FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Colombia’s National Mining and Energy Planning Unit allocated 2.2 GW of solar and wind power generation capacity in the country’s first renewable energy auction, which was finalized yesterday. The exercise’s final average price was COP95/kWh ($0.027), and the highest bid reached only COP110.The authority said the auction will enable the country to raise its installed renewable energy capacity from around 50 MW currently to 2.2 GW at the beginning of 2022. No details were released about the assigned capacity of the eight winning projects, of which three were solar parks and five were wind power plants.The government department behind the auction added, the final energy price was around COP50/kWh lower than the average price of bilateral power purchase agreements (PPA) in Colombia.Projects selected in the auction will be entitled to a 15-year PPA and must come into operation by January 1, 2022. Contracts will be linked to the Colombian peso and updated based on a producer price index certified by Colombia’s National Administrative Department of Statistics.More: Colombia’s first solar and wind power auction brings average price of $0.027/kWh Colombia renewable energy auction nets 2.2GW of capacity at an average price of $27/MWh
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Legendary rock band Cheap Trick blew the doors off The Paramount Theatre in Huntington Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in an explosive, roughly two-hour-long, nonstop, high-octane-rock-and-roll-chaos sonic assault showcasing the band’s musical prowess and inciting resounding applause from all those in attendance.Opening hell-raisers The Dirty Pearls lit the fuse, delivering a gritty, New York City-rock-and-roll French kiss set replete with dirty guitar hooks and catchy anthemic refrains in support of their latest firebomb Whether You Like It Or Not, closing out with a celebratory rendition of the Steppenwolf classic “Born to be Wild.”For Cheap Trick, a band that’s toured continuously for the past 40 years and has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, The Paramount show offered fans a chance to get up-close, intimate and personal with singer Robin Zander, bassist Tom Petersson, drummer Daxx Nielsen and madman-axe murderer Rick Nielsen.And it was a gig for the books.Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander and crew came to conquer during a high-octane set Aug. 26, 2014 at The Paramount in Huntington.Cheap Trick was looking to party from the second they took the stage—you could tell just from their outfits. Zander burst from the shadows in a multi-prismed getup literally reflecting dozens of tiny rainbows—sporting a blazer embedded with countless red and white sparkling crystals, a leather motorcycle hat also adorned with refracting jewels, black leather pants and sunglasses. Petersson donned a blood-red blazer and gray scarf. Daxx Nielsen could have been naked behind his kit, who knows—his bombastic, machine-gun slaughter gave a backbone to the sound seemingly made out of adamantium, shifting seamlessly through cataclysmic upheavals as the band roared through an incredible 19-song set. Rick Nielsen absolutely owned the stage, wearing a black velvet blazer, sunglasses and his signature cap and splitting open dimensions on seemingly every song.The man simply rained hellfire down on all in attendance with guitar work this reporter can only hope to describe as absolute lightning fury magic. It was an unbelievable barrage of riffs, laser-guided solos and just utterly amazing fretboard finger aeronautics. His was an avalanche of sound, melody and noise, unrestraint, unbound, total annihilation-destruction lol. And the audience ate up every split second of it, their applause and shouts of adoration sometimes as loud as the two walls of Marshal and Orange amplifiers lining the back of the stage.Okay, well maybe not exactly as ear-splitting. But still, pretty damn loud.And it wasn’t merely Nielsen’s guitar playing that drew so many eyes and hollers—but also the insane arsenal of priceless, vintage guitars he disemboweled throughout the night. Nielsen changed weapons for nearly every song—showcasing a seemingly endless lineup that moved through custom Hamers, Gibson Les Pauls, Fenders and a drop-dead gorgeous Gretsch White Penguin. Tough to say which one was the hands-down most beautiful, though—some were two-necked; one had FIVE NECKS!!!—they all bit with saber-toothed ferocity and just sounded like liquid fkn butter, really.Damn those things were hot.Nielsen, besides Cheap Trick’s lead guitarist, backing vocalist and chief songwriter, tossed custom guitar picks out into the crowd, at least between songs, but sometimes several even during numbers. His mic stand was lined top-to-bottom with them, all different colors, and near the end of the gig he tossed out three whole handfuls of picks—and even flung out an entire vinyl record! (This reporter scored two such picks. Yes!)The band kicked things off with a tight, loud and ferocious “Hello There” into “Standing on the Edge,” which was apparently the first time they performed the latter live since 1987, according to SetList.FM, and onto “Big Eyes,” which contained an absolutely crushing guitar solo on a strange-looking box-shaped guitar from Nielsen.The crowd went wild, applauding, shouting and intently watching the Rockford, Ill. quartet as Nielsen switched out guitars again for a brief split second pause between the next tune.