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Archive for January, 2008

Ten Careers You Can Train For in Two Years or Less

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Preparation for a new career requires consistent time and diligence. 

But several careers offer a foot in the door with two years or less of training. 

This training can take place through online degree programsprofessional certificate programs or traditional college programs.  Entry-level jobs in these fields may not begin at the top of the heap; but the newly-learned skills will be used; and  on-the-job experience generally translates into higher salaries.

In a four-year college, students generally spend the first two years taking general education courses that may have little to do with the student’s major. Two-year programs that utilize a technical school format enable student to focus on the specific training desired, without having to take additional liberal arts classes. Then, after completion of all required coursework, the student earns a professional certificate or an associate’s degree.

A few careers that may require only one or two years of training include:

  1. Paralegal (Legal Assistant)
  2. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  3. Preschool Teacher (Early Childhood Education)
  4. Automobile or Motorcycle Mechanic
  5. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  6. Computer Technician
  7. Medical Coding and Billing Specialist
  8. Fire Management Specialist
  9. Surgical Technologist
  10. Computerized Accounting Specialist

Those seeking a 2-year training program should check out one of these careers or others that are offered through online schools, junior colleges or vocational schools.

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Popularity: 9% [?]

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Keep That Competitive Edge with Adult Education Programs

Monday, January 28th, 2008

According to the San Jose Mercury News article, “Stay Competitive with Adult Education Courses” (1-28-08), it is possible to remain competitive at work by enrolling in adult education classes – a sentiment echoed in our previous blog.

The constant flow of updated information designed to improve or enhance business production and services can be overwhelming and difficult to ingest. Yet high-achievers at work seem to meet the challenge head on and effortlessly. Others must strive to remain current and should consider taking advantage of the adult education option.

Higher education classes are available in a variety of career fields and can be taken through online schools or on a traditional colleges with a number of flexible attendance options.

Sources for continuing education classes include:

  • college and university programs (4-year colleges),
  • junior college programs (2-year colleges),
  • classes offered by professional trade organizations,
  • courses offered for those aged 55 and over through universities or senior centers,
  • courses offered through government agencies for their employees, and
  • on-the-job training offered by employers.

Depending upon the industry, it may be possible to get by with the self-study of user-friendly books and resources. However, earning a professional certificate or college degree may be necessary to be promoted into management or to reach the next pay level.

Distance learning is usually the most flexible alternative for continuing education because the student chooses where and when to study. Also, e-learning is family-friendly and can be planned around the schedules of loved ones.

Why stress out over changes in your company? Plan ahead and become a valuable member of your employer’s team by enrolling in continuing education!

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Popularity: 3% [?]

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Economic Concerns Increase Interest in Online Schools

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

As the U.S. economy tumbles in a wave of stock market and real estate ups and downs, individual concerns about how to remain financially afloat are climbing to the top of the priority list.

The dilemma is: How can I remain diligent on my job, yet update my skills and prepare for possible layoffs and cutbacks?

Online Schools Offer Solution

In a recent column in Computerworld online, this issue was addressed; and online schools were offered as a flexible, workable solution.

The article focused on those who are currently employed in the programming, computer science and business fields. However, the e-learning solution is a win-win for most positions where an update in skills inevitably leads to better job security and financial stability. It is possible to:

  • Attend online school at home while maintaining full-time hours at work.
  • Update current skills or train for a new career.
  • Earn a professional certificate or college degree for job promotion and higher pay.

Being Proactive to Remain Employed

The increase in new technologies has impacted a number of career fields; and those who are recent graduates from college are trained in the latest software and advancements in their career fields.

But new graduates may lack experience; and this is a plus for veteran employees. These seasoned career professionals may carve a niche on the job by earning a professional certificateonline MBA or other distance-learning degree. Additional certification often opens the door to management positions and pay raises.

The economy will always have ups and downs; but being proactive through e-learning is a great way to keep job skills current and unemployment at bay.

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Popularity: 3% [?]

