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21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Getting Schooled - How to start Kindergarten
Free yourself by knowing that this moment is not as make-or-break as it appears.
- Money Lessons for Every High-School Graduate
Managing your finances isn't just about compound interest or credit cards, individual retirement plans or 401(k) plans. It's really about the kind of life you want to have.
- Want Kids to Win the Future? Turn Them Into Makers -- and Sci-Fi Fans
"If you look at [Steve] Jobs and [Steve] Wozniak, they were makers."
- Salman Khan: The Messiah of Math
His program has also spread from the homes of online learners to classrooms around the world, to the point that, in at least a few classrooms, it has supplanted textbooks.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- How managers can integrate young employees into the workplace
Will it be hard for a generation that grew up with the Internet to work for a generation that didn't?
- WorkKeys pilot program gives Montana students an edge in job market
Now that the program is underway, Kotynski said the goal in the next year is to expand the program to C.M. Russell High School and also work with the local Chamber of Commerce to find more companies looking to hire individuals with readiness certificates and figure out what levels a person needs to score on the WorkKeys test to be considered for certain positions.
- ETC NEWSLETTER: may 2011 - Blackfoot's Education Technology Conference August 2 - 5, 2011
Meet our 21st Century Teachers!
Come Home Montana
- Rob Ryan Joins Comply365 Board of Directors
Successful entrepreneur lends expertise to growing company
Come Home Washington
- Montana Career Opportunity - E-Business Solutions Architect - Northwestern Energy
The E-business Solutions Architect will be responsible for assessing, developing, growing and articulating NorthWestern Energy's online presence for customers, employees, shareholders and everyone else in our stakeholder universe that underscores our mission to enrich lives through a safe, sustainable energy future.
- Information Analyst - Northwestern Energy
Information Analyst will work in a team environment to provide superior Customer Service support as it relates to front line Help Desk functions.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Analyst - Northwestern Energy
The Information Analyst will work in a team environment to provide Customer Service support for all of NorthWestern Energy's Customer Care Department as well as operate as a specialist in Networking or Data Center and related functions relative to the service and support of NorthWestern's technology systems.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Linux Systems Admin - Modwest
...you are yet the best hosting company I have ever used. You have excellent customer support, a great site manager area, and I still have not experienced any downtime since my signing up! Randy Z. -- Babylon, NY
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Washington Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (Kitsap County, WA)
Organization seeking leader with business and non-profit experience, successful collaborations, excellent communication skills, economic development background and demonstrated leadership and performance.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- WARREN'S WORLD: Skiing with Astronauts
For the first time in my life I was speechless because of their accomplishments.
- We Need More Gen-Y Entrepreneurs to Fuel the Wave
We should look ahead to capitalize on evidence of the positive attributes of Gen-Y from a business perspective, including the following:
Montana Economic Development
- Bitterroot Fish Hatchery In Delivery Season
Millions of fish trace their beginnings to that Skalkaho fish home. Its history is as colorful as its rainbows.
- Sentor Baucus: Montana businesses could become suppliers with GE Aviation - Conference on 8/8 in Billings
Sen. Max Baucus announced Friday that General Electric's aviation division will hold a small business supplier symposium in Billings on Aug. 8, at a location yet to be announced.
- Hawk-Owl Systems, Inc of Essex, Montana - A Breakthrough in Backyard Biology
"What makes us so excited about it," he added, "is how we're going to get these transmitters out to the research community at a lower price."
- Bozeman, Montana's Ken Yankelevitz Develops an Equal Playing Field - Quad Control - Video Game Controllers for Quadriplegics
Our customers are children up to middle-aged. For most, it is one of the only things they can do and be on an equal playing field with their friends.
Regional Economic Development
- Senator Baucus Joins Great Falls Development Authority, Canadian Consulate to Annouce Trade Mission
"APEC is all about making connections and building opportunities, and I am so proud of the Great Falls Development Authority for leading Montana businesses in furthering opportunities and connections with our important trading partners to the north," Baucus said.
- Clean Air Act good for Montana businesses
Setting clear, long-term standards gives businesses the market certainty they need to innovate, invest, and grow.
- Obama Administration Announces Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to Promote Regional Growth and Competitiveness
The Challenge leverages existing resources from 16 federal agencies and will award funds to regions that demonstrate the existence of high-growth industries that support a wide range of economic and workforce development activities.
- As Indian companies grow in the U.S., outsourcing comes home
"I don't care if you come from Park Avenue or the park bench. If you can do the job, we want you."
- Apec's relevance
THE snow-capped Rocky Mountains' allure is probably an understatement for anyone flying into little-known Bozeman in Montana, the rugged western state of the US.
Funding and Building your Business
- The 13 Most Common Resume Blunders
Unfortunately, even small mistakes will quickly put your resume in the "no" pile.
