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Custom Solar and Leisure Installs New Solar Panels at Palo Verde High School in Tucson

Tucson, Arizona (PRWEB) October 15, 2013

Custom Solar and Leisure, a Tucson Solar company, is installing an eight-kilowatt solar power system at Palo Verde High School. The new feature will not only highlight the benefits of solar power, but, also have a dual use as a covered parking structure. With the donation from Tucson Electric Power, the solar power system is expected to provide 15,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

The energy output from the structure is enough to power a 2,500 square-foot home, according to Jeff Shoemaker, owner of the Tucson Solar company Custom Solar and Leisure. He said it will save the school approximately $ 1,500 per year. Shoemaker added that the new feature will provide Palo Verde High School with a triple-benefit: solar power, shaded handicap parking, and educational awareness about the positives of solar energy to the student, faculty, and parents of Palo Verde High School.

The donations from TEP are part of the utility provider’s Solar for Schools program. The program aims to provide an educational resource to students to learn more about solar energy.The Tucson Solar company said the installation of the new feature will cost $ 35,000.

About Custom Solar and Leisure

Custom Solar and Leisure, a full-service solar power contracting company, is dedicated to providing high quality alternative energy solutions at affordable rates. The company, founded in 2007, is certified by the Certification by North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Jeff Shoemaker, a Tucson native, started with the goal of providing affordable solar alternative energy with the highest quality workmanship and products. After graduating college in 1999 with a major in chemistry and a minor in environmental studies, he began his 10+ year career in the solar industry.

About Nuanced Media

Nuanced Media is a digital marketing and graphic design firm. The company specializes in strategic, multilayer marketing campaigns and efficiently crafted, user-friendly websites. Based in Tucson, the company has a variety of clients throughout Arizona, California, and Texas. For more information, please view


First Ever International School of Biomedical Diagnostics Launched

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) January 07, 2014

Arizona State University (ASU) and Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin, Ireland are joining forces to create the new International School of Biomedical Diagnostics, which will offer the first degree program of its kind. The initiative is at the cutting edge of establishing diagnostics as an independent discipline.

Diagnostics are at the center of healthcare innovation today. They are involved in over 60 percent of clinical decision-making and the industry employs more than 3.5 million people worldwide. Diagnostics are critical to personalized medicine – the process of targeting drugs to those for whom they will be most effective.

The new school’s United States and European bases are home to diagnostic research centers in each region. In the US, Arizona is a growing academic and industrial hub for diagnostics. The state is home to the largest US diagnostics laboratories and non-profit institutes as well as innovative diagnostic companies such as Ventana Medical Systems. ASU is a leader in the field with its Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics and the recently established National Biomarker Development Alliance. In Ireland, DCU hosts the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI), a world-class multidisciplinary research institute focused on the development of next-generation point-of-care biomedical diagnostic devices.

“This school has been designed and implemented as a result of ASU’s partnerships with Dublin City University and Ventana Medical Systems,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This is a tremendous example of how higher education is being transformed on a global basis through new technology-enabled collaborations. The school will have a huge impact on personalized medicine, as well as lowering health care costs and focusing on earlier disease detection and on wellness rather than illness.”

“The school is being launched at a critical time in healthcare worldwide,” said Mara G. Aspinall, President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group. “Now is the time for diagnostics to be recognized as an independent and distinct discipline. With the significant advances in technology, diagnostics play a critical role in every aspect of the healthcare system – from pharmaceutical drug development to patient treatment.”

The new school will draw from several assets of each institution. At DCU, the school will build upon the award-winning M.Sc. in Biomedical Diagnostics program based at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, and upon expertise from its faculties of Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, and DCU Business School.

Pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents, the ASU school will involve faculty from the Biodesign Institute, School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Health Solutions, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, W.P. Carey School of Business, and Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes. The initiative will also leverage the expertise of the National Biomarker Development Alliance, led by ASU.

“This is an important and exciting development of global significance. The field of diagnostics is changing rapidly, and education programs must keep pace with developments,” said DCU President Brian MacCraith. “By combining the expertise and geographical context of ASU and DCU, and by collaborating with industry partners such as Ventana, we will be in a strong position to provide programs that are always at the cutting edge.”

