Aug 25

SOLIDWORKS Donates 3D Design Software to the Fab Foundation

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

The Fab Foundation is pleased to announce a donation of 3D design software from the Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Corporation to the more than 350 facilities in the Fab Lab Network. Each official Fab Lab will be eligible to receive one commercial license of the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD program Premium version. In addition, Fab Labs that are sites for the global Fab Academys How to Make (Almost) Anything course will be able to get a 10-seat network license of the 3D CAD SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.

The donation was announced by Marie Planchard, SOLIDWORKS Director of the Education Community at FAB10, the recent international Fab Lab meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Since our founding in 1995, explains Ms. Planchard, SOLIDWORKS has wanted to be more than just a supplier. To formally achieve that goal, we instituted a number of programs that help users ranging from our active SOLIDWORKS Community to a project identifying startup companies that need technical support to assisting First Robotics teams. There are 28,000 schools that teach with SOLIDWORKS and 240 SOLIDWORKS user groups around the world with the underlying principle to share knowledge and expand capabilities for everyone to succeed in their design and digital fabrication projects.

Fab Foundation Director Sherry Lassiter says the SOLIDWORKS contribution comes at a perfect time for Fab Labs. As our network grows, Fab Lab projects are becoming more complex, and in many cases, developing into commercial opportunities. To support these projects, the Fab Foundation wants to provide Fabbers with the powerful design and engineering resources they need to produce professional projects that will have a beneficial impact on lives and livelihoods around the world. The SOLIDWORKS contribution is a terrific, enabling resource to everyone who participates in a Fab Lab, and we so appreciate that SOLIDWORKS has the vision and capacity to support the Fab Lab network in this way. Lassiter adds that the availability of SOLIDWORKS software to Fab Academy sites is important as all digital fabrication students registered for our How to Make (Almost) Anything course will have access to a sophisticated design tool for creating their projects, whether for social or economic benefit. Thats pretty special.

The collaboration between SOLIDWORKS and the Fab Foundation grew out of the Fab Lab program at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms [CBA], where the digital fabrication laboratories, or Fab Labs, originated. Explains Ms. Planchard, FormLabs, a 3D Printing company founded by graduates of MITs CBA, was one of the startups we mentored with CAD software help. We were also introduced to the CBA by Leigh Christie, MIT instructor and director of eatART, who creates mechatronic devices for art museums in order to inspire students in STEM education. Seeing these great connections, SOLIDWORKS knew we wanted to have a close relationship with the Fab Lab Network.

Designers see SOLIDWORKS as one of the most intuitive CAD programs for 3D design on the market. The easy user interface comes from the software companys understanding of the designers specific application. Whether for education, rapid prototyping, design consulting or industrial product development, the user interface speeds up the design process. For companies such as Hasbro or Hamilton Beach time to market is essential for competitive advantage and SOLIDWORKS helps bring these manufacturers to positions as industry leaders. Advanced features of SOLIDWORKS software include an easier interface to machine code that can be key in getting a design manufactured, as well as sustainable design assistance.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD can be used to drive all the tools in a Fab Lab including laser cutters and markers, ShopBot CNC milling machines, 3D Printers, and other digital fabrication machines. The application for qualified Fab Labs to receive the software is available through the Fab Foundation website

About the Fab Foundation

The Fab Foundation was formed February 9, 2009 to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network. The Fab Foundation is a US non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from MITs Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program. Our mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are our primary beneficiaries. The Foundation has three programmatic foci: education (.edu), organizational capacity building and services (.org), and business opportunity (.com).

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Aug 24

Dental Assistant Winners Selected for the Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

The winners have been selected for the DALE Foundations Liz Koch Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was open to all dental assistants, Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certificants and others in field. It is intended to help oral healthcare professionals reach their professional development goals and support their mentorship activities.

In total, the scholarship committee received over 100 applications from dental professionals across the country. There were many qualified and outstanding applicants, and selecting the winners was a difficult task. The scholarship committee named Rebecca Horne and Kandra Luna as the 2014 winners.

Rebecca Horne, CDA, of Massachusetts, found her passion for dental assisting while she was in school. Today, Horne works in an orthodontic practice, where she helps coordinate a team of employees and two offices. She will use her scholarship award to earn DANBs Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) certification. I believe we can lead by example, she says. I plan on continuing to inspire those around me to see what a dental assistant can achieve.

Kandra Luna, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, of Oregon, has always believed in dreaming big, and with the encouragement of her mentors, she graduated from a dental assisting program. She now works at a general dental practice while pursuing her bachelors degree. Luna will apply her scholarship award toward her DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, which she earned earlier this year. Her next goal is to work in dental assisting education and help students achieve their goals. I am motivated to help others accomplish their goals and strive to do their best, she says.

Additionally, the scholarship committee recognized 11 finalists:

Aug 19

NCU Announces Three New Post-Master’s Certificate Programs: Trauma and Disaster Relief – Elder Care and Geropsychology – Addictions and Rehabilitation


Northcentral University (NCU), a global online graduate school, announced today the introduction of three new Post-Master’s Certificate programs through the Universitys School of Psychology.

