St. Leo University ready to host NBA’s Raptors for training camp

ST. LEO, Fla. — St. Leo University is all set to host a training camp for the Toronto Raptors.

It turns out St. Leo’s basketball coach Lance Randall’s friendship with Raptors coach Nick Nurse goes back 20 years when both coached in Europe.

Raptors officials visited the small campus near Dade City and liked what they saw.

“We have a unique setting. I think we fit with what a head coach would want for a training camp. We are a little bit sequestered, but we are close. Thirty minutes to downtown Tampa,” said Randall.

School officials say they’ve been very strict in following health guidelines and, because of that, managed to maintain a relatively low number of COVID-19 cases.

St. Leo is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, founded in 1889 by Benedictine Monks.

“I’m like Saint Leo out of everybody? We are in a remote location. I’d expect Tampa or in the city or something,” said student Brianna Lennox.

Saint Leo’s basketball team will move its last few practices of the year off-site to make room for the Raptors, who Coach Randall says is a perfect match for the school.

“We are a world-class educational institution. We are just a gem out here. I think the connection to tie in our brands together is great for the university.”

St. Leo officials wouldn’t’ tell us the financial terms of their agreement to host the Raptors training camp.

All practices will be closed to the public, and building access restricted to just a few university employees.

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Salesforce Trailhead Training – Good For Career Owners, A Fresh Challenge For HR Managers

More than 20 years ago, Oracle executive Marc Benioff believed companies of all sizes, not just large companies, needed an information technology platform to drive their future success. He teamed up with three colleagues and successfully pitched his idea to investors, which included Oracle boss Larry Ellison. The company Salesforce was founded in 1999, offering a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software system to potential users. The company knew from the start it needed to train both its own and its customers’ workers in the system, and more recently realized it could exploit that training through a new division called Trailhead, launched in 2014. In this article, I will describe how Trailhead is already challenging fundamental assumptions in Human Resource Management. In a future article, I will argue Trailhead is sponsoring a new kind of space, a “career ecosystem,” in which to host participants’ careers.

From the outset, the Salesforce founders’ egalitarian values and their desire to cast a wide net meant that people of any age, from anywhere and any background, could sign up for free training. Upon completing a course, a participant could sit an exam to qualify for a corresponding certificate. Each certificate testified its holder had learned a matching range of skills, that could be applied in either the Salesforce organization or one of its customers. In turn, workers could demonstrate growing levels of proficiency through a comprehensive certification system.

The approach worked well enough until 2014, when Salesforce saw a wider opportunity. Salesforce was still expanding its software product and adding new learning material. However, there were other skills frequently sought both inside and outside the Salesforce organization that reached beyond direct use of its own software. New courses in soft skills (e.g. empathy, leadership) and practical skills (e.g. public speaking, project management) could help employees in Salesforce’s and its customers’ field offices around the world to gain added value from the Trailhead platform. In 2019, a further “myTrailhead” option was made available for customers to offer additional training for their own staff through the Trailhead platform.

I was introduced to two Salesforce specialists, both employees of customer organizations, to explore how Salesforce training was working out for them. One got started back in 2001, soon after Salesforce went public. The other joined in more recently, in 2016. Each of their stories is remarkable in its own way.

Cheryl Feldman was a young New York hairdresser in 2001 when she tore her right rotator cuff and was advised to look for a different line of work. The owner of the salon gave Cheryl a temporary position in secretarial work, where she figured out how to use the Microsoft Access database system. When the temporary position closed, the owner recommender to her husband, the VP of Manufacturing in a large healthcare company, that he employ Cheryl. The VP soon had her spending “four days a week working with five different systems” to deliver a weekly Friday report using data already a week old.

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John Patrick University (JPU) of Health and Applied Sciences Setting the Standard in Cannabinoid Medical Sciences Education and Training

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — JPU is pleased to announce that it will be offering a Master’s Degree in Integrative & Functional Medicine with a Concentration in Cannabinoid Medical Sciences starting in January 2021. The Cannabinoid Medical Sciences concentration is designed to foster understanding and a rational perspective for science-based healthcare providers, practitioners, educators, manufacturers, cultivators, and business operators.  JPU’s faculty in this program consists of physicians, nurses, nutritionists, scientists, and data analytic specialists.  JPU caters to the working professional with flexible and accelerated online programs.

