City, Champlain announce local skill accelerator for Burlingtonians hit by COVID recession

first_imgChamplain College,Champlain College to Offer a Tuition Reduction for City Residents in Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs; Designed to Help Those Out of Work or Considering a Career Transition to Get the Skills Necessary to Find a Rewarding New JobVermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and Champlain College President Dr Benjamin Akande on Wednesday announced the Local Skill Accelerator Program, a partnership designed to leverage Champlain College’s extensive online education programs to allow Burlingtonians to access additional savings for undergraduate certificate programs and, ultimately, a full undergraduate degree. Champlain College’s online curriculum is nationally recognized, taught by expert-practitioner faculty, and well-suited to help residents seeking a new job or a career transition in an era when demonstrable skills in information technology, cybersecurity, project management, or human resources can be a huge advantage in securing new employment opportunities.“In a time of sudden and unprecedented economic disruption, and severe restrictions on many fronts, the Local Skill Accelerator Program creates new opportunities for Burlingtonians to grow and develop skills needed in a quickly changing world,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Champlain College has long been a tremendous partner for the City of Burlington, and I am grateful that one of Dr. Akande’s first acts as President is to continue this partnership by making the College’s high-quality and practical online curriculum even more accessible to Burlington residents.”“Two months ago, in my first conversation with the Mayor, we discussed this partnership, and our teams went to work to create this opportunity for citizens of Burlington who are seeking to gain new skillsets in the wake of shifting employment challenges – both today and in the post COVID-19 era,” said Dr. Akande. “This is a pioneering moment for Champlain College Online and the City of Burlington, and I expect it to be one of many more to come.” Local Skills Accelerator OverviewChamplain College’s online programs are consistently rated among the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report(link is external). Two years ago, the College cut the cost of its online undergraduate programs in half – making it one of the most accessible online institutions in the country, and putting it at the leading edge of evolving online education options in the United States. The further 17 percent offered today drops the cost for Burlington residents to $265 per credit hour. Champlain College has further committed that the preferred rate will hold for residents completing a certificate program who then wish to continue on toward a full undergraduate degree. Residents must complete the certificate first before proceeding on to an undergraduate degree.Further details on the Local Skill Accelerator program are available at is external), including a full list of available online undergraduate certificates. These career-focused certificate programs allow students to build applicable knowledge and credentials in a short timeframe, with most programs consisting of between 16 and 18 credit hours and take from six to nine months to complete. For many looking for new work or considering a career change, an undergraduate certificate is one of the most efficient ways to jumpstart that process, allowing students to develop in-demand, industry-relevant skills and better positioning them to find work in their field upon program completion.If a resident has a GED or a high school transcript, they are also eligible to apply for Federal financial aid to further defray the cost of education, in addition to the tuition reduction being offered through this program. No SAT or ACT scores are required for admission to Champlain College Online; however, all Burlingtonians must complete an application for the program to which they are applying, which will be reviewed by the College in considering admission.Mayor Weinberger and President Akande were joined at the announcement by the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Brian Lowe, and Champlain College Online Associate Vice President, Melissa Marcello.“The completion of a career-focused undergraduate certificate from Champlain College Online offers the opportunity for Burlington residents to pivot to a new career or advance into a more specialized role at their current employer in less than six months,” said Vice President Marcello. As part of the contract signed between the City and Champlain College, the City will cover the expected additional cost for the implementation of the new program, expected to be $5,000 or less. These costs primarily involve resetting tuition at the lower rate for those residents currently enrolled in undergraduate certificate programs. Applicants will be required to self-certify their status as residents of Burlington, and the College reserves the right to seek additional information (such as utility bill payments or current lease agreements) should the need arise.“This program creates a new opportunity for Burlington residents who may have lost their job or are looking for a new one, and it also creates a new way for Champlain College to relate to and support the community,” said Brian Lowe, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer. “If the program generates interest, we are hopeful that Champlain will be able to expand it to other Vermont cities and towns in the coming months and years to increase access to skills that give people a leg up in the 21st century workforce.”Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2020 for the Fall A term beginning on August 31, 2020. The application deadline for the Fall B term is September 25, 2020, with classes starting on October 26, 2020.Source: Burlington, VT – Mayor 7.8.2020last_img read more

New programs added to Member Benefits lineup

first_imgNew programs added to Member Benefits lineup May 15, 2011 Regular News New programs added to Member Benefits lineupcenter_img Insurance for medical transport while on vacation or traveling, discounts for shopping on Sears online for home or office, and a discount on trust accounting software for attorneys have been approved as new parts of the Bar’s Member Benefits Program.Board member Brian Burgoon, chair of the Member Benefits Committee, presented the three new programs at the Board of Governors meeting in Orlando.He said that the Software Technology, Inc., Tabs3 trust accounting software would be available to Bar members for $99 instead of the normal $175 price. The reduction in price would allow for a single user and five timekeeper installations.Users could also purchase an annual maintenance program, which includes unlimited telephone support, software upgrades, and user newsletters for $80 annually.MedJet will offer, Burgoon said, a 16 to 18 percent discount on annual or multi-year policies and up to a 10 percent discount on shorter term policies for Florida Bar members. The company provides medical evacuations both internationally and domestically for policyholders.The Sears Commercial Marketplace provides online shopping for both Sears and Kmart and provides both office and domestic products. Discounts for Bar members will range between 5 and 50 percent and will average on 10 percent on most goods and an additional 5 percent on sale items, he said.The board approved adding all three services to the Member Benefits program.last_img read more

