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Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory MAGIC NEWS BRIEF July 14, 2020
ANNOUNCING OUR BIG DATA BOOTCAMP!
For four years in a row, the role of data scientist has been named the number one job in the U.S. by Glassdoor. What's more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for data science skills will drive a 27.9 percent rise in employment in the field through 2026. Whether you are a student or a professional looking to expand your skillset, this FREE introductory course is for you! Big Data Bootcamp is an 8 week virtual course designed to expose curious and independent learners to python and basic data science and machine learning techniques. We’ll cover the python language, general programming principles, important libraries and tools, and basic ML algorithms.
Class size is limited to the first 15 registrations, so sign up quickly!
[Click here to register!]
ONLINE CTF 002 IS THIS WEEKEND!
Speaking of in-demand careers... our popular entry-level, cybersecurity competition is this Saturday from 11am-3pm EST! Registration for our Online Capture The Flag (oCTF) competition opens tomorrow, July 15th, so be sure to check back and register for this FREE online event! Thanks to our sponsor CTC Technology & Energy, participants will compete for Amazon gift cards while learning ethical hacking skills!
[Click here to learn more!]
OUR TWO GAME DEVELOPMENT CLASSES NOW STARTING IN AUGUST
[UPDATE: These 13 week courses are now scheduled to begin in August.] Aspiring game developers can choose from our online classes: Intro to Game Development and Intermediate Game Development. Both classes will teach Unity and C#, and both will conclude with a Game Demo Day where students can share their games with the public via Zoom.
The intro class will focus on learning the basics of game design for 2D scrolling puzzle games, while the intermediate class will introduce 3D design elements and more complex challenges with enemy characters.
Loaner laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis. Financial aid is also available.
[Click here to register!]
SPEAKING OF WHICH...
If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a student for our Game Development courses, or even the entire class, please use this form to become a sponsor! This could be a game changing (pun intended) opportunity for students with an interest in games to learn in-demand skills for the $140 Billion video gaming industry. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to provide over $800 in financial aid to students in our inaugural class.
[Click here to sponsor a student for our Game Development class]
AND DON'T FORGET OUR CONVENIENT FUNDRAISING OPTIONS!
If you need to stock up on coffee or get that thing you need by tomorrow on Amazon, please remember our fundraising programs:
MAGIC Beans: MAGIC and Furnace Hills Coffee have partnered to offer great roasts like Hacker Roast (our personal favorite) - a portion of purchases goes to MAGIC.
Amazon Smile: MAGIC will automatically receive 0.5% of your eligible purchases as a donation from Amazon.
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Thursday, July 16, 2020
After weeks and weeks of really hard work, Carroll Forward is open for business: https://carrollcountymd.gov/carrollforward
Please share Carroll Forward site to your Facebook page. Please call it to the attention of your friends and neighbors. We are trying to bring forward a definitive single site for the purpose of consistent messaging and sharing accurate cutting-edge information with the public in an attempt to protect and save as many folks as possible.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- It is arbitrary and capricious. The decision to repeal and replace the 2016 rule was not the product of reasoned decision making as required by the APA. In explaining its rationale for the new regulations, ED rejected prior agency determinations going back decades without explanation, grounded its analysis in fundamental misunderstandings, failed to consider alternatives, and disregarded facts and circumstances.
- It does not comply with Congress’s requirement that the Secretary implement a meaningful process for borrowers to obtain relief. Instead, it establishes an illusory process that makes it practically impossible for students to qualify for borrower defense relief. ED admits as much by acknowledging that only around 4 percent of borrowers eligible for relief will actually get relief.