rolls out a Black History Educational Video Series for Juneteenth.






THE MIDDLE PASSAGE introduces our Educational Video Series, Highlighting Key Events, Milestones and little-known Stories in Black History.

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

— Marcus Garvey

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, June 18, 2021 / —, the Internet’s first and longest running black history encyclopedia, in celebration of the JUNETEENTH holiday, has introduced a new Black History Educational Video Series.

– JUNETEENTH (The History and Why it Matters)
– AFRICAN EMPIRES (you should know)
BLACK WALL STREET (The Tulsa Race Massacre)
– THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Overview and Timeline)
– And more being added!

You can explore this new video series here:

In 2021 introduced a series of Black History videos to help make black history more consumable to our audience. These videos feature a 1-minute video each day that focuses on a person, event or milestone of Black History that occurred on that day. We have also enhanced our video library with a longer (3+Minutes) video series that covers the life and legacy of our Black History Heroes and also a special series on Significant Women in Black History.

You can see the full range of Videos we have released to-date here:

Due to the incredible response to our Black History Videos we decided to expand our Widget solution to not only have a Fact-Of-The-Day(™) offering but also to include videos. has a mission of “Putting Black Community in Control of our Narratives” – using technology created, coded, controlled and owned 100% by ‘US!’


If you believe in the importance of “Putting the Black Community in Control of our Stories” then support our efforts – become a part of the BLACKFACTS NATION. Discover, Create and Share Black History by supporting us at:

ABOUT BLACKFACTS.COM was founded by Ken Granderson (MIT, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity) and Dale Dowdie (Boston University, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity) in 1997 as a way to showcase that people of color could take advantage of the technology revolution and build something that we own and control. It was developed with the tenets of ‘Inform, Engage & Inspire’ – these are our goals for the millions of visitors, contributors, sponsors and historians that visit Blackfacts each month, and discover how great we really are.

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Short Story Collection Depicts Everyday People During Pandemic

Covid '19 True Fictions: Stories Before; During and After--- When Mostly Good Things Happened

Covid ’19 True Fictions: Stories Before; During and After— When Mostly Good Things Happened

James Andrew Freeman

James Andrew Freeman

James Freeman Presents "Covid ’19 True Fictions: Stories Before; During and After— When Mostly Good Things Happened"

This is a book of human connections and will-power and love set against the backdrop of a pandemic.”

— James Freeman

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 18, 2021 / — The COVID-19 pandemic was devastating, affecting countless lives, upending daily routines and disrupting economies worldwide. With his short story collection, author James Freeman focuses on the individual and community levels to depict how this global crisis affected everyday people and how they persevered despite incredible adversity. With "Covid ’19 True Fictions: Stories Before; During and After— When Mostly Good Things Happened" readers will be treated to interconnected fictional narratives of ordinary people during extraordinary times, and how this brought out the love, compassion and empathy needed to endure.

With his collection, Freeman depicts the individual-level ramifications of sweeping global events, with short stories following car detailers, carpet cleaners, hospice volunteers, soldiers, teachers, fishermen and more. These narratives put human faces on realities otherwise conveyed in the news as statistics. According to a McKinsey study, up to one third of US jobs may be vulnerable and 80% of these are held by low-income workers. Freeman's realistic stories, mostly set in Bucks County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a couple set in northern California, show what average people have to go through. But it is not all bleak and grim, as Freeman shows that even during dark times people's innate nature to be kind, to show empathy, can shine a light in these moments. While the characters are fictional, Freeman's writing brings them to life in a realistic fashion, showing their everyday interactions and moments of compassion and caring. These are what Freeman calls: “elemental truths about joy, life and death in the all-too-real time of a pandemic.”

"This is a book of human connections and will-power and love set against the backdrop of a pandemic." Freeman explains, adding that these were also drawn from his own experiences during the pandemic. “I wanted to share our common humanity in everyday scenarios during a pandemic. ”

With "Covid ’19 True Fictions" Freeman aims to raise funds for the new Bucks County Community College Dr. Keri Barber Memorial Student Scholarship. He would also like to thank the BCCC Cultural Affairs Committee for the Cultural Incentive Grant assisting in the publication of this book.

