Worldwide Campus Named No. 1 Online Bachelor’s Programs for Military Veterans

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has once again secured the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
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For the fifth consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is the only private, not-for-profit institute out of 346 universities nationwide ranked in the Top 5 of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list for best online bachelor’s degrees.
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The year 2018 marks another milestone for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus, celebrating 40 years in the Prescott community. A variety of on-campus and community events are in the process of being planned throughout the year.
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According to a recent Popular Mechanics report, the Russian space agency has plans for an out-of-this-world tourism opportunity in 2022. Once complete, guests can stay in a luxury orbital suite at the International Space Station (ISS). The planned hotel spans approximately 50 feet and offers private cabins, bathroom facilities, exercise equipment and Wi-Fi. The trip also features a hefty price tag of $40 million per person for a one- to two-week trip. Space travelers will have the opportunity to splurge for an additional spacewalk accompanied by a professional cosmonaut or an extended month-long stay. The ISS is scheduled to retire in 2028, limiting this space tourism opportunity to a maximum of six years.   Space tourism is certainly on the horizon, with companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX also pursuing to blast customers into the cosmos. However, if you are interested in one of these astounding experiences, you may want to start saving now.
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Thanks to General Motors, getting your coffee fix just got a little easier. This month, the automotive retailer launched its Marketplace technology, which allows drivers to order food, reserve a table at a restaurant and locate nearby gas stations from their car’s in-vehicle touchscreen. The platform also affords users other expediencies such as paying for gas from the car, finding and paying for parking, and much more. With major brands like Applebee’s, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Shell, TGI Fridays and Wingstop already on board, Marketplace offers increasing convenience at the touch of button. “The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving. Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back,” said Santiago Chamorro, vice president for Global Connected Customer Experience, GM. “Marketplace is the first of a suite of new personalization features that we will roll out over the next 12 to 18 months to nearly four million U.S. drivers.” Marketplace is designed for use while driving and is available in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles with compatible infotainment systems. The platform utilizes the car’s embedded 4G LTE connectivity and does not require a separate data plan.
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In hopes of eventually incorporating drones into its delivery fleet, Amazon has revealed plans for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) designed to break apart and fall into “safe spots” in emergency situations. Approximately a year ago, the retailer successfully distributed its first package with a drone and has been trialing this method of delivery since. Recently, Amazon was granted a patent for a system that forces the UAV to split into pieces if a glitch occurs. Then, each piece separately descends into various safe spots, including trees, forested areas and ponds. This approach allows the drones to ensure the safety of pedestrians, drivers and buildings during the transport process. Currently, most Amazon customers receive their Amazon packages by van delivery. Ultimately, Amazon hopes future shoppers will opt for their speedy drone service, which will deliver packages to customers within hours of purchase.
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While the thin crust/deep dish pizza debate might be one that never ends, there’s a pizza that now can undeniably claim that it’s out of this world. The crew aboard the International Space Station recently satisfied its pizza cravings by making pies in zero gravity. While it sounds like a messy endeavor in space, the astronauts actually had their efforts down to a science. There’s no telling what happened to the leftover crust, however. 
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In its partnership to provide advanced technology skills and certification for high-demand jobs to U.S. service members transitioning from active-duty and military veterans, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus and Microsoft Corp. will expand its Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) program in 2018 with the Jan. 8 opening at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) in Daytona Beach will open a collaborative aviation exhibition titled Milestones in Aviation: From the Collection of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Saturday, Jan. 6.
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The rapid development of small space-launch vehicles, designed to insert small satellites into orbit, could drive an equally swift increase in the number of small satellites in space, raising difficult legal, safety and environmental questions, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University expert Dr. Diane Howard will report during the 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting.
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Profiles

Graduating with his business degrees from Embry-Riddle, standout student athlete Jason Alvarez knows what it takes to succeed. As a Procurement Agent and Supplier Integration leader for The Boeing Company, Jason travels the globe meeting with seat suppliers to ensure Boeing delivers the best products and services to their airline customers. He also offers some advice to current and prospective business students.
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Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, has been appointed to distinguished leadership positions with two national organizations focused on shaping the future of online higher education. Earlier this month, Ruckert was named vice chair of the WCET Steering Committee. WCET is the leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. This summer, Ruckert was appointed to UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education Advisory Board. The national council is the first of its kind and focuses on leadership; strategy; financial models; marketing and program development; student services; and effective partnerships within online education. “Both national boards have plans to do some pretty amazing things in the future, and the institutions represented are certainly those that plan to be on the cutting edge of online education. My goal is to ensure Embry-Riddle is always synonymous with world-class online education" Ruckert said.
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Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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