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NPA Announces Six Scholars Selected for IMPACT Fellowship Program

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced the six finalists in the inaugural class of its IMPACT Fellowship Program, an esteemed initiative designed to empower postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds to build skills, understand strengths and develop networks. Competition for program seats was intense with more than seventy applicants from across the globe for six positions.

"We are thrilled at the tremendous enthusiasm for learning and potential for leadership in the Fellows of our incoming class," said Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed., chair of the NPA. "Fellows will gain mentors from outside their current discipline, greater self-awareness to identify key strengths, and newfound confidence heading into the next steps of their careers."

IMPACT Fellows will engage in a six-month, interactive fellowship that uses a variety of tools to empower participants to strategically build upon existing skills, recognize opportunities, and advance more confidently in their careers. Fellows are expected not only to benefit from their own growth but also to use the knowledge, tools and resources they gain from the program to implement activities or initiatives at their institutions and to contribute back to their communities.

"An exciting aspect of the IMPACT program is that Fellows from across institutions will be able to build a strong cohort of peers, and learn from each others' experiences and unique perspectives," stated Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., MPS, treasurer of the NPA and board liaison for diversity affairs.

The inaugural Fellowship class will engage in a peer mentoring program, a dedicated speaker series featuring luminaries from a range of disciplines, and ultimately a live educational and networking event at the NPA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in April 2022.

The NPA is proud to present the IMPACT Fellows for 2021-22:

* Brienna Anderson-Coughlin, Ph.D., University of Delaware

* Kimiko Krieger, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

* Tanya Paes, Ph.D., Purdue University

* Raul Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley

* Anaïs Tallon, Ph.D., Virginia Tech

* Z Yan Wang, Ph.D., Princeton University

The IMPACT Fellowship is made possible through its institutional sponsors, Gallagher Insurance, the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), and Columbia University's Zuckerman Institute, as well as the contributions of individual donors.

Additional sponsorship opportunities remain available at https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/mpage/IMPACT.

The NPA is a national charitable and educational non-profit association headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, that seeks to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting a culture of inclusive connection. At the individual, organizational, and national levels, the NPA facilitates enhanced professional growth, raises awareness, and collaborates with stakeholders in the postdoctoral community. Membership in the NPA is open to all organizations and individuals interested in advancing the interests of postdocs in the United States. Affiliate membership in the NPA for most postdocs is free and available at https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/.

To support NPA and its charitable mission, please visit https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/donate or text 20FORNPA to 44-321.

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Virtues and Skills of Researchers Across the U.S. Celebrated During 12th National Postdoc Appreciation Week

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today kicked off the 12th annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), taking place through Friday. NPAW is the nation's largest celebration of postdoctoral scholars who serve at more than 300 institutions, acknowledging the significant contributions "postdocs" make to research, innovation and scientific discovery. This year's NPA theme, "I Am a Postdoc," celebrates the fact that postdocs not only achieve greatness in their work, but also come from diverse backgrounds, possess valuable professional skills, and embrace fundamental virtues.

Postdocs are individuals holding doctoral degrees engaged in a temporary period of mentored research or scholarly training to gain needed skills to excel in their careers. These scholars conduct a large share of critical, cutting-edge research across all disciplines at universities, research institutions and industry members across the United States.

"The NPA founded NPAW as a platform to celebrate postdocs and their contributions at and outside of the workplace," said William Mahoney, Jr., Ph.D., vice chair of the NPA. "We're thrilled to join our partners, members, and sponsors in providing postdocs with more of the recognition they so richly deserve."

Since its founding by the NPA in 2009, NPAW has grown into a truly national event, with universities, medical centers, industry members, and others hosting events this week to acknowledge the contributions of postdocs. Popular events during NPAW include professional and career development workshops, networking activities, and social events celebrating the immense contribution of postdocs to our nation's thought leadership.

