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Mobile Learning, New Standards, College and Career Readiness Highlighted in 2013 Pearson Virtual Conference

New York (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

Mobile learning, new curriculum standards and ensuring that all students graduate college-and career-ready are the main topics that stellar education leaders will present in an upcoming free virtual conference from Pearson. “A New Frontier: Re-Imagining the Next Generation of Education” is a professional development opportunity with nine sessions on today’s hot topics that educators can attend from the comfort of their classrooms or homes – anywhere they have access to the Internet. Among the presenters are top science and social studies experts as well as leaders in educational change.

What: The presenters and interactive virtual sessions include:

o    Every Child, Every Day: An Inside Look into Digital Conversion (keynote), presented by Dr. Mark Edwards, superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, N.C.

o    Teaching and Learning with Backchannels and Informal Assessments, presented by Richard Byrne, digital learning consultant, blogger

o    Hands-On, Minds-On: Rigor and Science, presented by Michael Padilla, Ph.D., professor of science education, University of Georgia, Athens

o    Achieving the C3: An Exploration into 21st Century Social Studies, presented by Kathy Swan, lead writer of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, associate professor, University of Kentucky

o    What's New? Let's Take a Look at the Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards, presented by Dr. Karen L. Ostlund, 2013-2014 retiring president, National Science Teachers Association, UTeach, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

o    The Idea of America: Teaching Civic Engagement Through American History, presented by Kelly Govain, coordinator of teacher development, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

o    Smithsonian Museum Resources & Inquiry Learning, presented by Naomi Coquillon, youth and teacher programs manager, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

o    College Readiness in Science. What's Ideal - and What's Real?, presented by Dr. Kenneth Miller, biology professor at Brown University, high school biology author

o    The DBQ Project and Common Core: A System-Wide Approach to Historical Thinking and Evidence-Based Argument Writing, presented by Chip Brady, co-founder of The DBQ Project

When: Nov. 12-15, 2013

Where: For more information or to register, visit

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information about Pearson,


Richard Kaplan Named Ringling College of Art and Design’s Vice President for Marketing and Innovative Partnerships

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson today announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Kaplan as Ringling College of Art and Design's Vice President for Marketing & Innovative Partnerships.

As Ringling College continues to evolve its programs and compete more heavily for the best and brightest students worldwide, the President stated that redefining and broadening the College brand, strengthening marketing efforts, and maximizing opportunities for additional revenue streams are essential strategies to complement its degree program offerings.

“Rich is a dynamic and innovative creative leader who served as a Creativity Champion for Ringling College’s Imagination Conversation in November 2011,” said Dr. Thompson. “He is a visionary who understands strategic marketing at the highest levels and will help make us develop this aspect as we attempt to attract new students, donors, supporters, and partners for the College. He also will help us analyze and develop new strategic partnerships to increase additional revenue streams because we can no longer continue to rely solely on the traditional tuition model in order for this institution to thrive. I am so pleased to be able to bring him to the Ringling College campus to work with us in expanding the Ringling College reputation and brand.”

In his new role, Mr. Kaplan will work with President Thompson on strategic growth initiatives. Kaplan will oversee Marketing, the madeby Gallery, and the College’s ancillary enterprises: the Englewood Art Center, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, and the Ringling College Center for Creativity/RC3. He will also focus on expanding the College’s corporate alliances and will work closely with the President’s Office and the new AVP for Collaborative Enterprises, Cynthia Gravino.

Mr. Kaplan has an extensive background in both sales and marketing, most recently as the President and Chief Brand Officer of the Tervis Tumbler Company, where he has worked since 2008. Kaplan was instrumental in reimagining and expanding the Tervis brand, creating a national advertising campaign, and developing an innovative strategic direction for the company, which propelled it to national prominence. Under his leadership, Kaplan saw sales growth increase 60% year over year as he increased product distribution channels and licensing agreements.

Today, Tervis products are carried on, Tervis-owned stores, and 5,000 distributors nationwide, including big box retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, and Hallmark. Prior to being promoted to President of Tervis, Kaplan held the position of Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for the company, and was responsible for overseeing the sales force, Tervis-owned stores, the online store, the website, and directed all licensing, marketing, and product development teams.

