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News Article | November 17, 2016
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Leading online higher education resource center AffordableCollegesOnline.org has released it’s ranking of the Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools for 2016-2017. Lists include the top 100 schools offering trade or vocational training programs online, with Washburn University, University of Southern Mississippi, Siena Heights University, Weber State University and Fort Hays State University earning the highest scores in the four-year school category and East Mississippi Community College, San Juan College, Hutchinson Community College, New Mexico Junior College and Tulsa Community College earning the highest scores in the two-year school category. "Trade and vocational programs are making more of an impact when it comes to online education than ever before,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "Although many trades require hands-on training, the schools on our lists are giving students more flexibility by offering vocational learning programs online.” Schools are evaluated on a variety of cost and quality standards to determine their position on the Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Each is required to meet specific base standards; all institutions must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and must offer in-state tuition below $5,000 per year at two-year schools or $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Eligible institutions are divided by whether they are two-year or four-year schools, weighed on factors such as financial aid offerings and online program variety, then scored against one another to determine rank. More information on the data points, methodology and specific scores given to each school on the Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list can be found online at: Two-year schools receiving honors on the 2016-2017 Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list: Atlanta Technical College Barton County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Central Texas College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Cowley County Community College Crowder College East Arkansas Community College East Mississippi Community College Edgecombe Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Grayson College Great Falls College Montana State University Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Itawamba Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Madisonville Community College Metropolitan Community College Moraine Park Technical College Navarro College New Mexico Junior College North Dakota State College of Science Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Northwest Mississippi Community College Oconee Fall Line Technical College Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Shoreline Community College Sinclair College Southwest Virginia Community College Spokane Community College State Fair Community College Surry Community College Tallahassee Community College Three Rivers Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Volunteer State Community College Western Nebraska Community College Four-year schools receiving honors on the 2016-2017 Best Online Vocational & Trade Schools list: California State University - East Bay Central Washington University Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarkson College Clayton State University College of Southern Nevada East Carolina University East Tennessee State University Ferris State University Florida International University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Hampton University Hodges University Indiana State University Liberty University Morehead State University North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Northern State University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Old Dominion University Oregon Institute of Technology Pennsylvania College of Technology Siena Heights University South Dakota State University Southern Polytechnic State University St. Petersburg College SUNY College of Technology at Canton The University of Alabama The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Tiffin University University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Mississippi University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Dakota University of Southern Mississippi Utah Valley University Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Virginia Commonwealth University Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Wichita State University William Woods 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 | October 29, 2016
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Online higher education and student resource leader Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) has published it’s 2016-2017 Best Ultrasounds Technician Programs lists. Ranking the top 50 two- and four-year programs respectively, the following schools received top marks: Tulsa Community College, Hinds Community College, Pitt Community College, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Jones County Junior College; Midland College, Allen College, Palm Beach State College, Bellevue College and Misericordia University. Both on-campus and online programs were evaluated. “The job outlook for ultrasound technicians and sonographers is growing much faster than the national average,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Our rankings list the programs that are going the extra mile for students, providing top-quality training that is preparing students to enter the workforce quickly and efficiently.” Ultrasound and Sonography programs were compared nationwide, based on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative data points. Schools were required to meet specific base criteria to qualify; each must be regionally accredited and hold either two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit standing. Each must also offer career placement services for students after graduation. A complete list of the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ 2016-2017 Best Ultrasound Technician Programs is included below. To learn more details on the data comparison, methodology and each school’s placement visit the following page: Two-year schools recognized for the Best Ultrasound Technician Programs 2016-2017: Alvin Community College Angelina College Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Blackhawk Technical College Bunker Hill Community College Cape Fear Community College Central New Mexico Community College Chattanooga State Community College Chippewa Valley Technical College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College College of DuPage Cosumnes River College Del Mar College Delaware Technical Community College - Owens Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington Delgado Community College Delta College El Centro College El Paso Community College Gateway Community College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg Hillsborough Community College Hinds Community College Johnston Community College Jones County Junior College Lansing Community College Lone Star College Lorain County Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Marion Technical College Middlesex Community College Montgomery College New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Owens Community College Pitt Community College Pueblo Community College Red Rocks Community College Santa Barbara City College Southwestern Community College Spokane Community College St. Philip's College State Fair Community College Temple College Triton College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Volunteer State Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville Weatherford College Four-year schools recognized for the Best Ultrasound Technician Programs 2016-2017: Allen College Arkansas State University - Main Campus Baker College of Auburn Hills Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Bellevue College Benedictine University Broward College College of Southern Nevada Columbia Basin College Concordia University - Ann Arbor Concordia University - Wisconsin Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Grand Valley State University Gulf Coast State College Jackson College Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kettering College Lewis University Lewis-Clark State College Lincoln University Miami Dade College Midland College Misericordia University Mount Aloysius College Newman University Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oregon Institute of Technology Palm Beach State College Pensacola State College Polk State College Rochester Institute of Technology Rutgers University - New Brunswick Saint Catharine College Santa Fe College Seattle University St Catherine University St. Luke's College Thomas Jefferson University Trocaire College University of Alaska Anchorage University of Charleston University of Kansas University of Missouri - Columbia University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Rio Grande Upstate Medical University Valencia College Washburn University Weber 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 | November 16, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leader in higher education resources at AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, has released the 2016-2017 list of Best Online Vocational Schools in the nation. Analyzing more than a dozen unique data points, the site scored and ranked schools offering vocational training programs online to determine the Best, with the following scoring highest: Washburn University, Weber State University, Siena Heights University, University of Southern Mississippi and Champlain College for four-year schools; East Mississippi Community College, Crowder College, Hutchinson Community College, State Fair Community College and Tulsa Community College for two-year schools. “Vocational occupations have been growing rapidly since 2000, with some industries showing much higher than average job growth projections through 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on our list are seizing this opportunity, offering top-notch vocational training programs online to help more students prepare to work in fast-growing fields like construction management, medical assisting and other technical or health care positions.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several qualifying standards before they can be considered for the Best Online Vocational Schools ranking. Each school must hold regional accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools are also required to provide students career placement services to be eligible. Comparing thousands of eligible programs nationwide, the site scores and ranks each based on statistics such as student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A full description of the data and methodology used to score and rank the Best Online Vocational Schools, as well as a full list of programs with scores is published at: Top 50 Two-Year Schools recognized on the Best Online Vocational Programs listed alphabetically: Atlanta Technical College Barton County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bramson ORT College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Central Texas College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Collin College Columbus State Community College Crowder College East Mississippi Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Grayson College Great Falls College Montana State University Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Lakeshore Technical College Madisonville Community College Metropolitan Community College Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moraine Park Technical College New Mexico Junior College North Dakota State College of Science Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Antonio College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Shoreline Community College Sinclair College Southwest Virginia Community College Southwestern Oregon Community College Spokane Community College St. Philip's College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Volunteer State Community College Wallace State Community College - Hanceville West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Nebraska Community College Westmoreland County Community College Top 50 Four-Year Schools recognized on the Best Online Vocational Programs listed alphabetically: Buena Vista University California State University - East Bay Champlain College Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clayton State University College of Southern Nevada East Carolina University Ferris State University Florida International University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Hampton University Hodges University Indiana State University Liberty University MCPHS University Misericordia University North Carolina Central University Northern Arizona University Northern State University Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Old Dominion University Oregon Institute of Technology Pennsylvania College of Technology Roger Williams University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Siena Heights University South Dakota State University Southern Polytechnic State University St. Petersburg College SUNY College of Technology at Canton The University of Alabama The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Tiffin University University of Bridgeport University of Hartford University of Massachusetts - Amherst University of Massachusetts - Lowell University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Mississippi University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Dakota University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Southern Mississippi Utah Valley University Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky 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 | November 1, 2016
