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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.
Link to video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB-M0G-dt0k&feature=youtu.be
Hard Rock's PINKTOBER program encourages guests around the world to support breast cancer awareness by attending live music performances and pink-themed events at Hard Rock locations across the globe. Fans can visit their local Hard Rock and rock out for the cause with concerts and special events to benefit local breast cancer charities such as Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation and other breast cancer research and awareness organizations.
“We are excited to partner with Full Sail University to support PINKTOBER and breast cancer awareness in such a unique way,” said Jeff Jones, Marketing and Promotions Manager, Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live Orlando. “This partnership gives students the opportunity to have their artwork — inspired by such a great cause — featured at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk for thousands of people to see throughout the month.”
Helping to connect digital classrooms
October 11, 2013
A $25,000 donation by Florida Career College is helping the Urban League of Broward County connect its new digital classrooms in Fort Lauderdale. The college also will provide two scholarships to recipients the Urban League designates.
Joe Toliver, vice president of development for the Urban League, said the funds were used to purchase 30 laptop computers and a recharging cabinet for the facility, which is in the organization's Community Empowerment Center at 560 NW 27th Ave.
College officials toured the UL facility in April, and the equipment was purchased a few months later and installed soon after. The 80-seat digital classroom features Wi-Fi and was developed to enable residents to receive distance learning instruction, fill out college applications, create a resume or sharpen their computer skills, Toliver said. The group is planning to purchase an electronic board to better interact with attendees, he added.
Allied Health Institute Partners with Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go to Offer the Career Online High School Program
October 08, 2013
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Allied Health Institute has become the newest partner to host Career Online High School. Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary school that offers a variety of degree and diploma programs through distance and blended education.
“We are pleased to expand the Career Online High School program to Allied Health Institute,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of SHCOE. “The program is a win-win for Allied Health Institute: students benefit from earning a diploma and career certificate, which positions them for enrollment in college, while Allied Health Institute is able to identify a new audience of potential students for whom enrolling in higher education programs was not previously an option.”
Florida Career College-Hialeah Now Offering Cosmetology Program in Spanish
October 04, 2013
Hialeah, FL (PRWEB) -According to the United States Census Bureau, Hispanic and Latino residents represent approximately 95 percent of Hialeah’s population. To make education more accessible for native Spanish-speakers, Fort Lauderdale-based Florida Career College (FCC) is now offering a Spanish-instructed cosmetology program at its Hialeah campus, conveniently located off the Palmetto Expressway and I-75 at 3750 West 18th Ave.
The 12-month, 60-credit diploma cosmetology program teaches students a wide range of beauty skills using modern equipment and professional supplies in classrooms and training areas designed to replicate a real-world work environment.
“Florida Career College strives to bridge the gap between education and success by making practical career training attainable for students who face real-world challenges,” said Lisandra Perez-Zayas, executive director of Florida Career College-Hialeah. “We hope that offering our cosmetology program in Spanish will help members of the local Hispanic community overcome language barriers and get on track for a successful career.”
Datamark Enhances Lead Confidence Toolkit to Help Schools Prepare for the FCC’s Upcoming TCPA Regulations
October 03, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT — Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has enhanced its Lead Confidence Toolkit for managing lead quality and compliance risk. Through new monitoring, transcription, data capture and confirmation functionality, schools now have greater visibility into how and where CPL leads are generated and can better monitor compliance with the upcoming Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) guidelines, which go into effect on October 16, 2013.
When the FCC begins enforcing the new TCPA regulations, schools will be required to obtain and prove “express written consent” from students prior to making auto-dialed or pre-recorded marketing calls or texts to cell phones. Schools will be required to provide clear and conspicuous consent disclosure, and the student must give consent to be contacted by the school through a documented opt-in process.
“The more we can do to help our client institutions improve and monitor outreach with prospective students, the more likely they will be able to safeguard online leads and avoid infractions,” said Steve Winchester, Vice President of Solutions and Marketing at Datamark. “This is especially important now as more students not only depend on cell phones for information and communication, but also as proposed regulations for these mobile devices take effect and cause a mandated shift in a school’s marketing processes and policies.”
Inspired by a mentor figure at Walmart, 20-year old employee earns his high school diploma at Career Online High School
October 01, 2013
Walmart employee German Powell is Career Online High School’s newest graduate. The 20-year-old resident of Miami, Florida, who graduated in September with his high school diploma and credentialed career certificate, is now on to fulfill his dreams of going to college.
Though German finished high school in 2011, he was unable to pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), a requirement for graduation in the state of Florida. “I’m from Panama and I struggled with English when I first got here,” he said. “I just could not pass the Language part of the FCAT.”
