Saturday, July 13, 2024

BIZ Bits: July 2024

by BIZ Magazine

STRIKEWERX, Specular Theory partner to develop B-52 air refueling trainer

BOSSIER CITY, La. — STRIKEWERX is working with industry partner Specular Theory to help Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) develop innovative training that will accelerate how B-52 pilots learn air refueling.  

Research and development efforts have shown that no current simulator adequately provides the platform for pilots to learn the fine motor skills and visual perception necessary for air-to-air refueling (AAR). 

A successful solution will enable AFGSC to reduce the amount of real-world training needed for AAR, resulting in reduced costs.  

“AAR is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in the B-52, meaning additional flights are needed to master the skill. Complicating that is aircraft availability, instructor availability, maintenance needs, and weather,” said Dr. Donna Senft, AFGSC chief scientist. 

LCTCS Announces No Tuition Increase for 2024–2025, Continuing Nine-Year Freeze

In a unanimous decision at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors’ Executive Committee meeting in June, the LCTCS announced that tuition costs and mandatory fees will remain unchanged for the 2024–2025 academic year. This marks the ninth consecutive year that the system has maintained a tuition freeze, reinforcing its commitment to affordability, access to education, and workforce development.

The decision comes at a time when rising costs have become a significant challenge for many Americans. By keeping tuition steady, LCTCS aims to alleviate financial pressures on students and their families, enabling them to pursue higher education and workforce training without the added burden of increased tuition fees.

“Financial hardship should not be an immutable barrier to students who are eager to pursue a college credential,” said Willie Mount, Chair of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors. “We are here to support those students’ journeys and empower them to reach their fullest potential.”

ALDI Opens Its Doors in Bossier City

Local residents came out in droves to welcome the highly anticipated ALDI grocery store during its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning, June 13, 2024. Customers actually began camping out in front of the store on Wednesday night, as ALDI was giving away gift bags filled with ALDI products and a gift card to the first 100 customers to enter the store on Thursday morning.  Customers could also register to enter a sweepstakes giveaway through June 16 for a chance to win a $500 ALDI gift card.

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