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CTU among handful of U.S. universities to offer advanced degree in this evolving field

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Colorado Technical University (CTU), a leading provider of education for career-motivated students, has launched a new Master of Science in Homeland Security degree that addresses the evolving and advanced skills required for professionals to help prepare and protect the nation and our local communities from terrorism, natural disasters and public health emergencies.

CTU is one of only a handful of universities in the world to offer a master’s degree in homeland security online. The specialized CTU Master of Science in Homeland Security curriculum is designed specifically for aspiring leaders in homeland security professions such as law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, public health, security and critical infrastructures. The innovative content provides an understanding of key strategies, policies and constitutional issues, as well as providing the analytical and communications tools to help prepare students to be true thought-leaders in their chosen area of expertise. It also is designed to expand students’ knowledge of other homeland security sub-disciplines, including cyber security, law enforcement, fire, emergency services and public health.

“The advanced degree program allows students to hone their critical thinking, research and communication skills to help advance in their existing organizations, agencies or companies or to move into other careers within the new and developing field of homeland security,” said Nadav Morag, Ph.D., CTU University Dean of Security Studies, a published author on terrorism, security strategy and foreign policy. “Our coursework is designed for high-level thinkers who will learn to solve complex programs and make strategic policy.”

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By Ed Duffy

 

After Deborah Key retired, she wanted to come up with a way to cover the cost for heatlh insurance, which she no longer was getting from work. What started as a part time activity soon evolved into a retail store and a new business venture.

Deborah retired from School District 11 in 2007. Soon afterwards, she and her husband Jim (owner of Sealed Coat Specialists since 1972) began hunting for re-sellable treasures at auctions and yard sales and such. They did well enough that they put aside some of their earnings and used it to open up New 2 You neighborhood bargain store at Maizeland and Academy Blvd in May of 2012.

New 2 You features quality merchandise, most used, some new. Items include tools, furniture, jewelry, housewares, collectibles and holiday items. They also have their own line of soaps, bodywash and lotions, which they make right at the shop.

The merchandise comes from a variety of sources, including public auctions and liquidations. Liquidation sales can include returns, but also new merchandise that has been pulled from shelves of stores like Home Depot because it’s last year’s model, a discontinued item or the package has been damaged. They don’t buy from individuals at the shop. It’s just not efficient given their business model.

Not everything they buy is fit for resale. When you buy at auction sometimes you’re buying blind or you buy a “lot” of items, incuding some good, some not so good. When they do get items that are usable, but not store material, they’ll sometimes set it out in front of the shop with a “FREE” sign on it. Deborah explains, “Someone in the neighborhood gets something they need, and we don’t have to pay to have it removed.” 

Deborah says she’s having more fun than she ever imagined at her new job. She gets to work with sister-in-law and store manager, Cheryl Murdoch, meets new people daily and gets to be her own boss. She also gets to help out folks in the neighborhood who want/need nice things at affordable prices (and sometimes free).

So if you’re looking for some unique gift ideas this holiday season, or you just like bargains, a trip to New 2 You can save you money while supporting a local, indendent, small business. You’ll find them at 3960 Maizeland Rd, Colorado Springs. You can reach them at 719-591-1877. Hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday. See their Ebay listings - seller: udskey.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

In October, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Colorado Springs with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for its City Administration Building (CAB) located downtown at 30 S. Nevada Ave. The CAB facilities provide employees access to showers, lockers, bicycle lockers, secure bicycle parking and a wellness program with rewards for physical activity.

When employees bike they become healthier, reduce heath care costs, connect to community and save money. The City joins a group of close to 500 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States incorporating bicycling into the American workplace. In fact, it was earlier this year when Colorado Springs Utilities was awarded the first BFB in Colorado Springs that the City recognized their opportunity to apply.

Currently, the Colorado Springs community is ranked a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community. To help reach the next level, we challenge other Colorado Springs businesses to also apply to the free BFB program at bikeleague.org/businesses.

