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The Exciting Launch of a New Online Teaching Platform Concept

The Freasyway concept is simple, yet complete. Countless High Schools, universities, superior technical schools or independent teachers can share paid or free lessons on the Freasyway platform. The content is made accessible to all students or interested individuals. By posting online paid lessons, leads to certain commission fees..

In addition, various complementary services are available as following: Small national and international announcements referring to the educational field and generally anything related to areas of interest for students and educators.

“Teach in real time” thanks to the advantages brought by the Freasyway virtual class, a complex system that allows teachers to connect with their students in real time. The virtual class module enables educational institutions, represented by a teacher or an administrator, to plan and set the details of the educational content, including title, the date and hour, duration, the language used for a specific class’ interface, and, when needed, to record the lessons. Due to the implementation of functionalities such as video-conferencing for maximum 10 persons, a whiteboard, screen sharing and content sharing, the educational institutions take advantage of advanced collaboration tools in real time; such tools enable them to teach courses online in real time..

Besides the possibility to exchange documents and videos, Freasyway also provides a virtual educational library called “Box reader” that grants users full access to various and numerous resources: manuals, homework sets, graduation tests, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc..

We have already reached success with no less than 300 educational institutions, associations and independent teachers spread across 9 countries and 3 continents (France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, The United States, Canada, China, Germany, Russia) that currently use Freasyway. The system clearly responds to the needs of educational institutions by offering an alternative and complementary solution to the traditional system, as initially was intended and created by its conceptor.

Due to a collaboration with the MEET Organization, which promotes accessible education for every European, Freasyway was developed for offering a real and complete solution for current needs in terms of education at a national/international level. With the support of SPECo Vaud Region of Leman, Freasyway will equally benefit from the expertise generously provided by MJ Media and Thot Cursus, gained in their field of expertise.

Surpassing the physical boundaries of Europe and the United States, the goal ofFreasyway is also to develop educational systems in the disadvantaged countries, such as Africa or certain countries of South America or Asia, via new technologies. In order to achieve that, 40% from all profits generated by our system will be used for the creation of Learning Centers and a scholarship support fund.

Website access :

For students, professionals and communities: www.freasyway.com

Intranet educational institutions and independent teachers: http://edu.freasyway.com

For all national and international ambassadors :https://freasyway.com/public/pages/become-partner

For investor relations : https://freasyway.com/public/pages/investors

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Dore Frances, Ph.D. Celebrates A Decade Of Helping Families in Crisis With Troubled Teens at Horizon Family Solutions

In 2001 Dore Frances created Horizon Family Solutions, LLC (H.F.S.) with the intention to assist and educate parents during a time of crisis with their teenager. This year Horizon Family Solutions is celebrating over a decade of assisting families.

During these ten years, Dore Frances has been asked for her opinion by Seventeen Magazine and interviewed by The Monterey Herald in California.

She also spoke at the Boise High school in Idaho about the dangers of drugs and answered some very tough questions from both parents and teens.

Not seeking publicity Dore Frances has shared information with attorneys, counselors, doctors, families, health care providers, and other professionals through her two newsletters and the most recent addition of RMG Teen Alerts. She also has several e-Book publications in process that will assist families in crisis who are needing to make a placement decision and are not able to travel ahead of time.

Recently Dore Frances was accepted into the American Evaluation Association (A.E.A.) and will be conducting in-depth evaluations of programs and schools that are assisting families in raising today’s teens. Frances knows personally the anguish parent’s experience when their home is being invaded by an out of control teen, who themselves is in crisis.

She too choose to place her own daughter in a residential therapeutic treatment center over 10 year ago. Neither she nor her daughter have any regrets.

Since that time Dore Frances has learned a lot about the benefits and concerns of programs and schools that have invaded the Internet. It is always painful when needing to make a decision about placing your child in the care of others, usually far from home. You want a quick fix, and have your child reunited with you as soon as possible. However, it does take time. The crisis did not happen overnight and you will not come back from it overnight.

Dore Frances knows first hand that there are excellent addiction treatment centers, clinical programs, eating disorder programs, learning disability schools, residential treatment centers and wilderness programs all across the United States.

She has visited hundreds of programs and schools in Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho and many other states. It is more important than ever that these programs and schools do the very best they can in the areas they specialize in and that parents, as well as programs, remember that one size does not fit all.

