News Article | November 11, 2016
Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) recently joined with Front Range Community College (FRCC), OZ Architecture and FRCC students and staff to celebrate the grand opening of the LEED Silver Certified Mount Antero building, the main Welcome Center for the FRCC Larimer Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Along with 37,000-sf additions at the north and south wings of the existing building, AP also remodeled the center of the building and added a two-story atrium by opening up the roof. The Mount Antero building houses Human Resources, Administration, College Leadership, Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, Admission & Outreach, College Now, Advising, Career & Counseling, Student Success Center, Campus Security, Adjunct Faculty Touchdown Area, Online Learning, Learning Opportunity Center and the Cashier’s Office. The enhancement to this campus symbolizes the growth of the college and the redevelopment of the campus, while responding to the needs of the students and improving their success. Construction on these facilities were made on an active, occupied campus. Mount Antero was the fourth phase of a $28 million campus-wide construction and renovation project of adding classrooms, expanding student-oriented space, supporting the instructional needs of faculty and students and providing additional parking. AP has completed all four phases of this ongoing project and has touched multiple buildings including: Mount Antero, Blanca Peak, Maroon Peak, Little Bear Peak, Red Cloud Peak and the Southwest Parking Lot. Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is a U.S.-based, privately held builder that is consistently ranked among the top 50 construction managers and general contractors in the nation. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company delivers innovative and collaborative building solutions for clients across the country from its regional offices in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Founded in 1946, AP serves clients in the education, healthcare, commercial, municipal, multifamily, hospitality and senior living market sectors. For more information, visit http://www.a-p.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges and universities in Colorado for 2017. 20 four-year schools made the list, with University of Denver, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado—Colorado Springs and Colorado Colleges coming in with the highest scores. Of the 15 two-year schools that were also included, Aims Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College were the top five schools. A full list of schools is included below. “These schools have shown a commitment to preparing their students for success in college and beyond, with numbers to prove it,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “We measure data from each school, but also dig deeper into the success of alumni after college to find which colleges in Colorado truly are the best for students.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data points including the number of career and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, visit: Colorado’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Adams State University Colorado Christian University Colorado College Colorado Mesa University Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Global Campus Colorado State University-Pueblo Fort Lewis College Johnson & Wales University-Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Naropa University Regis University United States Air Force Academy University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western State Colorado University Colorado’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Aims Community College Arapahoe Community College Colorado Northwestern Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Morgan Community College Northeastern Junior College Otero Junior College Pickens Technical College Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Red Rocks Community College Trinidad State Junior College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | October 28, 2016
The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), a leading higher education information and resource provider, has named its Best HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Degree Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. Comparing both online and on-campus programs across the country, the site found Midland College, Bismarck State College, Ranken Technical College, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Northwestern Michigan College for four-year schools; Truckee Meadows Community College, Terra State Community College, Texas State Technical College Waco, Grayson College and Gadsden State Community College for two-year schools provided the best overall quality and value for students pursuing an HVAC degree. “According to labor statistics, the career outlook for educated HVAC technicians is bright,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “This list pinpoints which two- and four-year schools are offering high quality HVAC training and doing the most to help students maximize success after graduation.” To qualify for the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ Best HVAC Programs list, colleges must comply with several standard requirements. Each must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools must also provide career placement services to students to qualify. The site also weighs over a dozen unique data points on each school, including student-teacher ratios and financial aid availability to determine score and rank. For more details on data analysis and methodology used to determine the Best HVAC Programs in the nation, as well as a complete list of rankings visit: Two-year schools on the Best HVAC Programs list for 2016-2017: Antelope Valley College Belmont College Bevill State Community College Blackhawk Technical College Chippewa Valley Technical College Clark State Community College College of the Sequoias Columbus State Community College Dutchess Community College Edison State Community College Front Range Community College Gadsden State Community College Gateway Technical College Grayson