Michael Dubanewicz, Ed.D., CN, CCN, CFM, CDM, CFPP, Dean of the School of Integrative and Functional Medicine, notes “JPU is leading the change and future of health education to provide evidence-base study of cannabinoid medical sciences. Our curriculum provides both applied and clinical application of cannabinoids and its function within integrative health science.” 

Mary Clifton, MD, Medical Director, is a board-certified, licensed, internal medicine doctor, and a recognized expert in cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system. “This program will prepare you to give the most informed health advice to your patients and clients, helping them to receive the absolute best care available.”

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND leads as Co-Program Director for the Cannabinoid Medical Sciences concentration. “As a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, teaching about medical cannabis aligns with my mission to help those suffering from pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune disorders, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief using CBD and cannabis.”

John Patrick University (JPU) of Health and Applied Sciences is a progressive university with BS and MS degrees in the Radiological Sciences, Medical Imaging Sciences, Business and Data Sciences, and Integrative and Functional Medicine Disciplines (Lifestyle Medicine, Functional Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Cannabinoid Medical Sciences).  

If you are interested in a degree with a focus on Cannabinoid Medical Sciences, please contact: [email protected], 888-578-4968

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Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs

At Morgan State, a historically Black university that serves more than 7,700 students in Baltimore, the gift will support academic programs in cryptocurrency, blockchain and mergers and acquisitions, said David Wilson, the school’s president.

“You would have to look long, very long, and hard to find African Americans, in particular, in those areas,” Wilson said. “Bank of America has recognized that and has raised its hand to say, ‘We have to do something about this, and it has to go beyond checking a box.’ ”

Anne Kress, president of the more than 51,000-student Northern Virginia Community College, said the grant will fund scholarships and provide support for FastForward — a short-term workforce credential program that trains students for jobs in the health care and information technology fields. Most programs take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

Kress said short-term programs have gained popularity “because people can plan for that length of time.” The unpredictability of the pandemic has made it difficult for many students to plan their lives around traditional 15-week semesters.

“This is an incredible investment by Bank of America,” Kress said, adding that her students — more than half of whom are people of color — are overrepresented in industries hit hardest by the pandemic, including retail and service jobs. She said she plans to use the grant to lead students into higher paying, more stable careers.

“If you’re a first-generation student and you’re from a neighborhood where no one’s worked in cybersecurity before . . . you don’t know those careers exist,” Kress said.

The Bank of America grant comes as corporations and philanthropists look to invest in historically Black universities and other schools with large minority enrollment in a year marked by protests over police violence and racial inequity. Amid a reckoning of racism has come a financial one, aimed at reversing decades of underinvestment in communities of color.

But the track records of these corporations can raise skepticism. At Bank of America — which just last year paid a $4.2 million settlement after being accused of discriminating against Black, Hispanic and female jobs applicants — about 19 percent of executive and senior-level managers at the company are minorities, according to 2019 data from the company. The company denied allegations of discrimination.

This year, Bank of America unveiled plans to change course, committing $1 billion over the next four years to assist communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, invest in minority-owned small businesses, promote affordable housing and support students of color.

“We can help address the widespread inequities in our communities by providing students with the resources they need for future employment and advancing economic mobility,” said Sabina Kelly, Greater Maryland market president for Bank of America.

Campus leaders say the investment is welcomed. It’s also overdue.

“Institutions such as Morgan, have long served as valuable pipelines to an overabundance of brilliant and highly capable African American talent,” Wilson said, “often untapped and underrepresented.”

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Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology bulks up aircraft fleet for training | Local Business News

“It is a good teaching tool because the Archer is a stable platform,” Schrader said. “It’s forgiving for the students. It takes, for lack of a better word, the abuse that students will give to it. The landings on these, the gear is very strong.

