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High School Students Win $59,000 in Scholarships at Universal Technical Institute’s Top Tech Challenge, an Automotive Skills Competition

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Winning Students Received Scholarships and Snap-On® Tool Sets

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – April 2, 2019 – On Saturday, March 30, two-person teams from 21 high schools across Southern California tested their knowledge and expertise in automotive technology at the Top Tech Challenge event hosted by Universal Technical Institute – Rancho Cucamonga (UTI), a leading educator for professional automotive, diesel and collision repair technicians. The competition included theoretical and hands-on testing on vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems. The best-of-the-best won UTI scholarships and Snap On® tool sets for their schools (tools value up to $2,365).

“UTI’s Top Tech Challenge is a great opportunity for high schoolers across Southern California to flex their technician skills as well as test drive what a future career in the automotive industry is like,” said Migdalia Vazquez-Valle, campus president at Universal Technical Institute – Rancho Cucamonga (UTI).

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that, by 2026, there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries.1 To help reach that total, the transportation industry will need to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings annually, on average. UTI students can complete their training and be ready to fill those jobs in as little as 11 months.


Third place winners Andrea Vasquez and Cecilia Ulloa from San Fernando Senior High School in San Fernando work together to test their engine automotive skills in the Ford FACT Lab.


Students use electrical troubleshooting skills to generate power in the automotive skills competition.


First-place winners from Rowland High School in Rowland Heights, Dustin Demetria and Rodrigo Ramirez, celebrate with their auto shop high school instructor. Each student won a $10,000 scholarship to UTI plus a Snap On ® tool set for the classroom.


Second-place winners from William Workman High School in the City of Industry, Rafael Mendez and Marco Contreras, are all smiles after being awarded $7,500 each in UTI scholarships plus a Snap On ® tool set for the classroom.


Third-place winners from San Fernando Senior High School in San Fernando, Andrea Vasquez and Cecilia Ulloa, stand proudly next to new Snap On® tool boxes. Each competitor also won a $5,000 UTI scholarship.

Top Tech Challenge is an annual scholarship opportunity held at multiple UTI campuses nationwide.

 

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:

With more than 200,000 graduates in its 53-year history, Universal Technical Institute, Inc is the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. The company has built partnerships with industry leaders, outfits its state-of-the-industry facilities with current technology, and delivers training that is aligned with employer needs. Through its network of 12 campuses nationwide, UTI offers post-secondary programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For more information, visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI.

1 Source: Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), www.bls.gov. The projected number of annual job openings by job classification is: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 75,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 28,300; and Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 17,200. Job openings include openings due to growth and net replacements.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Charter Communications Launches Spectrum Internet 100

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Spectrum Internet 100 Free to Eligible Affordable Connectivity Program Households; Service Includes 100 Mbps Download Speeds, Modem and In-Home WiFi

Charter Communications, Inc. today announced it is now offering Spectrum Internet 100 across virtually all of its entire 41-state service area. The new high-speed, low-cost broadband service provides 100 Mbps download speeds for just $29.99 per month, and includes a modem, in-home WiFi and self-installation at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet 100 is available exclusively to households eligible for the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), and all Spectrum Internet and legacy plans — including Spectrum Internet Gig — are eligible for ACP credits.

The ACP provides qualifying households up to a $30 monthly credit ($75 on qualifying Tribal lands) toward broadband service — which allows eligible customers to receive Spectrum Internet 100 at no monthly cost. Like all Spectrum Internet plans, Spectrum Internet 100 also has no modem fees, data caps or contracts, and customers can cancel anytime without penalty.

“The Affordable Connectivity Program is an important step in driving broadband adoption in America,” said Catherine Bohigian, Charter Executive Vice President, Government Affairs. “With Spectrum Internet 100, Charter is delivering a high-speed, high-quality broadband option — available at no cost to ACP-qualified households— throughout our 41-state service area.”

For more information on the ACP and to apply online, consumers should visit fcc.gov/acp. Interested consumers should first confirm their eligibility through the National Verifier, then contact Spectrum at 1-877-959-1748 to apply for the credit.

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household participates in or is eligible for a variety of assistance programs, including:

  • SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC or Lifeline.
  • Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
  • The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
  • Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Internet Service Provider for Rural Areas in its 2021-22 ratings, Spectrum Internet also exceeded advertised download and upload speeds for all tiers measured — even during peak weeknight usage between 7 and 11 p.m. — according to the FCC’s most recent “Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report” issued in December 2021.

Charter is Advancing Access to High-Speed Internet

High-speed internet access is more important than ever, yet tens of millions of households and businesses — especially among vulnerable communities and in rural areas — still lack access, worry about costs, or have not adopted service. Charter has taken a comprehensive approach to solving this problem:

  • Improve Affordability: The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program makes internet service available at effectively no cost to families in financial need, and Spectrum Internet 100 includes a modem, router and in-home WiFi at no additional charge. And all Spectrum Internet plans have no data caps, modem fees or contracts.
  • Advance Access: Charter is investing over $5 billion to bring reliable, high-speed internet access to approximately 1 million currently unserved families and small businesses through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF).
  • Increase Adoption: To increase adoption and access to technology, Charter offers philanthropic support to community organizations through Spectrum Digital Education grants, which provide computers, digital education classes and technology labs for thousands across the country.
  • Protect Americans’ Privacy and Security Online: Charter has been a longtime advocate for Congress to come together in a bipartisan, consensus way to take action on a comprehensive, uniform, national framework to protect consumers’ privacy online and offers certainty now and for years to come.
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Esri, UN, and GEO Blue Planet Release Water Health Tool

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Partnership Will Provide Coastal Nations with Data to Help Improve Ocean Quality

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced a new free and open tool it is making available for countries seeking to improve their coastal waters. The tool uses real-time analysis enabling countries to monitor coastal water quality and use that information to guide policy and reduce pollution from land sources.

