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Culinary school at Jacksonville's Virginia College to open restaurant in San Marco
August 21, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida - Virginia College, which operates a culinary school on Beach Boulevard, plans to open a restaurant in San Marco. Called Kitchen on San Marco, it will be at 1402 San Marco Blvd. in a building that last housed Oral Explosion.
Virginia College, a for-profit school owned by the Education Corporation of America, includes a culinary program called Culinard in its curriculum.
The restaurant will be staffed by professionals, a spokeswoman said, but some students will work and be trained there. It will hire about 40 employees, she said, with opening planned spring of 2015.
Bullied As a Teenager, RaNesha Gamill Fights Back with Career Online High School and Brown Mackie College, Earning Her High School Diploma and Career Certificate
June 24, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Thanks to a scholarship program established by Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go in partnership with Brown Mackie College, 21-year-old RaNesha Gamill earned her high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate earlier this month through Career Online High School (COHS).
In March, Brown Mackie College joined the long list of educational institutions that have partnered with SHCOE and ed2go to make COHS part of its educational offerings. Brown Mackie College also became the first postsecondary institution to join the "Commitment to Action" agreement SHCOE and ed2go signed with the Clinton Global Initiative in July of 2013. Through this agreement, Brown Mackie College has made 32 scholarships available for students to enroll in COHS, a number matched by SHCOE and ed2go.
Father graduates college with 6 of his family members
June 15, 2014
Orlando. FL - It's a big milestone for anyone who walks across the stage during their college graduation, but for one family, big wasn't big enough. Seven members of the same extended family graduated on the same night from Florida Technical College -- a first in FTC's history.
The family members say they never planned it, and initially didn't even know they were going to school at the same time.
"One day I was walking around school and all of sudden I see my aunt," said Jeannette. Jeannette's dad, mom, sister, a second aunt and her cousin were also attending school. They say being together actually helped them perform better in school.
"It was like a friendly competition, who did it better. You know, the grades," said Sonia Perez.
Everest University’s Chris Tilley nominated to serve as president-elect of Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges
June 9, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, FL. – June 9, 2014 – Chris Tilly, regional vice president of operations for Everest University in Florida, was nominated for the position of president-elect of Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The association’s membership represents more than 1,000 career colleges in Florida.
“It is an honor to have the confidence of my peers at the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The association is the voice of career schools since 1956 and in that role focuses on serving more than 300,000 students enrolled in private career colleges and sharing best practices as educators and business leaders,” said Tilley, who serves as treasurer of the board of directors.
Elections will take place in July at the association’s annual business meeting in Miami.
Sixteen-Year-Old Student Graduates From Career Online High School and Is Awarded Scholarship to University
June 3, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Earlier this year, 16-year-old Miami native Leora Haimov discovered that Career Online High School (COHS) was the perfect solution for earning her high school diploma while laying the foundation for her career goals.
After completing the program just four months later, the impressive young woman was awarded a scholarship to Miami International University of Art and Design.
"COHS had the right combination of classes I needed to move toward my career goals," Leora said. "This program was more interesting and educational than anything I took in my previous school."
As a SACS accredited institution, COHS grants transfer credit for course credits earned at other accredited institutions, which enabled Leora to accelerate her completion of the program. The school is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first private online accredited school district, which launched the program in 2012 in partnership with Cengage Learning’s ed2go, the country’s largest provider of turnkey online training.
“I Was Once Where You Are”: Kimberly Sher Brings Expertise, Experience, and Dedication to Her Position as Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s New Academic Coach and Science Instructor
May 15, 2014
Kimberly Sher began her position as Academic Coach and Science Instructor for Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in March of this year. Sher’s Master of Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania is impressive, but even more impressive is her passion for helping students.
“I went into teaching wanting to make a difference in the lives of my students,” Sher said. “As an Academic Coach, I am finally able to realize that dream. And as a Science Instructor in SHCOE’s one-on-one online learning environment, I can truly make a difference as I work with students to help them understand concepts so they can be successful in achieving their goals and realizing their own dreams.”
Sher’s role with SHCOE is two-fold. “My job as Academic Coach is to lend a helping hand, encourage students, and provide assistance and support wherever I can,” she said. “As Science Instructor, I step in and work with students when they have questions about course material.”
Sher appreciates SHCOE’s unique online environment, an environment that features 24/7 support for both students and staff members.
Quality Family Health Institute Launches Career Online High School to Better Meet the Educational and Career Training Needs of Greenacres, Florida, Demographic
May 13, 2014
Quality Family Health Institute’s Roberto Carballoso says the program serves the needs of students seeking post-secondary vocational training who have not yet earned a high school diploma.
According to Campus Director Roberto Carballoso, Quality Family Health Institute (QFHI) launched Career Online High School (COHS) to help students obtain the educational foundation they need to pursue post-secondary vocational training. “The majority of the students who come to QFHI do not have a high school diploma,” Carballoso said. “And they’re going to need one not only as they seek to enroll in our college-level courses, but as they strive to improve their chances in life overall.”
Carballoso said COHS was the best fit for the demographic his school serves. According to Carballoso, many students also come to QFHI with a language barrier, which prompted the school to initiate an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. “We are offering programs that really target the specific needs of the communities we serve. First we address the language barrier, then the lack of a high school diploma, and finally we are able to offer post-secondary career training in high-growth employment fields,” he said.
