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30Jun/130

WIN Learning Named a Finalist in 2013 EdTech Digest Awards Program: Personalized Career and College Readiness Solution Prepares Students for Life After High School

Kingston, TN (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

WIN Learning, the leading provider of careerdriven courseware, education intervention initiatives and career-readiness certification programs, announced today that it has been honored as a trend setter finalist in the 2013 EdTech Digest Awards program. The third annual recognition program honors outstanding tools, trendsetters, and leaders in the education and technology sector.

We are honored to receive this recognition as it validates our solution and its important role in ensuring student readiness whether its to attend college or a trade school, enter the military or the workplace for life after they graduate from high school, said Joseph Goins, executive vice president, WIN Learning.

This years program featured some of the most robust entries ever for the more than 40 categories. WIN Learning was an honoree in the product or service setting a trend category. The Trendsetter awards include notable people or products shaping the space, while the Cool Tool awards recognize the best new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. The EdTech Leadership awards recognize outstanding forward-thinking contributions to learning and technology.

A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this years evaluation proceedings. Our judges are giants among us, having influenced millions through their efforts at improving, advancing and modernizing education, said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as editor in chief of EdTech Digest. They are highly-regarded leaders from a variety of experiences, but what they all have in common is a keen eye for what works in education and technology.

WIN Learnings Personalized Career Readiness System for middle and high school students is a comprehensive solution comprised of a series of standards-aligned, web-based programs that help students understand and prepare for the realities of college and the workplace. Designed for middle and high school students, the WIN Learning system features personalized project-based learning and career exploration, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Personalized Career Readiness System is based on the WIN Educonomy Model an intersection between education and local and regional economies where data on job markets help students understand employability, foundational and social skills within the context of future careers. This real-world focus helps determine the personalized selection of coursework and other experiences in high school that will lead students to their desired careers, either directly after graduation or following further training and education.

The research-based Career-Driven Education model is a best-in-class career and college readiness solution that offers a three-pronged approach to prepare students for todays global economic opportunities and challenges. With the data-rich career exploration system WIN Strategic Compass

30Jun/130

Halfpricesoft.com has Revamped EzPaycheck Software to Appeal to Georgia Customers


Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

EzPaycheck payroll software from Halfpricesoft.com has just been updated and released to accommodate small businesses in Georgia . The new form level buttons, quick start guide and FAQ pages have been added for those customers that are new to payroll software. Now, this user friendly application can be installed and ready use in just a few minutes. There is no extended learning curve necessary!

Georgia customers often have special requirements when submitting payroll. Weve recently introduced several capabilities into ezPaycheck that make this software ideal for such customers, said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge.

Available at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp, the latest version of this popular and easy-to-use software is priced at just $ 89 per installation for new customers, making ezPaycheck payroll software affordable for any size business.

Georgia small businesses will appreciate the unique features in the latest release of ezPaycheck payroll software:


Prints miscellaneous checks as well as payroll calculation checks.

Prints payroll checks on blank computer checks or preprinted checks.

Automatically calculates Federal Withholding Tax, Social Security, Medicare Tax and Employer Unemployment Taxes.

-Includes built-in tax tables for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Creates and maintains payrolls for multiple companies, and does it simultaneously.

Supports daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods. Features report functions, print functions, and pay stub functions.

Prints Tax Forms 940, 941, W-2 and W-3.

-Supports multiple accounts at no additional charge.

-Supports network access.

Owners and managers of businesses interested in automating their payroll process can take advantage of the many features by test driving ezPaycheck free for 30 days.

Customers simply go online to http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp and download the software. The download includes the full version of the software along with a sample database. The sample database allows new users to try all of ezPaychecks exciting features, including the intuitive graphical interface, without wasting time entering data.

Once satisfied that ezPaycheck payroll software is right for the business ,customers can activate the software for unlimited use by purchasing a license key for just $ 89 per installation. Annual updates with new tax tables and forms for the upcoming year cost just $ 59.

About Halfpricesoft.com

Founded in 2003, Halfpricesoft.com has established itself as a leader in meeting and exceeding the software needs of small businesses in US. The softwares graphical interface guides customers step-by-step through setting up employee information, setting up tax options, calculating payroll - including calculation of federal, state and local taxes; deductions for Medicare, insurance and 401(k) plans; and printing paychecks & tax forms.