“How can you watch the show through that lens!?” Zander laughed at a guy in front holding up his smart phone before launching into a rocket-fueled cover of The Move’s “California Man.”Nielsen flicked another pick into the sea of people mobbing the front of the stage as Zander shouted a call-and-response of “Yeah! Yeah!” with the audience. Then, back into the mayhem. Nielsen absolutely mutilated a bright yellow Thunderbird-looking Hamer with flames shooting out of its sides and “Gonna Raise Hell” scrawled across its fret.And oh, how they did.Next up was “On Top of the World” and more just absolutely unimaginable guitar solos from Nielsen, with much of his apocalyptic wizardry splitting atoms ranging livid punk and flat-out rock, leveling waterfalls of cascading note-meteors in between fingerpicking, fingertapping and power sweeping solos. He prowled the stage, sometimes climbing atop a huge black-and-white-checkered box at the side of the stage, occasionally spitting as he stomped.“Sick sick sick fkn solo,” reads my scribbles from that night.Zander climbed atop the giant box, too, pointing at the nearby bar and telling onlookers near that side of the stage what sounded like “Somebody throw me a martini” while the rest of the band kept the noise simmering and “just fkn tool fkk off,” according to my notes.Then he disappeared behind a wall of Orange amp cabinets to the right, emerging to bark something like “Don’t you wish we had some keyboards up here?”They then collapsed into the slithery, snaky intro to “Heaven Tonight.”“Right now we’d like to do something from our first album, which was released before 90 percent of you were born,” announced Nielsen afterward.“It’s a beautiful album,” Zander replied as an aside, before launching into the shrieks of “I need some love! Gimme some love!” comprising “Ballad of TV Violence.”Nielsen jumped and bobbed as he tooled away, hopping atop the monstrous checkered box again, this time kneeling on one leg as he ripped away on an absolutely beautiful sunburst-topped Les Paul.It was just screaming mayhem and sonic fkn chaos. So amazing—the band and audience both smiling the whole time.“Thank you for being here Monday night in Huntington, New York,” Nielsen told the crowd.“Is it Tuesday night?” he asked in response to a few shouted corrections.“You sure it’s not fkn Monday? Fkn Tuesday!?” he laughed. “I screwed up.”Nielsen slung a checkered Hamer across his shoulder as the band next attacked “You’re All Talk,” featuring more impressive guitar work and Zander on shakers.“One day Michael Jackson gave us a whole bunch of money,” declared Zander as an introduction to the next tune. “So we went out and recorded this song.”Nielsen steps from off-stage toting a bright yellow Gibson Les Paul with the four Beatles’ faces! Insane.They then tore through a decimating version of the Fab Four’s “Magical Mystery Tour” to more applause and shouts—Zander accepting that martini he ordered from a woman in the audience and temporarily trading it for more shakers that bled into a long instrumental section and Nielsen pointing the neck of the guitar up to the rafters, then back down into a colossal ending. What a take. Holy shtt.Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson sang lead vocals on a sonically crushing rendition of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For The Man” Aug. 26, 2014 at The Paramount in Huntington.The house lights came on for a few seconds then faded into blue.Petersson stood there strumming under a lone spotlight, his bass drooling a crawling moan that transformed into what sounded like a helicopter that’s on fire and headed into the ocean.Then back into moaning crawls.His hair shoulder-length and tangled, he continued his bellows—which built to form an underbelly of something maniacal, something intense, something growing. Something sinister.Then, the drums kicked in and brought along the rest of the group. Heavy bass and drums. Climbing, climbing climbing. Zander’s on an acoustic; Nielsen is on a wood-finish Hamer.“Hey white boy, what you doin’ uptown?” speak-sings Petersson.I somehow found myself in the throes of one of the sickest versions of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” [RIP, Lou] I’ve ever heard. It was absolutely insane lol.