Land a career-level tech job without a college degree

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Many IT pros were hailed as the heroes of the enterprise’s new normal, as they facilitated the pandemic transition between in office to working from home, taking on the responsibilities for staff’s business and even personal devices. They had to make sure employees had access to the software and hardware they needed to do their jobs well; they ensured staff had access to reliable Wi-Fi, while installing security software to prevent breaches. 

Today’s IT professionals are the definition of trouble-shooters; they must be dependable, responsible, patient, skilled, and knowledgeable. 

But there’s one thing they just might not need—a college degree. 

We’re only a short generation away from the deep belief that attending college is tantamount—for the first foray toward true success. And many of

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‘Back to School’ is here: Congress must act now to assist schools

In many parts of America, communities are weeks into the new school year, and our schools are sending an S.O.S. to lawmakers and the Trump administration. Leaders must set aside partisan differences, return to the negotiating table and agree on bipartisan aid for America’s youth.

Schools desperately need additional emergency relief to pay for necessary safety measures and equipment, technology upgrades, and support to students who are behind academically, and to help meet basic needs, such as school meals, for those impacted by this ongoing emergency. 

Schools are incurring additional costs, whether they open in person or remotely, and have already obligated the federal funding currently available. Schools opening in person need hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment and extra health care staff — all additional expenses outside the usual budget. AASA (the School Superintendents Association) and the Association of School Business Officials International have estimated these types of costs will

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SA renewables sector unveils skills development programme

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) have come together to launch an innovative programme to drive change, enhance the local skills base and ensure South Africa reaps the full benefits of a decarbonised economy.

Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA COO explained, “Historically we have relied on much-needed foreign investment and know-how, but the time has come for South Africans to step up and step into the role of developer. We have so much to gain by empowering local communities and upskilling individuals across the RE value chain.”

The Developing Developers programme, which launched 17th September with more than 600 participants in attendance, is designed to address the gaps in the local industry and ensure effective knowledge sharing across the value chain of South Africa’s nascent renewables sector.

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“We have set ambitious targets for the growth

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Innovative Strength and Competitiveness for Life Science Startups

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The ZIM network “Smart solutions for regenerative medicine” has been working successfully since June 2019 to advance the development and marketing of innovative and intelligent medical technology. “We mainly focus on research and optimizing new therapeutic methods in regenerative medicine and wound management. We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between experts and support research- and development-projects by acquiring financial and public funding”, explains Dr. Karen Hung, SilverSky Lifesciences, responsible for coordinating the network.

The ZIM network “Smart solutions for regenerative medicine” is strongly supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. ZIM (Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) is a nationwide technological and sectoral unrestricted funding program. The network supports life science startups from ideation to market launch of new technologies. The core functions are networking with industry partners and supporting to prepare grant applications.

In this way, the German

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N.Y. to Review Vaccine; Records in U.K., France: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he did not trust the Trump administration and that the state would independently review any vaccine authorized by the federal government. The virus is taking a toll on U.S. college enrollment.


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France and the U.K. reported the highest number of cases since the start of the pandemic. U.K.’s government set out its plan to rescue millions of jobs and businesses as the pandemic threatens to derail the economy again. France introduced new steps to fight a rapid resurgence.

New U.S. cases matched daily increases of the previous seven days. Novavax Inc. plans to start enrolling 10,000 participants for a late-stage study of its experimental vaccine in the U.K.

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Global Tracker: Cases top 32 million; deaths exceed 979,600Covid death toll nears 1 million, but real number may be doubleHow one island eliminated the virus by cutting itself from the

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Enrolling in health education courses may help change student’s beliefs about stress — ScienceDaily

College students are under a lot of stress, even more so lately due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on certain personality types, especially neurotic personalities, college health courses could help students develop a more positive stress mindset, according to research from faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

A research team including Binghamton University Health and Wellness Studies Lecturer Jennifer Wegmann sought to evaluate the impact of health education on the change of stress mindset and also to explore the role of personality in the change of stress mindset when there is a specific focus on improving individual health and well-being. Specifically, they sought to assess the relationship between each personality dimension (i.e., neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness) and stress mindset change over time.

