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Reimbursable tech certification hits Fallon with Vincennes University

A Vincennes University (VU) education program has opened up more learning opportunities in Fallon with a focus on affordability, efficiency and job skills. Encompassing civilians, VU’s Military Education Program has a new site in the Churchill County Library Annex on Maine Street as well as on Naval Air Station Fallon. VU’s Western Regional Director Glenn Karrmann and Marketing Outreach Manager Jodi Barnett said their focus has been to assist the community education-wise with its military presence and growing technology bubble.

“How can we prepare the people of Fallon and surrounding communities to best take advantage of the opportunities that are about to come upon them,” Karrmann said was a question asked as the university, base and county came together. “Maybe it’s logistics. Maybe it’s running a warehouse for Panasonic. Maybe it’s forklift operators.”

The university and the library are currently offering the course Information Technology Gateway Training, a 40-hour class aimed at certifying students in technology security. The CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) security course plus the exam will certify the student to apply their knowledge for an operation’s technology risk mitigation. Barnett said just a few benefits of the certification are the student is able to identify risk, participate in risk mitigation activities as well as provide infrastructure, application, information and operational security. Students who successfully complete the course are also able to apply security control to maintain confidentiality yet integrate. Additionally, they can pinpoint appropriate technologies and products, troubleshoot security events and incidents as well as operate with awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations.

“You can get Microsoft-certified in Security Plus and get a very good-paying job whether it’s on base or out in town and it didn’t cost you a dime by the end,” Karrmann said.

The $1,000 tuition is reimbursable upon successful coursework completion; exam reimbursement is as well after passing the certification test. Tuition includes the on-site instructor, course materials, lab fees and test vouchers. It’s recommended students complete A+ and Network+ classes prior to this course.

“This course in this area is typically around $1,500-1,700 for the same thing,” Karrmann said. “We come out even with this; this is just a community service and to say, hey, we’re in the neighborhood.”

Karrmann and Barnett said the university’s offerings have opened doors to get that interview even if new to or heading back into the workforce. They added businesses could come to them too, seeking a boost in education and moral. For example an accounting firm could request a one-hour lunch course and over the course of a year have employees earn their accounting associate degree. Degrees offered at Naval Air Station Fallon include General Studies, Business Administration/Business Management, Homeland Security & Public Safety (Law Enforcement Concentration) and Supply Chain Logistics as well as numerous online courses with flexible meeting times. Barnett said tuition rates are well within the U.S. Department of Defense tuition guidelines. (Textbooks are loaned free of charge for on-site classes.) The university also accepts the GI Bill, the MyCAA program for military spouses, financial aid and self-pay. Also military experience may yield college credits, and CLEP/DANTES tests afford credit.

Different military schools as well as police academy even boot camp, rank indoctrination classes and rate/MOS training can also fill in the gaps toward a degree.

“It’s much more efficient,” Karrmann said. Barnett added it eliminates the “basketweaving 101” type of elective courses. She also said the course packets created for individual students are extremely flexible her team understands usually first-hand how a military schedule works, from duty days to deployments.

“We can actually go to you and start on any Tuesday and run for eight weeks meeting the necessary contact hours,” she said. “We get it I’m gonna sit with your kid while you take your final.”

Started in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and founded by someone who would later become president of the Unites States; William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. president, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. The brick-and-mortar public institution in Vincennes, Ind., expanded in 1986 to include a military outreach program. It has provided programs for over 75,000 active duty and reserve/guard members as well as military dependents both on and off military installations nationwide, even aboard Coast Guard cutters. The university has 38 sites in 15 states and offers 200 associate and bachelors degrees as well as certification programs.

Contact Churchill County Library Director Carol Lloyd (775-423-3932 extension 6;

Nevada Lawmakers Working to Address Conflict With Concealed Carry and Medical Marijuana Permits

Nevada lawmakers are working to straighten out the conflict between legal gun users and legal marijuana users. A wide array of marijuana-focused bills were recently introduced to members of the Nevada Senate, as well as the Assembly, to help come up with regulations for the substance that s not legal for recreational use in the state. Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, introduced bill SB 351[1], which theoretically would allow medical marijuana users to also possess a concealed carry permit. Currently, applicants seeking a permit to carry a concealed firearm are being denied if they are also a medical marijuana card holder.

Whether this bill moves to become a law or not, it certainly opens the door to a conversation many folks will scorn harshly. With the use of legal marijuana spreading rapidly, this is a discussion that will have to be had by many states eventually.

So, what are your views on such a bill being introduced?


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Conor McGregor’s fine for UFC Vegas pre-bout fracas reduced

LAS VEGAS Nevada athletic officials on Wednesday significantly reduced the penalty they imposed on UFC star Conor McGregor following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas. The Nevada Athletic Commission approved an agreement with McGregor that settled on a $25,000 fine, 25 hours of community service and a little over $1,000 for the state s legal costs. The commission had previously penalized McGregor with 50 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine, of which half was meant to go toward an anti-bullying public service announcement. Commission chairman Anthony Marnell III said he believes the $150,000 penalty was too high, even though he voted to approve it, and denied that McGregor was receiving preferential treatment. That fine, which was recommended by the attorney general s office, was calculated as a percentage of the $3 million that McGregor was paid for his Aug. 20 decision win over Nate Diaz during UFC 202.

If you go out and look in all of sports for things that get thrown, the fines are not very high for whatever reason, Marnell said after the hearing. I think that we didn t have any precedence to go on here Usually, when somebody comes before us with a doping violation, we have a lot of precedent for that. Throwing a Monster can and a water bottle at a press conference, that s a first.

McGregor arrived about half hour late to the Aug. 17 press conference touting the highly anticipated fight, a rematch five months after a bout Diaz won by submission. As McGregor answered questions, Diaz stood up and left the stage. Diaz and McGregor and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually began hurling water bottles at one other. A complaint by the Nevada state attorney general s office said a security officer received a minor injury when he was struck by a beverage can. Diaz paid his $50,000 fine. Marnell said Diaz will be given an opportunity to have his fine reconsidered by the commission and possibly get a reimbursement.

McGregor s attorney, Jennifer Goldstein, said the fine will be paid Wednesday. Her client has six months to complete the community service, which he can carry out anywhere he wants, according to the agreement. Commissioners discussed the possibility of McGregor having anti-bullying conversations with children.

It s the type of situation that one hopes it had never happened, bu he thinks that the resolution was fair, Goldstein said after the meeting. I won t purport to speak for him, but I think that his testimony at the last hearing showed that he in fact understands the severity of the impact it had. McGregor listened to the meeting by phone and did not speak. After the commission imposed the fine in October, McGregor filed a petition in a Las Vegas court indicating his intention to ask a judge to review the commission s decision. The agreement signed Wednesday bars McGregor and the commission from suing each other in connection with the disciplinary action.

The commission can approve any license applications from McGregor after he pays the fine and attorney s fees, even before he completes the community service.

McGregor has been vocal about his willingness to box against Floyd Mayweather Jr., though both fighters would have to clear a number of hurdles to make it happen. Bookies in this gambling city don t give McGregor much of a chance, with Mayweather being a whopping 25-1 favorite in odds posted at a sports book last month.

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