Salter Students Get Career Advice from Nation’s Leading Career Readiness Expert

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12/22/2014 (press release: ascutta) // Malden, MA, USA // Gary Camp, CEO gcamp@pegschools.com

Several campuses of The Salter School recently hosted Rick Sears, one of the nation’s leading career-readiness experts. Sears met with students to help them prepare for entering the job market after they complete their career training programs.

Sears is the president and CEO of Career Masters International. He’s known as a pioneer in the field of career readiness and has worked with hundreds of well-known companies and colleges. Sears stated that visiting The Salter School, which specializes in career-focused education, was an exciting and unusual experience for him. “I usually speak at four-year colleges or big corporations,” said Sears. “It’s extremely rare for a career-focused school to bring in someone like me.

“You can tell that the morale of students at Salter is high,” Sears added. “The students recognize that the school is bending over backwards for them by having these kinds of targeted career-readiness sessions. Within the first few minutes of each session, students were fully engaged.”

During the sessions at the Fall River, Malden and New Bedford campuses in Massachusetts, Sears showed students how to write an effective resume. “Students worry when I tell them that the first place the hiring manager’s eyes are going to go is their current title,” said Sears. “Then I reminded the Salter students that by the time they graduate, their most-recent position will be their professional externship.” Salter students were also given a primer on how to prepare for an interview, and how to put their best foot forward during the meeting.

“Rick’s visit brought a great synergy to the school,” said New Bedford Campus Director Foyann Plohr. “He was very welcoming to the students. He also met with the faculty and it was a very productive and positive experience. We hope to continue to work with him in the future.”

“Opportunities are everywhere,” Sears stated. “To stay competitive, sometimes you have to think outside the box.

The Salter School is operated by Premier Education Group (PEG). PEG is a privately owned career-training organization with over 30 campuses throughout the United States. Through the combination of professional faculty, support services, and well equipped facilities, PEG is committed to providing students with the necessary skills and attitudes to secure employment in their field of training.

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Technology Provides Fast-Track to Core AODA Compliance in time for Deadline

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12/22/2014 (press release: AccessibleJACK) // Keswick, ON, Canada // Trish Robichaud

The AODA is The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. And JACK™ is the cutting edge, cloud-based solution created by award winning disability expert Trish Robichaud and her technology team.  

This first-of-its-kind toolset empowers organizations to streamline compliance and reduce their risk of heavy financial penalties for non-compliance, while they engage the rapidly growing market of people with disabilities.

Built to automate core business practices that include accessible customer service policy provision, staff training, employment intake, written communications, customer feedback process, and more, “JACK™ saves precious time and valuable manpower because it’s automated, leaving staff free to run the rest of the business” says Robichaud.

Sounds like an easy, affordable solution, with monthly fees geared to the size of the organization & complimentary demos and additional information available on the site at  AccessibleJACK.com.

JACK™ is truly a powerhouse, created under the guiding eye of well known advocate Trish Robichaud, who for the past ten years, has been coaching entrepreneurs with disabilities while providing corporate training & consulting to organizations looking to achieve compliance with the AODA.

This outside-the-box service couldn’t have come at a better time.  Many Ontario businesses are required to file an online compliance report by the end of this month, Dec 2014, with potential fines for non-compliance far from small. Looks like JACK™ just might be the smartest solution to AODA compliance that we’ve seen yet!  

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MMCO Auto Readies for a Year of Openings and Expansions

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12/19/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // PHILADELPHIA // MMCO Auto

For the MMCO Auto family of Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen dealerships and service centers in Greater Philadelphia, 2015 will be a momentous year filled with new state-of-the-art facilities and expansions developed by Gardner/Fox Associates, Inc. Driven by rapid auto sales and a desire to meet that demand with fast and thorough service, MMCO Auto is investing more than $30 million to bring major changes to Audi Wynnewood, Audi Reading, Volkswagen Reading, Porsche Conshohocken and Audi Conshohocken, which will soon be replaced by Audi West Chester.

Ground has already been broken at 1412 Wilmington Pike in West Chester, Pa., where the new state-of-the art Audi West Chester dealership will open next fall as a larger replacement for Audi Conshohocken. To continue to serve existing customers of Audi Conshohocken, MMCO Auto is constructing a new Audi service center that will open in the same timeframe across the street at 1223 W Ridge Pike in Conshohocken, Pa. Leveraging the same space-efficient architecture as Audi West Chester, Audi Wynnewood will also be launching a new showroom and service facility by or around December 2015, while its existing building will be renovated to accommodate more service requests next door.

“Audi has set 47 straight monthly sales records and it has already reached record annual sales in 2014, so we’re expanding our Audi dealerships to make sure they always have a great selection of vehicles and a quick service turn-around amid that high demand,” said Keith Shaw, Corporate General Manager, MMCO Auto. “Regardless of how sales are trending nationally, though, we want the performance at our facilities to always be a bright spot for our customers, and that’s a significant reason why we’re making a big investment across all our stores. We want to be able to better serve our customers in the Philadelphia area.”

