Ecotech Institute Launches Hands-on Power Utility Technician Program

Aging Power Utility Workforce Requires New, Savvy Technicians

Denver, Colorado, August 29, 2012 – Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability, is now taking applications for its new two-year Power Utility Technician degree program focused on training power utility technicians. The program, which will launch in October, will help fill a need in the power utility sector as a growing number of power utility technicians are retiring from the field and highly trained employees are in demand. Ecotech has responded to this need by creating a practical program focused on the ever-changing power utility industry.

With input from subject matter experts who have more than 55 years of combined utility experience, Ecotech designed its Power Utility Technician program to prepare graduates for careers in power generation, with specialization in power plant operations and maintenance. Students will receive immersive and hands-on training that focuses on providing a solid grounding in, and a comprehensive understanding of, electric utility distribution systems, grid and smart grid.

“We are excited about the applicability and cutting-edge nature of this program and are thankful to industry gurus Dan Sachse and Mark Fox for sharing their expertise,” says Michael Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. “Demand is at an all-time high for people who understand the grid and the future of power utilities and we look forward to leading the way in preparing students for jobs in this area.”

Upon successful completion of the Power Utility Technician program, students will be prepared to:

* Apply the fundamentals of power generation, so they can operate and maintain power plants

* Use their knowledge of high voltage systems to maintain and operate grid infrastructure, smart grids, and distribution systems

* Use the fundamentals of electrical theory and related knowledge to design, build, repair, calibrate and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls and machinery

* Meet industry standards within the electrical engineering, power production and distribution fields

Ecotech’s comprehensive Power Utility Technician program offers a balanced education of soft skills (communication, workplace etiquette), and math and science basics and technology skills, but the educational emphasis is on hands-on, practical training in modern labs.

Ecotech Institute’s website outlines each of its programs to help answer common questions such as, “Is this program right for me?”, “What will I learn?” and “Why Ecotech?” In addition to offering curriculum information, the site explains what to expect from the program, which skill sets are most desirable for this field of study, and what careers are available in cleantech industries.

With the addition of the Power Utility Technician program, Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, offers six highly practical associate’s degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers.

Ecotech’s next round of classes begins in October and applications are always accepted.

In addition to the Power Utility program, Ecotech Institute offers the following:

* Solar Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science

* Wind Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science

* Renewable Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science

* Energy Efficiency Program, Associate of Applied Science

* Electrical Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science

About Ecotech Institute:
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, the college offers five associate’s degrees designed by experts in the industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-5576.

Media Contacts:
Alicia Hassinger or Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group, on behalf of Ecotech Institute
303.433.7020 or

About Education Corporation of America
Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of almost 20,000 students. In addition to Ecotech Institute, ECA schools include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in 25 different cities in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Virginia College also offers classes online and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College.  ECA also operates Golf Academy of America, with locations in Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

Alicia Hassinger
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

The 3rd Edition of Art Bengaluru Signs Off on a High

The 3rd Edition of Art Bengaluru signed off over the weekend as a grand success, living up to its billing of being even bigger & better than its first two editions… A report!

Bangalore, India, Friday – August 31th, 2012 — South India’s only Contemporary Art Festival “Art Bengaluru 2012” drew to a close over the weekend, with a fabulous turn-out for the event finale – The International Art Auction, marking a grand success to the 3rd edition of the much talked about festival.

The Art do, took off to an amazing start with the preview event ‘By the Lombok Moonlight’ witnessing over 350 people line up at Sublime Galleria to get a sneak peek at the art inspired by jewellery exhibit. The event featured different forms of art on diverse mediums, created by Vijit Pillai.

This though, happened to only be the curtain raiser with the opening night seeing a packed house. Works of art from 17 eminent art galleries across India adorned the corridors of UB City while the piazza at India’s first luxury mall, crooned to a scintillating performance by renowned singer Tochi Raina. Over 4,000 people, who could not make it to the venue for the performance, enjoyed the live streaming of the event specially organized on Facebook.

Next, was time for the Children’s Art Competition that was organized over the weekend. Started out with the intention to imbibe the culture of art amongst kids and provide them with a platform to exhibit their talents, this year’s event saw an increased number of participants, when compared to the previous years. Like every competition, this one too saw the winners take home customized Art Bengaluru memorabilia.

The following week was interspersed with workshops & talks, all conducted by industry experts, presenting enthusiasts the opportunity to learn. Despite being scheduled during a working week, the workshops were well attended. The stand out was the talk by internationally acclaimed architect Chritopher Johnstone, who tended to several queries from eager participants. The Jewellery and Cake Art workshops left people asking for more, while the photography workshop was so packed, that it needed an additional day to accommodate the participants. The Dance Workshop too required changes from the original plan, with a shift in venue to make room for the many dancers.

What better way to end such a magna opus than with a luxury charity auction, featuring the works of legendary artists including M.F. Hussain, Jamini Roy, F.N Souza, Ganesh Pyne amongst other masters. The event saw the crème de la crème of Bangalore and several other art enthusiasts from all over the country, come in great attendance to stake their claim on these rare pieces of art that went under the hammer.