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Launch of Students Cloud Network, Learn, Distribute and Advance

Launch of StudentsCloud.com : Students Cloud is a platform where Students, Parents, Teachers, Schools and Administrators of Campuses, Colleges and Universities can network and collaborate worldwide

Students Cloud strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. Students Cloud is collaboration and networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to Professionals, Students, Parents , Teachers and Administrators, Service Providers, Customers, Prospects, Partners and Industry experts. Professionals Use Students Cloud platform to build their own students focused education ecosystem. Members use the Students Cloud platform to discover a new way to manage their profile, answers , and groups, eLearning, Distance Education, Training and Events . Use the platform to build a network, share ideas, and improve opportunities, share students reviews, ratings and customer case studies, Perfect Teacher Index

Features:
Students Cloud platform supports a fundamental shift In the way Students, Parents, Teachers, Schools, Campuses, Colleges and Universities communicate and collaborate worldwide. The main features of Students Cloud are as given below.
1. Global Networking of Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators of Schools, Colleges, Universities worldwide
2. Cloud of eLearning, Distance Education, Training and Events. Build your Students-Focused and Community-Powered Education Ecosystem
3. Get Answers From Experts, Parents, Teachers and your Peers. Share Reviews, Ratings and Case studies

About Students Cloud

  • Get the most from Your Networking and Efficient Collaboration
  • Community-Powered Education Ecosystem help Institutions, Companies and their Partners build their Education Ecosystem
  • Perfect Teachers index, Reviews, Ratings and recommendations help Teachers and Administrators to showcase their Service Offerings in a better way
  • CRM Pro, Mail Box and Collaboration Pro features help Teachers and Administrators to build their Network with Students and Parents Community
  • Latest Updates from many News Channels – News
  • Students Cloud Profile Management System enables Individuals, Students, Teachers to maintain their Integrated Profile Information System

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Schools Unite To Form UK’s First Schools Co-operative

More than 100 primary, secondary schools and colleges in England are set to pool resources, expertise and buying power in the first organisation of its kind in the UK – the Schools Co-operative Society (SCS).

The announcement comes at a time when the Government is encouraging greater independence in education as part of major reforms and is designed to help schools help themselves in accordance with co-operative values and principles.

Already registered as a co-operative, the organisation’s governing body is now working on a strategy that will include:
• Sharing best practice in terms of teaching and management.
• Advancing the co-operative cause in the field of education.
• Using combined buying power – estimated at £100 million plus – to purchase a range of goods and services including energy, administrative services.

All the schools and colleges involved employ globally shared co-operative values such as self-help, democracy, equality, honesty and social responsibility both in their governance and in the curriculum. They are part of the Co-operative Schools Programme, one of the community projects which has been run by The Co-operative Group, the UK’s biggest mutual retailer, and the Co-operative College, the Movement’s educational charity, for the last eight years.

Dave Boston, head teacher of Sir Thomas Boughey Co-operative Business and Enterprise College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been appointed Chair of the SCS Board.

He explained: “Co-operative values and principles are more relevant than ever at a time when people are being urged to be more independent and less reliant on the state.

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The ICMA Centre Announces Promotion For Dr Adrian Bell

Dr Bell will be promoted to Professor on 1 October this year. Dr Bell, who has been with the ICMA Centre since 1994, has been instrumental in the development of both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in his role as School Director of Teaching and Learning. He also developed the distance-learning option for the ICMA Centre’s suite of Masters in Finance degrees with the Centre’s New Media Solutions Manager – the first distance learning Masters in Finance degrees in the UK delivered using e-lectures.

Professor John Board, Director of the Centre commented: “This is excellent news both for Dr Bell and for the Centre. It is very well deserved and recognizes the significant contribution Dr Bell has made to the development of the Centre.”

Dr Bell’s primary research interest is in the history of finance and he is currently working on a major project funded by the ESRC with Professor Chris Brooks (Chair in Finance) which will investigate the early and innovative use of credit finance by a succession of English medieval monarchs. This three-year project, which ends this year, is detailed on the ICMA website and builds upon the work the same team carried out during 2004/5 for another ESRC project entitled “Modern Finance in the Middle Ages? Advance Contracts for the Supply of Wool”. For outputs, interested parties can visit the UK Data Archive, study number 5325, at www.data-archive.ac.uk.

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Finally it is Teacher Appreciation Week

“Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.” Helen Peters. Whether you are 8 or 18 years old, you live in South Korea or in Sweden, you are black or you are white. Everyone around the world has at least one teacher who has inspired them and motivated them to keep on going and never give up. The only thing we can give back is showing our appreciation for their work and effort. This appreciation makes teachers aware of what their efforts mean to us and keeps them doing the great things they do. Students from different country celebrate this in their own way, with their own and unique habits and on different dates.

