OPD seeks assistance in shooting investigation

first_img Local NewsCrime OPD seeks assistance in shooting investigation By admin – March 27, 2018 Odessa police are seeking information from the public after a shooting Monday night at 14th Street and Grant Avenue.An Odessa police release stated that several witnesses observed suspects in a silver Toyota 4-Runner fire a shot into another vehicle at around 7 p.m.There were no reports of injuries but officers observed a bullet hole in the complainant’s vehicle.According to the two complainants, they were behind the Toyota at a stoplight when the light turned green. The Toyota didn’t move, then after the complainants honked their horn, the Toyota started playing with its brakes in front of them. When the victims pulled around to pass, the Toyota sped up and a passenger in it fired one round at the victims’ vehicle.Odessa police encourages anyone with information to contact the department. Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleFive things you need to know today, March 27Next articleMan arrested on family violence charges involving wife, child admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends Fruit Salad to Die ForSummer Spaghetti SaladSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Police searching for man connected to hit and run Facebook Home Local News Crime OPD seeks assistance in shooting investigation Twitterlast_img read more

Strategy Analytics: Despite Pandemic, Global Consumer Electronics Revenues Rose 7% in 2020

first_img TAGS  Twitter Strategy Analytics: Despite Pandemic, Global Consumer Electronics Revenues Rose 7% in 2020 Facebook Facebook Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘All or Nothing Day’ gameNext articleOsterman to retire after ’21 season with Athletes Unlimited Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsBusiness Figure 1. Global Electronics Revenue Trade Value in $Billions Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

The Phoenix Releases New White Paper on the Critical Importance of Positive Social Connections,…

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleMaking strides in GVHD patient care: The power behind a winning ideaNext articleChampionship pedigree: Chiefs rarely falter in tense moments Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Nearly 9 out of 10 members (ranging from 85 to 94%) reported making gains in the five common characteristics of a successful recovery process (connection, hope, identity, meaningful life and empowerment).Of members who were new to recovery, 70% reported they were more motivated to stay sober.Of members who were new to recovery that experienced relapse, nearly three-quarters (74%) had returned to sobriety and reported that The Phoenix helped them get back on track. DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– As substance use disorder claims the lives of more than 150,000 Americans annually, new research demonstrates that being part of a healing community that leverages meaningful activities and a sober active lifestyle play a significant role in recovery. The Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that fosters a supportive, sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorder, has released a white paper that showcases the critical importance of affiliation with a healing community and friendships derived from engagement in meaningful activities such as fitness, mindfulness and music as pathway to sustained abstinence. The white paper, titled “ Theoretical Framework and Impact of The Phoenix Sober Active Community Model,” showcases positive impacts associated with participation in The Phoenix community. The white paper is authored by The Phoenix’s lead researchers, Jacki Hillios, PhD and Brett Wyker, MS, and presents findings from analysis of internal data sourced from member evaluation surveys completed between May 2018 – October 2019. “Multiple studies have concluded that positive social connection, purpose and active forms of coping are directly correlated with sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder,” said Jacki Hillios, PhD, Deputy Executive Director for The Phoenix. “The Phoenix leverages the social benefits of group activities to introduce individuals to a supportive recovery community. With this approach, we create an environment where our members can explore a