Once again the team at NexPort Solutions has celebrated the holiday season by gathering together to enjoy each others company and play a few competitive games. This year, in light of the pandemic, we gathered virtually on Zoom. We started in the morning with a quarterly retrospective and gathered for the holiday party in the afternoon.
At the party, we played a combination Christmas Trivia/Scavenger Hunt and held an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. The winner of the sweater contest was selected by a vote and received 10 points. Each trivia question was worth 1 point and each scavenger hunt puzzle was worth 2 points. The person with the most points won a $50 Amazon gift card. This year's winner was our intern Will Hughes!
You can check out the trivia/scavenger hunt here. Look below for pictures of our Ugly Sweater entrants.
From the entire NexPort Team we hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season!
We have completed the point release for NexPort Reporting Services, version 2.2.1. Included in this point release are fixes for subscription status not updating properly, training plan enrollment details fixes, as well as performance improvements for the system as a whole.
Listed below are specific cases that were included in this release
Brette Scott is the Senior Software Engineer for NexPort Solutions and has been working in the learning management field since 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering with Magna Cum Laude distinction and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Brette has always wanted to stay in Oklahoma to be near family, so she looked for local internships and applied for one of our internships. She was a little intimidated by the length and depth of the NexPort Solutions interview and was pleasantly surprised to be offered an internship. She began working with the company to refactor the Integrated Knowledge Elements (iKe) from ColdFusion to C#. Brette stated, “I’ve learned so much over the years, and I am so glad I landed here.”
Brette works on all components of the NexPort software suite and enjoys the freedom of developing solutions in her own way, secure in the knowledge that her colleagues and stakeholders can provide feedback and advice when needed. Her favorite project has been NexPort Reporting Services. She was one of the first developers of the framework, and she has every right to be proud of the major advancements she has provided on this invaluable system.
My proudest moments at work are when I am the first to find the source of bugs in the system.
When asked, “What is your proudest moment at work?”, Brette replied, “My proudest moments at work are when I am the first to find the source of bugs in the system.” She also stated that, “I’ve learned that it’s important to constantly be learning. Technology is always changing, so you have to keep up to be able to do good work.” Being part of a team that helps people to learn and improve themselves is inspiring to her. Brette’s expansive knowledge and dedication has earned her more responsibilities with each passing year; and now she has been “on-call” for certain weeks and even answering the phones on certain days, which is surprising since Brette is not a big fan of phone calls.
Brette is the seventh of eight children, and they are all very close. Her parents taught them the concept of hard work and determination to make good lives for themselves. Brette applied this concept early. Her very first job was repairing grant-funded laptops during the summer so that her classmates could use them in the following school year. Brette’s favorite thing to do outside of work is spending time with family, especially at Sooner football games. She also enjoys playing poker and playing with her dogs.
Brette’s favorite quote, by Mr. Magorium, is, “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” She likes the quote because it is inspiring and simple. The phrase Brette finds herself saying repeatedly is, “Dan, you’re on mute.” The NexPort team uses Zoom meetings to coordinate their work. She is referring to Dan Pupek, the Chief Systems Architect of NexPort. If someone were to write a book about Brette’s life, she said that the title would be, “Sooner Born and Sooner Bred.” For those of you not in the know, Oklahoma is the Sooner state.
When asked, “What is the best vacation you have ever taken?”, Brette replied, “My husband and I did a cross-country trip to Las Vegas for our honeymoon, stopping for the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and white-water rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.” The weirdest thing Brette has ever eaten is escargot when she studied abroad in France. Brette’s bucket list contains “Winning the World Series of Poker.”
We are pleased to announce the release of Nexport Marketplace v0.2. This release is a part of our normal point release schedule.
The release consists of handling previously purchased products as well as extension products, enhanced administration product mapping workflow, and request pending order cancellation.
Below is a list of cases resolved in this release.
KROGER PARTNERS WITH CAREER ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL TO PROVIDE ONLINE EDUCATION AND UPSKILLING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEARLY 500,000 EMPLOYEES
EMPLOYEES GAIN ACCESS TO ACCREDITED HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Kroger, America’s largest grocery retailer, has partnered with Career Online High School, a NexPort Solutions Partner, to provide online education for Kroger’s nearly half a million employees. The program is offered through Kroger’s education assistance program, Feed Your Future, and will be rolled out initially to their Fred Meyer and KingSoopers brands, as well as eight Kroger divisions across the U.S.
