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Waynesboro reserve police chief meets with state agency mandating more reserve …


2012
02.19

The Waynesboro Police Departments reserve officers chief met Friday with the director of the state agency that has mandated reserve officers receive the same training as full-time officers.

Reserve Chief Reo Hatfield said there was no resolution of the decision that has forced a suspension of Waynesboros reserve officer program as well as that of the Staunton police.

Hatfield is convinced the state Department of Criminal Justice Services is interpreting the law to its fullest extent.

He said that Waynesboro has had a reserve program for more than 40 years, and that the training reserve officers receive qualifies them to work with full-time paid officers.

This is a governmental, bureaucratic cover-your-backside with disregard to our citizens, cities and expenses, he said.

Hatfield said DCJS Director Garth Wheeler told him he would stand behind the ruling.

The decision means that reserve police officers would have to attend a criminal justice program that runs 16 weeks and is costly to the participating police department.

Beyond the cost to departments, Hatfield and Waynesboro police leaders say reserve officers work regular jobs and could not spare the training time a police academy requires.

Hatfield said that in his 21 years as a reserve officer in Waynesboro, he has garnered more than 3,000 hours of training inside a police car.

One of our reserve officers has 13,000 hours, and he teaches criminal justice, he said.

Hatfield said Waynesboros reserve program has spawned full-time careers with the Virginia State Police and other departments for some of its members.

Meanwhile, one Valley community decided to put its reserve officers back to work after the mid-December letter came from DCJS.

Mary Hope Vass, spokeswoman for the Harrisonburg police, told NBC29 that reserve officers in that city did not patrol for a week, but resumed work after that week.

She said the officers were allowed to return to work until a final state ruling was made.

The Harrisonburg department said the reserve officers donate 5,000 hours to patrol each year, saving the city $90,000.

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Training mandate proposal riles NH nonprofits


2012
02.19

Does the live free or die philosophy of the New Hampshire Legislature pertain only to organizations making a profit? Thats what officials at many of the states nonprofit organizations are beginning to wonder after the Senate passed a bill mandating that state charitable organizations send at least one member to a training session with a heavy focus on fiscal management and ethics.

It continues to be irritating to us, said Michael Ostrowski, CEO of Manchester-based Child and Family Services, which does $7 million worth of business – about half of its budget – with the state. I thought this Legislature believed in less regulation. Its intrusive into a private organization, a business that happens to be nonprofit in structure.

However, state Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, who asked for the bill, insisted it was necessary.

Several organizations are failed, and when an organization just outright fails, there are concerns for the people being served by that organization, Toumpas told NHBR. If they are financially fragile, the boards need to be trained to understand what their fiduciary duty is.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 177 on Jan. 18 with a compromise amendment that stripped out some of the original measures most controversial requirements.

The original bill would have required that all organizations that receive a total of $250,000 from government at any level must provide third-party training to all board members as well as the CEO and CFO every four years. If they didnt comply, they would face getting cut off from public funding for two years or be fined $5,000 for each instance of noncompliance.

That bill was sent back to committee in March 2011 in the face of pushback from nonprofits.

The amended version — the one voted on Jan. 18 — now would require that one board member go through the training every other year, with penalties to be named later by the charitable trusts unit of the state Justice Department.

The four hours of training would have to include instruction on fiduciary responsibilities, financial controls, relative responsibility and authority of boards of directors and corporation employees, ethics and federal and state laws and regulations governing nonprofit corporations.

Michelline Dufort, advocacy director at the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, estimated the bill would affect about 300 organizations.

For and against

Most of the states larger nonprofits already have trained board members but routinely send them to conferences for more training, said Dufort, although some smaller organizations might find the extra requirement a bit of a hardship. Its more the members feel they should not be mandated.

Most of the organizations are highly professional, said Ostrowski of Child and Family Services. My CFO has an MBA. We have three or four accountants, a bunch of attorneys, a retired judge. This kind of legislation is sort of an irritation.

State Sen. Sylvia Larsen, D-Concord, voted for the bill in committee, because she was initially relieved at the changes, but she came out swinging on the floor of the Senate when it came up for a vote.

Many of New Hampshires employers are in fact nonprofits. We are a state that tries to not intrude on those businesses and a nonprofit is a business she said. We are not asking our for-profits to supply proof of financial training, but somehow we are moving to the nonprofit world and feeling that we can mandate they provide that information. This mandate will be burdensome on our nonprofits who already (have) lean staffs and cutbacks in revenues.