Prior to joining Tervis in 2008, Kaplan worked with a number of top-tier consumer brands including a 20-year stint at Levi Strauss & Co., and JNCO Jeans Company. He is lauded professionally for his innovative thinking, breakthrough brand building programs, and his success in creating dynamic marketing teams, as well as his affinity for pursuing and developing relationships with top-tier national companies and their brands.

Reacting to his new post and his aspirations for his role at Ringling College, Kaplan commented, "I am extremely excited to join the Ringling team. I am passionate about enabling people to succeed, attain their goals, and creating an atmosphere where people can debate, participate, communicate openly and develop to their highest capabilities. At the end of the day, we will celebrate our accomplishments and have fun!"

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 100 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from the United States and abroad. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.


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GTECH Donates Technology to the New Sierra College Veteran’s Center in Rocklin

Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) November 10, 2013

GTECH, along with area veterans and Sierra College administration, celebrated the opening of a brand new technology center today at the Sierra College Veterans Center (SCVC) in Rocklin with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The centers technology was donated by GTECH.

This donation is part of GTECHs Technology Giving program, which provides educational opportunities to local community members by donating state-of-the-art computers, printers, software, furniture, and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsor educational programs in California.

I would like to thank GTECH for their generous donation to our student veterans, said Sierra College President Willy Duncan. The donation was instrumental in the creation of the new Veterans Center which will provide centralized services dedicated to their success. Student veterans and their families will be able to find assistance with their educational plans, financial aid, GI benefits, and employment opportunities in one location. GTECHs contribution has made a real difference in the future of these students.

As part of the donation, the SCVC received seven desktop computers, a big screen monitor for group instruction, two state-of-the-art color printers, and partially funded new furniture, and a remodel of the center, including the installation of new carpet. The Center is available to the veterans and their families as a safe and supportive environment where they can conduct job searches, apply for positions online, take online college courses, and better their computer skills.

This donation is a perfect example of a way to honor our countrys soldiers when they come home," said CA Assemblymember Beth Gaines. I applaud GTECH for this generous gift which will give the veterans opportunities they otherwise may not have had. The Sierra College Veterans Center has opened many doors for these men and women, and they are more than deserving of the state-of-the-art technology upgrades this donation has provided.

Our nations veterans are to be commended for their bravery and dedication to protecting all of us, said California Secretary of Veterans Affairs Peter James Gravett. What better way of saying thank you than with the services of veteran centers like the one here at Sierra College. This donation from GTECH is sure to enrich the lives of the veterans and their families while they are transitioning back into civilian life.

The SCVC provides services and support for our nations soldiers who seek educational and career opportunities. Veterans receive hands-on assistance from veteran peers, counseling faculty and community volunteers as they transition from boots to books. The SCVC provides assistance with college application and registration, GI Bill benefits, mental health awareness training, community service opportunities, tutoring, internships, as well as referrals to veteran and community resources, job search services, and many other services and resources.

GTECH is proud to partner with the Sierra College Veterans Center to help support our nations heroes on their path to educational and career success, said Denise Kimes, GTECH California Account Development Manager. These veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our country, and this donation is our way of thanking them for all of the sacrifices they make to keep us safe here at home. We are also very thankful to the SCVC for their support and dedication to the veterans futures.

The facilitation of this donation and partnership was also made possible by the VetFund Foundation, a 501c3 that promotes the interests and raises money in support of California veterans and active service members, services, and the programs of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

About GTECHs Technology Giving Program

GTECH Technology Giving program donates, on average, $ 15,000 worth of state-of-the-art technology, furniture, and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsor educational programs across the country. GTECH Technology Giving program is modeled after GTECHs global After School Advantage program that began in 1999. The GTECH After School Advantage program aims to narrow the digital divide between affluent citizens and minorities, low-income households, and single parent families, to grant more children and teens access to computers and other educational opportunities. To date, more than 200 After School Advantage computer labs have been opened in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, please visit

About Sierra College

Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at

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Brownells Donates to Iowa Valley Community College Gunsmithing Program

(PRWEB) July 16, 2013

Brownells The Worlds Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories, Ammunition and Gunsmithing Tools is proud to announce its support of the newly created Iowa Valley Community Colleges Gunsmithing Technology program, located in Grinnell, Iowa.