- Analysis of 171 college majors puts engineers at the top
An analysis of the projected lifetime earnings of 171 college majors provides a clearer picture of what one bachelor's degree means compared to another in the labor market. And the answer can be as much as $3.64 million.
Incubators and R&D
- 3 reasons to hire student outcasts rather than "popular" students
Outsiders are more likely to exhibit traits such as creativity, innovation, originality, vision, authenticity, curiosity, love of learning, hardiness and, most of all, courage -- all of which brand an organization far better than the Machiavellian savvy of, say, a "mean girl."
- Interview: Tony Bates, Skype CEO
Tony Bates has had an eventful seven months as Skype's new CEO.
- Procrastinators Rule Among Wishful Entrepreneurs
If I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me, "One of these days, I'm going to start my own company," I'd be rich.
- LinkedIn IPO gives founder Reid Hoffman his moment on stage
Even though LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman started the first U.S.-based social network to go public, he gets far less attention than that dude at Facebook.
- Ten Learning Steps from Entrepreneur to Manager
I'm convinced that management is a learnable skill.
- Six Key Principles of a Successful Acquisition Strategy
To avoid that pitfall in M&A, companies have to make a long-term commitment to many acquisitions.
- Entrepreneur, the Magazine That Sues Entrepreneurs
EMI caters to all things entrepreneurial. Strangely, it also smashes the dreams of the self- starters it aims to serve.
- The Most Underrated Quality of a CEO
Earlier today, someone asked me on Formspring what the most under-rated quality of a CEO is and I responded very simply with this:
Montana Education Excellence
- How Incubators Will Help Start-Ups Lead the Clean Tech Revolution
A sustainable incubator would be run on the basis of the triple bottom line while encouraging the start-up companies within the incubator to do the same.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Senators Tester and Bennet meet with Billings educators to talk reform
"I think it's great that there's two senators in town talking about education," said Scott McCullough, a high school history teacher in the district.
- Prairie schools find a lifeline, but Montana wants to share the wealth
A funny thing happened on the relentless road to ruin the hardy homesteaders of eastern Montana have traveled for the better part of the last century: Things started looking up.
- American Indian business leaders from MSU Billings wins national contest
For the third time in recent years, the MSU Billings chapter of American Indian Business Leaders won the business plan competition at AIBL's Annual Business and Leadership National Conference.
- Campus Technology Magazine Honors University of Montana For Innovation
"The Academic Planner allows students to develop a specific pathway for four-year graduation," she said. "And it gives them the ability to play with 'what-if' scenarios and what it would mean to take different paths."
Utah Economic Development
- Greater Ravalli Foundation names Montana scholarship winners - Asks winners to pay it forward.
The Greater Ravalli Foundation has been doling out scholarships to deserving high school kids since its inception in 2002. Normally, though, the group gives out eight to 10 awards. But this year was a little different.
- GRIZ GRIT: Ja'Ton Simpson Founds Prep Mentors to Help Montana's Students Prepare for Their Future
Wanting to paint with a broader brush, Simpson recently founded "Prep Mentors," which he believes will give him an opportunity to touch even more young people at a critical time as they prepare to leave high school.
- University of Utah Startup Companies and Invention Licensees Contribute $1.2B to Gross State Product
"The contribution of technologies transferred by the university is substantial and measurable. As the knowledge-intensive, innovation-based environment of the modern economy continues to grow, the University of Utah's technology-transfer program can only increase in importance as an engine for economic stability and growth."
- Wyoming officials hope increased credit rating attracts new businesses
Only 11 other states currently have S&P's top rating, most of which are in the East and Midwest.
- Education Call to Arms
Our children are in very serious trouble. We must demand and require premier excellence in American education, to always be the very best on Earth, being second to no other country.
- Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates
"We've learned that school-level investments aren't enough to drive systemic changes. The importance of advocacy has gotten clearer and clearer."
- Study shows sharp rise in early autism diagnoses
"Learn the Signs, Act Early"
- Wisconsin needs to figure out details to get venture capital plan going
If the investor and entrepreneurial communities in Wisconsin agree on anything, it's the need for more private equity capital - especially for those "gazelle" companies that could sprint to the next level if only they could find the next round of financing.
Connectivity & Communications
- Serendipity is the key to branding.
Putting faith in the power of words, government and business leaders rename neighborhoods to attract new companies. But often serendipity is the key to branding.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The best options for video calling
Video calling has allowed many business executives to compete globally .
- IBM's Watson delving into medicine
"For at least 30 years it's been clear that it's not possible for us to know everything."
- Ring enhances user experience of touchscreen devices - "Ringbow"
Ringbow is a device that hopes to streamline a number of functions performed when using touchscreen navigation.
- Video: How to Control Brains With Light
To get a crash course in a neurological research technique that uses light to manipulate brain cells, watch this video.
- Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Start Not-for-Profit Organizations
Not-for-profits have a different perspective on their EOU
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