Full Sail University is Proud to Return as Sponsor of the 20th Annual Vans Warped Tour Presented by Journeys
May 06, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to return as a sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary music festival, and the third year of The Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University.
The Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University includes a fully tented stage for acoustic acts to perform in a more intimate setting, allowing attendees a more up-close and personal experience. Throughout the summer, various solo artists and bands from genres including indie, punk, and folk will rotate on the stage’s schedule. Current scheduled performers include: Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Nick Santino (ARTTM), Front Porch Step, Brian Marquis, Bad Rabbits, Mike Herrera (MxPx), and many more. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/93fhgmzTlK4
In addition to presenting the Acoustic Basement stage, four recent Full Sail University graduates will have the opportunity to work as interns for the duration of the tour. These coveted internship positions range from managing production office needs, helping to set up the stage and run its sound board, creating blog content that will appear on the official Vans Warped Tour blog site, and creating materials utilizing graphic design skills to support the tour’s well-known brand.
“The internship opportunities that our graduates participate in throughout the Vans Warped Tour provide valuable hands-on experience,” said Dana Roun, Director of Audio Programs at Full Sail University. “We congratulate Vans Warped Tour on its 20th anniversary, and we are grateful for the relationship that allows our alumni to work with this world-renowned tour.”
Student Advisory Council Plays Important Role in Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s Ongoing Mission to Serve Student Needs
Smart Horizons Career Online Education established its Student Advisory Council (SAC) 2 years ago as a means of receiving valuable input from students enrolled in Smart Horizons Career Online High School (SHCOHS). The school’s Academic Coach and Social Studies Instructor, Yianna Pavlakos, serves as Moderator for the council.
“The SAC meets to discuss ways we can improve our services to the students,” Ms. Pavlakos said. “We serve a very diverse population, so it’s extremely important that we become aware of the particular needs of our pupils. The participants share their experiences and make suggestions on practices they feel need changing.”
Teresa Salafrio, the school’s Principal and Director of Academics for the district, also attends some of the bi-monthly SAC meetings.
Due to the Success of Career Online High School, Computer Systems Institute Joins the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action with ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education
April 22, 2014
Computer Systems Institute pledges to provide scholarships to Career Online High School to combat the dropout and jobless rates in Illinois by increasing education levels. CSI has made the online program available in campus-based learning labs at three of its campuses.
Illinois-based Computer Systems Institute (CSI) today announced that it has launched a first-of-its kind scholarship-matching program as part of Career Online High School’s (COHS) Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CSI launched the high school program on three of its four campuses in January of this year and saw enrollment numbers spike immediately. “We went from zero to 46 enrolled students in less than 2 months,” said Dawn Bravo, CSI’s Vice President of Operations. “We decided to join the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action when we realized how in-demand this program became in the first month we launched it at each campus location.”
COHS is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first private accredited online school district. The school was established in 2012 through a partnership between SHCOE and Cengage Learning’s ed2go, the nation’s leader in online training solutions. COHS offers a SACS-accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate in a single online program.
Brown Mackie College and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Help Adults Complete High School Diplomas
April 15, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first private, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Investments (SACS) accredited, online school district, today announced that the Brown Mackie College system of schools (“Brown Mackie College”) has launched ed2go’s Career Online High School at eight of its schools. Brown Mackie College was the first post-secondary institution to join ed2go and SHCOE’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, which includes a scholarship-matching program benefitting individuals lacking high school diplomas.
Part of the SHCOE district, Career Online High School was launched in 2012 by Cengage Learning’s ed2go, the nation’s largest provider of turnkey online training, in order to offer a career-based education to the millions of adults without high school diplomas. The program will be offered at Brown Mackie College schools in Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, KS; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; St. Louis, MO; North Canton, OH; and Louisville, KY. The commitment includes an agreement to offer scholarships to 64 young adults to enable them to earn high school diplomas and career certificates from SHCOE.
District’s Newest Academic Coach Says She’s Students’ Biggest Cheerleader
April 08, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) is pleased to announce the hiring of Darlene Lawrence as the district’s newest academic coach. Founded in 2009, SHCOE is the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn a high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one, comprehensive online program.
An Ohio native currently living in South Florida, Ms. Lawrence was hired in February and brings experience in education, curriculum development, and management to her new position with the district. Education credentials include a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Lawrence serves as academic coach for students enrolled in SHCOE’s Career Online High School.
“I’m the students’ biggest cheerleader and motivator,” Ms. Lawrence said in describing her duties. “Academic support—helping a student who might be struggling with a course—is certainly a big part of what I do. But my job can also involve tasks such as making sure we’ve received a student’s transcripts or reaching out to students to check on their progress. As academic coaches, we are both ears and eyes for the students and we’re always ready to listen.”
Florida Department of Corrections’ Private Partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education Provides Online High School Programs to Support Inmates’ Re-Entry Into the Community
March 27, 2014
FLDOC Online Campus is the nation’s first Internet-based high school program in the corrections field. The use of private-public partnerships to support successful offender re-entry into society via online education is an example that correctional systems across the nation should pay attention to.
For the first time, Florida inmates are earning high school diplomas online while in prison. The unprecedented program delivering Internet-based secondary education to Florida correctional facilities is called the FLDOC Online Campus—a career-focused high school born of a partnership between the Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) and Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the country’s first SACS accredited online school district.