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Brownells CEO Pete Brownell presented a check for $ 75,000 to MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell and Gunsmithing Instructor Dave Bennetts, a former Brownells Gun Tech. The money will be used to purchase machinery and equipment for the programs workshop.

We proudly support a number of educational institutions and programs across the country, said Brownell. Our involvement with Iowa Valley is extra special because its right in our own backyard, and pairs our support of education with our longtime passion for helping gunsmiths. Its also great to see a Brownells Gun Tech, Dave Bennetts, move on to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching others his craft. We wish everyone at Iowa Valley the very best.

This is a major donation, said Nickle. It wouldve taken much longer to get this program up and running without it. Its very nice to align our program with an industry leader like Brownells. Between this relationship, our veteran instructor and our knowledgeable advisory board, the students will enjoy a great all-around educational experience.

Iowa Valley Community Colleges Gunsmithing Technology program still has openings available for its classes beginning August 26, 2013. The registration deadline is July 26, 2013.

Those interesting in learning more about Iowa Valleys new gunsmithing program are encouraged to visit their homepage.

Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, family-owned company that supplies more than 82,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, the military, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry-leading 100% lifetime guarantee forever on EVERY product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs is available to assist customers with technical help to fix any gun-related problem - free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes or return/exchange fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit


College Students Can Now Reveal the Real Story To PortPrep of How They Beat the Odds of Getting Accepted

Guelph, Ontario (PRWEB) May 31, 2013

Art and design students finally have a platform for sharing the truth about the challenges of battling for acceptance into coveted top university programs.

Karen Kesteloot of PortPrep is launching the Beating the Odds Student Success Stories Video Blog Contest on June 1st to give students a voice. Students from around the world can submit video entries by July 4th and win prizes that will prepare them for success.

Every participant will be rewarded 1/2 hour of instruction by Karen Kesteloot. The best entries will receive a full course of summer study that consists of six 2-hour classes within two months. Classes can be conducted in person at the PortPrep studio or through video. Through these classes, Karen aims to prepare students for post-secondary school and give them a competitive edge before classes start.

To join our contest, read the guidelines for your video entries by clicking on this link.


Karen Kesteloot, a leading expert in art portfolios for college admissions, revealed, The real story here is that between 2,000 and 4,000 students apply each year to a top arts program but only 60-150 students can gain admission. How do these students manage to get accepted when so few high schools know what colleges really need?

She also found out that the parents have been frustrated with the education systems limitations. Some of the more challenging programs to get accepted into like Sheridans esteemed Animation program, require students to have studied art in a post secondary institute before applying and often have to re-apply.

A mother of a graphics student named Kylie said, We had no idea she would need drawing for graphicswe realized the only way she could get a portfolio ready in time was to take private lessons.

With these roadblocks to the arts programs unbeknownst to applicants, it begs the question: which students are getting accepted into the better college programs and how are they managing to do it?

Through the entries that you will submit to us, Karen intends to show students applying to the best art and design colleges what they need to do to increase their chances of getting accepted. Students will finally learn what extra lessons or private schooling is truly necessary to get into the most competitive programs!


Karen Kesteloot is a trusted authority on art portfolio preparation and founded PortPrep in a response to the increasing number of students that appealed for help. Karens broad education in art and design enables her to help students from many different disciplines get accepted. Karen has certificates, diplomas and degrees from the following institutions: Humber College, OCA, University of Guelph, Parsons (Paris), Institute Lorenzo de Medici, and Sheridan College and has taught at Sheridan College, University of Guelph, High Point University, and the several independent art schools.

PortPrep is headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and has enjoyed a 100% placement rate. Karen can be reached at info(at)portprep(dot)com or at 519-803-2539. You can also visit the site at

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New Ballet Flats Create Winning Look for College Sports Fans

Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 18, 2013

Female fans of college sports can now complete their game day look with chic and comfortable ballet flats from LillyU. The very first fashionable footwear line created exclusively for the soles of 78 million female collegiate fans is now available and ready for kickoff for the fall football season.

