The Apparent ‘Lazy’ Gen Z Reset Their Priorities During Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted priorities and rewired behavioral patterns for many individuals in the past few months. These changes, however, are most pronounced among Gen Z (13-24-years old individuals) who have taken this health crisis in their stride and quickly adapted to their new lives — swapped classrooms with screen time, dealt with an uncertain exam calendar, and given up on night outs or evenings with friends. Many of them also went out bravely into a barren job market this year.

A recent study conducted by Ipsos, a multinational market research company, along with Isobar, the digital agency of Dentsu Aegis Network reveals how this pandemic made Gen Z shuffle their list of priorities and put their health and family ties above money or career in these trying times.

Generation Z, for those of you who do not know, includes those individuals who were born between 1995-2015. They are

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Online Learning Is Booming. That Will Help Boost Pluralsight Stock, Analysts Say.

Some analysts think the skill-learning boom eventually will boost


(PS), which offers more than 7,000 courses, for a wide range of technology skills that include cloud computing, security, data analysis, and software development.

Farmington, Utah-based Pluralsight was founded in 2004 as a classroom training company that dispatched instructors to offices and conferences. The company has digitized its products, with a focus on corporate IT skill development, not only with online courses but also programs that gauge and analyze the performance of tech workers.

Today, Pluralsight caters to nearly 18,000 corporate clients worldwide, including around 70% of Fortune 500 companies, according to its investor presentation.

Pluralsight made its IPO debut in May 2018. After reaching an all-time high above $37 later that year, the stock declined and remained at about $20 prior to the pandemic. The stock has gained about 20% this year, hitting a 12-month high close of $22.36

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Sanders, teammates talk about development of second-year quarterback | OSU Sports

When Oklahoma State headed into last year’s opener at Oregon State, there was still uncertainty at the quarterback position.

According to Mike Gundy at the time, there was a plan to try out both Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown.

But obviously due to his play, Sanders was left on the field and was solidified as starter – taking the snaps under center until a blowout or his late-season injury to his passing hand.

Now that there is no doubting who the starting signal-caller is in the Oklahoma State offense, everybody – both coaches or teammates – seems to feel a growing comfort with the redshirt sophomore.

“I think he’s developing into a leader on our football team, because he’s a returning starter,” Gundy said. “He understands our culture and day-to-day operation within our program. The players respect him because of his competitive nature. He’s a little different than he was

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Missouri education system receives $18 million literacy development grant

Posted on 17 September 2020 at 10:09am

COLUMBIA- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) was one of 11 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program.

The $18 million grant will be distributed over five years, allowing the state to advance literacy skills for children from birth through Grade 12.

“Extensive research suggests that reading by Grade 3 is critical to a child’s success in school and life beyond. Improving literacy is central to our aim of improving lives through education,” Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven said in a news release.

The goal of the project is to support educators’ working knowledge of evidence-based literacy strategies to effectively teach reading and writing to all students.

This includes providing professional development to pre-service teachers in institutions of higher education, early childhood education teachers and K-12 educators to

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Virtual staff mentoring and professional development program | WSU Insider

Washington State University is preparing to conduct a system wide pilot Virtual Staff Mentoring and Professional Development Program during the 2020–2021 academic year, beginning in October 2020 and running through May 2021.

To apply to be considered for the upcoming cohort, either as a mentee or mentor, please submit an application by 11:59 p.m. PST on Sept. 30, 2020.

With supervisory approval, the mentor/mentee program is available to all WSU staff. Supervisors are encouraged to allow staff members to participate in accordance with WSU’s BPPM 60.72 Release Time Policy.

Mentor: A mentor is a person who has professional and life experience and who voluntarily agrees to help a mentee develop skills, competencies, or goals. Put another way, a mentor is an advisor and role model who is willing to invest in the mentee’s personal growth and professional development.