Finally it is Teacher Appreciation Week

Today starts the week during which students of the US can express their gratefulness for what their teachers have taught them. Today starts the week where for once the teachers don’t give, but the students do. Today starts the week that entire classes work together to surprise their teachers. Today starts the week that makes teachers feel good about what they do. Today starts the week that makes the world of education go around. Today starts Teacher Appreciation Week.

Until May 7th, teachers will walk out of their homes with an even bigger smile on their face than usual. Because they now that this is the week that they get recognition for all the effort they put into this job. “Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teacher appreciation is their highest award.” – William Prince. They work so hard by teaching us how to write, read and count. They treat us as their own children and from today on, we can show them that we treat them as our second parents. Although we give them headaches and make them upset all the time, there is one week to make it all up and make sure that they don’t forget why they do so much for us.

During this week and especially on Tuesday, everyone does their best to be as creative as possible and surprise their teachers with the most amazing and original ideas. On teacher appreciation info you can find a lot of initiatives that were done in the past and different tips. One tip is to keep in mind which teachers you are surprising. Try to know as much as possible about them and use this to create a present. In this way, your present means much more to those particular teachers and gets a personal touch. Your teachers are happy and so are you, because for once, you managed to give them something that means a lot and not the other way around.

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More Schools Adopt Co-Operative Trust Model

The growing acceptance that the co-operative model offers schools a compelling structure was further underlined when the latest tranche of co-operative trust schools was announced.

Fifteen new co-operative trust schools, which offer all stakeholders an opportunity to be involved in the running of their school, become legal entities today (1 April) bringing the total throughout the country to more than 50.

The new co-operative schools include a Leeds based federation of eight schools with another cluster in South Bristol. Individual school trusts are also being established in Stoke-on-Trent, Oldham, Bradford, High Wycombe and Peterborough.

Anyone with an interest in the school including students, teachers, parents, employers and the local community will be encouraged to become members of the Trust, making the trust a community based mutual.

The members will elect representatives to a school stakeholder forum, which will meet on a regular basis, in order to ensure that those in positions of responsibility remain sensitive to the needs, views and aspirations of the different groups.

This co-operative mutual model is based on open membership, equal democratic participation (one member, one vote) and clear accountability of those in charge to those for whom services are provided is very much in fashion at the present time.

Russell Gill, Head of Membership at The Co-operative Group, said: “The co-operative model, which is very much in vogue with the mainstream political parties, allows all stakeholders greater participation in the running of the school and our values, that date back more than 150 years, offer schools an ethos which we believe can lead to higher standards, aspirations and achievements.”

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Safetyshop Reveal the Winning School of Their School Safety Sign Competition

Towards the end of 2009 Safetyshop, the UK’s number 1 safety sign manufacturer and supplier of over 30,000 safety solutions, launched a contest open to schools up and down the country to design a new safety sign aimed at school children.

The first prize was recently awarded to the EPRU unit located within the grounds of Whitefield Community Primary School, Manchester, closely followed by St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Middlesex.

Safetyshop is delighted with the safety themes that developed from the competition. The best entries represented health and safety issues ranging from hand hygiene, playground safety, healthy eating to email and internet safety.

The Safetyshop panel, tasked with the difficult job of picking a school sign winner, commented “we were captivated at how creative some designs were and how students demonstrated the importance of safety within their school environment”

Prizes for the EPRU unit are:

• The chance to have their design digitally manufactured into a 300Hx400W mm safety awareness sign and then see it transformed into an interpretation of how the design could be manufactured into a prohibition safety sign
• £150 worth of vouchers to spend on health and safety equipment at Safetyshop
• 51 piece media mix art set
• WH Smith gift voucher
• 99 piece first response first aid kit
• Two “understanding safety signs” wall charts
• “First aid for children” wall chart

Safetyshop, still a British manufacturer of safety signs, is entering into its 40th year of trading and wanted to do something special to mark this achievement. One of Safetyshop’s core beliefs is that anyone who gets involved in health and safety practice is safer than those who don’t.

Safetyshop also believes that safety education at an early age can be developed into a safety culture that young people can carry forward into their working lives. A safety sign competition seemed like the logical opportunity to begin helping support young people think about and identify hazards in their school.

The Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) is currently campaigning to have a similar initiative included in the UK’s national curriculum and Safetyshop fully supports this young people’s campaign.