Amidst all the glitz, glamour and celebration, the organizers lived up to their word on Art Bengaluru being an event for the society, by sharing a portion of the auction proceeds with Christel House India, a non-profit organization that helps in the education and empowerment of underprivileged children.

Signing off, Uzma Irfan & Raj Bagaria, Conceptualizers, Art Bengaluru, said, “As curtains come down on Art Bengaluru 2012, it gives us immense pleasure in announcing that this year’s edition has achieved a hat-trick of sorts, going by the fabulous turn-out all the events and workshops have received. With this, we can confidently say that Art has finally arrived in Bangalore & is here to stay!”

About Art Bengaluru:
Art Bengaluru is an exclusive event that is designed to showcase various types of art forms including ‘Wall Art’ (fine art, paintings, illustrations, photographs) and ‘Stand-alone Art’ (sculpture, installations, product design). Art Bengaluru was first launched in March 2010, and after two successful editions, the 2012 event lived up to its pre-event billing of being bigger and more diverse!

The venue for Art Bengaluru has been the highly-acclaimed, The Collection, UB City which is conveniently located in the heart of cosmopolitan Bangalore. Needless to say, the Tuscan architecture of the Mall complements the art festival by creating an illusion of fluent expanse. Art displayed at this landmark area has always enhanced the aesthetic awareness & created a sensory delight for the viewer.

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Urmila Biswas / Lakshman Babu
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Bangalore, India
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AAA Advocates Investment in SWAG

A recent report in The Telegraph newspaper in the UK has attracted the support of alternative investment advocacy group, AAA, for covering the popularity of ‘SWAG’ as investments.

Boston, MA, USA, August 31, 2012 — A recent report in The Telegraph newspaper in the UK has attracted the support of alternative investment advocacy group, Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA), for covering the popularity of ‘SWAG’ as investments.

SWAG is a new term used to describe silver, wine, art and gold, which are among the most commonly chosen alternative investments. The Telegraph article describes how these asset classes are regularly outperforming bonds and equity investments and are, therefore, proving increasingly popular among individual and institutional investors.

AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, stated that the trend isn’t surprising and a growing section of the population are interested in swapping their hard-earned cash for something much more tangible than stocks, shares and bonds – particularly following the recent economic collapse. He stated, “There was a period when investors could dependent on the value of their investments, but those days are gone, for now. However, when you purchase something tangible, or with intrinsic value, like trees, gold and silver, for example, the risks are reduced and the assets stand up to economic volatility much more convincingly.

Telegraph reporter, Richard Evans points out that the benefits are clear – in that silver, wine, art and gold have all outperformed shares and bonds over five years, seven years and even ten years. He cited former Moore Capital investment expert Joe Roseman as having first come up with the ‘SWAG’ moniker. He predicts that these asset classes will be the best kinds of investments to opt for in the coming years, which he says will be ruled by a period in which inflation will remain high, but growth will remain elusive.

The analysts at AAA agree that tangible assets are increasingly attractive as these condition prevail, although it advocates ethical investments, such as investing in sustainable forestry programs run by firms like Greenwood Management in Brazil. “Forestry investment provides investors with an asset that hedges against inflation, but also helps to reduce deforestation and stimulate a green economy,” claimed Mr Johnson.

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

Media Contact:
Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

Vietnam First Luxury Tour Operator and DMC To Launch Luxury Vietnam Villa Collection

Luxury Travel Ltd, Vietnam First Luxury Tour Operator and DMC, To Launch Luxury Vietnam Villa Collection.

Hanoi, Vietnam, August 31, 2012 — Luxury Travel Ltd’s hand-picked Vietnam Luxury Villa collection features a range of exclusive properties that offer the personalized services of a luxury resort coupled with the independence of renting a private villa.

Luxury Travel Ltd. has served the luxury travel industry for many years, and their staff has acquired first-hand knowledge about the luxury travel market in Vietnam. They have visited their recommended destinations, and have personally checked out the finest villas designed for discriminating travelers.

“This unique collection of luxury villas was carefully chosen to represent the absolute best Vietnam has to offer. Focusing on destination, location, style and size our selection offers choices from exotic modern beachside villas to the casual elegance of a Vietnam villa amid rice fields. Luxury Travel Ltd’s Vietnam’s Villas collection has the perfect property to suit your personal tastes and travel style and family holidays” Said David Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd.

About Luxury Travel Ltd
Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd ( is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel excels in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.

Media Contact:
Doan Hong Linh (Ms.)
Marketing Executive
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
+ 84.4.39274120 Ext 122

Will Motivational Posters of President Barack Obama Help Revive his Presidential Re-election Bid?

What’s the deal with President Barack Obama Motivational Posters? Are people buying them like collectible memorabilia or are customers so turned off by the President’s policies that retailers can’t give them away? Why is there such strong demand for Congressman Paul Ryan Motivational Posters?

