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Smart Horizons Career Online High School Provides Critical Education for Students in Need of an Accessible High School Diploma

Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) October 6, 2010

Smart Horizons Career Online High School(SHCOHS) opened last May with the specific intention to help adults in our nation who have not completed a high school education. This is a significant population, and now more than ever, with jobs being scarce, a high school diploma, coupled with a career certificate is critical. The schools goal is to quickly and in a cost effective manner provide students the education they need so they can compete in the work force. SHCOHSs inaugural cohort of students is finishing up their graduation requirements. These students are encouraged about the opportunities that will now be available to them.

Betsaida Marrero is one of these students. Marrero is a twenty-four year old, single mother of three. She is completing the education process that was interrupted after her tenth-grade year by the birth of her first child. It was hard to go back to school after I had the baby, Marrero said. You have to make a lot of decisions when you become a parent and I decided I needed to work for my child, but I never lost the dream of completing my education. I am now able to work on this goal thanks to the Smart Horizons Career Online High School program. I can do it on my own time and in my home, which is very convenient. Taking online high school courses works extremely well with my busy schedule.

In addition to earning her high school diploma, Marrero is also completing course work for a career certificate in office management through the Smart Horizons Career Online High School program.

I completely love the way the program is designed, Marrero said. I am able to understand everything very well, and I also love the fact that I am able to finish high school and get a career certificate as well.

Marrero said that the SHCOHS program is helpful because it allows her to both read and hear all the information she needs on a given topic. She also likes the way the program helps her to understand a topic by showing her the parts of the topic she did not understand.

Just knowing that Im accomplishing this goal to finish school helps me to know that I can look forward to a brighter future both mentally and economically, Marrero said.

Another student, Vaughn Jones is about to celebrate her 50th birthday, but shes already giving herself a valuable gift by obtaining the high school diploma that eluded her so many years ago. Smart Horizons Career Online High School is making it possible.

Smart Horizons Career Online High School is giving me the opportunity to obtain something Ive been trying to get since 1978, Jones said, referring to that high school diploma. Jones, who lives in Pahokee, Florida, is also completing course work for a career certificate in Childcare & Education. The ability to earn online high school credits has helped simplify her life.

I started out with the career certificate part of the program and Im almost done with that, Jones said. Ive just started the high school classes and I think this is going to be the most interesting part. Its a good program and I especially like the math courses.

Jones, who is married and has four grown children, said it was hanging with the wrong crowd that cost her high school diploma in her youth. I was trying to fit in and I let myself be influenced, she said. Jones completed the eleventh grade, but left school shortly after starting her senior year.

Getting this accredited online diploma is going to give me more opportunities than Ive had, Jones said. Most jobs require a high school diploma and this is going to open doors for me.

About Smart Horizions Career Online Education: Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private adult online high school district, is a national leader in delivering affordable, career-based online education to students throughout the world. Founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers complete career-based online high school diplomas and career (credentialed) certificates in the fields of healthcare, childcare and education, transportation services, homeland security, protection services, and office management. For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.smarthorizonsonline.org , call our office at 800-261-6248 or email our office at hliebman(at)smarthorizonsonline(dot)org.

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Butterfly Effects Teams with Camp Lejeune Wife to Eliminate Artificial Barrier to Critical Autism Services for North Carolina’s Military Families

Pompano, FL (PRWEB) February 23, 2012

This spring, the North Carolina General Assembly will consider HB487, a bill that expands the definition of who can provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism. Presently, only licensed psychologists are permitted. The problem, which appears to be one of language, might seem like a trivial one, were it not so critical to the lives of the 10,000 children diagnosed with autism in North Carolina, and had the legislation not already been delayed a year, a dangerous waste of time considering how critical is is to provide early intervention to children with autism..

This problem is dangerously acute among military families as their TRICARE insurance requires that ABA is delivered by clinicians certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). As there are no more than 20 licensed NC psychologists certified by the BACB, an artificial barrier to services is keeping the children of military personnel stationed in North Carolina from receiving the only kind of therapy that will allow them to realize lives of achievement and inclusion.

The BACB standard is becoming the accepted norm across the nation, (10,000 certifications have been issued worldwide), which means that military families raising children with autism in other states know that their children can lose access to essential services they are presently receiving if the family is transferred to North Carolina.

Donna Anders is the wife of a United States Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Together with her husband, who is presently deployed, she is raising three sons, one of whom has autism. Autism can present itself in many ways. With Donnas son, there are challenges with self-injury, elopement, non-communication, and PICA, an eating disorder typified by the compulsive eating of non-food items. Sometimes those challenges can be as frightening as they are overwhelming.

