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.

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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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Aug 15

Industrial Robots Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

Industrial robots have a buyer power score of 1.7 out of 5. This score indicates that suppliers have a substantial advantage over buyers in negotiating the final purchase price. Suppliers have been increasing the price of industrial robots during the three years to 2014, due in part to high product specialization, a low availability of substitutes and high switching costs, according to IBISWorld business research analyst Jeffrey Cohen.

Over the past three years, increasing demand among key buying industries has given suppliers leverage to raise prices of industrial robots at a fast rate, hurting buyer power. Another factor that has negatively affected buyers is high price driver volatility. This trend is largely due to the high volatility in the prices of steel and aluminum, which are key inputs into the manufacture of industrial robots. High price driver volatility harms buyer power because it ultimately leads to more difficulty on the buyer’s part when budgeting for purchases and increases the risk for sudden price hikes.

Industrial robots are a highly specialized product and there are a limited number of robot suppliers throughout the United States. These robots are made to carry out a variety of manufacturing operations with precision and speed and there are virtually no substitute products that can replace them. Because the availability of substitutes is low, buyers lose negotiating power. While buyers that require highly specialized robots have fewer choices among suppliers, and therefore lower buyer power, those that require industrial robots for less specialized tasks have a wider supplier base to choose from. As a result, buyers requiring less specialized robots can more effectively negotiate a price. Furthermore, high switching costs reduce buyer power. Due to the highly specialized nature of the products, it is risky to switch suppliers because buyers have limited options and the new supplier may not meet the buyers needs. Therefore, suppliers have more leverage in setting prices when they know that buyers are less likely to switch suppliers, Cohen says.

Industrial robot prices are largely determined by the performance specifications that they are required to meet, as well as the quality of the components used. Performance specifications are related to the industry that the buyer operates in; the more complex the tasks to be performed are, the more expensive the industrial robot will be. For instance, when a robot is required to perform simple tasks such as welding or packaging products, the robot is priced much lower because the supplier requires less time and resources to manufacture it. Four major vendors in this market are ABB Ltd., Adept, Comau Inc., and FANUC Robotics America Corporation. For more information, visit IBISWorlds Industrial Robots procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of industrial robots. An industrial robot is a mechanical device that manufacturers use in a variety of industries, including automotive, electronics and metalworking machinery. They are designed to perform dangerous or repetitive tasks with a higher degree of accuracy than human workers. Industrial robots are primarily sold by robot manufacturers and robot integrators. Service robots typically perform services useful to humans in household chores and not manufacturing operations; therefore, service robots are not included in this report.

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Pricing Environment

Price Fundamentals

Benchmark Price

Pricing Model

Price Drivers

Recent Price Trend

Price Forecast

Product Characteristics

Product Life Cycle

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Specialization

Substitute Goods


Quality Control

Supply Chain & Vendors

Supply Chain Dynamics

Supply Chain Risk


Competitive Environment

Market Share Concentration

Market Profitability

Switching Costs

Purchasing Process

Buying Basics

Buying Lead Time

Selection Process

Key RFP Elements

Negotiation Questions

Buyer Power Factors

Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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