“I’m waiting for my man,” smiled Petersson, amid just waves of distorted guitar and freight-train rhythm that veered off-course slightly into a few verses of “Heroin”—Nielsen just eviscerating the air with tastes-like-a-Hass-avocado slide. INSANE.To quote directly from my notebook that night: “In fkn sane In fkn sane.”House lights. Blue lights.Wow.Nielsen’s sunburst Les Paul pierced the night as the band kicked into a triumphant version of “Stop This Game,” Zander at one point raising the mic stand over his head and strutting in a near-Christ-like split-second pose at the front edge of the stage alongside Nielsen, who afterward switched to a sparkly yellow Hamer. Zander then whips out a 12-string white-with-orange-racing-stripes Tele as they dove into “Just Got Back.”“For those of you who watch That ’70s Show,” he declared as they launched into a killer version of Big Star’s “In The Street,” the theme music for the popular TV show. “It’s Cheap Trick doing that song.”Next up was Cheap Trick’s most popular tune, or at least the one that most people identify the band with: “I Want You To Want Me.”It’s during this song that I noticed Nielsen even tosses out picks mid-solo, simply continuing with his shreds with his bare fingers till he grabs another from his stand. Crazy. The tune culminated in a crowd hand-clapping sing-a-long for two verses before a crash-landing ending. Sick.Cheap Trick madman axe murderer Rick Nielsen tools off on one of his vintage guitars during a killer gig at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The thing had five necks!The band went into another popular number, “Dream Police” afterward, with Nielsen stalking the stage while strangling a yellow and black Hamer and Zander, at one point lying on the floor draped in a shimmering bejeweled white overcoat, bending into the audience at the front of the stage and holding out the mic for fans to sing. Nielsen tossed out what looked like 20 picks during his solo.“Good night you guys, love everybody and we’ll see you down the road,” he shouted as the band walked off but the house lights didn’t flash on.After a few minutes of sustained jeering and applause from the audience, Nielsen emerged back out.“Does that mean you wanna hear some more?” he asked to resounding shouts and “ Yeah!”s.“Are you sure you wanna hear some more!?” he asked again, to the same response. “Well them I guess we should probably do a few more, maybe bring some friends up here, you never know.“Maybe all of you should come up here, I don’t know,” he laughed, to more roars from the crowd.“I need some help on this next song,” shouted Zander before a communal encore performance of “Never Had a Lot to Lose.”“All you gotta do is yell ‘Wha Whoa Oh,’” he continued, with the audience following his lead and repeating the line throughout the number.They brought a friend onstage for the next tune—the ear candy hit “Surrender.”“Ladies and gentleman, Rob Bartlett,” Zander announced, to a trickle of applause.He looked out into the audience, then back at the bulky comedian waving behind a microphone on the right side of the stage.“Rob Bartlett,” he repeated, laughing, to a bit more applause.Total pandemonium broke out, with pretty much the entire house on their feet, singing and hopping and laughing and smiling along. It’s here that Nielsen flung out a vinyl record far into the back of the room.What a great song. And what a killer performance.Barlett grabs the mic as the song crashes to a halt: “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he says, to even more applause from the fired-up crowd before walking off.“That’s one talented dude,” said Zander.Then more chaos, more mayhem, more rock. It was about 10: 30 p.m., an hour and a half into their set, and Cheap Trick had the entire ’Mount begging for more. These guys used to play sold-out arenas and entire stadiums, I thought to myself. Cheap Trick at Budokan, anybody!? What a gift, what a blessing, to witness this massacre here.Out struts Nielsen toting his Hamer with “Gonna Raise Hell” across its fret again. He held that thing as if it were a machine gun. And then he proved that it pretty much was, he and his cohorts launching into an absolutely crushing version of the tune that guitar is named after, Nielsen bending the living shtt out of its whammy. Nuts.He tossed out a few more picks, and then I saw her. It. Whatever pronoun that can adequately encompass the mind-bending, extraterrestrial, interplanetary wrecking device Nielsen paraded onto the stage for the final song, aptly titled “Goodnight.”THE THING HAD FIVE NECKS!!! (!!!!!)It was like a dragon. An alien. Something not of this realm.And Nielsen slew it right there in front of all of us, up on the stage at this magical place we have out in Huntington, its stage some weird bizarre extraordinary altar of salvation. The ‘Mount. A lil wee tike ’bout neigh high strummed a Strat on the far right of the stage, too.Cheap Trick huddles together before a final bow wrapping up a stellar performance at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.Afterward, they all embraced in front of the drum kit, their backs to the audience. Turning and walking out to center stage, they took a group bow.Nielsen paused at the mic just before walking off and let loose a howl.“Yeah!” he shrieked as the house lights came back on and a shell-shocked audience trolled the ground for his picks.For more killer gigs at The Paramount in Huntington check out their page in The Island Ear