Without a high school diploma from an accredited institution, German could not qualify for federal financial aid or pursue further education, and he was unable to apply for better positions at work. However, a mentor at Walmart took notice of him, recognizing that in spite of his potential he was being held back by his lack of a high school diploma.
Actor Mark Wahlberg Lends His Support as Taco Bell Foundation for Teens forms Pilot Partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go
September 26, 2013
Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), announces that the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has entered into a pilot partnership with SHCOE and ed2go in support of the “Commitment to Action” the education partners signed with the Clinton Global Initiative in July of this year.
Through this partnership, Taco Bell® will provide scholarships to enable employees to earn high school diplomas through Career Online High School (COHS), which was established by SHCOE and ed2go in 2012.
“What makes this inaugural ‘Commitment to Action’ partnership even more exciting is that actor Mark Wahlberg, who serves as ambassador for the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, was on hand to share his personal story and award the first COHS scholarships when the partnership was announced at Taco Bell’s headquarters,” Dr. Liebman said.
Datamark Webinar Features Research on a Student's Decision-to-Enroll
Webinar Examines Key Considerations and Motivating Factors that Lead to Enrollment
September 19, 2013
Salt Lake City, UT – Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, is hosting a free webinar where it will explore the thought processes and priorities of prospective students as they progress through the enrollment lifecycle. Datamark's Joel Borgmeier, Vice President of Business Intelligence, will provide an in-depth review of the decision-to-enroll process, helping institutions understand and support each student's journey from idea to research to enrollment.
"What Motivates Prospective Students? Examining the Decision-to-Enroll Process will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT. The event is free and registration is open.
"We've conducted extensive research with a panel of private sector school prospects, applicants and enrollees in order to better gauge the reasons why students ultimately do or do not enroll," noted Borgmeier. "In order to more effectively market to prospective students and provide an individualized level of support throughout the process, it is critical that schools themselves understand each phase of the decision making process, including the considerations students are weighing, the feelings they are experiencing, and the motivating factors that lead to enrollment."
Taco Bell and Kinexus Partner with Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go to Offer First of Its Kind Educational Scholarship Program
September 18, 2013
Taco Bell and Kinexus have signed on as the first two partners in ed2go/Smart Horizons Career Online Education's (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to reengage youth and young adults in the educational system. The CGI Commitment includes a scholarship agreement to offer fully accredited high school diplomas and career certificates to current and future employees in the retail, hospitality, and food service industries via the Career Online High School.
"Whether it is in news reports or a politician's speech, we consistently hear that there are not enough skilled workers to fill job openings throughout the country," said Ron Stefanski, Chief Business Development Officer at ed2go. "Through programs such as the Career Online High School, we are offering individuals an opportunity to complete a high school diploma and post-secondary education, providing skills and a springboard to better opportunities."
Bridging the Gap between High School Students and Post Secondary Education
September 14, 2013
Fairfield, NJ, September 10, 2013 – The American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) recently announced a collaboration with NOCTI for their Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC). Through a partnership with NOCTI, the CMAC certification exam will be delivered through QuadNet™, NOCTI’s secure online delivery system.
This collaboration is timely considering that the healthcare field continues to represent the fastest growing segment of our nation’s economy. The CMAC certification will help to increase an individual’s marketability and enhance their career portfolio.
For this program, if a student successfully passes NOCTI’s Job Ready Medical Assisting assessment, they will be provided with information to register for the CMAC exam. Successfully passing the CMAC exam will result in a certification issued through AMCA.
NOCTI President/CEO, Dr. John Foster sees great potential for this collaboration, “We see this collaboration as another way to help Career and Technical Education (CTE) students acquire certifications that will help their careers advance.” AMCA Marketing Director/Danielle Sadighi, “Believes this is a tremendous breakthrough in developing and bringing Workforce Ready students to the growing healthcare community.”
League classrooms go digital
September 12, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE — The Urban League of Broward County has turned up the technology switch in its digital classrooms with laptops financed as part of a new corporate partnership by Fort Lauderdale-based Florida Career College (FCC).
Officials said the digital classrooms in the league’s 28,000-square-foot Sunshine Health Community Empowerment Center will serve as a resource hub allowing community members to utilize advanced technology that may not otherwise have been accessible to them, as well as help provide alternative educational advancement tools, and assist with workforce development and financial literacy.
“We are grateful to Florida Career College for investing in the parents, youth and community residents and for helping us in our ongoing mission to serve as a catalyst for change in Broward County,” said Germaine Smith-Baugh, chief executive officer of the nonprofit league, which works to assist individuals, families and communities in the areas of education, jobs, housing and health. “We are already noticing a difference in the energy of our students and look forward to guiding them as they enter or re-enter the workforce and strive to reach their full potential.”
