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News Article | November 22, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), has named it’s picks for the top Trade & Vocational Training Programs at colleges in Texas for 2016-2017. A total of 62 schools were chosen for displaying excellence in career training in the state, with Midland College, University of Texas at Brownsville (now Rio Grande Valley), LeTourneau University, Tarleton State University and Brazosport College scoring highest among four-year schools and El Paso Community College, Lee College, Texas State Technical College Waco, Houston Community College and Grayson College scoring highest among two-year schools. “Job projections through 2024 show trade industries growing at some of the fastest rates in the country,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “The best trade and vocational programs in Texas are found at both two- and four-year schools, and are noted on our list for their dedication to student success both inside the classroom and after graduation.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools analyzes more than a dozen unique data points to determine their “Best of” rankings. Colleges and universities must be regionally accredited and hold public or private not-for-profit status to qualify. For the Best Trade & Vocational Programs list, schools must also offer career counseling and placement services to students. To determine top programs, each qualifying school is scored and ranked based on statistics most important to student success, such as student-teacher ratios, program variety and graduation rates. Complete rankings of the Best Vocational & Trade School Programs in Texas can be found at the link below, along with more information on the data and methodology used to determine school scores: Alvin Community College Amarillo College Angelina College Brookhaven College Cedar Valley College Central Texas College Coastal Bend College College of the Mainland Collin College Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health Del Mar College Eastfield College El Centro College El Paso Community College Frank Phillips College Galveston College Grayson College Hill College Houston Community College Howard College Kilgore College Lamar Institute of Technology Lamar State College-Orange Lamar State College - Port Arthur Laredo Community College Lee College Lone Star College Mountain View College Navarro College North Central Texas College North Lake College Northeast Texas Community College Northwest Vista College Odessa College Palo Alto College Panola College Ranger College Remington College - Fort Worth Campus Remington College - Houston Campus Remington College - Houston Southeast Campus Remington College - North Houston Campus Richland College San Antonio College San Jacinto College South Plains College Southwest Texas Junior College St. Philip's College Tarrant County College District Temple College Texarkana College Texas State Technical College - West Texas Texas State Technical College - Harlingen Texas State Technical College - Marshall Texas State Technical College - Waco Trinity Valley Community College Tyler Junior College Vernon College Weatherford College Western Texas College Brazosport College LeTourneau University Midland College Parker University Remington College - Dallas Campus Schreiner University South Texas College Sul Ross State University Tarleton State University The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Brownsville (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | November 3, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), a leading online higher education resource site, has released its list of the nation’s Best Paramedic Programs. Comparing data from both online and on-campus programs at two- and four-year schools, top scores went to Colorado Mountain College, Florida Gateway College, Santa Fe College, Midland College and College of Central Florida for four-year schools; Northland Pioneer College, Eastern New Mexico University Roswell, North Arkansas College, Arkansas State University Beebe and Galveston College for two-year schools for 2016-2017. “The U.S. Department of Labor shows the job outlook for paramedics is extremely favorable over the next decade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “The schools on this list are raising the bar when it comes to Paramedic education, providing the best combination of affordability and quality to their students.” To qualify for the Best Paramedic Program list, the Community for Accredited Online Schools requires schools to meet specific baseline requirements. All institutions are required to be accredited public or private not-for-profit entities. Each must also offer students career placement assistance or services post-graduation. More than a dozen different school-specific metrics, from graduation rates to student-teacher ratios, are weighed against one another to determine individual school scores and placement on rankings. The full list of colleges included on the Best Paramedic Programs list is included below. Find more details on the methodology used to score each school, as well as specific scores at: Arizona Western College Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Beebe Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Athens Technical College Belmont College Black River Technical College Central Community College Central New Mexico Community College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Crowder College Del Mar College East Arkansas Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Estrella Mountain Community College Gadsden State Community College Galveston College Grayson College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Hill College Hillsborough Community College Hinds Community College Howard College Itawamba Community College Jefferson College Johnson County Community College Lakeshore Technical College Lenoir Community College Meridian Community College Mesa Community College Metropolitan Community College North Arkansas College North Florida Community College North Georgia Technical College Northeast Texas Community College Northern Maine Community College Northland Pioneer College Redlands Community College San Juan College Santa Fe Community College Sinclair College South Arkansas Community College Southeast Arkansas College Tallahassee Community College Trinidad State Junior College University of Arkansas Community Hope - Texarkana Wallace State Community College - Hanceville Western Iowa Tech Community College Western Nebraska Community College Arkansas Tech University Baker College of Clinton Township Baker College of Muskegon Bismarck State College Broward College Chipola College College of Central Florida College of Southern Nevada Colorado Mountain College Creighton University Daytona State College Dixie State University Drexel University Florida Gateway College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Goodwin College Great Basin College Idaho State University Jackson College Lake Michigan College Lewis-Clark State College Miami Dade College Midland College Missouri Southern State University Montana State University - Billings Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Palm Beach State College Pasco-Hernando State College Pensacola State College Polk State College Saint Josephs College Santa Fe College Seattle Community College - North Campus Seminole State College of Florida Shawnee State University Siena Heights University South Florida State College St. Petersburg College University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College University of Cincinnati - Clermont College University of New Haven University of Sioux Falls Utah Valley University Valencia College Vincennes University Weber State University Youngstown State University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | April 27, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