Classes begin in the fall of 2014. Degrees will be offered by ASU and DCU. The program will employ a blended learning approach adopting online and face-to-face elements. Students will also be able to be offered the opportunity to be involved in research or industry immersion programs, as well as internship experiences at both sites.

The first degree offered will be an international M.Sc. in Biomedical Diagnostics with shared curriculum and courses offered by both universities. The academic programs will attract students from a mix of recent college graduates and those working in industry wanting to further their careers.

Four core curriculum areas will be the foundation of the school, covering the biomedical diagnostics field. They include the technology of diagnostics, the science of diagnostics, the business of diagnostics and the application of diagnostics.

The school expects to enroll 100 students per year within its first five years.


About Arizona State University:

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of more than 70,000 in metropolitan Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. Learn more at

About Dublin City University:

DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. DCU delivers more than 120 programs to more than 11,000 students across its four faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School. DCU’s excellence is recognized internationally and it is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (QS ‘Top 50 under 50’ 2012). In the last eight years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’. Learn more at


Outreach Program Introduces Technology to Middle School Girls

Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) December 05, 2013

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is now accepting grant proposals for the 2014 grant cycle of NCWIT AspireIT – a technology outreach program for girls at the middle school level supported by Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Google.

NCWIT AspireIT capitalizes on a “near-peer” approach, giving middle school girls an inspiring, hands-on introduction to computing from high school and college women. Middle school girls learn programming, game design, robotics, and more at tech-related camps, clubs, and workshops hosted by K-12 organizations and higher education institutions.

Grant funding for NCWIT AspireIT programs is open to NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recipients working in partnership with NCWIT Academic Alliance or K-12 Alliance member organizations. Grant recipients will receive up to $ 3,000. Detailed application instructions are available at Applications close on January 24, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

In an effort to amplify the impact of the initiative, NCWIT launched a fundraising campaign to support 30 sites and serve an additional 1,000 middle school girls through NCWIT AspireIT programs in 2014. Donation options begin at $ 10 and support a range of program components including toolkits, participant stipends, and goodie bags. Google has generously agreed to match donations up to $ 150,000. More information about the AspireIT fundraising campaign is available at

“Young women sharing their excitement about technology with younger girls is a win-win!” said Ruthe Farmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives of NCWIT. “Young women get the opportunity to 'pay it forward' as technical program leaders, while the middle school girls learn about tech skills from a near-peer role model.”

In its 2013 pilot year, NCWIT granted more than $ 100,000 to 24 AspireIT programs, providing more than 25,000 instruction hours to more than 800 girls in 15 states. NCWIT AspireIT is a component of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, a talent development initiative designed to increase female participation in technology by providing structured, long-term engagement and support from middle school through high school and from college into the workforce.


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 450 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT helps organizations more effectively recruit, retain, and advance girls and women in K-12 through college education, and from academic to corporate and startup careers. Find out more at

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Foxcroft School Names Catherine McGehee to Be Next Head of School

Middleburg, VA (PRWEB) October 21, 2013

Catherine Smylie McGehee will lead one of the nation's preeminent girls' schools into its second century as the next Head of Foxcroft School, the School's Board of Trustees announced Monday. McGehee, director of the Upper School at St. Catherine's School, in Richmond, VA, succeeds the legendary Mary Louise Leipheimer, effective July 1, 2014, at the Middleburg, VA school.

Leipheimer, whose visionary leadership has guided Foxcroft from a time of uncertainty to a position of extraordinary strength at the forefront of independent schools, is retiring after 25 years at the helm, and leading . Founded in 1914, Foxcroft is celebrating its centennial throughout this school year.

“What a pleasure and honor it is to announce Cathy as our next head of school,” said Groves. “As an individual and as an educator, Cathy holds the qualities and skills that the Board, the Search Committee, and the Foxcroft community feel are essential to successfully lead the School at this critical juncture.”