sober lifestyle and experience self-directed growth.” The research detailed in the white paper finds that supportive and healing social network engagement is critical to relapse prevention and sustained recovery. The Phoenix theory of change focuses on two key strategies: 1) Providing access to active and meaningful group activities and 2) Building a restorative social network of peers in an emotionally safe environment. Key findings from The Phoenix’s data in the white paper include:After three months of active engagement with The Phoenix community87% of members remained sober. Within this group of members:81% of those new to recovery report maintaining their sobriety.94% of members who identified as being in long-term recovery report maintaining their sobriety. WhatsApp Leveraging this unique sober active community model, The Phoenix is poised to help millions of people heal from substance use disorder and thrive in recovery. The Phoenix offers in-person and virtual programming, including CrossFit ®, group fitness, yoga, meditation, music and other social events free for anyone with a minimum 48 hours of continuous sobriety from alcohol and nonprescription medications. A full schedule of programming is available at thephoenix.org/find-a-class. “We are proud of the impact being made by The Phoenix, but we know that there is much more work ahead to support the more than 23 million Americans in recovery,” said Scott Strode, Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix. “As we set our sights on impacting one million lives over the next five years, The Phoenix is committed to building a sober active community that is inclusive and empowers members to leverage social connectivity and physical activity to continue on their recovery journey.” Since 2006, The Phoenix’s free sober active community has inspired more than 42,000 people across America to believe they have the strength to rise from the ashes of addiction through the support of those who are walking that very same path. Through its brick and mortar locations in major municipalities across the U.S., such as Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo., and Costa Mesa, Calif., along with an extensive online offering through live-stream and virtual programming, the nonprofit organization aims to redefine the addiction recovery process through its innovative model that is designed to facilitate human connection in a supportive environment and eradicate the stigma of addiction. Physical and other group-focused activity is the mechanism through which The Phoenix introduces individuals to the safe and supportive ‘sober active community’ at the heart of the program’s success. For a free download of the white paper, please visit www.thephoenix.org/whitepaper. About The Phoenix The Phoenix is a nonprofit organization that fosters a free sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorder and those who choose to live a sober life. Since launching programs in Colorado in 2006, more than 42,000 people have walked through their doors nationally. By leveraging the intrinsic power of physical activity and social connection, participants build confidence and find the support they need to live productive and fulfilling lives in recovery. The Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety from alcohol and nonprescription drugs. Instructors are either in recovery themselves or supporters with a strong tie to the mission and desire to make a difference. The Phoenix helps individuals rise from the ashes of addiction and pursue lives full of hope. For programming, follow The Phoenix on Facebook or visit www.thephoenix.org for more information. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005888/en/ CONTACT: Media Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications:[email protected] 617-861-3657 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA COLORADO INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HOSPITALS FITNESS & NUTRITION HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH SOURCE: The Phoenix Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 03:11 PM/DISC: 02/03/2021 03:11 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005888/en Twitter Facebook The Phoenix Releases New White Paper on the Critical Importance of Positive Social Connections, Community and Active Lifestylelast_img read more

