In California, more than 7 million private-sector workers have no workplace sponsored retirement plan. As a result, California workers are retiring into poverty. Read the articles.
In today's economy, the pathway to a well paying job requires an education beyond high school and a willingness to gain new skills.
Giving local residents the skills to be job-ready is the goal of the Kern Adult Education Consortium, a partnership of education providers dedicated to expanding and improving educational opportunities for adult learners.
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In 2017, Tammy Bradford and her family experienced devastating storms, both physically and spiritually. That year, as her 52-year-old husband battled stage 4 lung cancer, they began searching for a church. Then one Sunday, their youngest daughter contacted them after visiting Faith Church.
“She said, ‘Mom, you need to get online and listen to this service,’” Bradford says. Bradford logged onto Facebook Live and watched as Faith Church’s lead pastor Steve Huskey preached a message about faith and Jesus being a believer’s anchor.
“It connected with everything that I was going through at the time,” Bradford says. “I knew that I just had to go and be in a service.” Read the article here.
Across Twin Rivers Unified School District, teachers and administrators are working together to boost learning and help students make the grade on standardized tests like the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Read the article here.
In factories, in offices, and behind the wheel, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is taking on jobs humans used to perform exclusively. But what about in your doctor’s office? A growing number of physicians are turning to a form of AI—machine learning-based decision support systems (ML-DSS). This technology helps clinicians mine and synthesize enormous amounts of data—electronic health records, patient demographics, MRI images, pathology reports, and research studies, for example—to aid their decision-making. Read the article here.
Digital technology is adding new dimensions to oral care. Just ask Daniel Givan, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor of restorative sciences in the School of Dentistry. “We’ve had more changes in dental technology in the last five years than in the previous 100 years,” he says. And those innovations are helping dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and others tailor care and treatment to fit each patient’s unique needs. Here are five ways 3-D is shaping smiles: Read the article here.
In his 2015 self-published memoir, I Hear My Angel Sing, Sean Suggs, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi (TMMM), describes his early childhood experiences, including his parents’ divorce, his mother having to move with her children back to rural North Carolina to live with their grandmother, and how for a year, he and his siblings picked tobacco and fruit on a nearby farm—from dawn to 6 p.m.— to help support the family. “It taught me that you must work hard to achieve great things in life,” says Suggs. “It also taught that I wanted more in life than just being a field worker.” Read the article here.
Americans are enamored with the SUV these days.
The sedan? Well, it seems U.S. drivers are just not into them the way they use to be.
Last fall, General Motors announced plans to drop six of its sedans to focus on SUVs and trucks. Ford Motor Co. also has announced plans to end North American sedan sales. And before that, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles stopped producing the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart.
But Hyundai Motor Co., based in South Korea, is one automaker that plans — at least for the foreseeable future — to continue assembling its Elantra and Sonata sedans in the United States at plants like Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) in Montgomery. Read the article here.
Jim Moore, a deacon and 13-year veteran at First Baptist Bryan, may not remember every time the church has helped someone, but one instance stands out. A church member recently testified to an outpouring of kindness he experienced through the church.
The man, a regular in the singles’ ministry, needed to help his elderly parents move out of their home, Moore says. After sharing his dilemma with others in the ministry, several people arrived at the home and helped the man’s parents over two weekends to move their furniture and belongings.
“It moved him to tears to find that there were people who really cared that much about him,” says Moore, “and cared enough to help.” Read the article here.
MBUSI CEO Jason Hoff was recently named as the new Head of Quality Management for Mercedes-Benz Cars. But weeks before the big announcement, I got a chance to talk with him for Southern Automotive Alliance magazine:
Q: Two years ago, Mercedes announced plans for a $1.3 billion expansion of the MBUSI plant in Vance, Alabama, including body shop and upgrades to the logistics and IT systems. Tell us about that.
Jason Hoff: For the most part, that work’s finished. We’re just now launching a new car. We started production a couple of weeks ago where we had the celebration about a week and half ago. So, now we’re getting into the phase of building cars so the last phase for the most part is behind us, and our new body shop is up and running.
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