eCom Learning Solutions Welcomes Dunfermline’s New City Status

 Scotland’s leading digital learning and assessment specialist, eCom Learning Solutions, has welcomed the decision to name Dunfermline as one of eight new cities, so designated to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

According to the UK’s Cabinet Office, Dunfermline, as a new city, can expect a boost to local communities and an opening-up of new opportunities for people who live there. It cited research suggesting that, after it was appointed a city in 2012, Perth, in Scotland, has seen the local economy expand by 12% in the decade – principally through this putting Perth ‘on the international map’ and, thus, attracting foreign business.

“With eCom Learning Solutions’ headquarters being in Dunfermline for the last 25 years, I’m delighted with its new city status,” commented Wendy Edie, eCom’s Managing Director. “For a place with such rich royal history, it’s fitting that Dunfermline is becoming a city as we celebrate our longest-serving monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.

“This new status should help raise our profile, along with all Dunfermline-based businesses that are eyeing international markets. It should certainly give a boost to eCom’s international business – in terms of the eLearning and eAssessment – including virtual reality (VR) assessment – materials we produce, along with the systems we offer, including the eNetLearn learning management system (LMS).

“eCom already generates nearly 55% of its annual revenue from outside the UK, with a further eight per cent coming from sales to organisations in England,” added Wendy. “We have current clients in the USA, Canada, the European Union, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent – and we’re opening-up markets in southern Africa among other places.”

The announcement of Dunfermline’s new civic honours makes it Scotland’s eighth city, joining Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Stirling and Inverness. Dunfermline, which has a population of nearly 59,000 people, was granted the honour based on its royal associations and cultural heritage, as well as the uniqueness of its community and distinct local identity.

While Dunfermline’s most famous son is Andrew Carnegie, whose steel industry helped to build America, the city was once Scotland’s capital and one of the seats of the kings of Scotland in the Middle Ages. The new city’s first notable incident occurred in the 11th Century when Malcolm III, King of Scots, married Margaret at the church (later the Abbey) in Dunfermline.

Dunfermline Abbey became a royal mausoleum for the Scottish Crown, with some 18 royals, including Robert The Bruce, buried there. The Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England in 1603 ended Dunfermline’s town’s connections, when James VI (known as James I in England) relocated the Scottish Court to London in 1603.

eCom creates innovative learning solutions – aimed at increasing learning engagement and driving productivity – to help organisations achieve their goals. With offices in Dunfermline, Scotland, and Athens, Georgia, in the USA, but with customers from around the world, eCom focuses on the delivery, tracking and reporting of workforce learning and development through innovative technologies. Its products and services address a range of workforce management, development and training challenges, including eLearning, online assessment, blended learning, competency management and accreditation.

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Switzer Learning Center Students Participate in Annual Special Olympics Day Activities

 Friday marked the 23rd annual Switzer Learning Center Special Olympics Day at Alta Loma Park in Torrance. It was a perfect spring day where volunteers from Torrance Refining Company, community members, family and friends gathered to help kick off the one-day event which included Olympic-style competitive activities.

The Annual Switzer Olympics Day returned from a 3-year hiatus, due to the pandemic. This year, the culminating event was an opportunity for all age groups, diploma-track and alternative curriculum students, to socialize and build connections in an open environment not able to be experienced on campus.

“This is an off-campus event that incorporates students of all learning abilities to exercise and practice their social skills. The Olympics Day event encourages community togetherness, healthy competition and engages students who don’t often participate in physical, outdoor activities,” said Telpher Youman, Dean of Students at Switzer Learning Center.

Each Olympics Day station was set up so groups of students could experience and participate at their own pace. Events included the long run, arm hang, free throw, football throw, 40-yard dash, sit ups, trunk lift, and jump rope. Staff and volunteers were on hand to assist and encourage the students with each challenge. Many students needed support and encouragement to participate, but as the day progressed the increase in their self-confidence was evident.

The day ended with students and staff coming together to celebrate with a BBQ luncheon including fresh produce donated by The Children’s Community Center.

About Switzer Learning Center

Switzer Center is a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 with a mission of “Nurturing children, teens, and young adults of all abilities to believe, achieve, and thrive.” Switzer Learning Center’s 5th-12th grade, co-educational, nonpublic, special education school, and clinical services serve children, teens, and young adults with mild to severe learning, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Students work with a highly trained team of credentialed special education teachers, licensed psychologists, licensed speech and language pathologists, art therapists, certified Crisis Prevention Intervention specialists, and other related service providers who are dedicated to help students achieve academic, vocational and personal goals unattainable in conventional educational settings. Learn more about Switzer Learning Center at www.switzercenter.org.

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Talia Sandoval

310-328-3611

www.switzercenter.org

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Canada – The Canada Learning Bond

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money from the Government of Canada to help pay for post-secondary education. It provides an initial payment of $500 in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and $100 for each subsequent benefit year of eligibility, up to the benefit year in which the beneficiary turns 15, to a maximum of $2,000. Contributions are not required to receive the CLB.

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is money from the Government of Canada to help pay for post-secondary education. It provides an initial payment of $500 in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and $100 for each subsequent benefit year of eligibility, up to the benefit year in which the beneficiary turns 15, to a maximum of $2,000. Contributions are not required to receive the CLB. 