Nonprofits already have to file Form 990s with the Internal Revenue Service and register with the state charitable trust unit. And in seeking government contracts, they have to complete applications that ask about their financial expertise, said Larsen. Indeed, state agencies could include proof of training requirements in their request for proposal language, she said.

Besides, she said, its hard enough to get people to serve on the boards of nonprofits. This bill might have a chilling effect on those willing to lead a nonprofit, said Larsen.

While Democrat Larsen led the anti-mandate charge, several Republican senators defended the bill.

Its just a short number of hours of additional training which could be supplied by the charitable trust division, said Sen. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, sponsor of the bill. So you have one person who goes to this training that can give this training back to the other members of the board. We can get an organization that runs much smoother.

The training can even be conducted over the Internet, added Sen. Jim Luther, R-Hollis.

And Sen. Bob ODell, R-Lempster, a sponsor of the bill, said he was little bit dismayed at the debate.

We are talking about organizations that are willing to take money from the state of New Hampshire. I think they ought to be willing to have one of their board members go for a couple of hours of training every couple of years.

(According to the language of the bill, the mandate applies to organizations that contract with any governmental entity, not just the state.)

Larsen wanted the bill tabled, and she was joined by a few Republicans senators, who apparently were persuaded by concern about government mandates: Jim Forsythe of Strafford, Fenton Groen of Rochester and Senate President Peter Bragdon, of Milford.

SB 177 was sent to the House on a voice vote. How the training mandate will play out there remains to be seen.

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Kasich will focus on job training


2012
02.17

COLUMBUS

Gov. John Kasich has given a few hints about topics he’ll cover in his State of the State speech over in Steubenville.

The location, a high-ranking public school, means education issues will be front and center. That’s a no-brainer. It would be hard to get through a State of the State without some focus on education and school funding reform.

As he’s done in countless other speeches, Kasich will probably talk about the state’s dismal high school and community college graduation rates, about the need for a coordinated, noncompetitive system of public universities and about ways to keep more students in Ohio — employed in high-paying occupations — after they earn their degrees.

Kasich also will use the Steubenville site to tout the potential economic boon and the cautious approach his administration is taking to horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an emerging means of extracting oil and gas from shale deposits deep underground.

(Though let’s hope he drops the “foreigners” joke that often goes along with those comments, foreigners being people from other states. It may have been funny the first 20 times, but it’s getting old.)

It’s hard to imagine a Kasich speech in which he doesn’t go over the growing list of accomplishments under his leadership — criminal sentencing reform, Medicaid reform, tax cuts. You’ll hear about the $8 billion budget hole he filled, the drop in unemployment rates, JobsOhio. He may take a few swipes at us media types for not writing enough stories on such issues.

Seminal issue

But one of the biggest issues Kasich could tackle in his annual speech to the Ohio House and Senate concerns job training, which he last week called his seminal issue of 2012.

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War time training strategy


2012
02.15

By CNNs Larry Shaughnessy

The US military has been at war for more than a decade, its longest stretch of continuous fighting ever. But the new budget released this week by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta includes a mandate for new training in how to fight a war.

Why does a battle-hardened Army need training on how to fight a war? Look at it this way. The Army is like a football team that for the past 10 years has been forced to play soccer. Now the soccer game is nearly over, and they have to prepare for the Super Bowl. Sure their kicking game may be solid, but they havent thrown a forward pass in years.

Youve got some artillery officers whove never fired a gun, certainly not in a combat situation, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby explained.

We should stop here and explain. The Army does not call those things that a soldier carries and fire bullets to be guns. Those are called rifles or sidearms. A gun is a large cannon-like weapon that fires rounds the size of your head, if not bigger.

Kirbys point is that for 10-plus years in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and Marines have largely been fighting counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. The enemy – which uses small arms and handmade bombs – has no armored vehicles, no aviation support and little in the way of communications gear to coordinate attacks.

Our next war may look very different.

North Korea has one of the worlds largest special operations forces, as well as tanks, artillery, short-range ballistic missiles, anti-aircraft weapons and a huge army.

Iran has tanks, submarines, fighter jets and anti-ship missiles.

That is why Panetta said Thursday, when the budget plan was released, The strategy requires the Army to return to a full-spectrum training, developing a versatile mix of capabilities; developing a versatile mix of formations and equipment to succeed on land, including in environments where access will be contested.

