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Athena Software Annual Scholarship Awarded to Wilfrid Laurier University Social Work Student


Waterloo, ON (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

Athena Software (http://athenasoftware.net) is happy to announce another worthy recipient of its Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship, an award given to students each year in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU).

This year, the scholarship was awarded to Margaret Ngaling, a student whose academic success made her an ideal candidate for the $ 2,000 award, said Dr. Nick Coady, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at WLU.

“The Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship was established by Athena Software in 2008 to honour the contributions to the well-being of families by Bernard Porlier, the former longstanding executive director of K-W Counselling Services,” he said.

“This is one of the major awards available to our MSW students annually and it is extremely important as a much-needed source of financial support for our students. This years recipient, Margaret Ngaling, embodies very well the type of student for whom this award was intended. Margaret had very strong academic achievement in the MSW program and in her field placements, one of which was at K-W Counselling Services, where she worked tirelessly and effectively to provide support to families experiencing a wide range of social problems.

“The Faculty of Social Work thanks Athena Software for their ongoing, generous support of this important award and congratulates Margaret Ngaling as a very deserving recipient of this years award.”

Margaret immigrated to Canada from Cameroon in 2010 with a master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies, and was soon drawn toward the social work field.

“When I arrived in Canada, as a new immigrant, my experiences and credentials were not recognized in the Canadian job market. As a result, my prior experiences and strong passion for working with the underprivileged and vulnerable population drew me to social work,” she said.

The chance to gain experience in the field as part of her studies at WLU was important, Margaret said.

“My experience in the social work program was great. I had the opportunity to do some intensive course work, which was complemented by two field placements. My field placements at K-W Counselling Services and the Specialized Mental Health Unit of the Grand River Hospital, gave me the chance to practise what I had studied in class. There were other tremendous learning opportunities like the organization of seminars and workshops at the Faculty of Social Work, which greatly expanded students knowledgebase,” she said.

Margaret said being named this year’s recipient of the Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship is, in part, a validation of her career choice and her commitment to the community.

“Receiving the Bernard Porlier award is indicative of the fact that my decision to study social work was the right one. It has also reinforced my responsibility to give my best to the community,” she said.

“I have a strong passion for working with the underprivileged and vulnerable populations. As a result, the social program has honed my skills and greatly equipped me with the necessary tools to work with this population in different dimensions.”

The Bernard Porlier Social Work Scholarship is eligible to students in the two-year full-time or four-year part-time MSW program at WLU, and was established by Athena Software in 2008.

“We are delighted and honoured to be able to reward the great work of students like Margaret in the MSW program at Laurier each year,” said Diane Stanley-Horn, partner at Athena Software. “It is a real pleasure for us to contribute to a student’s education while also celebrating their academic achievement.”

Applications Now Open: NCWIT Award Recognizes Technical Accomplishments of High School Women


Boulder, CO (PRWEB) September 23, 2014

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing is now accepting applications a competition open to any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations. The multi-tiered award includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. Each award recipient receives recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer community of technical young women, and various other prizes computing resources, gadgets, sponsor swag, engraved awards and certificates, and more. Additionally, National Award recipients receive:

$ 500 cash
a laptop computer
a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 7, 2015
an engraved award for both the student and her school
networking opportunities with Bank of America employees

Students can apply online at http://www.bit.ly/AiCHSAward through November 2, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

This award is a huge stepping stone, said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. The recognition and visibility that these young women receive lead to educational and workforce opportunities in technology, encouraging them to persist in one of the fastest-growing and most stable fields. We are excited to support these young women as they continue on their paths to success.

The award has encouraged and impacted thousands of young women since its inception in 2007, widening the talent pool and closing the gender gap in computing, a critical 21st century skill. Through the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program, more than 13,000 young women have self-identified as interested in computing and technology, and 83% of participants now in college report a major or minor in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.

Research has validated that encouragement is one of the most important factors in helping girls pursue computer science, which is why Microsoft is pleased to support the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award,” said Microsoft Research Principal Research Director Rane Johnson-Stempson.