Dubbed Tailgate Toes, the LillyU line is centered around the excitement of sporting ones school colors. It came about when Kassie Rempel, the founder of Lillybee shoes and University of North Carolina graduate embarked on a quest to look spiritedly stylish at a UNC basketball game. Finding little in the stylish but spirited category, with her background in shoe design and with Rempels business partner, Lisa Palmers background in wholesale, the two founded LillyU in February 2013.

The bi-color striped shoes (available in whole sizes from 6-11) retail for $ 58. Fans can accessorize their flats with one of three shoe-clip options; solid colored bows ($ 15), solid colored bows with school mascots ($ 18) or round enamel shoe clips with the school lettering ($ 28).

Participating collegiate shops, on and off campus bookstores, fan shops and specialty boutiques will carry the shoes. In addition, the flats can be ordered directly from, where purchasers currently receive free shipping on all U.S. orders. Below is a list of the universities that are represented:

Auburn University Auburn, AL

Clemson University Clemson, SC

Duke Durham, NC

Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA

North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Ohio State University Columbus, OH

Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK

Syracuse University Syracuse, NY

Texas A&M University College Station, TX

Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX

Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

The Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA

The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Oklahoma Norman, OK

The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

The University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

University of Florida Gainesville, FL

University of Georgia Athens, GA

University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

University of Missouri Columbia, MO

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

University of South Carolina Columbia, SC

University of Tennessee Knoxville Knoxville, TN

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Vanderbilt Nashville, TN

Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Wake Forest Winston Salem, NC

To order, visit or call 202-333-1036.

According to IMG College

-There are 78 million female college sports fans, more than any major sports league.

Statistics from NACS (National Association of College Stores)

-$ 10.23 Billion Annually

Total U.S. College Store Market

-$ 4.5 Billion Annually

Total Non-Book Sales

-College enrollment for 2011 was 19.1 million students.

-College students have an average of $ 179 per month to spend on discretionary purchases.

About LillyU

Based in Washington, DC, LillyU is the brainchild of Kassie Rempel, an admitted shoe-freak and born-and-bred Carolina fan. Kassie founded an e-commerce shoe boutique called, SimplySoles, and sold it in 2012 to focus on her new passion footwear for fans. While its true she technically created the line just so shed look spiritedly stylish at the Dean Dome, she is thrilled to be able to share the collection with fans of all sorts (Duke perhaps excluded). The line and label wouldnt exist without the guardianship and stewardship of Kassies partner, Lisa Palmer. Both Kassie and Lisa each, separately, founded a company called Lillybee. It was their love of their independent lines (one designed shoes, the other childrens clothing) that first brought them together. After speaking about it for so many years, in 2012 they finally fused their knowledge, passion, and experience into one joint and single company, Lillybee LLC (the parent company of LillyU).


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Ringling College of Art and Design to Host Service Design Tourism Conference November 7-9, 2013

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) April 03, 2013

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced it will host the second annual international Service Design Tourism conference, SDT 2013, on its campus on November 7-9. Ringling College will partner with Management Center Innsbruck(MCI), the host of the inaugural conference, to produce the event. SDT 2012, held in Austria last August, drew attendees from across the globe who shared an interest in the practical application of service design thinking within the travel and tourism industry. The conference was the closing event of the project Service Design in Tourism, funded by the European Union under the CIP Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

Ringling College is honored to host SDT 2013 for three very big reasons, said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. First, because service design is an increasingly important discipline that leads to a competitive advantage for any business and tourism especially that aims to provide an exceptional customer experience. Its something we are keen to infuse into our Business of Art and Design curriculum for the benefit of our students and the employers who are recruiting them. Second, Florida is one of the countrys top tourism destinations, and we have much to share with our international counterparts to complement what we learn from them. And finally, partnering with MCI furthers our interests in developing international partnerships that will benefit our students and enhance collaborative opportunities with institutions and businesses around the globe.

Service design is the application of established design processes and skills to the development of services. It is a creative and practical way to improve existing services and innovate new ones. Service design truly is an amalgamation of disciplines, including product design, graphic design, operations management, and interaction design.

