Direct Connection Advertising & Marketing Acquires FastrackCE, a Leading Provider of Insurance Continuing Education

The transaction broadens the marketing agency’s diverse portfolio of insurance services

FAIRFIELD, Calif., July 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Direct Connection Advertising & Marketing, a full-service advertising and marketing agency specializing in the insurance industry, is thrilled to announce its acquisition of FastrackCE, a leading provider of state-approved insurance continuing education (CE) courses.

Established in 1999, FastrackCE has established itself as a simple and affordable solution for fulfilling insurance CE requirements in 34 states and counting. Developed by industry experts, the course library encompasses both state-mandated and general subjects.

Anita Nevins, Founder and Co-CEO of Direct Connection, expressed her enthusiasm for the acquisition and the opportunities it presents. “Direct Connection has always been committed to empowering insurance professionals with cutting-edge strategies and resources,” she stated. “The addition of FastrackCE to our portfolio enhances our ability to deliver innovative and accessible education solutions to the insurance industry, and further strengthens our position as a leading provider in the market.”

Brad Nevins, Co-CEO of Direct Connection, has held an ownership stake in FastrackCE since its inception. With the acquisition, Direct Connection will now fully service existing and future FastrackCE customers, delivering robust support and an enhanced user experience.

“We are excited to integrate FastrackCE into the Direct Connection family,” said Brad Nevins. “Having been involved with FastrackCE from the beginning, I am confident in the tremendous value it brings to insurance professionals seeking convenient and high-quality continuing education. We look forward to building on FastrackCE’s success and providing exceptional service to our valued customers.”

Notably, FastrackCE recently made significant investments in enhancing its technological infrastructure. This includes the launch of a new and improved website, offering users an optimized and seamless experience. Looking ahead, the company is actively developing new and updated course curriculums.

Direct Connection’s acquisition of FastrackCE

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Kettering University develops new artificial intelligence agent for school bus safety | Education

AI development for school bus safety

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – A modern twist to school bus safety is being developed at Kettering University in Flint.

A group of computer engineering students are working on a new system that will produce a dependable, low-cost, artificial intelligence safety agent for school buses.

Being a chaperone of over 20 school kids at the start or end of the school day on top of actually being behind the wheel can be a challenge for drivers.

So, Mehrdad Zadeh of Kettering University and a few of his computer engineering students are working on a solution when it comes to keeping kids safe without missing a beat.

“There’s a variety of things that we can do to make it safer for the students on the bus and artificial intelligence can play a very important role,” said Zadeh.

Zadeh said that role can protect potential dangers ranging from door pinching, detecting fire or smoke, all while keeping count of each student who enters and exits the bus within a matter of seconds and at a low cost.

“It’s not only engineering, it’s not only math. This is something useful for my environment that can make a real impact,” Zadeh said.

The system is brought to life by a group of ambitious undergraduate computer science students like graduating senior Henry Bensted.

“I think it’s solving a long standing issue that’s existed in the school busing system for a while,” Bensted said. “Like a friend of mine got pinched by the bus doors when she was a kid and the fact that I’ve heard of people actually experiencing the same issues first hand it did provide a lot of motivation to get the task done.”

The task begins with video detection from refurbished smartphones.

“This specific

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