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SAS, LCTCS Target Education Initiatives to Make a Difference Post-Katrina; Collaboration to Aid Relief, Recovery and Revival.

CARY, N.C. -- SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. , the leader in business intelligence, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS LCTCS Louisiana Community and Technical College System ) today announced an agreement to lead a coalition of partners in the development and funding of regional educational impact grants that will encourage collaboration between local higher-education institutions and K-12 school districts to educate families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the wake of the devastation, community leaders and public education administrators across Louisiana must absorb millions of dollars in budget shortfall due to lost tuition dollars and tax revenues. This challenge comes at a time when the state's displaced displaced

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 students, families and workers are in critical need of education and training to address the immediate recovery effort, as well as the long-term goal of preparing workers for the renewed Louisiana economy.

"Immediately following the hurricanes and even as recovery efforts continue, students and faculty have the dual challenge of learning today, while planning for tomorrow," said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, president of LCTCS. "We are excited about working with the SAS team on this education relief project and are impressed that they are taking both a short- and long-term approach to helping with our region's recovery."

The intent of the first round of grants is to catalyze cat·a·lyze
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.


to cause or produce catalysis.
 immediate projects that will affect the education of displaced students and their families. In total, SAS will provide more than $3.5 million in software, services, employee time and direct donations to fund several programs and projects throughout the state of Louisiana CODE, OF LOUISIANA. In 1822, Peter Derbigny, Edward Livingston, and Moreau Lislet, were selected by the legislature to revise and amend the civil code, and to add to it such laws still in force as were not included therein. .

To help address the needs of displaced students and faculty, as well as the needs of adult workers retooling their skills for a new labor market labor market A place where labor is exchanged for wages; an LM is defined by geography, education and technical expertise, occupation, licensure or certification requirements, and job experience  - and with the ultimate goal of helping students become better prepared for high-school graduation and entry into higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
 - SAS has made its Curriculum Pathways(R) online learning tools ( available free of charge to educators and students throughout the state of Louisiana. Curriculum Pathways provides innovative, Web-based resources in core disciplines including English, math, history, science and Spanish for grades 8-14. Topics are mapped to state and national standards so that educators can meet their goals of raising test scores, differentiating instruction and engaging students by targeting higher-order thinking Higher-order thinking is a fundamental concept of Education reform based on Bloom's Taxonomy. Rather than simply teaching recall of facts, students will be taught reasoning and processes, and be better lifelong learners.  skills. Moreover, because these resources are completely online, they can reach students in class, at home and in community centers.

Additionally, SAS will fund a series of displaced student and parent projects focused on education. South Louisiana Community College, Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge Community College, an open admissions, two-year post-secondary public community college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was established on June 28, 1995. The college settled into a permanent location in 1998.  and Louisiana Technical College each have designed local education impact projects in collaboration with their K-12 partner schools. Each set of partners will engage in a range of activities aimed at reaching out to displaced high-school students (and their parents) to foster the motivation to develop the skills for and explore the options of moving into higher education - particularly in degree fields that will be growing in Louisiana's post-Katrina economy. The intent of these projects is to stimulate the use of education for personal, economic and regional development in post-disaster relief efforts.

"There are leaders in this state who are ready to leverage education to make a difference post-Katrina," said Dr. Mark Milliron, vice president of the SAS Education Practice. "To our founder and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Dr. Jim Goodnight, and the employees of SAS who helped underwrite To insure; to sell an issue of stocks and bonds or to guarantee the purchase of unsold stocks and bonds after a public issue.

The word underwrite has two meanings.
 this initiative, hearing about the use of education to make a difference is music to the ears. We strongly believe that a long-term relief effort must have a major emphasis on education at all levels - K-12, community and technical college, and university. And it's even better when they work together."

Participating colleges and K-12 school districts will measure the success of the grants by tracking outcomes, including: the number of students who complete career paths or work plans and take a first step toward completing their plan; the number of students who enroll in higher education institutions as a direct result of participation in a grants program; and the number of students who submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid (US Department of Education) ) application to secure financial aid for attending college.

About the Louisiana Community and Technical College System

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System is a key player in public education, connecting high-school students to high-paying jobs, providing skilled labor for the local economy, delivering specialized training for area employers, and acting as a springboard for students pursuing four-year degrees. As a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LCTCS lost 47 percent of its students and two technical college campuses have suspended operations indefinitely in·def·i·nite  
Not definite, especially:
a. Unclear; vague.

b. Lacking precise limits: an indefinite leave of absence.


About SAS

SAS is the market leader in providing a new generation of business intelligence software and services that create true enterprise intelligence. SAS(R) solutions are used at 40,000 sites - including 96 of the top 100 companies on the FORTUNE Global 500(R) - to develop more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; to enable better, more accurate and informed decisions; and to drive organizations forward. SAS is the only vendor that completely integrates leading data warehousing See data warehouse.

data warehousing - data warehouse
, analytics and traditional BI applications to create intelligence from massive amounts of data. For three decades, SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know(R). Visit us at
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