“That’s one of the weaknesses we find with training students. The landing gear takes the brunt of the action. It takes skill to land soft. It’s just a rugged airplane overall.”

Founded 92 years ago, Spartan College is one of the country’s first technical training schools for pilots and aviation maintenance. Along with three facilities in Tulsa, Spartan College is also located in Los Angeles; Inland Empire, Calif. and Denver. Since 1928, Spartan has trained more than 100,000 pilots and mechanics.

“In a hard year, we could use a moment like this,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This is a school that I think is founded in the values that have made Tulsa such as special city.”

Bynum spoke about Spartan founder William Skelly, calling him a visionary.

“He looked around the world and at the best the world had to offer and wanted to bring it right here to Tulsa,” the mayor said. “… The reality is that great things do not stay great unless you have great leadership and are investing in them to keep them forward-thinking

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New ‘XR For Social Impact’ White Paper Surveys Use Cases For Immersive Technologies In Education, Healthcare, And Training

Games For Change releases social impact-driven XR landscape survey at the 2020 Unity for Humanity Summit.

Over the past decade, extended reality technologies (XR)—including augmented, mixed, and virtual reality—have graduated from the stuff of science fiction to that of mainstream reality. Games like Pokémon GO and Beat Saber have acclimated people outside of narrow insider communities to the potential of XR—in both gaming and non-gaming applications—as we push into the 2020s.

But while XR is increasingly included in conversations around possible zones of innovation, oftentimes it can be hard to understand the unique opportunities and risks associated with actually developing solutions using these technologies. This is particularly true for realms outside of games and entertainment, where value oftentimes needs to be established from the outset in order to justify the upfront investment of time and resources.

A new white paper from Games For Change, officially presented today at the Unity for Humanity Summit, seeks to offer a toolkit for understanding the unique affordances of XR through advances in three social impact spaces: Education, Healthcare, and Workforce Training [Disclosure: the author has curated Games For Change event programming but was not involved in the creation of this white paper]. The report, written by Archit Kaushik, aims to “untangle the wide net of applications cast by impact-driven XR for various stakeholders interested in engaging with this technology.” Its insights pull from subject matter expert interviews, existing research, and industry use cases.

“At G4C, we recognized that a lot of folks in our community were struggling to get up to speed with all of the rapid developments happening in this space,” said Raul Carvajal, XR for Change lead and production manager at Games For Change, in an interview with the author. “People may have heard the hype around virtual reality and other XR technologies set to change the world, but it’s difficult to get a nuanced understanding of what that means in practice. With this report, we wanted to communicate that nuance through some of the awesome use cases that we’ve come across over the last three years.”


The first industry referenced in “XR for Social Impact” is healthcare. Healthcare spending currently accounts for 18% of the US GDP, and spending in this vertical was already projected to rise prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, consumer spending in telehealth has increased by 46%. XR, which can increase presence in virtual settings, offers several key advantages for healthcare practitioners.

“From cognitive therapy to physical therapy to pain relief, XR is quickly transforming the healthcare industry, changing the way doctors provide care to patients,” the report reads, outlining the following six areas in which XR is impacting healthcare:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Pain Management
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Anatomical Visualization
  • Medical Education
  • Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation


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Can VR Training Make Remote Work Engaging Again? Part One

Virtual reality (VR) is more than just a toy. This is the argument of PwC’s new report, which investigates the effectiveness of VR for soft, or what should be called human, skills training. While the report has some very intriguing findings around how useful VR is for training compared to other methods, it is clear that there are significant barriers to overcome including cost and a dire lack of content.

In a remote working environment that demands engaging digital content, as well as a compelling substitute for physical human interaction (assuming that we’ll be working alongside our pets and partners for considerably longer than expected), can VR prove itself to be more than just an expensive novelty, or worse, a high-powered procrastination tool?