Encouragement is a driving factor in how likely female students are to complete a computing major/minor and to choose a computing career more important than young womens confidence in and perceptions of their ability. Find related research at http://www.ncwit.org/thefactsgirls.

We understand the value that women bring to the field of technology, said Bank of America Shared Service Operations Executive Denise Menelly. We are so honored to be part of this award to recognize the hard work, talent, and commitment of these young women and to encourage them to continue their growth and knowledge of the technology sector.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a component of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program a sweeping national talent development initiative for young women in computing and information technology, from 5th grade through graduate school. In addition to Bank of America and Microsoft, the Aspirations program is supported nationally by AT&T, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. Find out more at http://www.aspirations.org.

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 575 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase womens participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.

NCWIT receives significant financial support from Strategic Partners NSF, Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, and Intel, as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, Merck, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., AT&T, Bloomberg, and Hewlett-Packard. View all of NCWITs supporters at http://www.ncwit.org/about/supporters.

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About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small businesses, middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 49 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,000 retail banking offices and approximately 16,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users and more than 15 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

About Microsoft

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More Partners For Community Development Initiative Press Releases

Starting Endangered Species Day, May 17, 2013, a Tiger Journal.com will Feature a Three Part Interview with Jean-Christophe Vi


Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 15, 2013

Starting Endangered Species Day, May 17, 2013, a Tiger Journal will feature part one, of a three part, 4,000 word interview, with Jean-Christophe Vi

$3.5M gift to develop environmental leaders

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Pro-Lucas museum group forms to oppose open-space advocates
The group will be led by Kurt Summers Jr., an executive at investment firm Grosvenor Capital Management; Susana Vasquez, executive director of the Local Initiative Support Corp., or LISC; and Richard Lariviere, chief executive of The Field Museum …
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MSA Unveils New Website for Investors
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Ensuring Public Safety by Regulating Pharmaceutical Practices


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Regulatory Affairs-2014 intends to schedule the latest and innovative topics like API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients), scheduled drugs, over the counter drugs, subsequent process validation, audit process and inspection, common technical document, NDA (New Drug Application) and ANDA (Abbreviated New Drug Application) providing up-to-date and in-depth information on the present scenario with the pharmacy regulatory world.

International Pharma Conference on Regulatory Affairs-2014 is going to be exceptional with scientific programs like keynote presentations, session-wise talks, poster presentations, workshops, exhibitions and symposia on contemporary pharmaceutical design controls which would lead for further advancements and technological innovations in the regulatory affairs industry.

Foopelo Jackson from Community Green Farming, Cameroon will organize an exhibition during the session.

Supporting/ Media Partners for Regulatory Affairs-2014 includes: Pharma marketing news, Astra Nova Training, Medtube, Technology Networks scientific communities, Bio- equip and Bentham sciences are participating in Regulatory Affairs-2014 as media partners and collaborators.

People from companies and business profiles attending this scientific meeting includes David Hawley, Director, IS Compliance and Validation, North America; Najy Alsayed, CEO, 3E Pharma Consultancy, Switzerland;Neeranard Jinachai, Director of Regulatory Affairs of LOreal (Thailand) Ltd; Michael Drues, President of Vascular Sciences, USA; Vladimir V Popov, CEO & Medical Director of

Military, Boko Haram And The Security Puzzle Before Jonathan

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How the Sharing Economy is Strengthening Emergency Response and Recovery

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Acceleprise, the enterprise accelerator, comes to San Francisco (exclusive)
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Partners For Education at Berea College Selects WIN Career Readiness System to Prepare Appalachian Kentucky Students for Life After High School


Kingston, TN (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

Committed to improving educational outcomes for Appalachian Kentucky students and putting them on the path to success after high school, administrators of Partners for Education at Berea College have chosen the WIN Career Readiness System as its digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation. The award-winning, web-based solution from WIN Learning provides a comprehensive career exploration and planning system, college readiness assessments, and career readiness foundational academic and employability skills support.