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30Jun/130

Legendary Antwerp Designers to Speak at Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2013

Otis College of Art and Design and LACMAs Costume and Textiles Department will present a special evening with eminent Antwerp artists fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck and graphic designer Paul Boudens Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The duo has inspired a generation of designers and continues to redefine the boundaries of fashion and design with their groundbreaking iconic work.

Walter Van Beirendonck studied fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp before showing his first collection in 1983 as part of the legendary Antwerp Six (with Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, and

30Jun/130

She Writes Press Author and Travel Writer Shares the Top Ten To-Dos for the Cotswolds, England, This Spring


Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

A picturesque network of hamlets, villages, and market towns in southwest England, the Cotswolds is well known for its honey-colored stone cottages, stately homes, and stunning scenery. Jennifer Richardsontravel writer and author of Americashire: A Field Guide to a Marriage (She Writes Press/ May 2013)spent three years living in the heart of the Cotswolds, after she and her British husband bought a two-hundred-year-old cottage, hoping for an escape from their London lives.

Spring is in full bloom in England, and theres no better time for travelers to visit the Cotswolds. For visitors heading overseas, Jennifer Richardson runs down her top ten to-dos for travelers in this iconic English region:

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30Jun/130

Community College of Aurora Students Awarded $8,000 in Grant Funding to Make Short Films Designed to Attract Investors


Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

Three movie-making teams from the prestigious Colorado Film School were awarded $ 8,000 in game-based and immersive learning grant funding April 26, allowing them to make short films that will be ultimately used to pitch full-length features to potential investors.

The monetary outlay comes after the culmination of a three-month, interdisciplinary exercise at CCA, an Aurora and Denver community college, that involved numerous departments and tackled not only the creative aspects of filmmaking but also the business side.

Production teams pitched their ideas to Denver-area business leaders twice during the month of April in hopes of securing funding that was supplied by the Colorado Community College System.

Accounting, marketing, computer information systems, business communications, and graphic design classes backed the creative efforts, ensuring that the filmmakers had sales forecasts, developed realistic budgets, identified demographics, invented market strategies, and applied visual elements that reinforced each projects real-world viability.

Theres going to be a time when these kids are going to go out there trying to get something made, and maybe it wont be with the studios but with an investor, trying to put together a presentation that will attract attention, said Donald Zuckerman, commissioner of the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, who was on hand for the final round of judging.

Getting practice with the pitch process at Community College of Aurora, I think its a great idea, Zuckerman added. And I dont know if anybodys done this before. This could be a first of its kind.

Local business leaders including Duane Reed, CEO of CEOFocus Denver; Tery Larrew, of Caddis Capital; Sam C. Searcy of DCMI Data Communications; Larry Baird, principal of blufrog studios; and Diana Whye, director of CCAs Foundation graded each of seven projects on a wide variety of criteria including story, presentation and long-range viability.

The winner of the first prize of $ 4,000 to make a sizzle reel, ostensibly is a short trailer encapsulating the movie, was the project Ivory and Gold. The theme of the movie is about the crippling effects of regret, and the realization that our past choices do not have to dictate our future. The Fates who have motives of their own, grant a college professor an opportunity to correct his perceived miscues.

Spanish and Gold ($ 2,500) by John McSween was the runner-up, followed by Tachyon ($ 1,500) by Blake Talley.

Benjamin Erbach, director/writer/producer for the winning entry, said that finishing first in the competition gives his team one less thing to worry about and the ability to just jump into production. The five- to 10-minute short that ultimately evolves from the funding will be shown next fall.

The experience with the pitch process will then be used once again.

Were going to take it to more investors, Erbach said. Well take it to people who have money and are interested in film, show them, and say, Hey, look. This is what weve done for $ 4,000. If you invest and collaborate with us we can make something really special.

Four departments and six classes in total were involved in the project, whose funding was made possible by the Colorado Community College System. A documentary by the Colorado Film School has accompanied the entire filmmaking journey, culminated by producers and their teams sweating in front of the judging panel with the money on the line to green light their projects.