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Tutorgiant.com Offers Online Video Lessons to Students

Tutorgiant.com Offers Online Video Lessons to Students 24/7. For the First Time, Students Can Learn Math and English Classroom Lessons On Demand With Internet Access.

Tutorgiant.com presents a new format for online tutoring, The Ackerman Tutoring Method. Unlike traditional tutors, Tutorgiant.com enables students to watch classroom lessons in math and English before they receive the instruction in the classroom. Lessons can also be watched at home on the same days that the lessons are being taught in school. Also, students can watch and participate in the online lessons after the concepts have been taught and before tests.

Tutorgiant.com provides about 400 videos, 500 worksheets, and over 150 tips for learning. All worksheets are taken up in the videos so students will be able to immediately correct their work, see their mistakes, and improve their skills. Whether it is fractions, geometry, algebra, reading comprehension, writing, or grammar, students will be better prepared for classroom lessons using the Ackerman Tutoring Method.

According to Sympatico MSN technology expert, Marc Saltzman,

“Whether you’re pulling your hair out over algebra or struggling with science, a unique, refreshing, and accessible new website, Tutorgiant.com, is trying to help students with on-demand instructional videos and accompanying printable worksheets. A site like Tutorgiant can really get a student up to speed…get some extra homework to help complement what kids have already received from their teacher. If you want your kids to excel in school, definitely have them check out Tutorgiant.com”.

Tutorgiant.com also offers free online math and reading assessments, and free advice and tips so that parents can get an idea of their child’s weaker areas before it’s too late into the term. Launched by education expert, Stuart Ackerman MSc.Ed, Tutorgiant.com video lessons are all curriculum based. Mr. Ackerman has compiled curricula from North America and Europe to create all the math and English lessons that students receive in school. Members have unlimited access to all videos in every grade twenty four hours a day. The Ackerman Tutoring Method also caters to homeschoolers, students with learning disabilities, and students with different learning styles.

About Tutorgiant.com:
Stuart Ackerman gives educational tips on the radio, television, and in the newspapers on a regular basis. He is certified in both the United States and Canada. Stuart Ackerman has his Masters Degree in Education and has over 14 years experience teaching and tutoring all grades.

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Debut Of ePath Knowledge Suite of Online Tools

Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEDH), a leading provider of print and online supplemental educational materials for the K–12 school market, is pleased to announce the launch of their new ePath Knowledge™series of online tools for educators to address specific needs in schools. The initial launch of the ePath Knowledge™ series consists of three distinct offerings: ePath Assess™—the online formative assessment, progress monitoring, and reporting platform, ePath Discovery™—a targeted, state-specific online remediation and reporting system, and Practice Path™—the ongoing skill building and standards and test practice system. The tools share a common design featuring intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces, visually based reporting, and customized, state-specific content.

Debut Of ePath Knowledge Suite of Online Tools

“We are extremely excited about our new ePath Knowledge™ offerings and the potential of these tools to make a significant impact in K–12 schools,” said Brian Beckwith, President and CEO. “The tools in the ePath Knowledge™ series work together to deliver an integrated solution or as standalone offerings to fill in the ‘missing piece’ of any existing solution. This flexibility, combined with our high-quality content, user-friendly design, renowned service and support, and affordable pricing will make ePath Knowledge™ a ‘go to’ solution for schools.”

“We had the opportunity to pilot Practice Path™ for our summer Jump Start program,” said Stephanie Shaffer, Basic Skills Instructor from Franklin Township School District, NJ. “I honestly have to say the program has a lot to offer for both the teachers and students. I found the program offered a wide array of usable information and the students loved it. Because of our summer experience, we are going to use the program this school year.”

The ePath Knowledge™ offerings allow local and state level education agencies to provide powerful, state-specific tools accessible via any computer with an available connection to the Internet. Each ePath Knowledge™ tool addresses distinct educational needs while straightforward, visually based reports promote informed classroom instruction, so educators can readily identify the needs of each student or groups of students. The ePath Knowledge™ tools are available in the following geographic areas: The ePath Assess™ solution is available in all 11 of Peoples Education’s current states (AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, and VA), while ePath Discovery™ is currently available in California and Texas only and Practice Path™ is currently available in California, Texas, and New Jersey with more states to come. For additional information about Peoples Education ePath Knowledge™ tools, go to www.PeoplesEducation.com.