The programs are:

Aug 19

TMCF Collegiate Academy @ SUNO Names Principal

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

Connections Education, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) are pleased to announce that TMCF Collegiate Academy @ SUNO (TMCF@SUNO), the unique new addition to the New Orleans public education scene, has named New Orleans educator Angela Kinlaw principal.

I look forward to joining TMCF@SUNOs future team of certified teachers, administrators, and support staff in delivering the academys blended, college preparatory program to our scholars, said Angela Kinlaw, principal of TMCF@SUNO, who believes in referring to all students as scholars. We have a daily opportunity to speak into existence not simply who we think they can be, but who we believe they already are, she said.

TMCF@SUNO students will be provided with a laptop and other technology tools; allowing them to work anywhere within the academy as well as beyond, 24/7. The academy will open as a middle school serving grades 6-8 in the 2015-2016 school year and will add one high school grade per year starting in 2016.

As excited as I am about the technology, I am most excited about our personalized approach to learning in-person and virtually, said Kinlaw. Scholars can excel more with opportunities for enrichment, while learning at a pace that works best for them.

Kinlaw served as ninth grade principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans this past school year. Her previous education experience includes principal positions in San Diego and St. Louis. She earned a Master of Education (MEd) in educational leadership and administration from San Diego State University-California State University and an MEd in curriculum and instruction from University of San Diego.

TMCF@SUNO will offer a state-of-the-art physical campus where a dedicated in-person staffincluding Principal Kinlaw, a guidance counselor, personal trainer, and highly qualified Louisiana-certified teacherswill interact with students on-site, in addition to licensed virtual teachers. Campus-based Success Coaches will also help guide students through the schools comprehensive curriculum which includes AP courses, foreign languages, core academics and more. Among the engaging electives offered will be Juilliard eLearning, online music courses developed exclusively with the famed conservatory. Additionally, students will experience hands-on, project-based learning.

Angelas experience, passion for education, and vision for re-imagining middle and high school to better serve students will be instrumental to the academys success, said Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President of Connections Education. We are thrilled to have Angela at the helm of TMCF@SUNO.

The academy is authorized by the Orleans Parish School Board and governed by a local Board of Directors. Its curriculum and other services are provided through contract by Connections Education, a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online and blended learning accredited by AdvancED. As the academys national non-profit partner, Thurgood Marshall College Fund will offer high-achieving academy students the opportunity to receive scholarships to attend its public Historically Black College and University (HBCU) member schools.

TMCF@SUNO will provide its students with the learning environment necessary to ensure success in college and beyond through an innovative and individualized guided early college program, said Juontonio K. Pinckney, Vice President and Superintendent of TMCFs K-12 Initiatives. We are excited to have an extraordinary instructional leader like Angela to lead that charge.

Added Victor Ukpolo, Ph.D., Chancellor of SUNO, The academy will offer students a high-quality education, access to college level courses at SUNO, and a technology-enhanced education that aligns to the needs of our global societyall without leaving New Orleans.

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About Connections Education

Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K12. Since 2001, the companys Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools. Among the schools supported by Connections in the upcoming 201415 school year are 35 Connections Academy virtual (online) public schools and Nexus Academy blended schools that operate in 25 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students from across the U.S. A private online academy, International Connections Academy, serves students worldwide. The Connections Learning by Pearson division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning by Pearson delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. For more information, call 8003826010 or visit Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit

About Southern University at New Orleans

Southern University at New Orleans, founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as an SREB Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Masters College and University I, and as a SACSCOC Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the masters degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs. For information, please visit the Universitys Web site at

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Aug 17

D.C. Area Business Leader to Chair Goodwill Industries International Board of Directors

Rockville, MD (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

The Goodwill Industries International board of directors has elected Larry Ishol, a partner at Deloitte LLP, as the chairman of its board. Ishol took office during the annual Goodwill meeting of executives and board leaders held recently in Austin, TX, and will serve a one-year term.

Ishol has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of risk management, finance, accounting and auditing.

Ishol previously served as the chair of Goodwills Audit Committee, chair of its Strategic Issues and Planning Committee and vice chair of the board. In 2014, he led the GII boards engagement in aspirational visioning for 2024 in preparation for strategic planning in 2015. He has been on the board for four years.

A highly engaged community leader, Ishol has held multiple board positions for civic and charitable organizations, and currently serves on the board of the Childrens Hospital Foundation in Washington, D.C. In addition to board participation, he has served on numerous committees, participated in volunteer organizations, and has a long history of supporting of nonprofit boards and related activities.

Ishol earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota in 1979. Ishol is married to his wife, Cindy, of 29 years, and currently resides in Potomac, MD with their daughter, Emma.

Ishol has contributed his skills and knowledge to advancing Goodwills strategic plan, said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. He is passionate about our mission, and his outstanding management abilities will be invaluable to Goodwill in the year ahead.

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill is one of Americas top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online at

Aug 16

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