Southwest Indiana Workforce Coalition Receives Grant To Educate, Pay, And Employ Students

first_imgSouthwest Indiana Workforce Coalition Receives Grant To Educate, Pay, and Employ Students Ivy Tech Community College, along with the newly created Southwest Indiana Workforce Coalition comprised of local industry, business and educational partners in Southwest Indiana, have learned that they have been approved for a grant totaling nearly $667,000 from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to provide paid educational opportunities in the manufacturing field, as well as job shadowing, and potential job opportunities. Initial partner organizations include:  ORG CHEM Group, BWX Technologies, Inc., FLANDERS, Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, Koch Enterprises, Inc., Toyota Boshoku Indiana, LLC., Wabash Plastics, WorkOne Southwest, and Ivy Tech Community College Southwest.“The Southwest Indiana Workforce Coalition has developed an expansive plan for Southwest Indiana to not only educate students in manufacturing, preparing them for good paying jobs available in industry in our communities – but also to compensate them during these class times, so that they can continue to meet their personal and family needs,” said Jonathan Weinzapfel, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Southwest.“We know that an obstacle to receiving more education for a better paying job, is that folks must keep working the jobs that they have, in order to meet their basic needs. This plan will allow them to begin their classes at Ivy Tech, and also have the guarantee of being able to meet with local employers; job shadow with these employers, and have a potential career path laid out for them.” The funding is one of 12 regional partnerships across the state receiving a total of $7.7 million. The Skill Up program provides funding to develop training and educational programs aligning with employer needs.The Southwest Indiana Workforce Coalition has created the new Hoosier Apprenticeship Model, so that area youth, parents, teachers, and the public can see a clear pathway for a high demand, middle-to-high-wage job – with clear career pathways in area companies. By starting at earlier ages and working with partners like Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, this program will become more sustainable, encouraging growth in the number of individuals going into the manufacturing field, according to the grant proposal. Through a combination of training, education, career counseling, group activities and on-the-job learning, this model will increase employee retention and reduce turnover. Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana will expand the program by adding supplemental curriculum designed to promote the Hoosier Apprenticeship Model and advanced manufacturing careers.“This model maximizes the employer tuition reimbursement program, and aids in developing a highly-educated and diverse workforce that is upwardly mobile throughout the manufacturing industry,” Weinzapfel added.The program also has a goal of addressing some negative perceptions of manufacturing, as well as attracting qualified applicants who may already be in careers that are not a good fit. An informational campaign is planned beginning in 2017 to help distribute facts about manufacturing, rather than continue conjecture. This will culminate with a recruitment event conducted by the Southwest Indiana Workforce Coalition companies and Ivy Tech, with the program expecting to begin in Spring 2017.Training will include:Fundamental workforce skills – also referred to as soft skillsOSHA 10-hour general industry certification – teaching safety awareness and reducing jobsite hazardsSouthwest Indiana Manufacturing Training, also referred to as Manufacturing Skills Standards Certification (MSSC) – this is a nationally recognized certification, which can be used toward 6 credit hours of a college Advanced Manufacturing Certificate at Ivy TechOn the Job workplace rotation – the participant will work for 3 weeks 40 hours per week at each of two manufacturers.Lean Six Sigma White Belt certification – participants will learn lean concepts of process improvement strategies.More information regarding the program will be released at a later date, but those interested can fill out an interest form at www.ivytech.edu/skillup. Companies interested in taking part in this program should call: 812-429-1465. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Finance professor recognized for trade research

first_imgTags: International Economics and Finance Society, Jeffrey Bergstrand, Professor recognized The International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS) recently elected Notre Dame professor of finance Jeffrey Bergstrand as president to honor his commitment and research work in international trade.Bergstrand is also the associate dean of graduate programs in the Mendoza College of Business and has a concurrent appointment in the Department of Economics. He has been at Notre Dame since 1986.“IEFS is a society of mostly academic economists but also includes some in the government and the private sector who explore research and policy,” Bergstrand said.Bergstrand said he became involved with IEFS approximately 20 years ago while he was an associate editor for the Review of International Economics. Although IEFS does not publish research, it has a close relationship the Review of International Economics and the Review of Development Economics, which both do.The IEFS is an associate member of the Allied Social Science Association, which hosts annual conferences for researchers from various organizations to present their work and collaborate. The IEFS has three leadership positions: president, executive secretary and treasurer. Bergstrand said his role as president will involve coordinating annual meetings on a national level and organizing more regional events.Bergstrand said that research associated with the IEFS spans a range of subfields and topics from international trade and macroeconomics, to financial and investment trends.“I’ve been studying international trade flows and publishing in there for over 30 years,” Bergstrand said.Bergstrand said that his appointment as president was a way to recognize his contributions in the field, particularly his work on the gravity equation.“There is a statistical tool generally referred to as the gravity equation in international trade, and it borrowed the name from Newton’s law because the trade flows between countries can be very well explained by the economic sizes of the countries as well as the distance between them,” Bergstrand said.According to Bergstrand, the gravity equation first came into use during the 1960s to explain trade flows, but it initially lacked rigorous statistical underpinnings.“I worked on it in the 1970s with my dissertation and published several papers based on it that helped provide an economic rationale for this relationship between trade flows between countries, their economic size and similarity, and the distance,” Bergstrand said.Bergstrand said his work with the gravity equation has allowed economists and researchers to study all kinds of trade impediments or factors that help trade. He said free trade agreements and tariff rates asre traditional examples, but  even political scientists have used the theory to examine the relationship between conflicts, political systems and trade. Bergstrand said he also studies foreign direct investment and portfolio investment flows through the prism of the gravity equation.Bergstrand said these topics are crucial for coming up with ways to solve economics problems such as how to raise standards of living.“It’s very helpful to understand the impact of trade and investment policies on trade flows,” Bergstrand said.last_img read more