“Our work with Smart Horizon Career Online Education on this effort is a tangible expression of our commitment to the FLDOC’s vision of changing lives to ensure a safer Florida,” said Dr. John L. Lewis, Chief of Education for the FLDOC’s Office of Re-Entry. “Earning a high school diploma is a very important event in people’s lives and this is especially so for inmates who have traditionally had problems with schooling.”
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s 3rd Annual Arts Festival is April 12 at ArtsPark at Young Circle - Annual Event offers artwork for sale - plus food, fashion and fun!
March 24, 2014
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s 3rd Annual Arts Festival is scheduled for April 12, 2014, 3 to 8 pm, at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood (1 Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33320). The festival offers students, alumni, faculty, staff and local guest artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork and services. A variety of entertainment is also planned, including a fashion show of designs created by students at several local high schools that have teamed up with the Fashion department. The public is invited to attend the Arts Festival at no charge. Those interested in participating as a vendor or sponsor should contact Dr. David Walzcak, assistant dean of academic affairs, at 954.308.2370.
This year, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is partnering with ArtServe (www.artserve.org). ArtServe’s mission is to provide programs, events, business opportunities, and facilities that help local and emerging artists turn their art into business.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Praises Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Call to Improve Economic Conditions through Education Opportunities in Opening Day Speech to Florida Legislature
March 20, 2014
District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Liebman of the Smart Horizons Career Online Education school district, today praised Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s attention on education in his opening day speech to Florida Legislature.
“We applaud House Speaker Weatherford’s emphasis on improving opportunities through education, including his call to put ‘significant time and energy into fostering economic opportunity through education,’” said Dr. Liebman.
Mr. Weatherford’s (Republican, District 38) March 4 address appealed for an attack “on many fronts” to improve both the quality and accessibility of education on all levels in the State of Florida. He spoke of breaking the bonds of “generational poverty” through “quality education” that enables people to find “good-paying jobs.”
“Weatherford’s remarks are synonymous with the work we are doing with the State of Florida Department of Corrections, the public library system, and our scholarship-matching program with the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Dr. Liebman. “As he put it, we need to be ‘helping students get a job, not just a framed degree.’”
Online High School Diploma Program Gains Traction in Florida Department of Corrections Facilities Across the State
March 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) has expanded its use of online career high school for inmate education within the Florida correctional system. With the start of 2014, the FLDOC Online Campus program is being offered to a total of seven institutions throughout the state. Wardens are hopeful that the dual career training plus high school diploma program will keep offenders from returning to prison once released.
“We are preparing the students for a successful transition into the community with a high school diploma and a career certificate,” said Darlene Lumpkin, Assistant Warden at Lowell Annex, where 27 women have graduated from the program thus far. “That combination improves their chances of finding a job and becoming productive members of society, thus lowering the recidivism rate.”
Florida Career College South Florida Campuses Now Offering Bachelor and Associate’s Degrees in Business Administration
March 11, 2014
Florida Career College (FCC), a member of the Anthem Education Group family of schools and colleges, has expanded its curriculum to offer a 64-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (B.A.) at its Miami campus, as well as a 64-credit Associate of Science degree in B.A. at its campuses in Margate, Boynton Beach and Kendall.
The B.A. bachelor and associate’s degree programs prepare students for employment in a variety of business environments with comprehensive curriculum derived from social, behavioral, managerial and informational sciences. Students learn about business concepts, information management and fundamentals of marketing, management and finance, and study coursework in diversity, customer service, communications, conflict resolution, accounting and business law. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to seek employment and advancement in supervisory or management positions.
FCC teaches practical and applicable skills through industry-current career training and is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Project Hope Alliance Joins Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action With ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Help Provide a Brighter Future for Homeless Children and Their Parents
March 04, 2014
Project Hope Alliance has become the newest partner in the ed2go/Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action agreement. The agreement includes a scholarship-matching program, which will provide a total of 50 Career Online High School (COHS) scholarships to homeless parents in Orange County, California.
“Thirty percent of the parents we serve do not have more than a ninth grade education,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “COHS is a tool to empower the parents to invest in and support their children’s education.”
Established in 1989, Project Hope Alliance is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness. Project Hope works to eliminate barriers to academic performance and cognitive development created by the circumstances of childhood homelessness. By providing opportunities for the parents themselves to increase their level of educational attainment, the organization helps undereducated parents increase household earning as well as their ability to share in the educational development of their children without a sense of shame or incompetence.
WWE® Awards THREE $10,000 Scholarships to Full Sail Students
March 03, 2014
Winter Park, Fla. and Stamford, Conn., - WWE (NYSE: WWE) is pleased to announce it has awarded three $10,000 scholarships to the following deserving Full Sail University students:
• Claribel Ross, a Full Sail University Film graduate and current Entertainment Business student from Chelsea, Mass.
• Hamza Aboufirass, a Full Sail Film student from Marrakesh, Morocco.
• Hunter Haines, a Full Sail Film student from Dublin, Ohio.
This brings the number of scholarships awarded to Full Sail students by WWE to six, for a total of $60,000 since they began their partnership with Full Sail in May, 2012.
These scholarships will be applied toward the recipient’s areas of study within the university. WWE selected Ross, Aboufirass, and Haines to receive this scholarship for exhibiting exceptional professionalism, creative talent and maintaining good academic standing, while shadowing professional WWE staff and crew during the production of NXT® events at Full Sail University.