Dade Medical College Revitalizes the Homestead Economy
September 9, 2013
MIAMI and HOMESTEAD - since the opening of their Homestead campus, Dade Medical College (DMC) through its affiliates FEC, Southern Hospitality and the University of Southernmost Florida have taken a viable interest in revitalizing the Community Redevelopment Areas (CRA) of the city. Cities designate areas as CRA in order to drive new businesses and eliminate slum and blight. Dade Medical College's investments in recent years have allowed for much-needed progress in the Homestead CRA.
DMC and its affiliates have created over 70 new jobs with an average salary of $50,000-bringing nearly $3.5 million to the local economy on an annual basis. They plan on continuing to create new jobs in healthcare, education and hospitality, as well as opening a new campus, an urgent care center, more restaurants, and possible student housing. All of this has come at no cost to local, state or federal dollars to date.
Datamark Boosts Student Enrollment Marketing Using KXEN’s Predictive Analytics
August 28, 2013
Datamark Increases Response Rates of Direct Mail and Digital Marketing Campaigns by as much as 200 Percent
KXEN, the leading provider of predictive analytics for business users, today announced that Datamark, the leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, has successfully deployed KXEN’s InfiniteInsight® to improve lead quality on direct mail and e-mail campaigns for leading universities. Student campaigns using predictive models built with KXEN on average see a 40 percent response rate increase, with some campaigns realizing an increase of up to 200 percent and millions of dollars in additional tuition revenue.
“We partner with best-in-class companies to help us provide the best in digital media solutions to our clients. By allowing us to bring predictive modeling in-house and control the segmentation and implementation of our direct mail and digital marketing campaigns, KXEN has become an invaluable partner,” said Barry Cunningham, Director of Data and Analytics for Datamark. “We have witnessed fantastic results with KXEN’s easy-to-use, automated solution which has allowed us to better target students for our marketing campaigns and scale with the needs of our business in ways that simply would not have been possible with traditional, handcrafted approaches.”
Major League Gaming Announces MLG Fall Invitational at Full Sail University
August 21, 2013
The Major League Gaming (MLG) 2013 Pro Circuit continues with the Major League Gaming Fall Invitational at the award-winning entertainment and media institution Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida on October 18th and 19th. Featuring a new two-day format with an impact on seeding for future Pro Circuit tournaments, the event marks the official debut of DOTA 2 on the MLG Pro Circuit and continues the robust competitive series for Call of Duty®: Black Ops II leading into the MLG Fall Championship in Columbus, Ohio, from November 22-24.
New Partnership with Teamwork Associates of Jamaica Enhances Career Online High School’s International Outreach
August 20, 2013
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go today announced a partnership with Teamwork Associates of Montego Bay, Jamaica, to expand their educational offerings to students in Jamaica. The partnership will enable both current high school students and adult high school dropouts in Jamaica to earn not only an AdvancED/SACS high school diploma but also a credentialed career certificate via the Career Online High School.
Teamwork Associates is a non-profit organization committed to meeting the educational and social needs of Jamaican citizens. The Career Online High School program will be offered onsite at the Teamwork School, operated by Teamwork Associates, which provides education at the nursery through high school levels. “The program aligns with the School’s mission to help its students realize their potential and become responsible citizens,” said Dr. Winsome Oban, Executive Director of Teamwork Associates. “The certificates being offered will provide a good range and opportunity for employment in Jamaica where unemployment in the 20–24 age group stands at 33 percent.”
Southwest Florida College plans its recovery
August 12, 2013
Southwest Florida College is half the institution it used to be. Literally. Enrollment has dipped to 1,200 students, and for a for-profit college, fewer students mean less revenue.
CEO Jim Mathis, on the job one year, said administration took a long, hard look at the institution, and what it found was stale marketing, acceptance of mediocrity and lack of an academic focus.
“When you try to be all things to all people, you end up being no things to anyone,” Mathis said.
To combat declining enrollment, Southwest Florida College is rolling out a new initiative to coincide with the institution’s 40th anniversary. “40 Steps to 40 Years” is more of a rebranding effort than a marketing blitz, more of a commitment to students than a drive to increase profits.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Prepares to Go Live at Five Additional Florida Department of Corrections Facilities
August 06, 2013
Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), announces that the school district will soon expand its operations as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities. The Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) named SHCOE as an official provider of online education for inmates in Florida prison facilities in February of 2012, and the program went live at the Madison Correctional Institution in April and at the Lowell Annex in May of that year. These programs were the first online secondary education programs at any correctional facility in the United States and have produced 68 graduates to date.
Now, preparations are underway for an impending expansion into five additional facilities.
“From the time we received our AdvancED/SACS accreditation in 2011, we had this goal of serving inmates in correctional facilities,” Dr. Liebman said. “I believe our leading-edge online program offers an effective approach to lowering<