UK author to release picture book set in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews UK author to release picture book set in Dominica by: – May 29, 2013 Tweet Copies of Look Back! will be available in Dominica in August.A children’s picture book set in Dominica and written by an award-winning write of Dominican heritage, will be published in the United Kingdom at the end of this week. “Look Back!” written by Trish Cooke and is illustrated by Caroline Binch, is the latest title from Papillote Press, the publishers based in the UK and Dominica.Trish said in a press release that Dominica is “very much a part of who I am. Dominica runs through my veins”.Her mother was born in La Roche, La Plaine and her father in Wesley. In England, Trish is a well-known as a children’s author. She is also a pantomime writer, TV presenter and story teller ― and performed at the Nature Island Literary Festival and Bookfair in 2011.Published in the UK on May 31, Look Back! is based around a Dominican folk character. It celebrates the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson Christopher as she tells him about her Dominican childhood adventures in the rainforest in search of a mysterious creature called Ti Bolom. Is Grannie’s Ti Bolom real or just one of her stories? That’s whatChristopher tries to find out.“My dad first told me about the character Ti Bolom and I was intrigued,” said Trish.“Like many of the mysterious characters he mentioned, I was never sure if Ti Bolom really existed. When I was older my dad often jokily referred to my little boy as Ti Bolom, because he was short and stocky. The character Ti Bolom became a household name. To me this book is about the power of story and how characters can evolve and travel from generation to generation and from country to country. It is about legacy and knowing that those things that came before you and are passed down are part of who you are today.”Caroline Binch, who lives by the sea in England, is the much-acclaimed illustrator of Amazing Grace, which has sold more than one million copies. Last year Caroline spent time in Dominica doing the research for her illustrations. She has also travelled extensively in other parts of the Caribbean including Tobago, where her book Gregory Cool was set.Copies of Look Back! will be available in Dominica in August.Dominica Vibes News Share 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Audit: Parks Department needs work

first_img “We do a good job in promoting special events, but a lot of people don’t know how to access the parks or how to file complaints. And we have a department that believes if there are no complaints, everything must be OK.” Mukri, who took over as general manager less than two years ago, said he didn’t dispute the findings and is determining how to undertake a needs assessment. “We have hired a consultant to help us develop a template we can use to assess what we have and what we need,” Mukri said. “Part of what she’s pointing out is the changing demographics of the city and how we need to respond to that.” The department currently operates 390 parks, 372 children’s play areas, 306 sports fields, 287 tennis courts, 176 recreation centers, 59 swimming pools, 30 senior centers, 24 child-care centers, 13 golf courses, nine dog parks, seven museums and two beaches. Mukri said he also agrees with Chick that a more centralized operation is needed, but said a high staff turnover rate has come amid years of hiring freezes. “We have a 25 percent vacancy rate in some areas and we need to develop a cadre of professional parks people,” said Mukri, who added that he has asked Chick to help set priorities for the department. Chick’s final audit of the department – reviewing facility maintenance – is scheduled to be released next week. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] RECREATION AND PARKS AUDIT Here are key recommendations of City Controller Laura Chick: Conduct an updated needs assessment of recreation services. Review services to ensure equity around the city. Provide employees with more community-outreach training. Address safety concerns in parks. Maximize joint-use agreements with the Los Angeles Unified School District. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The agency that runs hundreds of Los Angeles parks and recreation centers needs to review its programs to determine if they’re what the public actually wants, City Controller Laura Chick said in an audit released Thursday. “It’s somewhat embarrassing to say I went in here to try to look at how we are doing and I can’t say that we know,” Chick said in releasing the second of three audits of the City Recreation and Parks Department. “There hasn’t been a needs assessment done in more than six years, and what we do see is a great disparity in services throughout the city. “There are some areas where the parks are widely used and have a great deal of public support, and there are others that are almost ignored,” she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The audit comes two months after Chick reviewed the department’s finances and found it charged inconsistent fees and was holding $21.5 million in a fund for unclear reasons. Chick said the department’s current general manager, Jon Kirk Mukri, inherited many of the problems but that some improvements can be made immediately, such as developing a citywide approach to park services and reassessing neighborhoods’ needs. “I don’t think this is something that can be left to individual City Council districts because we need a citywide approach,” Chick said. “Council members can play an important role in advising the department on what their needs are.” Chick’s audit also noted a vast disparity in services across the city, with poorer and more densely populated areas having fewer facilities and programs. “We also find the department is doing a poor job in outreach – in explaining to people what programs are available all the time,” Chick said. last_img read more