"NPAW celebrates the inspiration and perspiration of the more than 70,000 postdocs working in the U.S. across all disciplines - from immunology to psychology - to make a better world for us all." said Tom Kimbis, NPA executive director and CEO. "Although more Americans learn every day who postdocs are and what they do, postdocs remain a largely unseen force in the U.S. economy. Through NPAW and beyond, the NPA is dedicated to changing this culture of invisibility."

In addition to the dozens of events occurring locally, national NPAW activities following on the theme of "I Am a Postdoc" include remarks by the Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation; Robert T. Pennock, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, and president of Sigma Xi; and, Keith Micoli, Ph.D., assistant dean of postdoctoral affairs at New York University School of Medicine. These will be complemented by a career connection opportunity for postdocs to network with former postdocs now in permanent positions, as well as a hands-on workshop led by NPA partner Postdoc Academy providing training on finding preferred career paths.

A calendar of 2021 NPAW events can be found at https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/2021NPAW.

Many local events are being conducted virtually and are open to participation by researchers at other institutions in a spirit of collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas. This year, NPAW is made possible by NPA Distinguished Partner, Gallagher Insurance, and NPA Gold Partner, Proteintech.

The NPA is a national charitable and educational non-profit association headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, that seeks to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting a culture of inclusive connection. At the individual, organizational, and national levels, the NPA facilitates enhanced professional growth, raises awareness, and collaborates with stakeholders in the postdoctoral community. Membership in the NPA is open to all organizations and individuals interested in advancing the interests of postdocs in the United States. Affiliate membership in the NPA for most postdocs is free and available at https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/.

To support NPA and its charitable mission to assist postdocs, please visit https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/donate or text 20FORNPA to 44-321.

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Beyond Baroque Announces Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund

VENICE, Calif. -- Beyond Baroque, one of the nation's leading independent Literary Arts Centers, has announced the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund. The fund, named in honor of Beyond Baroque alumna and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, will provide $10,000 to young poets of color.

"It's been wonderful witnessing Amanda's growth from her start in our Student Poets' Program to the Inaugural Poet we see today, and we hope to continue uplifting fellow promising youth poets of color through this fund," said the nonprofit's executive director, Quentin Ring.

"We're looking forward to ushering in new word warriors who can speak for not only themselves but also their respective communities and maybe one day, like Ms. Gorman, the world," added Shonda Buchanan, Vice President of Beyond Baroque's Board of Trustees.

The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund includes a poetry contest and a scholarship for college-bound student poets of color. A total of $10,000 will be awarded for the 2021-2022 school year. The fund continues Beyond Baroque's long history of nurturing some of Los Angeles' most prominent poets, including Wanda Coleman, Amy Gerstler, and Amanda Gorman herself. As a teenager, Gorman began her development as a poet in the Beyond Baroque Student Poets' Program, established by former Executive Director Richard Modiano. After completing the program, she was appointed the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and then of the United States in 2017, by Beyond Baroque partner Urban Word. She later named Beyond Baroque as the place "where a young poet found the love of her life."

The fund will begin accepting applications in November 2021, and more details will be announced in the following months.

To learn more about Beyond Baroque, or to make a contribution in support of the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund, please visit https://www.beyondbaroque.org/.

ABOUT BEYOND BAROQUE:

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is one of the nation's most successful and influential grassroots incubators of the literary arts. Founded in 1968, and housed in the original Venice City Hall building in Venice, California, it is a nonprofit public space dedicated to cultivating new writing and expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature, and art through cultural events and community interaction.

The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming, including readings, workshops, art exhibits, and education. Across five decades, Beyond Baroque has provided crucial support to a series of seminal writers, artists, and musicians that include Wanda Coleman, Dennis Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Mike Kelley, Viggo Mortensen, Will Alexander, and Amanda Gorman. Today the Center continues to provide a vital cultural forum through its free workshops, reading series, and general programming.

ABOUT AMANDA GORMAN:

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied sociology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is the author of the "The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country" (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 2021), the poetry collection "Call Us What We Carry" (Viking, December 2021) and "The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough" (Penmanship Books, 2015). In 2017, Gorman was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She previously served as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles, and she is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth.