During one military move, Donna was unpacking boxes when she looked up and noticed her son was gone. She and her neighbors frantically searched for the boy and contacted military police, who after an hour found him naked in a river that was posted as a ‘Protected American Alligator Area’.

Raising a child with autism requires various kinds of help no matter what the situation. For Marine families who must move from base to base and deal with constant deployments, that need can be especially acute. Finding a child who runs off is important, but just as important is the kind of help that allows a child with autism the opportunity to enjoy a life of realized potential and inclusion. Mrs. Anders is involved with an effort to make sure that Marine families in North Carolina continue to get that kind of help, but she is going to require an assist from North Carolina voters.

Fortunately for the Anders, their son is eligible to receive support from Butterfly Effects, a national provider serving individuals with autism and other chronic challenges. Over the course of the last few years, the intensive behavioral intervention provided by Butterfly Effects has helped their child successfully adapt to the severe difficulties that once required him to be watched 24/7. Today, he is realizing options for inclusion and enrichment that did not seem remotely possible just a few years ago. (Read about this support at http://butterflyeffects.com/services/for-children-with-autism)

That help has also allowed Donna Anders the breathing space she needs to play her good fortune forward. She is standing up to ask that military families stationed at Camp Lejeune, as well as other bases in North Carolina, be allowed access to the same services that her son receives. To this end, she is rallying support for passage of HB487 by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Passage of this important bill will not cost the voters of North Carolina a single dime, yet it has been passed over, delayed, and tabled now for over a year. If enacted, this bill will simply allow military families more ready access to therapeutic support based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

As a therapeutic approach for children with autism, ABA stands alone. It is the only type of treatment that is regarded objectively substantiated as effective by the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. This opinion is shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the FDA.

The U.S. Department of Defense concurs and now funds ABA interventions for children with autism through its TRICARE military insurance. TRICARE requires that these services be delivered by individuals certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, recognized by most states as the official standard-bearer for ABA. To be an approved provider of ABA-based support requires stringent training and testing. A BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) must also hold a relevant masters degree. BCaBAs (assistant analysts) who work with clients under the supervision of BCBAs are required to hold a bachelors degree.

However, current North Carolina regulation requires that licensed psychologists must be the ones who deliver all ABA-based services. And theres the rub.

In recent years, the state law, which supersedes TRICARE regulations, has made it difficult to find qualified psychologists to serve children in the state. According to Charlotte Fudge, Butterfly Effects CEO, The North Carolina rule disqualifies highly competent and certified ABA specialists who are permitted to practice in other states. This leads to delays and delays are never good, as the younger a child receives services, the more positive the outcome. (Learn about ABA at http://butterflyeffects.com/company/aba-supports)

Thanks to the diligence of Butterfly Effects, the waiting list for services, which once stretched 25 families long at Camp Lejeune, has been erased for now, but that offers little assurance to those families whose lives are dependent on ABA services.

ABA therapy has given our son the skills he needs to function and communicate, says Mrs. Anders. Knowing that I had a therapist working with my son and seeing that he was making progress enabled our family to make it through my husbands deployments, says Mrs. Anders. ABA saved my child and the well being of my family. Now she wants to make certain that other families are saved.

On February 27th at 1:00 PM, Donna Anders will speak at the City Hall Military Affairs Meeting in Jacksonville NC on behalf of the legislation. Come May, she joins State Representative Phil Shepard in pushing for the bill before the General Assembly.

Mrs. Anders wants all North Carolina patriots to stand up with her.

She is hoping for good turnouts of support at these meetings and is asking that North Carolina voters contact their legislators by phone or email as a way to support the bill and thank our military families.

To locate addresses and phone numbers for North Carolina legislators, visit http://www.ncleg.net/GIS/representation/Representation.html

Be sure to identify HB487 by number in any written or spoken messages.

ALSO of NOTE for all families raising children with autism: At last count, 29 states now require carriers to provide insurance for autism treatment. North Carolina is not yet one, but it is considering its own insurance reform bill, HB115. Linked with HB478, that bill has met with similar delays and is also scheduled for consideration this spring.

Find out more about TRICARE Autism services for Military families at http://butterflyeffects.com/services/autism-services-for-military-families.

Donna Anders can be reached at donnaanders44(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Caesars Entertainment


Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) January 29, 2013

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has a strong Code of Commitment that governs its relationships with its guests, employees and the communities where Caesars Entertainment’s resorts are located. As the world’s most geographically diversified casino entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment is now encouraging its 70,000+ employees to sign up for AlertID, a free service providing critical public safety information and alerts to its members.