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Colleges with the Best Mechanic Degree Programs in the nation have been ranked for 2016-2017 by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org). As a leading higher education information and resource provider, the site analyzed data from thousands of colleges across the U.S. to determine the list of top 50 two-year schools and top 50 four-year schools. Highest marks came in for Idaho State University, Montana State University Northern, South Seattle College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and Midland College among four-year schools; Western Wyoming Community College, Texas State Technical College Waco, Sinclair College, Hinds Community College and Augusta Technical College among two-year schools. “The field of automotive service is growing on pace with the national average,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on this list are offering excellent education programs for up-and-coming service technicians and mechanics, and are also committed to connecting students with job opportunities after graduation.” Colleges must meet several specific requirements to qualify for the Community for Accredited Online Schools’ Best Mechanic Programs list. Each must carry regional accreditation and hold public or private not-for-profit status. Schools are also required to provide career placement or assistance to give students a head start after graduation. More than a dozen additional statistics and data points are compared for each qualifying institution to determine rank on the list, including financial aid offerings, student-teacher ratios and graduation rates. A complete list of schools honored for having the Best Mechanic Programs is included below. For details on the data and methodology used, as well as a complete list of rankings visit: The Best Mechanic Programs at two-year schools for 2016-2017: Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ashland Community and Technical College Athens Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Beaufort County Community College Blue Ridge Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Cape Fear Community College Casper College Central Community College Central Georgia Technical College Central Piedmont Community College Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Columbus State Community College Dodge City Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Fox Valley Technical College Gadsden State Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Guilford Technical Community College H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Hinds Community College JF Drake State Community and Technical College Jefferson Community and Technical College Kirtland Community College Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College North Dakota State College of Science North Georgia Technical College Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Owensboro Community and Technical College Rend Lake College San Juan College Sinclair College Somerset Community College South Georgia Technical College Spokane Community College Texas State Technical College - Waco Wake Technical Community College Washington County Community College Wayne Community College West Kentucky Community and Technical College Western Nebraska Community College Western Wyoming Community College Wilkes Community College The Best Mechanic Programs at four-year schools for 2016-2017: Arkansas Tech University Baker College of Auburn Hills Baker College of Flint Baker College of Port Huron Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bismarck State College Brigham Young University - Idaho Broward College College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dixie State University Farmingdale State College Ferris State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Idaho State University Indian River State College Jackson College Lake Washington Institute of Technology Lewis-Clark State College Midland College Montana State University-Billings Montana State University-Northern Morrisville State College New England Institute of Technology Northern Michigan University Palm Beach State College Peninsula College Pennsylvania College of Technology Pittsburg State University Ranken Technical College Santa Fe College Seattle Community College - South Campus Seminole State College of Florida Siena Heights University Snow College SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Arkansas at Monticello University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Central Missouri University of Hawaii Maui College University of Northwestern Ohio Utah Valley University Vermont Technical College Vincennes University Washburn University Weber 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 | October 28, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), an online leader in higher education information, has released its list of the Best Pharmacy Technician Programs in the nation for 2016-2017. Data from both on-campus and online programs was compiled to determine top programs across the U.S., with Pensacola State College, Vincennes University, North Seattle College, Baker College and Seminole State College of Florida scoring in the top five for four-year schools and Arkansas State University Beebe, Eastern New Mexico University Roswell Campus, Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Cape Fear Community College and Eastern Arizona College scoring in the top five for two-year schools. “A majority of jobs in the U.S., including pharmacy technician positions, do not require a Bachelor’s degree,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “This list focuses on ranking the schools that provide top-quality pharmacological training that prepares students to make a successful, efficient transition from the classroom into the workplace.” Whether offering on-campus or online programs, schools are required to meet specific standards to land a spot on the Best Pharmacy Technician Programs list. Each institution must be an accredited two- or four-year public or private not-for-profit college or university. Each must also offer career placement services for students after they graduate. A dozen other data points were compared to determine where each school scored in the ranking, including financial aid information and tuition rates. Community for Accredited Online Schools’ complete list of the Best Pharmacy Technician Programs for 2016-2017 is printed below. For specific data and details on each school’s ranking visit: Albany Technical College Angelina College Arkansas State University - Beebe Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ashland Community and Technical