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.

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Final TeethXpress guided full-arch, immediate-load dental implant course of 2021 to be held in Las Vegas

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- TeethXpress will hold its final full-arch, immediate-load course taught from a guided treatment perspective Sept. 25-26, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Led by noted periodontist Curry H. Leavitt, DMD, MS, of Red Rock Periodontics & Implantology, the course will take place over two days at the Red Rock Institute implant training center in Las Vegas. Attendees will participate in hands-on training and view a live surgery, all while earning 16 CE credits.

Dr. Leavitt will present new materials and cover the new nSequence guide design.

"It's been such a touch-and-go year with COVID-19, but the feedback from doctors who attended our hands-on guided course in January was so positive, we had to make room for another date this year," said Dr. Leavitt. "Since then, I've added new material that covers several immediate, fixed-hybrid implant cases, including the new nSequence guide design. I can hardly wait to share these experiences with colleagues."

Remaining space is limited. Register today to reserve your seat.

Not only will doctors receive an opportunity to participate in a comprehensive hands-on, didactic guided surgery training session, they'll also have an opportunity to watch Dr. Leavitt perform a live surgery and immediate, fixed-hybrid prosthetic conversion using a CT-based, stackable guide. The live surgery will involve a partially edentulous maxillary arch. Four to six dental implants and multi-unit abutments will be placed using the BioHorizons Tapered Pro system.

January 2021 course attendees were outwardly complementary of pearls they picked up on the proper digital treatment planning.

"Dr. Leavitt's lecture and presentation were truly phenomenal," said Dr. Wladimir Gedeon, OMS. "The way he masters digital workflow is brilliant."

As one of the nation's most experienced implant laboratory technicians, Jeff Carlson, CDT, Senior nSequence Implant Specialist, will be present to support this digital learning experience.

"Supporting Dr. Leavitt and the TeethXpress team in training doctors on this advanced, guided, implant protocol is quite humbling," said Carlson. "Dr. Leavitt is so down to earth and has a way of engaging doctors that makes this course an exceptional learning experience. Before you know it, doctors are not only learning from his lectures, but they're picking up invaluable insights from each other."

Proceed(r) Finance will present their treatment financing resources patients can use to make dental implants more affordable. There aren't many financial institutions in this space who can offer up to $70,000 in unsecured treatment financing to patients in need of large dollar dental procedures, such as "all-on-4" dental implant therapy.

"Anyone attending this September TeethXpress course should expect to be in for a great learning experience," said Dr. Leavitt. "I'm excited just thinking about it!"

There may be no better time to visit Las Vegas than in the fall, according to U.S. News & World Report. Travel expenses are lower than the summer and winter months and high temperatures begin to drop into the low 70s.

Register today at: https://web.cvent.com/event/7c81dc2f-7ef0-4dac-853b-11fe2af4ea53/register

About TeethXpress Courses

TeethXpress(r) is a registered trademark of BioHorizons. TeethXpress dental implant courses are focused on training dentists on full-arch, immediate, fixed-hybrid implant procedures, or All-on-X. Implant surgeons and restorative dentists can train to perform All-on-X procedures using either a conventional or fully guided digital approach through these two-day CE courses. TeethXpress courses are currently held in major U.S. cities, including San Diego, California; Providence, Rhode Island; Cleveland, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada; and New City, New York. More than 1,400 dentists have been trained at a TeethXpress course.

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, BioHorizons is the third-largest dental implant company in the world. BioHorizons helps customers restore smiles in more than 90 countries throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.

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

Twitter: @biohorizons

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Free Business Summit Offers Workshops from Top Valley Leaders to Minority Entrepreneurs

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Thinkzilla Consulting today announced that The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is fulfilling its mission to educate and support the growth of minority owned businesses by introducing the free United Diversity Business Summit to Arizona on Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The event will bring together a selection of business experts and CEOs sharing innovative approaches and best practices to improve Arizona's economic growth outcomes with minority business owners and entrepreneurs.