Many of our students come from generational poverty and they need encouragement and guidance as they aspire to career opportunities after high school, and develop a vision for attending a college or university, said Dreama Gentry, J.D., executive director of Partners for Education. We believe that to break this cycle of poverty, each student in rural Eastern Kentucky should engage in a strong academic and workforce preparation program. With the WIN Career Readiness System, we provide students the tools to transform their futures.

The implementation of the WIN Career Readiness System is being made possible through two, seven-year (2011-2018) GEAR UP grants that Berea College was awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Berea College received its first GEAR UP grant in 1999 in partnership with Rockcastle County Schools. In 2005, Berea was again awarded a GEAR UP grant, this time expanding its work to include students from Estill, Jackson, Lee, and Madison counties. The 2011 GEAR UP grant follows a cohort of students from 6th grade to their freshman year in college and emphasizes academic success, career preparation, and building a college-going culture in schools.

Berea College has a long history of community involvement in the Appalachian region, and the Partners for Education program is perhaps one of its most outstanding examples yet, said Joseph Goins, executive vice president at WIN Learning. By helping students who would otherwise have little to no hope for success in college or a career, Berea is helping entire communities increase their chances for growth and economic success.

Students from the participating schools will be introduced to the WIN Learning systems four modules, including myStrategic Compass. This component offers a personalized career-planning tool for each learner based on skill, work and career interest, and then provides a framework for the education and path to succeed, including: a class planning tool that maps required high school classes based on career interests; college and degree program profiles to support post-secondary education planning; and a searchable national scholarship and grant database.

Students also have access to the WIN College Readiness Courseware (CRC+), a digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading and Writing/English. CRC+ includes five learning modules that provide students with practice and enable them to apply concepts commonly addressed in college placement exams. They will also work with the WIN Career Readiness Courseware, which reinforces the relevance between foundational skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. Additionally, learners have access to updated embedded placement test and post-test assessment items that are aligned with state and national career readiness standards.

The teachers have commented that they appreciate WINs instructional content and assessments because they are aligned to the ACT WorkKeys

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2010 End of Year Message from the CEO and Founder of PCDI-Cameroon

Dear People of Goodwill,

Thanks for all your effort to keep the spirit of community development alive. There is nothing more important to humanity other than saving lives. Your continuous support is deeply appreciated.

As you might have noticed, PCDI has suffered a series of crisis in the past year. These crises range from poor management to staff malpractices. We have had difficult times with the Staff, BOD, Volunteers and projects implementations. However, PCDI was founded with the community in mind and shall continue to work for the empowerment of communities.

My deep thanks go to those who stood by us during our crisis. Our approach to management might have not been the best, but we thank you for your corrective action.
PCDI is willing to welcome any suggestions that will improve our operational standards.

We are proud to inform the international community that our mentor and volunteer Ms. Tamara Palamakumbura greatly motivated who we are today. Our international connections and overall success is thanks to Ms. Tamara. PCDI is your baby and we wish to continue working with you.

To all partner organizations, especially the AIA Club of the American University in Dubai, we say thank you for spreading the spirit of community development. You determination and involvement in the fight to alleviate poverty in Cameroon is highly lauded. Thank you for the school construction in Bambalang-Ndop.

For 2011, PCDI intends to carry out a series of project in partnership with other organizations. We are happy to announce our new partnership with the community oriented NGO (CIG) the Kencholia International Foundation (http://www.kencholiafoundation.com/). United we stand for greater achievement.

Finally, with effect from January 1st, 2011, PCDI’s head office shall be moved to the United States of America. PCDI International, a 501c registered organization, will take over PCDI-Cameroon. The Cameroon office shall henceforth be an execution office for all PCDI-International projects in Cameroon. This strategy is aimed at standardizing operations and monitoring. Contact our website http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org/p/contact.html for office location.