About the Author
James Freeman is a graduate of Shasta College, Reed College and Humboldt University. For forty years he has taught creative writing and has authored 21 books. He is a proud father and currently lives in Langhorne, Pennsylvania with his family.

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Himalayan Institute of Technology's Pooja Agarwal wins silver in the Lima 2021 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup

DEHRADUN, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, June 19, 2021 / — Ranked 14th in the world and 11th in Asia in shooting, Pooja Agarwal an alumni of Himalayan Institute of Technology Bags a silver medal in the Lima 2021 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup taking place in Lima,Peru. Pooja did her Higher Education from Himalayan Institute of Technology.

Pooja started shooting in the year 2016 after a very tragic accident on the Delhi Railway station where she fell on the track and was ran over by a train after which three of her limbs had to be amputated in order to save her life. After the accident her marriage fell apart and Pooja shifted with her mother but Pooja was a strong soul and decided that she will not live a life of pity thus took up shooting as she realized that her right hand is fine and she can get the most out of it after which there was no looking back. In 2017 Pooja won her first international medal at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, UAE in 2017 for 10m air pistol event.

Her determination and hard work Paid of again when she won a Silver in the Lima 2021 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in an air pistol event and made the nation proud. In this event, she teamed up with Anurodh Pawar. While talking to her teachers at Himalayan Institute of Technology they feel very proud and say that Pooja is a great inspiration for all and each one of her achievements reminds us that nothing is impossible.

About Himalayan Institute of Technology
Himalayan Institute of Technology – HIT Dehradun is a College located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It was established in 2001 and is affiliated to HNBG Central University & SDSU State University for Bachelor of Hotel Management, BBA, BCA, BSc Agriculture, BSc Forestry, BSc-IT, BCom, MSc-IT, MCom, MSc Agronomy, and many other courses. The motto of HIT Dehradun is "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow".
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(Stepping Stone Medical Statesville NC) Stepping Stone Medical certified by North Carolina Community College System

Statesville, NC, Stepping Stone Medical Center CEO, Janecia Sanders

Statesville, NC, Stepping Stone Medical Center, CEO Janecia Sanders

The North Carolina Community College System has granted a Proprietary School License to Statesville-based Stepping Stone Medical.

STATESVILLE, , NC, USA, June 18, 2021 / — Based in Statesville, NC, Stepping Stone Medical is proud to be certified by the North Carolina Community College System. The North Carolina Community College System is a statewide network of almost 60 public community colleges. The governing body is headquartered in the state's capital city of Raleigh.

The North Carolina Community College System currently enrolls over 600,000 students annually, making it the nation's third-largest community college system. Its mission is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education.

Courtesy of the governing body, Stepping Stone Medical now holds what's known as a Proprietary School License. The organization received its license having met the requirements of Article 8 of Chapter 115D of the General Statutes of North Carolina governing the licensing of Proprietary Schools conducted in the so-called Tar Heel State.

With that, the college is granted authorization to operate in Statesville, NC, while its license remains valid. Proprietary School Licenses are given in accordance with the law authorizing the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Individual organizations are licensed upon the recommendation of the North Carolina State Board of Proprietary Schools.

Stepping Stone Medical in Statesville, NC, is honored to be the area's number one source for medical training. With a vision for the future, the college is committed to producing medical professionals with an understanding of safety and correct techniques that's unparalleled.

"This kind of excellence results from highly qualified instruction along with an outstanding curriculum," explains a representative, "to aid students with the confidence they need to succeed in a rapidly growing field."

Stepping Stone Medical introduces IV therapy training

As part of Stepping Stone Medical's ever-growing roster of courses, the college has now brought IV therapy training classes to Statesville, NC. The medical training institution's team is poised and ready for an influx of new students. This comes as the healthcare field continues to flourish, with IV therapy in exceptionally high demand.

Delivered via an intravenous drip, the process is an extremely effective way of administering not just medication but also crucial vitamins and minerals. IV therapy can also be used to treat dehydration, address malnutrition, facilitate nutrient replacement, as part of the standard procedure following surgery, and in a variety of emergency situations.