Eligibility for the CLB is based on family income. In addition, recipients must:

be born on or after January 1, 2004;
be a resident of Canada;
have a valid Social Insurance Number; and
be named as a beneficiary to an RESP.

Children in care for whom the Children’s Special Allowance is paid also qualify for the CLB.

For children under the age of 18, their primary caregiver, or the spouse or common-law partner of the primary caregiver, can request the CLB on behalf of the child. The primary caregiver is the person who is eligible to receive the Canada Child Benefit in the child’s name.

In addition, the child’s primary caregiver must have applied for the Canada Child Benefit for the child through the Canada Revenue Agency and must continue to file income tax returns, so that eligibility can be validated.

The CLB is retroactive. It can be requested on behalf of an eligible child, and the child can still receive the entire amount that they would have been eligible for had it been requested from birth.

Beginning in January 2022, individuals who were eligible for the CLB as children but did not receive it can apply for it themselves when they reach the age of 18. They will have until the day before they turn 21 to apply.

Jane Deeks

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Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

Jane.deeks@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Summit Learning Institute Offers Homeschooling Courses for Children

 As soon as the COVID-19 lockdowns started, schools all over the world closed or transitioned to online studies. To help parents provide quality education to their children in these turbulent times, Summit Learning Institute offers homeschooling courses at affordable rates.

As homeschooling offers more flexibility and convenience, many parents prefer this method instead of admitting their children to regular schools. In 2020 only, the proportion of households with school-aged children practicing homeschooling increased from 5.5% to 11.1%.

Homeschooling is a more convenient option for parents and children, but maintaining the same education standards at home is not as easy. This is where Summit Learning Institute comes to the rescue.

Summit Learning Institute is an online education gateway that offers a range of courses to help students learn new skills and subjects from the comfort of their homes. Courtesy of the unprecedented advancements in technology over the past few years, online education is no more a hassle.

Instead, it offers more interesting ways for the instructors to interact with the students and make the lectures engaging, unlike ordinary classrooms. From online quizzes to digital educational games to the deployment of cloud and AI technology, instructors at Summit Learning Institute utilize every given technology to make their courses more organized and provide a healthy learning experience to children of all ages.

Speaking about the virtual learning platform, a Summit Learning Institute representative stated, “At Summit Learning Institute, we understand that online learning is more convenient for children. However, at the same time, it can be difficult for the parents to keep their children interested in studies. To help you effectively deal with the problems, we make all our homeschooling courses incredibly interesting and fun. Your child won’t get easily bored with the studies because we customize the course according to their schedules and integrate several fun-filled activities to keep them engaged.”

Regardless of their class, geographical location, or cultural background, Summit Learning Institute treats all its students with equal respect and prioritizes their interests over all other things. They aim to build a diverse community of online learners where everyone benefits and gets an opportunity to expand their network.

In addition to homeschooling, the online learning platform also offers courses for parents, job seekers and employers, business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Summit Learning Institute is an online learning gateway, which offers a myriad of online courses for children and adults. Their services include online leadership and management courses, online homeschooling courses, online courses for entrepreneurs, and more.

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Dr. NNeka Allen-Harrison

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Summit Learning Institute Offers Comprehensive Mathematics, Management, and Career Growth Courses Online

 The paradigm of traditional schooling has shifted dramatically over the last few years. Being personally available in a class is no longer the only opportunity to learn something. If people are connected to the internet, they can acquire a good education and learn new skills anytime and anywhere they choose using the online learning platforms. This will be the future of learning for all age groups, hence regarded by many as “The Digital Learning.”

Summit Learning Institute is one such online learning platform that offers a lot of courses and skills related to different subjects and areas for people to work and improve. The rise of online learning is growing even more as technology progresses and students’ experience advances. Compared to traditional schooling, it is a valuable approach to learning and offers a variety of advantages. You don’t have to be location-dependent to learn.

Speaking about virtual learning platforms, a Summit Learning Institute representative stated, “Summit Learning Institute is providing students, employees, and people of all ages several online courses relating to topics like mathematics, management sciences, and courses related to professional and personal growth to help you grow individually as well as professionally. Online learning is the future of education. Our experienced and professional instructors have tried to bring the best and quality learning experience for our users of all areas. Summit Learning Institute takes pride in offering quality online courses to its users.”

Summit Learning Institute’s online learning connects students and instructors from all over the world. When it comes to traditional learning, where the location of the people determines the classes they can take. But with virtual learning, people can enroll in courses worldwide, which will give them a better grasp of the online learning platforms while also assisting people in developing their networks and developing an international perspective. It builds an online community of learning which benefits everyone in the community with the learning experience of every individual.

About the company

Summit Learning Institute is an online learning platform, where they have a range of several online courses to choose from. Experienced professionals in their respective fields make their learning material, hence it guarantees you a high level of learning content. They provide a flexible and advanced way of moving forward in your career with several courses on personal and professional growth. There are exclusive courses on empowerment and your personal growth on their online platform. Their services include online courses for entrepreneurs, online homeschooling courses, online leadership and management courses, and more.

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Dr. NNeka Allen-Harrison

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