The theme of the all-day summit is "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem," with workshops on mentoring minority entrepreneurs, accessing capital and more. The summit is designed as a recovery mechanism to grow small and medium businesses and provide opportunities to support diversification and inclusion initiatives.

"The United Diversity Business Summit is designed to be an avenue for minority entrepreneurs and avant-garde companies to make a mark and propel to new heights, access opportunities, and build the businesses for the communities they live in," said Dr. Velma Trayham, founder of Millionaire Mastermind Academy and CEO of Thinkzilla Consulting Group. "We are proud of the partnerships we created with the distinguished list of speakers and look forward to sharing their expertise with the Arizona business community."

The event programming was designed to address topics that directly impact minority business owners and entrepreneurs. Chris Camacho, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council will lead a conversation titled "The Road to Economic Recovery" sharing innovative business practices and pivot techniques that empower innovation in entrepreneurship. Marcy Tibbs, financial specialist with Country Financial will host the workshop, "Taking Control: Financial Challenges Women Face" addressing topics like the importance of credit and maximizing social security benefits to help women strengthen their financial futures. Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority will lead the workshop "Arizona's Exciting Economic Vitality Is Just Beginning" discussing the rapidly growing economic development of Arizona. Through these workshops, speakers will highlight innovative approaches and best practices that corporations and entrepreneurs can take to improve economic diversity.

Additional workshop topics at the summit include: Entrepreneur Start-up Lab for Students hosted by ASU, Empower Minority Entrepreneurs through Mentorship, Diversity in the Workplace, RFP/Sales Contracts with the State of Arizona, The Power of Capital, Information on How to Create an Effective Capability Statement, Intelligent Automation Driving Industry Transformation, Measuring D&I

Initiatives and more. By spotlighting best practices and promising approaches, attendees will leave the Summit with new tools and a new paradigm for growth that adapts to a dynamic global marketplace.

"We are so pleased to be part of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy's United Diversity Business Summit 2021 because MMA founder Dr. Velma Trayham has the vision, experience, and skills to bring entrepreneurs together for greater impact in Arizona, as she has done nationally," said Ji Mi Choi, vice president of ASU's Knowledge Enterprise and Founding Executive Director of ASU's Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute. "The nonprofit mission of MMA and the business acumen and network they bring to the summit is a force multiplier for entrepreneurs."

The full list of esteemed speakers includes: Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority; Dr. Velma Trayham, founder of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy and CEO of Thinkzilla; Robin Reed, president and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona; Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council; David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale; President and CEO of Blaylock Van; Eric Standifer, President and Art Hamilton, founder of the Art Hamilton Group.

To register for The United Diversity Business Summit, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/united-diversity-business-summit-tickets-157093505905

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. More than 5000 women have been mentored through our minority business development programs. For more information visit https://millionairemastermindacademy.org/.

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AMI Expeditionary Healthcare and Maclean Health announce partnership to provide COVID-testing, vaccinations, and other safety measures to help California schools to open safely

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, an international health-care provider with unparalleled experience in responding to global pandemics, and Maclean Health, a renowned Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) healthcare distributor, have teamed up to deliver COVID testing, vaccinations, and healthcare supplies to school districts with the support of California School Boards Association (CSBA).

CSBA brings together school governing boards, and administrators from districts and county offices of education to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and wellbeing of the state's more than 6 million school-age children.

"This approach will ensure cost-effective vaccinations and individual COVID testing and early detection of positive cases enabling California schools to open its doors knowing that its teachers, staff, and students are healthy," said Mike Smith, Executive Vice President, Operations, AMI Expeditionary Healthcare.

AMI has been providing COVID-19 testing services since May 2021 to schools and static sites in the South, West, and Central districts for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). AMI currently has 800 employees across 18 locations conducting 250,000 tests per week for on-campus students and staff as wells as homebound special needs individuals.