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New Quick and Easy Test Preparation Now Available for Reading, Math, and Science

Peoples Education, a leading provider of supplemental educational material for the K-12 school market, today announced the addition of Reading, Grades 3-8 materials to the successful Measuring Up Express for the TAKS program. This new program, which first launched late last year, now offers a complete line of Reading, Math, and Science materials for Texas elementary and middle school tested grade levels. The Reading, Grades 3-8 program, includes student worktexts, Diagnostic Practice Tests, and Formative Assessments.

“Teachers told us that they are beginning to instructionally move to the new reading TEKS, but these TEKS are not yet tested. They still need materials to help students succeed on the pre-existing TEKS, which will be tested in 2010 and beyond,” commented Brian T. Beckwith, the company’s President and CEO. “Peoples Education has a history of responding to Texas educators’ needs promptly and with high-quality TEKS and TAKS-customized content. This new reading TAKS preparation and review program is no exception.”

The Measuring Up Express worktexts are a companion to the successful Measuring Up to the TEKS program. The new books address the TEKS that will be tested in 2010 with new content and reading passages. In areas where students need extra instructional support, Measuring Up lessons can be selected for in-depth standards coverage. For quick and easy test review 3-6 weeks prior to the TAKS, Measuring Up Express lessons are the perfect tool. The short lessons provide a brief review of the standards and relevant vocabulary, as well as test practice in the format of the current TAKS. The Measuring Up Express books also include a correlation to the new reading TEKS to help teachers and students as they transition to the new standards.

“Peoples Education has worked tirelessly to align the TEKS with the Measuring Up Express Reading worktexts,” remarked Elizabeth Firmin Birdwell, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Duncanville ISD. “I think teachers will enjoy the product and they will find that it is cognitively aligned.”

The Measuring Up Express program includes free Formative Assessments as blackline masters so teachers can monitor student progress at the end of every chapter. Two free Diagnostic Practice Tests for each student allow teachers to diagnose student weaknesses and prescribe review lessons in the Measuring Up Express OR Measuring Up worktexts. This diagnose-prescribe-instruct model in the Measuring Up program has helped over 3 million Texas students improve test scores.

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TuitionFlex Payment Program Implemented at Northwest Technical Institute

Education Loan Source, Inc., (ELS) in partnership with Sterling Education Finance, LLC announced today that Northwest Technical Institution implemented the TuitionFlexSM payment program. TuitionFlex offers two types of payment plans, TuitionEase(tm) which is a short-term 4 to 12 month program and TuitionExtendTM which is a long-term 13 to 120 month extended repayment plan. “In today’s market, schools have to become creative with their financing options and the TuitionFlex program met the needs of our institution,” stated Keith Fossen, President/CEO at Northwest Technical Institute. “At Northwest Technical Institute, we are helping students and families finance a higher education, without a higher price tag.”

Both TuitionFlex payment options offer a 100% online application process, e-signature capabilities, and a school portal for a school administrator to manage certifications and real-time application status managed by ELS. “ELS’s dynamic system allows schools to manage their tuition payment plans completely online while meeting all of the regulatory requirements,” stated Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer at ELS. “We are excited that Northwest Technical Institute is now providing the TuitionFlex program to their student and families.”

Tricia Oberg, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance, and the relationship manager for Northwest Technical Institute stated, “This program is the perfect solution to fill educational funding gaps that can remain when other sources of aid are not available for the student and their families.”

For more information on the TuitionFlex Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Tricia Oberg, Regional Vice President, at (651) 707-7291 or Pat Cook, President and Chief Sales Officer, at (828) 335-1092.

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Brilliance Academy Bloggers Shed New Light on Daycare in Dallas

Brilliance Preschool & Academy provides an opportunity for local parents to get information on local news.

There’s nothing more important than a child’s education. For over a decade Brilliance Preschool & Academy has been reaching out to the students in their community, helping pave their way to a better future through a blend of customized learning techniques. Now they’re sharing their knowledge and experience with the parents in the Dallas community with the launch of the Brilliance Blog.

The Brilliance Blog being launched will give parents the latest headlines in Dallas daycare and education, along with a healthy collection of parent resources, including information on early childhood education and helpful tips for helping their children thrive both in and out of the classroom.

The Brilliance Blog is the next step in reaching out and connecting parents and their children with the Dallas community. “Brilliance Academy is a change leader in the new millennium, providing an opportunity for…active parents to develop intellectual skills in children that will help them succeed in a competitive and global society,” says Kelly Mayberry, Director at Brilliance Academy. When Brilliance Academy first launched in January of 1996 the institution set-out not to be another Dallas day care. Over the years their commitment to excellence and their dedication to building a positive learning environment for their students have made them the premier early childhood education center for preschoolers and elementary students through grade 4.