College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Iowa Lakes Community College JF Drake State Community and Technical College Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kennebec Valley Community College Lamar Institute of Technology Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus Los Angeles Trade Technical College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Mercer County Community College Monroe Community College Moraine Park Technical College Mott Community College North Dakota State College of Science North Georgia Technical College Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Northwest State Community College Orange Coast College Owens Community College Ozarks Technical Community College Pickens Technical College Riverside City College Sacramento City College San Jose City College Sinclair College Southeastern Community College Southern Maine Community College Stark State College Tarrant County College District Terra State Community College Texas State Technical College - West Texas Texas State Technical College - Waco The Community College of Baltimore County Truckee Meadows Community College Vernon College Wallace Community College - Dothan Four-year schools on the Best HVAC Programs list for 2016-2017: Baker College of Clinton Township Bismarck State College Dunwoody College of Technology Ferris State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Indian River State College Liberty University Miami Dade College Midland College New England Institute of Technology Northern Michigan University Northwestern Michigan College Pennsylvania College of Technology Ranken Technical College SUNY College of Technology at Canton University of Massachusetts - Lowell 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 | February 23, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs in the state of Colorado. Among the schools that were ranked, 16 four-year colleges made the list, with University of Denver, Colorado State University Fort Collins, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado Denver coming in as the top five schools. The state’s top 13 two-year schools were also ranked, with Trinidad State Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Aims Community College, Otero Junior College and Colorado Northwestern Community College taking the top five spots. “Colorado’s schools are becoming increasingly attuned to the needs of nontraditional students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The accredited schools on our list accommodate all kinds of schedules with their online programs so that busy students can finish their degrees and receive a top-quality learning experience.” Schools on the “Best” list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on more than a dozen additional data points, including student to teacher ratios, graduation rates and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Colorado’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Adams State University Colorado Christian University Colorado Mesa University Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Global Campus Colorado State University-Pueblo Johnson & Wales University-Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Nazarene Bible College Regis University University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western State Colorado University Colorado’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Aims Community College Arapahoe Community College Colorado Northwestern Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Morgan Community College Northeastern Junior College Otero Junior College Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Trinidad State Junior College About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality 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.
News Article | November 24, 2016
AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading higher education information resource provider, has released its picks for the Best Colleges in the U.S. to earn an Online Teaching Degree from in 2016-2017. Comparing data on affordability and student success from thousands of schools with online teaching programs, the rankings list the top 100 two-year and four-year schools respectively. Schools topping the four-year list include Dickinson State University, Fort Hays State University, North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University and University of Southern Mississippi; schools topping the two-year list include East Mississippi Community College, Arizona Western College, Holmes Community College, Northeast Community College and Odessa College. "There were 3.5 million teachers working in elementary and secondary education in the U.S. in 2014,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “It’s important for us to help aspiring teachers and those looking to advance their career in education find the best opportunities to earn an affordable, quality online teaching degree.” Schools who earn a spot on the Best Online Teaching Degrees lists must qualify by meeting certain baseline requirements. AffordableCollegesOnline.org requires all schools to be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions to be eligible. Colleges must also meet minimum affordability standards, offering in-state tuition under $5,000 per year at two-year schools and under $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Final scoring and ranks are determined by comparing data on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative measures, such as financial aid availability and graduation rates. All schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Teaching Degrees list can be found below. The attached map shows how many schools were honored by state. The full rankings can be found along with data and methodology details at: Allen County Community College Amarillo College Arizona Western College Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Baltimore City Community College Bay Mills Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Casper College Central Texas College Coconino Community College College of Southern Idaho Collin College Colorado Northwestern Community College Dakota College at Bottineau Dawson Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Wyoming College Edgecombe