But such outside-the-box educational experiences are part of the reason why the Colorado Film School once was recognized by Hollywood Reporter as a top-25 film school in the world and gave it honorable mention this year.

The schools impressive, Zuckerman said. Its got a very hands on culture. Kids learn how to actually make a movie and not just talk about film theory. A lot of film schools are very heavy in theory and history and thats not the same as learning how to make a movie. I have seen work here. Ive gone to film presentations and seen some really remarkable work.

Will Hicks, faculty at the Colorado Film School, fully expects to see some of the projects involved in this competition one day made by a small Hollywood or independent studio because many of the stories at their core are marketable ideas.

So many schools do not have student-centric programs and this is a very student-centric program, said Reed, one of the judges. They took students from various aspects finance, computer, accounting, film and brought that all together in a challenge to come together as a team, which isnt the easiest thing to do, but its real world. Thats the part I really respect.

Whomever conceived this idea and brought it to fruition really believes in the student population and the mission of helping them become viable people that can go out to the real world and have a job.

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About CCA

Community College of Aurora has campuses at CentreTech and Lowry in the greater Denver area. Equipped with the latest technologies, CCA allows students to study new and traditional programs, while also offering Colorado online classes and degrees. CCAs service community spans 325,000 people in a 350-square-mile area and CCAs student population reflects that diversity. The college provides lifelong educational opportunities, prepares the current and future workforce, and promotes excellence in teaching, learning and service.







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30Jun/130

Graphic Products Launches Online Safety News Center

Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 19, 2013

Graphic Products, Inc. has established a comprehensive online news center, http://www.graphicproducts.com/news, which aggregates blogs, magazine and online news articles, and other news sources related to industrial safety, compliance with OSHA and other standards.

In todays competitive marketplace, one way to differentiate yourself is through the quality of the information you provide your customers, prospects, and industry influencers, explained Steve Stevenson, Chief Marketing Officer, Graphic Products. Our intention is to stay connected and engaged with our target audiences through social media outlets such as Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. The news center combines all these resources into a single destination.

Recent content updates include:

29Jun/130

Head of The Covenant School Extends Contract


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Dr. Catherine Graham has chosen to renew her contract with The Covenant School and continue in her current role as Head of School. This decision clearly demonstrates her unwavering commitment to supporting Covenant School students in their academic efforts and the schools overall mission to provide children with an outstanding academic experience founded on the Word of God.

After an impressive career at all levels of education, including teaching at The Covenant School, Dr. Graham began serving as Interim Head of School in 2010. After a national search she was hired as permanent Head of School in 2011. During her short tenure at The Covenant School, Dr. Graham successfully implemented new curriculum for reading, social studies, Spanish, science and the Jr. Kindergarten OWL literacy program. She also spearheaded the development of Quest Learning Services, a program designed to meet the needs of high achievers and those requiring academic support. The Fine Arts Enrichment Academy (FAEA) was also launched under Dr. Grahams leadership. The FAEA is an after school arts program for students interested in music, fine arts, dance and drama.

The Covenant School has been blessed to have Dr. Graham serve as our Head of School for the past three years and we look forward to her steady, energetic leadership for years to come, said Chip Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Using her experience as a former college professor and administrator, she has continued the schools emphasis on high academic standards in an unapologetically Christian environment. We are excited to see all the ways in which Dr. Graham will continue to lead and grow our wonderful school.

Over the last two years, Dr. Graham has emphasized the use of technology and invested in hardware and software that will enhance both the learning and teaching experiences. During her leadership the school has acquired and implemented several innovative teaching tools, including: document cameras, computer projectors, smart boards, iPads, eReaders, library software, educational software and online learning subscriptions.

Additionally, Dr. Graham established a middle-school model for instruction in fifth and sixth grades, preparing Covenant School graduates for future school experiences. This year Covenant graduates were accepted into a diverse range of independent schools including: Montgomery Bell Academy, Harpeth Hall, Brentwood Academy, Ensworth, Franklin Road Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy.