“I am honored to serve as Foxcroft’s Head of School as the School embarks on this exciting chapter in its history,” said McGehee. “I look forward to working with the community to create a vision for the next 200 years and to help young women from around the world realize their educational, professional, and vocational goals.”

A native Virginian, McGehee has spent the past 18 years at St. Catherine’s. Before being named Director of the Upper School in 2006, she served as chair of the School’s English Department (K-12) and taught English in the Upper School. Previously, McGehee taught English in Eden Prairie, Wayzata, and Burnsville, MN, and at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, VA. She also has been a frequent presenter at independent school conferences, including the National Coalition of Girls Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and has lectured at the University of Richmond.

McGehee holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Vanderbilt University and master’s degrees in English and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond, respectively. McGehee is married to Dr. Read McGehee III, an ophthalmologist, and has two daughters, Eliza, a recent Vanderbilt graduate currently pursuing a master’s at James Madison University, and Jane, a freshman at Davidson College.

The announcement concludes a year-long search led by Committee Co-chairs Groves and Sally Bartholomay Downey, a 1978 graduate and current trustee of Foxcroft. “The Search Committee was overwhelmed by the commitment from all constituencies to engage actively in the search process and by the caliber of the candidates that applied,” they said. “Foxcroft is clearly beloved.”

Foxcroft School ( ) is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 located just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. Its 2013-14 student body is comprised of 165 girls from 21 states and the District of Columbia, and nine foreign countries. About one-third of the students receive financial assistance. Nearly three-quarters of the students are boarders and more than 80 percent of the faculty and administrators live on campus.

Foxcroft offers 75 courses, including 15 Advanced Placement courses and an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program. It fields athletic teams in nine sports, including a nationally-known riding program and Virginia state finalist field hockey and lacrosse teams. The 36 members of the Class of 2013 were offered 139 acceptances and nearly $ 1.2 million in merit scholarships from 100 colleges and universities in the U.S., England, France and Scotland, including Barnard, Cornell, UCLA, Washington & Lee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

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The Discovery House Makes Donation to Local School

Reseda, California (PRWEB) September 16, 2013

The Discovery House is pleased to announce its selection of Bertrand Elementary School as the recipient of a $ 5,000 donation. McKay and Tom Whiting, founders of The Discovery House, announced the donation to the Reseda school last week.

In a letter to the school principal, Esta Herman, a representative from The Discovery House encouraged the work that teachers and staff are doing at the school, and made the connection between education and drug and alcohol prevention. "Education is of particular importance to The Discovery House, as studies show that individuals who drop out of high school are more likely to engage in cigarette use, alcohol use, marijuana use, nonmedical use of prescription drugs, and use of illicit drugs (SAMHSA)."

Bertrand school officials plan to use the funds to purchase new computers. As the use of technology becomes more common in education, it is necessary for schools like Bertrand to keep their equipment up to date. Technology in the classroom will provide students with a more engaged learning experience, and help them develop the tools to function in a society that is based on technology.

Principal Esta Herman thanked The Discovery House for their support.

"Thank you so much for the wonderful contribution to Bertrand Elementary School," Principal Herman said. "Your generous check will fund much needed technology so that our teachers can support the educational program for our students. I applaud your commitment to education for students and adults."

The Discovery House's Tom Whiting firmly believes that support from organizations and businesses like hers are vital to the structure of the community. Schools and youth programs are often under-supported and help from the community can ensure schools become better equipped to teach students.

"We hope that The Discovery House's donation will be one small step toward providing Bertrand Elementary teachers with the additional tools needed to keep young students engaged in their education," said Tom.

The Discovery House is a drug and alcohol treatment center located in Reseda, California. The center works with clients from the neighborhood and nearby communities who are suffering with substance abuse addiction. The Discovery House offers a variety of programs, each designed to meet the individual's recovery needs.

Programs offered at The Discovery House include 12 step programs, family therapy, art therapy, psychodrama therapy, yoga therapy, and nutritional therapy. The Discovery House is "working today for a better tomorrow," which is shown through the center's professional treatment of patients, as well as its support of its community.