Members can enroll at no cost and are able to receive important alerts about crime, sex offenders, weather, natural disasters, terrorism and other important advisories from trusted public safety officials. Alerts are available online and on mobile applications and are delivered via email and mobile push notifications. Members can monitor and receive alerts for their neighborhoods as well as other areas such as their workplace and childs school.

AlertID also provides a secure social networking environment for members to share important safety information with each other, law enforcement and Homeland Security, and provides safety tips to help people better protect their families.

Caesars Entertainment cares about the safety of all our employees, guests and their families, and we are encouraging everyone to sign up for AlertID today. It is so important to have access to information and alerts that can help you become aware of potential threats to better protect your family, said Jan Jones-Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

Once enrolled in AlertID, members can view an interactive alert map online as well as on the mobile app. Members can view crime information (where available), where registered sex offenders are in their neighborhoods and other current threats and advisories based on their desired or current location. While traveling, members can access the same information with AlertIDs free mobile app, including My Family Wallet, which helps people protect their family members.

We appreciate the support of Caesars Entertainment and the companys commitment to public safety, said Ken Wiles, AlertIDs Chief Executive Officer. We, like Caesars Entertainment, are dedicated to helping people protect their families and communities. Providing universal access to crime and sex offender information, and alerts when that information changes, will help families make informed decisions about how to keep their family members safe.

To sign up for a free account, or for more information, go to http://www.AlertID.com.

About Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 75 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars

AlertID Expands Critical Alert Service to the State of South Dakota; Sex Offender Alerts Now Available to All Residents


Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

Keeping children safe is every parents greatest concern. AlertID, a free online and mobile service, announced today that it provides information and alerts from state sex offender databases (SODs) for the entire state of South Dakota, as well as 232 million other people across the US or more than 74 percent of the total population via online, email and mobile app.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

New Location for Critical Path Services, LLC


GARNET VALLEY, Pa. (PRWEB) July 11, 2008

Julie Eble, CEO, says, “We have found that our sector of the economy, contract laboratory and writing services, is still growing. The purchase of this facility positions us to pursue some exciting opportunities in the regulated scientific community, specifically in crop protection, biotechnology, and bioanalytical areas. These sectors use LC/MS/MS technology, which is our primary competency. LC/MS/MS is the cornerstone of our analytical offerings, and the new facility allows us to triple the number of instruments we have on line.”

Physical space has not been the only area of expansion. Since spring 2007, CPS has grown from 35 to 44

AlertID Now Provides More Than 45 Million Los Angeles Families, Residents and Visitors Access to Critical Crime Alerts


Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) April 11, 2013

AlertID today announced that everyone who lives, works and/or visits the Los Angeles area can now receive crime advisory alerts through AlertID. This local crime information significantly expands the other services already available through AlertID, all at no cost to members or law enforcement agencies.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan area is the second largest metropolitan area in the country, is home to more than 20 million people and the destination to more than 27 million visitors each year. Through AlertID, all of them can now stay connected with public safety authorities and receive alerts and other public safety information critical to helping them protect their families and communities.

Los Angeles and surrounding area residents, workers and visitors now have universal access to crime and threat advisories, sex offender alerts, severe weather advisories, online community watch discussion groups, an interactive crime and emergency map, and other AlertID services. Alerts are available online and on mobile applications and are delivered via email and mobile push notifications. Members can monitor and receive alerts for their neighborhoods as well as other areas such as their workplace and childs school.

The expansion of services in the Los Angeles Metro area follows other recent announcements that AlertID partnered with the National Crime Prevention Council (McGruff the Crime Dog

AlertID Expands Critical Alert Service to the State of Alaska; Sex Offender Alerts Now Available to All Residents


Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) April 16, 2013

Keeping children safe is every parents greatest concern. AlertID, a free mobile and online service, announced today that it provides information and alerts from state sex offender databases (SODs) for the entire state of Alaska, as well as 233 million other people across the US or more than 74 percent of the total population via online, email and mobile app.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

AlertID Expands Critical Alert Service to the State of North Dakota; Sex Offender Alerts Now Available to All Residents


Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, California (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Keeping children safe is every parents greatest concern. AlertID, a free mobile and online service, announced today that it provides registered sex offender information and alerts for the entire state of North Dakota, as well as 233 million other people across the US or more than 74 percent of the total population via online, email and mobile app.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children