From its campus in Statesville, NC, Stepping Stone Medical already offers a range of courses, including classes for phlebotomy technicians, medical assistants, and basic life support training. Students aspiring to enter the medical field can even enroll to study medical billing and coding.

The college's IV therapy training course is marketed as an ideal option for current phlebotomists and certified nursing assistants. However, training is open to anyone looking to add to their current certifications within medicine.

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Be cool: Check out Explore Authors Magazine's recommended hot new books

Anneliese by Dee Miller

Anneliese by Dee Miller

Angelina Escapes to Mackinac Island by Susan Locascio

Angelina Escapes to Mackinac Island by Susan Locascio

Nugae Venales Or "Jokes For Sale" in English: Humor, Brief Essays, and Short Poems by E.C. Walsh

Nugae Venales Or “Jokes For Sale” in English: Humor, Brief Essays, and Short Poems by E.C. Walsh

Summer's here! Time to curl up amd cool off with glass of lemonade and a new book. Check out Explore Authors Magazine's recommended hot new book releases

Summer's here, curl up with a hot new book!”

— Explore Authors Magazine

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 18, 2021 / — The following books are available in paperback and eBook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and fine retailers everywhere. Check out our list of fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.

Dee Miller's debut novel, Anneliese, tells the story of a young woman striving to move forward after a deadly outbreak of Spanish Flu kills her fiancé during World War I. This story is a fresh and engaging take on a young woman striving to overcome love, loss, and life in the roaring 1920s. On sale now, Prairie Sage Books, ISBN: 978-1737295501

The General's Daughter (2021) by T.M Rice is the follow up to Rice's fast-paced 2020 action thriller, The Chemist: The Adventures of The Gray Rider. This one is as action packed and thrilling as the first. We see a movie in the future for this series. We highly recommend this enthralling new book! Stories from Terry's Garage: ISBN, 978-1734704914

The Redcap: A Sam McKay Novel is on sale now. This taut edge-of-your-seat crime thriller by K.M. Hardy will keep your eyes glued to every page. A brilliant follow-up up to the first book in the Sam McKay series, SCOTS HONOR. We're captivated! On sale now – Picaty Press, ISBN: 978-1736734605

Was Shakespeare an anti-Semite? This age-old question has haunted the author for centuries. Author Stephen Byk offers this critical analysis of the world's most famous playwright's work in Vindicating Shakespeare: A Theater Director’s Study of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. On sale now. LS&G Publishing ISBN: 978-0578871363

Lutka wants to become an opera singer. But what does a person do when his country is invaded by another country, the government is overthrown and plagued by famine and in turmoil surrounding the Russian Revolution? Action and suspense fuels this captivating novel, The Opera Singer by Paul Larson, coming soon to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and fine retailers everywhere May 1st, 2021. ISBN: 978-1736895108

You will have a number of books to choose from by this amazing author, J.B. Millhollin, including his most recent crime thriller, the fourth in his saga, To Hide from a Northern Wind: River of Tears, bringing his breathtaking and methodical storytelling about the 140 year family feud between the Masters and the Jenkins families to a close, amid a murder trial that brings the families together for a united cause. Read the entire series, and other novels by J.B. Millhollin via the links below. Fans of legal crime dramas will love this author. Grey Place Books, ISBN: 978-1-7358745-5-5

Veer this way for a break from fiction. Nugae Venales Or "Jokes For Sale" in English: Humor, Brief Essays, and Short Poems by E.C. Walsh are the author's witty musings and clever insights on society, politics, and life in this smart, intellectual take on the past year. We love this book! On sale now, Dignam Press, ISBN: 978-0578926483

Dan Valenti's heart-pounding novel and romantic thriller , A Kiss Worth Waiting for… is on sale now! We highly recommend this decades-spanning romantic journey in the author's debut novel, and sure to be classic. BUY TODAY via fine retailers everywhere. Collar City Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-7370674-0-5

Suzanne Locascio's much awaited debut novel, Angelina Escapes to Mackinac Island is an absolute must-read. Locascio's action-packed thriller is set during the French Revolution amid royal intrigue, danger, and a daring escape to Mackinac Island from Angelina Savoy's beloved France! On sale now via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and fine retailers everywhere B. Nelson Press, ISBN: 978-1-7370015-0-8

