News Article | May 26, 2017
New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA), an online school that serves students statewide in 4th through 12th grades, celebrated its senior class this week in a traditional graduation ceremony at Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. The Class of 2017 includes over 120 students from all over the state who made the choice to enroll in online school to better meet their academic and social needs. “There is nothing more satisfying that watching our students succeed in the ways they had hoped, and for some, in ways they never thought they could,” Jodie Dean, New Mexico Connections Academy principal, said. “Online school affords our students the flexibility and personalized educational approach they need, and it is so exciting to play a role in the achievements of our accomplished students.” The Class of 2017 was accepted to numerous colleges and universities, including New Mexico State University, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, and Western State Colorado University, among others. Students attend New Mexico Connections Academy for a variety of reasons. Some students seek flexibility in their school day in order to pursue other passions such as competitive athletics or performing arts. Others seek a more personalized learning environment, desire more family time, or are searching for an education model that will allow them to either catch up or get ahead of their grade level. About New Mexico Connections Academy New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable statewide online charter school that serves students in grades 4–12. The virtual school combines high-quality resources from leading publishers with cutting-edge yet easy-to-use technology and hands-on materials. New Mexico Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere there is an Internet connection and with an innovative online school curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-certified teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit http://www.NewMexicoConnectionsAcademy.com.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges and universities in Colorado for 2017. 20 four-year schools made the list, with University of Denver, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado—Colorado Springs and Colorado Colleges coming in with the highest scores. Of the 15 two-year schools that were also included, Aims Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College were the top five schools. A full list of schools is included below. “These schools have shown a commitment to preparing their students for success in college and beyond, with numbers to prove it,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “We measure data from each school, but also dig deeper into the success of alumni after college to find which colleges in Colorado truly are the best for students.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data points including the number of career and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, visit: Colorado’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Adams State University Colorado Christian University Colorado College Colorado Mesa University Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Global Campus Colorado State University-Pueblo Fort Lewis College Johnson & Wales University-Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Naropa University Regis University United States Air Force Academy University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western State Colorado University Colorado’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Aims Community College Arapahoe Community College Colorado Northwestern Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Morgan Community College Northeastern Junior College Otero Junior College Pickens Technical College Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Red Rocks Community College Trinidad State Junior College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | February 23, 2017
The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges with online programs in the state of Colorado. Among the schools that were ranked, 16 four-year colleges made the list, with University of Denver, Colorado State University Fort Collins, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Northern Colorado and University of Colorado Denver coming in as the top five schools. The state’s top 13 two-year schools were also ranked, with Trinidad State Junior College, Pueblo Community College, Aims Community College, Otero Junior College and Colorado Northwestern Community College taking the top five spots. “Colorado’s schools are becoming increasingly attuned to the needs of nontraditional students,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The accredited schools on our list accommodate all kinds of schedules with their online programs so that busy students can finish their degrees and receive a top-quality learning experience.” Schools on the “Best” list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on more than a dozen additional data points, including student to teacher ratios, graduation rates and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Colorado’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Adams State University Colorado Christian University Colorado Mesa University Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Global Campus Colorado State University-Pueblo Johnson & Wales University-Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Nazarene Bible College Regis University University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western State Colorado University Colorado’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Aims Community College Arapahoe Community College Colorado Northwestern Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Morgan Community College Northeastern Junior College Otero Junior College Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Trinidad State Junior College About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.
