News Article | May 12, 2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The first graduating class of the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT) at Jefferson Community & Technical College has a record that traditional college-track programs can’t beat: 100 percent of the students have full-time jobs waiting for them and they’re graduating with little-to-no student loan debt. The 10 2017 graduates are the inaugural class of the AMT program sponsored by the Greater Louisville Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), a group of area manufacturing companies taking action to fill the pipeline of mid-skill manufacturing workers, which is critical to the region’s large manufacturing industry. The two-year AMT apprentice-style program will have graduates employed at sponsor employers: GE Appliances, Clariant Corporation, Paradise Tomato Kitchen, Inc., Precision Metal Works, and Atlas Machine & Supply, Inc. “The AMT program is essential to growing a skilled manufacturing workforce that will not only help support the urgent needs of our current manufacturing base but will help attract new manufacturers to our local communities,” said Kent Suiters, Greater Louisville KY FAME president and GE Appliances Learning and Initiatives leader. “The AMT program will help open the door to employers who can offer these graduates great career opportunities in the fast-paced, high-tech, collaborative manufacturing field.” Manufacturers are having difficulty finding enough skilled workers to fill their open jobs, with the problem anticipated to become even worse. A 2015 study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute estimates that two million of the 3.4 million manufacturing jobs expected to become available in the next decade will go unfilled due to a gap between the skills manufacturers require and those of the current available workforce. Greater Louisville KY FAME launched the AMT program with education partner JCTC in 2015 as one of its first actions after forming in 2014 due to the member companies’ common interest in having industry-led responses and solutions to the workforce crisis by exposing high school students to careers in the vibrant manufacturing field. That work has since been expanded to include education at the middle school level. “We are eager to literally build upon the success of the Greater Louisville KY FAME effort,” said JCTC President Dr. Ty Handy. “The community is looking to JCTC to produce an exponentially larger pool of work-ready graduates to drive economic growth. Thanks to the $15.2 million pledge from Governor Bevin’s Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative and commitments from community partners, we will soon break ground on the city’s first Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology center, an incubator for the skilled work of tomorrow.” Students who participate in the AMT program work toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Jefferson Community & Technical College. They attend class and participate in lab work for two days a week and work for a sponsor company at a competitive wage the other three days. Demand from area companies for skilled workers is growing and students are taking notice but more education is needed. Current enrollment is 37 students and an incoming class of 24 has been recruited from area high schools. Member companies include: The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dual track, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. The primary method to achieve this goal is through partnerships with local educational institutions to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT). For more information on KY FAME, visit www.kyfame.com.
News Article | May 9, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges and universities in Ohio for 2017. 50 four-year schools were ranked, with Ursuline College, Xavier University, Ohio Northern University, Case Western Reserve University and John Carroll University coming in as the top five. Of the 29 two-year schools that also made the cut, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Belmont College, Sinclair College, Owens Community College and Columbus State Community College were in the top five. A complete list of schools is included below. “Earning a certificate or degree can be a major stepping stone for career development,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These schools offer more than just educational opportunities, they represent Ohio’s best combination of education and employment resources that translate to strong post-college earnings for students.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Ohio” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is also ranked on metrics like the variety of degree programs offered, the number of employment and academic resources offered, financial aid availability, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Ohio” list, visit: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/college/ohio/ Ohio’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Ashland University Baldwin Wallace University Bluffton University Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Capital University Case Western Reserve University Cedarville University Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland State University Defiance College Denison University Franciscan University of Steubenville Franklin University Heidelberg University Hiram College John Carroll University Kent State University at Kent Kenyon College Lake Erie College Lourdes University Malone University Marietta College Miami University-Oxford Mount Saint Joseph University Mount Vernon Nazarene University Muskingum University Notre Dame College Oberlin College Ohio Dominican University Ohio Northern University Ohio State University-Main Campus Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus Ohio University-Main Campus Ohio Wesleyan University Otterbein University The College of Wooster The University of Findlay Union Institute & University University of Akron Main Campus University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Dayton University of Mount Union University of Toledo Ursuline College Walsh University Wilberforce University Wittenberg University Wright State University-Main Campus Xavier University Youngstown State University Ohio’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Belmont College Bowling Green State University-Firelands Central Ohio Technical College Choffin Career and Technical Center Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Clark State Community College Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Columbus State Community College Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Gateway Community College Edison State Community College Hocking College Lakeland Community College Lorain County Community College Marion Technical College North Central State College Northwest State Community College Ohio Institute of Allied Health Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Owens Community College Remington College-Cleveland Campus Rhodes State College Sinclair College Southern State Community College Stark State College Terra State Community College University of Akron Wayne College Washington State Community College Zane State 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 | May 11, 2017