About The Covenant School

The Covenant School is a private,independent elementary Christian school located in Nashville, Tenn., serving girls and boys in preschool through sixth grade. The tuition for the 2013 2014 school year is $ 10,500 for Kindergarten through sixth grade, $ 6,800 for the five day Jr. Kindergarten program and $ 3,700 for the three day program.







29Jun/130

Samsung Tablets, Xbox Live Cards Up to 50% off at SportsFanPlayground.com


Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

SportsFanPlayground.com announced that the store has deals on various Samsung Tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets. The Samsung Tablets, along with the other various tablet systems in the store, are marked down up to 50% off of the retail price while supplies last.

Many of the tablets are available in the wi-fi and 3G formats, and in the 7-inch (Galaxy Tab) and the 10.1" inch formats (Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 2). The Samsung systems for the tablets and the cell phones feature the Snapdragon dual-core processor and the new Ice Cream Sandwich Android Operating System.

SportsFanPlayground.com also announced on Friday that the store is offering markdowns on various video games including games, accessories and consoles for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo DS and the Playstation Vita. The store has markdowns of 37% off on the Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription membership cards. The membership cards enable gamers to play against each other online as well as download new content and stream services such as ESPN, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBOGo, Nickelodeon, UFC content and many others.

The Sports Fan Playground has deals of up to 80% off on many of the major IT computer networking hardware solutions available in the store, including modems, routers, switches, hubs, servers, laptops, software and various computer accessories and parts. The products available in the IT and computer solutions area allow for companies to stay interconnected in an office facility and to other clients in the area and around the world.

The store also expanded its marketplace area to include many solutions for the home and office including various office hardware and software, home and office furniture, kitchen appliances, and clothing apparel products. Many of the items across the store are eligible for free shipping services.

"Samsung and Xbox are two of the most recognizable brands in the world, and we are proud to be able to offer their products at among the lowest prices online," said DaVaughn Lucas, CEO of SportsFanPlayground.com. "In today's climate, any company that wants to stay competitive has to be able to offer the best prices and have top quality product solutions. The consumer demands that, and that is what we strive to provide each day in the present and going forward."

For more information, please visit SportsFanPlayground.com.

About The Sports Fan Playground -

The Sports Fan Playground is a leading provider of sporting goods, equipment and fan apparel from the NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA, MLB, UFC, WWE, Barclays Premier League, and many others. The store also has a wide variety of sporting equipment for basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, bowling, tennis, camping, hiking, gymnastics, swimming, hockey, and more.

SportsFanPlayground.com is a leading provider of IT and computer networking hardware and software solutions for companies and individuals. The store carries top brands at the lowest prices online including products from Cisco, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Apple, Dell, TrendNet, Belkin and many others. The hardware available includes notebook computers, modems, routers, network switches and more. The store recently added items for the personal and business self including tools, video games, beauty solutions, kitchen supplies and furniture.







29Jun/130

Vantage LED, US Manufacturer Of Innovative LED Displays, Launches An Interactive Website Featuring A New Product Series And A University


Corona, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

About this time last year, Vantage LED embarked on a journey to declare themselves as a major player in the led sign industry. Upon rebranding their logo and product line, they reached out to their loyal dealer partners with new options requesting feedback on what they needed to grow and strengthen their partnerships; a Rediscovery. This lead to creating a host of tools and resources, such as co-branded materials and an online resource blog, that supported a dealers identity as well as growth in their business; it give them Power. Now, Vantage LED, confident in their hardware, software, and people, launched an interactive website featuring a new product line called Series 51 and a university. Today, the led sign industry will have no choice but to take notice of Vantage LED; a Revelation.

The industry has become content and stagnant; states Paul Martin, Director of Marketing at Vantage LED. Weve witnessed it and heard this over and over from our dealer partners. Were working hard and moving forward. Were having fun creating revolutionary solutions and always thinking Whats next? What makes our Dealer Partners lives easier, but more importantly, what makes an LED sign owner more excited about his display doing what its meant to do; grow his business!

Vantage LED has definitely made the lives their Dealer Partners easy with the launch of their new product line called Series 51. Available on their full color and grayscale LED displays, this series offers a complete comprehensive 5yr parts and on-site service warranty, plus 1yr free programming through the revolutionary cloud-based service: SM Infinity.