Sharing their location at 2746 Bernville Rd. in Leesport, Pa., both Audi Reading and Volkswagen Reading are benefiting from MMCO Auto’s recent investment as well. This spring, Audi Reading will move all of its sales and service consulting to a new showroom next door that features a climate-controlled service drive for customers. On the other hand, Volkswagen Reading recently received an open-concept renovation that brought an all-new waiting area, an expanded parts-and-accessories boutique, and a single streamlined area for reception, cashiering and vehicle pickup.

Once Audi Conshohocken is vacated as part of the move to Audi West Chester next fall, MMCO Auto will also begin an expansion of Porsche Conshohocken, utilizing the extra land to increase capacity and create a better experience for customers. Demand for Porsche vehicles remains at an all-time high in the United States, with the luxury auto brand’s year-to-date sales rising by 12 percent through November compared to the same period in its record-setting 2013.

About MMCO Auto:

Serving Greater Philadelphia drivers with premium vehicle sales that are backed by the very best in service and maintenance, the MMCO Auto family of dealerships is connected by an unmatched focus on the customer. The auto group carries the latest models of the renowned German brands Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen while offering high-quality pre-owned vehicles and repairs. Current MMCO Auto stores include Audi Conshohocken, Audi Reading, Audi Wynnewood, Volkswagen Reading, Porsche Conshohocken, MMCO Auto Body, and The Warehouse pre-owned vehicle sales in Conshohocken, Leesport and Wynnewood, Pa. They can be found online at www.mmcoauto.com.

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Nissan 370Z Graces AutoGuide’s Top 10 Performance Cars Under $30,000

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12/19/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // MILWAUKEE // Rosen Nissan Milwaukee

There is often a perception that drivers need to refinance their homes to be able to afford a sporty and satisfying ride, but AutoGuide.com recently debunked that myth with its list of the Top 10 Performance Cars Under $30,000. Among the auto-news site’s affordable performers was the Nissan 370Z Coupe, which was recognized for its responsive 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine as well as its range of amenities and upscale touches.

The 370Z Coupe’s powerplant is paired to a standard six-speed close-ratio manual transmission that provides smooth shifting, while a low center of gravity and a wide stance ensure crisp cornering. Donning automatic on-off HID bi-functional xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, Nissan’s sports car has the sleek looks to match its nimble performance. Inside the driver-focused cabin, buyers are treated to standard Bluetooth connectivity, Automatic Temperature Control, two 12-volt DC power outlets, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat and a Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start.

“Buyers of the Nissan 370Z Coupe get the style, performance and amenities of a sports car that costs thousands of dollars more,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Rosen Nissan Milwaukee, a Wisconsin Nissan dealership. “There are other affordable sports cars on the market, but none that can fully harness V6 performance through their transmission and chassis like the 370Z Coupe can.”

That unique mix of capabilities was on full display earlier this month in the United Arab Emirates, where a pair of Nissan 370Zs set a Guinness World Records title for the longest non-stop twin vehicle drifting. Performing at the Nissan 370Z Drift Experience in Dubai, the two Nissan Z cars drifted side by side on a track for 28.52 kilometers, or 17.7 miles. Amateur drivers were also able to test out their drifting skills in a safe environment at the event with the help of the Prodrift Academy.

About Rosen Nissan Milwaukee:
Part of the Rosen Motors Group, Rosen Nissan Milwaukee is home to a personable and experienced sales staff that is dedicated to finding each customer’s ideal new, used or certified pre-owned Nissan. Wisconsin Nissan drivers can also depend on the dealership’s factory-trained technicians to keep their vehicle running smoothly, whether they need scheduled maintenance or a serious repair. View Rosen Nissan’s entire inventory online at http://www.rosennissan.com or call 414-239-9306 to schedule a test-drive from their location at 5505 South 27th St. in Milwaukee.

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J.D. Power: Volkswagen Drivers Are Most Satisfied with Their Financing

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12/19/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // BALTIMORE // Russel Volkswagen

Owning or leasing a vehicle can entail several hours of maintenance and repairs at the dealership each year, leaving drivers with little patience for any difficulties when it comes to the financing process. That doesn’t appear to be an issue for drivers seeking Volkswagen financing, however, as the auto brand’s captive-finance division topped its mass-market competitors in the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study.

Surveying 20,670 purchasers or lessees of new and used vehicles from the 2010 to 2014 model years, J.D. Power examined four factors of financing or leasing through an auto-finance provider, including the on-boarding interaction, billing and payment process, phone contact and website experience. That feedback was then quantified for each auto brand’s captive-finance arm based on a 1,000-point scale, with Volkswagen Credit leading all mass-market brands with 836 points.