College Atlanta Technical College Augusta Technical College Cape Fear Community College Casper College Central Georgia Technical College Central Louisiana Technical Community College Cerritos College Chemeketa Community College Clark College College of the Mainland Columbus Technical College Crowder College Davidson County Community College Durham Technical Community College Eastern Arizona College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus El Paso Community College Fayetteville Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Georgia Northwestern Technical College Guilford Technical Community College Hutchinson Community College Jefferson Community and Technical College Johnston Community College Jones County Junior College Lakeshore Technical College Lone Star College Miles Community College National Park College North Dakota State College of Science North Georgia Technical College North Iowa Area Community College Pikes Peak Community College Renton Technical College Sinclair College Somerset Community College Southern Regional Technical College Spokane Community College State Fair Community College Texas State Technical College - Waco Tulsa Community College Vance-Granville Community College Wake Technical Community College Wayne County Community College District Western Iowa Tech Community College Baker College Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Florida State College at Jacksonville Gulf Coast State College Indian River State College Jackson College Louisiana State University - Alexandria Marygrove College Miami Dade College North Seattle College Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Pasco-Hernando State College Pensacola State College Remington College - Dallas Campus Remington College - Memphis Campus Remington College - Shreveport Campus Robert Morris University Illinois Seminole State College of Florida Snow College South Texas College The University of Montana University of Alaska Anchorage University of Rio Grande Vincennes University West Virginia University at Parkersburg 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 28, 2016
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Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org is highlighting schools with top online health sciences degree programs in a new ranking for 2016-2017. Two lists compare four-year and two-year schools offering health science degree programs nationwide, determining which offer the best combination of cost and quality for students. Of the lists of top 100 colleges, the highest finishers among four-year schools include the University of Mississippi, Washburn University, Siena Heights University, Weber State University and Davenport University, while top two-year schools include East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Metropolitan Community College and Barton County Community College. "Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent, or much faster than the national average, from 2014 to 2024,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “Students pursuing health science degrees can now find affordable, high quality learning options online through these schools, who are ultimately being highlighted here for their efforts to help students excel.” AffordableCollegesOnline.org has several minimum eligibility requirements each school on their rankings must meet. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions and must offer in-state tuition rates as follows: under $5,000 per year for two-year schools; under $25,000 per year for four-year schools. Those meeting eligibility requirements are then scored and ranked based on more than a dozen school-specific statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school recognized on the top online health sciences degree programs list is included below. For more information on each school’s score and the data and methodology used to rank each can be found at: The Best Two-Year Schools for Online Health Sciences Students in 2016-2017: Allen County Community College Barton County Community College Beaufort County Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Central Texas College Colby Community College Collin College Columbus State Community College Cowley County Community College Crowder College Dakota College at Bottineau East Mississippi Community College Forsyth Technical Community College Gateway Community and Technical College GateWay Community College Great Falls College Montana State University Hazard Community and Technical College Holmes Community College Hutchinson Community College Indian Hills Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Kilgore College Lakeshore Technical College Lanier Technical College Lenoir Community College Madisonville Community College Maysville Community and Technical College Metropolitan Community College National Park College North Central Missouri College North Dakota State College of Science Northwest Mississippi Community College Oklahoma City Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pitt Community College San Juan College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Sinclair College Southwest Mississippi Community College Southwestern Community College Spokane Community College Spokane Falls Community College State Fair Community College Three Rivers Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tyler Junior College Western Nebraska Community College Western Wyoming Community College Williston State College The Best Four-Year Schools for Online Health Sciences Students in 2016-2017: Allen College Augusta University Baker College Brigham Young University - Idaho Clarkson College Concordia University - Saint Paul Dakota State University Davenport University East Carolina University Ferris State University Goodwin College Granite State College Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Kent State University at Kent Midway College Midwestern State University Mississippi University for Women Montana State University - Billings Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health North Carolina A & T State University Northern Arizona University Oregon Institute of Technology Peirce College Presentation College Rutgers University - New Brunswick Siena Heights University St. Petersburg College SUNY Polytechnic Institute The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Thomas University Tiffin University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Florida University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Mississippi University of Missouri - Columbia University of Northern Colorado University of Oklahoma - Health Sciences Center University of Southern Indiana University of Toledo Viterbo University Washburn University Weber State University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Winston-Salem State University Youngstown 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.