Community College El Paso Community College Front Range Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Haywood Community College Henry Ford Community College Holmes Community College Kilgore College Lenoir Community College Lone Star College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Navarro College Nebraska Indian Community College North Central Missouri College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pima Community College Shoreline Community College Stanly Community College Tri-County Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Washtenaw Community College Western Oklahoma State College Yavapai College Appalachian State University Arkansas Tech University Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Chadron State College Chaminade University of Honolulu Concordia University - Saint Paul Dickinson State University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Great Basin College Hobe Sound Bible College Indiana State University Judson College Lesley University Liberty University Mayville State University Minot State University Newman University North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University Northeastern State University Northern Arizona University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Southwestern College Sterling College SUNY College at Oswego The University of West Florida University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Central Missouri University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Missouri - Columbia University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Northern Colorado University of South Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of the Southwest University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University Winston-Salem State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | November 10, 2016
The Best Veterinary Technician Schools in the nation are being featured by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, the Community for Accredited Online Schools 2016-2017 rankings. Comparing both online and on-campus programs at two- and four-year schools across the U.S., the online higher education resource provider ranked schools providing the best overall value for Veterinary Technician students. Colorado Mountain College, St. Petersburg College, Lincoln Memorial University, Becker College, Medaille College, San Juan College, Athens Technical College, Windward Community College, Chattanooga State Community College and Northshore Technical Community College were among the highest scorers. “Job outlook projections show veterinary technician positions growing much faster than the national average through 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on these lists are not only providing quality veterinary technician programs, but are also making an extra effort to help students land a job after graduation.” Schools must meet specific baseline requirements to be considered for a spot on the Best Veterinary Technician Schools ranking. All institutions must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit entities. Schools are also required to provide career placement services to their students. Once a school’s eligibility is determined, the Community for Accredited Online Schools scores and ranks each based on more than a dozen data points, including graduation rates, student teacher ratios and financial aid availability, to determine the overall Best Schools in the U.S. An alphabetical listing of the Best Veterinary Technician Schools for 2016-2017 is included below. To learn where each specifically ranks and to find more details on the data and methodology used to determine scores visit: The 2016-2017 Best Veterinary Technician Programs at Two-Year Schools list: Alamance Community College Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Athens Technical College Bellingham Technical College Blue Ridge Community College Cedar Valley College Central Oregon Community College Chattanooga State Community College College of Southern Idaho Columbus State Community College Cosumnes River College Crowder College Delaware Technical Community College-Owens Delgado Community College Eastern Iowa Community College District Eastern Wyoming College Front Range Community College Gaston College Genesee Community College Gwinnett Technical College Harcum College Hillsborough Community College Hinds Community College Iowa Lakes Community College Jefferson College Jefferson State Community College Linn-Benton Community College Lone Star College Mesa Community College Middlesex Community College Murray State College Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture North Shore Community College Northeast Community College Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Norwalk Community College Ogeechee Technical College Owensboro Community and Technical College Pierpont Community and Technical College San Juan College Southern Regional Technical College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Volunteer State Community College Weatherford College Western Iowa Tech Community College Windward Community College The 2016-2017 Best Veterinary Technician Programs at Four-Year Schools list: Baker College of Clinton Township Baker College of Flint Baker College of Muskegon Baker College of Port Huron Becker College Brigham Young University-Idaho Colorado Mountain College Daytona State College Eastern Florida State College Fort Valley State University Kent State University at Tuscarawas Lincoln Memorial University Madison Area Technical College Medaille College Miami Dade College Michigan State University Mississippi State University Morehead State University Murray State University Navajo Technical University New England Institute of Technology North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northwestern State University of Louisiana Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Otterbein University Pensacola State College Purdue University - Main Campus Siena Heights University St. Petersburg College SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Tuskegee University University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College University of Maine at Augusta University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Vermont Technical College 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 | January 14, 2016
