Leahy joins effort to flip vacant homes, spur economic recovery

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy has joined in offering new legislation to breathe new life into homes and businesses made vacant by foreclosures. Leahy is an original cosponsor of the Project Rebuild Act, introduced in the Senate this week by Rhode Island Democrat Senator Jack Reed.Leahy said, ‘Vacant homes and businesses are a drag on entire neighborhoods and communities. Abandoned buildings are a foot on the brake pedal, depressing home and commercial property values and slowing the economic recovery. Getting these vacant buildings back into productive use is one of the keys to rejuvenating our economy. These investments would turn the liabilities of abandoned buildings into assets for their communities, helping our housing market to rebound from the slump and driving job creation and economic development.’ Leahy also worked to include provisions in the legislation to allow the investments to be used to rebuild homes damaged or destroyed during a federally declared disaster such as Hurricane Irene. A targeted effort to help revitalize both residential and commercial buildings that have been abandoned through foreclosure, the new bill would provide $15 billion in pinpoint assistance to renovate vacant homes and businesses. Modeled on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) successful Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), the bill would direct about $10 billion to states, cities and nonprofit organizations through a similar funding formula. Another $5 billion would be distributed through new competitive grants. Project Rebuild has been hailed as the next generation of the NSP, broadening the definition of eligible uses for federal dollars under the law for commercial projects and establishing a $20 million baseline of funding for each state. This all-state minimum ‘ an approach that Leahy has included in a wide range of other federal programs — would ensure that small states like Vermont receive a fair share of the $10 billion in funding under the general grant program. Additional funds will be targeted to areas with home foreclosures, homes in default or delinquency and other factors determined by HUD, such as unemployment, commercial foreclosures and other economic conditions. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) welcomes this new congressional effort by Congress to bolster communities through increased renovation and renewal efforts. HUD officials estimate that Project Rebuild would create more than 190,000 jobs and would be used to renovate 150,000 properties nationwide.Office of Senator Patrick Leachy. 3.7.2012.last_img read more

