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Mountain Highs Annual Season Pass Sale Begins August 30th

Wrightwood, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Mountain Highs 2014/15 Season Pass is the best value in Southern California and beginning August 30th, anytime season passes are on sale for up to 64% off. The Wrightwood Resort is also offering Young Adult & College passes to help students save even more. For as little as $ 249 (Regular $ 699) guests can enjoy an entire season of skiing and snowboarding at Southern Californias closest winter resort plus track their days ridden, number of days, vertical feet and more. Seniors age 70 & over receive a free season pass and children ages 6 through 12 receive a season pass with the purchase of an adult season pass. Visit for a full listing of prices and benefits including Mountain Highs $ 49 VIP Upgrade.

ICDC College is Proud to Announce That Singer and Actress Chiquis Has Joined the Schools Family in a New Partnership to Inspire Future Leaders

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (PRWEB) August 16, 2014

ICDC College is thrilled to announce that Hispanic singer and actress Chiquis is bringing her message of empowerment and taking control of your life to past, present, and future students of ICDC College. Chiquis, the daughter of late singer Jenni Rivera, is proud to partner with ICDC College and promote education to help change peoples lives. The school helps make students education dreams a reality by providing them with a variety of career training programs to choose from. By teaming with Chiquis, the school aims to blend empowering students through education with the stars own inspirational story.

As part of the partnership, ICDC College will feature Chiquis in a TV commercial, YouTube videos, ads, and in various social media initiatives. The first YouTube video is already on ICDC Colleges channel, and can be seen here: Get your education, and it will change your life! Chiquis proudly says in the video. Her earliest memories were of her mother riding her bike to school, and this taught her to never give up.

In my career, Ive tried to inspire people to live their dreams, no matter what! Chiquis says. ICDC College helps students achieve their college dreams, so Im thrilled we can team up!

Chiquis, who enjoys a global influence in the entertainment world, first gained fame through reality shows and web series. In these projects, viewers saw Chiquis promote independence by living on her own, something which bucked Hispanic tradition, but a lifestyle in which she was proud to show as it may inspire others to live their dreams.

For more information, please contact Rene Nunez via e-mail at rene.nunez(at)icdccollege(dot)edu, or via telephone at (310) 482-6996 ext. 105.

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About Chiquis:

As a child, Chiquis saw her mother, Jenni Rivera, riding her bike to and from school, determined to get an education at all costs. Chiquis grew up seeing how hard you have to work to make your dreams a reality, and with all that shes accomplished so quickly in her life, shes successfully incorporated those lessons into her life.

In addition to starring in reality shows and webisodes, Chiquis aims to empower people by inspiring them to Boss Up! and take control of their lives, relationships, families, and careers. Her fans are known as the #BossBeeNation on Twitter.

About ICDC College:

ICDC College is a career training school with a variety of different programs that focus on developing students entry-level skills in areas like Healthcare Management, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Homeland Security, Business, Medical Assisting, Criminal Justice, Computer Technology, and more! Since 1995, ICDC Colleges dedication to students has evolved to include online Associate Degrees, and a variety of online and campus-based Fast-Track Diplomas and Certificates.

ICDC College offers and accepts government financial aid – including Veteran and Military Benefits – for those who qualify. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs as an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). ICDC College has been named a Military Friendly School

Racism has no place in colleges and universities

Racism has no place in colleges and universities
Freedom of speech is the most cherished right offered in the United States. Because of this, many of us are sensitive when someone is deprived of that right. Recently, the University of Illinois has come under fire for withdrawing a job offer to former …
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Community colleges and for-profits fare similarly in new study of employer
Researchers sent the nearly 9,000 fake job applications in response to online postings in seven major U.S. cities. They responded to ads during the year prior to this June. The faux applicants were young. They all earned a high school diploma in 2010.
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CUE and The Learning Revolution Announce First Online Summit featuring Google for Education

Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) August 15, 2014

This September, CUE and The Learning Revolution Project will host the first ever Online Summit featuring Google for Education, which will highlight the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. This event will take place entirely online, and all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. Registrants will have access to recordings indefinitely.

Registration for the weekend summit is $ 40 and is now open at This low price includes unlimited access to the archives as mentioned as well as a one-year membership to CUE. The online summit will take place September 6 & 7, 2014, 9am-6pm Pacific (GMT-7).

