Holberton Brings Silicon Valley Caliber Software Engineering Education to Hauts-de-France

Leading project-based coding school now has 14 campuses worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Holberton School, the project-based college alternative educating the next generation of software engineers, announced the opening of a campus in Hauts-de-France (HDF). This opening brings Holberton School’s total campus count to 14 worldwide, spanning five continents and seven countries.

Founded by Benjamin Dhellemmes and Benoit Denot, the campus will be strategically located at Europe’s crossroads. The HDF region and Lille Metropolis host more than 70 retailer headquarters like Decathlon, Kiabi, and Auchan. But also 17 startup incubators and 160 e-companies like OVHcloud, Vade Secure, and Showroom-prive. The campus is partnering with local investors, hiring companies, and tech communities, among which are: EuraTechnologies (one of Europe’s largest startup incubators), Jezby Ventures (OVHcloud founder Octave Klaba’s fund), ÏDKIDS Group (a major French retailer), Vade Secure (Global leader in predictive email defense), the French Tech community, and many more.

Holberton School HDF Co-founder Benoit Denot says, “Hauts-de-France is home to the most successful retailers in Europe and a flourishing startup ecosystem. Holberton School Hauts-de-France will train a diverse and Silicon-Valley grade workforce that the local companies need.”

Holberton provides Silicon Valley-grade software Engineering training through its full-time one- and two-year programs. Students acquire practical skills and an understanding of theory through project-based and peer-based learning. Students from all walks of life have gone on to secure software engineering jobs at top-tier employers, including Apple, Google, Veepee, and Tesla.

“Tech ecosystems are growing all over France, we were impressed by Hauts-de-France’s one,” says Holberton Co-founder & President Sylvain Kalache. “It is in this type of dynamic and vibrant communities that Holberton School shines.”

Holberton School HDF’s first cohort will begin in January, synchronizing with Holberton’s 13 other campuses spanning six additional countries. Due to COVID-19, Holberton School’s HDF will provide its education entirely online. A physical campus will open as soon as the pandemic allows. Applications are open to individuals above the age of 18 coming from any educational background. To learn more about Holberton School’s enrollment and opportunities, visit www.holbertonschool.com/campus_life/hauts_de_france.

About Holberton School
Holberton School graduates have gone on to earn six-figure salaries as engineers at leading employers, including Apple, Tesla, NASA, Google, and LinkedIn. Holberton trains software engineers in both practical knowledge and theory utilizing project-based and peer learning. Students learn how to become lifelong learners and leaders in their fields. Holberton School is supported by professional advisors and investors from the technology and entertainment industries, including Grammy Award-Winner NE-YO, Journalist and Educator Esther Wojcicki, and Technology Visionaries LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Docker founder Solomon Hykes, and VP of Payments, Facebook Stephane Kasriel. Holberton has campuses in the United States, Colombia, France, Lebanon, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Mexico. Go to www.holbertonschool.com to learn more.

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College football picks, odds for Big Ten in Week 9: Ohio State cruises past Penn State in Happy Valley

The Big Ten began its 2020 season last weekend with a very intriguing slate. Ohio State rolled past Nebraska in a game that was never in doubt aside from possibly the first few minutes. Michigan flexed its offensive muscles against a Minnesota team that was coming off an 11-win season. Filed under things we didn’t think we’d see: Indiana upset Penn State and Rutgers knocked off Michigan State.

This week’s Big Ten slate features just one matchup between two ranked teams, but it could be a very interesting battle. No. 3 Ohio State travels to Happy Valley to take on No. 18 Penn State in a matchup of two teams that had very differing weeks to start off their seasons. As is the case nearly every year, Michigan and Penn State are Ohio State’s biggest competition in the Big Ten East, but the Nittany Lions could be in a very bad way if they fall to 0-2 to start the year. 

In addition, another East division matchup could be a battle for second place as Rutgers hosts Indiana. Coach Greg Schiano is back at the helm at Rutgers and led his group to a very convincing opening week victory. Indiana will also be looking to prove that their upset win wasn’t a fluke. 