“We always go the extra mile for our customers to get them the financing they need, but working with a highly competent partner like Volkswagen Credit makes that much easier to accomplish,” said Dan Coy, general sales manager of Russel Volkswagen, a Volkswagen dealer in Baltimore. “The most time-intensive part of the sales process should be working with the customer to find their ideal vehicle, and thanks to Volkswagen Credit’s efficient guidelines, we’re able to quickly walk our customers through a loan or lease once they’ve picked out their new VW.”

In addition to that streamlined financing process at Volkswagen dealerships, executives at Volkswagen Credit recently told Automotive News that in the past two years the company has revamped its customer invoices and refocused its main website around the features that desktop users seek the most. The quality of interaction has also improved with the creation of separate customer-service teams for the Volkswagen and Audi brands, as well as an extended range of on- and off-line contact channels.

About Russel Volkswagen:

Committed to building lasting relationships with Volkswagen customers in the Baltimore area one family at a time, Russel Volkswagen backs up its wide inventory of new and used VW vehicles with a no-hassle buying environment. Their team of factory-trained technicians, parts experts and knowledgeable sales professionals goes the distance to ensure every customer experience is a positive one. Visit their Baltimore, Maryland Volkswagen dealership at 6624 Baltimore National Pike for a test drive, or browse their inventory online at http://www.russelvw.com. They can also be reached by phone at 866-540-5268.

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HM King Mohammed VI Offers Condolences Over Pakistan School Attack

12/19/2014 (press release: media1press) // Morocco

HM King Mohammed VI has sent a message of condolences to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain over the Peshawar school attack.

In his message, the Moroccan monarch offered his most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to President Mamnoon Hussain, the bereaved families and the Pakistani people.

“I wish the injured a speedy recovery and pray that Almighty God accept the victims of this horrendous act in His vast paradise and comfort their relatives,” the sovereign said.

“I was appalled and deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar which caused a large number of casualties, most of them innocent children,” added the king.

HM King Mohammed VI also underlined that the Kingdom “strongly condemns this barbaric criminal act which was perpetrated against children inside their school,” expressing his full solidarity with the Pakistani people in these testing circumstances.

“In my capacity as Commander of the Faithful, and in keeping with my responsibilities at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, I strongly condemn all forms of terrorism, which is totally incompatible with our pristine Islamic faith, the revealed religions and human principles and democratic values which make the right to life the foremost human right on earth,” the king added.

As many as 141 people, nearly all of them school children, were massacred on Tuesday when heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed a Pakistan army-run school in Peshawar, firing indiscriminately, leaving another 130 injured.

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Salter School Releases its Holiday Giving Program

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12/18/2014 (press release: ascutta) // New Bedford, MA, USA // FoyAnn Plohr

In recognition of this season of giving, the Salter School is pleased to announce its holiday giving program. This year’s program will feature a number of community service projects, donation drives, and children’s projects.

The New Bedford campus is proud to host a Toys for Tots drive, and encourages students and staff to donate new, unwrapped toys by December 18. The campus is also supporting a women’s shelter in New Bedford by holding “dress down” days every Thursday in December, in which students may dress down if they bring in a donation for the shelter.

In Fall River, the campus’s toy drive and clothing drive are benefitting Catholic Social Services, which reaches out to those in need with supplies and social services. The campus is also hosting a children’s holiday party. Salter students who have young children may bring them to the party, where they can participate in arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa.

The Tewksbury campus is partnering with the Burlington Coat Factory to run a coat drive this winter. In addition, the student council organized a collection to provide care packages to servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas during the holidays. Packages were shipped in November, and the service members should receive them in time for the holidays.

“Contributing to a coat drive, care package, or other community activity is a great way to give back during the holiday season, and to help those in need,” says Jennifer McLatchy, director of admissions at the Tewksbury campus. “We are proud of our students for participating in these activities, and for being so generous.”

The Salter School has a long history of integrating community-minded activities with its core career training programs. With four campuses located across Massachusetts, the school provides career-focused training to help prepare students for careers as professional medical assistants, health claims specialists, pharmacy technicians, and massage therapists. To learn more about the Salter School, visit www.salterschool.com.

The Salter School is operated by Premier Education Group (PEG). PEG is a privately owned career-training organization with over 29 campuses throughout the United States. Through the combination of professional faculty, support services, and well equipped facilities, PEG is committed to providing students with the necessary skills and attitudes to secure employment in their field of training. To learn more about PEG, visit http://ift.tt/1ry9DEQ.

