The local campus of Kaplan College has partnered with the National Institute for Social Media to offer local marketers — and their bosses — a social media strategist certification course. Kelley Boothe at Southern/alpha has more info on the 30-hour program, which will kick off here in January.
Corrections Corp. of America CEO Damon Hininger on Monday pledged that the company will ramp up its investment in various education programs to help inmates better find their way once they've done their time. By 2019, he wants the company to hand out 12,000 GEDs and 25,000 industry-recognized certifications.
Hininger discussed his expectations for the company as it pursues these goals: “I am under no illusions about what is ahead. Will it be a hard road to deliver the kind of progress that we need to truly lead? Absolutely. We have a lot of work to do. Is it possible that we could hit some bumps along the way? It certainly is. If we don’t make mistakes, we’re probably not pushing hard enough. After all, recidivism is one of the toughest and most complex challenges that our country faces.”
WGU Tennessee will in April launch a new online master’s degree program in management and leadership to cater to mid-career professionals looking to sharpen their performance. The year-old college is sweetening the pot a bit with scholarships worth $2,000 over the program's four terms.
“This curriculum is designed to equip working adults with the leadership and organizational skills they need to manage and lead effectively,” WGU Tennessee’s chancellor, Dr. Kim Estep, said. “In order to be competitive in today’s business world, leaders must have strategic management skills, know how to develop high-performance teams, and create change.”
Logistics giant OHL and the Nashville chapter of the Project Management Institute have teamed up to launch a series of gatherings for transportation industry professionals. The goal of the so-called "Community of Practice" is to network, share best practices and stay on top of the latest industry trends.
Global publisher Wolters Kluwer Health says it will market its Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs for nurses through locally based HealthStream's online learning platform. HealthStream already is offering other Lippincotts' nursing courses to its hospital client base.
Fred Lowrance at locally based Avondale Partners says Gaylord Entertainment "remains on track to achieve its lofty second half goals" even though there's some skepticism about the performance of the Washington, D.C., area, where the company runs its Gaylord National resort. But Lowrance says the property is likely to do better than the region as a whole, which will help drive momentum for the company (Ticker: GET) heading toward 2012.
We sense that some investors may have forgotten that prior year Opryland flood-related bookings adjustments wound up sending several groups to National (highest priced rooms in the GET system) at much lower Opryland rates — depressing 3Q’10 National rates. Any lingering softness is likely offset by robust Opryland performance as well as improving results at the Palms and Texan resorts.
Lowrance's Avondale colleague Richard Close is impressed with HealthStream's Q3 numbers — the momentum is "solid considering significant structural changes expected to occur in healthcare" — and says investors should consider taking advantage of today's pullback in the stock (Ticker: HSTM), which is due primarily to revenue coming in "only" in line with expectations. Close has reiterated his 'market outperform' rating and $17.50 price target.
The Tennessee and Indiana clinical pros at mental health care provider Centerstone can now get discounted access to the continuing education offerings from Cross Country Education per an agreement the two companies announced Tuesday. Cross Country produces more than 5,000 live seminars each year and this spring landed a big fish in Cigna.
PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian says policymakers are ignoring the fact that unemployment in the United States is becoming an increasingly structural problem that will have wide-ranging social as well as economic repercussions. What's needed, he says, is a big investment push in education, retraining and safety net initiatives.
Left to its own devices, America’s unemployment problem will deepen. This will widen the already-large gap between the country’s haves and have-nots. It will undermine labor’s skills and productivity. It will accentuate the burden imposed on the gradually declining number of people who remain in the labor force and have jobs. And it will make it even harder to find a medium-term solution to America’s worsening public-debt and deficit dynamics.
Brentwood-based Cross Country Education has secured a contract to market its live and audio seminars to up to 64,000 employees of insurance giant Cigna. Cross Country President Greg Greene and his team have trained more than 1.5 million health care providers since 1995.
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