"We are proud during this ongoing pandemic to be able to help the state of California open its school doors knowing that its students, educators, and staff have the best chance of remaining COVID-free with a robust testing and vaccination solution," said Tony Campos, COO of Maclean Health. "This partnership enables us to apply all preventive measures to make sure that California's students, teachers, school administrators and faculty, as well as communities at large, are safe."

At the end of 2020, Maclean Health was awarded the State of California Face Mask Contract, which is a mandatory contract for all California state agencies. To date, Maclean has delivered large volumes of these critical masks to many California departments and agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Social Services, Department of General Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Correctional Health Care Services, CalFire, Department of Health Care Services, and various unified school districts.

This unique partnership will be guided by the experience of AMI's Global Health Director Dr. Thomas Crabtree who brings his experience in helping to eradicate Ebola and Dr. Scott Giberson, a retired Rear Admiral and experienced public health leader.

For more information about AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, please visit https://ami.health/.

For more information about Maclean Health, please visit https://www.macleanhealth.com/.

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Mentors Needed for Children Experiencing Parental Incarceration

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling, a non-profit organization serving children who have an incarcerated parent, is seeking business partners and individuals to mentor children in Central Texas school districts during the 2021-22 school year. The organization served 349 children last school year and expects to significantly increase the number of children served during the 2021/2022 school year.

Seedling's mission is to mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children in Central Texas through school-based mentoring. The non-profit organization matches children with mentors in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Hays Consolidated ISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Pflugerville ISD. Since 2005, Seedling has served over 2300 children who have a parent in prison or jail.

There are an estimated 8,000 kids that have a parent in jail or prison in the four-county area of Travis, Hays, Bastrop, and Williamson County. No system, including criminal justice and schools, reliably ask the question of whether a child is affected or is in need, due to parental incarceration. The organization began mentoring children of incarcerated parents due to the request of principals in local school districts.

"Our community needs to be doing all it can to support the children in Central Texas who have an incarcerated parent. It is imperative that we all find ways to support Seedling's mentoring program so these kids have the opportunity to reach their full potential," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Based in best practices for mentoring, Seedling trains and supports its mentors, specializing in the challenges surrounding being a child who has an incarcerated parent. Mentors meet with their mentee once weekly during lunch personally or virtually, at one of the 100 public schools partnering with Seedling. The organization pairs the volunteer's skills and interests with a child who has similar interests.

"Mentoring helps employees adopt skills and behaviors at work that can make a real difference for both the individual and the employer in today's socially conscious workforce. More importantly, the reward for both the mentee and volunteer is life changing," said Dan Leal, Seedling Executive Director.

Seedling matches average 24 months which positively contributes to the students' personal development, resilience, school engagement, attendance, and disciplinary outcomes. Eighty-five percent of Seedling's 2019-20 high school seniors aspired to enroll in college. More than double the number of Seedling students confirmed college enrollment than did a matched comparison group of students.

Individuals can go to the Seedling website https://seedlingmentors.org/mentor to complete the new mentor application or call Seedling at (512) 323-6371 to inquire about an information session for a group.

Caregivers who are seeking school-based mentoring for their child in school districts partnering with Seedling should contact the school's counseling department.

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.

Learn more at: https://seedlingmentors.org/

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Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, Delivers Facilities Improvements to Marietta High School

DAYTON, Ohio -- Marietta City School District is investing in improving the High School café, kitchen, and concession stand with Energy Optimizers, USA. As a member of the META Solutions Educational Purchasing Co-op, the District will be able to tap into the LED Lighting and Energy Savings Program through the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia. This program enables the district to make these improvements at no additional expense to taxpayers while ensuring the best possible pricing.

The School District is installing LED lighting retrofits in the High School café, server, kitchen, and kitchen offices. Other improvements include new kitchen appliances, electrical upgrades, replacement of ceiling tiles in the café, pine paneling in the serving area, and new counter tops in the bar area. The floors will be waxed and conditioned. The concession stand will be expanded.

The benefits will be immediate, with reduced energy bills and maintenance costs from the LED lighting retrofits. Annual energy savings are anticipated at $2,377. Kitchen staff will have a much more efficient, safe workspace, and students will benefit from the improved facility.