There is there a strong interest from our SDT Conference Board members to come to Sarasota, experience Ringling College and the region, and meet with representatives from Floridas top tourism destinations, said Hubert Siller, professor and director of MCIs Department of Tourism Business Studies. We are pleased to partner with Ringling College of Art and Design to help expand the international community of practitioners devoted to enhancing the tourism profession through the application of service design thinking.

SDT 2013 will draw an interdisciplinary mix of attendees including designers, tourism industry professionals, and academicians. Details about the SDT 2013 conference agenda and registration information will be posted online in July.

For background on the conference and the SDT 2012 agenda, please visit

About MCI

Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) is an integral part of the unique "Open University Innsbruck" concept in Austria and has attained a leading position in international higher education as a result of its on-going quality and customer orientation. MCI strives to mentor motivated people, who want to build their future through goal-oriented continuing education, in their personal and professional development.

MCI offers graduate, non-graduate and post-graduate educational programs of the highest standard to senior and junior managers from all management levels and branches. MCI's programs focus on all levels of the personality and include areas of state-of-the art knowledge from science and practice relevant to business and society. As an internationally oriented information and communication center, MCI is open to new perspectives, methods and projects. Constructive dialogue and co-operative development of interdisciplinary competences are two of the pillars of teaching and learning at MCI.

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About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Located in Sarasota on Floridas Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls 1,368 students from 44 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.

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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


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.


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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85 College Campuses Across U.S. Launch Smart Horizons Career Online Education/ed2gos Bridge to Start High School Program in Effort to Battle Declining Enrollment Numbers

Pensacola, FL (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

The Bridge to Start program was launched in May of 2012 as a solution for career colleges serving students who have not yet earned a traditional high school diploma. Due to legislative changes that eliminated the Ability-to-Benefit program, millions of students were cut off from federal fundingand the career colleges that serve them quickly felt the ramifications of this change.

The Bridge to Start program, offered through Career Online High School, provides an innovative solution for both these students and the colleges in which they seek to enroll. Through learning labs set up on college campuses, students are able to earn a SACS-accredited high school diploma, as well as a credentialed career certificate. They can complete the program online but have on-campus access to computers, resources, and support.

Less than one year later, the programand its studentsare thriving. Bridge to Start has been launched on 85 campuses across the country, with new partnerships being added each month. The program boasts 146 graduates to date, with the majority of these students now enrolled at the colleges where they completed the program. With an average completion time of 5 months, students are able to quickly earn their diploma and move on to pursue their ultimate career and educational goals.

"We knew the program was offering a much-needed solution for students and colleges affected by the change in legislation," said Career Online High School Principal Teresa Salafrio, "But its rapid expansion and success to date have blown us away. We are thrilled to be able to provide a viable, user-friendly option like Bridge to Start to bring new opportunities to both students and postsecondary institutions."

The Bridge to Start program is a collaboration between Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses. Smart Horizons Online is the world's first SACS-accredited online school district.

"This collaboration with ed2go is the perfect marriage of two organizations dedicated to helping students achieve their education goals," said Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Online. "We've been able to reach a whole new population of students by integrating our Career Online High School component into ed2go's growing national network of postsecondary campus affiliations."

The rate at which the program has expanded to career college campuses across the country suggests that Dr. Liebman is correct. To date, the program has been launched at schools such as:

Fortis College and MedVance Institute (part of Education Affiliates)

Harrison College

City College

Florida Career College (part of Anthem Education Group)

CBT College


Northwest College, Glendale Career College, and Nevada Career College (part of Success Education Group)

Sullivan & Cogliano Training Centers

Fort Bend Technical & Medical College

Camelot College

Intellitec Medical Institute

MCI Institute of Technology

For students with higher education aspirations who have yet to complete their high school education, Bridge to Start offers the best of all worlds, combining the total flexibility of online courses, the stimulating environment of an on-campus learning experience, an experienced team of academic coaches, and always-available student support.

"We look forward to the continuing and rapid expansion of the Bridge to Start program," Dr. Liebman said. "We've hit on a winning combination in this collaboration with ed2go and we know this is only the beginning of where this program can go."

Visit to learn more about the Bridge to Start program for postsecondary institutions.

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