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NAMIC Announces Winners Of The 2014 Excellence In Multicultural Marketing Awards Presented In Conjunction With The 28th Annual NAMIC Conference

AUGUST 22, NEW YORK -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced the winners of its Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA). Presented in conjunction with the Annual NAMIC Conference, the awards competition recognizes outstanding marketing efforts designed to attract and retain ethnically and culturally diverse audiences and customers including African American, Asian, Hispanic and LGBT market segments. Held as part of the cable industry's Diversity Week, the 28th Annual NAMIC Conference is scheduled for September 16-17, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis. On Wednesday, September 17, the 2014 EMMA winners will be honored at the Annual NAMIC Conference during a special luncheon ceremony.

Recognizing the communications industry's commitment to implementing best practices, the EMMAs highlight creative, strategic and innovative multicultural marketing approaches. The NAMIC Multicultural Marketing Committee, a consortium of the industry's experts, provided guidance for the EMMA competition, which has two award categories: Case Studies/Campaigns and Marketing Tactics. Entries submitted in each category were judged within two divisions: Media Content Distributors and Networks/Industry Suppliers. Formerly categorized as "Cable Distributors," the Media Content Distributors division was expanded this year to allow award entries from a wider cross-section of marketing efforts created for all facets of media and entertainment. As a result of the expansion, a record number 110 entries were submitted for consideration.

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GED Testing Service Releases MyGED Student Website In Spanish And Announces New GED Study Materials

AUGUST 21, WASHINGTON - /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GED Testing Service announced that the new comprehensive GED program student website MyGED is available in Spanish. Spanish-speaking adults who want to earn their high school equivalency credential can take advantage of the full suite of cutting-edge tools and resources available in MyGED, located online at GED.com. Adults can use MyGED to schedule their test, access study materials, and check their test scores. Beyond test support, MyGED provides guidance and support for students as they transition to college, career training, or jobs after the test.

The MyGED website gives students everything they need to prepare for the test, pass the test, and then move on to good jobs with good wages. Some of the features available in MyGED include:

A one-stop resource for registering, scheduling, checking scores, and more.

Tools to connect students with study materials and local in-person classes.

A skills assessment to help students match skills with well-paying jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree

Access to information and resources to help students apply for college or training programs, and fill out financial aid forms.

An official practice test that shows students their strengths and where they need to improve, and points them to specific pages to study in their study materials to help them score higher.

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Millennials Splinter on Where to Attend College Based on Demographic Differences, According to New Research

AUGUST 20 - CHICAGO, —Millennials who grew up as unwitting subjects of niche marketing and narrow-casting are taking the lessons they’ve learned since childhood to the college selection process.

A new national survey of college students presents some surprising results. African-American males were less influenced by financial aid/scholarship awards than white females were. And Hispanic males were much more inclined to pick a school based on where a friend is going than Hispanic females were.

Students of color across the country reported that college fairs and emails from the admissions offices were key information sources. Simultaneously, those sources didn’t even rank for white students.

Surveyed students from the South, who will be sophomores this fall, cared more about “appealing college traditions” than did New England students, who were more focused on “international/global experiences.””

Female students with high SATs and ACTs said nearly all of their top attributes when looking for a college related to academics. Meanwhile, male students with lower SAT scores said “appealing campus traditions” and Division I athletics were attributes they desired.

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Peirce College Launches Three New Academic Programs

AUGUST 19, 2014 PHILADELPHIA, /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Peirce College announced three new academic programs as part of their ongoing effort to meet the growing needs and demands of an evolving workforce, while providing students with the training and information needed to succeed in their professional careers. The three programs—Technology Management and Legal Studies in Business degree completion programs, and the Criminal Justice Studies bachelor's program—are now available for Peirce's current and prospective students, both online and on campus. The addition of these programs further solidifies Peirce's commitment to providing working adult learners with an outstanding career-focused education that will allow them to take their careers to the next level.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for computer and information systems managers are expected to grow by 18 percent nationally over the next decade. The new Technology Management program will meet the needs of a variety of students including those currently working in the IT field and those who have earned existing college credits and seek to finish their bachelor's degrees. This accelerated program does not require students to take entry-level courses that are often required for traditional students, allowing students to efficiently earn their degrees.