This is the best way to introduce LED signs to apprehensive market being overwhelmed by multiple oversea manufacturers. adds Martin. The owner can rest easy about the display's operation and get dynamic custom content for his business with the SM Infinity Content Creation Service.

This cloud-based service also features an iPad app, automated diagnostic reporting, content requests via voice command, and the all new conditional smart scheduling, where the LED display will trigger messages upon certain conditions. If its cold outside, the display will feature jackets for sale. Too hot? It will feature cold drinks inside. Now, thats smart.

Another amazing release with the new website launch is Vantage University. Exclusive to the Vantage LEDs dealer partners, Vantage University features Video Classes to help with Sales, Marketing, Project Management and Technical Support and a Resource Library full of Whitepapers, Self-Help Guides & Manuals, Strength and Project pieces.

The industry is rife with advertorials and misinformation; states Deacon Wardlow, LED Technology Specialist at Vantage LED, It's gotten to the point where manufacturers are vendors and not partners; sources, not resources. Vantage LED believes in partnership and education and Vantage University is the resource PMs, sales, techs and the industry have been looking for.

Vantage LED firmly believes it is their duty to educate and support their dealer partners in this industry keeping them a step ahead of their competition.

Deacon continued, This is only the beginning of what Vantage University will bring to our dealer partners. They will really see what it means to take the lead with Digital Signage.

Vantage LED is truly excited about this industry and what it has to offer their loyal and new dealer partners as well as future LED sign owners everywhere. They invite you to visit their new website and their facilities in beautiful Corona, CA. They promise never an ordinary experience.







29Jun/130

Tablet and Smartphone Adoption Growing Rapidly in Wholesale Distribution With Developer Ai2 Leading The Way


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 22, 2013

Software developer Ai2 was recently featured in Convenience Distribution Magazine, a publication aimed at wholesale distributors in the convenience store marketplace, as part of an article on technology trends in the wholesale and retail environments.

The article, titled Software Emphasizes Accessibility and Affordability, was published in the April issue of the magazine. It focuses on the return on investment that distributors of all sized have been realizing through the use of tablets and smartphones for business processes that were previously analog or conducted with 20-year-old technology. Mobile devices are overtaking traditional computers at the rate of two to one, according to the article. Ai2 offers solutions for remote sales order entry and proof of delivery (POD) on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

Giving smartphones the ability to place orders from a distributor is one of the most widespread trends in distribution and retail today. Many retailers are still dependent on Telxons, handheld scanning devices from the 1990s and earlier, to place orders. Todays business environment demands more portability, dependability and access to critical data like product descriptions and prices.

Whether a distributor decides to put that information in a sales representatives hands or share it directly with customers, the result must be fast, accurate and easy for the end user. The benefit of a retailer using his or her own smartphones brings the familiarity of a favorite device while saving the distributor the large expense of purchasing and maintaining new hardware.

As for the tablet segment of the business, Ai2 CEO and President Douglas Katich says, Distributors need to realize that this trend is their friend. Katich mentioned that 80% of Ai2s new sales to C-store distributors involve tablets in some way. Ai2 offers solutions for sales order entry, bar code scanning, and enterprise content management on iPad.

One distributor enjoying Ai2s tablet solution is City Wholesale Grocery, whose operations director Jerry DiChiara says that it allows his salespeople to work in real time with a frequent and smooth sync of sales data.

ProSel is part of Ai2's software suite for wholesale distributors. ProSel gives sales reps offline access to their complete price book, product images, a rapid search function, enterprise content management, document syncing and much more. ProSel works without the need for a persistent Internet connection while integrating seamlessly to any host ERP system. Since ProSel's debut, many of the largest distributors in the U.S. have licensed it to replace legacy field ordering systems.

Ai2 was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in downtown Chicago. More than 75,000 users use Ai2 solutions each day to capture upwards of $ 75 billion in annual sales. More than 10,000 retail stores and more than 1,000 movie theaters use Ai2 solutions for their order entry needs. Ai2 improves the sales process for some of the worlds largest distributors in foodservice, convenience store, grocery, beverage, hardware, medical, beauty products, jewelry and more. For more information about Ai2, visit Ai2.com.







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