Accept seasonal greetings from the Staff and Management of PCDI.
Happy New Year 2011. 

Francis K. Chenyi
Founder and CEO PCDI-Cameroon

Thursday

PCDI CAMEROON
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN CAMEROON: THE COMPLICATIONS

“Many developing countries remain poor largely because they had let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution”. M. S. Swaminatham (ICT for Poverty Reduction: Myths, Realities and Development Implications)

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the modern day driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation. PCDI embraces this principle and works at bridging the digital divide in the rural communities of Cameroon through a multi-pronged approach. Firstly through IT training.

PCDI runs a school where software and hardware courses, and full time and part time courses are run. In fitting with PCDI’s objectives, places at the school are offered at no cost to vulnerable women and children. During our last graduation, we were proud to graduate one of these students and we will continue to offer her the necessary support so as to allow her to develop herself.

Secondly through offering internet access (PCDI is the only provider of such services in the division of 13 villagers).

However the reality is much more complex than these text book solutions suggest.

The proclaimed revolution in Mobile Phones technology is indeed being felt in Cameroon. It is rare for an individual to not have a phone. But it is equally rare for the normal populace to be able to afford to make a call. The phones are sold on a pay-as-you-go basis and people cannot afford to purchase the credit. So communication is via a system of “beeps”, whereby one person calls another but before the receiver can pick up the phone, the caller has hung up. This is a message to the second person that the first person wishes to communicate and if the second person has credit they should call back. Normally they do not have credit to return the call.


The Computer Revolution: Struggling For Survival in Rural Cameroon
Tamara Palamakumbura
Partners for Community Development Initiative (PCDI), Cameroon

ABSTRACT
PCDI (http://www.pcdi-cameroon.org) is a local CIG (NGO) based in rural Cameroon. This article discusses our efforts to "bridge the digital divide" and the reality behind the technological revolution. We face a battle on two fronts. Firstly, chronic poverty. For most of the population technology and its benefits is a luxury commodity. The necessities are foods and medicines and in a time of rising food prices, the luxuries must be cut down. We offer the only internet access in the entire division of 13 villagers and yet we face a daily battle to survive. The continuation of the internet services is by no means certain. Secondly, computer illiteracy. Much of the community has not and cannot use a computer. Yet when we offer free internet training, they refuse.

INTRODUCTION
"Many developing countries remain poor largely because they had let the Industrial Revolution pass them by. They can ill afford to miss the information technology revolution".  M. S. Swaminatham (ICT for Poverty Reduction: Myths, Realities and Development Implications)
Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the modern day driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation. PCDI embraces this principle and works at bridging the digital divide in the rural communities of Cameroon through a multi-pronged approach. Firstly through IT training. 
PCDI runs a school where software and hardware courses, and full time and part time courses are run. In fitting with PCDI's objectives, places at the school are offered at no cost to vulnerable women and children.  During our last graduation, we were proud to graduate one of these students and we will continue to offer her the necessary support so as to allow her to develop herself.
Secondly through offering internet access (PCDI is the only provider of such services in the division of 13 villagers).
However the reality is much more complex than these text book solutions suggest.
The proclaimed revolution in Mobile Phones technology is indeed being felt in Cameroon. It is rare for an individual to not have a phone. But it is equally rare for the normal populace to be able to afford to make a call. The phones are sold on a pay-as-you-go basis and people cannot afford to purchase the credit. So communication is via a system of "beeps", whereby one person calls another but before the receiver can pick up the phone, the caller has hung up. This is a message to the second person that the first person wishes to communicate and if the second person has credit they should call back. Normally they do not have credit to return the call.
Despite these obstacles the transformation caused by the introduction telecommunication is obvious, even to the casual observer. The computing revolution in contrast, has been much slower to take root. Before PCDI there was another internet café in the village. But the enterprise has long since shut its doors. This is PCDI's second attempt to provide internet services to the village and now we face a daily battle to survive. The future of our internet café is by no means certain.

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