Mentee: A mentee is someone who has identified a specific personal or

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Self-control is a critical skill for kids


a man sitting at a table using a laptop: Science now shows that certain interactions between parents and children actually change the structure of their brains, improving their social and emotional skills into adulthood.

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Science now shows that certain interactions between parents and children actually change the structure of their brains, improving their social and emotional skills into adulthood.

As parents we feed our kids and make sure they get exercise to keep their bodies strong. We expose them to new experiences so their minds grow. Science now shows that certain interactions between parents and children actually change the structure of their brains, improving their social and emotional skills into adulthood.

Many of the teens in the Allegheny Youth Development judo class signed up to practice basic self-defense.

“You move like this. Then you pin them to the mat,” explained Cymiar Woods.

Beyond training their bodies, these boys and girls are learning principles of self-control that give them a mental and emotional edge.

“When I get mad, I can calm down more,” said Caeden

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Missouri Job Center to offer IT and web development classes | KOLR

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Missouri Job Center announced Friday it will be offering IT and web development classes for free to those who meet eligibility guidelines.

According to a press release, the job center can do this with the help of The Geek Foundation. Classes will meet two nights per week and are tailored to adults wanting to change careers and get into the field of Information Technology and Web Development.

Below are the two tech classes offered:

  • Develop Yourself IT Class is a 24-week class that prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ exam and equips students with skill sets needed for entry-level IT job opportunities
  • Develop Yourself Full-Stack Web Development Class is 20 weeks and trains in JavaScript, Java, and the foundational programming concepts needed for Front-End and Full-Stack Web Developer careers

Both classes begin on October 27th and will be offered at multiple locations, the job center says.

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$85,000 Cleveland Foundation Grant Will Fund Virtual Internship Program Pilot To Teach Students Remote Workforce Skills

Lakeland Community College has received an $85,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to develop and pilot a unique virtual internship program.

With remote work capabilities now the norm for many people, the college wants to prepare its students entering today’s workforce with internship experiences that include the ability to do remote work.

Typically, students get their introduction to real-world work environments through on-site internships. But because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses closed their offices and shifted to remote work which resulted in no internship opportunities throughout the past months for students. Now that work-from-home has been implemented on such a large scale, employers are willing to explore how to best bring interns into the fold.

“We are very grateful for this Cleveland Foundation grant to help move our students’ education forward. Engaging students in experiential learning of all kinds is critical as they move from students

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September 17, 2020

10 business development tips for a COVID-19 world

Johnston Training Group


Goodbye, handshakes and exchanging business cards; hello, Zoom and chat windows. According to a recent survey by Zweig Group, 90% of AEC firms say COVID-19 will affect overall business development activities in the next 12 months. And yet business must go on and new work must be pursued.

Here are 10 ways to stay engaged with existing connections and build business.

1. Take the lead. COVID-19 is changing how schools, workplaces, and more are designed and built. What is your firm doing differently as a result? Can you team up with another firm and offer a webinar or other virtual service? Collaborate with your colleagues, partners, or clients to be a thought leader.

Dara t’Sas, director of marketing at BCRA, said, “Now more

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Juice It Up! Names Carlo Verdugo Director of Operations and Business Development

Juice It Up! announced the appointment of Carlo Verdugo as Director of Operations and Business Development. An industry veteran with nearly two decades of franchise experience, Verdugo has served in various leadership roles for national chains including Jack in the Box and nearly a decade with Jamba, where he served as the Senior Director of Global Growth. As Juice It Up!’s Director of Operations and Business Development, Verdugo will lead a variety of initiatives supporting Juice It Up!’s strategic growth strategy.

“We are thrilled to add Carlo to our talented leadership team and are confident he will bring an additional level of efficiency to our proven franchise business model,” says Susan Taylor, Juice It Up! CEO. “I had the pleasure of working with Carlo during our time together at Jamba and saw firsthand his many contributions to the brand and its franchisees. He is a passionate, enthusiastic and savvy professional

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