Peachtree Corners, Georgia (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
A trip to a mass retailer reveals the early signs of store displays and back-to-school merchandise. Yes, its that time again. This year, however, a select group of students have a reason to be extra excited. Online schools like James Madison High School (http://www.JMHS.com/) have been elevated from Tier II status to Tier I.
So what does this mean? Previously, some high school seniors who planned to enter the military upon graduation had difficulty enlisting because the Department of Defense classified an online high school diploma as Tier II or non-traditional. In order to enlist, a graduate would first need to complete 15 college credit hours.
Additionally, for graduates of online schools like James Madison, there was a cap on the number of new recruits allowed from Tier II schools. Depending on the individual branch, only 1-5% of recruits each year could be from the Tier II division.
Earlier this year, President Obamas endorsement of the National Defense Authorization Act has had a positive impact for many JMHS students, said John Riser, Vice Principle of James Madison High School. Now, coupled with our recent adoption of Common Core, James Madison High School graduates have the credentials theyll need to enlist in the military, apply to college, or pursue whatever interests they choose.
James Madison, an Ashworth College school, recently became one of the first online schools to implement The Common Core State Standards Initiative, a state-led initiative to standardize the learning expectations of students, grades K-12 and delivers a curriculum that transcends state boundaries and fully aligns with todays college entrance requirements and work expectations.
Riser went on to explain that both James Madisons and Ashworth Colleges curricula have been developed to address the needs of todays military personnel, their families, working adults, and other non-traditional students. Along with the flexibility to affordably study whenever and wherever the student chooses going to school online becomes a natural fit for individuals wanting to enlist.
About Ashworth College and James Madison High School
Celebrating 25 years of Educating Minds and Changing Lives, leading online school Ashworth College has built a tradition of excellence by offering students worldwide an extensive range of online college degrees, online certificate programs, career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth offers military education as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.
Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Ashworth is parent to James Madison High School which is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED and further provides career training and vocational programs in the fields of health, business, technology, education, and skilled trades through sister schools PCDI Canada, New York Institute of Photography and Sheffield School.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2012
TourWrist, the best-in-class mobile and online virtual tour platform empowering consumers to shoot, publish, search for, view, share and market their 360-degree panos, announced today that 30+ year entertainment marketing executive Dan Smigrod has joined TourWrist as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining TourWrist, Smigrod was CEO of GREAT!, an Atlanta-based marketing agency he founded with a client roster spanning 25+ years, including: 20th Television, ABC Family, A&E Networks, AMC, Blue Man Group, CNN, Disney Theatrical Productions, E! Networks, Hallmark Channel, KingWorld, Mattel, MTV Networks, NBC, The Oxygen Network, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Showtime, Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Shows, SoapNet, TourWrist and Turner Entertainment Networks.
Having worked closing with Dan for more than a year on TourWrist, its obvious that TourWrist will continue to thrive powered by his great ideas, strategic thinking, marketing leadership and un-bounding passion for TourWrist, said TourWrist CEO & Founder Charles Armstrong. Despite the change in moniker, Dan will most certainly continue to be GREAT!
Panoramic photography goes mainstream in 2012 as a result of 360 pano initiatives by Apple, Google, Microsoft and TourWrist, said Smigrod. I am thrilled to working with Charles and the rest of the TourWrist team to help implement his vision for TourWrist to be the new go to critical mass repository for geo-searching, viewing and sharing 360º panoramic images just as YouTube is for video.
TourWrist is the leading, mobile and desktopbased virtual tour platform. Employing a model similar to YouTube, it is the go to destination for sharing panos (rather than video). The companys mission is to improve how consumers make educated, location-based decisions.
Consumers can easily shoot and upload their own 360-degree panoramic images, or browse and share any of the 40,000+ geo-tagged panos already available via the free TourWrist iOS app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), the Androidoptimized web app, and on the TourWrist website.
TourWrist launched commercially in early 2011. The company owns and operates the worlds largest panoramic photography forum, Panoguide, with 6,500 professional virtual tour photographers globally, and is a sponsor of the International VR Photography Association (IVRPA).
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