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PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Development of techniques to isolate, culture, and transplant human spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) has the future potential to treat male infertility. To maximize the efficiency of these techniques, methods for SSC cryopreservation need to be developed to bank SSCs for extended periods of time. Although, it has been demonstrated that SSCs can reinitiate spermatogenesis after freezing, optimal cryopreservation protocols that maximize SSC proliferative capacity post-thaw have not been identified. The objective of this study was to develop an efficient cryopreservation technique for preservation of SSCs. To identify efficient cryopreservation methods for long-term preservation of SSCs, isolated testis cells enriched for SSCs were placed in medium containing dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or DMSO and trehalose (50 mM, 100 mM, or 200 mM), and frozen in liquid nitrogen for 1 week, 1 month, or 3 months. Freezing in 50 mM trehalose resulted in significantly higher cell viability compared to DMSO at all thawing times and a higher proliferation rate compared to DMSO for the 1 week freezing period. Freezing in 200 mM trehalose did not result in increased cell viability; however, proliferation activity was significantly higher and percentage of apoptotic cells was significantly lower compared to DMSO after freezing for 1 and 3 months. To confirm the functionality of SSCs frozen in 200 mM trehalose, SSC transplantation was performed. Donor SSCs formed spermatogenic colonies and sperm capable of generating normal progeny. Collectively, these results indicate that freezing in DMSO with 200 mM trehalose serves as an efficient method for the cryopreservation of SSCs. © 2013 Lee et al.


News Article | November 11, 2016
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Leading college education and resource provider AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org, the Community for Accredited Online Schools, has released its list of the Best Respiratory Therapy Schools in the U.S. for the 2016-2017 school year. The site assessed both online and on-campus respiratory therapist programs, ranking each based on more than a dozen unique data points to measure overall excellence. Top finishers include Highline College, Middle Georgia State University, Northern Michigan University, Dalton State College, Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Spokane Community College, Delaware Technical Community College Owens, Muskegon Community College and Delaware Technical Community College in Stanton Wilmington. “With a higher than average median salary and faster than average jobs growth projections, respiratory therapy may be an enticing career choice for those who are college-bound,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “This list is a great resource for students looking for schools who have made respiratory therapy a priority, offering a quality education along with career placement services that help students get ahead after earning their degree.” To be considered for the AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org Best Respiratory Therapy Schools ranking, colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Each school is also required to provide career placement services to be eligible. The site scores and ranks each qualifying college based on a comparison of school-specific statistics, including student teacher ratios and financial aid availability, to determine which provides the best overall value. Full details on the data and methodology used to rank the top respiratory therapist degree programs, as well as complete lists of two- and four-year schools with scores included can be found at: The Best Two-Year Respiratory Therapy Schools list from AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org: The Best Four-Year Respiratory Therapy Schools list from AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org: 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 15, 2017
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Twenty awards were recently announced by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP), showcasing the talent and skill of landscape professionals from around Washington State. The purpose of the awards is to recognize exceptional performance and "foster personal and company pride in superior workmanship" within the landscape industry. The distinction as an award winner lends a large measure of credibility, reliability, and a high level of confidence to customers looking to hire a professional for a landscape project. Larry Zimmer, 2017 WALP State President feels that, "Our Environmental Landscape Awards program recognizes our members for some of the extraordinary work they design, install and maintain. It is a testament to the professionalism, talent, and skill of our member companies. Clients that hire award winning companies can be sure they are getting the best of the best in our industry. I always enjoy viewing these award winning projects and appreciate the high quality of work our members produce." Landscape companies submitted