Global Endoscopy Market in 2020 – Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry – ResearchAndMarkets.com

first_img Twitter Global Endoscopy Market in 2020 – Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry – ResearchAndMarkets.com Local NewsBusiness TAGS  Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– The “Global Endoscopy Market, 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. Globally, the demand for minimally invasive surgeries is trending upward at a quick pace, so consequently the demand for innovative endoscopy devices used in these procedures is anticipated to surge in the mid-to-long term. Moreover, health systems will be forced to clear the backlogs of “elective surgeries” that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the amount of surgeries involving the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, urology, and gynecology will flood healthcare systems once the world recovers from the pandemic, thus leading to increased use of endoscopy devices. Because minimally invasive surgeries substantially reduce a patient’s time in hospital and minimize post-operative complications, this approach is preferred by both patients and doctors. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued safety recommendations to use partially or fully-disposable duodenoscopes; that, in addition to the awareness COVID-19 created about infection prevention have boosted the development of single-use duodenoscopes and endoscopes. The FDA’s recommendation is based on the fact that certain endoscope devices come with complicated designs and hard-to-clean components, which pose contamination risk from one patient to another if not correctly reprocessed and sterilized. To supply innovative endoscopic technologies, leading market players aim to differentiate themselves with disruptive breakthroughs and distinctive market expansion strategies. Novel endoscope types are gaining increased attention, such as capsule administered, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered, and robotic-assisted. These advancements effectively propel the global endoscopy devices market by setting new standards of care delivery and enhanced patient health outcomes. This research indicates that the global endoscopy market, which is currently crowded by traditional rigid and reprocessed endoscopes, will soon experience a major shift toward flexible single-use devices. The technological innovations are expected to introduce major transformation to the market and create new standards of safety, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and enhanced quality of care. In a field of more than 70 global industry participants, the publisher independently plotted the top 13 companies in this analysis. The RadarT reveals the market positioning of each company using its Growth and Innovation scores as highlighted in the RadarT methodology. The document presents competitive profiles on each of the companies based on their strengths, opportunities, and market positioning. We discuss strategic market imperatives and the competitive environment that vendors operate in as well as make recommendations for each provider to spur growth. Key Topics Covered: 1. Strategic Imperative and Growth EnvironmentStrategic ImperativeGrowth Environment 2. The RadarTThe RadarT: Global Endoscopy MarketThe RadarT: Competitive Environment 3. Companies to ActionOlympus CorporationBoston ScientificKarl Storz-EndoskopeMedtronic plc.Ambu A/SFujifilm HealthcareSmith & Nephew, Inc.Stryker CorporationB. BraunConMed CorporationPENTAX MedicalAuris HealthCapsoVision, Inc. 4. Strategic Insights 5. Next Steps: Leveraging The RadarT to Empower Key StakeholdersSignificance of Being on The RadarTThe RadarT Empowers the CEO’s Growth TeamThe RadarT Empowers InvestorsThe RadarT Empowers CustomersThe RadarT Empowers the Board of Directors 6. The RadarT AnalyticsThe RadarT: Benchmarking Future Growth PotentialLegal Disclaimer For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/utp0hy View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005590/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH FDA SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 06:44 AM/DISC: 02/04/2021 06:44 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005590/en WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleAtlético sticking to match-by-match approach to stay aheadNext articleCanada Goose Reports Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Symend to Accelerate Global Expansion by Bringing Total Funding to-date to Over US$100 Million Following US$43 Million Series B…

