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Hamilton Southeastern Schools Selects Ameresco for Solar Project to Power Three Indiana Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 luglio 2019

Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and Hamilton Southeastern Schools today announced a partnership to bring renewable energy to the school district in the form of ground mount solar farms. Two solar arrays comprised of 4,800 panels will power three of the district’s schools. Ameresco has also provided Hamilton Southeastern Schools with two solar wagons and programming to incorporate sustainability education into its curriculum.With construction already underway, Hamilton Southeastern Schools will finance this project with bond fees and operational cost savings generated from the solar arrays. Already the project has generated funds for the construction of a playground at the Riverside Intermediate School and is projected to generate additional funds to build two more in the district.“Our partnership with Ameresco has already allowed us to invest in projects that directly benefit our students and create a more sustainable learning environment at our schools,” said Dr. Allen Bourff, Superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools. “The curriculum Ameresco provided will help our teachers educate their students about the latest innovations in renewable energy technology and the importance of sustainability for the future of our environment.”
The solar panels at Sand Creek Elementary and Intermediate Schools have a projected annual output of 1,492,919 kWh and those at HSE Intermediate and Junior High with another 892,681 kWh. Combined, the arrays will generate enough energy to power 294 homes for a year and help avoid 1,687 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

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Amazon and Seattle Public Schools Team Up to Bring Computer Science and Robotics to 30 Title I Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 giugno 2019

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Seattle Public Schools today announced a new partnership to bring computer science and robotics to up to 30 Title 1 Seattle Public Schools as part of the Amazon Future Engineer program. Amazon is providing each of the schools with an Amazon Future Engineer Robotics grant to inspire the next generation of computer scientists, with a focus on students from underrepresented and underserved communities. Each of the schools will receive support to launch FIRST robotics teams, including teacher professional development to learn about robotics, support from Amazon to expand access to computer science education in their school, and a private tour of an Amazon robotics fulfillment center in Kent, Washington.The mission of FIRST, curriculum provider for Amazon Future Engineer Robotics grants, is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills to students in grades K-12. Data from a 5-year longitudinal study of FIRST by Brandeis University shows competitive FIRST robotics programs works for all youth. Across all demographic groups (gender, race, economic status and geography), FIRST students show significant gains in STEM knowledge, STEM interest, STEM career interest, STEM identity, and STEM activity compared to their peers who don’t participate. FIRST students are more likely to major in tech-focused science fields in college; by their second year of college, over 50 percent declare majors in engineering or technology. The impact on young women in FIRST is particularly profound. By their first year of college, female alumnae of FIRST are 3.6 times more likely to take an engineering course, and 1.9 times more likely to take a computer science course than female comparison students.Seattle Public Schools is committed to creating opportunities for students who have historically been the furthest from educational justice; these students have also been underrepresented in STEM careers. They recognize the positive impact the partnership will have on educators, teachers and coaches to learn new skills and new ways of applying standards-based teaching in a new environment.The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.More locally, the Washington Business Roundtable has reported that a large number of hundreds of thousands new jobs being generated in the Seattle area will be STEM-related. Moreover, the Puget Sound Business Journal stated in their January 6, 2016 edition that Washington isn’t producing enough qualified workers to supply talent-starved tech companies.Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.

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Insight Schools of California to Hold Commencement Ceremonies Across the State

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 giugno 2019

More than 500 high school students will celebrate their graduation from the online public charter schools Insight Schools of California (ISCA) this week. ISCA helps high school students who have struggled to find success in a traditional school setting get their education back on track. ISCA will hold two in-person commencement ceremonies: one in Tracy on June 19 and another in Anaheim on June 20.“The Insight Schools of California Class of 2019 has traveled a unique journey to reach graduation, and each student has proven they can accomplish whatever they put their minds to,” said Kimberly Odom, Head of Schools. “It is an honor to provide our students with an education setting that was right for them, and that has set them up for a lifetime of success.” ISCA serves students in grades 9-12 who reside in many counties in California, including Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura.California-credentialed teachers and professional school counselors at ISCA assess where students are academically deficient, then work in partnership to create learning plans that support each student’s unique academic needs and college and career goals.