STORM UPDATE: 500 HOMES WITHOUT POWER IN NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM

first_imgMORE than 500 homes are without power in Newtowncunningham.It follows storm damage to power lines in the area shortly after 2am.ESB Networks staff are working to restore supplies by 5.45am.  STORM UPDATE: 500 HOMES WITHOUT POWER IN NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM was last modified: January 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Newtowncunninghampower cutlast_img read more

Watford face competition in chase for QPR man – report

first_imgWigan are competing with Blackburn and Watford for the signing of out-of-favour QPR striker DJ Campbell, according to The People.Watford have shown an interest in the 30-year-old and it is claimed that Blackburn are also keen, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is now said to want him as well.Related West London Sport story: Watford leading chase for QPR striker (27 July)The People also say Italian side Roma could gazump Liverpool and sign Clint Dempsey.Dempsey has been tipped to move to Anfield but Fulham are believed to want £10m for the American.And it is claimed that Roma are now preparing a bid for him – with the £12m fee they received from Liverpool for striker Fabio Borini.Meanwhile, the Daily Star Sunday suggest Fulham are still trying to sign Vitesse Arnhem defender Alexander Buttner after the apparent collapse of his move to Southampton.The People say Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is planning a £25m bid for German star Andre Schurrle.It is claimed Di Matteo wants the 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen striker as a replacement for Didier Drogba.Schurrle has been linked with several clubs but is said to be swaying towards west London.Manchester United plan to beat Chelsea to the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, the Mail on Sunday suggest.United have apparently indicated that they are willing to pay £12m for the striker.The Mail also say Chelsea are closing in on Wigan forward Victor Moses after the Latics made an enquiry for Everton’s Victor Anichebe.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photos: See the Shark goals from Game 1 against the Blues

first_imgGame 1 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference finals had plenty of scoring and that was great if you were a Sharks fan.San Jose struck first with a Logan Couture goal. After that, the St. Louis Blues seemed to keep it close until the second period with a goal of their own. In the second period, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier took over scoring three times. The Blues only managed to score once. That put the game essentially out of reach entering the third period when the Blues added an extra player …last_img read more

