country’s first Unified Digital Campus with the help of SunGard Higher Education, a global provider of software solutions for higher education institutions. The solution, PowerCAMPUS Unified Digital Campus (UDC), will help Ahlia University achieve new benchmarks for quality assurance assessment in Bahrain by providing resources for teaching and learning.

Professor Abdulla Al-Hawaj, President, Ahlia University, said, “As a fast-growing institution with ambitious goals, Ahlia University is always keen to benchmark its processes against regional and global best practices in higher education. We are seeking to dynamically embrace ways that will help us improve and sustain the best possible educational quality learning outcomes for our students. PowerCAMPUS UDC will help provide an environment that will move us closer to our vision of becoming a major centre of academic excellence.”

SunGard Higher Education’s PowerCAMPUS UDC helps small to mid-sized institutions, and the people they serve, find better ways to teach, learn, manage and connect. Institutions around the world are using the PowerCAMPUS UDC to help realize strategic goals for growth and improvement. The PowerCAMPUS UDC helps institutions respond effectively to expectations around improved accountability, performance and productivity. By automating administrative tasks for recruitment, admissions, retention, financial services, academic records and human resources, as well as creating self-service capabilities for a collaborative community, the PowerCAMPUS UDC helps institutions deliver on their learning and service obligations to students. The PowerCAMPUS UDC is built on Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint and SQL-Server and integrated with other Microsoft applications such as Dynamics GP.

“Mobility and connectivity are important to today’s students, they want to be connected to each other and their faculty without being in the same room; they want to know that the quality of their academic programs are recognized regionally and globally; likewise, college staff want to be able to offer quality administrative services with less time and physical presence,” said Mathew Boice, general manager, EMEA, SunGard Higher Education. “By selecting the PowerCAMPUS UDC, Ahlia University has taken a step toward creating a connected and mobile learning environment. We are pleased to be playing a role in supporting the University’s progression toward regional leadership in quality standards and accreditation.”

As part of its commitment to the development of Bahrain’s higher education, Ahlia University teamed with SunGard Higher Education in February 2009 to organize the Bahrain Higher Education Executive Meeting. The event attracted more than 75 academics, educators and top government officials from Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority (QAA) and Ministry of Higher Education. Quality reforms, accreditation and performance management, in Bahrain’s higher education, were among the important topics discussed.

About Ahlia University

Ahlia University, the first private University licensed by the Kingdom of Bahrain, is currently composed of six colleges – the College of Arts, Science and Education, the College of Business and Finance, the College of Information Technology, and the College of Medical and Health Sciences, the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the College of Engineering. The University offers programmes of study at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels.

Ahlia University has strong affiliation ties with a number of highly reputed and distinguished institutions in North America, Europe and Asia including Brunel University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Waseda University and Georgia State University.

All the professional programmes offered by AU are affiliated with and have been validated by highly reputable and distinguished leading university in the UK and USA. AU programmes are also recognized by The Ministries of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait and Sultanate of Oman. They are also accredited by Brunel University and are certified to be “in accordance with Brunel quality assurance regulations and the British Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education”

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The Cool Web Experience of Your Former Desktop Client – New Axigen WebMail, Ajax Powered

Bucharest, Romania, July 20th, 2009. AXIGEN, (http://www.axigen.com), the professional messaging solution vendor, announces today the beta release of a new version of its messaging solution featuring an innovative user-centric WebMail interface. Based on the AJAX technology, the new interface has been completely revamped to provide users with a desktop-like experience.

The new WebMail Interface features an overall optimized look-and-feel.  Keyboard navigation and shortcuts, drag-and-drop, live email list view, frequent folders, all the new  intuitive features of version 7.2 are designed to render email related tasks effective and pain-free, by allowing users to rely on shortcuts and time saving tricks they have already learned while using classic desktop email clients such as Outlook or Thunderbird.

The innovative WebMail technology brings multiple, customizable advertising capabilities, also introducing white branding options. Third party applications such as portals or community-related tools are granted extended live access to mailbox information – unread emails, upcoming events or tasks, total number of messages and much more. 

“This is only the first public appearance of AXIGEN’s new WebMail technology which revolves around improving the overall user experience when accessing web-based email communication tools, with a powerful range of innovative additions already planned for future WebMail Interface versions. We invite you to test AXIGEN 7.2 and share your thoughts and comments on making it more effective, intuitive and user friendly”, said Oana Bornaz, AXIGEN CEO.