photographs and descriptions showcasing their skills in areas like landscape lighting, landscaping on a slope, creating an inviting residential outdoor space, as well as unique projects such as renovating an atrium, building a tree house, and installing a green roof. Entries were judged by a panel of experts on difficulty, craftsmanship, relative contribution to environmental quality, and overall excellence. "Of the various awards and recognition we receive throughout the year, the WALP Environmental Landscape Award provides our greatest satisfaction," said Rob Boyker of Avid Landscape Design and Development. "These awards are judged and presented by a blind panel of our peers; well-respected pillars of our local landscape industry. Their expertise allows them the ability to appreciate our workmanship on a level beyond the obvious beauty; a level only familiar to those within the industry. When they judge a project they incorporate the challenges associated with site conditions and materials used. They see beyond the cover page and interpret the entire story behind each project. The awards presented reflect the process of landscaping and not just the final result." In addition, the WALP Education Foundation awarded two scholarships to students, Caleb Garland of Spokane Community College and Hilary Turner of Edmonds Community College. Caleb and Hilary are enrolled in a horticulture or landscape-related college program and were selected by the foundation as future leaders in the industry. With plans to use their education to meet future challenges of the landscape industry, they have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and competence and may someday themselves be award-winning landscape contractors, designers, architects, or suppliers. The 2016 Environmental Landscape Award recipients are as follows: Britescape, LLC: Lighting Contact: 206-523-7366 ▪ info(at)britescape(dot)com Britescape knows how to create beauty and function, which is evident in the way they provided this landscape with warm, white lighting around the entire property. Not only does it provide safety and security to the homeowners, but also creates a space that is inviting and highlights the focal areas of the yard. Britescape, LLC: Residential Construction Over $50,000, Grand and Judges’ Award Contact: 206-523-7366 ▪ info(at)britescape(dot)com Britescape earned two awards for this landscape, in which they removed an unused driveway and expanded the outdoor living space by adding a sunken covered patio. Britescape also added a walkway, a gabion retaining wall, lighting, and beautiful drought-tolerant plantings, turning unused space into a desirable area to relax and enjoy. Nyce Gardens: Unique Project, Slope Retention Contact: Jay and Tina Nyce ▪ 425-260-4646 ▪ info(at)nycegardens(dot)com After removing 6-8 feet of blackberry covering a hillside, which is not an easy task, Nyce Gardens added new walls which were made of a mix of block, gabion, and steel and created a sitting area where the homeowner can relax and enjoy views of the lake. Pacific Earth Works, Inc.: Commercial Construction Over $150,000 Contact: 206-625-1749 ▪ 12515 Wagner Road, Monroe, WA Pacific Earth Works covered more than 11,000 square feet with a green roof on the fifth floor of the Bellevue City Hall parking garage. This was a complex project which involved adding approximately 450 cubic yards of growing medium and 1500 bags of Mexican Beach Pebbles weighing 50 pounds each that were hand placed onto the roof, resulting in an environmentally-friendly and beautiful space. Plantscapes, Inc.: Commercial Interior Design & Installation Contact: 206-623-7100 ▪ 1127 Poplar Place S, Seattle, WA 98144 With the nearly 40-year-old atrium at Physio Control in Redmond, WA needing an overhaul, Plantscapes removed and replaced old trees, deteriorating hardscape, and 12 inches of soil. They completed the project by adding irrigation, new plants, a fountain, and lighting, which resulted in a bright, inviting space for employees to gather. Avid Landscape Design and Development, LLC: Residential Construction Over $50,000 Contact: 206-310-1345 ▪ 1413 N. 136th Street, Seattle, WA 98133 When the homeowners of this landscape were looking for security, privacy and a yard that provided both child and adult spaces they hired Avid Landscape Design and Development. Using a combination of architectural slabbing, formed concrete, wood, and metal in its design, Avid Landscape Design and Development was able to provide a safe and comfortable space for the whole family. Avid Landscape Design and Development, LLC: Residential Construction, $25,001 - $50,000 Contact: 206-310-1345 ▪ 1413 N. 136th Street, Seattle, WA 98133 Avid Landscape Design and Development came to the rescue to give this small, multi-tiered backyard an updated look. This was achieved by redesigning the space using architectural slabs and river rock and installing a custom metal gate and new staircase to the upper yard, giving the yard an updated, contemporary look. Environmental Construction, Inc.: Residential Construction Over $50,000 Contact: 425-803-9881 ▪ 2038 9th St W Kirkland, WA 98033 Environmental Construction, Inc. completed an extensive hillside project in the Woodway