Randolph, VT, United States
Randolph, VT, United States

Vermont Technical College is a public technical college with two main campuses located in Randolph Center and Williston, Vermont. The College also has nursing campuses in other locations throughout the state. The college is a part of the Vermont State Colleges, a consortium of Vermont's five public colleges, governed by a common board of trustees, chancellor and Council of Presidents, each college with its own president and deans. Total enrollment is approximately 1,650; the average class size is 14; and the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. Wikipedia.


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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 | November 10, 2016
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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.


Zhang B.,High Altitude Observatory | Brambles O.J.,Dartmouth College | Wiltberger M.,High Altitude Observatory | Lotko W.,Dartmouth College | And 2 more authors.
Geophysical Research Letters | Year: 2016

This paper investigates the effects of magnetospheric mass loading on the control of dayside magnetic reconnection using global magnetospheric simulations. The study iys motivated by a recent debate on whether the integrated dayside magnetic reconnection rate is solely controlled by local processes (local-control theory) or global merging processes (global-control theory). The local-control theory suggests that the integrated dayside reconnection rate is controlled by the local plasma parameters. The global-control theory argues that the integrated rate is determined by the net force acting on the flow in the magnetosheath rather than the local microphysics. Controlled numerical simulations using idealized ionospheric outflow specifications suggest a possible mixed-control theory, that is, (1) a small amount of mass loading at the dayside magnetopause only redistributes local reconnection rate without a significant change in the integrated reconnection rate and (2) a large amount of mass loading reduces both local reconnection rates and the integrated reconnection rate on the dayside. The transition between global-control- and local-control-dominated regimes depends on (but not limited to) the source region, the amount, the location, and the spatial extension of the mass loading at the dayside magnetopause. ©2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.


PubMed | Dartmouth College, High Altitude Observatory and Vermont Technical College
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Science (New York, N.Y.) | Year: 2014

Observed distributions of high-speed plasma flows at distances of 10 to 30 Earth radii (R(E)) in Earths magnetotail neutral sheet are highly skewed toward the premidnight sector. The flows are a product of the magnetic reconnection process that converts magnetic energy stored in the magnetotail into plasma kinetic and thermal energy. We show, using global numerical simulations, that the electrodynamic interaction between Earths magnetosphere and ionosphere produces an asymmetry consistent with observed distributions in nightside reconnection and plasmasheet flows and in accompanying ionospheric convection. The primary causal agent is the meridional gradient in the ionospheric Hall conductance which, through the Cowling effect, regulates the distribution of electrical currents flowing within and between the ionosphere and magnetotail.


Brandon C.,Vermont Technical College | Chapin P.,Vermont Technical College
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2013

With software's increasing role in safety-critical and security sensitive infrastructure it is of paramount importance to educate the next generation of software engineers in the use of high integrity development methods. In this paper we discuss our experience training undergraduate students in the use of SPARK toward the construction of a mission-critical embedded system. In particular the students designed and implemented the control program for a CubeSat nano-satellite that will orbit the Earth as the first step toward the ultimate goal of building a prototype CubeSat that will go to the Moon. Our work shows that inexperienced undergraduates can learn to use SPARK to produce more robust software than might otherwise be the case, even in the environment of a volatile student project. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.


Ouellette J.E.,Vermont Technical College | Ouellette J.E.,Dartmouth College | Lyon J.G.,Dartmouth College | Rogers B.N.,Dartmouth College
Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics | Year: 2014

Using a three-dimensional magnetospheric simulation code we have studied the properties of magnetic reconnection at the subsolar point on solar wind parameters for southward interplanetary magnetic field conditions and compared the results with the predictions of the Cassak-Shay theory. We find that this theory predicts reconnection rates on the order of our observations and produces reasonable predictions of the reconnection outflow speed. We have quantified the contributions that differences between the assumed and measured mass, energy, and outflow density scalings make to predictions of the reconnection rate and outflow speed. In general, the theory makes reasonable assumptions about the mass and energy flux into the reconnection layer, but their outflowing counterparts are overestimated due to the narrowness of the reconnection outflow jet. Lastly, we find that newly reconnected flux tubes exit the merging region before their mass density can equilibrate, requiring a correction to the predicted outflow density. Key Points Reconnection rates are generally consistent with Cassak-Shay theory Outflow speeds are also consistent with Cassak-Shay estimates Outflow density may need to be corrected for mixing time ©2014. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.


