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Adam Reab of Blue Grass earns Grainger Power Engineering Award from Missouri S&T PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Helen Stoltz   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:18

ROLLA, MO (05/30/2012)(readMedia)-- Adam Reab of Blue Grass, Iowa, is one of 13 seniors and recent graduates to receive a $5,000 Grainger Power Engineering Award from the electrical engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology this spring. The awards are presented as a reward for academic excellence.

The Power Engineering Awards are funded by a $1.3 million endowment from The Grainger Foundation of Chicago. Missouri S&T is recognized by Grainger for its ability to attract top students and educate quality engineers and is one of only six universities in the nation chosen to receive such funding.

Each spring, the Grainger Power Engineering Award is typically presented to up to 13 electrical engineering graduate and undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in power engineering. Selection of recipients is based on academic performance, exhibited interest in power engineering and extra-curricular activities.

To be eligible for this year's award, students must have graduated with degrees in electrical engineering in August or December of 2011 or May 2012 and have emphasized their course work in power engineering. All of the recipients had significant power engineering experience, either through company internships, research projects or design projects.

Reab earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2012.

 
Adam Reab of Blue Grass earns Grainger Power Engineering Award from Missouri S&T PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Education & Schools
Written by Mary Helen Stoltz   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:18

ROLLA, MO (05/30/2012)(readMedia)-- Adam Reab of Blue Grass, Iowa, is one of 13 seniors and recent graduates to receive a $5,000 Grainger Power Engineering Award from the electrical engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology this spring. The awards are presented as a reward for academic excellence.

The Power Engineering Awards are funded by a $1.3 million endowment from The Grainger Foundation of Chicago. Missouri S&T is recognized by Grainger for its ability to attract top students and educate quality engineers and is one of only six universities in the nation chosen to receive such funding.

Each spring, the Grainger Power Engineering Award is typically presented to up to 13 electrical engineering graduate and undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in power engineering. Selection of recipients is based on academic performance, exhibited interest in power engineering and extra-curricular activities.

To be eligible for this year's award, students must have graduated with degrees in electrical engineering in August or December of 2011 or May 2012 and have emphasized their course work in power engineering. All of the recipients had significant power engineering experience, either through company internships, research projects or design projects.

Reab earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2012.

 
Helping Teens Financially Means More Than Handing Them Money PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 04 June 2012 15:16
5 Tips for Turning Adolescents into Fiscally Smart Adults

As children blossom into young men and women, most insist on planning and running their own lives. Parents worry about all the basic essentials for their kids’ independent living, like housing, eating properly, staying warm, being careful at night and more. But most parents forget to teach their youngsters one of the most important lessons of all – financial responsibility. The resulting turmoil can spell disaster for a child’s future.

Consider this: The average young adult amasses $45,000 in debt by the time they turn 29, according to a recent PNC Bank report.

“This generation of 20-somethings was raised during an economically-thriving period,” says financial expert Mark Hansen, author of Success 101 for Teens (www.success101forteens.com). “Undisciplined spending habits, student and car loans, and a tough job market have stymied their financial growth. Perhaps the worst culprit is financial ignorance, but we can count this as a lesson for future 20-somethings.”

For young people, organizing finances can be intimidating to the point of prohibitive, he says.

“We need to have a curriculum in schools, from kindergarten through 12th grade, that ensures our kids graduate with financially literacy,” he says. “From balancing a checkbook to understanding what it means to pay – and earn – interest, kids need basic money management skills to survive in the world, and most aren’t getting them.”

Hansen says all teens should know and practice so they can control their financial destinies:

• Saving for dreams – the three-envelope method: Use the first envelope for your day-to-day expenses: gas or lunch money. Pause before blowing this money at the movie theater or a fast-food restaurant! Envelope No. 2 is for short-term goals, which might be clothing or a new laptop. The third envelope is for long-term goals such as a car, college or a “future millionaire club” fund.

• How to create a budget: A budget lets us know what’s possible, and not possible, with money. There are six steps to creating a budget. 1. List all of your expenses. 2. List all income. 3. List monthly expenses. 4. Add up these lists separately. 5. Tweak your budget so you can meet your expenses with money left over for savings. 6. Review your budget every week.

• How to set and follow through on goals: First, figure out what your current finances are, then determine what they will be in the future -- one year out, then two years out, then four years later, etc. How will you get to your one- or two-year goal? You need a plan, and most of the time that means either earning more money, spending less, or a combination of the two. Finally, you have to stick to your plan in order for it to work.