Eight O’Clock Coffee Company signs Keurig deal with GMCR

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and single serve brewing systems, and Eight Oâ Clock Coffee Company (a member of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands), Americaâ s #1 Whole Bean Coffee brand in grocery (Nielsen, 52 Wks Ended March 31, 2012), announce the companies have reached a multiyear agreement to make Eight Oâ Clock® coffee, Tetley® tea, and Good Earth® tea available in K-Cup® and Vueâ ¢ packs for Keurig® Single Cup Brewing systems. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”For generations, millions of coffee lovers have enjoyed brewing the fresh taste of high-quality Eight O’Clock® coffee. Now they will have a whole new, convenient way to make America’s original gourmet coffee with Keurig®, America’s favorite single cup brewing system,” says David Allen, Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing at Tata Beverage Groupâ s US Region. “We look forward to working with GMCR to make the top-selling whole bean coffee brand into a successful single cup coffee.”Eight Oâ Clock Coffee Company and GMCR plan to make a select offering of Eight Oâ Clock® coffee K-Cup® packs available through in-home and away-from-home channels, as well as on GMCRâ s consumer direct websites, www.Keurig.com(link is external) andwww.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external), throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning in fall 2012. In the U.S, Tetley® teas, and in the U.S. and Canada, Good Earth® teas intend to join the K-Cup® pack collection in 2013.The choice of coffee-loving Americans since 1859, Eight Oâ Clock® coffee is best known for its #1-selling whole bean coffees in grocery (Nielsen, 52 Wks Ended March 31, 2012), offering a full line of gourmet coffee varieties in retailers throughout the country. Over 150 years later, Eight Oâ Clock® is as fresh as ever, entering the fast-growing, high-quality, and ultra-convenient world of single serve coffee with Eight Oâ Clock® coffee K-Cup® packs.â This new relationship will provide Keurig® brewer owners with additional choice by having Eight Oâ Clock® coffee, Tetley® tea, and Good Earth® tea readily available for their brewers,’says Lawrence J. Blanford, GMCR President and CEO. â With this agreement, we are excited to once again deliver upon our promise of supplying unsurpassed quality, variety, and convenience in the Keurig® system.âGMCRâ s Keurig® Single Cup Brewers for in-home and office use utilize patented, innovative brewing and single-cup technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa every time at just the touch of a button. According to the NPD Group®, Keurig® Single Cup Brewers were the top four bestselling coffee makers during GMCRâ s fiscal second quarter 2012 by dollar sales.About Eight Oâ Clock CoffeeEight Oâ Clock Coffee has been delighting coffee lovers for over 150 years and was named one of â Americaâ s Greatest Brands’in 2010. Best known for their #1-selling whole bean coffee in grocery and top-rated 100% Colombian coffee, Eight Oâ Clock offers a full line of gourmet coffee varieties in ground and whole bean forms. Eight Oâ Clock Coffee is headquartered in Montvale, NJ,is roasted and packaged in Landover, Maryland and available at most U.S. retailers where groceries are sold. Eight Oâ Clock is part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands. For more information about Eight Oâ Clock Coffee, visit www.EightOClock.com(link is external).About Tetley TeaTetley has been known as an industry leader in creating a variety of delicious teas since it began producing tea over 170 years ago. Tetley is part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands and has a long-standing relationship with the Ethical Tea Partnership, an organization that monitors living and working conditions on tea estates. All Tetley branded tea, including flavored and decaffeinated varieties, will also be part of the Rainforest Alliance certification program, which is scheduled for completion by 2016. To learn more about Tetley Tea, visitwww.TetleyUSA.com(link is external).About Good Earth TeaOne of the first American herbal companies and a leader in specialty tea, Good Earth Tea brings authentic, full flavored teas from around the world to the U.S. via a wide variety of unique blends. Good Earth Tea offers a tea adventure like no other, combining rich flavors from around the world into aromatic blends such as Sweet & Spicy, Green Tea Lemongrass, and Superfruit White Tea with Mangosteen and Mango. Good Earth Tea is part of the Tata Global Beverages family of brands. For more information, visit www.GoodEarthTea.com(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig®Single Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Companyâ s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.GMCR Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are â forward-looking statements’within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as â anticipate,’â believe,’â could,’â estimate,’â expect,’â feel,’â forecast,’â intend,’â may,’â plan,’â potential,’â project,’â should,’â would,’and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Companyâ s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Companyâ s success in efficiently and effectively integrating the Companyâ s acquisitions, the Companyâ s success in introducing and producing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under the Companyâ s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurigâ s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the Company experiencing product liability, product recall and higher than anticipated rates of warranty expense or sales returns associated with a product quality or safety issue, the impact of the loss of major customers for the Company or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Companyâ s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, the impact of the inquiry initiated by the SEC and any related litigation or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings, as well as other risks described more fully in the Companyâ s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect managementâ s analysis as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.GMCR-C  WATERBURY, Vt. & MONTVALE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)last_img read more