first_img Symend to Accelerate Global Expansion by Bringing Total Funding to-date to Over US$100 Million Following US$43 Million Series B Extension Twitter Facebook Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleIntuit Adjusts Second Quarter Outlook Reflecting the Impact of a Late Opening to the Tax Season; Reiterates Full-Year GuidanceNext articleLightning eMotors Names New Chief Revenue Officer Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Symend, a leading digital engagement platform that uses behavioral science and data-driven insights to empower customers to resolve past due bills, announced a US$43 million extension following its US$52 million Series B in May 2020. The Series B+ was led by global technology venture firm, Inovia Capital, with participation from a consortium of investors, bringing Symend’s total funding to date to over US$100 million. “We are big believers in Symend’s mission to add lasting value to enterprises, by helping their customers avoid collections,” said Dennis Kavelman, Partner at Inovia Capital. “Their approach is differentiated and effective because it combines behavioral science and data science to drive a personalized approach for each customer. With this new investment, Symend is well funded to execute its strategy of scaling globally, and to partner with large enterprises in many industries.” Kavelman is also a former RIM (Blackberry) executive and current member of Symend’s board of directors. Symend welcomed two additional board members in 2020 including John Connors, Managing Partner at Ignition Partners and former Microsoft executive, and Matthew J. Schiltz, former CEO at Conga and DocuSign. Connors and Schiltz joined the board alongside Eric Updyke, CEO at Spirent Communications, and Maor Amar, Managing Partner at Impression Ventures. Symend’s platform is purpose built to serve complex enterprises in telecommunications, financial services, utilities and media across North America and is on track to significantly expand its client roster globally in 2021. Symend recently opened an office in Australia to serve the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, with plans to expand into Latin America (LATAM) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Symend currently serves two-thirds of the major telecommunications providers in North America and is successfully serving a multinational bank, quickly gaining traction with other major players in financial services. Symend validated the need for its solution along the entire customer journey by providing clients with rapid response capabilities through the COVID-19 pandemic. By relieving pressure from call centres overwhelmed by inquiries from uncertain customers, Symend created capacity for clients to respond to evolving customer needs when they needed it most. Over the past year, Symend’s team of behavioral scientists, data scientists and data analysts have significantly strengthened its consumer data platform, which is foundational to its engagement platform. Through rigorous experimentation, Symend is continuously building an extensive library of proven behavioral-based engagement strategies shaped by in-depth customer insights to continuously optimize behavior. This will guide Symend’s product portfolio expansion as it further develops strategies in customer retention and acquisition. “Given the challenges that service providers have faced during the pandemic, we are seeing a massive uptick in enterprises that are committed to investing in solutions that will ensure they are better prepared for the future, better the lives of their customers, and drive better business results for their core operations during both good and challenging times,” said Hanif Joshaghani, CEO at Symend. Symend has rapidly accelerated recruitment, growing from 50 people to over 225 in 2020 and expects to double in size in 2021. The rapid growth of the team is led by Calgary success story Benevity’s former Chief People Officer, Vivian Farris, who joined Symend in September 2020. To support the expansion and restructuring of product and technology within the company, Symend attracted several senior executives from major hubs including the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Chicago. Corey Scobie was appointed Symend’s Chief Technology Officer following Progress Software’s US$220 million acquisition of Chef Software. PehKeong Teh, previously SVP, Marketing Cloud at Salesforce, was appointed Chief Product Officer. Matt LaHood, previously VP and Head of Custom Analytics for the Americas at FICO, was appointed SVP of Science and Analytics Services, leading behavioral science, data science and analytics. About Symend: Symend’s digital engagement platform uses behavioral science and data-driven insights to empower customers to resolve past due bills. Symend engages with millions of customers and leverages advanced analytics to provide enterprise clients deep insights on consumer behavior. Using this data, Symend empathetically nudges customers towards a desired action with personalized communications, self-serve tools and flexible repayment options. Through continuous optimization, Symend’s relationship-based approach is proven to both empower customers to take action and keep clients attuned to the changing needs of their customers. This increases customer satisfaction, lowers operating costs, and helps resolve past due bills before reaching collections. Founded in 2016, Symend’s platform is purpose built to serve complex global enterprises in telecommunications, financial services, utilities and media. Symend is headquartered in Calgary and privately held, with global operations across Canada, the United States, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit https://symend.com/ and follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005423/en/ CONTACT: Melanie Daifotis Bospar [email protected] 203.979.2250 KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY OTHER TECHNOLOGY FINANCE SOFTWARE SOURCE: Symend Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 08:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005423/encenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitterlast_img read more