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CDC College is Proud to Announce That Singer and Actress Chiquis Has Joined the School’s Family in a New Partnership to Inspire Future Leaders

AUGUST 18, 2014 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. (PRWEB) ICDC College has announced that Hispanic singer and actress Chiquis is bringing her message of empowerment and taking control of your life to past, present, and future students of ICDC College. Chiquis, the daughter of late singer Jenni Rivera, is proud to partner with ICDC College and promote education to help change people’s lives. The school helps make students’ education dreams a reality by providing them with a variety of career training programs to choose from. By teaming with Chiquis, the school aims to blend empowering students through education with the star’s own inspirational story.

As part of the partnership, ICDC College will feature Chiquis in a TV commercial, YouTube videos, ads, and in various social media initiatives. The first YouTube video is already on ICDC College’s channel. “Get your education, and it will change your life!” Chiquis proudly says in the video. Her earliest memories were of her mother riding her bike to school, and this taught her to never give up.

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The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law Launches Online Business and Law of Sports Certificate Program

AUGUST 15, 2014 TAMPA, Fla., /PRNewswire/ -- The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law is now registering students for its new Master Certificate in Business and Law of Sports. Classes are scheduled to begin September 1.

This online program helps professionals differentiate themselves with skills and credentials focused on the business and legal side of sports. Over three courses, prevalent issues seen in many areas of sports today – including player health, representation, betting, labor relations, collective bargaining and more – are examined through high-profile case studies and interactive exercises. This program is open to all business and legal professionals in the sports industry, or those looking to enter or transition into the field. Students completing all program courses will earn a Master Certificate in Business and Law of Sports.

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Robin Hood Announces Semi-Finalists for $5 Million College Success Challenge

AUGUST 14 - NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ -- Robin Hood, New York's largest poverty fighting organization, ideas42, a leading behavioral ideas lab, along with The City University of New York (CUNY), the leading urban university system in the U.S., today announced the semi-finalists for The Robin Hood College Success Prize, a competition designed to identify scalable technology solutions to increase the three-year graduation rates of the most at-risk community college students—those enrolled in remedial courses.

The 18 semi-finalists, who will each receive $40,000 to further develop their products, were selected from a pool of 104 applicants. In addition, the semi-finalists will be invited to participate in an interactive workshop with ideas42, where they will receive an in-depth look on how to apply behavioral science to improve the effectiveness of their products.

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Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart to Deliver Keynote Address at Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division Commencement

Longtime Legislator to Receive Honorary Degree at August 23 Ceremonies

AUGUST 13, 2014 FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla., /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart will address degree candidates of Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Health Professions Division (HPD) at its Commencement at the Don Taft University Center Arena on Saturday, August 23 at 1 p.m. He will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa as part of the ceremonies.

"Congressman Diaz-Balart has dedicated the last quarter century serving the citizens of Florida both in our state legislature and Congress," said Fred Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D., HPD chancellor. "His work to protect our future through Everglades restoration, hurricane preparedness, and highway safety is admirable."

Diaz-Balart served a total of 14 years in the Florida State Legislature in both the House and Senate. At age 31, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Florida Senate, as well as the first Hispanic to serve as Chair of the Combined Appropriations / Ways and Means / Finance and Tax Committee. During his tenure in the state legislature, he consistently ranked among the most effective legislators in Florida, developing a reputation as a budget hawk and supporting minority voting rights.

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Acceso Latino: offering education, job training, and information on healthcare and culture in Spanish

AUGUST 12, 2014 WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ -- The Carlos Slim Foundation unveiled Acceso Latino, a free website created to provide U.S. Latinos easy access to tools and content about education, healthcare, job training, culture and more. This site will serve as a valuable resource to help Latinos succeed in the United States.