Heineken takes over Strongbow distribution from Vermont Hard Cider

first_imgVermont Hard Cider Company, LLC,The Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, makers of Woodchuck Hard Cider in Middlebury, recently reached an agreement with Heineken Brouwerijen of the Netherlands to transition importation rights to the Strongbow cider brand in the United States, effective December 31, 2012. Heineken owns Strongbow. Beginning January 1, 2013,  Heineken USA will be appointed as the new importer for the brand. Woodchuck is the largest cider brand in the nation. The agreement to distribute Strongbow was to have lasted until 2014, but the two firms agreed to terminate the deal a year earlier for undisclosed terms.In a statement, Vermont Hard Cider said: “VTHCC has been committed to growing Strongbow cider for the last decade.  In that time Strongbow has enjoyed 500 percent growth, received seven consecutive IMPACT Hot Brand Awards, and is now the second largest cider brand in the United States.  We are proud of our accomplishments and the momentum we built with Strongbow and wish Heineken USA the best in furthering its success. “This change in VTHCC’s portfolio and operation will not change our course as the leading hard cider company in the country.  No jobs will be lost.  The plans for a new $24 million cidery in Middlebury remain intact and are moving forward. “It has been a year of great growth for the cider category in the United States with increased competition creating greater exposure for all cider producers.  VTHCC is now focused 100% on the brands it owns and remains committed to crafting the highest quality hard ciders, just as we have for more than two decades.”Heineken issued a separate statement:: “There is tremendous opportunity to build on the momentum that the Vermont Hard Cider team created over the last nine years. We see this as a pivotal moment to further accelerate Strongbow’s growth by supporting the brand with the full weight of Heineken USA’s resources and capabilities,” said Dolf van den Brink, President and CEO, Heineken USA. “By growing our core and investing in innovation, we will continue to enhance our position as the industry’s leading upscale importer.”The cider market is growing more than 30 percent this year in the US and Woodchuck sales are growing about 26 percent. Because of the recent popularity of the beverage, Anheuser-Busch, Miller and the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) have all jumped into the market with their own brands of hard cider. According to The Beer Institute, cider sales grew 10 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011.About Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLCVermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, located in Middlebury, Vermont, is the leading hard cider producer in the United States, which includes the nation’s number one cider ‘Woodchuck Hard Cider. Having won 16 IMPACT Hot Brand Awards, Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC is recognized for its superior cider brands. Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC handcrafts and manages all levels of quality control in Middlebury, VT by employing a team of cider makers with over 30 years of combined experience directly in cider making and a team devoted exclusively to producing, marketing, and selling hard cider. More information is available at www.woodchuck.com(link is external).last_img read more

Sanders: As federal deficit declines don’t forget working families

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement on a Congressional Budget Office report that the federal deficit is expected to total $642 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30: ‘It is very good news for our country that we are making progress on deficit reduction. President Obama inherited a $1.4 trillion deficit when President Bush left office more than four years ago. This year, the deficit is on track to be cut by more than half from what it was in January of 2009.’ ‘But in the midst of this success in combating the deficit, we cannot ignore the enormous economic problems facing working families. It is high time that we begin to focus on policy that creates millions of decent-paying jobs that our economy desperately needs. Real unemployment is 13.9 percent, youth unemployment is even higher, median income is declining and millions of families are struggling to live with dignity. We also must revisit some of the horrendous cuts that have recently been made to the elderly, children and the most vulnerable people in our country. ‘Economists agree that the fastest and most productive way to create jobs is to rebuild roads and bridges and repair the rest of our crumbling infrastructure. We also can put millions of Americans to work transforming our energy system away from oil and coal by developing clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. ‘We have made success on deficit reduction. Now it is time to create jobs and protect working families. WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013last_img read more

Vermont Gas celebrates 20 years of energy efficiency programs

first_imgVermont Gas Systems Inc,Since 1993, the award-winning energy efficiency programs developed by Vermont Gas have helped customers lower their energy bills by $13 million per year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 62,000 tons.The cumulative impact of these savings during the past 20 years equals approximately one full year of gas usage across all of Vermont Gas’ nearly 50,000 customers.”Astronomical” is the word used by Vermont Gas customer Marc Jacobs, who owns 10 multi-family buildings in the Burlington area, to describe the savings potential from the gas utility’s energy-efficiency programs. Jacobs, who purchased his first building in 1983, works with Vermont Gas to install efficient systems in his units and passes the savings on to his tenants.During the last two decades, the quality and effectiveness of Vermont Gas’ energy-efficiency programs has been recognized 33 times through national awards and recognition from organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).”The national recognition we’ve received for our energy-efficiency programs through the years has been great, but the real reward is saving our customers money and maximizing the environmental advantages of natural gas,” said Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas. “Our customers recognize and truly appreciate the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas, so after 20 years of energy efficiency leadership we want to again say thank you for the trust they’ve placed in the Vermont Gas team.”To celebrate the 20 years of bringing energy efficiency to Vermonters, Vermont Gas is planning a customer and energy efficiency contractor appreciation event, with details to be announced soon.Vermont Gas serves more than 45,000 customers in Franklin and Chittenden counties and is currently working to expand service into Addison and Rutland counties through the Addison Natural Gas Project. The company’s long heritage for safe and reliable operations includes its award-winning energy-efficiency programs, which reduce energy use while saving $13 million annually for homes and businesses.  For more information about the Addison Natural Gas Project, visit www.addisonnaturalgas.com(link is external)last_img read more

