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11/12/15

South Coast Region School Districts to Adopt iCEV As Part of State Grant Program

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Schools receive funds to purchase key Career and Technical Education curriculum

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“By allocating funds from the grant, the South Coast Region is strengthening CTE curriculum and resources for students throughout the region,” said Dusty Moore, iCEV President.

As part of the California Career Pathways Trust Program, CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces that the South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium will utilize a portion of its grant to incorporate iCEV in Agricultural Science classes. Developed by CEV Multimedia, iCEV is an online platform that produces comprehensive educational content for students and teachers.

Templeton Unified School District in San Luis Obispo County is one of 40 CTE programs throughout the state to be awarded a grant, giving students a chance to explore their interest and future career options. By allocating funds from the grant, more students within the county will be able to participate in their school’s CTE program to receive career training and certifications. Funds provide Agricultural Science teachers and students access to iCEV to support existing programs and materials currently being used.

“There are many benefits to offering certification opportunities to our students who are seeking meaningful training and relevant experience,” said Erin Gorter, program director of South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium. “It’s important for our students to draw connections between their work and our industry partners, and an opportunity for teachers to personalize their instruction through iCEV.”

The South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium will oversee allocation of grant funds for Templeton Unified School District – which has received $5.7 million. Representing 29 high schools across 21 school districts, the Consortium aims to strengthen agricultural science and mechanics curricula in high school CTE programs to increase student enrollment, graduation and work experience.

“By allocating funds from the grant, the South Coast Region is strengthening CTE curriculum and resources for students throughout the region,” said Dusty Moore, iCEV President. “As students continue to train and prepare for their desired career paths, iCEV creates an engaging learning environment that offers the materials needed for today’s highly trained workforce.”

iCEV offers practical, interactive learning with professional demonstrations to prepare students for postsecondary education and high-skill, high-demand careers. Educators can quickly monitor, track and engage students directly through the platform’s interactive lessons and assessments. Through iCEV, students can also enhance their career training by earning industry-backed certifications.

For more information, please visit http://www.icevonline.com/.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.icevonline.com.

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The Learning Counsel Lauds Leaders in the Shift to Digital Curriculum and Technology

At its second annual National Gathering, the Counsel provided educational technology leaders an opportunity to collaborate and presented awards to celebrate their successes.

 

(Albuquerque, NM) November 11, 2015  The Learning Counsel’s National Gathering and Annual Awards event is a platform for innovative action and collaboration for the future of teaching and learning. The second annual gathering, held at the Hyatt Tamaya resort in New Mexico, drew nearly 70 educators from leading schools and districts to celebrate their exemplary progress in the shift to digital curriculum and technology.

“In this increasingly global economy, it is so important to embrace a digital curriculum that will educate tomorrow’s leaders and promote equality in education,” said Dr. David Kafitz, Vice President of School Relationships and Consulting with the Learning Counsel. “We established this national gathering as a place where innovative school and district executives can hear the latest trends and research, collaborate, and share successes as well as factors to watch for. It is also a chance to honor those who have truly lead the way in integrating technology into their curriculum in a way that will transform the way we teach our young people.”

The two-day event began with a broad review of national education statistics and research concerning the transition to digital curriculum from the CEO and Publisher at the Learning Counsel, LeiLani Cauthen.

“We put the gathering together to create a unique collaborative experience,” Cauthen said. “We took a look at all the different types of education conferences and realized there was a missing link that was necessary in the shift in education that we are all experiencing. It’s a relatively small group. But these are leaders from every size of district who are individually doing incredible things with technology. Then we also have companies that we invited who have solutions for the confusions and stumbling blocks that executives are facing.”

The first day ended with an evening fireside telling of student security “ghost stories” as the sun fell and darkness enveloped Sandia Mountain and the New Mexico desert surrounding the resort.

The second day of the Gathering started with a curriculum game in which attendees made decisions about which software solutions to choose, the platforms to run them on, and the constraints of budgets and standards—all using hundreds of labeled, colored balls. The “ah-ha” moments electrified leaders who gained an understanding of what is going on within districts all across the country.

Six TED Talk-like presentations followed from educators who shared their visions, experiences, successes, and failures in transforming their schools or districts with digital curriculum and content. Pre-selected audience members were given the challenge to choose the best presentation for the “Gathered Thought” award. The coveted award went to Dr. Michelle Zimmerman, an educator and researcher at the Renton Preparatory Academy in Seattle, for her intriguing and envelope-pushing take on experience-based education.

The two-day event concluded with awards from the Learning Counsel to ten attending schools and districts who stood out as leaders in the Counsel’s nationwide survey of digital curriculum and technology innovation.

