Start College Off Like College

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Nothing makes you question the validity of your hard-earned high school diploma like collegiate remedial courses. Although the thought is a total bummer in and of itself, the reality is far more depressing: 1/3 of college freshmen are enrolled in remedial classes. When enrolling in college credit classes, 43% of students at community colleges and 29% at public four-year institutions … Read More

Popular Certificate Programs

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Certificate programs are an increasingly popular way to gain career skills and make yourself more marketable — for a lot less money and time. Unlike regular associate or bachelor degree programs, certificate programs generally focus on just one specialization, but credits earned in a certificate program can often be used toward an associate’s degree — check with the specific school … Read More

Paying for a College Education: Planning & Saving

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As the cost of higher education increases with each passing year, it becomes more and more difficult for families and individuals to have enough funding on hand to afford a college education. Paying for a higher education can seem like an insurmountable task. But with proper planning, meticulously selected savings and investment plans, and access to information regarding financial aid, … Read More

Opt to Co-op: Cooperative Education

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Are you looking to get more out of your education? Do you want real world experience to help build your career? Cooperative education, or co-op, can give both your education and your career a boost. How Co-op Works Co-op is an education program that combines your studies with paid work experience in a field related to your major or career … Read More

Not the Usual Desk Job

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After graduating from the University of Iowa, Andy Sternberg decided that he wasn’t ready to have a conventional nine-to-five job. Instead he looked for alternatives that would support him financially while allowing him to work in a creative environment. He currently works as a TESL (Teach English as a Second Language) instructor in Spain. "I’ve selected jobs outside of the … Read More

Nontraditional Students: Find the Right College

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Maybe you’re planning to go to school at night while you work a full-time job. Or maybe you’re scheduling class time around daycare for your preschooler. Or perhaps you’re going back to school after a stint in the military. If any one of these describes you, you’re part of one of the fastest-growing groups on college campuses. Nontraditional students include … Read More

Land a Great Internship

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It’s one of the most common and frustrating career dilemmas college students face: "To get a good job after graduation, I need experience. But how do I get experience without having a job in the first place?" One common – and wise – solution: An internship, paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time. Easy enough. But how do you get one? … Read More

Helping Your Child Make Major Decisions

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Helping Your Child Make Major Decisions

College planning, for some, can start as early as the preschool years, when children begin to learn about different occupations, learn to make decisions, and start performing small household chores. Conscious college and career planning, however, generally begins when a child is in middle school or is just starting high school, and students can greatly benefit from the wisdom and … Read More

Experienced Workers Find Internships to Diversify Skills During a Layoff and Enhance Their Careers

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Out of gainful employment, out of job offers and running out of savings, Scott Stevens of Portland, Oregon, has turned to a familiar strategy to gain experience and keep his skills fresh: The internship. In spring 2009, Stevens, 35, took an internship on a sustainable tourism project for Travel Portland, a nonprofit destination marketing organization. In this role, he researches … Read More

True Leadership – Can It Be Taught?

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Reams of paper and hordes of digital bytes have been spent in the quest to define real leadership — especially in business. But can this “real” leadership be taught? In the top-down hierarchical structure embraced by most companies, leadership roles are often thrust on the unwilling — or granted to the too-willing. Regardless of personality type and knowledge, anyone can … Read More