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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during November 1998.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

Email Servers Tailored for Small Businesses Available

November 30, 1998 - Mail-Express, an email service provider based in Dale City, recently launched Mail-Expressway. This service allows small businesses to set up email accounts using Mail-Express' T3 and T1 backbones and includes dial-up connection. Mail-Express also offers personal email accounts and long distance access accounts.


Computers for Learning Helps Schools

November 30, 1998 - The federal government has created the Computers for Learning program. This program is designed to donate excess federal computer equipment to schools and educational non-profit organizations serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students located within the United States. Their Web site allows eligible organizations to register quickly and easily to request surplus federal computer equipment. Federal agencies then use the information from the Web site to donate computers to the organizations in the greatest need.


WSJ Adds Tools for Job Seekers

November 25, 1998 - The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition recently introduced Careers.wsj.com. This new Web site includes many features for job seekers and professionals such as job-hunting advice, salaries and job profiles and an executive recruiters section. The site also features JobSeek, an online database listing local, national and international job openings and Futurestep, an online executive recruiting tool established by the Wall Street Journal and Korn/Ferry International.


Local Companies Establish D.C. Link & Learn

November 24, 1998 - Tech Corps-DC is a volunteer group that helps D.C. schools with their technology needs. The organization has recently helped unveil D.C. Link & Learn, which is a community-based computer and information technology learning center established by the Foundation for Educational Innovation, Inc. The programs available cater to all ages.


Subscribe to Newsletters Over the Internet

November 23, 1998 - Newsletters.com, in College Park, is an online clearinghouse for investment newsletters. The site offers over fifty investment newsletters from around the world. Users can scan the available newsletters and subscribe to the publications of their choice. The newsletters are then sent to subscribers electronically or by mail.


PBS Helps Teachers With Technology

November 20, 1998 - The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), based in Alexandria, now offers TechKnow via it's Web site. This section functions as a resource for teachers using technology in the classroom. The site features PBS educator resources, online technology activities and lesson plans geared towards media use.


Access Washington's History Online

November 19, 1998 - The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is a local organization involved in making the history of Washington accessible and understandable to the public through their Web site. Features of the site include educational programs, publications, a research library and exhibitions.


Learning Center Targets School-To-Work Initiatives

November 18, 1998 - The National School-to-Work (STW) Learning & Information Center in Washington has introduced its Web site, the "STW Learning Center." This site serves as an online information network featuring over 400 tools for STW implementation. These downloadable tools can be customized to users' needs. The learning center also produces a number of publications for practitioners.


Blackboard Inc. Enables Online Learning

November 17, 1998 - Blackboard Inc., based in Washington, creates software products for hosting "virtual" campuses, university intranets and on-line corporate training environments. Blackboard's software enables organizations to teach classes and have training sessions on the Internet. Two advantages of this technology are reduced cost from traditional classes and reaching new markets of learners interested in an organizations curricula. Blackboard's clients include Cornell University and Mortgage Bankers Association.


Career Information Site Helps Job Hunters

November 16, 1998 - America's Career InfoNet is a comprehensive source of occupational and economic information on the Internet designed to help users make informed career decisions. The site enables users to receive information about careers in the Greater Washington region as well as the rest of the United States. The information provided by the site includes career demographics, economic data and educational institutions.


The NELC Promotes School-To-Work and Work-Based Learning

November 13, 1998 - The National Employer Leadership Council (NELC), in Washington, has created a Web site focused on School-to-Work (STW) and Work-Based Learning initiatives. The NELC's mission is to enhance the quality of the nation's workforce and to improve productivity and competitiveness of American businesses through work-based learning opportunities for all students. The Web site features links to pertinent STW sites and information about the organization.


Avoid Traffic Using SmarTraveler

November 12, 1998 - SmarTraveler is a commuter information service that provides live traffic reports from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as during severe weather and special events in the Washington region. Traffic information, updated continuously, is supplied by cameras, spotter planes, federal and state officials and commuters who report problems. The SmarTraveler information service is part of Partners In Motion, a public-private consortium.