Elaborating on the secretarys remarks Friday, Kirby said, Its about preparing troops for the full range of missions and capabilities that were expected as a military to provide the country.

Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, said the plan to offer a wider array of training is already being devised for a US base in Germany.

We will rotate units, for example, into our training – our training complex we have at (this base) that allow us to train with our NATO partners and also with some of our other partners in Europe, he said. And well be able to do that at several levels – a battalion level, a company level, across several different domains.

While the secretary didnt mandate full-spectrum training for the Marines, Kirby said they are facing a similar problem tied to focusing too much on counterinsurgency and less on the corps original mission.

Youve got some young Marines whove never deployed on a ship, whove never practiced amphibious warfare, Kirby said. What were recognizing here after 10 years of very manpower-intensive counterinsurgency warfare, our capabilities, our conventional capabilities – thats what we need to focus on.

To do that, the Marines are changing what they teach at their main training base in Twentynine Palms in California.

And this week the Marines are launching Bold Alligator, the corps largest amphibious-landing exercise on the US East Coast in a decade. Some 20,000 Marines and other troops aboard 25 ships and 120 aircraft will practice a Marine specialty – landing a large, self-contained fighting unit on a beachhead in a short time.

Its todays fight with todays forces, and represents the revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations, Lt. Micheal Sheehan said about Bold Alligator.

Still, this new approach doesnt mean the old one is suddenly irrelevant. All this training for the so-called next war, notably, is happening even as 91,000 US troops are still fighting the war in Afghanistan.

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Seaborne returns to training


2012
02.13

Dan Seaborne will make his long-awaited return to training with Southampton on Monday as his road to recovery gathers pace following an assault outside a nightclub.

The 24-year-old, who played six games for the Saints earlier this season before the attack in the city centre, was left with serious head injuries and boss Nigel Adkins is glad to see his defender back in action.

On the 30th of this month, Dan will be able to come back into the training ground environment, said the Southampton manager.

We can get him used to training again, so we will see how quickly he progresses through that.

It depends on how he reacts to the physical demands that will be placed on him as to how quickly we will see him back.

Seaborne played a key role in Saints promotion from League One last season, featuring in 28 games in all competitions.

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In Police Training, a Dark Film on US Muslims


2012
02.12


Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets and a doctored photograph shows an Islamic flag flying over the White House.

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“The Third Jihad” says a covert jihad is under way in the West.

“This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America,” a narrator intones. “A strategy to infiltrate and dominate America. … This is the war you don’t know about.”

This is the feature-length film titled “The Third Jihad,” paid for by a nonprofit group, which was shown to more than a thousand officers as part of training in the New York Police Department.

In January 2011, when news broke that the department had used the film in training, a top police official denied it, then said it had been mistakenly screened “a couple of times” for a few officers.

A year later, police documents obtained under the state’s Freedom of Information Law reveal a different reality: “The Third Jihad,” which includes an interview with Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, was shown, according to internal police reports, “on a continuous loop” for between three months and one year of training.

During that time, at least 1,489 police officers, from lieutenants to detectives to patrol officers, saw the film.

News that police trainers showed this film so extensively comes as the department wrestles with its relationship with the city’s large Muslim community. The Police Department offers no apology for aggressively spying on Muslim groups and says it has ferreted out terror plots.

But members of the City Council, civil rights advocates and Muslim leaders say the department, in its zeal, has trampled on civil rights, blurred lines between foreign and domestic spying and sown fear among Muslims.

“The department’s response was to deny it and to fight our request for information,” said Faiza Patel, a director at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, which obtained the release of the documents through a Freedom of Information request. “The police have shown an explosive documentary to its officers and simply stonewalled us.”

Tom Robbins, a former columnist with The Village Voice, first revealed that the police had screened the film. The Brennan Center then filed its request.

The 72-minute film was financed by the Clarion Fund, a nonprofit group whose board includes a former Central Intelligence Agency official and a deputy defense secretary for President Ronald Reagan. Its previous documentary attacking Muslims’ “war on the West” attracted support from the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major supporter of Israel who has helped reshape the Republican presidential primary by pouring millions of dollars into a so-called super PAC that backs Newt Gingrich.

Commissioner Kelly is listed on the “Third Jihad” Web site as a “featured interviewee.” Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that filmmakers had lifted the clip from an old interview. The commissioner, Mr. Browne said, has not asked the filmmakers to remove him from its Web site, or to clarify that he had not cooperated with them.