LED lighting retrofits offer up to 75 percent savings over the district's former lighting systems, offering an almost immediate reduction in utility costs. They will also last 3 to 4 times longer, which will further reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.

"At Marietta City School District, we aim to be high achieving in all aspects of our operations, from academic performance to financial management," said Will Hampton, Superintendent. "This investment in our High School building will pay dividends to our bottom line while supporting our mission of empowering our students to excel academically and personally."

"We take great pride in our ability to provide schools with cost-effective solutions that make measurably better improvements to their facilities," said Rusty Bookman with Energy Optimizers, USA. "Marietta City School District will be able to channel the savings it gains right back into its classrooms or into other needed capital improvements. That's a victory for the school, its students and the community."

About Energy Optimizers, USA

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial, and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, indoor air quality improvements, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits, solar and energy education programs. In 2018, the company became part of The Habegger Corporation, an industry leading distributor of HVAC equipment, parts, and supplies.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at https://energyoptusa.com/ or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, Delivers Indoor Air Quality Solutions and $51,000 in Annual Savings to National Trail Local School District

DAYTON, Ohio -- National Trail Local School District is investing in indoor air quality solutions and energy efficiency through a facilities improvement project with Energy Optimizers, USA. The District did not ask for more taxpayer dollars but is using federal funds coming through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER).

National Trail is taking proactive steps to ensure that school facilities are as safe as possible by installing bi-polar ionization devices in HVAC units throughout the entire campus. These units send charged ions into the environment that break down viruses and other contaminants into smaller, harmless particles, which then drop out of the air.

In addition to these very important upgrades, the District is also implementing other improvements, including LED lighting retrofits, adding air conditioning to the upper part of the High School, removing asbestos, installing new duct work and chilled water piping, and replacing boilers, chillers, and air handler units. Building automation controls will improve comfort levels and ensure energy efficiency. The benefits will be immediate, with reduced energy bills and an improved learning environment.

With a project cost of $1.5 million, the District anticipates a reduction in utility and maintenance costs of about $51,000 annually. By using the Ohio Council of Educational Purchasing Consortia's (OCEPC) competitively-bid LED Lighting and Energy Savings program, the District did not have to go through a lengthy and expensive bidding process for the project.

The LED lighting retrofits offer up to 75 percent savings over the district's former lighting systems, offering an almost immediate reduction in utility costs. They will also last 3 to 4 times longer, which will further reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs.

Beyond the financial savings, LED lighting is a superior option for educational settings. The quality of LED lighting is very close to natural daylight, making it easier on the eyes. Further, it offers improved light distribution and lighting levels. LEDs are also free of the hum and flicker associated with fluorescent lighting, making it an ideal system for special needs classrooms. All these benefits are associated with improved behavior and health, in addition to increased motivation and higher test scores.

"At National Trail, we aim to be high achieving in all aspects of our operations, from academic performance to financial management," said Bob Fischer, Superintendent. "This investment in our building will pay dividends to our bottom line while directly supporting our strategies to keep staff and students safe and improve student outcomes and our overall school climate."

"We take great pride in our ability to provide schools with cost-effective solutions that make measurably better improvements to their facilities and, by extension, their overall performance," said Dave Eshbaugh, General Manager with Energy Optimizers, USA. "National Trail Local School District will be able to channel the savings it gains right back into its classrooms or into other needed capital improvements. That's a victory for the school, its students and the community."

About Energy Optimizers, USA

Energy Optimizers, USA, an Ohio-based energy services company, works with educational, governmental, commercial, and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs. The energy measures can include lighting retrofits, indoor air quality improvements, HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits, solar and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S., was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition. To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Nation’s Only Black Cybersecurity Reskilling School Receives $10M Funding Boost to Connect Students with High-Paying Careers in Tech

DETROIT, Mich. -- Detroit-based Automation Workz Institute, Inc., the nation's only Black tech diversity consulting and upskilling institution, today announced the close of $10 million growth financing to drive the expansion of their cybersecurity, network engineer and development certification courses to people of color across America.