Brandon C.,Vermont Technical College | Chapn P.,Vermont Technical College
Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC | Year: 2015

We currently haw an operating siigle CubeSat launched as part of NASA's ELaNa IV program on November 19. 2013. the first satellite of any kind hunched by a college h New England. Many CubeSat failures have been attributed to software failures. Of the twelve university CubeSats that were launched with ours, we arc the only one that is functional Two had partial contact for a week, one lasted four months, and eight were never heard from. These other CubeSats primarily used the C language. We are using the most reliable software technology ever sent into space. We used the SPARK 2005 Toolset and Ada language in the construction of oiff software. Ada is used in almost all European Space Agency and many NASA rockets and spacecraft, and ii most European rai systems and nuclear power plants. SPARK is used in commercial aviation (Rolls-Rovcc Trent jet engines. ARINC ACAMS system. Lockhccd Martin CI30J), military aviation (EuroFigiter T>phoon. Harrier GR9, AerMacchi M346), air-Traflic management (UK NATS FACTS system), rail (numerous signaling applications), and mcdical (LifeFbw ventricular assist devee) applications. We are using SPARK'Ada. with its reduction of errors by a factor of about 100 compared wih C. SPARK is a formally deftwd programing bnguage and a set of verifcation took specifically designed to support the devebpment of high integrity software, and can formally verify information flow, freedom from runtime errors, fimctrmal correctness, and security and safety policies Ours is the frst spacecraft to use SPARK. We are currently upgradng our CubeSat software to SPARK 2014, and wiD then work on improving some of the algorithms in that software. We would then have a very reliable software platform. CubedOS that other projects could use as a base for their CubeSat or other spacecraft projects. Our next CubeSat, Lunar IceCube with Morehead State University (PI), Goddard Space Flight Center (BIRCHES & Lunar transfer trajectory) and the Jet Propulsion Lab (Iris 2) is self propelled with a Busck kxIbk ion drive which wiH go to the Moon on the Spacc Launch System FM-1 flight n 2018. This software wi be much more complex, dealing with power management, the ADACS. infrared spectrometer (BIRCHES), the data ard navigation rad (Iris 2), the electrical power system, and am the photo vokac panels and ion thruster. The software will carry out the navigation plan and deal with ground based commands and upgrades SPARK's reliability wi be necessary for this.


Brandon C.S.,Vermont Technical College
SpaceOps 2012 Conference | Year: 2012

A CubeSat is a payload package having dimensions 10cm x 10cm x 10cm and a mass that cannot exceed 1.33 kg. They can also be made in double and triple length (10cm x 10cm x 30cm and 4 kg). Although a number of CubeSats have previously been developed and launched into Earth orbit, none have accomplished missions involving interplanetary navigation. A version of NASA's GPS Enhanced Onboard Navigation System (GEONS) rewritten in Ada/SPARK for enhanced reliability, will use a sophisticated space tested GPS system and a star / near body tracking camera for navigation components. The non-standard low energy transfer strategy through a Lissajous orbit at the Earth-Moon L1 Lagrange point to achieve Lunar orbit insertion and a safe decent to the Lunar surface require sophisticated navigation systems. The triple CubeSat would get a ride with a communications satellite launch to the geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The CubeSat would then travel under its own power to the Moon. Two variations are being studied, and the Vermont Lunar CubeSat project will use high-energy mono-propellant and/or a long duration ion thruster for propulsion to the Moon. The chemically propelled mission would have a double CubeSat as a booster carrying the single CubeSat as payload from the GTO to Lunar orbit insertion. The chemically propelled single CubeSat would then descend to a soft landing on the Moon. The xenon ion drive triple CubeSat would travel to the Moon and enter orbit for observations with its instrument payload. It would use the low energy transfer ala the ESA SMART-1 spacecraft. We have been selected by NASA for the ELaNa IV launch on an Orbital Sciences Minotaur 1 to a 500 km orbit in July, 2013. This single CubeSat would test the navigation software and hardware, sending celestial, GPS and GEONS information to our ground station. © 2012 by Dr. Carl S. Brandon.


Chapin P.,Vermont Technical College | Skalka C.,University of Vermont
ACM Transactions on Information and System Security | Year: 2014

We describe SpartanRPC, a secure middleware technology that supports cooperation between distinct security domains in wireless sensor networks. SpartanRPC extends nesC to provide a link-layer remote procedure call (RPC) mechanism, along with an enhancement of configuration wirings that allow specification of remote, dynamic endpoints. RPC invocation is secured via an authorization logic that enables servers to specify access policies and requires clients to prove authorization. This mechanism is implemented using a combination of symmetric and public key cryptography. We report on benchmark testing of a prototype implementation and on an application of the framework that supports secure collaborative use and administration of an existing WSN data-gathering system. © 2014 ACM.


Wang C.,Vermont Technical College | Baskiyar S.,Auburn University
Microprocessors and Microsystems | Year: 2015

Unlike magnetic disks, NAND flashes can be written a limited number of times. As flash memory densities increase and cell sizes shrink, further decreases in write endurance is expected. Although some mitigation is achieved by wear leveling, write endurance remains a concern for write intensive applications. In this research, we use a DRAM cache to filter write traffic to flash by coalescing and merging overwrites. To handle integrity of data upon power failure, we use a supercapacitor to provide short duration backup power during which DRAM data can be retired to flash memory. The effectiveness of such a mechanism is not obvious considering that a large file-system cache already exists which also merges overwrites. We investigated: (i) a DRAM and a flash disk cache combo within a magnetic disk controller and (ii) a DRAM only cache when flash is a full secondary storage. Our simulations show that using a medium sized DRAM cache, flash lifetime doubles with lazy updates compared to early update policy. Moreover, miss ratio and average response times decrease as well. With little effort, our technique can be extended to improve the usable life of other emerging non-volatile memories, such as PCM and MRAM. © 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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