None of the documents turned over to the Brennan Center make clear which police officials approved the showing of this film during training. Department lawyers blacked out large swaths of these internal memorandums.

Repeated calls over the past several days to the Clarion Fund, which is based in New York, were not answered. The nonprofit group shares officials with Aish HaTorah, an Israeli organization whose officials have opposed a full return of the West Bank to Palestinians. The producer of “The Third Jihad,” Raphael Shore, also works with Aish HaTorah.

Clarion’s financing is a puzzle. Its federal income tax forms show contributions, grants and revenues typically hover around $1 million annually — except in 2008, when it booked contributions of $18.3 million. That same year, Clarion produced “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” The Clarion Fund used its surge in contributions to pay to distribute tens of millions of copies of this DVD in swing electoral states across the country in September 2008.

“The Third Jihad” is quite similar, in style and content, to that earlier film. Narrated by Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim doctor and former American military officer in Arizona, “The Third Jihad” casts a broad shadow over American Muslims. Few Muslim leaders, it states, can be trusted.

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France to Resume Training, but Will Withdraw from Afghanistan Next Year


2012
02.08

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says France will pull its troops out of Afghanistan next year — a year earlier than planned. Fridays announcement came following talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Paris.

The announcement came a week after France suspended combat operations in Afghanistan, after an Afghan soldier shot dead four French troops and wounded more than a dozen others.

At a press conference with Mr. Karzai, the French leader said he and Mr. Karzai had agreed to ask NATO to consider handing over the responsibility of combat missions in Afghanistan to Afghan forces in 2013.

Mr. Sarkozy said this gradual transfer of operations will allow France to plan for the return of all its fighting forces by the end of next year — rather than in 2014, as had been previously planned. He said 400 soldiers already returned home last year. Another 1,000 out of the 3,600 remaining combat forces could follow them this year. But he said France would continue to help train Afghan soldiers.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called on France to respect the original 2014 troop pullout calendar. Mr. Sarkozy said he will speak with US President Barack Obama Saturday, but he said Mr. Obama is informed about the French announcements.

President Sarkozy had warned after the troop deaths last week that France might pull out its troops from Afghanistan earlier than expected. France is the fourth largest force in the NATO coalition, and so far, 82 French soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan during the decade of French military presence there.

Mr. Sarkozys announcement may also be for domestic consumption, coming just weeks before French presidential elections. But there are concerns that an early French pullout from Afghanistan may prompt other troop contributors to consider doing likewise.

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Berto refines training methods for rematch with Ortiz


2012
02.04

Fact: Berto tired greatly down the stretch yet hung in there for 12 exhausting rounds in what would be named USA TODAYs fight of the year.

Fiction: Berto chalked up his loss to a tough action fight and lack of conditioning and went about his business as usual.

Fact is, Berto discovered after the fight that he was anemic, and he did something about it.

He hired former BALCO bad boy Victor Conte to help work on his fitness and says hes in a better place now. Hes taken up a new regimen, which he hopes will serve him well in his highly anticipated rematch with Ortiz on Feb. 11 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Showtime, 9 pm ET).

We didnt train for that fight like we are normally supposed to, Berto said Wednesday. You get in a situation where you have a lot of success and you stay in your own little circle, your little box, instead of trying to break out and find the best situation.

I think I suffered from that, because after that fight I found out I was anemic and I had to reach out and try to find some help. It got to be pretty serious. It opened my eyes to realize I had to take better care of my body.

Berto says he now has doctors constantly monitoring his health closely and giving him the right vitamins. The changes have allowed him more frequent optimal training sessions.

Before, we just did it the old school way — we didnt take vitamins, protein shakes, none of that stuff. We just did hard work, Berto said. But everybody knows, if youre a world-class athlete, you have to train and take care of your body like you are a world class athlete, and were trying to take all the right precautions now.

Ortiz, asked if he noticed Berto tiring during their fight, said, Not at all. It was the same Berto I studied for, even better. The difference? There was a beast in there with him.

Bertos new regimen helped him in his last fight, a win against Jan Zaveck for the IBF welterweight title. Zaveck had to retire after the fifth round.

Lest anyone wonder if Contes presence raises any suspicions of performance-enhancing drugs, Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) and Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) are submitting to full random drug tests, including blood and urine tests. Berto, 28, has already been tested twice.