Start with human skills

Companies have relied on badly photocopied exercise sheets and point and click computer programs for decades, but PwC argues that they just don’t cut the mustard when engagement is key. “In-person or digital methods like online training don’t give learners an opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience the way VR does,” says Scott Likens, PwC’s emerging technology leader. Likens’ emphasis on the immersive, interactive experience of VR is not inconsequential, and VR’s suitability for learning human skills (such as diversity and inclusion training) is clear when directly compared to classroom learning or e-learning.

Ear-marked in the report as a “key driver of success” when learning human skills, the confidence to act on what they had learned in training increased by 275% for employees using VR compared to 198% for classroom-trained employees. The immersive nature of VR could also explain the disparity in training times between methods, with the report pointing out that “even with the time taken for employees to get used to VR” and discounting travel time to a classroom, VR was up to 4 times faster than classroom training and took 2/3rds as long as elearning methods (29 minutes versus 45 minutes for e-learning, and almost 2 hours in a classroom).

While a day in a classroom or two hours doing a video comprehension exercise may not be particularly engaging, Likens explains that VR enables participants to focus more fully: “While working remotely, we have more things distracting us than we would in an office, but VR demands employees’ full attention once they put on the headset.” With many people working from home, however, the logistics of actually getting headsets to people becomes more difficult – Liken’s suggestion that “employers can distribute headsets to workers’ homes and sanitize them after each use, for example, by bathing them in UVC light” seems like it might mitigate the time- and cost-effectiveness of VR – but some are seeing ways around this problem that further showcase the potential of

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Free Education and Training courses emphasize communication

Fourteen no-cost courses are being offered by the 88th Air Base Wing’s Education and Training Section Office via the Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) environment from Oct. 26-30 during Virtual Focus Week.

a woman sitting at a table with a laptop and smiling at the camera: Free, professional development opportunities will be hosted online by the 88th Force Support Squadron’s Education and Training Section Office via the Commercial Virtual Remote environment Oct. 26-30 during Virtual Focus Week. METRO NEWS SERVICE PHOTO

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Free, professional development opportunities will be hosted online by the 88th Force Support Squadron’s Education and Training Section Office via the Commercial Virtual Remote environment Oct. 26-30 during Virtual Focus Week. METRO NEWS SERVICE PHOTO

The theme for October is “Communication: Exchanging Information for Increased Understanding.”


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“We have to continue to keep ourselves on point and sharp,” said Michael King, human resource specialist and Focus Week program manager. “Airmen and civilian employees are highly interested in honing their skills at this time, and Focus Week is a great, no-cost way to do that.”

Training Delivery Section personnel have been concentrating on developing and rewriting courses especially relevant and needed during the pandemic, he said.

“Many students are discovering that Focus Week is a creative way to train and maximize their time, and if they are working remotely, it’s a great way to connect with other students as they learn,” King said.

He pointed out that Education and Training upped its course offerings from 10 in July to 14 in October in response to demand.

“We are seizing the opportunity to adjust and innovate to keep up with the times,” King said. “If you’re not relevant, you’re irrelevant.”

Online attendance is open only for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base military members and Department of Defense civilian employees. To register go to Registration is open and continues until three business days prior to each course.

The courses are:

· Building a Culture of Trust – Fosters the free exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of open exchange; actively attempts to understand others’ points of view and clarifies information as needed; solicits feedback to ensure others understand messages as they were intended.

· Business Etiquette – Everyone has found themselves in a business situation in which they were not quite sure what to do. Whom do I introduce first – is it “ladies first” or “rank first?” What does “business casual” dress mean? And at that honorary dinner, you didn’t quite know what to do with all four of the forks in front of you. Knowledge of business etiquette can help create a positive impression in social and business interactions. This knowledge will promote effective communication, develop stronger networking capabilities and provide respectful interactions with others of various backgrounds and positions.

· Daily Stress Balance and Work-Life Survival Guide – This class discusses different types of stress, and short- and long-term effects stress has on our bodies. We will review three-stress management techniques – focusing, calming, balanced living practices – so you leave class feeling more empowered to manage stress.

· Dynamic Team Building – Discover how to build a team from the ground up. This instructor-led course provides the guidelines for developing team mission statements, discusses Tuckman’s theory of team building and defines

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