A Lot Going on Upstairs is J.S. Black's piercing insight into the thoughts of his teenaged character, which drives this story about divorce and mental health in this gut-wrenching story. A sharp read! Available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and fine retailers everywhere. Jamilian Books, ISBN: 978-0578876450

There is beauty in simplicity, and genius in subtlety. Rivers, trees, sunsets, and love. A subtle blend where nature meets life. Haimnauth Ramkirath’s fourth work, Unsung Verses is deeply personal and a pleasure to read. Poetry is not only alive, but lush and warm. A solid recommend. New Sunrise Press ISBN: 978-1736373309

Out of the Mists: A Compendium of Bizarre Short Stories Vol. 1 and Vol2 by John Knight is on sale now! Readers will enjoy Knight's intriguing and often chilling stories. Curl up with this book and enjoy! Available now via Amazon, B&N and fine retailers everywhere! IndyPub: 979-8591007393 VOL. 2, COMING SOON, JULY 2021.

Jim Morgan’s Me and Eli, coming of age story about a mysterious boy is suspenseful, and enthralling coming to a close with a shocking twist. We highly recommend this intriguing young adult novel! 978-0578866246

The Infinite Circle of the Soul: A Non-religious Look at Spirituality by Mike Hain focuses on the 'human soul and all of its attributes including love, creativity, empathy, and its journey throughout many earthly lives.' Hain's insight brings something tangible to the ethereal, a subject we've all wondered about. His approach to the incorporeal provides answers that steers his readers to their authentic selves in this motivational book. ECSM Publishing 978-1736559109

Peter Spicer's gripping book, Breaking Baptist, details why he left the evangelical fundamentalist religion. Am eye-opening and riveting perspective. We highly recommend. Spicewrite, ISBN: 978-0578801834


The Face of XYZ by art student Alexa Pouza, shares the fictional journey of self-discovery and self-love in this heartwarming children's book about a man with no face. A book that teaches children about self-love and confidence is definitely worth a read. COMING SOON, JULY 2021 Purple Brick Road Press, ISBN: 978-0-578-91933-1

The Lighthouse by Becky Enright tells a charming and educational story about what lighthouses do and why they are important. Children will enjoy the whimsical illustrations and storytelling. C&B Books, ISBN: 978-1736908709

Me and Toby by Jo Robinson is a heartwarming children’s book about hope and finding a new home when a chair at a furniture store is taken in by a new family. Adorable anthropomorphic tale! Buy today via fine retailers everywhere… Library of Twink Publishing, ISBN: 978-0578862347

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Allen University heads to space with The Boeing Company

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COLUMBIA, SC, USA, June 18, 2021 / — Allen University heads to space with corporate partner The Boeing Company. The institution is one of 14 historically black colleges and universities that Boeing is commemorating on its CST-100 Starliner second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2).

Of the 14 institutions, 13 have a recruiting partnership. Allen University differs in that it formed a partnership with The Boeing Company to establish the Boeing Institute on Civility. The institute will be a national hub for teaching and programming aimed at advancing civil discourse in America and across the globe.

The announcement comes some eight months after Allen University President and CEO, Dr. Ernest McNealey, spoke about the reach of The Boeing Company. Flags, small pennants and other items representing select HBCUs from throughout the U.S. will be part of the approximately 760 pounds of cargo flying inside the Starliner’s crew module when it launches to the International Space Station for OFT-2.

“The reach of The Boeing Company is particularly compatible with the University's aspiration to
demonstrate that service to the greater good does not stop in one’s own community, but has the
obligation to be expansive,” said Allen University President and CEO Ernest McNealey.

Boeing is targeting Friday, July 30, to launch the uncrewed vehicle atop an Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-41 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The CST-100 Starliner is a full-service orbital crew transportation vehicle providing all elements needed to transport crew and cargo to and from low Earth orbit destinations, including crew training and mission planning, spacecraft and launch vehicle assembly, integration and testing, and crew and cargo recovery. The goal is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to space, beginning with NASA missions to the International Space Station.

About Allen University
Allen University is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Allen University.

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Direct Selling Education Foundation Awards 2021 Doctoral Sales Grant

Allison Crick, University of South Florida, Named DSEF Grant Recipient

Now more than ever, funding for innovative new research on best practices for direct selling is of the utmost importance.”

— Dr. Greg W. Marshall, Rollins College

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, June 18, 2021 / — The Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) is pleased to announce its 2021 Sales Doctoral Student Grant Program recipient. Allison Crick, a student at the University of South Florida (USF), was awarded a grant that will help the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-accredited doctoral-granting institutions build, recruit and retain the next generation of aspiring sales-focused faculty and scholars. Allison is working with Dr. Andy Artis, Dr. Doug Hughes and Dr. Nathan Hartmann at USF’s School of Marketing and Innovation.

“On behalf of all of us at DSEF, I’d like to congratulate Allison Crick,” said Kimberly Harris Bliton, DSEF Senior Director, Academic Initiatives. “Four years ago, DSEF Fellow Dr. Jaramillo and I were discussing how we might encourage more PhD students to pursue an academic career in sales to meet current and future needs. The DSEF Doctoral Sales Grant Program was born from that conversation. We’re pleased to offer the grant for a third year.”

Dr. Fernando Jaramillo, (Professor and Associate Dean for Students and Programs, University of Texas at Arlington) and Dr. Greg W. Marshall, (Charles Harwood Professor of Marketing and Strategy, Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College) administer the grant program, along with Bliton and DSEF Executive Director Gary Huggins.

“Now more than ever, funding for innovative new research on best practices for direct selling is of the utmost importance,” said Marshall. “The DSEF Sales Grant program recognizes and rewards the best of the best of next generation sales scholars whose work can positively impact direct selling practices well into the future.”

The grant recipients were selected from a pool of applicants who submitted proposals relevant to the direct selling channel, DSEF and Direct Selling Association (DSA) member companies. Over a four-year period, the recipients will receive $4,000 to develop and execute a research project focusing on a topic of relevance for DSEF and DSA member companies.

DSEF 2019 Doctoral Sales Grant recipients Carissa Harris, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Jen Riley, Kansas State University, will continue to receive grant disbursements through 2022. DSEF 2020 recipients Molly Ahearne from the University of Georgia and Scott Hachey from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa will receive disbursements through 2023.


For more than 40 years, DSEF has partnered with members of the academic community to support research and education programs. These programs expand the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of direct selling. The Foundation partners with nearly 250 professors in a variety of disciplines—including sales, marketing, management, economics, ethics and entrepreneurship—to develop direct selling-related academic research, case studies and teaching content. In 2020, U.S. retail sales from direct selling totaled more than $40 billion, with 7.7 million independent salespeople building full-time or part-time businesses in the United States.


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Plug & Play K-12 Curriculum And Instruction

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A Solution For Next-Gen K-12 Education

One emerging cost-effective solution … is hiring turnkey providers capable of immediately teaching entire subject categories to augment or replace existing programs.”

— Lawrence Allen

PLANO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, June 18, 2021 / — The K-12 landscape is transforming, driven by the urgent need for alternatives to public-school education. This demand, together with the advent of technical innovation, has spurred leading-edge new options in the private school and home-schooling sector, creating a generational opportunity to dramatically improve the way American school children are educated.

Remote learning is a rapidly evolving feature of this transformation. Though recorded video series and interactive websites are great tools, they are only effective when supporting the human touch of a classical curriculum taught by exceptionally talented and motivated teachers. Plus, the cost and complexity of replacing a long-established system such as K-12 education is a daunting challenge.

One emerging, cost-effective solution for home-school co-ops and private schools alike is the concept of Plug & Play curriculum and instruction: hiring turnkey providers capable of immediately teaching entire subject categories to augment or replace existing programs. And companies like Singapore Academy USA℠ are leading just such innovative solutions.

The Singapore school system delivers #1 student scores across the board in standardized global testing (see inset). STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are Singapore’s strongest subjects and Singapore Academy USA℠ is making both the curriculum and “Live From Singapore” daily instruction from top Singapore teachers available to American families and educational organizations. Once the Plug & Play module is installed into an organization’s overall education plan, Singapore Academy USA℠ executes end-to-end fulfillment of the entire school year’s curriculum plan and live instruction for those subjects. The client — home-school co-ops and private schools — need only provide the physical forum for the students (if in-person learning) and monitor implementation.

The advantages are clear. First and foremost, American students benefit from the world’s best STEM curriculum and live instruction. Second, educational organizations gain nimbleness in scaling up or down based on changing enrollment without being hampered by fixed costs. They also gain instant expertise and knowledge in the subjects taught. And, they can menu-select and test-market specialty classes at no risk to determine student body interest and whether to include the classes long term. All this happens while adding exciting, competitive classes into their overall offering.

Plug & Play solutions help start-ups accelerate their time to market, bypassing hiring and operations complexity. Established organizations reduce costs while quickly incorporating the latest teaching innovations. And best of all, organizations that hire Singapore Academy USA℠ to teach classes will enjoy the service orientation and agility that are fast becoming the hallmarks of next-gen K-12 education. We would love to show you how we can help your organization grow, while reducing costs and, most importantly, help your students improve their STEM scores. Visit: or contact Lawrence Allen at:
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Singapore Academy USA℠ is an academically focused curriculum and live instruction provider for middle school and high school student families who seek high performance in standardized testing. They help students reach the top of their class their final years of High School and ultimately achieve top university placement. Contact person: Lawrence Allen at:

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The Washington Post Names CollabraLink a 2021 Top Washington-area Workplace

CollabraLink has been named one of The Washington Post’s 2021 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C. area

CollabraLink Technologies, Inc.

Rahul Pandhi celebrates along with members of the CollabraLink team.

For the second year in a row, CollabraLink has been named one of The Washington Post’s 2021 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C. area

This award validates the commitment our team has made to operating with integrity, working as a team, being accountable for our actions, and ultimately, ensuring unwavering respect for the individual.”

— Rahul Pandhi, CollabraLink CEO

MCLEAN, VA, USA, June 18, 2021 / — For the second year in a row, CollabraLink has been named one of The Washington Post’s 2021 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C. area. Selection is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, which measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, inclusiveness, execution, and connection.

“Now in its eighth year, The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces list continues to highlight the companies in the Washington area that are leaders in company satisfaction and engagement,” said Washington Post Top Workplaces editor Dion Haynes. “Throughout the past 15 months, these companies have had to make quick decisions in order to keep their employees safe while also balancing productivity and efficiency, and their employees have taken note of this great work.”

CollabraLink’s CEO, Rahul Pandhi, said, “Our team is once again honored to be selected as one of The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for 2021. As an executive team, we are having deliberate conversations all the time on culture, on the direction that we want to go,” Pandhi said. “We’re constantly asking people for their feedback and then acting on that information. The feedback received from our team using the Energage platform has allowed us to fine-tune our operational model to help continuously evolve our corporate culture and adapt as an organization, particularly to challenges everyone faced over the past year. Based on the 2021 Top Workplace results, I’m pleased to see we’ve made significant strides towards improving as an organization and look forward to continued improvement based on team feedback. For me, this award validates the commitment our team has made to operating with integrity, serving as stewards for our clients, working as a team, holding each other accountable for our choices and actions, and ultimately, ensuring we operate with unwavering respect for the individual.”

The Washington Post hosted a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, June 17 to recognize the top-ranked companies. For more about The Washington Post’s Top Workplaces and to see the complete list of this year’s honorees, visit

About CollabraLink
CollabraLink is a digital services consulting team that delivers solutions to help their Federal customers create a modern, digital government. Using HCD, Agile, and modern methodologies, CollabraLink makes the Government more interactive, productive, and secure. Since CollabraLink was founded in 2003, they’ve evolved from a business process management advisor to Fortune 100 companies into a trusted leading federal contractor offering clients mission-critical solutions. Throughout this time, CollabraLink maintained a commitment to incorporating advanced technology and process innovations that deliver value to their clients and provide added mission advantage. At CollabraLink, one common goal unites their team: put our clients’ mission first.

About The Washington Post
The Washington Post is an award-winning news leader whose mission is to connect, inform, and enlighten local, national, and global readers with trustworthy reporting, in-depth analysis, and engaging opinions. It combines world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools so readers can interact with The Post anytime, anywhere.

About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, PA., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.

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$7 Billion in Education Technology Funding Available as Summer Looms

Spread the word. There's $7 Billion dollars in EdTech funding coming, but schools have to apply over the summer.

Spread the word. There’s $7 Billion dollars in EdTech funding coming, but schools have to apply over the summer.

All schools qualify for funding for student hot spots, internet and computers for the home.

All schools qualify for funding for student hot spots, internet and computers for the home.

The application deadline is August 13, so schools need to apply during summer when they are typically on vacation.

The application deadline is August 13, so schools need to apply during summer when they are typically on vacation.

Schools and libraries could miss out due to short application window – Help us get the word out!

Many schools will miss out because they don't know the funding is here. Applications have to be filed over the summer when most schools are on vacation.”

— Heather Chirtea, Executive Director, Digital Wish

MILTON, DE, US, June 18, 2021 / — The Federal government is releasing $7 billion in Emergency Connectivity Funding for home computing devices, hot spots, and internet service to solve the digital divide for millions of students and families across the U.S. The funding could go unused if schools and libraries don’t apply during the short application window that falls during summer vacation. Digital Wish, a Delaware-based nonprofit, is trying to get the word out as the application opens June 29th, and closes 45 days later on August 13th– just as schools are returning from vacation. The nonprofit has pooled a wealth of information together in an online webinar hub to show applicants what is required to take advantage of this special funding. Through a series of webinars, Digital Wish talks to experts covering frequently asked questions, funding tactics and strategies. The funds could literally solve the shortfall of laptops, hot spots and internet service for millions of Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we need your help to spread the word.

Call to Action!
You can help us solve the digital divide. Digital Wish is asking everyone to urge their local schools to apply before the August 13, 2021 deadline. The $7 billion in funding is passing through the established E-rate program, however many schools don’t realize that the E-rate rules have changed. In an unprecedented shift in policy, all schools qualify, regardless of their free lunch percentages (wealth). They simply have to show that there’s a need for student devices and connectivity in the home. In order to prepare to apply, schools need to find out two things immediately:

1) Quantify their need – Assess the need for internet and computing devices in students’ homes. Digital Wish has developed a ready-made survey with reporting that schools can distribute to parents through their emergency snow-day notification systems. The free survey will be available June 23rd and schools can register at Digital Wish.
2) Get price quotes – Written pricing on hot spots, internet service, and computing devices will be the basis for funding each school's need.

And finally, schools must apply to win. That application MUST be filed over the summer. Schools can get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare to apply at Digital Wish. Everyone is invited to visit Digital Wish and share art, resources, tweets, and videos to help spread the word.

Heather Chirtea, Executive Director of the nonprofit Digital Wish, is worried many schools will miss out on the opportunity because they aren’t informed of the changing E-rate rules and simplified application process.

“Many smaller districts don’t even apply to E-rate because they either don’t qualify, or don’t have anyone to complete the application,” Chirtea said. “We have a host of grant-writing consultants who can help.”

Digital Wish has also created a series of webinars entitled, “Solving the Digital Divide” to escalate the issues and share solutions in a permanent video archive. The webinars break down all those new E-rate funding qualifications.

“E-rate has historically been a discount program based on the poverty-level of the student body,” said John Harrington, E-rate and education technology expert and CEO of Funds for Learning. “However, now the new rules allow for all schools to be paid for the full cost of home internet service and up to $250 per hot spot and $400 per computing device. All they have to do is show there’s a need.”

His is one the voices featured in the webinar series. More Digital Wish webinars are launching daily for school administrators, principals, teachers and donors. It’s now the end of the school year and it’s very hard to get educators’ attention because they are preoccupied with end-of-term assignments and graduation. Now is the time to join Digital Wish and help get the word out about this crucial funding in order to bring equity to students and families across the country that lack the technology resources to access their education We need your help to spread the word. Together we can solve the digital divide as one nation, undivided, with equity, and education for all!

Jennifer Miller
Digital Wish
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Top 10 Questions about How to get Your School’s Share of $7 Billion in EdTech Funding

Source: EIN Presswire