“Brilliance Preschool & Academy was founded in January of 1996 to fill a need for preschool education,” Ms Kelly Mayberry exclaims. In the following years, the institution added 1st – 4th grades based on the success of their original programs.

This growth is directly attributed to the positive development that parents have witnessed during their children’s preschool attendance at Brilliance. She adds, “We inspire, in our students, creativity, exploration and social skills that will be valuable in the years to come, as well as fully preparing them for the integration of new technologies and world cultures.”

Check out the Brilliance Blog at http://www.BrillianceAcademy.com/blog.htm and visit Brilliance Academy on the web to find more about their early childhood education experience at http://www.BrillianceAcademy.com.

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Delaware Credit Union League & Education Loan Source, Inc. Team Up

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS) a leading provider of education financial solutions is proud to announce its partnership with the Delaware Credit Union League to provide education loan programs to their member credit unions.

“The Delaware Credit Union League is excited to recommend Education Loan Source programs to our member credit unions for student loan services,” says Jane Bailey, Executive Vice President of the Delaware Credit Union League. “Credit Unions are taking a larger role in helping students and their families obtain the financing they need to attend college. The Delaware Credit Union League is looking forward to offering our member credit unions student loan solutions that can be customized while meeting each individual credit union’s goals.”

Education Loan Source® is committed to offering private education loan options and other financing alternatives uniquely designed for its clients. The Custom Loan SourceSM Program allows credit unions to develop their own customized student loan offering without the need for additional staff or resources and is completely supported by ELS and its affiliates. “This program offers credit unions a great way to provide a student loan product to their existing members, while attracting new members at the same time,” said Tracy Sniscak, Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Credit unions are stepping in to help finance education at a time when traditional lenders are backing away due to the current financial markets. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the Delaware Credit Union League and their member credit unions to help them better understand the student loan industry and provide student loan solutions to their members.”

“We are extremely pleased that Delaware Credit Union League has recognized ELS as a business partner and recommends our services to their credit union members,” stated Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of Education Loan Source, Inc. “ELS currently serves many clients in multiple states providing education financial solutions and is looking forward to working with the Delaware Credit Union League.”

For more information on the Custom Loan SourceSM Program, go to (www.educationloansource.com) or call Tracy Sniscak at (717) 385-3483.

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Health Profession Loan from Custom Loan Source Now Offered at Rocky Vista University

Education Loan Source, Inc. (ELS), in partnership with Sterling Education Finance, LLC (Sterling) has announced its launch of the Health Profession Loan (HPL) through ELS’ Custom Loan Source(sm) Program for Rocky Vista University, located in Parker, Colorado.

Rocky Vista University, with students trained in osteopathic medicine, has disbursed approximately $7MM in loan volume since its August launch with pending disbursements of an additional $7MM. “Our students are facing significant challenges in paying for college since traditional financing options are becoming more difficult to access,” said Kathy Leary, Director of Financial Aid at Rocky Vista University. “The HPL Custom Loan Source Program provides our institution with the opportunity to offer an alternative private loan program which specifically meets some of the unique needs of our students.”

The Custom Loan Source Program is highly flexible and customizable private education loan that can be implemented quickly and easily. “Our Program provides the ability for the school to choose the best private loan product features for its students and their families while meeting the school’s needs and financial objectives,” said Douglas Feist, Chief Executive Officer of ELS. “At ELS, it is our mission to help schools find additional low-cost funding options for their students and the Rocky Vista University program is another example of that goal.”

ELS manages the entire HPL Program for Rocky Vista University from product development and vendor relationships to loan portfolio administration services. Servicing is performed by AES/PHEAA.

Nancy Chalker, Regional Vice President at Sterling Education Finance, is the relationship manager for Rocky Vista and identified the HPL Program as a product that could meet the school’s short timeline without sacrificing a competitive product for students. “Offering the HPL Custom Loan Source Program creates a win/win situation for Rocky Vista University and their students.”

For more information on the Custom Loan Source Program go to (www.sterlingeducationfinance.org) or call Pat Cook at (828) 335-1092.

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Henley Business School Has Launched A New Customer Management Safari As Part Of Its Executive Education Programme

Aimed at business leaders who wish to re-address the way their organisation responds to – and engages with – their customers, this programme concentrates on deepening an organisation’s understanding of its current and future customers. It also considers the impact of organisational climate on customer satisfaction and retention and the important role of people in the value creation process.