LCC Seeking Volunteers to monitor the lake

first_img-2:30 PM – Lake Champlain Basin Program Office54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT The Lake Champlain Committee(link is external) (LCC) is looking for citizens interested in monitoring shoreline locations for blue-green algae blooms. Since 2003 LCC has coordinated an award-winning volunteer blue-green algae monitoring program(link is external) along the lake’s shoreline working in collaboration with Vermont and New York environmental and health agencies. Volunteer monitors assess water conditions from over 50 sites around the lake.”Involving citizens in a scientifically-based monitoring program greatly expands the data set beyond what state and federal agencies could gather on their own,” said LCC Executive Director Lori Fisher. “It also gives people an opportunity to play an active role on an issue great public interest and concern.”Volunteers monitor a specific location once per week through the summer season (mid-June through Labor Day) and report results via LCC’s online form(link is external). LCC is looking for volunteers with weekly access to the lake near areas where recreation and water contact occurs. Weekly monitoring generally takes between 15  to 30 excluding transit with more time required during suspected or actual blooms.From June 9 through June 13 LCC will host ten information and training sessions on blue-green algae. Anyone interested in learning more about the lake or becoming a monitor for the 2014 season is encouraged to attend. RSVP to LCC online(link is external) or by phone at (802) 658-1414.  Upcoming LCC Blue-green Algae Monitor Training SessionsMonday, June 9 Tuesday, June 10 -10:00 AM – Point Au Roche Nature Center19 Camp Red Cloud Road, Plattsburgh, NY-12:00 PM – Clinton County Health Department133 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY-3:30 PM – Shelburne Town Hall5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VTWednesday, June 11-10:00 AM – Lake Champlain Committee Office208 Flynn Ave, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT-4:00 PM – Crete CenterCrete Center Road, Plattsburgh, NY-7:00 PM – Folsom School75 South Street, South Hero, VTThursday, June 12-9:00 AM – Kingsland Bay State ParkNorth Ferrisburgh, VT-6:00 PM – Lake Champlain Committee Office208 Flynn Ave, Studio 3F, Burlington, VTpizza provided at this training sessionFriday, June 13-9:30 AM – Norton LaTourelle’s StudioRoute 73, Shoreham, VTVolunteer Monitoring Training & RequirementsLCC will train monitors to assess and categorize water conditions and differentiate blue-green algae from other lake phenomena. Trainings will also cover the risks posed by blue-green algae, what triggers blooms, and actions everyone can take to reduce bloom frequency. Monitors observe water conditions at the same location generally on the same day of the week between 10 AM and 3 PM. During those hours algae have a chance to rise from lower in the water column, but cells are less likely to have ruptured from the heat of mid-day. Weekly reports are submitted to LCC via an online form(link is external). If a blue-green algae bloom is seen or suspected, volunteers submit digital photo documentation by email. All reports are reviewed by LCC and observations received by Wednesday at noon will populate the Lake Champlain blue-green algae tracking map(link is external) housed at the Vermont Department of Health. The data are also provided weekly to beach managers, public health and environmental agencies, volunteer monitors, and interested citizens. Contact LCC at (802) 658-1414 or [email protected](link is external) to receive weekly reports, become a monitor, or learn more about the issue.last_img read more

