June 23, 2013

Business briefs: June 23, 2013

Appointment announced

PLATTSBURGH — Christina Wallenhorst has joined the sales team at Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits.

“We are excited to welcome Christina to our sales team,” said Rosemary Souza-Botten, senior vice president. “She brings a very high energy level and is driven to succeed.”

Wallenhorst has 24 years of insurance experience, most recently working for State Farm in Massena, and holds both the Property and Casualty and Life and Accident licenses.

She is a graduate of the Massena School of Business. In addition, she is a Notary Public. She is looking forward to working toward her Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation with the first course of five scheduled for late June 2013.

Above and beyond her professional achievements, Wallenhorst is a local Sunday school teacher, offers weekly ministry with the local nursing homes and is on the Board of Directors of the local Boys and Girls Club of Massena. She has lived in Massena for 30 years.

Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits celebrates 83 years in business in 2013 and has been selected by The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) and Reagan Consulting as a Best Practices Agency for the last three years.


Donation bestowed

PLATTSBURGH — Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County recently received a $4,360 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will support the LVCC’s new Technology Integration Project, which will put the computer and digital technologies at the center of language and literacy acquisition, with digital literacy as both a goal in itself and a natural outgrowth of other computer-assisted learning.

This funding is expected to triple access to the online world and computer-assisted learning for LVCC’s basic literacy and English language learners as well as the community volunteers who regularly work with them.

“At Literacy Volunteers, we believe that digital literacy is an integral part of adult literacy,” said Executive Director Norma Menard. “And we recognize the need to encourage all of our adult learners along a digital learning continuum that prepares them for tasks they must accomplish to succeed in an ever more competitive job market, support a family and participate in civic activities. We are extremely grateful to Dollar General for recognizing that in the 21st century, functional literacy no longer means only the ability to access printed materials.”

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