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Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools Highlights Graduates with In-Person Commencement Ceremony

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 maggio 2019

Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools (ALVA-ECS), an online public-school serving students in grades K-12 throughout the state, will celebrate the Class of 2019 during an in-person commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16th. The ceremony will take place at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center in Prattville.Many assume that attending an online public school like ALVA means that students miss out on “real” high school experiences, but this in-person graduation proves quite the opposite.
This year, ALVA will graduate almost three dozen students; about 60% of whom are graduating with honors. Student Robert Blum is one of them. He is this year’s valedictorian who has earned several noteworthy honors such as the President’s Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M University, National Merit Recognition, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Charger Distinction Scholarship.Collectively, the Class of 2019 reports it has been offered more than $200,000 in scholarships and have been accepted to trade schools, colleges and universities across the country, including: Wallace Community College, Maine College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Shelton State Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Full Sail University, Troy University, Auburn University at Montgomery, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Montevallo, University of Washington, University of Florida, and Texas A&M University.Students enroll in ALVA for a number of reasons—some are looking to escape bullying, some may have fallen academically off track, and others are looking for an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting. ALVA students access a robust online curriculum in the core subjects of math, science, English language arts, history, art and music as well as a host of electives. These live virtual classes are taught by Alabama certified teachers.

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Willdan Awarded New SoCalGas Schools Energy Efficiency Program

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WLDN) announced today that it has been selected by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to implement the utility’s new Schools Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP). This $2.7 million direct install program promotes natural gas savings by delivering no-cost energy-efficiency projects and education to participating public and private schools throughout SoCalGas’ service territory. Willdan will implement approximately 350 energy audits and facility upgrades with the goal to deliver nearly 2,000,000 annual therms savings to eligible pre-schools, K-12 schools, private colleges or universities, and trade schools.“SEEP will make natural-gas-saving upgrades more accessible and provide valuable energy efficiency information to our school customers,” said Dan Rendler, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas. “Making energy upgrades can reduce their energy consumption significantly and keep their utility bills affordable.”“We have served educational facilities since 1986 and have delivered energy savings to over 950 schools in Southern California alone,” said Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s CEO and Chairman. “SoCalGas’ SEEP expands our offerings to existing and new school customers, providing more comprehensive savings from the same trusted team.”Following an energy site audit, Willdan will administer gas savings measures by installing appropriate upgrades at the schools, such as energy efficient aerators, low-flow pre-rinse spray valves, and thermostats, with minimal classroom disruptions. The company will also validate energy and cost savings.Willdan currently delivers programs for other major Southern California investor-owned utilities that focus on energy savings for K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

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Real Estate Express Announces Strategic Acquisition of Allied Real Estate Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 giugno 2018

Real Estate Express, the national leader in online pre-licensing real estate education, today announced that the company has acquired Allied Schools, the market leader of online real estate education in California.“The acquisition of Allied Schools allows us to combine our interactive online learning experience with Allied’s market expertise to offer aspiring agents quality education backed by industry-leading pass rates,” said Tom Davidson, General Manager, Real Estate Education, Colibri Group. “With Allied’s strong presence in California and focus on real estate licensing, it is a perfect fit for Real Estate Express.”Real Estate Express, along with McKissock and The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, is part of the family of brands under Colibri Group, an online education company that provides learning solutions to licensed professionals.Headquartered in Laguna Beach, California, Allied Schools has been changing lives and fueling dreams for 26 years. The company serves the pre-licensing and continuing education (CE) markets across real estate, appraisal and mortgage lending professions with online-based education. “We look forward to providing Allied customers the same great service they’ve grown to expect,” continued Davidson, “as well as our enhanced service offerings, including Live Q&A, Smart Bites learning methodology, and a Pass or Don’t Pay Guarantee.”

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