“We are humbled by the continued dedication from WWE in recognizing the efforts and dreams of our students by supporting their educational journey through this scholarship program,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “We are also thrilled to have served as the destination for the very first live in-ring event streamed on the groundbreaking WWE Network.”
“NXT Arrival made history last week becoming the first-ever, in-ring event to be live streamed on WWE Network,” said Paul Levesque WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “It is only fitting that we award these scholarships to Full Sail University students that have served as an integral part of the NXT production team.”
Hollywood Comes to Daytona College
Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius Star Jonathan Antin Offers Hands-On Training to Students
February 28, 2014
ORMOND BEACH, Fl.--Hollywood celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Antin, who has starred in highly acclaimed television shows from ABC’s Extreme Makeover to Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius, has joined the advisory board at Daytona College. Jonathan Antin visited campus on Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27 to share the hottest trends from the world of styling with the school’s Cosmetology students. During his three-day visit, Antin spent two days lecturing and demonstrating techniques on live models and a third day working directly with students and advising them as they worked with clients at The Spa at Daytona College.
Area residents were offered a limited number of haircut and style, or color, haircut and style appointments during three timeslots. A full-service salon and spa, The Spa at Daytona College offers an extensive listing of professional salon services at discounted prices. Students finely hone the skills of their craft under the close supervision of highly-trained, licensed instructors.
“We are honored to have Jonathan Antin as part of our Advisory Board Team. We are thrilled to have Jonathan share his extensive years of expertise and insight in the world of beauty with our talented Advisory Board Team Members and Cosmetology students,” said Nancy Bradley, President of Daytona College.
Education Technology Veterans Join Helix Education
February 25, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT — Helix Education (previously Datamark), a world class provider of student lifecycle technologies and services, has expanded its executive committee to include thought leaders and education technology experts who have decades of experience working for and with colleges and universities. The executive committee will oversee the further development, implementation and support of the company’s solutions, which are designed to help schools more effectively find, enroll, retain and teach students.
“We feel fortunate to have such an accomplished and innovative group of education veterans on our team,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. ”I’m thrilled to be working with some of these talented people again, and have been extremely impressed by the caliber of the entire group. They bring extensive insight and new ideas for ways we can increase educational access and support. They understand the challenges that institutions and students face, and they have the drive to take our solutions and the entire education experience to a higher level.”
Since Schnittman joined Helix Education in late 2013, following long tenures at Pearson eCollege and TopSchool, he has expanded its leadership and collaborated with them to create the company’s new student lifecycle vision. Joining Helix Education and reporting to Schnittman are John Dobbertin, General Manager of Enterprise Services and Platforms, and Carey Hilderbrand, General Manager of Marketing Services. The expanded executive committee also leverages the skills of key personnel from the former company Datamark, as well as those who joined as a result of its Altius Education acquisition.
Florida Department of Corrections Celebrates 100th Graduate of Online High School Diploma Program
February 25, 2014
A recent scene at Madison Correctional Institution was not what you would expect of a state penitentiary. Eighteen men lined up to walk across a stage and shake hands with the prison’s warden as well as a superintendent of a school district. These men were 18 of the Florida Department of Corrections 22 most recent success stories—inmates who had completed their high school education from an Internet-based program offered via high-security computer workstations inside of the prison.
The program, now live at seven correctional institutions across the state, is the first of its kind. It enables inmates to complete a high school diploma plus credentialed career certificate online. Delivering the program online drastically reduces costs for the prison by eliminating the need for seat time, classroom space, and additional staffing. While security concerns have left the correctional community reluctant to adapt Internet-based programs in spite of the cost savings, Smart Horizons Career Online Education—the district that delivers the program—developed the technology to eliminate that risk.
Datamark Changes Name to Helix Education
February 13, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT — Datamark, a longtime leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, today announced that it has changed its name to Helix Education, reflecting its growth and expansion across the student lifecycle. The company has broadened its technology and service solutions, which are underpinned by big data, to help schools find, enroll, retain and teach students.
“As Helix Education, we are redefining what it means to effectively support the needs of students throughout the entire education experience, making it more productive and meaningful,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. “There are so many opportunities to connect with and track students, from the first time they inquire about a program, throughout the admissions and learning process. Through technology and big data, schools can gain greater visibility into each student’s progress. They can make better decisions – decisions that are relevant to students’ needs along the way – and in turn, achieve better outcomes.”
In 2013, the company acquired the technology assets of Altius Education with the intention of further developing the infrastructure. This includes enrollment management and student retention systems, as well as Helix, a competency-based online learning platform recognized by EDUCAUSE and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation as a promising technology to support breakthrough learning models.
Private Online School District Battles America’s High School Dropout Crisis and Offers a Solution to Educational Trauma
February 13, 2014
Students who have been failed by the traditional education system are finding success in an alternative online career-based program with student support as its cornerstone. Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s partnerships with public and private entities ranging from non-profits to prisons to corporations enables the district to reach various types of learners.
Dr. Howard Liebman
Dr. Howard Liebman founded Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in late 2009 with one central mission in mind—to reach the approximately 45 million adults in the U.S. population who do not have a high school education and prepare them for the workplace.
“There is a growing dropout crisis in the United States. I believe Smart Horizons Career Online Education is beginning to serve an increasingly significant function in addressing this crisis that affects so many in our nation’s underserved populations,” Dr. Liebman said.
