Team4Tech and Pure Storage Boost Education in Rural Alaska’s Yukon-Koyukuk Public School District, Provide Pro Bono Technology Support

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (PRWEB) May 20, 2018

Team4Tech, the non-profit that advances 21st century education in underserved communities, announced it is partnering with Pure Storage on an immersive service learning project in rural Alaska. Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform that helps innovators build a better world with data, has selected ten employees to support students and educators across Yukon communities.

Sharing knowledge on topics from 3D printing to WAN acceleration, the Pure Storage employees were in Fairbanks, Alaska from May 13 – 20, 2018 to contribute skilled pro bono technology help. The Yukon-Koyukuk School District serves 1,850 students and covers 65,000 square miles, an area the size of the state of Washington.

“Having a skilled team dedicated to advancing our mission of equipping our students with relevant 21st century skills is a great asset to the school district,” says Luke Meinert, technology director of the Yukon-Koyukuk School District.

Teams facilitated by Team4Tech will provide technology workshops to teachers on publishing tools, robotics, and 3D printing; help audit the school district’s technology infrastructure; and improve the district’s networking challenges with WAN acceleration. The team will also travel on a bush plane to visit one of the district’s remote schools, the Andrew K. Demoski School in Nulato, where they will host a technology fun day for the students.

This is Pure Storage‘s fourth service learning project with Team4Tech and its first in the U.S. Their global team comes from the U.S. (California, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina), Hong Kong, and Ireland.

"We're excited to be working on projects that will bring a global team to understand a different aspect of the U.S.,” said Nicole Johnson, executive director of Pure Good Foundation, which works to deepen employee engagement in communities around the world. “Team4Tech’s skilled volunteering programs for technology companies are a great way to build leadership skills while also uplifting young people through education-based initiatives.”

“Pure Storage technology volunteers will benefit from the experience by developing crucial leadership skills, including how to design technology for the needs of the customer, build empathy and understanding, and collaborate effectively as a team in an unfamiliar environment,” said Julie Clugage, executive director of Team4Tech. “We’re excited to leverage the skills of technology professionals to inspire the teachers and youth in rural Alaska, and also to inspire the technology professionals when they return back to their daily work.”

Team4Tech’s corporate volunteering program brings together technology companies and established non-profit organizations to improve education for underserved students. Team4Tech partners with non-profits for three to five years to help them integrate relevant technology solutions that advance student learning outcomes and build 21st century skills.

This will be Team4Tech’s second project for rural school districts in the U.S. The U.S. Rural Education Initiative is implemented in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the leading US professional association dedicated to education technology leaders.

“Rural school districts typically face serious challenges leveraging today’s technology for learning. This includes lack of broadband, funding, getting community buy-in for a digital leap, difficulty with recruiting teachers, and ensuring equitable digital equity at-school, as well as at-home,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN – the Consortium for School Networking. “This collaboration with Team4Tech will help bring more awareness about the challenges rural school districts in the U.S. face in this moment of digital transformation.”

About Team4Tech

Team4Tech provides technology professionals with immersive, short-term service learning projects that leverage their technology skills to improve education for underserved students, while also cultivating volunteers’ leadership skills and supporting corporate social responsibility goals. Team4Tech programs provide benefits to three distinct audiences: students and teachers gain access to improved teaching and learning through technology, volunteers gain 21st century leadership skills, and companies gain more engaged employees to lead customer-driven innovation.

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Performance Contracting Group Receives Prestigious International Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) May 20, 2018

Dale Carnegie, one of the world’s leading human resources and management consulting organizations, has awarded its most prestigious international recognition to Kansas City’s Performance Contracting Group (PCG). The Leadership Award recognizes organizations that focus on developing their human resources in innovative, thoughtful and creative ways.

PCG is a leading specialty contractor, serving the industrial, commercial and non-residential markets in its more than 50 offices around the country. PCG, an employee-owned company based in Lenexa, Kansas, has more than 50 offices across the U.S., employing more than 6,500 skilled craft workers and nearly 1,000 full-time employees. The company’s annual revenue exceeds $1 billion.

PCG’s president and CEO Bill Massey: “I am honored to receive the award on behalf of the entire leadership team of the company. This award is evidence from Dale Carnegie that our People initiative is working.”

The Dale Carnegie Leadership Award, established in 1985, recognizes companies that place a special emphasis on innovative human resources’ practices in order to reach business objectives. Since its inception, the Leadership Award has been presented to many of the best companies in the world, including; Walmart, Scandinavian Airlines, and now Performance Contracting Group. This is the second time a Kansas City-based company has been honored with this prestigious award. KCP&L was honored several years ago.

“PCG stands out for its unwavering commitment to ensuring every employee has a robust development plan aimed at building individual skills, whether that’s enhancing business acumen or improving communications. head and shoulders above our other clients in a variety of ways. PCG leads in the construction industry because of a dedication to people, but regardless of industry, their employee focus is exceptional,” said Ron Cox President Dale Carnegie Kansas City. “They value and promote succession planning and learning and development. This is a company that is always asking the question: How do I grow every team member?” said Ron Cox President of Dale Carnegie Kansas City.