The Carlos Slim Foundation has identified a number of areas that are most associated with long-term success. Acceso Latino will provide content, free of charge and in Spanish, in each of these critical areas:

Online job training for in-demand employment, both in the United States and in their country of origin, as well as information about financial literacy. Today, Latinos comprise nearly 20% of the American work force, and this website will help them become better equipped to succeed.

Academic education from elementary to the university level provided by Khan Academy, MIT-Open Course Ware, Coursera and Academica, that includes courses from top level universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Mexico´s National University, as well as original materials. Today less than 55% of Hispanic students graduate from high school. Materials provided through Acceso Latino will help more students build the skills they need to succeed.

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Fielding Graduate University Announces Orlando Taylor, PhD, as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research

AUGUST 11, 2014 - SANTA BARBARA, Calif. /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fielding Graduate University has announced the appointment of Orlando L. Taylor, PhD, as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Research. This new position at Fielding has been established to assure that Fielding adjusts to the rapidly changing and highly competitive landscape in higher education by advancing innovation, research and new programmatic initiatives while preserving its historic mission, vision, values, and legacy.

President Katrina Rogers, PhD, recognized the expertise and experience Taylor possesses in higher education, principally at the graduate level, as an excellent fit to advance the institution's academic reputation and its extramural funding to advance research and student support. President Rogers stated, "Dr. Taylor brings the quality leadership and vision that supports our pioneering competency based model of education, recognizes the talent of our faculty, and enhances our historic commitment to social justice."

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America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa

AUGUST 8, 2014 - BOSTON,– Behind every number, there’s a story. Dramatic changes in the demographics of this country are playing out in mainstream America, shifting the cultural landscape and deeply impacting how we look, vote, shop, and live. Launching in fall 2014, AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS is the first national series to examine the new American mainstream-with its growing numbers of Asians, Latinos, African Americans, people of mixed race, immigrants, women, youth, and members of the LGBTQ community-who are creating a new consensus and increasingly determining the outcomes of political elections. With growing purchasing power and influence over the arts, culture and commerce, these changes affect every aspect of contemporary life across the country.

Helmed by award-winning reporter, author, news anchor, and executive producer Maria Hinojosa (NPR’s Latino USA), this compelling documentary series features eight half-hour episodes. Produced by Futuro Media Group and presented by WGBH Boston, AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS premieres in primetime on Thursday, October 2 on WORLD Channel, the 24/7 digital multicast public media channel, and will broadcast on PBS beginning Saturday, October 4, 2014, following PBS NewsHour Weekend (check local listings). The series will also be available across multiple media platforms and supported by a civic engagement campaign and educational curriculum.

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USC Officials Advance Artist Fellowships in Latin America

AUGUST 7, 2014 - A new USC fellowship program that provides an opportunity for emerging artists to work in the creative capital of Los Angeles is getting a boost from a series of planned visits with top USC arts leaders, ministry of education officials and education leaders in Mexico City, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

USC Thornton School of Music Dean Robert A. Cutietta and USC Associate Provost Robin Romans will head to Mexico and Brazil in mid-September to promote the USC International Artist Fellowships, now in their second year, awarded to early career artists to pursue graduate study in one of USC’s preeminent arts schools: the USC School of Architecture, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the USC Roski School Art and Design, and USC Thornton. (A sixth arts school, the USC Kaufman School of Dance, does not offer graduate study.)

The fellowship program, announced by Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, at the university’s Global Conference in Hong Kong in 2011, provides tuition, travel and living expenses for students, allowing them to focus on creativity and supporting the production of new work.

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UC San Diego Extension’s International Program to Host Fulbright Gateway Orientation

AUGUST 6, 2014 - LA JOLLA, Calif., /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, UC San Diego Extension will host a Fulbright Gateway Orientation for approximately 70 international students representing more than 40 countries, August 11-15, 2014, on behalf of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Fulbright Program organizes several Gateway Orientations each summer to introduce its newest students to U.S. culture and to American higher education expectations and norms.