Mother of Two Reaches for her Ultimate Career Goal in Radiology by Earning her Online High School Diploma with Career Online High School
February 04, 2014
Delma Davila knew that finishing high school was a necessary step to reach her career goals, but she needed the right program to fit her lifestyle. As a busy mom and stepmom of two active boys, she sought a school that would offer her flexibility to work toward her education while still having time to watch her kids.
She found that balance of work and home by earning her high school diploma from Career Online High School (COHS) offered through Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). COHS enables students to prepare for a career through a dual online high school diploma and certificate program.
This innovative approach to gaining a high school diploma is accomplished via online courses, which are complemented with support from academic teachers in a classroom setting or “learning lab” located at a SHCOE-partnered career college. The COHS learning lab offers both academic assistance and access to computers. Delma benefitted from the blend of onsite resources and an online learning experience.
Full Sail University Adds Music Festival to 5th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Schedule - February 19-21, 2014
February 03, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce the addition of a three-day music festival to the 5th Annual Hall of Fame celebration featuring nationally and locally recognized bands and artists performing live on Full Sail’s campus. The Hall of Fame music festival will also include gaming exhibits, film screenings, food trucks and more.
This year’s Hall of Fame Music Festival, sponsored by WWE®, will feature performances by: Beartoe, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Courrier, Jeremy Ellis, Melodime, Solillaquists of Sound, The Pauses, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, and many more. Admission to the music festival is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 12pm daily and performances held on the university’s Hollywood-style backlot from 3pm to 9pm. Full Sail’s Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with supporting sponsors WWE, Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Co., Murphy Lighting Systems, and Sennheiser.
During Hall of Fame week, guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring new and past Hall of Fame inductees and industry leaders from notable companies including, but not limited to, ESPN, Sony, and WWE. Select events within the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students and the public.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the American Advanced Technicians Institute to Offer Career Online High School
January 28, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Career Online High School is now available to students preparing for automotive technology careers through a new partnership with the American Advanced Technicians Institute (AATI).
SHCOE is the world's first SACS accredited online high school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses.
Full Sail University Announces Graduate Results for The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards
January 27, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 20 graduates worked on 16 GRAMMY®-winning projects across 20 categories at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (www.grammy.com), which aired live on CBS, Sunday, January 26, 2014 and was hosted by LL Cool J.
Of these graduates, one alum, Sebastian Krys, earned a GRAMMY® award of his very own for his work as Composer, Engineer and Producer on La Santa Cecilia’s “Treinta Dias.” In total, 64 Full Sail graduates and one current student were credited on 53 artists’ releases that were nominated across 42 separate categories.
Adapt Courseware Releases Foundations of Reading and Writing Curriculum
January 27, 2014
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive multimedia that individualizes each student’s learning experience, has released Foundations of Reading and Writing, providing interactive, developmental curriculum where students can achieve the basic skills needed for college-level English. Adapt Courseware’s competency-based learning approach appropriately tailors content and activities so each student can learn in the most effective and efficient way possible.
“Research tells us that as many as 40 percent of first-time college students enroll in at least one remedial course,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “Yet, most online courses do very little to motivate these students and address their unique learning situations and styles. Personalized, visual, active content that adapts to students’ own knowledge and aptitude can not only help them gain the necessary skills and competencies, but also give them the confidence that they can succeed.”
Full Sail University Graduated Contribute to Grammy® Nominated Releases
January 22, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL. – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 64 Full Sail University graduates and one current student have worked on 53 artist releases nominated for GRAMMYs® at the 56th Annual Awards airing live on Sunday, January 26, 2014 on CBS.
During this year's awards, Full Sail University graduates and students have contributed to numerous artist projects nominated across 42 categories including: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Gospel Song, and Best R&B Album, just to name a few. Full Sail University graduates have worked on 17 GRAMMY®-award winning Album of the Year releases over the past 24 years.
Rasmussen College Announces Public Benefit Corporation Status
January 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Rasmussen College announced today its transition from a traditional for-profit corporation to a Public Benefit Corporation. The change in corporate status reflects the commitment of the College to a higher standard of transparency, accountability and public service while harnessing the power of business to make a positive impact on society. Through the Public Benefit Corporation designation, Rasmussen College joins more than 850 companies spanning 60 industries.
Since its founding in 1900, the private College has continuously been recognized for offering education and outreach services that extend to its student population and beyond to make its communities a better place to live, grow and learn. As a Public Benefit Corporation, the College will be able to expand on its mission to provide even more services to communities and focus volunteer efforts on meeting the diverse educational needs of individuals.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the Computer Systems Institute to Offer Career Online High School
January 21, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Career Online High School is now available to students in the state of Illinois through a new partnership with the Computer Systems Institute.
SHCOE is the world's first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses.
Brown Mackie College System of Schools Signs on to Clinton Global Initiative "Commitment to Action" with Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go, Launching New High School Scholarship Program
January 14, 2014
The Brown Mackie College system of schools (“Brown Mackie College”) has signed on as a partner in ed2go/Smart Horizon Career Online Education’s (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) “Commitment to Action” to re-engage high school dropouts back into the educational system. The commitment includes an agreement to offer scholarships to 64 young adults to enable them to earn high school diplomas and career certificates from SHCOE.