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Morocco hosts the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in Marrakech

12/17/2014 (press release: media1press) // Morocco

Morocco hosted in Marrakech the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) on December 15 and 16th, 2014. The meeting, co-chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands, brought together senior officials and experts from forty countries as well as international and regional organizations.
The GCTF was launched in 2011 to provide a venue for national counterterrorism officials and practitioners to meet their counterparts in different regions to share experiences, expertise, strategies and capacity building programmes.
Speaking at the opening of the inaugural meeting, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nacer Bourita recalled Morocco’s efforts to address the scourge of terrorism through a comprehensive and pragmatic national strategy. He added that such a strategy carries His Majesty King Mohammed VI instructions for a realistic approach based on three pillars of good security and governance, adapting the legal framework for the development of the phenomenon of terrorism, treatment of social insecurity through sustainable human development, in addition to ongoing efforts to preserve the identity and authentic religious and cultural values.
For its part, the special envoy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Ambassador Piet de Klerk, stressed the importance and timeliness of the theme of this working group considering the worrisome growth of the phenomenon of foreign fighters terrorists and its tans-border nature that requires effective international cooperation.
Established by the Foreign Ministers of the Member States September 22, 2011 in New York, the GCTF is also  a unique platform for policy makers and experts from key partner states in different parts of the world to share ideas and best practices to block the road to religious extremism and international terrorism that threaten the member countries.
Besides Morocco, GCTF includes among its 30 members, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Canada, Spain, Australia, India, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand.
Aware of this persistent and critical issue, Morocco and the Netherlands launched in September 2013, an initiative under the auspices of GCTF to tackle the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. This initiative aims to bring together practitioners and policy makers from a range of countries and in various disciplines to share lessons learned, good practices developed and the difficulties encountered in responding to this threat in all its forms.
The good practices contained in the memorandum Hague-Marrakech from this initiative, intended to inform and guide governments as they develop policies, programs and procedures to address the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. These good practices can also be used to define technical bilateral or multilateral aid or other assistance for capacity building provided in this area.
This memorandum presents a set of best practices to address the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters into four categories: radicalization leading to violent extremism, recruitment and facilitation, travel and combat, and return and reintegration.

 

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Thai Soldiers To Help Citizen From Cold And Drought

12/16/2014 (press release: JaturontThan) // Bangkok, Thailand

The Royal Thai Army Chief Udomdech Sitabuth is concerned for the people that are coping with local disasters .The Royal Thai Army Chief ordered the local army ’s soldiers  to give continuous care  to the people. And he ordered the soldiers to coordinate with all departments to protect people from and mitigate disasters, according to the Royal Thai Army deputy spokesman Sirichan Ngathong.

At the moment, there are some provinces where people are suffering from the cold and drought. For example, the drought has been declared in three provinces including Nakhon Ratchasima and three provinces have been declared winter disaster areas, including Chiang Mai, Loei and Mae Hong Son.

The relief army has been sent to these areas to help the people by distributing 132,000 liters of water for consumption, blankets, 15,000 sweaters and 3,100 parcels to people in remote and hard to reach areas to alleviate the suffering of the public.

In addition, The Royal Thai Army Chief discussed that he had ordered the military to provide security to the public in all areas over the New Year. To be prepared, apart from maintaining public order, medical treatments and drinking water are provided outside the barracks.

There will be discussions with the police to plan ahead for this, while the army will be ready to provide military aid to rescue people when needed.

By Kittima Chanwattanasil

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Royal Thai Taskforce Opened The Royal Dam At Bu Saw Village

12/16/2014 (press release: JaturontThan) // Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment of Royal Thai Taskforce, Colonel Songyos Thongkon, presided over the opening of the Royal dam, which was constructed in honor of the King’s 87th Birthday Anniversary celebrations on the 5th December 2014 for the Royal forest restoration project at Bu Saw Village, Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai located at the Thai-Myanmar border area. This Royal dam is used here to block the Creek flow area to reduce the chance of floods, which will prevent future flash floods and create a water source for the community.

Furthermore, a project has started to check the Royal dams, of which the first check was completed on the 25 Nov 2014 and which with a push should be completed by the middle of next year . This project has been driven by the commanding general of the 3rd Royal Thai Cavalry Regiment Taskforce Yongyuth Lhaoketgarn before the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of Royal Thai Taskforce will take this responsibility over.

The Commanding General of the 2nd Royal Thai Cavalry Regiment Taskforce said, the benefits of checking the dams are to reduce leaching and soil erosion, although it first needs to reduce the severity of the creek flows. It then adds moisture and expands to a wider area either side of the creek. As a result sediment retention will make the lower river shallower and slow it down in turn creating more biodiversity. In addition it will become a source of raw materials and public water supply to the wildlife in the area. Another important effect is that it reduces the severity of forest fires in the dry season.

The dam has been constructed with a combination of concrete objects and natural materials such as bamboo, stone,. The area was sanded by the military and agencies in the area have joined the people working in the construction of the dam, as it creates capital. The parties will have enormous benefits, which will be durable and the costs won’t be high.

By Kittima Chanwattanasil

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