For more information about the Discovery House and its programs, visit

The Discovery House is licensed by the State of California as a residential treatment facility, but is not licensed to perform medical services. While we strive to provide the highest degree of recovery and treatment care, the Discovery House does not offer medical services.


NEF CyberLearning Announces a STEM+ Academy Opening for the 2013-2014 School Year in Kansas City School District at Northwest Middle School

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 24, 2013

The 2013-2014 school year will see the opening of Kansas City School District's and NEF-Cyberlearning STEM Academy. The National Education Foundation (NEF), the national non-profit leader in STEM+ education, announced this week that it is partnering with the State University of New York, TEKSystems, Pearson Education and Skillsoft to advance STEM+ education in 14 school districts during the 2013-14 school year.

Along with the selected school district in Kansas, STEM academies will also be in: Wendell (ID), Salida and Garvey (CA), Merrillville (IN), Fort Meade (MD), Center Line and Mesick (MI), Canton (NY), Tri-Valley (PA), Williamsburg (SC), Dallas and Laredo (TX), and Seattle (WA). All these school districts are in high poverty areas and are classified as disadvantaged by the US Education Department.

The goal of this initiative is to close the STEM+ (science, technology, engineering, math, English, social studies, SAT/ACT, IT and business) skills gap in the United States. By creating an effective school-nonprofit-university-business partnership, NEF can more effectively provide 21st century STEM+ education to disadvantaged K-12 students. The initiative also focuses on supporting the larger American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to keep the United States competitive in critical STEM-related fields.

The innovative academy program advances a student one grade level in a subject in 20-30 learning hours by providing personalized learning, teacher stipends, learning management system, mentoring, motivational rewards for students and parents, teacher training and tech support.

U.S. is ranked 25th out of 34 countries in math and 17th out of 34 countries in science. NEF has been advocating school-college-business partnerships to improve the critical STEM+ education in our nations schools since 2012. President Obama advocated such a partnership in the 2013 State of the Union speech. We hope to expand our STEM+ initiative significantly in the coming years, states Dr. Appu Kuttan, founder and chairman of NEF.

About NEF

The National Education Foundation (NEF) is the national non-profit leader in bridging the academic and job skills divides by providing world-class STEM+ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, English, test prep, digital literacy, IT, business and management) education to millions of disadvantaged students and adults. See

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TextbookLand Offers Cheap Textbooks For Back To School 2013

Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) August 20, 2013

Back to school 2013 is in full swing and all across the nation students are starting the Fall Semester. With new courses comes a lengthy list of expensive textbooks that must be purchased. offers college students the ability to search, compare, rent and buy cheap textbooks at the absolute lowest cost possible save hundreds to thousands of dollars using the online textbook price comparison search engine.

Students can visit, enter the ISBN, author, or title of any cheap textbooks they are trying to purchase and in a matter of seconds there will be a complete list of online resellers offering textbooks at incredible prices it really is that simple and is completely free to use.

Attending college was both fun and stressful as money was tight and receiving an education was far from free which is why we have created TextbookLand, says owner David Batchelor. We want to give students a chance to save as much money as possible on textbooks that can be quite pricey when purchased in campus bookstores.

In addition to the web-based price comparison tool, the brand new TextbookMe mobile app for Android and iOS by TextbookLand is available to download for free. Searching for cheap textbooks is extremely easy and only takes a matter of minutes. Students can enter the title, author or ISBN and the app will immediately display a textbook price comparison list. For more tech savvy students, TextbookMe also has the option to scan the barcode of a textbook.

TextbookLand has also implemented Twitter integration for students that have a knack for tweeting. Students can now tweet the college textbook's ISBN number to @TextbookLand on Twitter which will instantly reply with the cheapest new, used and rental price for the textbook and a link to purchase it online it's extremely fast and easy.

Kick off back to school 2013 by saving hundreds of dollars using TextbookLand and their online textbook price comparison search engine. If using the website is not your cup of tea, check out their Android and iOS mobile apps or tweet @TextbookLand on Twitter.

About TextbookLand

TextbookLand is a search engine for students to sell and buy cheap textbooks online. The company was founded in 1999 and hopes that their new Twitter search integration will help make buying, selling and renting textbooks online even easier than before.