* Game-changing funding will increase people of color access to Automation Workz programs

* 30 percent of Automation Workz graduates have received six-figure job offers

* "The best social justice program is a job, especially a high-paying high-demand tech job" - Automation Workz CEO & Founder Ida Byrd-Hill

Focusing on careers in network engineering, cybersecurity and IT/tech, as a post-secondary vocational school, Automation Workz customizes workforce training to develop diverse adults for high-paying careers in business, tech and cybersecurity. The announcement took place on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego.

"This new funding partnership with Blair is game-changing on so many levels," said Automation Workz CEO and Founder Ida Byrd-Hill. "Lack of money should not be a barrier to move into the plethora of high-paying tech jobs that, for too long, have been a barrier to people of color. For years, I've advocated the best social justice program is a job, especially a high-paying high-demand tech job. I'm so thankful to Blair for believing in Automation Workz which I built to discover the tech genius that is often overlooked within inner cities."

As an immediate benefit, the new funding will increase people of color access to Automation Workz's program using Income Share Agreements whereby students sign an enrollment agreement. Upon graduation or receipt of a higher-paying job, whichever happens first, they will share income to repay tuition over four years. Automation Workz will also be able to add more staff and artificial intelligence capabilities to increase enrollment, hence more job offers. Automation Workz's goal is to assist 50,000 people of color to achieve six-figure job offers to create prosperous affluent economies in inner cities across America, thereby reducing crime, poverty and the stress that plagues inner cities.

"Blair is excited to partner with Automation Workz, a leading education provider, to increase upward mobility and afford students the opportunity to achieve great outcomes," shared Justin Stolzenberg, Head of Growth at Blair. "Their commitment to providing students an excellent education and lifelong career path is second-to-none, and continuously proven through their commitment to outcomes-based financing. We are thrilled to work with Automation Workz on removing the burden of upfront payments from their students and increasing access to their program."

To date, 30 percent of Automation Workz graduates have received and accepted six-figure job offers with the highest offer received by a Black woman. Reflecting its community and student constituents, people of color Instructors and mentors provide a safe and inspiring training space to launch into the tech industry. In addition, beyond a traditional curriculum, hands-on certification training utilizing digital simulations, games and animation are unique tools to both grow and groom the invisible tech geniuses that live in inner cities.

Both endorsement and validation of its high-powered training is illustrated by Automation Workz's inclusion as one of the nation's top 10 Cybersecurity Bootcamps by Career Karma and being named one the Best Cyber Security Bootcamps of 2021 by Intelligent.com. In addition, Pearson PLC of London has validated Automation Workz as distinctly having a niche audience of 30-40-year-old Black women which is unique across the world.

About Automation Workz Institute

Founded in 2017 as Cisco Networking Academy, Automation Workz Institute is an SBA woman-owned career technical trade school that advocates the future - and how we get there - uniquely depends on automation, processes and people (APP). Emphasizing innovation and ideation, Automation Workz expertly retools and enhances APP for internal and external audiences through scalable, customized services designed for organizations of all sizes. In 2021, Automation Workz was ranked as one of the nation's top 10 Cybersecurity Bootcamps by Career Karma. Most recently, it was named one the Best Cyber Security Bootcamps of 2021 by Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning. For additional information, go to https://autoworkz.org.

About Blair

Blair empowers schools of all kind to be more accessible by structuring and creating sustainable ISA (Income Share Agreements) programs. The team at Blair deeply believes in two core facts: education is powerful and access to education should not depend on one's financial background. Millions of talented people are not able to fulfill their potential due to financial barriers. Backed by some of the most prestigious institutions of the educational and financial services sector, we are building the financial and technological infrastructure to create outcome-based financing methods. Our goal is to help level the playing-field and give everyone the chance to improve their own lives with just grit and passion rather than a stellar credit score. As a service to educational institutions, we only succeed if our partner institutions and their students succeed. To learn more, go to https://joinblair.com.

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