by: Brandon KuehlMoving toward increased usage of contactless and mobile payments is an important benefit of EMV chip card implementation. To that end, EMV and near field communication (NFC) can be viewed as complementary technologies that together deliver more secure payments with value-added functionality.In the process of upgrading to EMV chip card standards, many merchants will also opt to invest in terminals that house contactless readers, simultaneously becoming NFC-payment ready.This changing technological landscape will set the groundwork for widespread NFC mobile payment accessibility in the U.S. Therefore, it’s important for financial institutions to consider including each of EMV’s capabilities — contact, contactless and NFC mobile payments — as they create their payments evolution plans.A recent paymentsource.com article highlights three main reasons EMV contactless and NFC go together in a well-planned payments strategy.Contactless has been well-received in other markets — Canada provides a good example of consumers adapting quickly to contactless when introduced simultaneously with EMV. Currently, 75 percent of Canada’s merchants accept contactless. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
144SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Thirty-eight percent of millennials anticipate buying a home in the next five years, according to Fall 2015 research from Raddon Financial Group. Of this younger home-buying group, 71 percent will be first-time buyers – many of whom will not have an allegiance to a primary source of funding. How can lenders capture the attention, and ultimately the wallets, of these millennial borrowers? The answer is twofold: education and digitization.If a lender balances the right amount of education and information with a seamless, digital process to facilitate origination and servicing activity across mobile devices, they can increase the odds that the consumer, particularly the millennial consumer, will not only choose them, but will remain loyal to them for their future borrowing needs.Making Educated DecisionsMillennials place high value on education and making informed decisions, so providing accessible information around the home-buying process is key to attracting this demographic group. Seventy one percent of this group also cited family members as their first source of information for financial advice, according to a 2015 iQuantifi study. While trust is likely the genesis of this response, it could also be suggested that the lack of digestible information online surrounding the mortgage process may result in reliance on their family members and on their family’s primary financial institutions. continue reading »
continue reading » Often, the credit union delegations Ryan Donovan hosted during his days as a congressional staffer consisted entirely of directors.“That was really cool because then you knew you were talking to folks in the community,” he says. “It drove home the point that credit unions have a strong connection to the district.”That experience explains why, in his present-day role as CUNA’s chief advocacy officer, Donovan gets energized by the prospect of growing board members’ role in credit unions’ advocacy efforts at the national, state, and local levels.“Volunteers can be a very important voice for us,” says Donovan, who will present CUNA’s 2018 advocacy agenda at the upcoming CUNA Volunteer Conference. “One of the advantages of credit unions’ structure is that volunteers come from the membership, and the membership comes from the community. So you’ve got real people representing credit unions in advocacy—as opposed to banks, whose shareholders might not have anything to do with community.” 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Suffolk County Corrections Officers were indicted last month on charges of allegedly assaulting an inmate at the county jail in Riverhead three years ago, prosecutors said.From left: Vincent Cennamo and Mark Nicol.Vincent Cennamo, 53, of Moriches, and his co-defendant, 46-year-old Mark Nicol of Ronkonkoma, were charged with assault. Cennamo was also charged with falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct. Both men pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors alleged the two officers assaulted 32-year-old Joshua Durkel, who was serving a sentence for a probation violation after a drug conviction, in the jail’s kitchen on Nov. 27, 2013.Cennamo then allegedly made false entries in an incident report claiming Durkel, who now lives in Florida, slipped and suffered a cut above his right eyebrow when he hit his head on a stove, according to investigators.Judge Timothy Mazzei released both men without bail. They are due back in court on March 29. Both officers were suspended without pay.
