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Massage Envy, the nation’s No. 1 provider of massage in the U.S. collectively across its franchise network and a national leader in skin care, and the American Massage Therapy Association the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools, today announced a new grant opportunity for massage schools to help support the future of the profession.  Five $10,000 grants, funded by Massage Envy, will be awarded to massage schools in the month of December. Massage Schools can apply for a grant through AMTA’s website. The grants are intended to help massage schools attract, train and graduate future generations of highly qualified massage therapists.  “As the industry leader, Massage Envy wants to help massage schools support the future of the massage profession,” said Beth Stiller, Massage Envy CEO. “The schools do great work and this is one of the many ways we are giving back to the profession.”  “We are proud to collaborate on this schools grant opportunity to help support and elevate massage therapy education,” said AMTA President Michaele Colizza. “Supporting massage schools is vital to developing new massage therapists who will make a positive impact and continue to raise the bar for the profession.”  The employment outlook for massage therapists looks good. According to the U.S. Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 20 percent to 2031, “much faster than the average for all occupations. About 25,200 openings for massage therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade.”  To apply for a grant, massage school administrators should fill out an online application and include how $10,000 would help support their school and students. Applications are due October 24, 2022 and the five school recipients will be announced in December 2022.  About Massage Envy – Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and does not independently own or operate any of the Massage Envy franchised locations nationwide. The Massage Envy franchise network, through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of massage services. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has approximately 1,100 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 190 million massages and facials. For more information, visit, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @MassageEnvy.

3 Essential Tips to Choose the Best Flight School for Airline Training 

An aviation training organization, otherwise known as a flight school, conducts the business of teaching people how to fly a plane. It can take on a variety of semblance – for instance, small, traditional flight school at a local airport using a light aircraft or those international ATOs which train pilots to conduct their recurrent training.  If you are passionate about flying a plane, you must begin with the research of choosing a flight school for an efficient aviation course and training. We have got you covered. Here are the tips for choosing the best flight schools for airline training.  Set Right Goals – First things first! Establishing your goals is something you should do even before starting to look at the prices of flight schools. Figure out what kind of pilot you want to be. Find answers to questions like whether flying is your hobby or you are interested in commercial pilot training.  If you want to learn to fly at a measured pace, for instance, near your home or for your business, we advise you to search locally for a place to train. But if you want an aviation career, you may have to make a larger investment in time and money. Look locally and nationally and see how much you can spend.  If your goals are personal, you can pursue a certificate under the civil aviation authority where you live. If you want to fly internationally, you may prefer an ATO elsewhere that offers training for the type of pilot certificate that will make you most attractive to your airline or company of choice.  At the end of the day, it gets reduced to the goal you have set for yourself.  Begin your Research – Once you have set the goals right, the next step is to start your research. Picking a good flight school is a big decision. You may be limited because of your location or budget. However, conducting a tour of your potential flight schools is still pertinent.  We further advise you to choose an aviation school with experienced staff. If you plan to complete ATPL integrated training, ensure that the flight school has simulators, a fleet, and other facilities required for proper training.  Touring the institution makes it easier for you to decide.

Euroform vocational training with Jamf School

With the support of Jamf School Certified Reseller C&C, the trade school network is using Apple technology to power positive learning outcomes across a wide range of professional tracks.  Apple technology is working to transform K-12 and higher education worldwide, as more and more educational institutions put iPad devices into the hands of students and faculty to enhance the classroom experience. One notable pioneer in these efforts is Euroform, a professional school network with over 30 campuses located throughout the island of Sicily. Supported by C&C, an Apple Authorised Education Specialist and Jamf School Certified Reseller with 53 offices in Italy and France, Euroform uses Jamf School to manage more than 5,000 iPad devices in a diverse array of educational environments.  Euroform offers a number of specialized vocational tracks, ranging from computer science and engineering to fashion design, cosmetology and culinary studies. While teaching methods for these disciplines vary widely, faculty members agree that bringing iPad devices into the classroom has allowed them to take advantage of new pedagogical methods and offer students hands-on experience that translates well into actual job skills. Computer science professor Domenico Ruvituso explains that Apple technology enables a curriculum designed to “merge traditional methods with innovative ones,” offering students the kinds of challenges that they will face in the real working world. According to professor of equal opportunities and education Martina Faldetta, using the iPad during lessons engages students and motivates them to take notes: “The lessons become more dynamic and formative.”  How the iPad devices actually function in the classroom varies considerably from one discipline to another. The engineering curriculum leverages the visualization capabilities of the technology. During the course of learning how to repair or install a car engine, the students might use an app that displays an augmented reality 3D model of the mechanism, allowing them to rotate and magnify it to add to their comprehension of the design.  Fashion students sketch designs on their devices, experimenting with placing layers on top of each other and examining different material types and textures; they also use the screens as references when sewing their own work. Culinary students use their iPad devices to create and update recipes on the fly, share them with peers and faculty and research combinations of locally sourced ingredients in real time.