Brown Mackie College will fund 32 scholarships in high-demand employment areas such as retail and food services. SHCOE and ed2go will match these scholarships with an additional 32, allowing Brown Mackie College to offer a total of 64 scholarships.
Additionally, as a part of this commitment, Brown Mackie College will support Career Online High School students by offering them the opportunity to take their Career Online High School classes in the computer lab of a Brown Mackie College facility.
PlattForm Announces Steve Fireng as New CEO
January 13, 2014
LENEXA, Kan. – PlattForm, a leading provider of comprehensive marketing solutions to colleges and universities worldwide, has announced the hiring of Steve Fireng as CEO. He succeeds founder Michael Platt, who continues as executive chairman.
PlattForm is a portfolio company of Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based, growth-oriented investment firm with more than $5 billion of assets under management.
Fireng, a 25-year veteran in postsecondary education, previously was president and CEO of Pearson Embanet, which provides resources for academic institutions to finance, launch, market and support successful online programs. Fireng was instrumental in the growth of Embanet, which led to its acquisition by Pearson.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the future of PlattForm with Steve taking over the reins," said Platt. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience in both the for-profit and public sectors of higher education and, more importantly, he’s an innovator with a commitment to growing business by growing people.” Platt will offer insights and assistance to Fireng.
Gale Partners with Career Online High School to Deliver Accredited High School Diploma Program through Public Libraries Nationwide
January 10, 2014
Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses, announced today the launch of Career Online High School to its public library partners. Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce. Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in the United States, is the first institution to deliver Career Online High School to its community.
The dropout crisis in the United States has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Every 26 seconds another student gives up on school, resulting in more than 1 million American dropouts a year, or 7,000 every day. Today, there are nearly 40 million Americans without a high school diploma and there are limited options available for students age twenty-two and older who are looking to return to high school. People lacking a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed, impoverished, and incarcerated—and are estimated to cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in lost earnings, welfare and medical costs. Career Online High School addresses this crisis by providing adults access to a supportive academic environment and engaging curriculum that emphasizes the practical skills students will need in the workplace.
Children’s Home Society Of Florida Helps Homeless Young Woman Earn Her High School Diploma through the Smart Horizons Career Online Education High School Program
January 07, 2014
Nafissatou "Nafi" Jean has always loved children. Her desire to help them prompted her to set her career sights on becoming a pediatrician. Growing up in foster care, Nafi knew firsthand the importance of surrounding kids with caring and involved adults. But her path from foster care to future pediatrician was not without its challenges—the first of which was earning her high school diploma.
Nafi was recently able to overcome this hurdle through a unique program offered by the Children's Home Society of Florida, which serves homeless youth and their families in the Treasure Coast region of Florida. Nafi became involved with Children's Home Society of Florida when she aged out of the foster care system in 2012. The Children's Home Society of Florida recently inaugurated a partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) to enable young people in the Children's Home Society of Florida transitional living program to attend SHCOE's SACS-accredited online high school.
Students Using Adaptive Multimedia Achieve Higher Completion and Retention Rates
January 07, 2014
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive multimedia that individualizes each student’s learning experience, has released its most recent student completion and retention data for the 2012-2013 academic year. Participating schools achieved, on average, a 16% higher course completion rate for students using the company’s adaptive multimedia compared to students enrolled in online sections using conventional curriculum. Term-over-term retention rates for students using adaptive multimedia averaged 18% higher than for students in the control sections, and every school that participated in the research produced double digit gains in retention. The improved outcomes were statistically reliable at the 92% and 97% confidence level, respectively.
“We are really excited about these outcomes as they signify a transformational change in student behavior,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “Schools using our adaptive multimedia have consistently produced stronger completion and retention rates by a wide margin, not to mention students are performing better and earning higher grades in the majority of cases. We attribute these results to a better learning experience – one that gives students confidence that they really can succeed and one that dramatically increases student self-efficacy.”
University workers surprise foster kids with new bikes
December 19, 2013
ORLANDO, FL. —Staff at Everest University took money that would have been used for a holiday party and used it to put a smile on the faces of 100 foster children. Room 201 at the university was turned into fantasy land on Friday, chock-full of new bikes. Big ones and little ones. And at the appointed time, 100 children who live in foster care strolled into the room and picked out their new bike. Emily Bean and Brittany Martorello got new mountain bikes. Both have aged out of foster care and live in a transitional house. "I can ride it to school and to parks and all that fun stuff," said Emily.
New Datamark White Paper Examines Powerful Role of Search Marketing
December 16, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT - Datamark, the leader in data-driven driven enrollment marketing, has published its newest white paper, which highlights the massive opportunities presented by search marketing, along with expert advice for institutions exploring and using this channel. Readers will gain insight into the ways they can maximize the impact of paid search as part of an integrated marketing plan, as well as strategies to avoid overspending.
“Paid search is an extremely powerful and effective medium to connect with prospective students at their exact moment of intent – our data tells us that it is one of the highest quality inquiry sources with one of the best inquiry to enroll/start rates,” said Steve Winchester, Chief Marketing Officer/Vice President, Student Marketing at Datamark. “That said, if not executed appropriately, paid search can present some cost and scalability challenges. There seems to be a misconception that the more you spend the more you get back; but it’s more complicated than that. Our goal is to help schools achieve and maintain conversion oriented and cost-effective spending patterns so they can drive more high quality inquiries.”