We are excited to bring this new format of professional development and collaboration to educators, said Mike Lawrence, CUEs CEO. Most brick-and-mortar conferences, including our own, require attendees to pick and choose between sessions. By offering unlimited archival access to all the sessions, we ensure that attendees can see everything. Steve Hargadon, founder of the Learning Revolution Project, whose online events have had hundreds of thousands of attendees, adds: The travel time and expenses of face-to-face events can make them hard to attend–having a virtual conference significantly opens the door to easier participation.

Call for Proposals

Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Google Educators can apply to present at the inaugural virtual summit To apply, fill out this Submission Form by September 1, 2014. If your session(s) is accepted, you will be notified on a rolling basis starting on August 15. Apply early as submissions are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proposal strands include Search Literacy, Leveraging Devices and Apps, Digital Citizenship, IT/GAFE Management, STEM and Computer Science, Gone Google Stories, Innovation in Leadership, Getting Googley: Projects and Initiatives from Google, Project-Based Learning Using Google, Professional Learning and even more. Visit for more details on the event.

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We strive to be a community inspiring innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. |

About the Learning Revolution Project

The Learning Revolution Project holds “conference 2.0″ virtual and physical events and promotes the events of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place. Learning Revolution projects have 130,000 members from 200+ countries. |

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UNM expands massive online courses after early success
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Oaks Christian Online High School Launches New, UC Approved Online Biology Course

Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2014

Anne Mangahas has been working for Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) as a subject matter expert for the past year and during that time she has written a new, UC approved Biology course that she will teach this fall. Approved labs for online high school science courses are new this year for the University of California A-G high school requirements. OCO has followed the UC guidelines for approved lab sciences in order to offer this course. Students who have fulfilled their A-G requirements are more likely to be prepared for attending rigorous universities such as those in the University of California system. Ms. Mangahas hopes that she can integrate a true classroom experience in the new online high school course through home and on-campus labs and live, online web-conference sessions. Students who are remote from the Oaks Christian campus in Westlake Village, CA, will have the option to purchase a lab kit and perform their labs in front of a local teacher or counselor to receive the UC lab science credit.

Anne came to the online high school as a highly-qualified subject matter expert. She holds masters degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from USC and the Philosophy of Science from Biola. She is also working to complete her Ed.D. in Education from Azusa Pacific University and is researching ways to improve online education. Besides conducting scientific research at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Anne has also taught high school college preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement Biology and Chemistry courses, as well as college-level Biology 1 and 2. This summer, Anne is teaching for UC Irvine’s COSMOS program, a residential summer school program for gifted students in the state of California who conduct their own research in the areas of Math, Engineering and Science.

Through her teaching experience in high schools and college, Ms. Managahas knows that even top-level students need motivation to study hard sciences. She has planned for course check-points and rapport building activities. She knows that new teaching methodologies such as online distance learning, flipped teaching and blended classrooms are the future, but these opportunities need to be balanced with real human interaction. She says, I think my role is to prepare students for the society they will live in. Oaks Christian has that vision, and Im so glad to be a part of it.

The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. The online high school provides a rigorous, accredited, NCAA approved, college-preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. Oaks Christian Online School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website to R.S.V.P.

Operation USA to Deliver Aid to Ebola-Affected Countries

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced that it will ship medical and infection control supplies to partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone in support of medical personnel working to combat the further spread of Ebola.

The current outbreak has impacted four West African countries with more than 1,600 cases on record and more than 900 deaths being reported as of Thursday evening.

Crucial initiatives for local organizations at this time include the training of local medical staff in infection control techniques, the recruitment of infectious disease specialists for work in the area, and the education of local communities in preventative measures. Operation USA will aid efforts by providing partners with various barrier and protective materials as well as cleaning supplies and hygiene items necessary for combating the further spread of the disease.

The need to stop Ebola is urgent, said Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA. Our most effective course of action is to provide more material aid to partner agencies in Liberia and Sierra Leoneand as weve seen in the past, these communities need our help as quickly as we can get it to them.

Operation USA previously responded to an Ebola crisis in The Congo (then Zaire) in 1995, airlifting protective gear, barrier items and cleaning materials to the Kikwit General Hospital, where an outbreak killed 245 of 316 infected people.

The organization is now calling on corporate partners and the public to aid active relief efforts.


Donate online at, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188. Donations can also be made via text message: text AID to 50555 to donate $ 10. Text donations are collected for the benefit of Operation USA by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at

Corporate donations supporting recovery effortsbulk quantities of barrier materials and protective gear, including gloves, masks, gowns and disposable shoes, and cleaning supplies and hygiene items, including hospital grade cleansers, mops and bucketsare also being requested. Only new items in bulk are being accepted at this time. Transportation assistancedomestic and internationalis also needed. For more information, call 1-800-678-7255.