New Apps Show The Music Education Revolution Is Just Getting Started

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… A more simplified approach to learning music comes in the form of FourChords, a Finnish guitar tutorial app for iOS that recently went live globally. Very much designed for beginners, FourChords has a dead-simple interface that boils popular songs down into digestible chunks. It starts by naming the main chords used, diagramming how to form them and letting the user play back a sample to hear what each chord sounds like. Once familiar with them, you can play along with the song as the app flows through each chord in a Guitar Hero-style timeline that stays in sync with the music. It’s a lovely-looking and intuitive app. Like SoundSlice, FourChords adds a visual element to the process of learning an individual song that makes the whole experience easier.  For the already musically-inclined, tools like this can make a world of difference. What’s far more interesting, though, is how this technology opens things up and makes learning music accessible to more people. What used to require a pre-existing, serious interest and steep hourly fees can now be casually explored from one’s couch on a smartphone or tablet. The ubiquity of mobile devices and broadband combine with innovative interface design and programming prowess to fundamentally change the way human beings learn music. This not only democratizes a once specialized craft, but will inevitably lead to the creation of more of it. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Music will never be the same. But you knew that. You see it everyday when you share a playlist from Spotify or Songza, comment on a SoundCloud waveform or discover an artist who, as it turns out, got their start not in some Brooklyn dive bar, but on YouTube. Both the creation and distribution of music have been radically altered by technology.So too has the way people learn how to play it. This revolution is still young. As neat as some of this stuff is, innovation in music education is just beginning to heat up, and a handful of recent apps point to a future where learning music is easier, more accessible and even fun.That technology is changing music education isn’t exactly breaking news. Music lessons come installed with GarageBand on every new Mac and app stores are overflowing with portable software that teaches music theory and guitar chords. Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a feature detailing how music teachers are using Skype and other digital communication tools to interface with students regardless of their physical location, a phenomenon that opens up new possibilities for teachers and learners alike. Meanwhile, sites like Coursera and Berklee Music offer comprehensive university-level classes in everything from songwriting to record production.Sheet Music & Guitar Tabs Get A Digital MakeoverEven the guitar tablature, long a mainstay of any musician’s brower bookmarks, is getting re-imagined for the 21st Century. SoundSlice is an innovative Web app that mashes those old-fashioned, text-based guitar tabs up with YouTube videos so budding guitarists can learn songs in time with the music. It’s brilliant. SoundSlice’s cross-platform-friendly UI not only layers a crucial visual and sonic element on top of guitar tabs, but it lets you slow the video down and loop specific parts, making it easier to learn songs.  Related Posts center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… SoundSlice is the brainchild of Adrian Holovaty, creator of the Django Web development framework, as well as the hyperlocal data journalism outfit Everyblock. After selling his Knight Foundation-funded news startup to MSNBC in 2009, Holovaty turned his attention to other projects. “For years, I’d spend hours transcribing stuff, either on paper or in ugly text files,” says Holovaty. “Then I’d come back to it later and have to re-listen to the music to make sense of my own tab. I started to think, it would be so much easier to learn if the tab were synced with the original audio.”The project has only been live for two weeks, so it’s still in its early stages. It’s up to users to annotate YouTube videos with guitar tabs, which anybody is free to do. One of Holovaty’s top priorities at the moment is adding more collaborative editing features. YouTube and text-based guitar tabs are already both established tools for self-taught musicians, so merging them together makes total sense. Another newly launched music-learning aide is Chromatik, a Web app that lets musicians import and manage sheet music. Pages can be digitally annotated and highlighted and students can record their practice sessions for their teachers to review. Chromatik’s killer feature is probably its iPad app, which brings the same functionality to tablets that are easy to prop up on a music stand and carry around. john paul titlow Tags:#education#edutech#music#YouTube last_img read more

Traits of a Good Film Crew

first_imgPicking the right film crew isn’t hard if you know what to look for. In this post, we share a few tips to aid in the success of your film project.Sometimes the most difficult part of making a film is finding the right people to make it with you. There is a reason why professional filmmakers get paid so much money to do their job, they are worth it. However, even if your budget is nonexistent there are a few qualities to look for in a crew member that will help you sort out the good apples from the bad.A good crew member…Helps solve problems on set.Improves morale on set by complementing instead of complaining.Is concerned with making the film as great as possible even if it means shooting late.Is more concerned with making a film than getting lunch, eating snacks, taking breaks.Is able to admit when he/she has made a mistake.Will offer help to other crew members once their work is complete.Is concerned with the success of the entire team rather than getting praise for themselves.A bad crew member…Complains outwardly about long working days and early mornings.Shows up late to call times and blames it on traffic and phone alarms.Criticizes the decisions made by the director or producer in front of other crew members.Brings down the moral on the entire set.Only does things when he/she is told to do them.Misses pre-production meetings.Wants to receive praise for everything they do.Based on that criteria do you think you are a good crew member or a bad crew member? Are you a good crew leader?How to Assemble an Awesome CrewNow you may be asking, “Where do I find these good crew members?” Well, the answer to that question is not as simple as going to FindaFreeCrew.com and selecting people…you’re going to have to put in some leg-work.Finding a good crew always begins with good networking. As any good filmmaker will tell you, one of the most powerful tools you can have is networking skills. This means as a filmmaker you should be spending time with other filmmakers. Once you have a network asking for help isn’t as difficult.Build ExcitementIt is very important to hire people who are excited about your project. A crew that isn’t excited about a project will be very difficult to motivate and subsequently will not create a good finished product.You can build excitement through interacting and tagging crew members on social media, inviting crew members to brainstorming sessions and highlighting crew members on the film’s website. On the same note, crew members who are eager to gain work experience will probably be more reliable than those who are simply trying to make money.If your budget is low it might also be helpful to ask crew members with access to good equipment to be a part of your shoot. This might save you precious money that would have been spent somewhere else. This is definitely where your developed relationship will have to come into play. There’s nothing worse than having an audio person volunteer to help bring equipment then not show up. Not only would you be out a crew member you would also not be able to shoot your film.Set ExpectationsThe line between a good crew member and a bad crew member can sometimes be blurred under poor leadership. It is your duty as a director/producer to communicate exactly what you expect from your crew every step of the way.Expect good work but be patient with crew members if they don’t have a lot of experience. Never boss people around especially when they are helping you for free. Nothing screams amateur than a director who is impatient and rude to his crew.Give a schedule to everyone on set so they will know what to expect. In my own experience I’ve found that a checklist with each step of the production process increases the morale and buy-in of every crew member.Be sure to maintain relationships with your crew after a project has been shot and make everyone feel involved during every phase of production. This will give your crew a greater sense of ownership and will keep them motivated to help you on future projects.If your interested in developing your leadership skills here are some resources about being a better crew manager:Who’s in Charge Here from Videomaker5 Elements to Being a Good Production Manager on an Independent Film from Yahoolast_img read more