School of Nursing receives HRSA grant to train community health workers | School of Nursing

Vanderbilt School of Nursing has received a $3 million Health Resources and Services Administration grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to create a training program, standardized set of competencies and certification for community health workers in Tennessee. The new initiative is in partnership with the Tennessee Community Health Worker Association and Rural Health Association of Tennessee. The Community Health Worker Training Program of Tennessee, which kicks off with informational sessions in early 2023, will train up to 90 people per year to help their communities.  Community health workers are employed by social service agencies, clinics, hospitals, schools and health departments, and are crucial for those who have limited access to medical resources.  “They most often speak the language and share the culture of their community, and they help integrate medical information from health care professionals into everyday life,” said Project Director and VUSN Instructor Tonya Elkins, MSW, adding that community health workers generally have no formal medical training, but know their neighbors well.  They also understand potential barriers that residents face when they need care—everything from mistrust of medical professionals and misconceptions to transportation issues.  “They help people get appropriate access for their health care and help with social resource needs, like food insecurities, housing or other services,” said Associate Professor Christian Ketel, DNP, FNAP, the program project evaluator.  The combined efforts of the School of Nursing, the Tennessee Community Health Worker Association and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee will bolster community health workers across the state.  “This community health worker training program will provide professional development, training and certification to the often-underrepresented community health worker workforce,” said Nikayla Boyd, executive director, Tennessee Community Health Worker Association. “Our partnerships’ statewide reach in offering these services will continue to highlight the importance of community health workers in Tennessee, leading to program and job sustainability and improved health outcomes for Tennessee.” 

ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts – Officially Opens Its First Flagship School in Southeast Asia at The Food School Bangkok, Thailand

ALMA, The School of Italian Culinary Arts, officially marked the opening of its first flagship school in Southeast Asia with a special inauguration ceremony at The Food School Bangkok, Thailand’s first multinational culinary school, where ALMA, alongside TSUJI Culinary Institute and Dusit Thani College, is based.  Presided over by Mr Enzo Malanca, President and CEO of ALMA – The School of Italian Culinary Arts, His Excellency Mr Paolo Dionisi, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand, and ALMA’s Italian Chef Instructors, the inauguration ceremony served as a platform to warmly welcome the first batch of students of ALMA’s Italian Cuisine and Italian Bakery and Pastry Certificate Courses. Mr Malanca also shared the inspiration and vision behind opening the first flagship ALMA school in Southeast Asia at The Food School Bangkok.  “ALMA’s mission is to bring and promote Italy’s unique culinary heritage to world, and we felt that Thailand was the closest in terms of gastronomic culture,” said Mr Malanca. “The kingdom’s geographical position ensures students from around Southeast Asia can easily journey to the school and hone their skills with professional courses that reflect the latest culinary trends and innovations.”  Since 2004, ALMA has undergone constant growth and upholds its goals of ensuring ALMA’s educational courses remain up-to-date and that students become resilient to the ever-changing and professional culinary world. To achieve such goals, ALMA ensures all of its professional programmes, now offered in over 20 countries, are aligned with the renowned high standards established at ALMA’s headquarters in Italy.  “Globally, we produce over 1,000 graduates each year, and we do our utmost to ensure each of our graduates is equipped with a solid understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to add value and creativity to their dishes, and masterly start their careers in the industry,” said Mr Malanca.  At The Food School Bangkok, ALMA is now offering Certificated Courses and Short Courses in Italian Cuisine and Italian Bakery & Pastry, and Masterclasses in Italian Cuisine. Professional chef instructors leading the courses from ALMA include Chef Francesco De Rosa and Chef Martina Sabbioni, who specialise in traditional Italian dishes, and Chef Enrico Nativi, who specialise in traditional and contemporary Italian bakery and pastry.

Cork flight training school seeking new Mavericks

AFTA has trained 2,300 graduates since 1995 for leading airlines including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific  Top Gun: Maverick has topped the box office since its release setting a record opening for the Memorial Day weekend in the US. AFTA has commissioned a new commercial filmed at Cork Airport that it is showing ahead of film screenings of the box office hit at cinemas around Ireland.  The Cork-headquartered Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) is rowing in behind the hype surrounding the new Tom Cruise sequel to Top Gun hoping it will secure them new recruits for their pilot training programme.  AFTA has commissioned a new commercial filmed at Cork Airport that it is showing ahead of film screenings of the box office hit at cinemas around Ireland.  ‘Discover the Maverick in you’ was produced by AV3 media and features Captain Gerry Humphreys, a former RAF Harrier Jump jet fighter pilot, and AFTA’s Chief flight instructor for aerobatic training and advanced upset prevention recovery training.  Founded and run by Mark Casey, AFTA has trained 2,300 graduates since 1995 for leading airlines including Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific.  AFTA has been training cadets for the Kazahkstan airline Air Astana since 2011 and recently completed cadet classes for Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. It has also partnered with Ryanair to train and recruit cadets for a ‘Mentored Pilot Programme’ that allows aspiring pilots to be trained using Ryanair standard operating procedures. The programme gives the cadets a conditional job offer with Ryanair on successful completion of training.