In the last year, astronomers from the University of Wyoming have discovered roughly 100 of the fastest-moving stars in the Milky Way galaxy with the aid of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), and use of the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) on Jelm Mountain near Laramie. When some swift, massive stars — moving at speeds faster than 50,000 miles an hour — plow through space, they can cause material to stack up in front of them in the same way that water piles up ahead of a ship or a supersonic plane creates a shockwave in front of it. Called bow shocks, these dramatic arc-shaped features in space are helping researchers to uncover massive, so-called runaway stars. "Some stars get the boot when their companion star explodes in a supernova, and others can get kicked out of crowded star clusters," says William Chick, a UW doctoral student in physics, who presented his team's new results on January 5, 2016, at the 227th American Astronomical Society meeting in Kissimmee, FL. "The gravitational boost increases a star's speed relative to other stars." “These are a previously uncatalogued collection of fascinating stars,” says Chip Kobulnicky, a UW professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, who supervises Chick. “These are hot, massive stars that are moving through interstellar space at supersonic speed.” Kobulnicky says they use the bow shocks to locate these massive and/or runaway stars. "The bow shocks are new laboratories for studying massive stars and answering questions about the fate and evolution of these stars," he says. The Earth’s sun moves around the Milky Way at a moderate pace, but it is not clear whether it creates a bow shock. By comparison, a massive star with a stunning bow shock, called Zeta Ophiuchi (or Zeta Oph), is traveling around the galaxy faster than the sun, at 54,000 mph (24 kilometers per second) relative to its surroundings. “It’s amazing that you can get something that big moving faster than 50,000 miles an hour,” Chick says. “It’s quite an event.” Both the speed of stars moving through space and their mass contribute to the size and shapes of bow shocks. The more massive a star, the more material it sheds in high-speed winds. Zeta Oph, which is about 20 times as massive as the Earth’s sun, has supersonic winds that slam into the material in front of it. When a massive star with fierce winds like Zeta Oph zips through space, it forms a pile-up of material that glows. This arc-shaped material heats up and shines with infrared light that is assigned the color red in the many pictures of bow shocks captured by Spitzer and WISE. The death of supernovas is responsible for most of the heat created in the galaxy, half of all elements heavier than helium and half of all iron that resides in the human race, Chick says. These stars are five to six times hotter than the sun, which is 5,500 degrees Celsius, Kobulnicky says. Chick and his team used archival infrared data from Spitzer and WISE to identify new bow shocks, including more distant ones that are more difficult to locate. Their initial search turned up more than 200 images of fuzzy red arcs. They then used WIRO to follow up on 80 of these candidates and identify the sources behind the suspected bow shocks. Most turned out to be massive stars. While some of the stars may indeed be fast-moving runaways that were given a gravitational kick by other stars, in a small fraction of the cases, the arc-shaped features may turn out to be something else: dust from stars, or birth clouds of newborn stars. The team plans more observations to confirm the presence of the bow shocks. Stephan Munari, a UW student from Cody, was one of five college students in UW’s Research Experience for Undergraduate Program who participated in this work. Other students were from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Case Western Reserve University in Toledo, OH; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL; and Front Range Community College in Denver, CO. “I learned more about astronomy, how to conduct research and get some hands-on experience up at WIRO,” says Munari, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. “What I thought was most interesting was the speed at which these stars were moving. It was a very good experience for me.” Munari says the student work started on campus and consisted of looking through various databases for stars that show different wavelengths of light in infrared. From there, the students found basic bow shock shapes and wrote down their coordinates. The group then traveled to WIRO, pointed the telescope at these stars and obtained more data. Students processed the data and compared the newly discovered stars with those that were already known. “Once we compared them, we could say, for 90 percent of them, we found another bow shock star,” Munari says. “For the other 10 percent, we couldn’t confirm that for sure.” Chick says it was encouraging to receive positive comments about his presentation from Whitney Clavin, a science writer in the media office of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “Of the eight presentations made that day, she told me I made the best one,” Chick says. Kobulnicky added Chick was one of only 20 astronomers (out of 2,000) invited to make presentations at the conference. Some of the first bow shocks from runaway stars were identified in the 1980s by David Van Buren of NASA's JPL in Pasadena, CA. He and his colleagues found them using infrared data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, a predecessor to WISE that scanned the whole infrared sky in 1983. Kobulnicky and Chick belong to a larger team of researchers and students — including Matt Povich from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona — studying bow shocks and massive stars. The National Science Foundation funds their research. Kobulnicky says his group is working on two papers for publication in The Astrophysical Journal, considered the world’s foremost research journal devoted to recent developments, discoveries and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. Information from a NASA news release was used for this article.