To test the new AXIGEN 7.2 version Beta now, please visit: http://www.axigen.com/beta-testing/

About AXIGEN and Gecad Technologies
Established in 2001, Gecad Technologies SA, member of the GECAD Group, is the vendor of AXIGEN, a messaging solution for professionals that ensures an efficient and secure worldwide communication environment and business growth for both service providers and companies of all sizes. Currently, AXIGEN is distributed internationally by over 200 partners from 80 countries and manages email traffic for more than 11,000 companies with 6 million end-users.

Our team of seasoned professionals, with 15 years of experience in messaging and IT security delivers cutting-edge products, by developing an innovative carrier-class technology based on proprietary architectures such as AXIGEN GrowSecure™, AXIGEN SmartProcessing™ and AXIGEN UltraStorage™.
Find out more at: www.axigen.com

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Trying to learn how learning works

Is our children learning? Bad grammar, but still a good question. Long before President George W. Bush posed his ungrammatical query on the 2000 campaign trail, debate simmered over school testing, vouchers and teaching. And just like in a lot of modern debates, scientists have quietly tackled the underlying questions, offering up new tools, new approaches and even a new discipline, while the political folks argue away, USA Today reports. "New insights from many different fields are converging to create a new science of learning that may transform educational practices," begins a report led by Andrew Meltzoff of the University of Washington in Seattle. The review in the current Science magazine makes the case for psychologists, neuroscientists, roboticists and teachers combining to quietly create a new field that combines everything from how brains grow to how classrooms work into a new kind of learning research. For example, a companion study in the current Science by John Gabrieli of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, illustrates how neuroscience and education researchers have teamed up to tackle dyslexia, a difficulty with reading and vocabulary that afflicts 5% to 17% of children.

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Editorial: Different animals

In the July issue of eSchool News, we published the text of the final speech given by Craig Barrett as chairman of Intel Corp. In his speech, Barrett–who retired as Intel’s chairman in May–offered five suggestions for improving American education. And while I agree wholeheartedly with his first four suggestions–good teachers, high expectations, pay for performance, and real student incentives–I think he’s dead wrong on the fifth.

Don’t get me wrong; I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Barrett and what he’s accomplished as chairman of Intel. His business savvy speaks for itself, and for many years he’s been a leading voice in the call for education reform. When he says U.S. schools need to change to keep America globally competitive with the rest of the world, I believe him. But when he says this change will only come from more competition to the American public school system–a belief shared by many in the school-reform movement, including our own Education Secretary–I strongly disagree.

Dr. Barrett, and most others with a background in the private sector, make a fundamental mistake in assuming what’s good for business will work in public education, too. It’s neither an apt, nor a fair, comparison.

I’d like to see Intel try to compete head to head with other companies using not the best and brightest intellectual capital it can recruit from all over the world, but only those citizens who live within its immediate geographic area–all of them, with no exceptions, including those who aren’t motivated to work hard, and those with developmental disabilities, and those whose first focus isn’t how to calculate the area of a circle but whether they’ve had enough to eat that day or how they’re going to survive.

Maybe that would work OK in wealthy Silicone Valley, but would Intel be a success if it operated by these rules in urban Los Angeles instead? Or would the quality of its “products” suffer when viewed against the competition?

And what if Intel were confined to a budget that consisted of a rigid state formula, supplemented by local property tax revenues and some funding–insufficient to meet its needs–from the federal government for each poor or disabled worker? Would the company be able to distinguish itself from the competition in that case? Probably, if it were located in Santa Clara, California … and probably not if it were forced to operate in the outskirts of L.A, or much of rural America.

Competition works in the private sector because business leaders have the freedom to choose their own products and resources, and their budgets aren’t restricted by their ZIP code. But our public schools are vastly different organizations. They’re democratic institutions that must take all comers, however ready these participants are to learn or perform. They’re judged by test scores and a host of other measures that are only partly under their control. And when they “fail,” according to these measures, we encourage their stakeholders to abandon them in favor of other schools perceived as better–a move that only perpetuates the cycle of failure for the original institution.

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American education reform: Stranded on islands of excellence

(Editor’s note: What follows is the edited text of a speech given at an Arizona charter schools event on May 17 by Craig Barrett, who retired as chairman of Intel Corp. three days later.)

This will be my last speech as chairman of Intel, and I want to do three things tonight: (1) put education into the international context; (2) look at data and see if we are making progress; and (3) offer five suggestions to honestly improve American education.