area, connecting the areas together through the use of gabion basket walls and granite rock outcroppings. Black basalt steps weave through the hillside, leading to a batting cage, fireplace, lawn, planting beds, and steps to outdoor living areas. Their skill and cohesiveness in carrying out this design demonstrate that we should not ignore the potential of what a hillside can become. Northwest Outdoor Lighting: Lighting Contact: 425-633-6074 ▪ Sales(at)NWOutdoorLighting(dot)com Safety first! Northwest Outdoor Lighting provided a Lake Stevens home with safer visibility across a front deck walkway and better lighting for entertainment on a back deck. Northwest Outdoor Lighting was able to achieve the complicated task of highlighting focal points while keeping light beams out of the viewer's eyes. Nyce Gardens: Design/Build Contact: Jay and Tina Nyce ▪ 425-260-4646 ▪ info(at)nycegardens(dot)com Nyce Gardens gave this Kirkland home an updated landscape that truly sets it apart from its neighbors. The block walls were replaced with steel, an element that was creatively carried throughout the landscape through the use of steel containers, wall hangings, and trellises. The use of a common element created a cohesive, signature look for the property. Pacific Earthworks, Inc.: Commercial Construction Over $150,000 Contact: 206-625-1749 ▪ 12515 Wagner Road, Monroe, WA Pacific Earth Works, Inc. took on a large endeavor in completing a landscape and green roof installation as part of a new building construction. The rooftop required installation of a green roof tray system and sedum tile planting as well as plantings within free-standing rooftop planters, mixing environmental-friendly function with an interesting and beautiful display! Pacific Landscape Management, Inc.: Residential Construction Over $50,000 Contact: 425-885-2905 ▪ admin(at)paclandman(dot)com This award-winning project by Pacific Landscape Management, Inc. included just about every element involved in a landscape project, such as lighting, drainage, grading, hardscape, irrigation, and planting. Using Tufftrack to provide space for RV parking, Pacific Landscape Management, Inc. succeeded in using different elements together to give the homeowners an efficient, visually pleasing space. Rock Solid Landscapes, LLC: Hardscaping Contact: 206-523-ROCK (7625) ▪ info(at)rocksolidlandscapes(dot)com ▪ 3300 NE 55th Street Seattle, Washington 98105 Rock Solid Landscapes, LLC created a hardscape project worthy of envy with French doors leading out to spacious dining area, a gathering space with a fireplace and overhead pergola, and beautiful, stamped, colorized concrete. They were successful in giving the family an outdoor space that is inviting and connects seamlessly to their indoor living space. Jefferson Landscaping: Residential Construction, 2 awards Contact: 206-992-9117 ▪ lindacarroll(at)comcast(dot)net ▪ 17119 232nd Avenue NE, Woodinville, WA 98077 Jefferson Landscaping won two awards in the category of Residential Construction. One project involved creating a more inspiring and inviting outdoor space for a family with young kids. Jefferson Landscaping provided a water feature to add relaxation for adults and a tree house for the kids to enjoy and create memories together. The other award-winning project was improving a tired and unusable landscape due to poor drainage conditions. Jefferson Landscaping added extensive drainage, amended soil, and added an irrigation system. A new custom ledgestone wall, new plantings, and lighting now give this home a more inviting view from their newly-installed deck and spa. Pacific Landscape Management, Inc.: Hardscaping When it comes to challenging conditions, Pacific Landscape Management, Inc. doesn't shy away. This project at a residence involved a slope and subgrade, as well as a majority of the project being on top of a large area of rockery surrounding the site. Despite the challenges, Pacific Landscape Management installed an irrigation system, a paver patio and walkway, and steps that will add value and safety to their home and last for many years to come. Contact: 425-885-2905 ▪ admin(at)paclandman(dot)com Rock Solid Landscapes, LLC: Unique Project Contact: 206-523-ROCK (7625) ▪ info(at)rocksolidlandscapes(dot)com ▪ 3300 NE 55th Street Seattle, Washington 98105 Rock Solid Landscapes, LLC was tasked with the goal of providing an environment of year-round creativity and exploration for a family and their young kids. Complicated by a steep slope and heavy shade, Rock Solid Landscapes, LLC created a series of inviting, curving pathways, a dry creek bed, and a sandbox for hours of imaginative play. Rock Solid Landscapes, LLC: Residential Construction Over $50,000 Contact: 206-523-ROCK (7625) ▪ info(at)rocksolidlandscapes(dot)com ▪ 3300 NE 55th Street Seattle, Washington 98105 Years of frustration with poorly draining soil led the homeowners of this project to call Rock Solid Landscapes for help. They were able to provide the family a space to entertain family and friends beside a water feature or play some games in their informal bocce court. Now instead of frustration with their yard, they can relax and have fun instead.

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