“An event like this doesn’t have hundreds or even thousands of people like some others I’ve attended—it’s intimate enough for you to meet the right people and build lasting relationships with peers as well as companies who you need to have conversations with,” said Cleon Franklin, Director of Virtual Learning at Shelby County Schools. “You leave here with things you can implement as soon as you hit the office.”

To see a photo gallery of the National Gathering and Awards Event click here.

About The Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel is a mission-based organization focused on helping education professionals in the K-12 sector gain context on the shift to digital curriculum. Serving as an intermediary between schools, curriculum publishers, and high tech companies, the Learning Counsel provides perspective and organizational tools on the transition to digital for school systems across the country.

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Rural Texas Workforce Board Launches High School Diploma Program

Concho Valley offers first-of-its-kind diploma completion solution for young adults, supported by 24-7 wraparound services

SALT LAKE CITY, November 12, 2015 – The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that took effect July 1 requires key changes for workforce investment boards, which must be more strategic in how they connect out of school youth with education and job training opportunities. To meet these new requirements, theConcho Valley Workforce Development Board in rural west Texas has partnered with Graduation Alliance to offer an online diploma completion and workforce training program that will help identify dropouts and put them on a clear path to success.

The partnership will equip young adult dropouts in the rural Texas area with the education and training they need to qualify for in-demand living-wage jobs, while addressing the need for qualified workers in industries such as manufacturing and health care. As a key component of this program, participants will receive fully connected web-enabled laptops to participate in online courses and will receive personalized support services from Graduation Alliance – both preparing them to complete their secondary education remotely and at their own pace.  The result: participants will earn a fully accredited high school diploma, not a GED.

“Engaging out-of-school youth and encouraging them to continue their education is a big challenge for us,” said Mike Buck, executive director of the Concho Valley Workforce Development Board. “Our partnership with Graduation Alliance will allow us to meet this challenge by giving us a successful method to reach young adults and a more flexible way for them to learn important skills, coupled with the kind of supports we know are critical for success. This service will be a great complement to the existing job training and placement services we provide, and we’re excited about the possibilities that it offers.”

Targeting working-age adults who left high school before graduating, Graduation Alliance’s Workforce Diploma program is a fully portable and flexible solution that yields an average return on investment of more than 70 to 1. Participants who complete the program receive basic and skill-specific credentials, earn industry-based certifications, and feel empowered to take on challenging, in-demand careers or explore other postsecondary and higher education options.

“Young adults with a high school diploma are much better positioned for success in life,” said Rebekah Richards, chief academic officer and co-founder of Graduation Alliance. “High school diplomas provide a gateway to higher paying jobs that offer lifelong careers, enabling diploma holders to break the cycle of poverty that historically has plagued dropouts. Our Workforce Diploma program provides an opportunity for a fresh start.”

Concho Valley’s partnership with Graduation Alliance is also timely, Buck noted, because of new requirements imposed by the WIOA. Passed by Congress last year, the law requires workforce investment boards to spend 75 percent of their funding for youth-related services on out-of-school youth (defined as ages 16-24). This change will require workforce investment boards to be more deliberate and strategic in how they provide services to out of school youth, and with its comprehensive, holistic approach to servicing this key demographic, Graduation Alliance is uniquely positioned to help.

The program includes access to more than 200 online courses, including electives designed in cooperation with employers nationwide to ensure students’ workforce readiness;  shorter “bite-sized” courses that offer quicker, positive feedback and encouragement to students; 24-7 academic support from highly qualified teachers, personal academic coaches, and tutors; and career transition counselors who stay with students throughout their education, training, and job placement. Participants also have access to Graduation Alliance’s proprietary education and career management tool, which provides key information to participants about the high-demand careers in their region including the skills and training required to enter each field.

The program is now available to Concho Valley residents at http://www.cvworkforce.org; for more information, call the Concho Valley Workforce Solutions Center at (325) 653-2321 ext. 1274.

To learn more about Graduation Alliance’s Workforce Diploma Program, including its average return on investment, go tohttp://www.graduationalliance.com/workforce-diploma.html.

About Graduation Alliance

Graduation Alliance strengthens communities, states and the economy by preparing and empowering tomorrow’s workforce. Through highly effective postsecondary planning, alternative education and training programs, Graduation Alliance ensures every student has an opportunity to succeed during and after high school. For more information about Graduation Alliance, visit www.graduationalliance.com.

About the Concho Valley Workforce Development Board

The Concho Valley Workforce Development Board (CVWDB) is one of 28 workforce boards serving the state of Texas. Its mission is to promote the economic well-being of all residents by ensuring that every resident has the opportunity to work in his or her chosen field and that every business’s workforce is trained and ready. CVWDB serves a 13-county area covering about 17,000 square miles and approximately 175,000 people. For more information, visit http://www.cvworkforce.org.

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