At the outset, let’s contrast U.S. college education with U.S. K-12 education. America has a bi-modal system–we are generally regarded as having the best university system in the world, and we are generally regarded as having one of the poorer K-12 education systems in the world.

How do we explain this dichotomy? It’s simple: The university system competes–for faculty, for students, for research contracts, for everything. In K-12, there is no competition, for anything.
The difference in outcomes between those two approaches: simply dramatic.

I discovered a long time ago that the ultimate source of knowledge is Chinese fortune cookies, and my favorite one says, “If you want to win, you have to choose to compete.”

You all know the huge transformation the world has seen in the last decade or so. India, China, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America have all entered the global free market economic system. In rough terms, 3 billion new capitalists came into the world’s free market economy in a span of about 10 years.

To compete and win in this now much more intensely competitive world, there are only three levers a country can pull to improve its position: smart people, smart ideas, and smart governmental policies.

Smart people. Every economic correlation you see–per capita income, gross domestic product, whatever you look at–is in direct proportion to the education of a nation’s citizens. If you don’t have a well-educated population, you cannot add value to what you do, and you cannot be globally competitive. Your economy will decline. Period.

Smart ideas. That’s a short way of saying you must invest in research and development. You must invest in innovation. You must invest in creativity. If you are going to add value to what you do for a living, you need to invest capital to add that value.

Smart policies. What is the right environment to invest in innovation? It includes important things like intellectual property protection, attractive corporate tax rates, a trustworthy judicial system, and a minimum of government bureaucracy.

Smart policies will accelerate new venture creation. They let smart people get together with smart ideas to do something wonderful, to start great new corporations, to add value to what they do, build the economy, build the wealth, build the gross domestic product, build the per capita income. This is what everybody in the world is striving to do today.

I travel to about 30 countries a year, talking to business leaders, government leaders, and education leaders–and everybody is talking about the same thing: how to stimulate growth … with the exception of one country.

You got it–America! We are talking about many other things, but not how to improve the standard of living for future generations.

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Report: University was overcharged for IT work

Four employees of a consulting firm billed more than $200,000 apiece in five months for work on a University of Wisconsin System information technology project, according to a review by The Associated Press (AP), fueling criticism of the university’s spending on a revamped payroll system.

Another 10 employees of Chicago-based Huron Consulting Group reportedly charged at least $100,000 during that time for services on the project, which is behind schedule and over its planning budget.

A review of invoices filed from January through May found all but three of 24 Huron employees who have worked on the project are charging $192 per hour or more, AP said, with top managers billing $342 per hour. One Huron official reportedly has billed $4,100, for 12 hours of work.

A past president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals said he and other IT workers with whom he spoke this week were "just shocked" at how much the firm is billing and said $150 to $175 per hour would be common for such work.

"I think the whole contract is a bad deal for Wisconsin taxpayers," said Larry Schmitz, a Menasha consultant who has worked in the industry for 35 years and helped install payroll systems for the U.S. Postal Service and several state governments. "It’s an open-ended commitment by the university to continue to pay Huron Consulting until Huron Consulting decides when they are done."

Huron’s rates are comparable, but somewhat higher, than what employees of consulting company Accenture charged the State Elections Board for developing a statewide voter database, according to AP. But Accenture’s payments were capped at $14 million through 2010, the wire service reported, while Huron’s contract does not set a ceiling or a cutoff date.

The rates are also much more than the state allows experts in PeopleSoft, the software being used, to charge for routine projects. The maximum payment for those projects is $190 per hour, while analysts make between $100 and $155 per hour.

UW System spokesman David Giroux said the project’s complexity justifies the higher rates. He said Huron was selected after a competitive bidding process.

"We’re talking about a massive undertaking and the kind of project where there are a very small number of companies in the nation that have the skill and expertise to do this," he said.

A Huron spokeswoman turned down several requests for comment on the project, which comes as spending on consultants is under intense scrutiny amid state budget problems.

UW employees with whom the consultants are working had a 2 percent raise taken away last month and will be furloughed for eight days this year. Meanwhile, the consultants’ rates are guaranteed to rise by 3 to 7 percent in January under their contract, AP reported.

"These contractor salaries are a slap in the face to public employees and all the sacrifices they are making," said Bryan Kennedy, president of AFT-Wisconsin, which is trying to organize UW System faculty and academic staff.

Huron is providing management support to UW employees trying to install a new system to track human resources  information for its 60,000 employees. It’s a complicated project designed to consolidate dozens of disparate payroll programs into one.