United Airlines air miles can be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at


Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Learn more at

Richard Walden, President and CEO of Operation USA, is available as an expert source on disaster recovery.


Mary Dolan

Operation USA



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Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Student to Anchor 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Global Broadcast

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

Sixtine Consigny, a French student completing her Master degree in hotel management at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) was selected as one of three student anchors for the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. She will travel to New York City to participate in a live broadcast Sept. 2124, which will be transmitted by Laureate International Universities (LIU) and watched by thousands of LIU students. As part of the webcast, Consigny will conduct interviews with CGI participants on the floor and in the Laureate Live studio.

Sixtine demonstrated exceptional skills in her interview and beat out applicants from all over the world, said Guy Bentley, CEO of BMIHMS. It is a unique opportunity for a student in hospitality to participate in one of the most important events in the world, thanks to the Laureate International Universities networks sponsorship of this event.

The competition to become a student anchor was limited to institutions within LIU. More than 50 applications were received from students at 19 institutions. The selection criteria included academic achievement, engagement in campus life and/or professional internship, global mindset, maturity and leadership skills, and social responsibility and business orientation. Shortlisted students were invited to participate in a video conference interview with the selection committee. Sixtine will be joined by Emilio Jaliel D

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Evidence In Motion Partners With Active Life & Sports

Louisville, KY (PRWEB) August 04, 2014

Evidence In Motion (EIM), a company created to assist in the continued education of physical therapists, is pleased to announce an official partnership with Active Life & Sports. As part of the collaboration, Active Life & Sports becomes a Program Partner with EIM for their two clinic locations in Maryland.

Using the most up-to-date research and cutting edge technology, EIM is transforming the way physical therapists are trained and educated. EIMs Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship, Postprofessional DPT in Musculoskeletal Management, and Manual Physical Therapy Certification training programs are delivered to the physical therapist, where they live and work, through web-based educational distance learning platforms. Online learning is complimented by a thorough mentoring program and on-site weekend intensives conducted at Program Partner locations throughout the United States.

Many members of EIMs faculty are recognized internationally for their contributions to education, research, and clinical practice. EIMs faculty has received ninety-five-plus research grants, totaling over $ 10.5 million. EIM faculty members have also taught 220-plus university level courses, founded over forty different business organizations, and held appointed positions in forty-plus state and 115-plus national and international professional associations. Under their supervision, Residents and Fellows have the opportunity to receive the highest caliber of training and become distinguished leaders in evidence-based orthopaedic and manual physical therapy practice.

Active Life & Sports will serve as a training location for EIMs clinical residencies, fellowship, and traditional continuing education curriculum. The partnership will also allow Active Life & Sports Physical Therapy, Inc. to expand their internal clinical education and research activities. Several of the offerings included in the Residency and Fellowship curricula will be made available to other Active Life & Sports staff, enhancing lifelong learning and quality improvement initiatives for many of their professional personnel.

About Active Life & Sports:

Active Life & Sports is a physical therapy owned practice that is actively managed by Michael Wah, PT, OCS and Joseph Palmer, DPT, OMPT, CSCS, we have been committed to helping people and to serving the community for over 10 years. Active Life & Sports staff of experienced practitioners has over 50 years of combined experience. Therapists are focused on innovative and evidence-based treatments. Their objective is to help individuals regain their life abilities. There are two Active Life & Sports locations throughout Maryland. For more information please visit:

About Evidence in Motion:

Evidence in Motion (EIM) is an education and consultation company whose sole reason of existence is to elevate the physical therapy profession and the role of physical therapists in healthcare delivery. A strong dedication to fostering the creation and assimilation of an evidence-based practice culture within the physical therapy profession is a cornerstone of Evidence In Motions mission. They have put in place evidence-based practice treatment pathways in many facilities and aim to promote the global sharing of information and ideas, thus advancing evidence-based physical therapy practice, research and education around the world. Evidence In Motion offers Continuing Education, Residencies, Fellowship, a Postprofessional Musculoskeletal Transitional DPT, Manual Physical Therapy Certification, Sports Physical Therapy Certification, and an Executive Program in Private Practice Management with optional Postprofessional DPT. For more information, please visit You can also find Evidence In Motion on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, @EIMTeam.


ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.


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I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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