216 students from Carroll, Haralson and Heard County Schools completed the requirements to receive their high school diplomas through the support of the Carrollton area program. 12 for Life will recognize 386 graduates for 2017, including 51 students from the program's Florence, Ala. location, 94 through the Great Promise Partnership and 25 from the first graduating class of Textron Specialized Vehicles, Inc.'s Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) program in Richmond County, Ga. These graduates mark a total of 2,000 students who have completed 12 for Life to date. "I am incredibly proud of our 2017 graduates and of all of the students that have graduated from 12 for Life over the last decade," said Rich Stinson, Southwire's president and CEO. "We deeply value the partnerships that make 12 for Life sustainable, and we are excited to see how the model is succeeding with other businesses and school systems around the nation." The 2017 ceremony was hosted by West Georgia Technical College. Attendees included students, teachers, parents, school system representatives, Southwire employees, community leaders and friends. "12 for Life is a powerful driver of success for the students of Carroll County," said Scott Cowart, superintendent of Carroll County Schools. "Celebrating this year's graduation and the 10th anniversary of 12 for Life reminds us of the tremendous impact the program has had on our community." The graduation event was led by Dr. Doug Wright, 12 for Life/Step Into STEM project director for Carroll County Schools. Guest speakers included Cowart and Kathleen Edge, Southwire's executive vice president of Human Resources. The keynote address for the ceremony was presented by Fredrick Bailey, a mentor, author and motivational speaker. Bailey's mission centers on equipping individuals to be agents of change. Through his words, Bailey inspired the graduates to focus on the impact of their attitudes and to think about the unique qualities that define leadership. Each graduate was also presented with a signed copy of his autobiography, Waiting on the Rain. "You perform the way that you think," said Bailey. "No matter how big the challenge may be, no matter how strong or powerful it may seem, you can bring it down. It's all about your attitude." In addition to the recognition of each graduate, several awards and scholarships were granted during the ceremony. The Academic Achievement Award, given to the student with the highest GPA in the program, was presented to Jordan King, Central High School, and Kalijah Boykin, also from Central High School, received the 12 for Life Standard of Excellence Award. 23 students were recognized by Blair Parker, operations manager of Carrollton's 12 for Life facility, for their eligibility for a Southwire Scholarship. The Harold H. Charles Memorial Scholarship was presented to Shawn Brown, Mt. Zion High School, and Bob Uglum presented the first Carrollton Golden K 12 for Life Scholarship to Bailee Galathe of Temple High School. Throughout their time at 12 for Life, many of the graduates also completed college courses and received certifications relative to their chosen career pathways. The ceremony closed with inspirational remarks by graduates Erika Dixon and Tiler Harpe. "Do not let a single opportunity pass you by," said Harpe to his peers. "It's all about seeing it and taking it while it still exists. There is nothing more expensive than a missed opportunity." 12 for Life will honor the graduates at its Florence location in an upcoming ceremony later this month. A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire's products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit www.southwire.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/12-for-life-celebrates-10-years-2000-graduates-300456433.html
News Article | May 19, 2017
MERIDIAN, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA), a statewide online public charter school, will celebrate the Class of 2017 with three in-person graduation ceremonies across the state. Reese Beard and Elijah Newberry are co-valedictorians of the Class of 2017, and Gabriel Steward is the salutatorian. This is the ninth graduating class from Idaho Virtual Academy. Collectively, IDVA’s 159 graduates have been offered more than $170,000 in college scholarships. Students have reported that they will attend colleges and universities across the country, including Boise State University, College of Western Idaho, University of Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Lewis-Clark State College, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, College of Idaho, College of Western Idaho, North Idaho College, Northwest Nazarene University, Washington State University, Baylor University, Seattle University, Howard College, WyoTech and University of Wyoming. “Graduation is such a special day for our students,” said Kelly Edginton, head of school for Idaho Virtual Academy. “We are so proud of our graduates, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them.” IDVA provides students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade with a learning environment that works for them. The range of classes, extracurricular activities and supportive community give students of all abilities and backgrounds the chance to thrive. IDVA will hold three graduation ceremonies across the state. Media is welcome to attend. Details are as follows: Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) is an online public charter school serving students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Idaho public school system, IDVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. Learn more at http://idva.k12.com. K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
ATHENS, WI, May 23, 2017-- Jean A. Balz has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.After accruing more than two and a half decades of practiced industry experience, Ms. Balz retired from her role as a physician's assistant in 2011. From 1975 to 1981, she served on active duty with the U.S Navy, traveling to Oakland CA and Bethesda, MD. Upon her discharge from active duty, she joined the Naval Reserve and retired after 20 years in 2001. She became a certified operating room assistant through the Mid-State Technical College and took part in the student physician assistant program and served as a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin, which she attended from 1981 to 1984. She then finished her schooling at Cornell University Medical College in New Your City, graduating in 1986. Subsequently, she served as a physician's assistant for Fargo Clinic-MeritCare, Gundersen Clinic, and Marshfield Clinic before she retired. She also used her experience to contribute to many research papers in the field over the course of her career.During her spare time, Ms. Balz participates as a member of the church council at Trinity Lutheran Church, as a member and secretary/treasurer of the Athens Area Development Corporation, and as volunteer leader with the Girls Scouts. She also acts as caretaker for both Athens Cemetery Association and Trinity Cemetery Association. She has worked part time with Color Vision Ltd. since 2012. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Ms. Balz was honored with inclusion in Who's Who in Young American Professionals, six volumes of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and three volumes of Who's Who of American Women.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com Contact:Fred Marks844-394-6946