Khadijah Bradford Receives Scholarship From NBCC Foundation Apr 16, 2014 03:50AM

Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation minority scholarship to Khadijah Bradford of Chicago Heights, Illinois. The minority scholarship is awarded to counseling students who commit to serving minority populations upon graduation.

The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The minority scholarship was created in 2013 to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture. This program provides financial support to students who have substantial experience with the minority community they commit to serving after graduation. The Foundation received applications from 150 students from across the country for the five minority scholarships, and the Board of Trustees awarded an additional scholarship due to the high caliber of the applicants.

As one of six 2014 minority scholarship recipients, Ms. Bradford will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and facilitate her service to minority populations. Ms. Bradford is a graduate of Chicago State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in school counseling at Governors State University. She works as the vocational job coach with Thornton Township High Schools District 205. She primarily works with students with varying abilities, both physical and cognitive, helping them learn valuable work and life skills. Her goal is to prepare her students to be productive and self-sustaining members of society. Ms. Bradford looks forward to completing her degree and working with at-risk students and their families to decrease the achievement gap and promote academic excellence.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded six $5,000 military scholarships to increase the number of counselors available to serve military service members, veterans and their families, as well as six $5,000 rural scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving rural areas.

The NBCC Foundation plans to continue offering scholarships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most. For more information or to make a gift in support of the Foundation's mission, please visit


About the NBCC Foundation
The NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation's premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 52,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in the United States and more than 50 countries.

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Energy Conservation Firm Harvests Daylight to Maximize Customer Profits Apr 16, 2014 03:50AM

Providence, Rhode Island (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

In the face of increasing energy costs, most businesses are looking for creative ways to reduce energy consumption. For Leaktite Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial buckets, pails and other products, that meant partnering with Energy Source of Providence Rhode Island to find "outside the box" lighting strategies for their 80,000 square foot production facility in central Massachusetts.

Energy Source's solution: "LED Intelligent Lighting with Daylight Harvesting."

Daylight Harvesting is a specialized approach to lighting design that utilizes a combination of cutting edge photo-sensitive LED lighting fixtures with intelligent and sophisticated computer software to control and coordinate dimming in the presence of natural light. Daylight Harvesting can reduce energy consumption by an additional 20-30% beyond savings achieved by a standard lighting retrofit.

"I knew this solution would be a perfect fit for the Leaktite plant since the facility contained an array of large skylights," said Gabriel Andreson, the Energy Source consultant who brought the solution to Leaktite management.

Different from a traditional retrofit, where light output settings are fixed across fixtures regardless of existing conditions, daylight harvesting is a dynamic design that enables the LED fixtures to adjust lumen output depending on the amount of ambient light within a space. In other words, when sun is shining through various skylights throughout the day, the fixtures around those skylights will automatically dim in order to maintain a set light level within the controlled area. Likewise, they will brighten when the natural light is less available.

The result of using this intelligent system is a highly optimized, green design that improves the lighting environment for employees and saves as many energy dollars as possible for the company. Those savings are instantly identifiable with a quick glance at the real time monitoring software which tracks, in fine detail, the demand and load reductions throughout the day.

Leaktite CFO, Russ Brillon was excited when Andreson brought him the project design and analysis, not only because of the savings it manifested, but because of its innovative nature.

"A company tagline of ours is '50 years of innovation', we work hard every day to improve and perfect not only our product line, but our operations as well," Brillon said. "Energy Source shares that same value as evidenced through every phase of this project from concept and analysis, to design and installation. Energy Source pushes the envelope every bit as much as we do."

Leaktite had undergone a traditional lighting retrofit just a few years ago. While that project was paid for and yielding continual savings, Leaktite management was open to hearing about the additional benefits Energy Source could bring through this innovative and technically advanced approach.

The project was undertaken in December of 2013 and took only 3 weeks to complete. This was an aggressive schedule considering the physical challenges of maneuvering around massive injection molding equipment on the plant floor. The project was completed on time and on budget with zero disruption to operations. The switch to LED lighting with daylight harvesting will yield an annual savings of 315,740 kWh. Over the next 10 years, this will save over 3 Million kWh with annual savings of $37,889 added to the company's bottom line annually.