The company’s rates, negotiated with UW officials before the contract was signed in January, do not represent an employee’s pay. They include costs for the employee’s salary and benefits, plus a markup.

The Huron employee who has worked the most hours on the project, at $272 per hour, has billed for $231,000 in fees and expenses through May, AP said.

Huron agreed to reduce rates by 5 percent when any employee reaches seven months on the project and to provide two analysts for four weeks without charge.

UW System President Kevin Reilly has said the current payroll system, in place since 1975, is increasingly unreliable. Its replacement will keep better data, give employees access to payroll information, and improve security for sensitive personal information, he told lawmakers last month.

A first attempt to replace the program failed in 2006 at a cost of $28.4 million.

Planning costs for the latest project have increased to $12 million, AP reported, or $4 million more than initially expected. A timeline and budget for implementation have not been released but are expected to be proposed to the Board of Regents in September. Neither Giroux nor the contract say how long Huron would be involved with the project.

Weekly status reports filed by the company blame a lack of UW staff for delays. UW System project director Lorie Docken said vacancies and reassigning enough employees has been a challenge but the "very complex, high-risk" project remained on track.

The Legislature last month included several provisions in the budget to cut the use of consultants by state agencies, but Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed them. Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, said she would revive the provisions in a separate bill.

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University of Wisconsin

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CleanEdison Partners with Community Colleges Nationwide to Provide the Building Performance Institute’s (BPI) Energy Audit Training

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 16, 2009 — CleanEdison, a leading national green building consulting and education provider, announced today that it is teaming with Community Colleges nationwide to instruct individuals in Energy Audit Training (http://www.cleanedison.com/BPI-Building-Analyst-Training/building-analyst-training.html) with a BPI Certification, enabling individuals to join the growing green energy sector. While the federal unemployment rate nears 10%, jobs in the green economy are booming nationally. A recent PEW report estimates the federal government’s stimulus package has invested "more than $6 billion for state and local efforts to achieve energy efficiency, $5 billion for weatherization of low-income homes, and $500 million for job training to help workers participate in the clean energy economy."
Through its partnerships with Community Colleges nationwide, such as Phoenix College in Arizona, and Everett Community College in Washington, CleanEdison has positioned itself to become the nation’s largest provider of BPI Building Analyst Training (http://www.cleanedison.com/BPI-Building-Analyst-Training/building-analyst-training.html) and BPI Certification (http://www.cleanedison.com/BPI-Certification/bpi-course-listing.html). With successful completion of CleanEdison’s intensive five-day course, students are prepared to enter the new green economy and fill the available jobs which are helping Americans to become more energy efficient.
"We are thrilled to be offering such impactful training through our partnership with CleanEdison," said Ruth M. Romano Ed.D, Director of Workforce Development at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. "Green industry jobs will play a critical role in our nation’s economic recovery, so we are looking forward to providing students with the necessary tools that will enable them to take advantage of the available opportunities."
In addition to job training, CleanEdison’s BPI Building Analyst (http://www.cleanedison.com/BPI-Certification/bpi-course-listing.html) courses help communities nationwide save money and lower their environmental impact. According to BPI, residential homes account for 20% of America’s carbon footprint, and therefore present a significant opportunity to lower energy usage. While many states and localities have already mandated energy efficient standards, the United States Congress is set to ratify the Save American Energy Act (H.R. 899) that would require distribution utilities nationwide to demonstrate 15% electricity savings and 10% natural gas savings by 2020.
The energy saved through the proposed federal energy efficiency standards could power almost 48 million households in 2020, accounting for about 36% of the households in the United States. Moreover, this level of energy conservation will save Americans almost $170 billion, create over 220,000 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 262 million metric tons while eliminating the need to build 390 power plants.
To learn about all of the training opportunities available, visit http://www.cleanedison.com/.
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CleanEdison is a highly effective, award-winning and competitively priced provider of green education services and sustainability consulting and helps industry professionals obtain necessary skills and accreditation, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Building Performance Institute (BPI). CleanEdison offers LEED exam preparation courses, energy audit and solar training and sustainability consulting nationwide. CleanEdison is committed to education and training and offers comprehensive resources to its students, including detailed study guides, online practice exams and help desk access. Completion of CleanEdison courses and training satisfies Continuing Education Credit (CEU) requirements for major industry associations, including AIA, BOMA and USGBC. To learn more about CleanEdison and to sign up for courses, visit http://www.cleanedison.com/.

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