L’Oregon Symphony nomme David Danzmayr en qualité de nouveau directeur musical

first_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Renowned international conductor, David Danzmayr, joins the Oregon Symphony as music director. L’Oregon Symphony nomme David Danzmayr en qualité de nouveau directeur musical Local NewsBusinesscenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBobrovsky shines as Panthers edge Red Wings 2-1Next articleMLB opens harassment hotline after Porter, Callaway scandals Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest TAGS  Twitterlast_img read more

Kim and Kanye: Tales of an uber celeb marriage gone wrong

first_img TAGS  Local NewsUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Facebook Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Pinterest Kim and Kanye: Tales of an uber celeb marriage gone wrongcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp By LEANNE ITALIEAP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Holograms and Twitter rants, roving gospel gatherings and billion-dollar business ventures. If there’s one word that defines the lives of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, it’s BIG. As their nearly seven-year marriage comes to an end, here’s a look back on the uber celebrity coupling of the rapper, Yeezy king and failed presidential candidate with the sex tape survivor turned reality star who has a head for business and a passion for prison reform. THE LEAD-UP The two became pals after meeting in 2003, when Kim was an assistant to the pop star-actor Brandy and Kanye was around to record a song. Brandy, FYI, is the sister of Ray J, the guy who Kim had sex with in the leaked video that vaulted her from C-lister to one of the hugest celebrities of her generation. Kim and Kanye publicly came out as dating in 2012. The oldest of their four children, North, was born in June 2013, not long after Kim’s divorce from Kris Humphries (her second husband) was finalized. The over-the-top Tuscan wedding of Kim and Kanye, her third and his first, unfolded on May 24, 2014. But before the wedding — which included pre-parties in Paris — there was the surprise proposal. Kanye rented out the San Francisco Giants’ oceanfront stadium and presented Kim with a 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz sparkler (not the one later stolen during Kim’s infamous armed robbery in Paris). THE CEREMONY They sealed the deal at Belvedere Fort in Florence, Italy, the city where North was conceived. They paid $410,000 to rent the place built in 1590, a spokeswoman for the Florence mayor’s office told The Associated Press. Kim walked down the aisle on the arm of step-parent Caitlyn Jenner as Andrea Bocelli sang to their 200 guests, including John Legend, Jaden Smith and Steve McQueen, the director of Kanye’s 2016 video for his single “All Day.” There was a wall of flowers as a backdrop, a seven-tier cake and a 224-foot marble table hoisted in by crane and put on a platform so all could see the stunning Florence skyline. Kim wore a long-sleeve, lacy Givenchy gown designed by friend Riccardo Tisci for the ceremony. SOCIAL MEDIA & THE WESTS Social media doesn’t always go well for Kanye. He has ranted. A lot. He used it to announce his presidential bid last year, with another run announced on Election Day 2020 for 2024. For Kim, it’s the place where she sells stuff. A lot. Most recently, it’s been the Skims shapewear and leisure line she launched last year. That’s the brand she originally called Kimono. Kim changed the name after outrage over cultural appropriation of the traditional Japanese robe. She has used social media in defense of Kanye when he goes off the rails. And she reaches out with family photos, happy birthdays to friends and in support of her work to free prison inmates, including Alice Marie Johnson. It was Johnson’s case that took Kim to the White House in 2018 for a meeting arranged by Jared Kushner to persuade then-President Donald Trump to commute Johnson’s drug conspiracy sentence. He did. After donning a red MAGA hat, Kanye also made an appearance at the White House soon after Kim that year, meeting with Trump and dropping an F-bomb during a hyper monologue that, for a change, left Trump fairly speechless. Also in 2018: Kanye stopped by TMZ headquarters to declare 400 years of slavery was a choice. It wasn’t until last year that Kim addressed her husband’s erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness. “I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions,” she said on Instagram. “He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bipolar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions.” YE AND GOD Kanye’s been talking about faith since his debut album, “The College Dropout,” in 2004. On the album’s breakout single, “Jesus Walks,” he raps: “They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus/That means guns, sex, lies, videotape/But if I talk about God my record won’t get played huh.” Fast forward to 2019 and the birth of his born-again status and Sunday Service, gospel gatherings he has held at home in Los Angeles and around the world. They’ve been well attended by celebrities from DMX to Kenny G. Kim and her family have been right there in the mix. Kanye’s spiritual reset culminated in his ninth studio album, “Jesus is King.” His faith has led him in other directions, too, like his tearful disclosure that he considered aborting North rather than going through with her birth. It was Kim, he said, who fought for their child. THE GIFTING He has showered his wife with jewels, a hand-painted Birkin bag, stock in blue chip companies and a stake in his own Yeezy brand. But one gift stands out: a hologram of her late father, Robert Kardashian, during her 40th birthday bash on an undisclosed island in the middle of the pandemic last October. As Kim, family members and close friends partied beachside, hologram dad in a tan suit against a sparkly background of black and midnight blue spoke of being proud of the woman and mother she has become, particularly her studies to become a lawyer like himself, along with her support of his native Armenia. There was also a plug for Kanye from the great beyond: “You married the most, most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world, Kanye West.” THE STAKES Yes, they were a power couple, but Kanye was successful in music before Kim came along and the two have made truckloads of money separately. Together, Forbes estimates, their combined net worth is in the $2.1 billion range. Some crunch the numbers in his favor. Forbes said their biggest assets are independently owned and operated businesses. Kanye has made it big in shoes, and Kim rolls out beauty and attire on a regular basis. She also earned millions through the reality show that launched the family, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” It’s a show he reportedly wanted little to do with. Kim’s sale of a 20% stake in KKW Beauty to giant Coty for $200 million was completed this year. There’s also real estate and the mansion the two lavishly labored to trick out in Calabasas, California, along with their two Wyoming ranches.Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.FILE – Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian attend the WSJ. Magazine Innovator Awards on Nov. 6, 2019, in New York. Kim Kardashian West filed for divorce Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, from Kanye West after 6 1/2 years of marriage. Sources familiar with the filing but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed that Kardashian filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court. The filing was not immediately available.Evan Agostini Twitter WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

