Students Can Now Easily Enroll Online to Black Colleges and Universities — Thanks to This New Web Site!

– HBCUBound.com is a new online student platform that alleviates the stress of the college admissions process to HBCUs. –

Atlanta, GA — The college admissions process is among the most stressful things for a college bound high school seniors. However, one online platform, HBCUbound.com, is helping to reduce stress for students with a desire to attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).

According to a 2010 survey conducted by the American College Counselling, Inc., 76 percent of high school students bound for college admit that they feel stressed about the college admissions process. The reason cited was the lack of resources for expert guidance.

HBCUbound.com was launched to increase enrollment at historically black colleges and universities and facilitate a smooth transition from high school to an HBCU. The website provides a wealth of information on financial aid, SAT/ACT prep information, essay writing, internships, the college admissions process and other necessary resources.

The website was founded by Barry Roberson Jr. and Samuel Sims Jr. who both have an undying passion for HBCUs. Roberson Jr. said: “We are aiming to be an online guidance counselor for high school students. We do understand how challenging the college admissions process is; so we created this platform to help reduce the stress on students through the provision of useful resources about HBCUs.”

Choosing the right institution can be a challenge in itself. Nevertheless, the website provides further help to students by narrowing down their choices by matching them with an HBCU of their choice. All that is required of the student is to register on the website, which may result not only in them being contacted by one of the institutions, but they will automatically be entered for a chance to win a scholarship.

The college admissions process doesn’t have to be a stressful event and HBCU Bound is seeing to that. For further information or to sign up on the website, visit www.HBCUbound.com>

Professor Launches Small Business Academy Offering a Fresh Alternative to College for African-Americans

Atlanta, GA –- Atlanta-based Urban Business Institute (www.UrbanBusinessInstitute.com) assists aspiring entrepreneurs to successfully achieve their dreams of business ownership.

“With 80% of businesses failing within 5 years, the numbers are much higher for African-Americans,” said founder, entrepreneur, investor and professor, Devin Robinson. Urban Business Institute’s (UBI) Small Business Academy, a 12-month intense training program, is the main method used to assist individuals with their personal quests to own a sustainable enterprise.

Small Business Academy additionally offers small business coaching and consulting only to current or past students of the academy. Robinson went on to say, “Research says, the average age that African-Americans decide to take serious steps towards business ownership is 56. Meanwhile, statistics show that most successful small businesses are started by entrepreneurs when they are between the age of 28 and 42. Based on these statistics, Blacks are simply taking their steps 14 years late! Since success in business takes endurance to bring groundbreaking change to the market, a key element many older people often don’t have, many black-owned businesses tend to fail.”

The Small Business Academy program is an approved Federal Economic Development Authority (EDA) program that hundreds of students have graduated from within a few short years of the program’s existence. Student ages range from 19 to 70, and have included married couples, military veterans, convicted felons, and persons with only business ideas. Classes include lessons on 21st Century Marketing, Globalization, Idea Materialization, Funding Your Business Quickly, Competitive Advantages and much more.

The unique trait of the program is that students can enroll without transcripts or a high school diploma. Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate in Small Business Ownership, a business plan draft plus the top student of each class gets a check for $5,000 to go towards their business idea. In some cases, other students receive an investment in their business.

Students learn ideological lessons like how to develop a product, how to turn their ideas into thriving businesses, how to keep their competitors up at night, how to ensure they don’t subliminally become a slave to their business and more. Additionally, some of the structured things they learn are how to setup the business the right way that suits them, how to get government contracts, how to manage cash flow, how to employ the right people, proper customer service etiquette, entering new markets, etc. One of the academy’s main objectives is to get students to earn at least $1,000,000 in annual revenues.