Ortiz, who also did full testing for his fight against Floyd Mayweather last September, said he has no problem with it.

Im a clean fighter. I dont have to use no substances, he said. I dont have to use any kind of booster for anything. My performance speaks for itself through hard work and my corner.

So its not a difference at all.

Bertos promoter, Lou DiBella, said full testing is a big step in a sport that has at times been under attack for use or suspected use of PEDs.

It takes away some of the innuendo, some of the problems that do exist in our sport, DiBella said. But all you can ask the fighters to do is say, OK, Ill be tested. And thats what the two fighters in this fight have done.

DiBella says the Nevada Athletic Commission has helped make the testing much more affordable, and hed like to see it become the norm in big fights.

If Berto suffered physically after his loss to Ortiz, the first of his career, he also suffered a bit of a crisis of confidence in realizing he was, after all, not invincible.

Of course it played with my mind a bit. You get to a point that when youre undefeated and get your first defeat, any fighter would be affected by that, Berto said. But you have to brush it off, and get back on your feet and get back in there.

My last fight (against Zaveck), I just went back in there like nothing happened. Just went straight to work. At the end of the day, to be realistic, I lost and it put a lot of things in perspective. It just made me realize what type of team, what type of family, I have around me.

If Im in this boxing ring or not, I still have this love from family and friends, so Im good.

Ortiz, who is coming off a bizarre fourth-round knockout at the hands of Floyd Mayweather after he had intentionally head-butted Mayweather and was trying to apologize, was asked if he was prepared for a stronger Berto this time around.

Once again, it comes back that Im the underdog. Thats the story of my life, said the 24-year-old who rose from a childhood mostly devoid of parents to become a world champion. I dont mind it one bit. At the same time, lets not forget this: I was a 140-pounder the first fight. Now Im a natural 147.

So, somebodys in trouble, he chirped.

While this fight has no title implications, Berto says taking a tough fight in his prime with no title on the line is not necessarily a bad thing, or a stupid move.

Right now Im at a place where I just want to make good fights, he said. Ive made good money in the sport. Ive won two titles, and this fight is one that I wanted and definitely one the people wanted. Its going to be an exciting fight. Thats the only thing Im worried about.

Same thing with Ortiz. After being knocked out by Floyd, hes willing to come back and offer exciting fights. It just shows that its in our hearts and its our passion.

When were done with our careers, I dont believe well have any regrets. We just fought our hearts out for the sport.

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Career Colleges Offer Innovative and Cost Effective Job Training Solutions


2012
02.03

WASHINGTON, Jan 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
In Michigan today, President Obama spoke on making college affordable,
the career college sector appreciates President Obama’s focus on the
value, cost and results of higher education and strongly believes that
these standards and measurements must apply across all of higher
education.

The nation’s focus on economic recovery continues to highlight the
importance of higher education in filling available jobs in growing
industries. Through innovative and creative training programs, career
colleges work hard to prepare “job ready” graduates at low cost to
taxpayers.

“America’s career colleges cost taxpayers less and offer students
efficient, innovative job training in line with the demands of
employers,” said Penny Lee, Managing Director of the Coalition for
Educational Success. “We are encouraged by President Obama’s “College
Affordable” proposals and believe the President should push all
institutions of higher education to track and publish both tuition cost
and total cost (including all subsidies, grants, etc.) per graduate.
This type of single standard and one set of measurement across all of
higher education will help ensure that students and taxpayers get the
best return on their investment.”

Career Colleges Are A Better Taxpayer Value

According to the latest U.S. Department of Education data, career
colleges enroll
20% of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students;
boast a higher
graduation rate than community colleges (58% versus 20%); and have
more students enrolled in high-growth fields (44%) than public
institutions (18%) and private, not-for-profit institutions (13%).

When it comes to the issue of cost, career colleges offer competitive,
if not lower, program costs and tuition when compared to other types of
higher education institutions. For example, it costs taxpayers more
than $32,000 for each community college graduate, over four
times the amount it costs taxpayers for a career college graduate.
Total taxpayer cost for a 2-year career college graduate is $7,326,
compared to $32,873 for a community college graduate. For-profit
colleges also return taxpayer money in the form of millions of dollars
in taxes every year.