JD(U)’s new slogan ‘inspires’ RJD’s poster attack

first_imgBihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) has released a new poster in which Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has been projected as “okay”, a perceptible change from the “honest and good” leader that he was described as in posters publicised in March.The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal released a counter poster on Tuesday, taking a dig at the JD(U)’s publicity material. “Kyun karen vichaar… thike to hai Nitish Kumar (why should we think… Nitish Kumar is doing okay),” reads the JD(U)’s latest poster with a large image of Mr. Kumar sporting a smile. The word “thike” loosely translates in English as “okay or all right”. The poster has been put up outside the JD(U) office at Beerchand Patel Marg in Patna. Earlier in March, the JD(U) had released a poster with the slogan “sachha hai, achha hai… chalo Nitish Kumar ke saath (he is honest and good… let’s go with Nitish Kumar)”. The RJD’s counter poster reads, “Kyon na karen vichaar, Bihar jo hai beemar (why shouldn’t we think things over, since Bihar is ill).” Featuring the State’s map, the poster points to what the Opposition party claims ails Bihar currently — deaths of children due to encephalitis, floods, drought, dacoity, kidnappings and murder. The poster is displayed outside the local RJD office, a few yards away from the JD(U) headquarters. Another poster which has gone viral on social media reads, “Ho chuka hai vichaar, denge ukhaar… kahin ke nahi rahenge Nitish Kumar (it’s resolved now, we will uproot him… nowhere will Nitish Kumar be left relevant).” ‘Not okay with just okay’Taking a potshot at the new JD(U) poster, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said: “Being just okay won’t work Nitish ji.” Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari asserted that Mr. Kumar’s profile had been “downgraded from being honest and good to just okay” by some of his own party leaders who are closer to the BJP. Dismissing the criticism, JD(U) spokesperson and party leader Sanjay Singh said: “The slogan represents the voice of 12 crore residents of Bihar… the poster means there is no vacancy for the post of Chief Minister in Bihar.” Local BJP leaders declined to comment on the poster. “Each party is free to come out with its slogan and face of the leader,” said a senior BJP leader. “But, whoever has coined the slogan in the new JD(U) poster has damaged Nitish Kumar more than projecting him as a leader,” he added, with a smile.last_img read more

Cousins, Davis help Pelicans beat Clippers

first_imgPelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who has shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds. And impressive they were. Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers were held to 41 percent from the floor, while the Pelicans shot 54 percent.“We tried to keep DeAndre off the board and keep Blake Griffin off the paint,” Davis. By and large, the Pelicans succeeded.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.“What’s that stuff? Stickum,” said Cousins when asked what he wanted to do to curb his turnovers. “”I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them. I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, make better decisions. Luckily the turnovers didn’t affect us tonight because we got the win. It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball”Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.“We the amigos,” cracked Cousins after the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). APNEW ORLEANS — Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers summed up DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis before the New Orleans big men overpowered his Clippers.“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Rivers before the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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We didn’t execute down the stretch,” Doc Rivers said. “We came out of a timeout and had horrible execution.”RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his regular season debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSISClippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. There’s so much to call.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had his 2,000th career assist with a pass to Sindarious Thrornwell early in the first quarter. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his second game in a row due to a sore right knee. … Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell were hit with technical fouls in the fourth. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Aldridge’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Flamengo confirm interest in Inter Milans Gabriel Barbosa

first_imgFlamengo director Marcos Braz confirmed their interest in signing Gabriel Barbosa and revealed they are waiting to hear back from Inter MilanThe 22-year-old forward has impressed back at his homeland in Brazil on loan at Santos with 27 goals this year.But now Barbosa’s loan stay at his old club has ended and he’s since returned to Inter.However, the Brazil international appears to have no future at the San Siro with West Ham and Flamengo having been linked with moves for the highly-rated attacker.Now Flamengo have confirmed their interest with Braz awaiting a response from the Nerazzurri.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Although it remains to be seen whether they can persuade Inter to sell him for less than the €33.5m the Italian’s forked out for him two years ago.“Barbosa is a player under contract,” Braz told Fox Sports.“We’re waiting for Inter, but this is a very complicated negotiation.”Barbosa has never started for Inter in the Serie A and he’s only managed the one goal in 10 appearances.last_img read more