Encinitas resident brings women’s only studio to city

This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Feb. 4, 2016.

The days of Billy Blanks and his wildly popular Tae Bo classes were what drew Liberty Harper into the fitness world. Harper, an Encinitas resident, was 17 years old at the time.

“I had already understood that fitness was important but once I started taking these cardio kickboxing classes, I knew it was my calling,” Harper said. “From there, I was asked to teach at a karate studio and I quickly went on to teach at different gyms throughout San Diego.”

As she was finishing her schooling at La Costa Canyon, she taught classes about 15 to 20 hours each week.

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Vista school prepares for future with coding program

Vista_school_prepares_for_future_with_coding_program_The_Coast_News_Group_-_2016-02-09_15.33.13This story was reported for The Coast News on Feb. 1, 2016.

Coding. It’s a skill that’s foreign to many but one that children as young as 5 are learning in a Vista school. It’s also a skill that’s in high demand.

In a recent survey on the 25 “best jobs in America” by career website Glassdoor, at least eight jobs required experience in coding. The number of coding jobs is also expected to grow over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Casita Center is just one school in the country that’s preparing the next generation of Americans to fill those jobs. Nearly 600 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are learning how to code. The magnet school is home to 25 teachers who teach a curriculum that focuses on demanding subjects like science, technology and math.

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Collective Health Wants to Change Healthcare Coverage — and Lower Its Cost

This story was reported for NewCo on Jan. 22, 2016.

We’ve all heard stories of health insurance companies that deny claims, but few of us start a company in response. That’s what Ali Diab did: he founded Collective Health, a Silicon Valley-based startup determined to reform the way Americans pay for health insurance.

Diab and Rajaie Batniji, a doctor at Stanford Hospital, founded Collective Health in January 2014 after Diab underwent a life-saving surgery. Diab says his doctors and nurses provided great care, but not so much for his health insurance provider. His insurer denied his claim, deeming it experimental. “We live in the best country when it comes to quality of care, but it is absolutely not matched by the quality of the health insurance system,” Diab says.

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General Assembly Rethinks Training for Next Gen of Coders

This story was reported for NewCo on Jan. 6, 2016.

“If you can do the job, you should get the job.” That’s what President Obama said in March 2015 when he announced TechHire, an initiative to fill tech jobs through accelerated training. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. companies say they have unfilled positions due to a lack of qualified applicants. General Assembly is one of the companies trying to address that.

“We’re ultimately solving the education-to-employment gap,” says Anna Lindow, general manager of campus education and operations at General Assembly. Founded in New York, the school has been around since 2011 and offers courses in fields such as user experience design, data science, and web development. It has trained more than 240,000 students.

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Brewery hops over obstacles to set roots in Vista

Brewery_hops_over_obstacles_to_set_roots_in_Vista_The_Coast_News_Group_-_2015-12-31_18.35.04This story was reported for The Coast News on Dec. 29, 2015.

It was 2005 when Terry Little tried his first craft beer. Little, who was serving in the U.S. Navy at the time, was in Imperial Beach when he had a Stone pale ale.

“I remember it so vividly,” Little said. “This was just when Stone was picking up, so that was 10 years ago. They have come far.”

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