NEFCU acquires Health One CU, expands into Michigan and Ohio

first_imgNew England Federal Credit Union,New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) of Williston has announced its acquisition of Health One Credit Union, a financial institution serving communities in Michigan and Ohio. The acquisition, which was finalized on December 12, makes Health One a division of NEFCU and adds more than 3,000 members and $15 million in assets to Vermont’s largest Credit Union.NEFCU is one of the state’s leading financial institutions, with more than 91,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. The acquisition of Health One is part of NEFCU’s strategy to expand into new markets that provide opportunities for future growth.Health One Credit Union serves employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield in Michigan, and Medical Mutual in Ohio, in addition to its community charter. The institution was placed into conservatorship in May 2014 by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, which together with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), managed Health One prior to the acquisition, according to John Dwyer, President and CEO of NEFCU.“As a result of NCUA’s intervention, and following a thorough review by our own team, we have found Health One to be a worthwhile addition to NEFCU,” said Dwyer. “In order for us to continue to provide the types of services and technologies that our members have come to expect, it’s important that we look for opportunities for growth that are consistent with our strengths and our strategic goals. Expanding out of state through this acquisition is a sensible approach that will benefit members of both NEFCU and Health One.”Chartered in 1957, Health One serves employees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield in Michigan as well as persons residing, working, worshipping, volunteering and attending school in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne. Health One also serves employees of Medical Mutual of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. Health One members will experience no interruption in services as a result of the acquisition by NEFCU, and their accounts will remain whole.NEFCU will retain the Health One brand name for convenience and consistency. The institution will be known forthwith as “Health One – A Division of New England Federal Credit Union.”New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU), headquartered in Williston, is a member-owned financial institution serving communities in the six counties of northwestern Vermont. With more than 91,000 members and $1 billion in assets, we are the largest Credit Union in Vermont. Anyone who lives, works or attends school in the six counties of northwestern Vermont (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Lamoille) is eligible for membership.Source: NEFCU 12.12.2014last_img read more

Citizens Bank introduces fingerprint ID feature for mobile banking

first_imgCitizens Bank,Vermont Business Magazine Citizens Bank has announced it has introduced Touch ID authentication to its award-winning mobile banking app for iPhone® models 5S, 6 and 6 Plus. The latest enhancement is part of Citizens’ Bank Better commitment to make banking simple, clear and personal.Touch ID, which uses a customer’s fingerprint to authenticate, enables customers to quickly login and access the features in the Citizens Mobile Banking app for iPhone with the press of a finger.“Our customers continue to tell us that they want to be able to bank when, where and how they want, and the addition of Touch ID represents our continued commitment to delivering the services that our customers tell us will help them to bank better,”  said Brad Conner, Vice Chairman of Consumer Banking. “Whether a customer is using one of our branches, state-of-the-art ATMs or online and mobile banking we are committed to making banking convenient for our customers and delivering a great customer experience.”In addition to Touch ID, banking app users continue to take advantage of Citizens’ Fast Balance® feature that allows them to quickly check balances on their mobile devices without having to log in to Mobile Banking. The online banking app also features Citizen’s Mobile Deposit feature offers customers the ability to deposit checks quickly by using the mobile device’s video camera, eliminating the need to tap a button, making depositing checks quick and simple.Citizens Bank’s mobile banking apps(link is external) for iPhone® and Android™ recently won a 2014 Mobile Banking Leader Award from Javelin Strategy & Research; the third straight year the bank’s mobile app has been recognized. In addition, MONEY® Magazine recently selected Citizens Bank as one of nation’s best banks in its 2014 list of “The Best Banks in America,” recognizing the company for its level of customer convenience. Citizens won similar honors from MONEY® Magazine in 2013 in the customer experience category.Source: PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Citizens Bank 7.31.2015. (link is external)Citizens Bank customers interested in its mobile banking app for iPhone and iPad® can find it in the App StoreSM. Customers interested in the mobile banking app for Android can find it in Google PlayTM. To learn more about Citizens Bank, customers can call the 24/7 customer contact center at 1-800-922-9999, Like the bank on Facebook(link is external), follow the bank on Twitter(link is external) or visit the Citizens Bank(link is external) website.last_img read more

DEC’s ECO AmeriCorps recruiting members, service site locations, deadline March 7