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Cherwell Software Raises $25 Million from Insight Venture Partners to Support Rapid Growth

Press Release (Cherwell.com) – Cherwell Software, a fast growing provider of a flexible IT Service Management Platform that empowers IT to support business functions, announced today the closing of a $25 million minority equity investment from Insight Venture Partners. Cherwell Software will use the growth capital to accelerate growth of its channel sales program globally and to build additional applications and services to broaden the capabilities of its innovative IT Services Management (ITSM) platform. As part of the transaction, Richard Wells, managing director at Insight Venture Partners, will join Cherwell Software’s Board of Directors.

“We are excited to welcome Insight Venture Partners to our team,” said Vance Brown, chief executive officer and co-founder of Cherwell Software. “Cherwell’s goal is to put customers first:  to listen to and to meet their needs, to provide quality products and to deliver extraordinary customer care. With Insight’s capital and its expertise working with fast-growth software companies, we will be able to achieve our customer and product goals more quickly to become the pre-eminent ITSM platform in the industry.”

Cherwell Software provides a SaaS-based and on-premises IT Service Management software platform to enterprises around the world. In 2012, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant recognized Cherwell Software in the IT Service and Support Management Tools market, and Forrester Research has recognized Cherwell as an “emerging leader”. The company has an impressive list of customers including BE Aerospace, City of Scottsdale, The Weather Channel, Munich Airport and the University of New Mexico. Cherwell Software has quadrupled revenue and generated strong profit margins in the past three years.

“Cherwell Software represents a winning value proposition that Insight has seen succeed time and again: a world-class product that is cost-effective and easy to use,” said Richard Wells, managing director at Insight. “Its IT customers and partners are strong advocates of Cherwell’s ITSM platform as well as the dedicated support they receive. Insight was attracted to the management team’s vision and the company’s strong momentum, particularly as awareness of Cherwell spreads across the ITSM market. Insight invested to provide growth capital for Cherwell to win in the market.”

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Press Release (Special Kids Special Families)

“By working together, we can build something better…transforming lives one community at a time,” is Lowe’s motto and mission.  The deck and fence at Zach’s Place, a licensed child/respite care and skill building center for children with disabilities, needed repair along with a good coat of paint.  The playground sand was scattered everywhere, getting into everything and the playground equipment needed much TLC too.  But not anymore, thanks to the many volunteers from Lowe's stores #2423 at North Nevada and #2578 at Briargate and Union who stepped right in and helped improve our Zach's Place facility!  Thanks to Lowe’s Heroes, the corporation’s employee volunteer program, our backyard play area was transformed and built into something much greater than we ever hoped for or expected!

Becca Silver, Lowe's HR Manager who organized this hardworking group of volunteers said, “A great part of working on this project was seeing the kids look out the window smiling and waving looking very anxious to come out and play”.  Lowe’s employee volunteer program started nationally 10 years ago with an emphasis on community improvement and team building; with employees wearing their signature color red and blue t-shirts.  Over 175 combined volunteer hours were put into completing this project and Lowe's contributed over $4000 in materials!  They redesigned the backyard space making a significant difference in improving the play area for our kids at Zach's Place. 

“The kids especially love the chalkboard paint put on the picnic table and the outdoor chalkboard they installed. They use it every chance they get!” said Renae Isakson, Program Director.  Zach’s Place, a program of Special Kids Special Families, offers a unique home-like environment; and allows families who are struggling to raise a child with disabilities a much needed break. The main focus of the program is to provide quality care with nurturing and knowledgeable staff who assist the youth in achieving their greatest level of independence through education, socialization and life skills.  “The kids enjoy being outside now that our backyard space has been improved, as we see our kids want to play outside even more,” says Executive Director, Linda Ellegard. “We can’t thank Lowe’s enough for all their hard work and willingness to volunteer at Zach’s Place.  They really are heroes in our eyes!”

To inquire about volunteer opportunities at SKSF, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (719)447-8983 x20.  There are several ways you can help to support Zach’s Place.  Donate in any amount, by giving online through Indy Give now through the end of December at: www.IndyGive.com/SKSF.  By donating through Indy Give, your donation is matched dollar for dollar thanks to several matching grants.  You’ll also receive some great rewards from area businesses with a minimum donation of $50.  Help us reach our goal during this campaign and raise needed funds for Zach’s Place!  For other ways to donate and additional information about Zach’s Place and Special Kids Special Families, visit our website at www.SKSFcolorado.org.