For more information on how to start buying cheap textbooks online, please visit or call 866-437-3331. You can also email dave(at)textbookland(dot)com for additional information.


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California Middle School Helps Struggling Students Conquer Math with ALEKS Individualized Learning

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Deborah Burton, a seventh and eighth-grade math teacher at Big Bear Middle School in Big Bear, Calif., considers the color-keyed pie chart in ALEKS as one of her favorite teaching tools. The interactive pie chart displays the results of a students current knowledge and each pie slice corresponds to a particular group of math topics, such as fractions or equations. The larger the area of a slice that is darker, the more mastery the student has of the topic area. Content mastery can be visually tracked by determining how much of each slice is dark.

Before class begins each day, Burton studies students pie charts to determine which topics her students are ready to learn. For the first 10 minutes of class, she calls groups of students to the whiteboard to work on problems before sending them to the computer lab for independent study. She then spends the remainder of the class working with students as they work individually on the topics they are ready to learn.

ALEKS accomplishes two big goals: filling in the gaps of students knowledge and teaching them the topics they are ready to learn right now, said Burton. Normally, I would have to take the whole class to the lab and spend time focused only on the students who need the most help. Or, I would teach the whole class the same topics, even though not everyone would be ready to learn it. ALEKS allows for extremely targeted teaching, which is just wonderful.

With its completely individualized approach to learning, ALEKS enables students to successfully master course material by targeting their learning on the material they are precisely ready to learn right now. Since ALEKS is web-based, and accessible directly via common Internet browsers, students can quickly access their accounts anytime, anywhere, via a tablet, laptop or traditional computer. All ALEKS courses feature user-friendly answer input tools that allow students to enter mathematical expressions and free-response answers that avoid multiple-choice and demonstrate true content mastery.

Before coming to the middle school, Burton taught math for 18 years at the high school, which is where she first used ALEKS. Already sold on the program, Burton became a highly vocal advocate for bringing ALEKS to the middle school. Her enthusiasm convinced Principal Tina Fulmer that the program would help the math department meet its goals for the school year, and Fulmer and Burton worked together to find grant money to help cover the costs.

Once Burton began to use ALEKS at the middle school three years ago, the impact was immediate: Students who had been learning at a basic level were now at levels of advanced learning. After using ALEKS for a year, Algebra Readiness eighth graders more than doubled the increase of California Standards Test (CST) score typically seen at the school. Moreover, 56 percent of these students scored at least Proficient, compared with the usual 40 percent. Scores on the CST increased an average of 30 points, and students who used to need constant attention no longer required Burtons help, as they were now motivated and successful working independently.

For Principal Fulmer, ALEKS has been well worth the investment. Whenever she visits classrooms, she has found students to be completely engaged with the work and empowered enough to work at their own pace. Even students who dont struggle with math have been eager to share the success theyve found with ALEKS.

I had a student come into my office to show me her math grade, which was at 133 percent. When I asked her what she was doing, she said Im addicted to the ALEKS program. Even though this student already had an A, she was excited to keep going and push herself as far as she could.

In another instance, Fulmer was contacted by a parent who was in tears because her daughter was failing math. She was able to use some additional funding to give the student access to ALEKS from home. Within one month, the student went from a failing grade to a C- and her mother was thrilled. Her daughter was so motivated by her quick progress that she spent every spare minute at home working on ALEKS.

The success Big Bear Middle School has experienced is nothing short of extraordinary and is a prime example of how ALEKS makes for a truly personalized learning experience, allowing each student to learn at his or her own pace," said R.G. Wilmot (Wil) Lampros, president of ALEKS Corporation. "As always, our primary goal at ALEKS is to give educators powerful tools that enable them to help students master the basics of math in order to prepare them for life beyond the classroom."

