At Santa Monica College, a 34,000-student, two-year community college in California, students sometimes sit on the floor to hear professors speak. This is not part of a New Age approach to learning; there are not enough seats. Over the past few years, demand for classes has grown dramatically, while budget cuts have forced the college, along with others in the California system, to reduce course offerings. As a result, according to administrators, almost every class offered is filled to capacity. Instructors sometimes waive class size limits to allow additional students to enroll, even when that means seating some pupils on

1. Return to JFK: Two decades after Austrian Airlines launched its original, but unsuccessful transatlantic service to New York–a joint operation with Sabena Belgian World Airways inaugurated on April 1, 1969 with a Boeing 707-320 registered OE-LBA that made an intermediate stop in Brussels-it returned to the US on March 26, 1989, this time with an Airbus A-310-300 sporting registration OE-LAA. The occasion not only introduced intercontinental service to its route system, but a widebody aircraft with its first three-class cabin configuration to its fleet. Unlike the previous attempt, this one proved successful, but signaled the beginning of another two

Many American children today are falling further and further behind in their education each year because of cuts to school funding. With fewer factory jobs remaining in the U.S., a good education has become essential to finding a well-paying job in today’s information and technology oriented economy. Tomorrow’s economy will be even more competitive, and Americans will be competing for jobs on a global level. All parents want their child to achieve the American Dream. However, the schools do not – by themselves – determine whether children have what they need to succeed. The parents are in the driver’s seat

Many cities and local governments talk about construction projects in progress and how they will create jobs. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the projects mentioned will ever be started or even reviewed. Did you know it can take 90 days in some cities to review plans -and sometimes even much longer? The mayor of Chicago said it took more than 45 days for the building right on just his house. Electronic plan review enables local government departments to review and share building plans internally, and with customers. Implementing an electronic plan review system, by far, one of the most important