In some cases, tuition
at career colleges is lower than the average tuition and fees paid
by students attending public four-year institutions as out-of-state
students and paid by students at private, four-year not-for-profit
institutions. Tuition at career colleges falls below the average tuition
and fees for private, not-for-profit institutions. Finally, out-of-state
tuition and fees are higher at public four-year institutions than at
four-year career colleges.

Many Career College Students Depend On Title IV Funding

Students attending career colleges are more likely to need financial
assistance than students at other types of institutions. A higher
proportion of students at career colleges are low-income, nontraditional
students and without Title IV funding would be unable to afford
attending any form of higher education.

Today, one specific concern for educators at career colleges is the
“90/10 rule,” which requires career colleges to collect, from students,
at least 10% of their tuition in something other than Title IV funds.
Currently there exists limited understanding by policymakers, and
others, about the intended and unintended consequences of the “90/10
rule,” as well as changes to the rule.

Many career colleges serve low-income students that simply do not have
money to attend any form of higher education if it were not for Title IV
funding. The “90/10 rule” forces career colleges to either charge in
excess of the level of federal funding, create other programs which
appeal to higher-income students to create additional funds for to meet
the requirement, or worst of all, pull out of poorer inner-city areas.
This rule does not help expand educational opportunities for any
student. In fact, it has nothing to do with institutional quality and
effectively limits access for the poorest students, while causing
students to have more debt.

“We want policymakers to get to know our students and understand our
outcomes,” Lee added. “We seek to move the national dialogue forward in
a way that doesn’t leave any American behind during the pursuit for a
better economy. We encourage all policymakers to work together to study
the impact of the proposed legislative solutions prior to proceeding
with legislation that limited access to higher education for low-income
populations.”

Coalition for Educational Success

The Coalition for Educational Success includes many of the nation’s
leading career colleges. Career colleges provide training for students
in 17 of the 20 fastest growing fields. The Coalition advocates for
policies that support wider access to higher education, particularly for
non-traditional students including full-time workers, workforce
returners, working parents, minorities and veterans.

SOURCE: The Coalition for Educational Success

Coalition for Educational Success
Noah Black, 202-295-8797
noah.black

Copyright Business Wire 2012

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Virginia Commerce Bank Expands Training Structure to Meet Growth Needs


2012
02.01

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virginia Commerce Bank proudly announces the recent expansion of its
training programs with the establishment of a Retail Training and
Development Department. The creation of the new department was part of a
restructuring of the Bank’s training efforts to meet the learning needs
of employees as they grow within the Bank.

Investing in the development of the Bank’s employees is critical to
ensuring that our staff has the knowledge and training to deliver
exceptional customer service

The Retail Training and Development Department is responsible for the
ongoing training and professional development of employees who work in
the Bank’s 28 branches. The focus of this department is to provide a
comprehensive suite of training workshops and courses to enhance
employees’ knowledge and skills, better preparing them to support the
Bank’s mission to provide trusted financial advice to its clients.

Leading the newly established department is Linda Martin, Senior Vice
President, Retail Training and Development. Prior to this position, she
was the Regional Manager responsible for the Bank’s Alexandria and
Southeastern Fairfax County branches. Ms. Martin is an ardent advocate
of educational enrichment both in the Bank and in the community.

Retail Training and Development is an extension of corporate training
programs already established at Virginia Commerce Bank. Linda Fourney,
Senior Vice President, Organizational Development, oversees training
opportunities and organizational development initiatives for all Bank
employees. Under her leadership, the Bank’s internally-designed
Leadership Skills Development Program was recently launched to support
employee growth potential and performance excellence through one-on-one
mentoring and leadership training seminars conducted by company subject
matter experts.

“Investing in the development of the Bank’s employees is critical to
ensuring that our staff has the knowledge and training to deliver
exceptional customer service,” emphasized Peter A. Converse, President
and CEO of Virginia Commerce Bank. “The Bank will continue to support
excellence by encouraging, inspiring and supporting learning and
professional development at all levels of the organization.”

About Virginia Commerce Bank

Established in 1988, Virginia Commerce Bank (NASDAQ:VCBI) is a
full-service, community bank headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with
over $2.9 billion in assets. The Bank serves the Northern Virginia and
Fredericksburg markets with twenty-eight branches, a mortgage lending
office and a wealth management services department. For further
information about VCB’s many services and a map of convenient locations,
please visit our Web site at VCBonline.com.

 2012 Virginia Commerce Bank, All Rights Reserved.


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