Read more about the success at Big Bear Middle School:

To learn more about how ALEKS works, visit: A free trial of ALEKS courses is available to teachers and administrators at:

About ALEKS Corporation

ALEKS Corporation is a leader in the creation of web-based, artificially intelligent educational software. In 2013, ALEKS was acquired by McGraw-Hill Education, a leading digital learning company. ALEKS assessment and learning technologies were originally developed by a team of cognitive scientists, mathematicians, and software engineers at the University of California, Irvine, with major funding from the National Science Foundation. ALEKS is founded on groundbreaking research in mathematical cognitive science known as Knowledge Space Theory. Through adaptive questioning, ALEKS accurately assesses a students knowledge state, and then delivers targeted instruction on the topics a student is most ready to learn.

ALEKS has been used by millions of students in over 100 different mathematics, science, and business courses at thousands of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the world.

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Katonah-Lewisboro School District Selects Satellite Solution for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 07, 2013

Today Katonah-Lewisboro School District announced the acquisition of the Squire Tech Solutions LLC Business Continuity 600 satellite communications package providing alternative emergency communications for the K-12 critical administrative location. The selection of Squire Tech came after months of research and analysis of alternative communications options should local telephone, internet, data, and cellular infrastructure become unavailable.

The Business Continuity 600 solution that was selected for the Katonah-Lewisboro school district is a integrated package that provides internet, phones, data, Wi-Fi and wired IP communications via a small roof mounted satellite system. The package can be installed in under a day and provides 50 to 100 times the speeds of residential grade satellite internet.

Michael Zalle, vice president at Squire Tech Solutions LLC says, "We are very pleased to supply our Business Continuity 600 solution to the Katonah-Lewisboro school district. Squire Tech has installed hundreds of systems to municipalities, mobile first responders, public safety office, medical facilities and other critical community service operations. We are impressed with the thoroughness and advance planning vision the district has shown. They are dedicated to be ready for potential natural or man-made events that could affect the ability to ensure student safety."

About Katonah-Lewisboro School District

The Katonah-Lewisboro Union Free School District is a nationally recognized high performing school district serving approximately 3,500 students from the townships of Bedford, Lewisboro, North Salem, and Pound Ridge.

About Squire Tech Solutions, LLC

Founded in 2004, Squire Tech Solutions LLC (Squire Tech) is the leading satellite interoperability services company specializing in managed voice, video, Internet, and data. The company offers a wide range of integrated equipment offerings including the integrated line of Business Continuity Solutions, Mobile Responder Solutions and pCom


USA Flight School Sets World Record for Master Instructors

Mesa, Arizona (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS), a USA-based flight school with training centers in Arizona, Texas and Europe, announced today setting a record on their status as the world leader in number of specialized master instructor pilots on staff. APS now has five Master Certified Flight Instructor - Aerobatic (MCFI-A) instructors on their team, more than any other training organization.

For perspective on this achievement, there are approximately 97,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 of those aviation educators have achieved the status of Master CFI with only 32 of those instructors attaining the Master CFI - Aerobatic designation. "Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) places significant and well-placed emphasis on the critical importance of instructor professionalism, quality assurance and instructional effectiveness." said Sandy Hill, president and co-founder of the Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP), the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation, "APS should be congratulated on being the established leader in having the most active MCFI-Aerobatic designated instructors on staff of any training organization in the world today."

The MICEP Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and available to other flight instructors around the world. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism. Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning -- both their own, and their students'. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate's flight instructor certificate. In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."


Aviation Performance Solutions LLC (APS), an Arizona USA limited liability company dba APS Emergency Maneuver Training, headquartered at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona USA, has trained over 5,500 professional pilots in fully comprehensive upset recovery skill development. For two decades, with additional training locations in Dallas (Texas USA) and The Netherlands (Europe) APS has been committed to giving professional pilots of all skill levels the highest quality upset prevention and recovery training available. APS offers comprehensive LOC-I solutions via industry-leading computer-based, on-aircraft, and advanced full-flight simulator upset recovery and prevention training programs. In addition to all flight training being in full compliance with the internationally-recognized Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid Revision 2 and the recently issued FAA Aviation Circular 120-109 on Stall and Stick Pusher Training, APS is the only Part 141 Flight School currently certified in the delivery of complete upset recovery, stall/spin and instrument recovery training courses worldwide.

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