Bliss for a Bargain: Affordable Massages
December 09, 2013
Getting a massage from a therapist in training is not to be pampered in high luxury. Clients of the massage clinic at Daytona State College are asked to bring their own sheets for the massage table.
They get undressed to “their comfort level” behind a hospital-style partition in a room full of other people getting massages, too.
Piped-in spa music might lull them into pleasant daydreams, but the rub-down reverie will occasionally be interrupted by whispered instruction from supervisors and the moans of satisfaction from other clients.
In a city where the average massage costs $55 and upwards of $200 at more elite spas, according to local estimates, the bargain of hour-long massages at $16 at Daytona State College and $25 an hour for massages at private beauty schools at International Academy in South Daytona and Daytona College in Ormond Beach, has put them in hot demand.
U.S. News 10 Universities With the Largest Undergraduate Populations & World Report
December 03, 2013
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.
Going to college may be increasingly expensive, but the cost hasn't deterred thousands of students from enrolling. Between 1992 and 1998, undergraduate enrollment was stable, but it increased by 37 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Adapt Courseware Launches First Business Administration Offerings
December 02, 2013
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive online curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, has added Organizational Behavior and Financial Accounting to its expanded catalog of adaptive learning offerings. The release of these core business administration requirements helps colleges and universities meet student demand, while at the same time enabling them to deliver a more engaging and productive learning experience for the growing number of students who are pursuing business degrees.
“Business administration continues to be one of the most popular college majors today – even students who are working towards other degrees often take business courses as a foundation for real-world literacy and on-the-job preparation,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “By collaborating with and gathering input from college and university leaders, we’ve been able to create and implement a curriculum development plan that increases access to the courses students need and want most.”
Final Gainful Employment Rulemaking Session Scheduled for Friday, December 13
December 02, 2013
By Dennis Cariello
Politico’s Libby Nelson, in today’s “Morning Education” email (and in a tweet on Black Friday) reports that the U.S. Department of Education “has scheduled its third session of negotiated rule-making on the ‘gainful employment’ rule for Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Education Department’s 1990 K St. offices, according to an email sent to negotiators Friday.” This is also the last day of the next NACIQI meeting (the Department’s advisory committee on accreditation). In case you are curious, 1990 K Street is no where near 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. (where the NACIQI sessions will be held).
Dade Medical College Student Wins Nurse of the Year Award
November 26, 2013
MIAMI — On Friday, November 22, 2013, 184 finalists competed in 15 categories for the title of Nurse of the Year in the annual March of Dimes awards program. Several Dade Medical College and USmF students and staff were amongst the finalists but DMC student Shaquan Chambliss-Huggins was selected as the Nurse of the Year in the undergraduate student category.
This special program honors the contributions of nurses who have distinguished themselves as extraordinary in the nursing profession. Excellent student nurses are also honored for their commitment to gaining the knowledge it takes to not only play a critical role in advancing the mission as health care providers but also to excel in their oftentimes demanding schoolwork and clinical internships.
“We really could not have been happier to have FIVE finalists in the program,” said Giselle Schueurmann, the college’s Corporate Director of Nursing. “Our commitment to education and to our students is second to none and to have one of our very own students win in this category makes us very proud.”
Full Sail University Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Class
November 13, 2013
WINTER PARK, FL, November 12, 2013 – Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2013 Full Sail University Hall of Fame induction class comprised of six graduates recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts. The induction of this new class of honorees will occur during Full Sail’s 5th Annual Hall of Fame Week, which will be held February 2014.
Coinciding with the university’s 35th anniversary year, the 5th Annual Hall of Fame schedule will include a weeklong series of campus-wide events featuring VIP speaking engagements, guest lectures, and concerts - including several events that will be open to the public - culminating in an induction ceremony to celebrate and recognize the 2013 class of inductees.
Sponsors already committed in support of the 5th Annual Full Sail University Hall of Fame Week include: Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Murphy Lighting Systems, Sennheiser, and WWE, with additional sponsor announcements forthcoming.
Dade Medical College to Donate 500 Thanksgiving Turkeys
November 12, 2013
MIAMI - For the fourth consecutive year, Dade Medical College (DMC) will donate turkeys to needy families in the communities surrounding their six Florida campuses.
With the help of the college's philanthropic arm, The Better Florida Foundation, more than five-hundred families that might not have otherwise been able to will have a traditional holiday dinner courtesy of the college. The 500 turkeys will be distributed throughout Florida - from Homestead to Jacksonville - within many of the neighborhood's closest to the educational institution's DMC and University of Southernmost Florida - the college's learning affiliate - campuses.
The college sought the guidance of some of Florida's homegrown legislators to help decide where the turkeys were needed most. "Who knows the area most in need better than those that represent that very same population every single day," said Jorge Alvarez, DMC's Vice Presidents of Community and Government Relations. "Congressman Joe Garcia brought our attention to some very deserving families in his district of South Dade as did Commissioner Barbara Jordan. These folks work on improving these types of issues in their districts on a daily basis so we were grateful that they could point us in the right direction," continued Alvarez.
Datamark’s New Attribution Analytics Provide Greater Visibility into Marketing Channel Effectiveness
November 04, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT —Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has launched its new attribution solution, which is designed to help colleges and universities measure the impact of their marketing campaigns and optimize media buys so they can increase enrollments. Datamark’s attribution technology tracks and attributes results at every touch point along the inquiry funnel so that schools better understand which channels have the biggest impact with prospective students.