TekAid Enters Y2K Compliance Battle

November 11, 1998 - Mitretek Systems Inc., a high-tech training orgainization, has established the TekAid Program. The program is a public and private partnership aimed at providing training for certain welfare recipients to work in the technology field. Mitretek is focused on giving TekAid students the skills to help with year 2000 compliance issues. TekAid is sponsored by Fairfax County, the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership, Virginia Tech and Northern Virginia Community College.


Career Information Site Helps Job Hunters

November 16, 1998 - America's Career InfoNet is a comprehensive source of occupational and economic information on the Internet designed to help users make informed career decisions. The site enables users to receive information about careers in the Greater Washington region as well as the rest of the United States. The information provided by the site includes career demographics, economic data and educational institutions.


The NELC Promotes School-To-Work and Work-Based Learning

November 13, 1998 - The National Employer Leadership Council (NELC), in Washington, has created a Web site focused on School-to-Work (STW) and Work-Based Learning initiatives. The NELC's mission is to enhance the quality of the nation's workforce and to improve productivity and competitiveness of American businesses through work-based learning opportunities for all students. The Web site features links to pertinent STW sites and information about the organization.


Avoid Traffic Using SmarTraveler

November 12, 1998 - SmarTraveler is a commuter information service that provides live traffic reports from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as during severe weather and special events in the Washington region. Traffic information, updated continuously, is supplied by cameras, spotter planes, federal and state officials and commuters who report problems. The SmarTraveler information service is part of Partners In Motion, a public-private consortium.


TekAid Enters Y2K Compliance Battle

November 11, 1998 - Mitretek Systems Inc., a high-tech training orgainization, has established the TekAid Program. The program is a public and private partnership aimed at providing training for certain welfare recipients to work in the technology field. Mitretek is focused on giving TekAid students the skills to help with year 2000 compliance issues. TekAid is sponsored by Fairfax County, the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership, Virginia Tech and Northern Virginia Community College.


D.C. Registry Forms Online Community

November 10, 1998 - The D.C. Registry is an Internet guide to the Greater Washington region established with the goal of becoming the District's online community. The site's features include weather and news reports, discussion forums and a search capability. The site is designed and maintained by Hagen Communications, a Washington, D.C. area web services provider.


The Maryland Software Industry Consortium Helps MD Businesses

November 9, 1998 - The Maryland Software Industry Consortium is an organization designed to implement technology training and consulting services to improve and maintain Maryland's business base. The programs the consortium offers range from tactical initiatives, such as certification training and specific platform-based training, to more strategic efforts, such as software process improvement programs and services. The consortium is partnered with the Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland,College Park Campus and specializes in software engineering.


WMATA Provides Information On Their Transit Services

November 6, 1998 - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) provides bus and rail transit service to Washington, DC and the neighboring Maryland and Virginia communities. WMATA's Web site brings information on bus and rail services to users before they use the Metro, making it easier to use for those unfamiliar with the system. Some features include "special announcements," "using Metro" and "doing business with Metro."


Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Helps Air Travelers

November 5, 1998 - Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in Alexandria has created a Web site featuring information on Dulles and National airports. The company plans, provides and actively manages access to the global aviation system to help serve the needs of the Greater Washington region. The site's features include news on "air services," "publications" and "links of interest."


Mindbank Plans To Alleviate IT Worker Shortage

November 4, 1998 - Mindbank, a high technology staffing company based in Vienna, is planning to increase the Information Technology (IT) workforce in Northern Virginia through their Bootstrap Program. This program is designed to train a company's current staff in demand-driven IT disciplines. The Bootstrap Program is made possible by a grant through The Northern Virginia Regional Partnership(NVRP).


HHMI Promotes Biology Education Through The Web

November 3, 1998 - Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a Chevy Chase-based medical research organization, has developed a interactive biology Web site. The site is developed for high school students, teachers and others interested in biology. There is a variety of biology resources at the site including their "Interactive Web" and "Ask a Scientist" features that give timely answers to a host of life science questions.


Washingtonpost.com Unveils ISP Database

November 2, 1998 - Washingtonpost.com has released a database on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The database features a search capability in which the user inputs the name of a specific company, the price they are willing to pay for service, dial-in access preferences and the type of computer they own. The search then returns a list of possible ISPs that match the user's needs. The database also includes background information about each ISP and the various options they may have.


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