The Kroger program is hosted and delivered using the NexPort Learning Platform and joins other leading organizations, including McDonald’s, Hilton, Goodwill Industries, Checker’s & Rally’s, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and First Watch, in delivering education and upskilling opportunities to employees through the NexPort Learning Platform.
You can read the full announcement here.
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.
About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas.
CHECKERS & RALLY’S EXPANDS EDUCATION BENEFITS; OFFERS EMPLOYEES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN AN ACCREDITED HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND LEARN ENGLISH
Employees at corporate-owned locations of the national drive-thru restaurant franchise can now earn a diploma and entry-level workforce certificate through Career Online High School and access English language learning
Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its exceptional value, people-first attitude and “Crazy Good Food,” has announced an expansion of the ed2go Career Online High School (COHS) program and myTimeENGLISH (MTE) online ESL program to employees nationwide.
The Career Online High School (COHS) program is hosted and delivered through the NexPort Learning Platform. Thanks to Checkers & Rally's partnership with the COHS, eligible employees at all corporate-owned U.S. locations can now earn an accredited high school diploma, along with a workforce training certificate in fields such as food services, customer service, hospitality and general career preparation.
Checkers & Rally’s is one of a growing number of companies, including Hilton, Goodwill and First Watch, partnering with ed2go, part of Cengage, to offer education and upskilling opportunities to employees utilizing the NexPort Learning Platform and the COHS curriculum. Benefits like COHS and MTE can help improve employee retention, reduce turnover, enhance the ability to promote from within and increase return on educational investment.
You can read the full announcement here.
About Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc.
Based in Tampa, Fla., Checkers & Rally’s Restaurants, Inc., an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its “Crazy Good Food,” exceptional value, and people-first attitude, operates and franchises both Checkers® and Rally’s® restaurants. With nearly 900 restaurants and room to grow, Checkers & Rally’s is a proven brand with flexible building formats that is aggressively expanding across the country. Checkers & Rally’s is dedicated to being a place where franchisees and employees who work hard can create opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. In recent years, the brand has earned several of the industry’s most prestigious awards including: “#1 Most Craveable Fries” by Restaurant Business; Best Franchise Deal and “Best Drive-Thru in America” by QSR Magazine; Top Food and Beverage Franchise by Franchise Business Review; the “Hot! Again” award from Nation’s Restaurant News and has consistently been ranked on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500.
About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. For more information, visit careeronlinehs.org.
myTimeENGLISH is an easy-to-use, online General English program that empowers learners to achieve their personal language goals on their own, at their own pace. For more information visit NGL.Cengage.com/myTimeENGLISH.
NexPort Solutions is excited to announce the release of NexPort Campus 6.5.0. This release introduces Proctoring capabilities for all assignments including test assignments.
Working with our Partners, NexPort Solutions has developed a complete suite of Proctoring capabilities. Partners can easily assign Proctors at the Organization or Section level. Proctors are able to administer tests and assignments as required. Proctor activities are tracked for Admins to review. Permissions are delineated at a very granular level.
Below is a list of all cases resolved in this release.
The 6.4.7 Release is out and working great. The 6.4.7 is part of our normal release program and will improve the integration capabilities.
The WebAPI work will improve error messages to make future troubleshooting quicker and easier to determine the underlying root cause of issue. These improvements will be a major boost to future work and user experience
Several minor bugs were also fixed in this release.
NexPort Solutions is happy to announce the release of NexPort Campus v.6.4.6. We have introduced some very important performance enhancements to video and file uploads, video processing, and the Zoom meeting integration, as well as, several minor bug fixes.
These enhancements and bug fixes will improve the experience for both students and administrators using NexPort Campus.
We are pleased to announce the release of NexPort Campus v6.4.5. This release is a part of our normal point release schedule.
Key items in this release included a tighter integration with Zoom and the server session state is now distributed across the nexport cloud which will increase uptime and decrease latency.
About NexPort Solutions Group
NexPort Solutions Group is a division of Darwin Global, LLC, a systems and software engineering company that provides innovative, cost-effective training solutions and support for federal, state and local government, as well as the private sector.