“We see a lot of marketers struggle with the last-click-wins model whereby 100 percent of the credit is given to the marketing channel that ultimately drives a prospect to inquire – they simply don’t have the resources or technology in place to gauge the impact of each channel the student encounters along the way,” said Steve Winchester, Vice President of Solutions and Marketing at Datamark.. “With our attribution analytics, schools can rely on data to tell them exactly which campaigns resonate with students, as well as how the various channels work together, so they know where to allocate their marketing dollars.”
Winchester continued, “Exposure to each media channel can influence prospective students in different ways. For example, our clients have seen a spike in their search traffic as a result of direct mail campaigns. With the help of attribution tracking we were able to dig a little deeper and discovered that some 60 percent of direct mail inquiries now come through other sources such as search and direct-to-site visits.”
EvaluationKIT Introduces Cutting-Edge Text Analytics to Examine Valuable, Qualitative Student Feedback
October 30, 2013
Denver, CO – EvaluationKIT, a leader in enterprise online course evaluation and survey software for higher education institutions, has announced a breakthrough in the use of text analytics to gain meaningful insights from mass amounts of student feedback. Qualitative, or write-in text comments, once useful only to those instructors and administrators who read them one-by-one, can now automatically be analyzed via EvaluationKIT Text Analytics to provide summary reporting to college and university administrators.
“Historically, institutions have had to rely on Likert-type items as the basis for survey feedback due to the operational and technical limitations of analyzing large volumes of student text responses,” said Kevin Hoffman, president of EvaluationKIT. “With the release of EvaluationKIT Text Analytics, the richness of student write-in feedback can be efficiently summarized by the system and presented to administrators in clear reporting across thousands of comments. This approach presents a much more complete picture of student feedback.”
Qualitative data often offers the deepest insights from students, and when summarized across a considerable number of student responses, the results can identify key themes that are important to various levels of an institution. As instructors have gleaned value from text comments within their courses, the institutional value of student comments beyond the course has remained locked behind the sheer volume of responses, until now.
Full Sail University Ranks in Top Ten of the 2013 "Top 100 Soical Media Colleges"
October 23, 2013
WINTER PARK, FL,-Full Sail University is proud to announce that it has been named by StudentAdvisor.com as one of the 2013 Top 100 Social Media Colleges in the United States, earning a spot in the Top 10 (#7) in these latest rankings.
Unveiled by StudentAdvisor.com via a live Google+ Hangout, the Top 100 Social Media Colleges is a scientifically calculated ranking that tracks over 100,000 data points to compare federally recognized colleges in the United States in terms of their mastery of public social media methods, tools, and platforms. Each school is reviewed upon how effectively they engage with their audiences using popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as incorporating new platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram.
According to StudentAdvisor.com’s Editor-In-Chief, Dean Tsouvalas, “The 100 institutions on the list represent the best 3% of colleges and universities who are showing social media excellence.” He further added, “It’s not easy to get on this list, let alone break into the top ten.”
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the University of Antelope Valley to Host Career Online High School
October 22, 2013
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that the University of Antelope Valley has become the newest partner to host Career Online High School.
Through an on-campus hybrid learning lab set up at the University of Antelope Valley, located in Lancaster, California, students will be able to take advantage of SHCOE’s innovative online education model while also immersing themselves in a campus-based learning experience.
“We are pleased to expand the Career Online High School program to the University of Antelope Valley,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of SHCOE. “The program is a win-win for the University of Antelope Valley: students benefit from earning a diploma and career certificate, which positions them for enrollment in college, while the University of Antelope Valley is able to identify a new audience of potential students for whom enrolling in higher education programs was not previously an option.”
Homeland Security Career Certificate Enables Smart Horizons Career Online Education Graduate to Launch New Career
October 16, 2013
Deanna Boersma dropped out of high school in 2002. Today, she has her dream job, bought her own house, and has enrolled in college. How did she get there?
As a high school dropout and single mom raising a son, it wasn’t easy. But the decision to drop out plagued her for years, and it limited her ability to get ahead in a career or in life.
By 2010, she had had enough. “I wanted something better for myself and for my son,” said Deanna. “I didn’t want to keep living paycheck to paycheck.”
She knew the first step was graduating from high school. “In this economy, you have to have a diploma to get a decent job,” she said. Plus, her then employer Taco Bell required a high school diploma for promotion to management. Deanna tried going the GED route. But while caring for her son and working full-time, she just couldn’t handle the program, which required 2 ½ hours in a classroom a day.
One day, Deanna was getting her oil changed when she saw an ad for Smart Horizons Career Online Education. “Earn your AdvancEd/SACS-accredited high school diploma online,” the ad said. “Flexible, affordable, convenient, supportive.” Deanna wrote down the number and made the call. “I said to myself, ‘this is what I’ve been waiting for;’ I felt like I actually had a chance again.”
Full Sail University Partners with Hard Rock International in Support of PINKTOBER™ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
October 15, 2013
Winter Park, Fla.,– Full Sail University has partnered with Hard Rock International in support of Hard Rock's PINKTOBER campaign for breast cancer awareness. Nine female students from Full Sail's game art and computer animation degree programs created a breast cancer awareness themed mixed media art piece that will be on display at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, Fla., throughout the month of October. The art piece will be auctioned online for charity at a later date.