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program is seeking  members and program partners to build on the success of its inaugural year. Applications are currently being accepted for both roles. The deadline for service sites to apply is March 7. Member applications are accepted through April 18. Applications are available at: http://ecoamericorps.vermont.gov(link is external).ECO AmeriCorps serve with municipalities and state, national and nonprofit organizations throughout the state where they help protect, enhance, maintain and restore Vermont’s water quality. All ECO AmeriCorps members have some college experience, but preference is given to members with at least a 4-year degree with a science background. Inaugural year members have served in positions as Conservation Assistants, Volunteer Coordinators and Communications Specialists. Current projects include creating homeowner workshops and maps to minimize impervious surfaces, providing instructions for residential rain gardens and restoring riparian buffers.“The Eco Americorps members have made important strides towards achieving our water quality goals,” said DEC Commissioner Alyssa Schuren.  “I thank them for their hard work, and look forward to recruiting a new class to build upon their accomplishments.”  VT DEC provides administrative support for the program including providing living stipends, health insurance, and regular trainings for members. Service sites are responsible for providing meaningful projects, supervision and support, a work space, equipment, and supplies. Members are required to serve 1,700 hours during their 11 months of service from August 2016 to September 2017. Service sites provide a cash match of $6,500 for each AmeriCorps member they supervise.ECO AmeriCorps members earn a modest living allowance of $16,320 paid bi-weekly for the duration of their 11-months of service. Members are also eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,775 at the completion of the program to further their educations or pay off existing student loans.ECO AmeriCorps is funded in part through an AmeriCorps state grant provided by SerVermont from the Corporation for National and Community Service. More information is available on the ECO AmeriCorps website athttp://ecoamericorps.vermont.gov(link is external).last_img read more

Albany College of Pharmacy adds new bachelor’s program in Public Health

first_imgAlbany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Vermont Campus,Vermont Business Magazine Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), with campuses in Colchester, Vermont, and Albany, NY,  announced Monday that it has received approval from the New York State Education Department to offer a Bachelor’s Degree program in Public Health. Students will be eligible to enroll in the new program beginning in fall 2016. The Bachelor of Public Health represents the evolution of the College’s current B.S. program in Health and Human Sciences. Whereas that program placed an emphasis on the basic sciences, the Public Health program will expand the focus to integrate a greater variety of coursework in areas that include social science, applied science, epidemiology, statistics, and research.”As a college focused on human health and health care, the addition of a Bachelor’s program in Public Health is a logical extension of our academic offerings,” said Wendy Parker, Ph.D., Director of the Public Health program at ACPHS. “By leveraging our collective strengths as an institution, we have created a true interdisciplinary program that will educate students to be scientifically grounded and socially engaged.”The B.S. in Public Health curriculum — which is based on the accreditation standards published by the Council on Education for Public Health — will require students to select one of two tracks: Community Health or Health Analytics. Each track will culminate with a capstone project (typically an internship or research project) in which students will focus on an aspect of public health that aligns with their career interests.The lab in Colchester overlooking the Champlain Valley. ACPHS photo.Students in the program will find that it offers particularly strong preparation for positions in Health Education and Promotion as well as those in Research and Program Coordination. Examples of such positions include Community Health Educator, Community Health Worker, Public Health Data Analyst, Biostatistical Data Technician, and Health Communications Specialist. The program will also prepare students well for graduate or advanced training in public health, health administration, data analytics, and health services research.The career prospects for the program’s graduates are strong, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS projects that employment of health educators and community health workers will grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS notes: “Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.”The College has created a new department to house the B.S. in Public Health: the Department of Population Health Sciences. The department will also be home to the existing M.S. in Health Outcomes Research, a strategic coupling that links two programs with natural synergies. A search is currently underway to hire a chair for the department.”The addition of th e Public Health program and the formation of the Department of Population Health Sciences are part of a strategic realignment for the College,” said Tarun B. Patel, Provost of ACPHS. “The new structure is going to help facilitate collaborations between the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences with faculty from both schools now having joint appointments in the new department. These inter-school and inter-disciplinary collaborations will further advance teaching and research at the College and ultimately enrich the academic experience of students across all of our programs.”About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesFounded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. The College is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the health care professions and translating scientific discoveries into therapies that benefit humankind. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers six bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College has campuses in Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.acphs.edu(link is external).Source: ALBANY, NY–(Marketwired – March 14, 2016) – Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Scienceslast_img read more