The Customer Management Safari will help successful participants understand and use a range of techniques to discover deep, rare, meaningful insights about customers that can form the basis of competitive advantage. Participants will also learn how to turn these insights into a customer management strategy that will deliver results.

The Customer Management Safari draws on ongoing business research by the Henley Centre for Customer Management giving every programme a unique view of customer relationships within the overall business process and that is linked to business management relevant to current business conditions.

Professor Moira Clark, Programme Director at Henley Business School, said: “Customer management is at a crucial point in its development and its strategic importance has never been greater for effective leadership. Achieving excellence in customer management means an organisation must become truly customer-centric; striving to understand the full range of factors that affect a customer’s experience of the organisation and its products and services, seeking genuine, original insight into the needs and behaviours of those customers.”

The Customer Management Safari is a new addition to the Henley Business School open executive development programmes, and a part of the highly successful range of programmes and services offered by Henley Business School Executive Education, which include both customised and tailored qualification programmes. These management courses and leadership courses are highly practical, designed to create immediate impact and make a real difference back in the work environment.

About Henley Business School
Henley Business School was formed on 1st August 2008 from the merger of Henley Management College, itself founded in 1945, and the Business School at the University of Reading. It is one of the longest established Business Schools and the world’s third largest supplier of MBA education. It delivers business management training to managers in more than 140 countries worldwide with around 7,000 people studying at any one time.

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New Website for Students and Educators By Fascinating Learning Factory

Fascinating Learning Factory (FLF), a non-profit organization and a leader in innovative, engaging educational programming for classrooms, television and the World Wide Web, has launched an entirely new website offering new on-line tools, information and links for students and educators, and better reflects the breadth and quality of its programs and initiatives.

“The new site is brighter, bolder and lots more fun,” says FLF’s Executive Director Bunnie Strassner. “For teachers and students, the site now features hundreds of educational stories and cartoons f r o m the popular “Our Fascinating Earth” books by Drs. Phil and Nancy Seff, as well as current programs and new projects in development. Plus, we have opportunities for visitors to offer their own ideas for programs. Teachers and students are invited to join the Fascinating Learning factory for free and we will offer new and unique items for sale in the on-line store.”

Another recent addition is 30 one-minute animated features called Facts of Congress, a fun way to teach civics and government.

“I’m very excited“, comments Heather Boyle-Noland, Development Director at the ‘Learning Factory, “It’s a great new step we have taken to bring educational information to the web in a user friendly and engaging. We are also hoping it will drive new donors to visit us and get out our message of the critical need for higher quality and a broader reach of programming.

The site was designed by, and is being maintained by Flashback Media Productions of Lafayette, Colorado.

The Fascinating Learning Factory, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is dedicated to improving the quality of educational programming for ages 10 through adult. Some of their award winning, broadcast programs include “Guerrilla Guide to Politics, “Our Fascinating Earth”, and “Shoshone Voices, Native Choices”, a documentary about the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and their participation in the artifact identification program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. For more information, please visit their website, www.fascinatinglearningfactory.org, or call 303-545-9955.

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The Henley Human Resources Centre Of Excellence At Henley Business School Has Just Completed New Research To Discover What Organisations Want Right Now From Their HR Function

The Henley HR Centre of Excellence focuses on applied research to help HR clients answer questions like: ‘What does a business want from HR?’, ‘What does a good HR person look like?’ and ‘How do you develop great HR capability?’.

The new research showed that the HR function faces both great challenges and opportunities in understanding the business, its challenges and adding value, to provide:

– Operational efficiency in HR activities: quickly slimming down existing processes and policies in line with cutbacks and finding creative ways of delivering lower cost alternatives that are not too different in quality.

– Balance between the short and long term: with CEOs in survival mode, it is imperative that HR manages the tension between saving money now and the need to identify good people, place them in the right jobs, develop them and keep them.

– Focus on what is important: HR must ensure decisions are fact based so that business performance is balanced with maintaining business reputation for both corporate social responsibility and employer branding.

– Real emotional support to the organisation: HR has to step up and implement sound, consistent strategies to help everyone through the lows of the recession, managing not just the process, but also the sentiment, the environment, and some of the messaging that goes round.

The research analysis also shows that only a minority of HR professionals are stepping up to the challenge of the recession by focusing on adding value to the business and dealing with people with integrity and respect.

The Henley Business School Advanced Human Resources Business Partner programme is based on current new studies like this along with other real-world business research into what is required from HR today. The Advanced HR Business Partner programme is intended to provide HR professionals looking to move to more senior roles with the necessary leadership skills to understand and contribute to overall business management; to help them focus on aligning the HR agenda with the strategic business imperatives of their organisations, on deriving competitive advantage for the business through delivery of that agenda and on developing their own strategic leadership skills.

The Advanced HR Business Partner programme is part of Henley Business School’s portfolio of executive development programmes aimed at helping organisations to develop effective leadership and the right calibre of managers to survive and thrive in today’s turbulent economic times. The extensive executive education syllabus includes both customised and tailored qualification programmes which are highly practical, designed to create immediate impact and make a real difference back in the work environment.

About Henley Business School
Henley Business School was formed from the merger of Henley Management College and the Business School at the University of Reading.

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Henley Business School Has Announced The Winners Of Its Henley Full-Time MBA And Part Time Henley Executive MBA Annual 100% MBA Scholarships

Henley Business School has announced the winners of its Henley Full-Time MBA and part time Henley Executive MBA annual 100% MBA scholarships, after carefully assessing a large number of applications from talented managers.

Henley Business School Has Announced The Winners Of Its Henley Full-Time MBA And Part Time Henley Executive MBA Annual 100% MBA Scholarships

The MBA scholarships are for two candidates who have been judged to offer the most value to the intake by demonstrating their exceptional academic attainment, management experience and other skills that will add value to these world-ranked business management courses for experienced professionals.

The 2009 Henley Business School/Times Executive MBA Scholarship has been awarded to Patricia Rocha-Salume who works for The Learning Trust in Hackney.

The Henley Executive MBA is a two-year, part-time programme for experienced, practising managers looking to complete their MBA alongside full-time employment and significantly enhance their management training and leadership skills.

Dr Susan Rose, Associate Head of School – Professional Studies, explained: “Patricia joins us with a wealth of life and cultural experience and is passionate about her own learning and development being taken back into the workplace and being applied to improve the business practices in the public sector.

“I have no doubt that she will bring a very distinctive perspective to the Henley Executive MBA programme in which our focus is on developing leaders with real character and integrity and the ability to make the right decisions for themselves as well as the communities with whom they go on and work with in life. Patricia’s story and aspirations are consistent with how a great MBA can create benefits not just for the individual but for those around them too.”

The Henley Full-time MBA Scholarship has been awarded to Bijayananda Panda of Pune, India who will be joining Henley with a very strong management record in data engineering and consultancy, together with international experience of project leadership across many European countries. The Henley MBA, a world-ranked business management course for experienced professionals, is designed especially for managers with considerable experience and plenty of achievements to share.

Dr Giampiero Favato, Programme Director for the Henley Full-Time MBA and Henley Executive MBAs said: “Bijay will provide an outstanding contribution to teamwork on the Henley Full-Time MBA and I am delighted to welcome him to the programme.”

There is only one Henley MBA but it can be achieved through a number of modes – the Distance Learning MBA, the Executive MBA and the Full-Time MBA. The Henley MBA is a leading business management course that is ranked number one in the world based on student quality, faculty quality and potential to network.

Lucy Carter, MBA Brand Manager, said: “In the current economic situation it is fantastic to see so many skilled candidates wanting to develop their management skills and trusting Henley Business School to deliver the learning and environment that best delivers that.”

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Online Certificate in Criminal Behavior By Portland State University

Beginning Fall 2009, Portland State University (PSU) will begin offering an online Certificate in Criminal Behavior, further augmenting its portfolio of online coursework. PSU’s Division of Criminology & Criminal Justice, part of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, is launching the Certificate in Criminal Behavior to fill a growing interest in this area of study.

Online Certificate in Criminal Behavior

Kris Henning, Program Director of Criminology & Criminal Justice Online said, “We’re very excited about the new Certificate in Criminal Behavior. Popular culture has been driving public interest in this area for some time and we believe this is an offering that laymen and Criminal Justice professionals alike will find informative, helpful and relevant.”

The Certificate in Criminal Behavior will explore a variety of criminal typologies, ranging from juvenile offenders to white collar criminals. Coursework will also focus on psychological and social factors that lead to aggressive behavior. Additionally, students will learn about various rehabilitative techniques that are used with offender populations.

The Division of Criminology & Criminal Justice already offers an online bachelor’s program in Criminology & Criminal Justice as well as certificates in Advanced Crime Analysis, the American Justice System and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Criminology & Criminal Justice online.

The Certificate in Criminal Behavior will only be available online.

For more information visit http://www.online.ccj.pdx.edu.

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