PCG’s people-first approach is part of its “"Employee Success and Well-Being” initiative, which guides employees to reach their full potential. PCG’s philosophy: For the company to thrive, its employees must thrive.

Bill Massey, President and CEO, PCG has articulated a vision of "People, Strategy, Execution." PCG is world-class at execution, so the opportunity is in equaling that feat on the people side. In word and in action, the company is serious about this challenge. Morale and satisfaction are critical, so PCG worked with Dale Carnegie to measure employee engagement. Leaders at all levels are being held accountable for the people initiative. Dale Carnegie has contributed to the success of PCG by developing their people in the areas of leadership, interpersonal relations and effective communications.

About Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was founded in 1912, inspired by one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement. Since then, it’s evolved into a movement that’s crossed borders and generations, showing people how to tap into the best parts of themselves to create positive change. Dale Carnegie’s original body of knowledge has been constantly updated, expanded and refined through nearly a century's worth of real-life business experiences. Our programs, available in over 25 languages, show people all over the world how to communicate in a way that draws others in, so they can form closer, more rewarding relationships. Whether they’re starting out or stepping up, learning to lead or heading up a team, we sharpen their inner-voice so they can use it with confidence to get the most out of their lives and their work. For over 100 years, we’ve helped communities everywhere prosper by improving the personal and financial well-being of the people who live there, and the companies that do business there. Today, through franchises in over 75 countries and all 50 states, we help people gain greater influence and make meaningful contributions in the places that matter most.

Dale Carnegie of Kansas City

We shape many company cultures in Kansas City by coaching employees to excel in their roles. For over 105 years, we have helped companies of all sizes generate revenue, increase productivity and reduce costs. We partner with companies in creating competitive advantage through the development of their greatest resource – their people.

We focus on the people side of business.

Thought Leadership Areas Human Relations, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Communication, Customer Service, Sales, Business Development, Presentations, Teamwork, Stress Management, Process Improvement.

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Aliquis Telepresence Brings Innovative Telepresence Technology to Veterinary Market


Hodei Technology, LLC today announced the formation of Aliquis Telepresence, a wholly owned division, focused exclusively on bringing Hodei’s advanced, telepresence communication platform and wearable technologies to the global veterinary market.

Aliquis Telepresence is adapting Hodei Technology’s unique communication platform and wearable technologies to improve patient care and outcome in the veterinary space. As one of a handful of Glass partners, Hodei has developed a proprietary and patented use for Google Glass Enterprise Edition for medical applications. The company’s POV® (Point of View) platform provides live, two-way, on-demand connectivity that can connect remote specialists and experts with the front end of veterinary care, opening a new way to educate, enable and empower the entire veterinary team.

Aliquis Telepresence’s technology has the potential to advance veterinary medicine by fundamentally changing the status quo in the delivery of patient care, the training of veterinarians and veterinary staff, and introducing and utilizing technology throughout the global veterinary market.

“Telepresence provides us with an opportunity to revolutionize veterinary care by bringing the expertise of a specialist directly to the level it’s needed – at the clinic or hospital,” said Dr. Brian Huber, DVM, ABVP, president of Aliquis Telepresence. “Using telepresence engages the general practitioner, the specialist and the pet parent in the therapeutic pathway – ensuring earlier intervention, better treatment options and better clinical results.”

Dr. Huber brings 30 years of experience in veterinary telemedicine, ultrasound, oncology, business development and hospital ownership to Aliquis. He commented, “It all came together when I met the Hodei Technology team. I knew in a moment just how powerful the telepresence technology would be and the impact it could have across many areas of veterinary and human medicine.”

“We see tremendous potential for telepresence in the veterinary space,” said Guy Mascaro, CEO Hodei Technology. “As a Glass partner, we have been fortunate to be aligned with Google in finding ways to address veterinary and human health care. The Aliquis Telepresence division offers us an opportunity to take this technology and open doors exclusively to veterinary hospitals, businesses, universities and others, and help demonstrate the impact that our telepresence platform can provide.”

About Aliquis Telepresence

A division of Hodei Technology, Aliquis Telepresence develops and delivers a real-time, telepresence technology communications platform to the veterinary industry to facilitate and enhance the delivery of patient care and clinical outcomes for general practitioners, veterinary hospitals, teaching institutions and veterinary specialists.

About Hodei Technology (

Hodei Technology, LLC develops and deploys highly mobile, HIPPA compliant, real-time remote telepresence communication solutions that are used by healthcare systems to facilitate and enhance care delivery between healthcare providers. HCview GEMINI TM is a user requested two-way POV® platform to provide remote physician access to areas without local medical expertise or specialists. The system has been optimized for low-bandwidth networks and integrates data and video from medical devices such as ultrasound, stethoscope, fluoroscope, and others. HCview IKASI TM is a one-to-many platform designed for remote surgery proctoring. The system uses multi-peripheral views with POV® broadcasting to connect one dynamic mentor screen and multiple observer screens to virtually attend the surgery.

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