The difference between the companies is food delivery. Uber has partly offset declines in its core ride-sharing business business this year through Uber Eats. That service recorded gross bookings growth of 134% in the third quarter while Uber’s core ride-hailing division sank by 53%.Still, the delivery business lost $183 million on an adjusted bais, after a deficit of $232 million in the second quarter. Richard Kramer, an analyst at Arete Research, told CNBC in August that Uber was likely to “slip into a net debt position” in the next quarter because of its cash burn rate.Reasons for optimismUber and its proponents believe the company’s profitability outlook is improving even with the challenges of the pandemic. The negative margin in the delivery business shrank to 16.1% in the third quarter from 26.2% in the second quarter and 59.4% in the first. Meanwhile, its positive adjusted margin in ride-sharing grew to 17.9% in the third quarter from 6.3% the prior period, though still down from 23.5% in the first three months of the year.Factor in those developments and then look to a not-too-distant future that includes open bars and restaurants, some live events, and workers commuting to and from the office, and there’s at least a sensible narrative for investors to bet on the company.“Ultimately, we view a rides recovery as ‘when’ not ‘if’ and now represents a source of upside in 2021 if/when mass availability of a vaccine can jumpstart travel/social-related ridesharing demand,” analysts at Guggenheim wrote in a report on Friday, before the latest update on vaccine development. They have a buy recommendation on the stock.Analysts at Canaccord Genuity, who also have a buy rating, take a similar view. They wrote last week that, “given recovery trends and a more optimistic outlook for Covid vaccines, it seems likely that Uber’s mobility business will be posting strong growth against easy comps by mid-2021, suggesting the stock may begin working more decisively.”However, should the economy reopen in a way that resembles the pre-pandemic world, what does that mean for Uber Eats, which is growing rapidly because consumers aren’t going to restaurants?As Arete’s Kramer said in August, “You either have people taking rides to restaurants or staying at home and ordering takeaway, but you don’t tend to have both at the same time.”Add it all up and Uber still has to show it can make money.WATCH: Uber’s delivery growth shows better to path to profits versus mobility Lyft shares soared 22% on Monday, following a 31% increase last week. However, while Uber’s stock has erased its post-IPO losses and finally generated some gains for investors, Lyft remains almost 50% below its debut price from last year. – Advertisement – Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, speaking at the 2019 DealBook Conference in New York on Nov. 6th, 2019.Samuel Corum | DealBook Uber and Lyft this yearCNBC Investors are suddenly optimistic about Uber. Shares climbed over 9% on Monday and were poised to close above their $45 IPO price for the first time since June 2019, the month after the company went public.The move comes despite last week’s Q3 earnings report showing a second straight quarter of declining revenue, with another drop expected this period, and a cumulative net loss of $5.8 billion for the year so far.Monday’s rally came after drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech indicated their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective, raising optimism that demand for consumer services like ride-sharing may soon return in force. The gains follow last week’s 34% jump, sparked by the passage of California’s Proposition 22, which will allow Uber to continue classifying its drivers as contractors instead of employees.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
“Although it was not intentional, many people have been infected,” he said.”We put our utmost efforts but were unable to prevent it all. I seek the forgiveness of the people.”I am very thankful to the government for its efforts. I also seek the forgiveness of the government.”Lee is revered by his followers as the “Promised Pastor” who will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the Day of Judgement, and his group is often condemned as a cult. The leader of a South Korean sect linked to more than half the country’s 4,000-plus coronavirus cases apologised Monday for the spread of the disease.”I would like to offer my sincere apology to the people on behalf of the members,” said Shincheonji head Lee Man-hee, his voice breaking.The 88-year-old twice got down on his knees to bow before reporters in Gapyeong, his head to the floor. A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million and the centre of the outbreak — before being diagnosed.South Korea’s case numbers are expected to rise further as authorities carry out checks on more than 260,000 people associated Shincheonji.Seoul’s city government has asked prosecutors to press charges, including murder, against him and 11 other sect leaders for failing to cooperate in containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.Lee insisted that the group was “actively cooperating with the government”. “We will do our best and not spare human and material support,” he added, pausing occasionally to wipe tears from his eyes as protesters shouted abuse. Topics :