“The findings surrounding specific personality dimensions were interesting,” said Wegmann. “It appears that engaging in health education is beneficial in changing perceptions of

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Pandemic school funding debate in South Carolina rekindles Jim Crow-era controversy

<span class="caption">Football players from Lee Central High School in Bishopville, South Carolina, share a meal with players from the Robert E. Lee Academy. Lee County in South Carolina is still segregated.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images">Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images</a></span>
Football players from Lee Central High School in Bishopville, South Carolina, share a meal with players from the Robert E. Lee Academy. Lee County in South Carolina is still segregated. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
<span class="caption">Senator Strom Thurmond addresses a classroom in South Carolina, October 20, 1996.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alan Weiner/Liaison via Getty Images">Alan Weiner/Liaison via Getty Images</a></span>
Senator Strom Thurmond addresses a classroom in South Carolina, October 20, 1996. Alan Weiner/Liaison via Getty Images

As schools across America wrestle with COVID-19, the pandemic has fueled a debate over funding for private and public K-12 schools. In South Carolina, the discussion has revived a bitter chapter from the Jim Crow era while highlighting the ways systemic racism has undermined public education in the state.

This summer Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attempted to direct a large share of the US$13.5 billion in federal coronavirus relief to private schools. DeVos did so by basing funding on schools’ total number of students rather than the number of low-income students.

U.S. District Court judges thwarted

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Ministry of Education, Canon sign MoU related to digital skills development

DUBAI, 24th September, 2020 (WAM) — The Ministry of Education and Canon Middle East, CME, a provider of imaging technologies and services, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, making Canon the UAE’s official strategic partner in the area of digital skills development.

The partnership will help achieve the goal of the UAE Vision 2021 to support talented Emirati youths, by empowering them to engage in new-age digital innovations and teaching skills required for future education and employment opportunities.

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Care and Activities Sector, stated that through all its partnerships, the ministry aims to enhance the skills of students across various creative fields.

The MoU is a result of long-standing cooperation, as Canon had organised many programmes for improving skills in photography and digital production, she added, noting that the ministry aims to promote cooperation with specialised parties, in line with its

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Gene-Hacking Plants and Animals Could Fight Climate Change

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When we think of geoengineering the environment to counteract global climate change, we typically conjure the image of massive projects like blocking out sunlight.

But a new report suggests that a biological approach to geoengineering — gene hacking the DNA of plants and animals to curb carbon emissions — could be a far more useful approach, according to Axios. In other words, the idea is that we need to alter the entire biosphere to make up for the damage humanity has done to the planet.

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The report, which was published this month by a science policy think tank called The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, lays out three ways that we might gene-hack our way out of climate change.

One is gene-hacking cattle and other farm animals to cut down on, well, emissions. Aside from that, the report argues that gene-hacking crop plants

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UK scales back support as COVID surges

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a person standing in front of Frances O'Grady, Carolyn Fairbairn posing for the camera: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC and Dame Carolyn Fairbairn are seen at Downing Street in London

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC and Dame Carolyn Fairbairn are seen at Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government launched scaled-back job support on Thursday for workers hit by the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic, but warned not everyone could be helped during an economic meltdown that is threatening millions of jobs.

a person standing in front of a store: FILE PHOTO: Shoppers are reflected in the window of a closed shop following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chester, Britain

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FILE PHOTO: Shoppers are reflected in the window of a closed shop following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Chester, Britain

Finance minister Rishi Sunak also unveiled plans to extend loan repayments for businesses and delay ending a tax cut for the hospitality sector that has been drastically hit by coronavirus restrictions.


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Despite the state support, unemployment looks set to surge by the end of the year, with major employers from British Airways

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