Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed on February 23 for employee leave.
Archives for February 2016
Beautiful day at Donnelly Dome. Everything is frozen and it appears to be a white out. Photo by Scott Skaleski
BBB WARNS STUDENTS TO STUDY UP ON THEIR SCHOOL OF CHOICE
Anchorage, Alaska – February 17, 2016 – The Federal Trade Commission is filing charges against two groups of suspected diploma mills that charge anywhere from $135 to $349 for a useless high school diploma. Last month, Better Business Bureau Northwest’s Scam Tracker received a complaint from a student who was concerned that an online high school was a scam.
The Western Washington resident contacted BBB Northwest when she ran into trouble applying for college. The complainant had obtained her degree from Kaplan College Preparatory in 2011, but the school closed down two years later. The colleges she applied to showed the school was not accredited and her high school degree wouldn’t be accepted. Fortunately, BBB staff helped her obtain the proper paperwork to prove the school was accredited at the time of graduation. Unfortunately, the number of students frustrated with their online school of choice is growing.
A recent survey released by the Online Learning Consortium shows the number of higher education students taking at least one distance learning course was up 3.9 percent in 2015. However, the report also revealed a disparity among private nonprofit colleges and private for-profit schools. While enrollment for private nonprofit institutions increased by 11.3 percent, it decreased 2.8 percent for private for-profit institutions.
The FTC filings have asked the court to place a temporary restraining order halting the operations of Stepping Stonez Development, LLC and Capitol Network Distance Learning Programs, LLC. According to the charges both groups bought a number of website names and created what appeared to be legitimate online high schools.
“The defendants took advantage of people who wanted a high school diploma,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “If a company says you can get a diploma in no time at all or by simply taking an online test, it’s almost certainly a scam.”
The FTC also states the defendants deceived students by claiming to be accredited by organizations that did not exist.
While the convenience and flexibility offered by for-profit online schools can be enticing, BBB warns of the potential risks that come with attending these types of institutions. Keep these tips in mind when choosing an online school:
- Start with accreditation. Look for accredited universities by visiting Accredited Schools Online. Be sure to research the school’s past to make sure it is a trusted institution.
- Beware of diploma mills. These types of schools offer “degrees” to students in a short amount of time for a flat fee. These types of diplomas are not valid, and end up costing the student more than just money.
- Review graduation statistics. Ask to see statistics on graduation and drop-out rates from your chosen school. Be skeptical of institutions that are unable to provide the information or if the drop-out rate is high.
- Find A+ institutions. Many nonprofit colleges now offer degrees online. Because they’ve been accredited for years, nonprofit institutions are often a safer place to get your degree.
To find a trusted online school visit BBB’s Online Education Accredited Business Directory to read their ratings, complaint histories and contact details. To research online universities, visit akorww.bbb.org.
Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | firstname.lastname@example.org
David Quinlan, Vice President of Marketing: 206-676-4119
Fort Greely, AK – As part of Military Saves Week 2016, scheduled for 22 – 27 February, Fort Greely is spreading the saving message, and urging the community to participate in Military Saves Week and take the Military Saves Pledge found at www.militarysaves.org/for-savers/savings-tools-and-resources/take-the-pledge.
According to the Fort Greely Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Detrice Mosby, “Saving money is about preparing for the future and Military Saves Week is a great opportunity to help service members and their families in our community set a Goal, Make a Plan, and Save Automatically,” said LTC Mosby.
To help people save more successfully and encourage more people to save, the Fort Greely Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program is encouraging Military Families, DoD Civilians and Retirees to take the Military Saves Pledge.
“I’m young and have many more years to prepare for retirement but I know if I can commit to save now, I’ll be better off down the road” said Jessica, a new civilian employee at the garrison and a fellow employee commented that “Military Saves helped me get my finances under control. Now I have enough money saved in case there’s an emergency and I need to get back to the lower 48”.
Military Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the Consumer Federation of America in partnership with the Department of Defense. The Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.
Learn more at Army Community Service or at www.militarysaves.org
February 18, 2016
Public Affairs Officer
“Alaska GOP Presidential Preference Poll voting will be on March 1, 3-8 pm
at the Delta Junction Community Center. Similar to a primary, this poll is the opportunity for registered Republicans only to choose their selection for the Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential elections.
If you would like more information on the poll or how to register to vote or change your voter registration, please click here for up to date information.
Feel free to contact district chair Rick Stillie at (907)505-0768 with any questions that you may have.”
– What do you think Alaska should do to balance our budget?
Alaska has reserves, but tye are being used up…
– What do you think we should do?
More cuts, new revenue, use permanent fund earnings, protect the PFD
– Come for a visit, I need your opinion to represent you!
Saturday, February 20, 2016
2:30 – 4pm
The Alaska House
1205 Richardson Hwy.
I’d hoped he’d come back, and he did. We played tag for a half hour or so, he won, but not before he left me with a few images to remember him by. My little friend the ermine. I hope he took out a few shrews while passing through. He was unbelievably friendly and curious. Photo by Dwight Phillips
We’ll be having MEXICAN FOOD on the menu.
Bring all your friends. Game night will be on the 27th of February @ 6pm at the Living Waters Assembly of God Church, on the Richardson Hwy.
P.S. There will be door prizes and winners will also get prizes. The Grand prize for the night will be a $50 Master Card Gift Card.
– DON’T MISS OUT –
Monday, February 15th was a red-letter day in Delta! Valentine’s Day had passed, and DHS was closed for President’s Day, but the middle school library was lighted and aglow with the erudite scholarship of six young folks vying for tuition prize monies.
It was the American Legion’s sixth annual oratorical contest, and the contestants presented a learned program of ten minute orations about the United States Constitution and amendments.
All six young orators left with some scholarship dollars, and two of the competitors will now be sent to Anchorage to compete in a state-level oratory contest with peers, and opportunity to win more scholarship monies.
Mercedes Ronnander took first place, however, going to Anchorage for that event later this month with all expenses paid, will be Thomas Warren and Avril Richter.
This speech competition is presented annually by the local American Legion Post 22 and Veteran’s Alliance. It is a delight to watch these young folks who have researched the material and arranged it in a speech.
If you missed it, try to attend next year, and meanwhile, support your vets, troops and wonderful student body.
What: Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories
When: Thursday, February 18th at 1300
Where: Aurora Community Activity Center (CAC)
Why: Celebrate the Heritage of our African American Ancestors Past & Present
Mary L. Maczko
EEO Program Manager
Barbara D. Flynn