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Cutline: LSCS offers customized training and professional development aimed at helping companies of all sizes and employees succeed in today’s knowledge-based, high-tech economy. SUDDENLINK ACQUIRES NORTHLAND CABLE SYSTEM Suddenlink Communications has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain Texas cable systems from Northland Communications. Suddenlink expects to close the acquisition in the first quarter of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The purchase price was not disclosed. The Northland cable systems involved in this transaction serve more than 12,000 residential and nearly 300 commercial customers, representing more than 18,700 primary service units or PSUs on a combined basis. The Northland systems operate in and around Gun Barrel City, Flint, and New Caney, Texas. After the acquisition closes, Suddenlink officials said there is an opportunity to interconnect the Northland systems with nearby Suddenlink systems in Terrell, Tyler, and Kingwood, Texas, respectively.Suddenlink is the seventh largest cable operator in the United States. FIRST CHOICE SPONSORS FINANCIAL EDUCATION First Choice Emergency Room is sponsoring Dave Ramsey’s “Foundations in Personal Finance” curriculum at several schools in the Houston area. Ramsey developed this program to teach students sound financial principles so they can avoid financial difficulties as they become adults. The curriculum is aligned with Texas’ state standards with an emphasis on 21st Century Learning Skills like critical thinking, analyzing information, problem solving, and applying knowledge to new situations. “Foundations in Personal Finance” is being taught in more than 10,000 schools and educational institutions nationwide. “First Choice Emergency Room is dedicated to the communities we serve,” said Thomas S. Hall, president and CEO of First Choice Emergency Room. “We are pleased to be supporting an initiative like Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum that teaches financial principals to youth at our neighborhood schools.” SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Nov. 30 was Small Business Saturday– a day to show support to small businesses by shopping at a small business. Lone Star College System supports small businesses 365 days a year through its career and technical education programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of small-business owners. Whether it is training or retraining, customized or traditional programming, LSCS helps produce a trained workforce that contributes to the success of small businesses. First observed in 2010, Small Business Saturday has become an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. Small Business Saturday urges holiday shoppers to support brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. LSC-Corporate College offers customized training and professional development, aimed at helping companies and employees succeed in today’s knowledge-based, high-tech economy. THE FUTURE OF GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES Customers across Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s 26 southwest Texas counties will have the opportunity to purchase Girl Scout cookies a bit earlier this year and receive them just in time for New Year’s thanks to a new app. Beginning Dec. 21, girls will start selling cookies digitally using Cookie Command (COCO) software and COCOmobile’s new feature COCOdirect. The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country, is the test market for the feature that allows customers to order, purchase and ship cookies in bulk to their doorstep using an electronic order card.Through COCOdirect, customers will only be able to purchase six box bundles of any variety of cookies or eight Girl Scout Cookies are available in eight varieties: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel deLites, Lemonades and Cranberry Citrus Crisps. All varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are zero trans-fat per serving, and the price for a box of cookies is $4. ELECTRONIC RECYCLING LOCATIONS INCREASE Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently announced a more comprehensive electronics waste products stewardship program for Houston residents. Since September 2011, the City has partnered with CompuCycle to provide a permanent electronics recycling drop-off site at CompuCycle headquarters located at 7700 Kempwood and monthly mobile e-waste collections on Saturdays at three City of Houston recycling sites. With the new expanded service, residents will be able to drop off e-waste free-of-charge at storage facilities participating in the GREENspot DROPoff Houston Program.There are more than 30 locations throughout the city where residents can drop off e-waste, with the goal to add an additional 20 locations by the end of the year. For GREENspot locations, visit dropoff.houstontx.gov Examples of items recycled with GREENspot: televisions, fax machines, computer monitors, DVD players, laptops, VCR / Beta, keyboards. cables and cords, printers, radios, computer mice, stereo components, hard drives and tape and zip drives.