News Article | October 29, 2016
AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leading online higher education information and resource provider, is highlighting 25 schools as the Best Online Colleges in Colorado for 2016-2017. Comparing more than a dozen unique cost and quality measures, the following two-year and four-year schools received top marks respectively: Lamar Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Northeastern Junior College and Morgan Community College; Colorado Christian University, University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Adams State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. "In 2014 alone, non-residents made up nearly half of all four-year college applicants in Colorado. That shows a growing opportunity for distance and online learning programs in the state,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "We’re highlighting colleges who are going above and beyond to create quality, affordable online programs to accommodate the growing number of students looking to Colorado for higher education resources.” Schools are required to meet specific baseline requirements to make the AffordableCollegesOnline.org lists. An institution must hold regional accreditation and be a public or private not-for-profit college or university to qualify. Tuition rates must also fall under specific minimums: two-year schools must offer an in-state tuition rate below $5,000 per year and four-year schools must offer an in-state tuition rate below $25,000 per year. All schools on the Best Online Colleges in Colorado ranking are listed below. For more details on where each ranks and the data and methodology used to determine each school’s score visit the following page: The Best Online Colleges in Colorado (Two-Year) for 2016-2017: The Best Online Colleges in Colorado (Four-Year) for 2016-2017: Colorado Christian University University of Northern Colorado University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Adams State University Metropolitan State University of Denver University of Colorado Denver Colorado State University - Fort Collins Western State Colorado University Nazarene Bible College Colorado Mesa University Colorado State University - Global Campus Colorado State University - Pueblo 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 | December 8, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE: LPX) announced today changes to its executive management team. The organizational changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2017. “ These changes are part of our continuous improvement efforts to strengthen our leadership team to benefit from different perspectives, embed market facing experience into the top levels of LP and organize so that we can quickly implement best practices across our company,” Chief Operating Officer Brad Southern said. “ I’m very pleased that Jason, Neil, Mike and Craig are stepping up to new responsibilities and I’m fully confident that they will bring their talents and expertise to these new roles,” Chief Executive Officer Curt Stevens said. “ Brian Luoma has served LP well during his long tenure with the company and we appreciate his contributions to our company’s success. We wish him well in his future endeavors.” Sherman joined LP in 1994, and has held a variety of positions with the company including service as vice president of procurement, logistics and supply management prior to leading the EWP business. He was also the project manager of LP’s successful ERP implementation and has held the director of business development and corporate real estate position for LP. He holds a B.S. in Waste and Waste Water Management from Humboldt State University. Ringblom joined LP in 2004, and was named vice president of OSB sales and marketing in February 2015. In his time with LP he has held a variety of positions, including OSB sales manager, general sales manager for the southeast region and regional sales manager for the eastern half of the U.S. He holds a B.S. in Forest Products Marketing & Business Management from the University of Minnesota. Sims has worked in building products in various sales and marketing capacities since 1984. A former vice president of OSB sales and marketing, Sims was named senior vice president of LP sales and marketing in 2015. He holds a B.A. from Western State Colorado University. Sichling joined LP in 2001, and has led and managed the U.S. field sales team since 2004. He was named vice president in 2015 and is responsible for all field sales efforts in the United States and Canada. He holds a B.A. from State University of New York in Oneonta. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit www.lpcorp.com.
News Article | December 21, 2016
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - December 21, 2016) - Are you exercising endlessly but not seeing results? You may be what researchers call a "non-responder"-someone who receives no clear health benefits from a form of exercise that produces significant visible results for most people. The Cooper Institute estimates that 20 to 45 percent of some populations may be impacted by the frustrating, non-responder phenomenon. As part of its mission to get people moving and make a significant impact on the physical-inactivity epidemic, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned a third-party study, conducted by Western State Colorado University to investigate a more individualized programming approach. The study, recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Exercise Research, found that a unique combination of functional fitness, resistance training and cardio workouts eliminates the non-responder phenomenon. "Although there are several credible theories, there's no definitive answer as to why some people don't achieve the desired results of an exercise routine while most others do," says Lance Dalleck, a lead researcher for the study. "What we do know is that the approach we studied is incredibly promising." The study measured the health markers of three groups before and after a 13-week period. A control group was not instructed to not do any formal exercise. The second group was guided through the fitness industry's traditionally recommended routine of cardio and resistance training, while a third group was instructed in using the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model. The two latter groups performed the same frequency and duration of training, totaling 150 minutes of exercise per week. The cardiorespiratory training program for traditional exercise group used a heart rate-based model, while those in the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model exercised according to their ventilatory threshold. This approach allows for a truly individualized exercise intensity. For the resistance-training component, the traditional group performed a set routine of machine-based exercises at a predetermined "moderate intensity," while those in the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model group performed a combination of functional and resistance exercises, the intensity of which progressed according to individual performance. Health markers of the majority of participants in both exercising groups improved, but 35 percent of participants in the traditional exercise group were non-responders, meaning that they failed to show significantly improved markers for health. In contrast, all members of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model group saw important, positive changes in their health. Additionally, this group outperformed the other groups in almost every metric, including VO2 max, muscular fitness and key cardiometabolic risk factors. "This is a major breakthrough for the many people struggling to improve their health through exercise without the results they need," says Dalleck. For more information on this study, please click here. For more information on the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model, click here. About ACE: With a mission to get people moving, the nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies and represents more than 65,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space and all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the United States for accreditation of certifications that assess professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting and providing science-based research and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change. For more information, call 800-825-3636 or visit ACEfitness.org. AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.