Students at New York Aviation High School Start Preparing for Future Electric Air Taxis

There’s been a lot of talk about different eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) models, vertiport infrastructure, and aviation regulations, but not enough talk about the workforce needed to maintain the future ecosystem of UAM (Urban Air Mobility). One of the most important eVTOL manufacturers is addressing this by partnering up with the prestigious Aviation High School in New York City.  Whether they’ll be able to fly themselves sooner than later, eVTOLs need experts who know how to handle them, maintain them, and keep flight operations at the optimum level. A new generation of electric aircraft also means a new generation of pilots and aviation experts needs to emerge.  This is the reason behind a new collaboration between Joby and the Aviation High School in New York City. Thanks to this, 100 students have enrolled in the online Private Pilot Ground School course offered by Joby. Another goal is to add information about electric propulsion systems and other emerging flight technologies to the school’s curriculum.

Saving for Vocational School Through 529 Plans – Electrical Contractor Magazine

Skilled laborers are needed across the nation. The shortage has affected overall construction costs and the recovery from Hurricane Ian, among many other localized issues. Increasing the number of vocational school graduates and providing resources to fund these programs may be a long-term solution.A June 2022 assessment conducted by Indeed found that the average cost of trade school ranges from $3,674 to $15,923, which is more affordable than a traditional four-year degree program, but may still be a barrier for many Americans looking to develop trained labor skills.Aside from grants and loans, 529 savings plans are an additional option to help students pay for trade or vocational programs, according to an October 2022 press release from the Education Trust Board of New Mexico, the organization that administers the state of New Mexico’s 529 education savings plan. A 529 plan is a state-funded savings plan that offers tax advantages and an opportunity to save for future education costs.There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and education savings plans.Under a prepaid tuition plan, the saver or account holder can purchase credits at the current rate for a beneficiary’s future use toward tuition. The contractual terms will vary by state, but most enforce a residency requirement and do not allow the funds to be applied toward room and board.An education savings plan allows a saver to manage an investment account, including various mutual funds or exchange-traded fund portfolios, to fund the beneficiary’s future qualified higher education expenses. This includes tuition,…

Employers Rethink Need for College Degrees in Tight Labor Market

The tight labor market is prompting more employers to eliminate one of the biggest requirements for many higher-paying jobs: the need for a college degree.  Companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Delta Air Lines Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. have reduced educational requirements for certain positions and shifted hiring to focus more on skills and experience. Maryland this year cut college-degree requirements for many state jobs—leading to a surge in hiring—and incoming Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro campaigned on a similar initiative.  U.S. job postings requiring at least a bachelor’s degree were 41% in November, down from 46% at the start of 2019 ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by the Burning Glass Institute, a think tank that studies the future of work. Degree requirements dropped even more early in the pandemic. They have grown since then but remain below prepandemic levels.  The shift comes as demand for workers remains high and unemployment is low. Job postings far outpace the number of unemployed people looking for work—10.7 million openings in September compared with 5.8 million unemployed—creating unusually stiff competition for workers.  The persistently tight labor market has accelerated the trend that builds on a debate about the benefits and drawbacks of encouraging more people to attend four-year colleges and as organizations try to address racial disparities in the workplace.  Some occupations have universal degree requirements, such as doctors and engineers, while others typically have no higher education requirements, such as retail workers. There is a middle ground, such as tech positions, that have varying degree requirements depending on the industry, company and strength of the labor market and economy.  Lucy Mathis won a scholarship to attend a women in computer science conference. There, she learned about an IT internship at Google and eventually dropped out of her computer science undergraduate program to work at the company full time. The 28-year-old now makes a six-figure sum as a systems specialist.  “I found out I had a knack for IT,” she said. “I’m not good at academics. It’s not for me.” 

“Gatishakti Master Plan improved connectivity to remotest areas…” PM Modi in Telangana

Highlighting the developmental initiatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the ‘PM Gatishakti National Master Plan’ has improved connectivity to even the remotest areas within the country.
ANI | Updated: 12-11-2022 19:33 IST | Created: 12-11-2022 19:33 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo/ANI) . Image Credit: ANI
Highlighting the developmental initiatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the ‘PM Gatishakti National Master Plan’ has improved connectivity to even the remotest areas within the country. During the second day of his two-day visit to the southern states, while dedicating various developmental projects to the nation. Prime Minister addressed the people of Ramagundam. “The PM Gatishakti National Master Plan has improved and developed connectivity to even the remotest areas within the country. India has developed the latest technology for Nano Urea which is cost-effective and efficient,” Modi said.