Princeton, NJ, August 28, 2012 (Straight Line PR) — Motivational Posters have been used for decades to create a positive atmosphere and a “can do” culture in corporations. With the Presidential race upon us and in a dead heat against Republican Mitt Romney, will Barack Obama Motivational Posters inspire and ignite the masses, reminding audiences of the President’s ascendancy to office in 2008?

The US Presidential Race is in a virtual dead heat. Poll after poll show President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are deadlocked in a very close race for President.

Many say that “politics is a contact sport”, and that you need an awfully thick skin to be a successful politician. In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama electrified audiences and the nation with his positive speeches, which focused on getting the job done in spite of whatever obstacles were present. Now, four years later with a lackluster economy, over 8% unemployment, and a spiraling national debt, we are hearing very little inspiration from the campaign.

A complete line of Barack Obama Motivational Posters can be seen on the web at:

“The rhetoric has turned negative and divisive,” says Harald Anderson, Manager for, an online retailer of motivational merchandise.

“Our take on this is simple,” says Anderson. “People love a winner. They love individuals who walk the walk and talk the talk. People love authenticity. People love a can-do attitude. And most importantly, people do not respond well to excuses for lack of performance.”

“Four years ago, we could not keep the Barack Obama Motivational Posters in stock. Voters perceived that he was a winner and a problem solver. Quite honestly, we were expecting the sequel to ‘Yes We Can’ in the Democratic Presidential campaign to be ‘Yes We Are’ or ‘Yes We Will’. Instead what we have gotten is attacks on success, class warfare and excuses.”

Will memories of the infamous “Yes We Can” speech which inspired and motivated the masses rekindle a Democratic Presidential campaign in dire need of an inspirational spark or catalyst?

A brief section of President Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” speech can be seen here:

“As a retailer,” says Anderson, “I can tell you that people respond to vision, optimism and determination. Those are traits that we are seeing from the Republican campaign. Specifically, we are getting a ton of interest from our customers for Paul Ryan Motivational Posters! ( ) Today, Paul Ryan’s message is resonating with consumers who desperately want solutions.”

About is a leading online retailer of motivational posters and offers free shipping on all orders. The company sells framed or unframed motivational posters, as well as art prints in a variety of categories, such as abstract, contemporary, fantasy, and landscapes, to name only a few.

“When Art Inspires, Dreams Become Realities.” To learn more or to order, visit

Press Contact:
Harald Anderson

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Dave Lockman
Rich Content
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Blaine, WA 98230

New Living in Chico Blog Can Help With Renting an Apartment in Chico California

Living in Chico is a website that makes searching for apartments in Chico California more fun by offering an interactive map, virtual tours and local resources. And the web site’s Living in Chico Blog can help with finding an apartment, by offering fun topics related to apartment renting.

Chico, CA, August 28, 2012 (Straight Line PR) — Anyone who is looking for an apartment in the Chico, California area now has a way to make the task a lot easier – the Living in Chico website. Living in Chico is designed to help with finding an apartment by offering an interactive map of apartment locations, entertaining video tours of the rental properties, and information on local events, restaurants and history. Living in Chico is an extension of The Hignell Companies residential and property management services.

“The Living in Chico website was designed to make searching for apartments in Chico California more fun,” said website creator Michael K. Redman. “One way of doing this is by offering the blog we just launched that has information on fun topics about apartment renting.”

The goal of the Living in Chico blog ( ) is to provide topics relevant to apartment living, such as apartment rental tips, decorating ideas and much more. The latest post offers help with finding an apartment by providing tips like setting a budget, making a list of must-have amenities, and questions to ask when determining the right location to live in.

One popular location which is featured on the Living in Chico web site is the Sterling Oaks Apartments. A short video tour of the complex can be seen on YouTube at

The Living in Chico website can help with finding an apartment because it is efficient, easy to use and fun. People searching for apartments in Chico California can take virtual tours of the Living in Chico properties to see first-hand if one might be a good fit. The site also has a search feature, so that the user can get help with finding an apartment by searching current listings by property type, number of bedrooms, and minimum and maximum rent. ( )

“The Hignell Companies created the Living in Chico website to provide a community resource that doesn’t just offer available apartments in Chico California, but also a place to live; a fun community atmosphere to be a part of,” said Phil Larios, CEO of The Hignell Companies. ( )

In addition to providing help with finding an apartment in Chico California, Living in Chico also offers information about upcoming community events, recommendations on tasteful restaurants, and information about the history of Chico, all on the web at

For more help with finding apartments in Chico California visit the Living in Chico website at and “Like” their Facebook page at

About Living in Chico: was launched in 2010 by The Hignell Companies to make searching on the internet for apartments in Chico California more enjoyable. The Living in Chico web site can help with finding an apartment, as well as provide information about life in Chico, including current events and local restaurants. Living in Chico offers some of the best places to live in the Chico area and strives to fulfill the mission of Creating Caring Communities while making apartment searching “funner.” (We know “funner” isn’t a word, but let’s face it, it is way more fun)! To learn more, visit

Press Contact:
Half a Bubble Out Media
680 Rio Lindo Ave.
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 345-8295

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