Governor Wolf Launches New Manufacturing PA Initiative SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 27, 2017 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of Manufacturing PA, a new initiative to support manufacturing and link job training to career pathways to ensure that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement with Pennsylvania manufacturers in today’s global economy.“These programs have been developed to respond to the needs that the manufacturing community has been expressing for years by marrying our state’s job training programs with real careers in the manufacturing industry,” said Governor Wolf. “These programs benefit both the workforce and employers by creating customized training that is tailored to specific needs, and produces highly skilled employees while giving them access to a family sustaining wage and opportunities for advancement.”Manufacturing PA partners the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Manufacturing PA initiative is made up of three new programs, each of which will provide support for Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community in different ways:The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Training-to-Career Grant program will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that enables the workforce to advance and the company to grow. Grants will be provided to Pennsylvania manufacturers who partner with technical and trade schools, Pennsylvania’s community colleges, and those non-profit organizations that demonstrate both experience and expertise in the development and deployment of workforce development programs.The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Innovation Program will leverage the internationally acclaimed science and engineering talent and discovery capacity of Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to help ensure that the commonwealth remains an international leader in manufacturing. This will include a Manufacturing Fellows program, designed to support designated undergraduate and graduate student Fellows in both long- and short-term engagements with industry.Pennsylvania’s Industrial Resource Centers will expand their outreach to include small and medium-sized businesses, and will continue to provide technical, strategic, and market-based assistance to Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector.The programs will take advantage of the expertise of the Department of Community and Economic Development’s strategic partners, including the National Institutes of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership funded Industrial Resource Centers, Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations.
Governor Wolf Applauds State Board of Education for Endorsement of Computer Science Standards January 11, 2018 Education, Innovation, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the State Board of Education has acted on the administration’s request to make computer science education available to all students in the commonwealth by endorsing Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) K-12 Standards.“I applaud the State Board of Education for taking action on our recommendations to establish standards for computer science education in Pennsylvania schools so that our students have the skills necessary for emerging high-demand jobs that will support middle class families and attract new businesses to commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy and this move will help our students prepare for the workforce of the future.”The resolution provides for the implementation of standards on computer science education in the commonwealth, and will position Pennsylvania as one of fewer than a dozen states to endorse such standards. Additionally, the CSTA standards will enable Pennsylvania to develop its Computer Science Certifications Pathways, and will provide guidance on ways students can apply a computer science course toward a math or science graduation credit under Act 86 of 2016.“Today’s endorsement of these standards will provide a framework to schools that allows them to ensure students have access to a world-class education that prepares them for success after graduation,” said Sec. Pedro A. Rivera. “What’s more, this action demonstrates a commitment to the Department’s three guiding principles of transparency, equity, and innovation. We thank the State Board of Education and Governor Wolf for prioritizing equitable access to computer science education in the commonwealth.”The Department of Education will provide guidance to schools on implementation through a forthcoming toolkit and resource guide.Pennsylvania is already a leader in STEM education. The PA STEM Coalition works with schools and students to expand STEM and Computer Science offerings. In Pennsylvania, over 1,200 educators are trained in Code.org K-12 resources (DCIU and AIU3 partnership) and 18,332 students took a Computer Science class in high school last year.In December, the governor joined the bipartisan Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, a multi-state initiative organized by Code.org. The national coalition is committed to increasing access and funding for computer science education in K-12 schools. In 2015, only one in 10 Pennsylvania students in grades 7 through 12 were enrolled in a computer science course, with significant gaps for girls, students of color, and low-income students.Because of legislation signed by Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania already allows computer science classes to count for graduation. The endorsement of the CSTA standards will provide additional flexibility to schools that wish to provide this option to students.Pennsylvania needs to have a STEM-ready workforce to compete in the global economy. Approximately 300,000 jobs that require STEM skills/knowledge by 2018. Over next decade, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter