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June 2016

That driverless car is cute, but it’s going to replace millions of jobs

By |June 27th, 2016|

We’re now seeing expanded press coverage and discussion about the impact of technology on workers in all types of jobs and industries. Yet I don’t think there is enough awareness across the general public or within government, especially in Washington. Awareness needs to be raised and raised fast.

People continue to blame trade and China and low-wage countries for destroying well-paying jobs, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Here in the U.S., we already see signs of a potentially enormous decrease in employment levels all across the country in hundreds of companies. Where are the former and future employees going to turn for jobs? There are always […]

December 2015

So long to 2015, hello to 2016…

By |December 31st, 2015|

The year 2015 was a year of growth for the U.S. as well as ASAP. The U.S. economy grew, albeit more slowly than expected. Congress passed a few laws, made some headway on the budget and just recently passed the big new replacement to the ‘not very well received’ No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA education act, combined with the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) bill passed in July, will hopefully lead to more emphasis on local control and flexibility to better align education with the community’s needs.

The realization that not everyone should go to college means more time, effort and resources can and should be spent on vocational training […]

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September 2015

What is the GED really testing?

By |September 29th, 2015|

Some of you may recall the news that there is a new GED (General Educational Development) test in town.

The GED Testing Service, a non-profit, administered the old GED and decided what content was included. The GED was well known as a decent replacement for a high school diploma for any student who dropped out of high school before graduating. Students could go to school, catch up on their education, study and most could successfully pass the GED. This would help them find jobs, better jobs, get into college, and generally move their lives forward.

But then, in 2014 the GED was privatized and is now owned by Pearson, a […]

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New WIOA keeps schools guessing… for now

By |September 15th, 2015|

A big topic at the recent conferences I have been attending, including some regional state conferences and COABE in Denver, has been the new WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) legislation that was passed by Congress. This is one of the key funding vehicles that provide adults with education at the local level. The previous legislation, WIA (Workforce Investment Act), provided funding to agencies to help educate adults who lack basic skills. Both acts are meant to educate adults who lack basic education (think Reading or Math or speaking English), who dropped out of high school and now realize they need to finish their high school diploma or […]

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January 2014

ASAP Extends Its Platform with API

By |January 23rd, 2014|

One of our goals at ASA in 2013 was to build out integrations with 3rd party applications. To accomplish this, we have built some robust APIs. We already have some clients utilizing the APIs for their own purposes and we have used the APIs to build out integrations with several other software platforms. So we figured now was a good time to officially announce and launch our ASAP API.

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May 2013

Offer Flexible Payment Plans — Give them a week, a month or a year to pay

By |May 28th, 2013|

Payment plans are coming to ASAP. It’s a feature our clients requested because their customers did too.  All the way down the line, adding more flexibility to the core registration management system made sense to us, so we scheduled development for our next release, mid-June.

Meanwhile, you might be wondering, what’s a payment plan?

If you have a kid in college, you probably use a payment plan to spread the total cost of tuition, dorm, meal plan and what-all across twelve months.  Or, in another example, you contract for insurance coverage on your home and car for a year in advance but you pay toward the total due monthly or quarterly or […]

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November 2012

Adult Education: Doing More with Less – 2012 ACSA Conference

By |November 28th, 2012|

The Adult Education Strand at the annual ACSA Conference took place in San Diego in early November. By chance, it was a mere two days after the 2012 presidential election. Normally, this wouldn’t matter much to state education issues. But this year, one of the propositions on the ballot for Californians to decide was to raise taxes on the wealthy and increase the state sales tax under the guise that those revenues would go directly to schools. I’m not here to argue whether schools will actually get that money or whether our state legislators just waste the funds like they habitually do, but instead pass on some thoughts I heard […]

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2012 NRPA Conference

By |November 15th, 2012|

If you want to have some fun, go to the annual NRPA conference. This year it was in Anaheim, CA. Yep, right down the street from Disneyland. And we took advantage of it!  But I digress. Why is it so fun? Because the exhibit hall is chock full of play structures, toys, and gizmos the likes you’ve never seen. Our ASAP booth was next to one of these structures. It was a play structure based on a surf theme towering what seemed like 30-odd feet above the floor. And that one was small compared to some of the others!  No wonder many attendees bring their kids to the show. Product […]

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October 2012

Merchant Accounts… Who can understand the ins and outs?

By |October 22nd, 2012|

Why does every client of ours squirm, fidget, mumble and start cursing under their breath when we bring up merchant accounts? Could it be the sheer complexity and hidden fees and, to put it mildly, outrageous pricing that merchant accounts get away with? I’ve got an MBA and a CFA, so for me, the self-proclaimed Financial Know-it-all at ASA, it only took a few years of in depth work and exposure to finally get a grip on these things. So I don’t expect our clients to know or even want to know all the details about merchant accounts to avoid making mistakes when signing up for one. So what do […]

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August 2012

ASA Marks 30th Anniversary

By |August 27th, 2012|

 

Thirty years. 30 years! Jeez. I can hardly believe it has been that long since ASA was founded by my father-in-law. In that time, ASA has come full circle, from selling hardware and software to California School Districts to offering a proprietary student information system to the California Adult Education and ROC/P organizations. Today, our newest ASAP platform is used nationwide by organizations both big and small to manage their classes, events and after school programs. This entire time, ASA has remained focused on its core mission. Offering a community a full complement of registration and class management services designed to serve adult and community education, parks and recreation, arts […]

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