A team from Esri, the United Nations Environment Programme, and GEO Blue Planet partnered to develop this new statistical approach using satellite data and geospatial technology in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds by 2025. The team received the 2020 GEO (Group on Earth Observations) SDG Award for the Special Category, Collaboration in recognition of the new tool they built.

“We believe open science is good science, and a way to reassert science as a global public good,” said Dawn Wright, Esri chief scientist. “This collaboration demonstrates that philosophy by sharing the jointly developed methodology and the resulting data in an accessible way.”

Many countries depend on the health of their coastal ecosystems to drive their economies (tourism, fisheries, natural resources) and provide sustainable food sources to their populations. The use of fertilizers and other chemicals that run off the land and into the coastal ocean have been shown to cause blooms in marine algae that can disrupt ecosystems and human health. By measuring above-normal concentrations of marine algae, this new analysis provides a starting point to achieve the SDG target of limiting marine pollution.

This project empowers countries, especially developing nations, with the information they need to understand potential impacts on coastal water quality, address those impacts, and have routinely updated data to understand and report their progress to the United Nations as part of the SDG initiative. While governments and organizations around the world are already able to conduct these analyses, this project transforms the raw global data into actionable information to make it easier for them to make better-informed decisions.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations, require timely and objective reporting, and metrics are typically self-reported by each country. However, many nations do not have the capacity or capability to conduct ongoing environmental analyses. This collaboration provides automated analysis for every coastal country in the world.

The GEO SDG awards program, which honored this collaboration, recognizes excellence in sustainable development practices, analysis, and reporting through the use of Earth observations. The awards recognize productivity, ingenuity, proficiency, novelty, and exemplary communications of results and experiences in the use of Earth observations for the SDGs.

This partnership’s methodology, now included in the UN’s Global Manual for Ocean Statistics, can also be applied in other environments where it is needed and modified to work on many geographic scales. To see the initial analysis results and information products, visit the hub site at chlorophyll-esrioceans.hub.arcgis.com.

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The Future of Real Estate is Augmented Reality

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Augmented Reality in Real Estate

By Navjeet Chhina | April 15, 2020

Augmented reality is a burgeoning industry with frequent advancements and a promising future. AR technologies have impacted nearly every industry, and real estate is no exception. The technology has gone from a futuristic maybe to a realistic way of showing a building in detail on a client’s smartphone. Many agencies have already incorporated AR technology into their everyday practices, introducing interactive demonstrations on-site and on the phone.

Augmented reality has valuable marketing implications that are only just being tapped into. AR is also a unique way of encouraging clients to make a profitable decision.

How is AR affecting real estate?

Most real estate agencies struggle with the presentation of their catalog at some point, facing roadblocks including unemotive text descriptions, lackluster photos, and lack of devoted time to visit each site with clients. AR tools and mobile apps can overcome most, if not all of these obstacles with the single touch of a button.

Clients can use an agency’s built-in AR capabilities to view a site from all angles, gaining a better, in-depth understanding of a property without ever leaving their homes. Agencies can set up their augmented reality applications to allow clients to browse different categories, compare various sites, and make informed decisions.


What are the benefits of AR in real estate?

Augmented reality brings a new way for clients to not only view a property but experience the property, too. In general, people enjoy technological advancements that are helpful and also entertaining. Real estate agencies can use the innate attractiveness of new technologies to bring in new clients and keep them engaged with the agency.

Real estate agencies can use AR to make interactive catalogs and advertisements and implement new ways for clients to view a property. Clients are more likely to engage with a property if there is an element of AR because visualization is better with AR than with photos, videos, and text descriptions. The more complex a property or building is, the better an AR experience serves it.

AR technologies can also make clients more interested and involved in what an agency is selling. This is likely because AR is a newer technology that most people find fascinating. With augmented reality, clients can visit a property in which they are interested on their own from their couch. This frees up time on an agent’s schedule, saving the agency time and resources overall.

Augmented Reality Applications

Augmented reality real estate applications mainly fall into three categories based on the complexity of their designs. The types include Simple, Advanced, and Enterprise AR apps. Simple applications might consist of simplistic 3D objects, while Advanced applications might consist of QR codes or interactive animations.

Conclusion

Augmented reality has a bright future in the smartphone application landscape. The practical uses are boundless, making it clear why the technology has reached into most industries. Real estate agencies can tap into a new customer base by marketing their properties through AR experiences. Some agencies have already started implementing the technology, and others are quickly following. In today’s tech-happy world, not adopting AR is not an option.

 

Navjeet Chhina is a content contributor discussing Technology for Inland Empire Business Journal.

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