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9th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Adds Additional Prizes for Pandemic-Friendly Participation in Both USA and Canada for 2022

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Cursive is Cool® contest will be held as usual this year after encouragement from teachers, parents, and students, announced the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation today, despite some schools in the USA and Canada operating remotely, or using a hybrid model with in-person learning. In person education is on again, off again, hit or miss these days. Yet, Cursive is Cool Contest is reliable.

Modifications this year allow more students to participate who might not have teacher support as in the past.

Students are encouraged to enter early. A Random Drawing will be held this year at the conclusion of the contest. Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and a prize for the most Creative content. Those winners' handwriting will be reviewed for legibility and neatness. One of each prize per grades 1 through 8 will be awarded.

"Every year our judges look forward to reading entries because kids' points of view are not only entertaining but also often enlightening," remarked Lauren Mooney Bear, Campaign for Cursive Chair.

The annual cursive contest has many supporters. In Canada they include Laywine's and Zebra Pen (Canada). A new supporter last year is Blind Pig Press.

For the USA contest, supporters continue to grow, with Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Dixon Ticonderoga, Fahrney's Pens, Itoya, Louise Borden Author, Monkey Magnets, Caran D'ache, Colombia City Ninja School, New American Cursive, PEN World, Sakura and Writing Academy. New this year are; The City of Oroville, Washington Chamber of Commerce, Double Flush Stables, a non-profit rescue in Davie FL, Clairemont Act One, C.A.O. a non-profit theatre troupe in San Diego CA, Seth Wells, Recording Artist in Seattle Washington, Monroe Pizza and Pints in Monroe Washington, I AM Frequencies in Phoenix AZ, Brooklyn's Furry Friends, B.F.F.s, dog walking service, in Brooklyn NY. People and businesses from the four corners of the US are enthusiastic about supporting the Cursive Is Cool contest.

According to Sheila Lowe, President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, "The good news from an informal survey indicates that more than half the states require at least some cursive writing training in public schools. Legislation is spending in six more. Only ten states have zero requirement to teach their students to write."

USA and Canadian contest dates are January 23 through April 8, 2022.

Learn more: https://www.campaignforcursive.com/.

For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear: CursiveIsCool@gmail.com.

"You don't have to be the best writer this year

To win a prize that will bring you cheer.

Entering is the main thing to do

To win a prize to be sent to you!"

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit organization, chartered and incorporated in California, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive®, and will graciously accept donations.

Learn more: https://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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Northeastern Regional Information Center (New York) to Offer Synergy Education Platform to Member Districts

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC), a division of Capital Region BOCES, has contracted with Edupoint® Educational Systems to offer the company's industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform to its customers. The cooperative educational organization serves 135 school districts and seven BOCES across 17 counties in New York's Capital Region and northward.

NERIC leadership began considering an addition to their menu of student data management systems after observing the trend toward consolidation in the education technology marketplace. The evaluation team used a multi-step RFP process to identify potential vendors and solutions, inviting customers to the final demos and asking them to rank each solution. The team ultimately elected to partner with Edupoint to add Synergy to NERIC's student information system offerings, taking into consideration both the customer survey results and the impression that the system made on the organization's staff.

Synergy Education Platform is a comprehensive student information and learning management ecosystem that provides the real-time performance data educators need to improve learning outcomes for students while also helping districts streamline processes, improve communication, and increase collaboration. Synergy helps districts manage student information, online registration, student learning, assessment, MTSS, special education, and analytics in one seamless platform that includes a powerful suite of native, role-based mobile apps.

"Our team and our customers were impressed with Synergy," said Jeffrey Luks, Manager of Student Services at NERIC. "Our customers especially liked the system's integration potential and ease of use for teachers, and there is interest around the larger Synergy ecosystem as well, notably the MTSS module. We're excited about the future and the partnership that we have with Edupoint on the Synergy platform."

"NERIC customers selecting Synergy as their student information system will get comprehensive functionality, the flexibility to adapt and evolve the system as their needs change, and solid integration with a diverse portfolio of third-party applications," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "We are pleased to partner with NERIC in providing powerful data management capabilities to school districts in Northeastern New York."

Learn more about Synergy® Education Platform: https://www.edupoint.com/Products/Synergy-Education-Platform

About Edupoint

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, MTSS, assessment, special education management, and analytics.

Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 states.

Learn more: https://www.edupoint.com/.

About Capital Region BOCES

The Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is the sixth largest BOCES in New York state, and delivers more than 300 educational and administrative services to its 24 component school districts. Combined, these districts educate more than 80,000 students in the Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady and Saratoga counties of New York state. In addition, Capital Region BOCES provides several services to more than 150 school districts outside of the Capital Region.

For more information, visit: https://www.capitalregionboces.org/. NERIC is a division of Capital Region BOCES.

Related link: https://www.edupoint.com/

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Edupoint Selects Kyrene School District for 6th Annual Partner for Life Award

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, is pleased to announce that Kyrene School District (KSD) has been selected as the recipient of the company's 2021 Partner for Life Award. Edupoint Founder and CEO Bob Weathers presented the award to Damian Nichols, Executive Director of Information Technology for KSD, at the 2021 Synergy Connect Users Conference last month in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kyrene School District serves a diverse population of approximately 18,000 students across 26 schools in five municipalities. The district's information technology team provides broad support for everything from classroom devices to the network and infrastructure technology they rely on, with a focus on providing the best possible services to everyone in the KSD community.

For the 2020-21 school year, Kyrene School District launched Kyrene Digital Academy, an all-online K-8 school with live instruction following the same daily bell schedule used by other schools in the district. The move presented challenges for everyone involved, requiring flexibility from parents and adaptability from students and teachers, who had to learn new ways of doing things outside of a traditional classroom setting.

"One of the first things we had to do was nail down the tools that we were going to use," said Dr. Kyle Ross, Principal at Kyrene Digital Academy. "We knew we needed to call on our existing partnerships in order to make it as seamless as possible."

"It has been a huge team effort to make sure everything went off without a hitch and learning continued," Nichols said. "Edupoint was quick to react and make sure that the tools we were using integrated together so that students didn't have to go to three or four different systems in order to attend class online. They were flexible in receiving feedback and making changes to the products we were depending on. Because of that partnership, we really set students and staff up for success."

"Kyrene joined the Edupoint family as one of our first client districts in 2005," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO at Edupoint. "Following their initial success with Synergy SIS, the district has embraced one new module after another and now runs the full Synergy ecosystem, enjoying the many user-experience and data-flow benefits it provides. All along the way Kyrene has been an enthusiastic partner, continually providing us with invaluable feedback that has helped make the Synergy platform better for every user. I am thrilled to recognize Kyrene School District as this year's Partner for Life Award recipient."

Edupoint has awarded $10,000 to Kyrene School District to be granted as a student scholarship.

About Edupoint

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, MTSS, assessment, special education management, and analytics. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 states.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/

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Record Sponsor and Fellow-Young Surgeon Turnout Recorded for 11th Annual Spine IEP Course

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Magnifi Group, Inc., a developer of e-learning technology for the medical device industry, reported a record turnout of medical device and biotech companies at its 11th Annual Spine IEP Fellows & Young Surgeons' Course (Spine Interactive Educational Program). The course was held November 19-21, 2021 at The US Grant Hotel in San Diego.

Spine Fellows and Young Surgeons from top spine centers and hospitals across the US attended the 21/2 day course. The Spine IEP has been specifically developed to educate spine and neurosurgery Fellows and Young Surgeons on current topics related to the practice of spine and neurosurgery, as well as to assist attendees with the transition from academics to practicing surgeon.

The format for the course is highly interactive. All topics concluded with question/answer sessions and panel discussions. Fellows and Young Surgeons also took part in didactic sessions with each course sponsor and attended one of four cadaver labs.

Laura McClain, Course Coordinator, said the 11th annual course represented the largest gathering of practicing Spine Fellows and Young Surgeons for an educational event of this kind. "This interactive course allows Fellows and Young Surgeons to get hands-on experience, coupled with exposure to the latest technologies and case studies presented by leading faculty," McClain said.

The Spine IEP Fellows & Young Surgeons' Course is led by Dr. Frank Phillips, Director, Division of Spine Surgery, Section Head, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and Fellowship Co-Director, Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.

According to Magnifi data, an average of 70-80 spine Fellows enters the US market each year as practicing spine surgeons. Of these, 48-50 Fellows are expected to attend the 12th annual course in Austin Texas, November 18-20, 2022.

Magnifi Group, Inc. is a developer of dynamic online training solutions for leading global companies. The company is responsible for the Spine IEP Live Fellows Course; the Lower Extremity IEP Live Fellows Course and the Hip and Knee IEP Live Fellows Course.

MORE INFORMATION:

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https://www.lowerextremity-iep.com/

https://www.hipandknee-iep.com/

For Additional Information Contact:

Laura McClain: lmcclain@magnifigroup.com

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2nd Annual Synergy Achievement Awards Honor School Districts’ Pandemic Year Successes

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for student information and learning management, announced this year's Synergy Achievement Awards recipients at its Synergy Connect National Users Conference in November. Award recipients were selected for exceptional application of Synergy functionality resulting in significant benefits to district stakeholders.

The 2021 awards program received nominations from Edupoint partner districts of all sizes from coast to coast. Four districts were selected as winners to be awarded $2,500 technology grants: Clay County District Schools (FL), Coconino County Accommodation School District (AZ), Long Beach Unified School District (CA), and Tucson Unified School District (AZ).

Four additional districts were selected for honorable mention, and will receive $1,000 technology grants: Beaverton School District (OR), School District of Lancaster (PA), Rialto Unified School District (CA), and Poudre School District (CO).

"Reviewing the 2021 Synergy Achievement Awards nominations was one of the highlights of the year," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer at Edupoint. "We develop Synergy features in response to requests and feedback from our partner districts, but the creativity we see in how these features are used to handle unique situations and meet district needs is truly inspiring. It is my great pleasure to congratulate this year's award recipients for their ingenuity and commitment to excellence."

About Edupoint

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, MTSS, assessment, special education management, and analytics.

Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5 million students use Synergy in 22 states.

Learn more at: https://www.edupoint.com/.

Related link: https://www.edupoint.com/

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Seedling Welcomes New Development Director

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling Foundation, a non-profit organization providing school-based mentoring for children who have an incarcerated parent, has selected Julie Barschow as Development Director. Ms. Barschow joins Seedling with over 20 years of nonprofit management, development and marketing experience.

Spending the first six years of her career with the YMCA of Austin, Ms. Barschow helped retain and grow membership at the Y's flagship branch in downtown Austin, while also helping to grow the Partner of Youth campaign, expanding efforts to bring the Y's services to all, despite their financial circumstances. Julie then transitioned to Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin, where she spent the next decade in development and marketing, helping raise more than $1 Million per year through a variety of initiatives and events.

During her tenure, the Boys & Girls Clubs grew from serving less than 1,000 kids to more than 10,000, and from annual revenue of less than $800,000 to $7 Million. Julie assisted the organization through its largest growth period, helping build and improve systems, resulting in more contributions and community awareness across all resource development avenues. She has also run her own business, offering development and marketing consulting and services for nonprofits and small businesses.

"I was blessed to discover my love for philanthropy and civil service at the beginning of my professional career. I have done my best to be a servant leader, helping the world get a little better every day in whatever small way I can. I am grateful and honored to join the Seedling team and help advance the mission to help children overcome difficult circumstances and reach their full potential," Ms. Barschow said.

Julie holds a B.S. in Communications Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and has completed advanced leadership training under The Professional Association of Boys & Girls Clubs' award-winning leadership program. Julie is a member of and has previously served on the board for Women Communicators of Austin, and has served as both President and VP of Fundraising for the Parent Teacher Associations at her children's schools in Austin ISD and Hays Consolidated ISD.

Ms. Barschow succeeds Linda Thompson, who is retiring after 4 years as Seedling's Development Director. Ms. Thompson helped Seedling to increase mentoring services to children by growing its annual budget by over 20% during her time with Seedling.

"We feel very fortunate to have had Linda's experience and passion for the past four years and look forward to having Julie continue the excellence in development and raise needed awareness so that more children impacted by parental incarceration can have mentors and support," said Dan Leal, Seedling Executive Director.

About Seedling:

Seedling has provided school-based mentoring for over 2300 Central Texas children impacted by parental incarceration since 2005. Seedling is seeking mentors to serve children during the 2021-22 school year as schools allows mentors to return campuses. Seedling is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #74-2841791. Donations are tax deductible.

To learn more about Seedling or to become a mentor visit Seedling's website at https://seedlingmentors.org/ or call (512) 323-6371.

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Online music school Soundfly and Grammy-winning artist Kiefer team up on innovative piano course

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Award-winning pianist and producer Kiefer and online music school Soundfly have developed a comprehensive new piano course that bridges the world of jazz and hip-hop. Kiefer: Keys, Chords, and Beats is available today in Soundfly's subscription library of creative music courses and offers an in-depth look inside Kiefer's creative process, giving students the tools to transform their own piano skills.

Kiefer Shackelford (who performs as Kiefer) is part of a new vanguard of progressive musicians, pairing deep instrumental skill with an electronic sound and hip-hop beats. In 2018, Kiefer joined legendary music label Stones Throw Records, home to such hip-hop heavyweights as J Dilla, Madlib, and MF Doom, as well as Kiefer's collaborators Mndsgn, DJ Harrison, and Knxwledge. Kiefer won a Grammy(R) in 2020 for his production work on Anderson .Paak's "Ventura."

The launch of his new course comes as he wraps up a North American tour in support of his latest album, "When There's Love Around."

Kiefer: Keys, Chords, and Beats features over 40 videos of Kiefer as he walks students through his artistic and technical approach to a series of creative challenges on keyboard and piano. Students will learn how to craft sophisticated chord progressions, write and harmonize melodies, develop their improvisational skills, and bring full, piano-based tracks together with beats and electronic elements. The course features 57 lessons made up of readings, audio examples, downloads, sheet music, activities, writing prompts, and much more.

Soundfly CEO Ian Temple said of making the course, "This is the kind of course I dreamed of one day making when we were starting Soundfly. I've never encountered an instructor who has inspired my own piano playing more than Kiefer has over the time we've spent making the course. I know that this course is going to be a game-changer for both pianists and producers."

A seasoned instructor, Kiefer has taught over Twitch and through private master classes for many years, but this is the first time he's putting his approach to music making together into an overarching course. Describing his motivation for filming a course, Kiefer said, "A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that great musicians were just born different or that they have access to some sort of divine inspiration. But over the past 10 years, I've learned so much that has changed that idea for me and taught me that anything can be learned. Anything can be studied. Anything can be improved. And those are the lessons that I've put into this course."

Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/courses/kiefer-keys-chords-beats

About Soundfly

Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly's library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly's custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal. Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/

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Emotional Video Campaign Targeting Youth Hockey Associations Stresses the Importance of Coaching Their Young Goalies!

BLAINE, Minn. -- MEGA Goaltending, a company committed to teaching players and coaches the proper goaltending skills and fundamentals, has launched an emotional video ad with a plea from kids talking directly to their coaches. The campaign's goal is to make sure youth hockey associations are properly trained when it comes to coaching their young goalies.

The video features kids talking to the camera asking their coaches to "notice them." The ad depicts that if their coaches pay attention to them; they will like themselves more, have more self-confidence, be more likely to go to college, and learn what it means to be strong. None of the kids in the video are actors. They are all just normal kids who play hockey.

The campaign was the brainchild of Justin Johnson, owner and founder of MEGA Goaltending, and was shot, directed, and produced by Sam Scaman of pixelworld.tv. "Too many times, on too many teams, youth hockey association coaches don't know what to do during practice with their goalies," says Johnson who is also the Minnesota Gophers goaltending coach. "We want to make sure these kids in the net are in a position to succeed and feel good about themselves, and that begins with coaching the coaches."

See the full video here: "I am a Goalie, I am a Kid" - https://www.megagoaltending.com/products/mite-development-program/

Too many associations take the 'cross our fingers and hope method' to recruiting and developing beginner goaltenders. They simply hope by sheer numbers that enough kids will want to be a goalie while not providing them with the support or development required to keep them engaged.

For the past 11 years MEGA Goaltending has worked with a variety of hockey associations on how to build their Mite goaltending programs. This has resulted in the Mite Goalie Development Program now available for coaches and associations across the country.

The Mite Development Program is the culmination of MEGA Goaltending's experience in setting up the foundation and long-term plan for mite goalies. According to Johnson, "we set a process in how to attract kids to the position and then how to pay attention to them and their development. The result are more goalies and more kids enjoying the position."

MEGA programs have been designed to develop and refine a goaltender's skills in a challenging and purposeful environment. The dynamic coaching staff includes multiple collegiate goalie coaches. Each of them brings a unique blend of coaching and playing experience ensuring every student receives a quality training experience.

When participating in MEGA programs you can expect to learn not only the most current methods of goaltending but also give you the time and repetitions to discover which methods work best for you. In addition, MEGA coaches are passionate about developing the type of mental skills that will not only serve you well in the crease, but later in life as well.

For more information on MEGA Goaltending, you can go to their website at https://www.megagoaltending.com/.

You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/megagoaltending and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mega_goaltending/.

About Justin Johnson:

Johnson is the founder of MEGA Goaltending -- a Midwest based goalie training and resource company that works with goalies, coaches and associations of all sizes and skill levels. Johnson is also owner of Minnesota-based training and guidance companies FHIT Hockey and its prestigious programs, MAP Hockey and hybrid learning school TPH in Plymouth, MN. He has published two interactive books, a customized preparation manual for goalies titled "GameDay," and an eBook titled "The Fundamentals of Goaltending." In addition to these works, in 2012 Johnson released the world's first goalie training App titled Read and React, which challenges goalies to anticipate a player's shot placement at various speeds.

Johnson also brought plenty of college hockey experience as both a player and a coach to the Minnesota Gophers hockey team as the Men's goaltending coach for 8 seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Gophers hockey team from 2001-05. Johnson posted a 2.88 goals-against average and 22-8-3 career record during his four seasons with the Gophers. He was named to the all-tournament team at the 2003 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five after stopping 50 of 54 shots, including a career-best 36 saves in the title game victory against Colorado College. Johnson played for the Gophers' consecutive NCAA National Championship teams, including a regional championship game victory against Ferris State as a sophomore on the way to the 2003 title. He was a three-time recipient of the team's community service award.

Johnson played his prep hockey at Blaine High School where he was a two-time all-conference selection and earned honorable mention all-state accolades as a senior. Johnson helped the Bengals to the state tournament consolation game in 1999. He played one year in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars.

Following his collegiate career, Johnson graduated from Minnesota in 2005 with a major in psychology. In addition to his coaching duties, Johnson serves as USA Hockey's Minnesota District Associate Goalie Coach-in-Chief.

Johnson resides in Brooklyn Park with his wife Ashley and their three children, Payton (11) Zoey (8) and Jack (6).

Related link: https://www.megagoaltending.com/

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Adding 60 Text-to-Speech Voices, Narakeet Enables Educators To Easily Create Video Lessons in Regional Dialects

WOKING, U.K. -- Remote and virtual learning environments are putting educators under pressure to create engaging video materials, yet few teachers have the equipment or skills to record professional audio. Adding 60 new voices, Narakeet this week enabled educators to easily create video lessons and voiceovers in 40 languages and regional dialects.

NCTQ studies found that teachers spend 45 minutes on average planning lessons. Having to record audio and edit videos puts additional pressure on already busy schedules, often requiring hours of extra work per day. Neural AI text-to-speech systems, with natural sounding voices, offer a compelling alternative to recorded audio, cutting preparation time from hours to minutes. Until recently, AI voices only represented major language variants, limiting the effectiveness of this approach. According to Statista research, accent or dialect issues are the second biggest barrier to adoption for voice technology in 2021, affecting 66% of respondents.

"Students like to hear voices that sound like them. They engage better with content in regional dialects. Using our new voices, educators can make video lessons that speak to their audience much more effectively," said Gojko Adzic, founder of Narakeet.

Narakeet is a text-to-speech video maker that turns PowerPoint slides into narrated videos. This week's update brings support for English variants including South African, Irish, Nigerian and Filipino voices; French with Swiss, Canadian and Belgian dialects; Spanish with Mexican and Puerto Rican variants and improved Brazilian Portuguese and Indian English.

"Combined with the recent addition of Swiss German and New Zealand English, Narakeet now has a rich collection of local dialects in many popular languages, and one the largest collections of neural text-to-speech generators," said Adzic. "Some of our competitors may offer a larger list of options, but they include older technology which cannot mimic human speech, and often provide the same voice with regional variants. Narakeet does not reuse voices across local variants, so each voice is unique."

According to MarketsandMarkets research, the text-to-speech market was valued at USD 2.0 billion in 2020 and is estimated to reach USD 5.0 billion by 2026, driven by the rising demand for handheld devices and increased investment in government spending on education. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant growth in demand for cloud-based solutions, especially important for schools as they shifted from in-person education to remote, virtual learning environments and mixed educational models.

For more information, check out https://www.narakeet.com/

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6 Certified Nursing Assistants Are Leaving Profession for Every 1 Certified (Q2 2021) – Florida Patient Care at Risk Ahead of November Covid Vaccine Mandates

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Today, Premier Nursing Academy launched the CNA Shortage Index, a quarterly estimate of how well the production of new certified nursing assistants (CNAs) is keeping up with attrition of CNAs out of the career. The latest data indicate that the state of Florida faces an acute shortage that will compromise the quality of patient care if not remedied quickly.

At a Glance:

* As of Q2 2021, an estimated 6.15 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are leaving the profession for every 1 new CNA certified in the state of Florida.

* Covid vaccine mandates widely expected in November by employers ahead of federal government regulations for healthcare facilities will greatly exacerbate the staffing shortage

* Already beleaguered nursing homes, long-term care, and other skilled nursing facilities will be hardest hit

The CNA Shortage Index estimates that as of Q2 2021, there are 6.15 CNAs leaving the profession for every 1 new CNA certified in the state of Florida.

This release of the CNA Shortage Index-published by state-approved CNA training provider Premier Nursing Academy based on data about newly minted CNAs in Q2 2021 by the Florida Board of Nursing-quantifies the staffing gap among this entry-level nursing labor force. Certified nursing assistants are a critical component of the frontline patient care workforce, including in hospitals, long-term care, dialysis, and hospice facilities, and home care settings. CNAs may also fill roles such as patient care technician or home health aide.

Evidence confirming these recent CNA staffing shortages in Florida is all the more alarming given the looming change by most healthcare employers to require Covid vaccinations among their staff in anticipation of a federal Covid vaccine mandate for all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities. A widespread vaccine mandate is expected to make filling open roles in healthcare more challenging for employers, but especially for an occupation that has average Covid vaccination rates of less than 50% and provides much of the direct patient care in many facilities. Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to CNA shortages, because CNAs make up the largest employee job group in these facilities by far, and state regulations require minimum ratios of CNAs to residents.

"The current shortage of CNAs is about to be exacerbated in a big way by self-imposed or government regulatory requirements for healthcare staff to be vaccinated against Covid," explains Matt Killday, Chief Operating Officer of Premier Nursing Academy. "Regardless of your point of view about vaccine mandates as a policy, the business and social implications are clear: the quality of patient care is at risk in many of Florida's health facilities if there are not enough qualified CNAs to employ."

"All stakeholders in the CNA supply pipeline-healthcare employers, CNA training programs, the Florida state government, and nursing associations-need to work together in unprecedented ways to navigate this upcoming shortage for the good of public health," said Mike McHugh, Premier Nursing Academy's Chief Executive Officer.

About the CNA Shortage Index

The CNA Shortage Index estimates the replacement rate of CNAs, expressed as the number of new CNAs entering the workforce in recent quarters for every CNA leaving the profession. It is calculated based on the latest release of data from the Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) about the preceding quarter's CNA exam pass rates, as well as employment data from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics for the nursing assistant occupation.

The index is published by Premier Nursing Academy, a Florida Board of Nursing-approved CNA training provider. This is the inaugural release of the CNA Shortage Index. For more details, visit https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/cna-shortage-index .

About Premier Nursing Academy

Premier Nursing Academy is a contract training provider serving aspiring healthcare professionals. Founded in 2017, Premier Nursing Academy offers an innovative no-cost training program in which candidates are hired by employers who pay for their training through Premier Nursing Academy. Premier Nursing Academy assists these employers by addressing their staffing shortages in skilled, entry-level healthcare roles.

Premier Nursing Academy currently focuses on training certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in 6-week programs that prepare graduates to pass their CNA exam. It operates training centers in Pinellas Park (Tampa metro area) and Bradenton (Sarasota metro area), with plans to expand to the Jacksonville metro area. Premier Nursing Academy has been licensed by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide CNA training since 2019. For more information visit https://www.premiernursingacademy.org/.

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