With many intriguing games on the docket, here are your best bets for the Big Ten slate this week. Odds via William Hill Sportsbook

No. 3 Ohio State (-12) at No. 18 Penn State: The Buckeyes looked like the juggernaut that many expected against Nebraska and Justin Fields was sensational as usual. Penn State’s offense, on the other hand, had issues in the turnover battle as quarterback Sean Clifford threw threw a pair of costly interceptions. The one positive that the Nittany Lions had going for them was their defense. Penn State only yielded 211 total yards and 1.6 yards per carry to Indiana. But don’t expect those numbers to translate against the Buckeyes. Ohio State just has too much firepower and Penn State has too many holes. Buckeyes roll in this one. Pick: Ohio State (-12)

Michigan State at No. 13 Michigan (-24): After a disappointing 9-4 season in 2019, Michigan certainly got off on the right foot in 2020. The Wolverines utilized a very balanced offensive attack to take control of the Golden Gophers in the opening half and never looked back. Meanwhile, Mel Tucker’s tenure in East Lansing didn’t exactly get off to a stellar start as the Spartans fell to Rutgers. This in-state rivalry isn’t what it once was and Michigan shouldn’t have too many issues with the Spartans defense. A 24-point spread is quite a large amount, so I’ll take the over of 53.5 points with two teams that should easily reach that mark. Pick: Over 53.5

No. 17 Indiana (-12) at Rutgers: This might be the most talked about game aside from Ohio State at Penn State. While the Hoosiers may have won on a controversial two-point conversion, the offense stepped

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SME Education Foundation Seeks Industry Involvement for Unadilla Valley High School Initiative to Create STEM Opportunities for Students

SME Education Foundation Seeks Industry Involvement for Unadilla Valley High School Initiative to Create STEM Opportunities for Students

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 21, 2020

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Unadilla Valley Central Schools have partnered with the SME Education Foundation to make manufacturing and engineering education and career opportunities available for students of Unadilla Valley High School in New Berlin, New York, via the Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) schools initiative.

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SME PRIME schools directly address the manufacturing and engineering talent shortage by partnering with industry to provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum and hands-on training to high schools across the country. SME PRIME students learn about manufacturing and engineering technology and processes through an industry-informed curriculum tailored to meet the needs of local industry.

“This initiative will provide an important school-to-work pathway for our students,” said Robert Mackey, superintendent of Unadilla Valley Central School District. “A carefully designed curriculum and advanced, current equipment give our students a unique opportunity to explore futures in manufacturing, engineering and STEM careers.”

Local manufacturers develop and access a pool of skilled local talent who have been trained — and often certified — to fill specific roles at their respective companies, providing a direct community benefit.

“SME PRIME schools are central to our commitment to inspiring, preparing and supporting young people,” said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. “Our partnership with Unadilla Valley High School needs support and engagement of business leaders to bring it to fruition — we’re proud to welcome these committed educators to our national team.”

Since 2011, SME PRIME schools have been initiated in 60 communities across 22 states, creating opportunities for more than 100,000 students. In 2019 alone, the SME Education Foundation partnered with 12 new schools to create custom programs through partnerships with private industry.

Unadilla Valley is a rural district with about 800 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 housed in one building completed in 2002. The district was established as a result of a merger between the former New Berlin and South New Berlin Central Schools in 1996.

Interested industry partners can become involved and learn more by calling the Foundation at (313) 319-4794.

About the SME Education Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country. The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students. Through its SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in 60 schools across 22 states. All Foundation activities are designed to empower young

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Trump down in Lehigh Valley after COVID-19 bout, lehighvalleylive.com/F&M College poll shows

This is one in a series of stories that are part of Swing County, Swing State, a collaborative project between PennLive’s sister publications, lehighvalleylive.com and nj.com, that explores Northampton County’s critical role in the upcoming presidential election.

In a critical swing region in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a 7 point lead over President Donald Trump in the race, according to a new lehighvalleylive.com/ Franklin & Marshall College poll of likely voters in the 7th Congressional District.

Biden is ahead of Trump 51% to 44% in the district, which covers Lehigh and Northampton counties and a sliver of Monroe County. Franklin & Marshall’s September statewide poll shows Biden leading Trump, 49% to 40% among registered voters and 48% to 42% among likely voters.

