• Online School

    Lee County Schools working to stop school threats with online violence prevention programs for families

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lee County School District is offering parents the opportunity to learn more about the violence prevention program used in their schools. Risk Assessment Coordinator, Rick Parfitt, told Fox 4 that it will be a series of presentations on behavioral threat assessment and management that will be available over the next several months. The topics covered will include: Targeted Violence Behavioral Threat Assessment Overview of the Threat Assessment Model Pathway to violence and Examples and Warning Signs Role of Parents and the Community Parfitt says it will take the teamwork of parents and school districts to put a stop to school threats. “In school, we are going…

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  • Jobs

    Johnston Community College programs create pipeline for biopharmaceutical jobs

    Editor’s note: Each Wednesday, WRAL TechWire features a story highlighting the NC Bio Jobs Hub initiative. Go to the Bio Jobs Hub for more stories and info on life sciences job opportunities made possible by NC’s workforce training initiatives. RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – After his son underwent open heart surgery, Edward McGill decided to make a career change to prioritize his son’s care. He also needed to ensure his family’s financial stability. These priorities led him to Johnston Community College’s (JCC) BioWork Certificate program. The 136-hour program provides students with the required foundational skills for a career as a process technician in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals or chemical manufacturing. Courses focus on topics including the biotechnology industry, work safety, current…

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  • Online School

    Boom in online programs could reshape Minn. education

    About this series This is the first in an occasional series about the boom in online schools in Minnesota and how it could upend traditional K-12 education. Most Minnesota school districts spent the pandemic year working furiously to bring students out of distance learning and back into classrooms, eager to resume the type of learning experience that can’t easily be replicated at home. But at the same time, many have also been undertaking a separate task: figuring out how to keep teaching students online, forever. From Albert Lea to Bemidji to St. Paul, the number of public school districts and charters racing to build online academies is soaring. If all…

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  • Exchange Student

    Custom and Short-Term Programs Bid ‘Farewell, For Now’ to Departing Exchange Students

    Photo Submitted Students from foreign universities who studied abroad at the U of A for one semester or one year through participation in the International Visiting Student Program hosted by the Graduate School and International Education. As international travel ground to an alarming halt with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the global concern for health and safety rose. U of A international students and scholars found that the ability to obtain visas became a nearly insurmountable obstacle. But for some participants of the Visiting and Exchange Program, no obstacle was too high. Despite widespread travel restrictions, quarantine protocols and visa complications, the office of Sponsored…

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  • Exchange Student

    North Carolina host families needed as study abroad programs return

    The need for host families for foreign exchange students in North Carolina is greater as more restrictions are lifted following pandemic lockdowns. The nonprofit study abroad organization, Foreign Links Around the Globe or FLAG, is in the midst of placing high school students from more than 51 countries with families in the United States. “We are looking for families that would love to host any high school for an exchange student for between five to ten months,” said Allison Stalberg, a coordinator for FLAG in Orange County. “The students stay for either one school semester or two school semesters,” Stalberg said. Individual school districts have their own policies on allowing…

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  • Education

    Education Dept. to Start Reviewing Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

    The Education Dept. announced plans to issue new regulations for student loan forgiveness programs. These programs include forgiveness for borrowers with disabilities and defrauded borrowers. Hearings are scheduled for next month, but it could take some time for changes to be implemented. See more stories on Insider’s business page. The Biden administration is tackling the flaws in the federal student-debt forgiveness programs, but it could take a while to see results. On Monday, the Education Department announced it is beginning the process of issuing new higher education regulations, mainly concerning student debt-forgiveness programs. The first step of the process will be through holding hearings in June to receive feedback on…

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  • Education

    Colorado education budget restores programs, helps at-risk students

    After a hard year, Colorado schools and universities will get a big boost in the budget Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday. The $34.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 represents a nearly 11{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase from this year’s budget, which involved deep cuts made at the height of COVID restrictions. The state economy turned out to fare much better than feared, and lawmakers could roll forward savings from this year to bolster next fiscal year’s budget. “I’m proud to be signing a bill that will safeguard Colorado’s fiscal future,” Polis said at a signing ceremony. “We’re also making a significant investment in schools … It’s…

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