CyberSkills/Vermont and Northern New England Tradeswomen are running their third class of Step IT Up, a joint venture to give women the skills for a career in Information Technology.The first two classes were held at Dale Correctional facility and prepared women for careers in Web Site development. The current class prepares the ten participants for jobs in the growing desktop publishing arena.Step IT Up consists of two main components: computer instruction, from basic MS Office to Quark Express delivered by CyberSkills/Vermont in partnership with KnowledgeWave; and Women’s Resources, the job-readiness element crucial to the success of the program, provided by NNETW. The women will receive coaching on resume writing, interviewing, customer support, and conflict resolution. Both CyberSkills/Vermont and Northern New England Tradeswomen will be working with employers to find internships and jobs for the graduates of this program.For more information contact CyberSkills/Vermont at 860-4057, ext. 27, or check out both the CyberSkills/Vermont (www.cyberskillsvt.org(link is external)) and NNETW (www.nnetw.org(link is external)) web sites. Step IT Up is partially funded by a Department of Labor earmark grant.
By Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo January 17, 2019 For almost a month, Central American security forces used their capabilities to explore various Panamanian terrains during a course the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) taught. The International Course for Land Guides and Explorers, carried out in November 2018, gathered 28 units of the public forces of Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, and Honduras. The second edition of the theoretical and practical course sought to teach regional security corps knowledge, techniques, and the use of technological equipment needed to navigate different terrains. The course also aimed to strengthen the skills of troops that counter narcotrafficking and related crimes in Central America. “Countering narcotrafficking requires our security forces to use this [land exploration] knowledge to locate the corridors organized criminal groups use, often cutting through jungle, mountain, coastal, and riverine areas,” SENAFRONT Second Lieutenant José Chacón, head of the course, told Diálogo. “This knowledge is not limited to fighting narcotrafficking; it’s also very useful in rescue missions, whether due to natural phenomena or to aircraft or vehicle accidents in hard-to-reach areas.” Developing leadership Taught by 12 instructors belonging to SENAFRONT’s special forces, the course was divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced modules, with theoretical courses and hands-on exercises on the ground in the Panama Canal area, the Darién jungle, and the Chiriquí province’s highlands, on the Costa Rican border. The course was conducted with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Panama, which donated first-aid kits, maps, compasses, and global positioning equipment, among other items. “What’s most important about this course is to develop the leadership the students forge as they take the classes,” Major Oriel De Gracia, head of SENAFRONT’s Special Forces Group, told Diálogo. “In addition to capabilities and skills instructors teach, they should be prepared to lead their troops through the best routes and paths to accomplish their assigned missions.” In the first part, participants learned to find their bearings by using natural means, such as the sun, stars, wind, and vegetation. They learned the basics to estimate distances and time elapsed, as well as day and night navigation techniques with a compass. In the intermediate module, instructors focused on topography identification on a map, the different types of coordinates, and map reading in general. Students also learned the concepts of azimuth, encirclement, and triangulation. “The students showed a lot of interest,” said SENAFRONT Second Lieutenant Ariel Alvarado, one of the course instructors. “During the training, they learned many steps and performed excellent procedures, such as patrols.” In the final phase, participants completed their instruction by using technological equipment, such as the Global Positioning System and other computer tools, to manage, export, and save the information obtained. The course also delved into additional subjects, such as evasion and escape, combat tracking, firearms, and basic explosives, and others. “I learned a lot about locating operational targets using methods such as compass-assisted map reading and sophisticated tools, such as the Global Positioning System,” said SENAFRONT agent Jorge Muñoz, a course participant and a member of the Immediate Reaction Force against Narcoterrorism. “These tools help us get to a specific place safely.” High-level course According to 2nd Lt. Chacón, the course dates back to SENAFRONT’s creation in 2008, when the few navigators in the institution were “from former Panamanian defense forces, and all were close to retirement age.” Seeking to train new generations with the support of the U.S. Embassy, SENAFRONT signed an agreement with the Colombian Armed Forces to create a group of instructors in Panama. The first International Course for Land Guides and Explorers was taught in 2010 to Panamanian units. In 2017, SENAFRONT opened the course to regional security forces and opted to make it an annual, international course. “We are proud of our institution being a pioneer in teaching these courses,” Maj. De Gracia concluded. “We gave instruction, and we also participated in similar courses in other countries, and were able to see that our educational level is very good. We are glad that our partner nations’ institutions trust us as instructors.”
They may have been relegated from the Premier League but QPR have swooped to make Beckham their latest signing. Brookyln Beckham, that is.Brooklyn’s superstar dad David hung up his boots at the weekend but his 14-year-old son looks to be following the family ‘s footballing path.Chelsea offered Brooklyn a trial earlier this season, while he was in the LA Galaxy youth team when the Beckhams lived in America.Beckham Snr has just finished a spell at Paris Saint-Germain and QPR is the closest side to his west London home, which makes it an ideal destination for the teen starlet.Brooklyn will play for the under-14 academy side and, never ones to miss a trick, bookmakers Paddy Power have already started compiling odds on junior Becks playing for England.He’s 12/1 to pull on the Three Lions shirt, 9/2 to play in the Premier League and 4/6 to play in the top four flights of English football.
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