With just two weeks before the election, only 3% of voters report that they’re undecided. Trump won the state’s riches of 20 electoral votes in 2016 by less than a point.

The poll of likely voters in the 7th District was conducted by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College, in partnership with lehighvalleylive.com, from Oct. 12-18, 2020, on the heels of the first presidential debate and Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. The margin of error is +/- 5.8. Read more about the methodology here.

The opinion poll analysis website FiveThirtyEight has Biden currently favored to win Pennsylvania with 53% of the popular vote compared to Trump at 47%.

The poll was conducted as part of the Swing County, Swing State project, a collaboration between lehighvalleylive.com and nj.com that takes a deep dive into one of the country’s pivotal swing counties with the support of The John Farmer Memorial Journalism Fund. Northampton County’s status as a political bellwether’s been hard earned over the last century as voters almost always predict how Pennsylvania will swing, even when they back the loser, and often the nation.

It cemented that standing in 2016 when it became one of 206 counties in a nation of 3,141 counties that went for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 then flipped to President Donald Trump.

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Biden holds a 12 point lead over Trump in Northampton County with 42% of county voters supporting the president. The gap is much narrower in neighboring Lehigh County where Biden has just a 2 point lead at 48% to 46%. (The smaller sample size means there’s a higher margin of error.)

The president won Northampton County by 4 points in 2016 while Hillary Clinton won Lehigh County by 4.5 points.

The president still holds an edge among men (54% to 42%) in the congressional district, while Biden claims a commanding share of women (59% to 34%). (This trends with 2016 support for Trump and Clinton.) There’s an identical split among college-educated voters with nearly 6 in 10 in the district backing Biden.

The 7th District’s incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Susan Wild holds an 8 point overall lead

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Restrictions lifted for Grand Valley State University students after coronavirus cases decrease

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — Restrictions on student gatherings at Grand Valley State University were lifted this week.

The two-week “Staying Safe” order implemented by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health ends at midnight Friday, Oct. 16, after new daily coronavirus cases decreased significantly since the first student restriction was put in place last month.

Even with the lifting of the restrictions, health officials are encouraging students and community members to “stay strong” in the fight against COVID-19, according to a press release from the health department.

“Epidemiological data monitored by public health officials and GVSU administrative leadership indicate a continual improvement to slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the GVSU community,” the release said. “The OCDPH is encouraging the GVSU and Ottawa County communities to stay strong and stay the course to further help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The restrictions limited the number of students allowed at gatherings, which included parties, group gatherings, study sessions or group walking. Prior to the two-week-long restrictions, GVSU students were under a stay-home order issued Sept. 16 in response to escalating coronavirus cases tied to the university.

Related: Grand Valley to pay students to take daily coronavirus health screening

Since the start of the stay-home order, the number of new positive cases have dropped significantly.

The university’s seven-day daily average is currently 4.9 new cases, compared to about 34 new cases per day on Sept. 16. GVSU saw its peak of 46 new cases per day on Sept. 6, according to university data.

The university went from accounting for 77% of all Ottawa County cases down to just 4% for the week ending Oct. 10, Ottawa County Health Officer Lisa Stefanovsky said in the release.

“I want to further acknowledge and commend the GVSU leadership, faculty, staff and students for their commitment to public health and safety, not only for the benefit of the Grand Valley population but also for the greater community,” Stefanovsky said.

The health officer said the restrictions “were challenging for all involved” and commended the university community for helping to slow the spread.

“I now encourage a ‘Staying Strong’ approach to keeping our community safe from COVID‐19,” Stefanovsky said. “As cases continue to rise in the greater community, it is not time to relax any of the strong preventive approaches that have been put in place.”

Students should continue wearing face coverings, social distancing and washing their hands, she said.

There are currently 21 “active” cases – or cases reported in the last 10 days – in off-campus students in Ottawa County, according to the university’s data dashboard.

“I appreciate our solid partnership with the county health department and the drop in positive COVID-19 test results we’re seeing in the campus community,” said GVSU President Philomena V. Mantella. “I’m so proud of our community and want to thank everyone for taking this public health crisis seriously and following the guidelines.

“We know we must remain vigilant to do our best to keep the virus from spreading,” she

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