News Article | October 28, 2016
With the recent Conor McGregor scandal (according to http://www.mmafighting.com) * and talks of Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino not being able to make weight (according to http://www.rollingstone.com) *, Sean Wheelock, Ben Askren, and Joe Warren, hosts of LineUp MMA, sat down with Kutting Weight® founder, Dustin Zahursky to discuss the issues of weight cutting and performance enhancement in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. LineUp MMA is one of the leading podcasts in the MMA industry, talking with guests such as Randy Couture, Victor Ortiz, and Miesha Tate. LineUp MMA explores a number of topics each week, all related to the world of mixed martial arts. Recently, the hosts focused their attention on two of the most prevalent topics in the sport: the role of weight cutting and performance enhancement. Dustin Zahursky, a national champion wrestler for Lindenwood University and founder of Kutting Weight® sauna suit clothing weighed in on the discussion. With the desire to be the best, many MMA fighters such as McGregor are going to extreme, unsafe, and potentially illegal measures to make weight and improve performance. Recently, Cyborg’s trainer mentioned how she wasn’t close to her fighting weight. Being so close to fight night and so far from a goal weight could be the motivation needed to turn towards these same taboo methods. There is a clear cut difference between proper weight cutting and extreme weight cutting, which is becoming a problem in the MMA industry. “Proper weight cutting will allow a 5% to 10% reduction of bodyweight with no negative side effects,” Zahursky explained. Extreme weight cutting, on the other hand, is dropping 25 to 30 pounds and the consequences include compromised training, dizziness, nausea, and, in worst case scenarios, hospitalization and death. The other issue in the world of MMA is trying to increase performance without stepping into the gray area of the organization’s rules. With the need to outlast an opponent, MMA fighters are looking for the fastest and most effective way to increase total fatigue time. The answer to both these issues is a sauna suit. As weight cutting and performance enhancement is central to several sports including wrestling, Zahursky was familiar with proper procedures in the sport. With this knowledge, Zahursky set out to create the alternative to extreme weight cutting. This is where the Kutting Weight® sauna suit clothing was born. The sauna suit clothing offers athletes a safe way to effectively cut weight and improve total fatigue time. Dr. Lance Dalleck and his team at Western State Colorado University conducted the studies on the Kutting Weight sauna suit clothing and determined that it was an ideal and safe method for weight cutting, fat loss, endurance enhancement, and cardiovascular health. The results showed metabolic rates to be elevated by 20% while wearing the sauna suit clothing and even after removing it. Subjects also saw an overall greater weight loss of up to 40%. Most importantly, endurance levels were increased up to 61.7%. From these studies, one can see just how safe and effective this method of weight cutting and performance enhancement can be. If top tier fighters are looking for a way to make weight and outlast an opponent without breaking rules, this is it. Zahursky asks that when using the sauna suit clothing to treat it as any other fitness tool. It’s important to be educated on maximum heart rate and start out with short sessions. Most importantly, listen to the body. Be cautious of feelings of light headedness or dizziness. To learn more about the Kutting Weight® sauna suit clothing, read about the studies or get more information about the company, please visit http://www.kuttingweight.com. Get all of the latest updates in the world of mixed martial arts with LineUp MMA and hosts Ben, Joe, and Sean. Check out the podcast at http://www.lineupmma.com.