PHS counselor gets College Board kudos

first_img Permian High School’s Jennifer Perkins is the college and career advisor. As a high school senior in Iraan, Jennifer Perkins was told she was not college material. But ironically, she is now the Permian High School college and career advisor. And recently, the College Board Counselor Recognition Program recognized Perkins. The College Board website said it “is a small way to honor the innovative middle and high school counselors who go the extra mile to expand opportunity for students — and who are seeing results.” Having graduated in a class of about 28 students in Iraan, Perkins said college wasn’t really promoted at all. Her parents had finished high school and attended community college, but Perkins didn’t know the application process. Perkins moved to Midland after high school. Some friends were going to Midland College, so Perkins decided to follow suit. “… I went and I never stopped,” Perkins said. “That’s the thing about me, too. I know when I start something, I finish it and I’m really dedicated to that so it’s really ironic that I sit in a college career advising role when I was told that I was not college material.” Because of her experience, Perkins can relate to the students she sees every day. “The mentality that you see around this area in specific is they don’t think they can (go to college) and then they don’t think that they can afford it and they don’t understand the resources and the processing and things like that. My higher level students with parents that had educations … I don’t have to work with them as much as my lower-income families. I enjoy working with the ones that don’t know. I tell them start out at Odessa College, take some classes. That’s exactly what I did,” Perkins said. Finishing her eighth year at PHS, Perkins sees an average of 2,000 to 2,500 students annually. About 800 students a year on average graduate from Permian every year and about 21 percent of those leave for college, so most stay home. Perkins earned two bachelor’s degrees from University of Texas Permian Basin — one in mass communication and the other in speech. She also took a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on student development and leadership in higher education from Angelo State University. She had been working as an admissions counselor at Angelo State before taking the job at PHS. Her husband at the time had been transferred to the Odessa-Midland area. She has two daughters, one 15, who attends Permian, and one who is 9, who attends Fasken Elementary School in Midland. “It’s an honor,” Perkins said of receiving the College Board recognition. “I do a lot for the College Board. I’m the coordinator for PSAT/SAT testing. I do all the special accommodations for students that need testing accommodations. I do all the testing reporting. I picked up Accuplacer (a college placement test) this year, which is another part of College Board …” Accuplacer also ties in with TSI, the Texas Success Initiative Assessment, a program which determines the appropriate level of college course work for an incoming student, the mometrix.com website said. She also handles students in Texas Scholars and those taking dual credit courses. College Board, Perkins said, is also a great tool for students seeking scholarships and there is a feature called BigFuture that students can use to choose a school based on what they want to major in. “I sit on a College Board regional panel just to give them our feedback and insight of what they could be doing better to help us promote college and career readiness,” Perkins said. She said using College Board comes with many other benefits that promote college and career readiness. “They’re partnering with Khan Academy, which is an SAT prep where students can get access to math prep and English and writing and things like that at grade levels all the way down to the third grade … and it’s free,” Perkins said. She added that a lot of teachers at Permian use Khan Academy in their curriculum. A PSAT boot camp is scheduled for July 8 and July 9 and July 10 and July 11. The cost is $25 and it will be held in room 128 at Gregory Williams Hall on the Odessa College campus. “We’re trying really hard to promote that as we move forward with PSAT and SAT testing and now TSI testing that is our segue into producing National Merit students. National Merit is a big thing,” Perkins said. “… Another thing is the community doesn’t realize the importance of taking that test and performing well on that test because it’s huge scholarship opportunity for students that do perform well on the test,” Perkins added. “I understand the value of getting that preparation because I’ve seen where 20 to 40 points’ increase is the difference between a $24,000 scholarship and a $48,000 scholarship, so and we tell students that all the time. … Anything …1250 or higher, you’ll get some sort of academic scholarship.” To help with the college-going culture, Perkins said Permian recently worked with Odessa College to get students registered for fall classes. “Just because you do all this work getting them into college … they don’t matriculate into college, so there’s a gap right there,” Perkins said. “This year, I worked with Tim Clark (executive director of enrollment services at OC), and their whole enrollment team. I want to see these kids matriculate into college. They leave here and then there’s a gap. They don’t know to go to OC, UTPB, or go to orientation, or maybe they’re scared to do that. … I think we ended up registering 100 seniors for fall classes, so they’re already in,” Perkins said. Like many educators, Perkins said she isn’t in her job for the money. “I do it because I love the kids and I want to see them successful,” Perkins said. Over the years, she has accumulated many photos and invitations to graduation ceremonies. “… So that is my reward right there. I enjoy seeing these kids succeed. And even those that weren’t that great in high school, I’ve had some that have already graduated with master’s degrees that you’d think that when they were here in high school that there would be (a) slim chance,” Perkins added. She said she’s had students become nurses, teachers, into the medical field and graduate from military academies. “That’s why you do it is for them and it’s fun to watch them grow. They’re becoming adults and they’re getting married and graduating. There’s a couple of students that teach for us here that I helped get into college. To see them as my colleagues is even more rewarding,” Perkins said. Ector County ISD Director of Advanced Academic Services Omega Loera works with Perkins a lot and nominated her for the College Board recognition. “Jennifer is just fabulous. When this presented itself, the first person that came to mind was Jennifer. I really feel like she deserves it and I’m really glad that they gave her this honor. She works tirelessly to get kids ready for college,” Loera said. She added that Perkins also works to train teachers and get the word out to parents. PHS Principal Danny Gex pointed out the many things Perkins is responsible for and said students often just want to talk to her. “She’s so informed and so friendly that we’re having to move her to a new office and a bigger office and we’re going to call it a college go center. It will be with our CTE (career and technical education) because not everybody is on the pathway to go to college. We’ll pair her up with Rico Enriquez,” Gex said. There will also be a place for representatives to talk to students, leave information and a line of laptops that can be used for scholarship information, for example, he said. “She’s very deserving of whatever accolades they give her. She certainly has earned them and I can attest to it because my daughter is doing dual credit. When the kids come home and they say something positive about the teacher or somebody like that, that’s always good to hear,” Gex said. 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