Pandemic Drives Working Americans to Seek Further Education

New survey from Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® reveals value of education opportunities, including promoting equity in the workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic ignited a shift in how working Americans view continuing education, according to a new survey commissioned by Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® (NYSE: BFAM). The survey revealed the 85% of full and part-time employed Americans feel employers need to rethink their benefits offerings in light of the pandemic.

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What are employees looking for in this current climate? Education opportunities. 78% of working Americans believe the pandemic has increased the need for companies to support their employees with education benefits, including tuition reimbursement for degree and non-degree programs and student loan repayment programs.

What’s more, education benefits are not only driving employee motivation, but they may be a key factor in promoting workplace equality. According to the survey, nearly

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Pandemic Drives Working Americans to Seek Further Education – Press Release

WATERTOWN, Mass.–(Business Wire)–The COVID-19 pandemic ignited a shift in how working Americans view continuing education, according to a new survey commissioned by Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® (NYSE: BFAM). The survey revealed the 85% of full and part-time employed Americans feel employers need to rethink their benefits offerings in light of the pandemic.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201014005167/en/

What are employees looking for in this current climate? Education opportunities. 78% of working Americans believe the pandemic has increased the need for companies to support their employees with education benefits, including tuition reimbursement for degree and non-degree programs and student loan repayment programs.

What’s more, education benefits are not only driving employee motivation, but they may be a key factor in promoting workplace equality. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of American workers (65 percent) think that providing education benefits to all employees helps promote racial

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As More Schools Move to Hybrid or Virtual Learning, Construct Working with Canvas to Improve Online Learning Experiences for Students and Teachers

With growing emphasis on virtual learning, online program enablement is more important than ever

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As more schools respond to COVID-19 exposure with hybrid or virtual learning this fall, educational technology providers focus on delivering interactive online learning that engages students. That is why Construct, a global leader in learning design, today announced a new case study highlighting how one school district with nearly 20,000 students has moved to 100% virtual learning while maintaining student engagement.

“Our work with Canvas and Construct began several years ago, as we looked for viable solutions to keep virtual classrooms open even when our physical buildings were closed due to wildfires,” said Aaron Ferguson, Distance Learning Design Coach for Oxnard Union High School District. “Little did we know how years of emergency preparedness combined with insights from students and teachers would help us respond

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Senator Maroney Working To Better Educate Connecticut’s Workforce

Press release from the Office of Connecticut State Senator James Maroney:

September 28, 2020

State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) is working to better educate Connecticut’s workforce to meet the state’s manufacturing needs. On Friday, September 25, Senator Maroney and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz met with Brian Bannon, owner and founder of ThermaXX Jackets; Jamie Scott, Executive Director of Manufacture CT; David Tuttle, Director of the Platt Manufacturing Program; and State Rep. Dorinda Borer to discuss ways to improve the school-to-work pipeline, the manufacturing job opportunities currently available, the ways companies have stepped up to help during the coronavirus pandemic, and workforce development.

“One of the powers of state government is the ability to convene meetings, and bring people together to have important discussions,” said Sen. Maroney. “I thank Brian Bannon and Thermaxx for hosting this valuable meeting. When there is a problem, the only way to move forward is

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How to stay safe online while working, learning from home

Paycheck Protection Program funds helped keep more than five million American small businesses alive through the first half of 2020, but one woman has a warning for anyone applying for aid.

Kelleye Thomas, who runs a home daycare, had to shut down for three months due to the pandemic.

Her income dropped to zero during the shutdown, but like so many small business and independent workers, she was saved by the government’s Paycheck Protection Program.

“I applied for that through the Small Business Administration, and I was granted a forgivable loan for $2,500,” she said.

That lifeline turned into a financial nightmare because of where she deposited the funds. Before she could even begin using the money, she said, Fifth Third Bank locked her account pending a fraud investigation.

“The check was deposited, and a few days later I noticed there was a freeze on my account,” she said.

Panicked,

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CPS plan for reopening schools remains unclear as parents share remote learning woes with Board of Education: ‘It’s just not working’

Wednesday’s Chicago Board of Education meeting offered little clarity for everyone who wants to know if students will be back in classrooms when the second quarter begins in November.

Allison Gorsuch, who has a child in kindergarten at Pulaski International School of Chicago, called on the board to be transparent and “release criteria for reopening as soon as possible.”

“Remote learning is not developmentally appropriate for kindergartners,” she said. “… I’ve watched my student and his teacher work really hard at remote learning, but he’s 5, and it’s just not working.”

Gorsuch said she would push for reopening as soon as it was safe to do so.

“I’m not asking for schools to reopen before it’s safe, but I’m asking for this not to be a lost year for our youngest students,” she said.

She also asked for students to have access to rapid testing for COVID-19. “I believe this

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Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn tells Tennessee lawmakers she’s ‘committed’ to working with them

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn told irate Republican members of the House Education Committee this week that she would work more closely with them going forward following a series of blow-ups that incensed hard-right GOP lawmakers.

“I am committed to that. I know the committee is committed to that,” Schwinn told Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, who raised issues including the uproar among conservatives over a proposed state child welfare wellness-check program during the pandemic that GOP members charged smacked of government intrusion into the home.

“I appreciate the feedback and the ongoing conversations, especially within the last several weeks,” Schwinn said. “I know we’ve come up with a number of really strong ideas about how to continue to strengthen that over the coming months.”

The exchange came amid a revolt by a number of conservative lawmakers, primarily in the House, with threats to hold a no-confidence vote on

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Scott Fire Department still working to educate kids on fire safety despite COVID-19 challenges

SCOTT, La. (KLFY) — COVID-19 has changed the way we do a lot of things, but the Scott Fire Department isn’t letting the disease stop them from educating kids on fire safety.

“Fires start in seconds, spread in minutes, only giving residents on average three to five minutes to safely escape,” said Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier. “Educating young children on fire and fire related hazards is a vital part of any successful fire prevention program.”

Sonnier said as a result of cooking being the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10) is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”

The department has come up with a new contact-less curriculum that will allow them to educate students in a virtual manner:

  • A fire safety video utilizing Sparky the Fire Dog will be created on our YouTube channel.
  • The
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AMEXCAN, NC Latino COVID-19 task force working to stop the spread and educate

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – The NC Latino task force includes local and state health workers and members of community groups. Its members are looking at how to increase testing, connect people to resources, and prepare for flu season.

“Our testing numbers have been low when we’ve done community outreach,” said Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, Duplin County Health director.

Organizations across the East are joining forces in the fight against COVID-19 especially in the Latinx community.

“Even if we’re not involved, we’re willing to help you guys do whatever you need to do to get testing for the Latinx community,” said Dr. Charlene Green, American Anesthesiology of the Southeast.

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina holds weekly meetings on COVID-19 efforts across the East. Local health officials give updates on case growth and testing, and outreach events.

“We were in Orange County last Friday and it really was an amazing event.

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TRS working president KTR lauds role of Christians in health, education- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: TRS working president and IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday suggested to Social Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar to constitute a Christian Advisory Committee in the State. Participating in a meeting with Christian elders here on Friday, Rama Rao lauded the role of Christians in the development of the country and the State. “I too was born in a Missionary hospital. I have studied in Missionary schools,” Rama Rao said. He added that no one could deny the role Missionaries had played in education and health sectors.

“Missionary hospitals are playing a key role even during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the IT Minister said.
Rama Rao emphasised that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was a secularist. “KCR proudly announces that he was born a Hindu. At the same time, KCR always treats all other religions equally,” Rama Rao said. He said that the State government was

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