Certain brain circuits are responsible in regulating alcohol intake, a new research has revealed. Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill discovered brain regions and circuits that control an individual's attitude toward alcohol overindulgence. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism describes binge drinking as behavior that causes the blood alcohol concentration to reach 0.08 grams per deciliter (8 percent weight/volume) in just 2 hours. Similarly, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines binge drinking as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks on the same occasion on at least one day in the past 30 days. Problems due to alcohol misuse cost the U.S. government as much as $249 billion in 2010 alone, with 77 percent of the costs, or $191 billion, attributed to binge drinking. The World Health Organization (WHO) previously reported that in 2012, alcohol consumption accounted for 3.3 million deaths worldwide. Past studies have shown that the ventral tegmental area and extended amygdala regulate binge drinking. But recent findings show that these areas possess functional circuits linked by neurons that yield a corticotropin releasing factor (CRF), which when inhibited confer protection from binge drinking. The ventral tegmental area is responsible for reward regulation of natural reinforcers, which include food, and it also responds to the habit-forming properties of alcohol and other psychoactive substances. On the other hand, the extended amygdala serves as the center for anxiety and stress. For their study, the team established that with the presence of a stressor, such as alcohol, CRF activation occurs in the extended amygdala that sends the information to the ventral tegmental area. This means that when an individual consumes alcohol, activated CRF neurons in the extended amygdala also sends signals to the ventral tegmental area. When this happens, the signal is interpreted as a reward system that encourages the individual to continue drinking, which eventually leads to binging. Todd Thiele from the UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences explained that the two brain regions known for stress and reward modulation are vital in the activation of CRF that, when altered, can cure binge drinking. Thiele hopes that their discovery would spawn more studies that would continue to identify other areas to explore so cure can be finally given to those who are prone to abuse alcohol. "If you can stop somebody from binge drinking, you might prevent them from ultimately becoming alcoholics," said Thiele. "We know that people who binge drink, especially in their teenage years, are much more likely to become alcoholic-dependent later in life." © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Valentine-Rose L.,Hill College | Rypel A.L.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | Layman C.A.,Florida International University
Bulletin of Marine Science | Year: 2011

Secondary production is a composite measure of an animal population's density, biomass, and growth over time. Thus, secondary production converts animal abundance and biomass data into a functional measure of energy flow through an ecosystem. In the present study, we used community secondary production as a composite measure of ecosystem functional response to anthropogenic disturbance, and applied this approach to examine effects of fragmentation on tidal creek ecosystems in The Bahamas. Community fish production decreased from a mean of 901 g m -2 yr -1 in unfragmented creeks to 166 g m -2 yr -1 in downstream areas of fragmented creeks to 29 g m -2 yr -1 upstream of creek blockages in fragmented creeks. When compared with several univariate measures (species richness, evenness, abundance, biomass), community composition (by ordination), and community distribution (via rank-curve analysis), community secondary production appeared to be the most consistent variable for distinguishing between three creek fragmentation categories. These data suggest that small, non-significant declines in diversity or other structural metrics can yield disproportionately large declines in ecosystem function. We suggest community secondary production can be an important component of future assessments of anthropogenic impacts, especially when alterations in diversity or community structure are small, but potentially have dramatic impacts on ecosystem function. © 2011 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami.

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