• Understanding interest rates, such as credit cards: Interest is a fee paid for using someone else’s money. Simple interest is straightforward: 5 percent accrued in your bank account with $100 yields $5 in interest at the end of the year. Compound interest, however, means ever-increasing amounts. This is crucial to understanding debt you may take on from lenders. Know what you are borrowing, and the terms thereof. Just as your money can work for you in a bank account, money borrowed can work against you if it is not paid back in a timely manner.

• How to write checks and balance a checkbook: These days, it’s easier than ever to review accounts online, which automatically tracks exchanges. HOWEVER, banks do make mistakes, which is why it’s wise to track your accounts independently. Ask. Don’t be embarrassed. Banks are putting a premium on service and want to establish a positive relationship with young customers.  If you have a question, speak to someone at the bank. As you take control of your money, you’ll also take control of your life.

About Mark Hansen

A successful businessman, a former Palm Beach County, Fla., elected school board member and motivational speaker, Mark has dedicated his life to helping young people overcome obstacles and deal with the challenges of daily living. Struck by a car and nearly killed as a child, Mark fought back through positive actions and reactions to all that he had to overcome. As a result, he relates to teens in a very special way.  Through books such as, “Success 101 for Teens: Dollars and Sense for a Winning Financial Life,” and seminars, Mark Hansen is driven to make an impact on teens and young adults and to empower them to rise above and triumph over life’s obstacles.

 
Ashworth College Rolls Out Certified Personal Trainer Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Orr   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:58
Distance Education Leader’s new program provides practical career training for popular profession

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Georgia – May 30, 2012 – Ashworth College announced the addition of its Certified Professional Personal Trainer program (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu/) to its roster of online career diploma programs. The program is nationally accredited and designed to provide students with in-depth instruction in how to design conditioning and personal training programs, formulate nutrition menus and to perform fitness assessments. The program also provides graduates with the tools needed to take the National Council on Strength and Fitness’ certification exam.

According to recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese, as are approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years. These statistics show that there are opportunities for fitness specialists to use their knowledge of exercise, health, and nutrition to help others live longer lives.

“Fitness and exercise careers allow trainers the opportunity to be a motivational speaker, educator, personal trainer, and health advisor all in one,” said Cassandra Blassingame, Program Development Manager for Ashworth’s career diploma programs. “Our graduates tell us that they have found a rewarding career path that not only changes people's lives, but also keeps them motivated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal trainers earn on average in excess of $35,000 per year, depending on where they work and their level of experience. Those who are certified can command even higher salaries.

Ashworth’s Certified Personal Trainer program is comprised of 18 comprehensive lessons which include learning objectives, lecture notes, review questions, multiple-choice exams and written assignments. Lessons include:

Fitness and Wellness Fitness
Preparing for Exercise: Training Threshold
Cardiovascular Fitness
Developing Flexibility
Developing Endurance and Strength
Strength and Endurance Exercise
Measuring and Controlling Body
Skill-Related Fitness
Wellness and Fitness
Managing Stress
Combating Threats to Your Health
The Athlete's Diet
High-Impact Meals for Peak Performance
Sugar, Carbohydrates, Protein and Hydration Sugars
Eating for Exercise and Recovery
Weight Management for Athletes

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a one-year member ship to the National Council on Strength and Fitness as well as prep materials to help them complete the NCSF’s certification exam.

Because Ashworth is a distance education institution, students can start the program at any time, study at their own pace, and take exams online. The program is extremely conducive to the working professional’s schedule.

“Becoming certified can be a major investment in ones career,” Blassingame commented. “When someone is considering hiring a personal trainer, certification becomes a mark of excellence, demonstrating that you have knowledge and skills that others don't.

About Ashworth College

Celebrating 25 years of Educating Minds and Changing Lives, leading online school, Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence by offering students worldwide an extensive range of online college degrees, online certificate programs, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers
military education as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.

Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Ashworth is parent to James Madison High School which is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED and further provides career training and vocational programs in the fields of health, business, technology, education, and skilled trades through PCDI Canada, New York Institute of Photography and Sheffield School of Design.

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Davenport student to be honored for outstanding volunteer service at award presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Tasker   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:50
Pavane Gorrepati of Davenport, Iowa, a senior at Rivermont Collegiate, will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

Presentation information:
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Event: Awards assembly
Location: Rivermont Collegiate auditorium, 1821 Sunset Dr., Bettendorf
Contact: Richard St. Laurent, (563) 359-1366

Pavane is being honored for creating a nonprofit organization called "Warning about Warming (WaW)" to educate young people about environmental issues. For more information on Pavane and her volunteering, click here: http://bit.ly/M28pi5

About the award:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

For more information on the rest of this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

 
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