“This represents the perfect opportunity for UC San Diego Extension and main campus to showcase our capacity to provide an excellent introduction to American culture and university life," said Roxanne Nuhaily, director of UC San Diego’s Extension International Programs. "We’re proud to welcome these exceptionally bright students to our campus and our community.”

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HACU’s premier conference on Hispanic higher education headed to Denver, Oct. 4-6, 2014

AUGUST 5, 2014 SAN ANTONIO, TX -– (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host its 28th Annual Conference, "Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Investing in America’s Future," Oct. 4-6, 2014, in Denver, Colorado.

During the Conference, two higher education leaders will be recognized and inducted to HACU’s Hall of Champions: Chancellor of University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus, Agnes Mojica, and President of California State University, Sacramento, Alexander Gonzalez, Ph.D.

“HACU is honored to recognize Chancellor Agnes Mojica and President Alexander Gonzalez, two remarkable individuals who have devoted their careers to enhancing opportunities for students and have been tireless champions for Hispanic higher education success,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

The opening plenary session of the Conference will feature welcoming remarks by Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph A. Garcia, followed by the State of HACU Address presented by Flores.

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Americas Latino Eco-Festival Today Announces Line Up of Panel Discussions, Thought Leaders and Events for Largest Latino-themed Eco Festival, Sept. 11-15 in Colorado

August 4, 2014 DENVER, CO - - (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - Speakers and events are being finalized for the 2nd Annual Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF) taking place in Denver and Boulder, September 11-15, 2014. The event, A New Shade of Green, is produced by Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) and is presented in part by The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and The Dairy Center for the Arts.

“We are thrilled by developments taking place with the Festival,” says founder of the AFC+A, Irene Vilar. “The Festival is inspiring an awakening of our community’s long time interest in, and our natural roots to, public lands, clean air, natural foods, and water stewardship, as we call our colegas ‘home’ to dialogue, discuss, debate and share issues related to environmental justice.”

Designed as a “Latino South by Southwest,” ALEF is the nation’s largest environmentally focused gathering. Thought leaders of both continents will come together to discuss novel solutions to the challenges arising from Climate Change and environmental degradation as well as to celebrate Latinos' long history of ecological activism and the “new shade of green” they’re bringing to this movement. Events will take place at various venues including The Hotel Boulderado, Regis University, CU Boulder, and the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver. Over 50 artists, scientists, scholars, musicians and keynote speakers brought together in forum format are confirmed to attend.

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University of San Francisco Partners with The Mexican Museum to Present Dobles Vidas

AUGUST 1, 2014 - San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) The University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery is pleased to announce its second collaboration with The Mexican Museum to present folk art traditions from Mexico. The exhibition, Dobles Vidas: Folk Art from The Mexican Museum, will showcase more than 60 artworks that explore the many stories an object can tell about the people, places, and traditions of those who create, use, and collect them. From Huichol yarn paintings to wooden animals, ceramic muñecas to barro negro, Dobles Vidas examines the many facets of folk art in Mexico as a way to build understanding. Located inside USF’s Gleeson Library, the Thacher Gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. daily.

Dobles Vidas includes works from nine of Mexico’s states, looking at the ways that locale—which regions artworks comes and where they are commonly used, whether it be in the home, church or elsewhere—influences the materials and aesthetics of a particular artwork. Focusing on place, gallery visitors will discover the many ways that function influences form, with a focus on ceramics from Jalisco, Oaxaca, Pueblo, and Mexico City. This exhibition also presents masks and hats used in indigenous ceremonies, as well as objects used to commemorate important Mexican religious festivals such as Day of the Dead and Day of the Virgin Guadalupe. In contrast, the exhibit also celebrates artists’ imaginations and innovations. Perhaps best known among these are the fantastical papier maché alejibres first imagined by Pedro Linares during a fever-induced hallucination in the 1940s. Today, the alebrije is synonymous with Mexican folk art.

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