Robinson, its founder, has worked for the government, corporate America and has now been an entrepreneur for over a decade. He founded Beauty Supply Institute in 2007 and has opened over 70 brick and mortar beauty supply stores and generated over $13,000,000 in revenues. He went on to say, “We combine college-level theories with real-world exposure, which leads to a true entrepreneurial experience. If you’re looking for a degree, go to college. If you’re looking to become a proud successful business owner, we’re your best bet!”

The program is now available in 13 cities across the U.S. Visit www.UrbanBusinessInstitute.com for enrollment information.

To learn more about Urban Business Institute’s Small Business Academy, contact Michelle Paulino at 770-850-9949 or email michelle@urbanbusinessinstitute.com.

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EDUCATE YOURSELF FOR FREE – 40 FREE EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

Does it ever bum you out how hard it is to get an education, how expensive it is, how crappy our education system has become, and how folks seem to lack critical thinking skills? Never fear. This is a list of 40 educational websites for you to choose from that are completely free! Enjoy.

1. ALISON –  over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month
2. COURSERA – Educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses.
3. The University of Reddit – The free university of Reddit.
4. UDACITY – Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science and mathematics.
5. MIT Open CourseWare – Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT.
6. Open Culture – Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
7. No Excuse List – Huge list of websites to learn from.
8. Open YALE Courses – Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required
9. Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.
10. Zooniverse – Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.
11. TUFTS Open CourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
12. How Stuff Works? – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
13. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware – The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
14. VideoLectures.NET – the title says it all – amazing video lectures on many topics.
15. TED – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world.
16. Shodor – A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically trough the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.
17. Udemy FREE Courses – hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business online, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more.
18. Maths & Science – Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade.
19. edX.org – Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more.
20. iTunes U – Apple’s free app that gives students mobile access to many courses. It offers many free video courses, books, presentations and audio lectures.
21. Liberty Classroom – Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it…
22. Drawspace – Hundreds of free drawing lessons.
23. Codeacademy – Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.
24. Duke U – Duke offers variety of free courses on iTunesU.
25. Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetic, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.
26. My own business – Offers free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business.
27. Kutztown University’s free courses – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business online learning. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
28. Open Learn – Gives you free access to Open University course materials.
29. Free Computer Books – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
30. Academic Earth – Free video lectures from the world’s top scholars.31. American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online
31. Big Think – Video interviews with 600+ thought leaders in a range of fields.
32. BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
33. unplugthetv – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch.
34. Lifehacker – Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
35. JustinGuitar – Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
36. DuoLingo – Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
37. Layers Magazine – Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, In Design and After Effects tutorials.
38. Creative Flow – list of OVER 950 Photoshop tutorials to keep your skillset up to date.
39. Open2study – Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions, and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.
40. OEDb – Choose from over 10,000 free online classes

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Google Launches $50M Initiative to Motivate Girls to Become Computer Programmers

Mountain View, CA — Chelsea Clinton, actress Mindy Kaling, Girl Scouts of the USA, SevenTeen Magazine, and several other organizations and foundations have partnered with Google to launch “Made with Code” – a global initiative to inspire girls to become programmers.

According to USA Today, the initiative includes a commitment of $50 million to support programs that can help get more females into computer science, like rewarding teachers who support girls who take CS courses on Codecademy or Khan Academy.

It also provides great resources such as introductory Blockly-based coding projects, a web-based, graphical programming language, and fun projects such as enabling coders to play with x and y coordinates to accessorize selfies with cartoon berets or blouses or build basic animated GIFs.

To officially launch the program, Google held a huge event in Manhattan, New York, and the host of the event was none other than actress Mindy Kaling (of The Mindy Project). But Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, was also a featured speaker. Thousands of tech-savvy women and girls attended.

Google will also give out grants to local Girl Scouts and Boys and Girls Clubs around the country to host girl-coding parties and to fund a range other awareness campaigns.

And to top it off, there is a great web site website with how-to videos that educate girls on how to use basic coding technique to make bracelets and other similar items.

For more details about the initiative, visit www.madewithcode.com