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COVID-19 fast-tracks changes to higher ed programs to prepare emerging workforce (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way health care programs are being taught at area colleges and universities, those in the field say, adding some of those changes could remain post-pandemic. Lydia Rotondo, associate dean for education and student affairs ...

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Strengthening community at Golisano Autism Center amid pandemic (access required)

Rochester is well known for its exceptional medical community, schools, technology, arts, philanthropy, and as a phenomenal place to raise a family. Now, Rochester has something else to add to its list of accomplishments — the first of its kind ...

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Transitioning to cloud-based services: Due diligence is key (access required)

With many companies already moving toward greater use of the cloud pre-pandemic, the COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated that trend. Those in the field say they are some things companies need to be aware of as they make the transition. “There ...

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Mitigating cyberattacks while working from home (access required)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in phishing scams and other cybersecurity attacks there are steps companies can take to guard against hackers, local experts say. They do warn, however, cyberattacks likely cannot be eliminated. “You can’t ...

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Why your business goals should drive marketing analytics (access required)

Businesses have never had as much access to data as they do today. In the age of digital marketing, a massive amount of information is collected on everyone and everything connected to the Internet. The ease and scale with which ...

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Incident response plans critical for any organization (access required)

Businesses and individuals are increasingly victims of cybercrime, and tech experts say having a plan in place to identify, contain and respond to a data breach or cyberattack is critical for any organization. Nearly 500,000 cybercrimes were reported to the ...

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Business Hall of Famers stress adaptability, flexibility, relationships (access required)

While many business leaders nationwide have lost sleep wondering how to drum up new leads, others are experiencing a different kind of stress as demand grows for their services. To varying degrees, similar scenes are playing out locally, as business ...

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Online efforts prove to be saving grace for many businesses (access required)

Like most business owners, Rick Dorschel did not have “global pandemic” written on his dance card. With his business forced to close temporarily this year, Dorschel Automotive Group lost a whopping $1.5 million a month for three consecutive months. Dorschel, ...

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Foodlink founder Tom Ferraro left a living legacy

It’s been more than six years since the death of Tom Ferraro, founder of Foodlink, yet those who knew him best still grow emotional when speaking of him. They refer to the man who founded one of the first food ...

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Indefatigable Clara Barton founded the first Red Cross chapter

When you think of famous Western New York suffragists, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton come quickly to mind. Clara Barton, suffragist, abolitionist and founder of the American Red Cross, made her mark in our region, too. It was ...

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MCC program designed to bridge skills gap for technicians (access required)

The region’s next generation of technicians will need a varied skill set, focusing not only on new technologies and processes but also on communication and teamwork, according to a report by Monroe Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development Center. The ...

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Schools focus on students’ physical, emotional wellness (access required)

Whether students at Allendale Columbia School are sitting in the courtyard with masks on or eating lunch together — socially distanced, of course — Shannon Baudo, interim head of school, says that the school “has tried to keep things as normal as possible during a time that is not normal.”

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Establishing plans aid local schools’ ability to safely reopen (access required)

The new school year has brought a slew of COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, with area schools emphasizing compliance and its importance to making sure they can stay open. Bishop Kearney High School principal William Geraci says the school has been ...

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