Seven complete BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education adult HVAC course delayed by COVID

Seven adult learners will complete an Electrical/HVAC program next month that will prepare them for a skilled position in the workforce. The 570-hour training course is the last of the COVID-interrupted vocational programs offered through the BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education (BCCE) to wrap up.


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Prospective HVAC workers began their program through BCCE – an adult education partnership between Madison-Oneida BOCES and Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES – in September 2019. Typically a nine-month program, the course includes instruction in electrical wiring, copper piping, soldering, furnaces, refrigeration and more as well as preparation for the EPA licensing exam.

“They can leave here and be ready for any entry-level HVAC job with any construction or contracting company,” said instructor Mark Schoff, who has taught the program for 16 years and spent many years prior working in the industry.

The class was on track for a May completion when COVID-19 shuttered schools across

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FDA Releases Continuing Medical Education Videos on the New Nutrition Facts Label

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October 8, 2020

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Medical Association (AMA), announced continuing medical education (CME) videos for pediatricians and other physicians, as well as other healthcare professionals on the new Nutrition Facts label. The videos provide information on using the new label to help patients understand the changes to the label and make informed dietary choices.

Although we know that physicians are well aware of the key importance of nutrition in health and disease prevention, FDA wants to ensure that they are familiar with the role the Nutrition Facts label can play in helping patients make healthy food choices. The CME videos are designed to educate physicians on the new label and provide strategies about how to counsel patients to use the label to make informed food choices that support a healthy

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UCSB Professional, Continuing Education Courses Teach How to Stay Competitive in Pandemic Job Market | Business

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated impacts have forced all of us to rethink our jobs and how we do them. Perhaps the most jarring effect for many is the uncertainty of employment, as the economy shifts in response to the “new normal,” and certain positions fall by the wayside, or change substantially.

A certain amount of agility is necessary to navigate these unsettling times, and UC Santa Barbara’s Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) is here to help.

With a suite of online programs in a variety of fields — from accounting and finance to web development — PaCE (formerly UCSB Extension) can provide members of the campus and the surrounding community the relevant skills to compete in today’s job market.

“Upskilling is no longer optional,” said Sheetal Gavankar, PaCE’s director of academic programs. “We are past the days when one can go to school for four years, get a

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How one South Dakotan is continuing her education


This article was produced by Startup Sioux Falls and the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and is syndicated by the Sioux Falls Business Journal. Startup Sioux Falls is a digital hub that aims to connect the communities, companies and non-profits that make up Sioux Falls’ startup ecosystem.

Sara Lum sought out an internship with the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship to gain experience with a local nonprofit organization as part of her MBA program at the University of South Dakota.

But she started as an architect.

Lum earned her Bachelor of Science degree in design and architectural studies as well as a Master of Architecture, and she currently works full-time for the South Eastern Council of Governments as a planner.

Lum sat down with Startup reporter Andrea Van Essen to talk about her work an architect and how she thinks an internship at Zeal will add to

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North Carolina Sets Oct. 31 Continuing Education Deadline After COVID Delay

All licensed insurance producers and adjusters operating in North Carolina with a continuing education compliance period that ended in February, March, April, May and June 2020 must complete the state mandated CE requirements by Oct. 31, 2020 or face having their license expire, according to a bulletin from the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI).

For those with a compliance period that ends in July, August, September, October and November 2020, an extension will be granted through Dec. 31, 2020 in order to meet the state mandated CE requirements. If the CE requirements are not met by December 31, 2020, licenses will expire.

Each licensees CE deadline month is based on birth date and the requirements also include North Carolina nonresident adjusters with NC as the Designated Home State (DHS).

The CE deadline for North Carolina producers and adjusters, including nonresident adjusters with North Carolina as the designated home state

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PCC Notes: College offers scholarships for select continuing ed training | News

WINTERVILLE — Pitt Community College recently received $279,300 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) as part of an effort to help North Carolina recover from the economic turmoil COVID-19 created.

According to PCC Financial Aid Director Lee Bray, the college is using its GEER allotment to provide $750-scholarships to North Carolina residents pursuing high-demand workforce training through continuing education. She said the awards are available to students enrolled in approved Workforce Continuing Education pathways that include at least 96 hours of training and lead to state- or industry-recognized credentials.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for North Carolina residents to receive funded, short-term training programs to get into the workforce,” Bray said. She added that the scholarships could be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare and other components associated with the total cost of attendance.

Funding for GEER comes through the U.S. Department

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School Board rejects equity policy but votes for continuing discussion of concept | St. Tammany community news

After nearly four hours of piercing public discussion, the St. Tammany Parish School Board on Thursday shifted gears on a proposal to hire a consultant and develop an equity policy for the school district, opting instead to bring together parties from all sides of the controversial concept to figure out a way forward.

Meeting as a committee as a whole, the board voted down a resolution by member Dennis Cousin to engage an external consultant who would “evaluate and develop a strategic equity action plan to ensure that discrimination does not affect outcomes” for students and faculty members. That resolution failed by a 10-3 vote, with Cousin, Lisa Page and Shelta Richardson voting for and Tammy Lamy abstaining.

Board member Ronald Bettencourt then offered a substitute resolution that affirms the school system’s adherence to all federal discrimination laws and supports “ongoing efforts to identify and address any and all areas

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To cope with pandemic stress, many women turned to alcohol, continuing a worrying trend

Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S., a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

The report, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, found that deaths from alcohol use increased by 43 percent from 2006 to 2018.

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The findings, which don’t include data from this year, come as other research highlights how drinking remains a problem for many in the U.S., particularly among women.

Indeed, the CDC report found that the impact was greatest on women. “While rates were higher for males than females for each year,” the study authors wrote, “the rate of change was greater for females.”

The report didn’t give reasons for the increase among women, but it suggested that women living far outside city limits may have been more at risk. “From 2000 through 2018, greater percentage increases in the rates

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Uncertainty continuing for Black Country businesses

Chamber chief executive Corin Crane

That is the warning from Corin Crane, chief executive at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce who is calling for a more strategic approach from the Government to address the plethora of problems confronting the business community and its employees in the region.

“We are hearing the most worrying figures,” said Mr Crane. “We know approximately 177,500, from the eligible 513,000 Black Country workers, are currently furloughed which amounts to 35 per cent of the workforce, this sits above the UK average which stands at 32 per cent, proof, if it were ever needed, that October is a real crunch time for region’s businesses as the furlough scheme comes to an end and debts rise.”

Last week the Chancellor revealed a form of replacement for the furlough scheme in a bid ‘to continue protecting jobs’ under a new flexible furlough targeted at industries that will

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Continuing our fight for COVID-19 relief

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

We are now more than six months into a global pandemic never before experienced in modern society. Our federal government must step up to support our families and communities through such uncertain turmoil. Additionally, it has now been more than four months since the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a critical $3.4 trillion stimulus package that the Senate has failed to act upon.

Nevertheless, House Democrats and I have continued our fight for such federal relief, and this week, we have released an updated Heroes Act to demonstrate our absolute commitment to negotiating for a final stimulus package. All of our constituents, communities, and local municipalities are depending on us to deliver this assistance that is so desperately needed.

We must have another stimulus package, as it is essential to protect the financial security and avert many catastrophes for

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