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DuraLabel Introduces Wide Format Print Station: the DL 9000 PS Apr 16, 2014 03:50AM

Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

The 10-inch touch screen tablet on the side of the DuraLabel 9000 PS comes completely loaded with OSHA-ANSI compliant software. The DuraLabel 9000 PS is seated in an adjustable bracket for ergonomic efficiency and ease of use. Use the pointer stylus to navigate the touch screen or the optional keyboard with track pad to create and print labels and signs at your convenience.

Its heavy duty rugged design is ideal for harsh industrial environments such as mines, construction sites, warehouses, distribution centers and oil rigs where wall-sized safety signs and labels can aid in communicating hazard and danger warnings. The large format labeling system was designed to generate site-specific arc flash labels, pipe markers, barcodes and other workplace visual communications which can be easily seen from a distance.

"We see this as an excellent labeling system for both heavy industrial and lean manufacturing applications," said Steve Stephenson, Graphic Products.

The unit provides 300 dpi print resolution, prints on 4" – 9" supply widths and at 3" per second.

Key features and accessories include:

   •  3 USB ports, USB cable, AC adaptor with power cord and power cord extension
   •  160 GB hard drive
   •  1 GB Ram
   •  2 hour battery life
   •  All inclusive software: DuraSuite labeling software, OpenOffice, EZBarCode, MS calculator, VLC media player, Acrobat Reader 9.0
   •  Full size QWERTY keyboard
   •  Touch screen pointer stylus

The last six months have been a period of great innovation for Graphic Products. Earlier this year, the company released its first full-color LED printer. The DuraLabel Catalyst was designed to create full-color industrial labels including GHS/HazCom 2012, arc flash, NFPA, and standard OSHA-compliant warning and danger signs. Catalyst includes two supply trays so plain paper can also be used for general purpose and administrative tasks.

Graphic Products, Inc. began operations more than 40 years ago. With more than 50 unique labeling supplies providing the right label material for nearly any type of environment including Arc Flash and Pipe Marking, a full family of thermal transfer printers for every application, a five-year premium vinyl supply warranty, free technical support and satisfied customers throughout the world, Graphic Products is equipped to solve unique problems in the industrial safety arena.

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Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Presents the "A-1 Approved (Money Calls Exclusive)" Mixtape by Eliot "Hydro" Ness Apr 16, 2014 03:49AM

Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes announce the release of the "A-1 Approved (Money Calls Exclusive)" mixtape by Eliot "Hydro" Ness. The 26 track project is currently available for download. The mixtape is presented by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and H.O.B Entertainment; hosted by Scarface and Lil Fats; features appearances from Scotty Boi, T Berry, DJ Sky High, Niq, Paul Wall, E Digitul, Kadillac, Yung Redd, Jo Jo, Klutch, Smit D, Willean, Charlie Franks, Lil Barry, E.S.G, Playa Dre, T Mack, Fat Mack, Tati P, and Big Baby; as well as production by T Berry, Eliot Ness, E Digitul, Worm, Mirawge, and Young B Seale.

Eliot "Hydro" Ness is a Hip Hop artist from the mean streets of South Side Houston, Texas. Growing up with the struggles of having limited resources and the temptations of the street life, Hydro realized that music was his only way out. Constantly keeping his pen to the paper developing his craft since High School, Hydro slowly gained the respect of his neighborhood now recognized for his raw talent, inextinguishable drive, and passion for Hip Hop music. The younger brother of the infamous rapper and actress The Lady of Rage of the Dogg Pound, Hydro used his skills and network to create music with many of the top artists representing Houston Texas and the surround area. Now 31 years young Hydro has the drive, talent, and team needed to make his mark on the music industry building his legacy one day at a time.

Eliot "Hydro" Ness used his hustler state of mind and passion for music to work his way onto the H-Town underground Hip Hop scene founding H.O.B., also known as Hustlaz on the Block, back in 2012 to present his talents and skills to the world. Soon opening for the likes of Juvenile and Lil' Flip as well as producing a show with The Lady of Rage and Yo-Yo, Hydro has become a strong contributor in his local and regional music scene. Recently working with DJ producer Mike 5000 Watts, Hydro's music is currently playing on his radio station, 97.9 The Box Houston,, TSU, and other college stations in the Houston, Texas area. The "A-1 Approved (Money Calls Exclusive)" mixtape, presented by Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes and H.O.B., is a testament to Hydro's hard work and influence in the Houston scene. Hosted by Houston local and Geto Boys member Scarface, this mixtape features a who's who of up and coming rappers. If you are looking for a mixtape that encompasses the Houston sound with a huge variety of talent textured throughout the project, Eliot "Hydro" Ness' "A-1 Approved (Money Calls Exclusive)" is a must listen. Check out Hydro's new video for his hit single "Cadillac" featuring Niq and Paul Wall.

About Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes
Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes are the most widely distributed mixtapes in the world, with over 100 million downloads/plays generated by over 200 volumes officially hosted by major artists. Coast 2 Coast has a solid reach in the new music industry with a digital magazine, DJ coalition, industry tips blog, yearly convention, and more. Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes represents a unique opportunity for artists of all urban genres, from major to indie. For more information, visit

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Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club General Manager Robert Tench Signs CEO Pledge; Paves Way for Employee Health and Wellness Apr 16, 2014 03:48AM

Vero Beach, FL (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

With such high regard for its employees, it only seems fitting that General Manager Robert Tench sign the CEO Pledge on behalf of his staff of over 100 full-time employees. The CEO Pledge is part of a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) and Prevo Health Solutions that encourages CEO's to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.

For a company that values 'leaders who lead by example' Tench's decision to sign the CEO Pledge speaks volumes. But to him, it's part and parcel with what you do when you are committed to excellence at every level.

"If there is one thing I've learned in all my years in the club industry, it's that the member experience depends on a happy and healthy staff," said Tench. "The dedicated employees of Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club spend a lot of time here, and deserve a positive, healthy work environment. We have already made great efforts as a club to become health, nutrition, and wellness - focused, so signing a pledge that would influence physical activity and promote a culture of wellness was a natural fit for us."

For Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club the commitment to mentoring the staff and leading the team begins with a strong commitment to the community. For 11 years the club has awarded scholarships to children of first responders and to Orchid Island employees and their families who reside in Indian River County. Just recently, Orchid Outreach partnered with Indian River State College (IRSC) and established an endowed scholarship fund through the Indian River State College Foundation.

Rick Ladendorf, President of Prevo Health Solutions and facilitator of the CEO Pledge in the private club industry said, "by taking the CEO Pledge, Mr. Tench and his executive staff is sending a message that they are committed to employee health and well-being by emphasizing physical fitness and proper nutrition as key drivers in health." Tench doesn't take this leadership responsibility lightly, and his employees know they are valued. With a solid plan to motivate employees to be more physically active and healthy, he looks forward to further instilling a culture of wellness that reaches and affects the health of each and every one of his employees.

Studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. If employees believe that creating a culture of physical activity is an executive priority, employees are more likely to be physically active, eat healthier, are more productive and happier.

The wellness efforts seem to be paying off as the club has recently received industry recognition from the BoardRoom Magazine as a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World, and as one of America's Healthiest Clubs from Prevo Health Solutions. These industry accolades recognize the club's board of governors, its department heads, and entire staff for their efforts in providing an excellent member experience with most of the credit going to the dedicated staff.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is a private, gated residential community of gracious waterfront and golf course homes, featuring miles of unspoiled beaches, an award-winning Arnold Palmer golf course and an intimate Beach Club perfectly suited for leisurely gatherings, club activities and exceptional dining. For more information, visit or contact Shirley Reul at (772) 581-1019 or by email at sreul(at)orchidislandclub(dot)com.[ __title__ Orchid Island]

About Prevo Health Solutions
Prevo Health Solutions, Inc. is the club industry's premier wellness experts with expertise in workplace wellness and member retention. Or mission is to improve the overall health of the Private Club Industry through education and sharing of best practices. Our team consists of health professionals, certified nutrition & fitness experts, workplace wellness gurus and engagement specialists. Prevo Health Solutions works with employers of all sizes to develop and execute custom wellness strategies which maximize engagement and participation. For more information call 888-321-1804 or visit

About the NCPPA
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is the leading coalition in the country for promoting physical activity and fitness initiatives through national policy. It consists of a diverse blend of health organizations, associations, and private corporations, advocating for policies that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles. We maintain a strong and necessary voice for physical activity in Washington, DC through NCPPA staff and members working together to actively encourage federal legislators to make policy changes that promote regular activity in all facets of life. We speak directly to lawmakers and support national programs that meet our objectives, as well as host congressional briefings for members and their staff on a variety of physical activity topics including most recently, the economic benefits of physical activity.

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