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Study Online for High Salaries, Excellent Job Prospects in Nursing

Monday, January 21st, 2008

A high starting salary and excellent job prospects continue to flow toward those who become registered nurses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses earned a median salary of $57,280 in May of 2006. But salary ranges were typically between $47,710 and $69,850.

So, what does it take to enter the world of nursing?

Three major roads lead to a career as a registered nurse — a diploma in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Once the chosen educational pathway has been completed, the graduate must past a rigorous national licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN, in order to earn the coveted nursing license.

Online schools offer RN to BSN online degree programs; and new educational programs are being formulated that combine online nursing programs with internships in order to provide the necessary practical nursing experience to students.

Coursework is rigorous and predominantly science-oriented, including anatomy & physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, nursing, nutrition and more. For the bachelor’s degree, a number of general education requirements must be met.

One route to becoming an RN is to first become an LVN or LPN – a licensed vocational nurse or licensed practical nurse, which can take as little as a year. Then accepting an entry-level job in a medical facility may lead to employer-paid tuition for additional nursing studies. 

But no matter which RN pathway is selected, the end of the road holds the promise of a wonderful, well-paying job for those who are diligent in their studies and who have a heart for service toward others. 

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Popularity: 8% [?]

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Beware GED Testing Offered Online or By Mail

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

There is only one way to take the General Educational Development (GED) test — in person at an official GED testing center.

Yet the American Council on Education (ACE) is warning the public that fake GED testing services are increasingly popping up, generating complaints from a number of people who have paid hefty fees to take the bogus exams.

The GED test measures the test-takers’ knowledge of high school subjects — language arts, social studies, science and mathematics. A successful score on the test leads to a certificate which can be used in place of a high school diploma. In California and some other states, a GED certificate is sufficient for enrolling in an accredited online degree program or traditional college. It can also be used to meet the qualification for jobs with a minimum educational requirement of a high school diploma. 

In order to take the official GED test, the ACE has provided a testing center locator for potential test-takers to use to locate the nearest test center. The test is available in locations throughout the U.S. and in a number of places all over the world.

So again, watch out for those that are peddling the online and correspondence GED test; it is a scam.

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Popularity: 14% [?]

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Physics Professor Rallies Against Diploma Mills

Monday, January 14th, 2008

What’s a physics professor doing in a fight against diploma mills?

This question is often asked of George Gollin, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor, who has mounted a public crusade against diploma mills. He states that no less than 100 fake schools are on the Internet, with over 200,000 fake college degrees being sold worldwide each year.

Gollin authored a descriptive and informative paper entitled, “Unconventional University Diplomas from Online Vendors: Buying a Ph.D. from a University that Doesn’t Exist“. This extensive look at the ways diploma mills represent themselves online is a worthy read, especially for employers and potential students who are considering the flexible option of accredited online degrees.

The renowned physics expert, who is backed by an impressive resume of accomplishments, is once again in the news. This time, Gollin is quoted by 6 News regarding the criminal case against a Washington couple — Steven and Dixie Randock.

The Randocks, who were featured in a previous blog, are accused of selling counterfeit college degrees from reputable universities, as well as hawking degrees from diploma mills.

Diploma mills are businesses that sell college degrees with few or no academic requirements. Most simply require a credit card payment.

Online school administrators applaud Gollin, who has worked with Representative Betty Collum in her fight against diploma mills. Reputable online schools and traditional schools are negatively impacted when illegal businesses masquerade as colleges and universities to entice potential customers to use these degrees to obtain employment.

Several states, including Texas and Oregon, enforce the laws on their books that criminalize the use of fraudulent degrees to acquire a job or promotion.

Rep. Collum introduced legislation to empower law enforcement agencies to act against diploma mills. The Diploma Integrity Protection Act is currently being considered by Congress and is the first major piece of legislation to address the fake degree problem on a national level.

Professor Gollin is not alone in his fight against diploma mills. He is supported by students who honestly and diligently earn their college degrees, as well as by a growing number of employers, academic professionals and others whose professions are tainted by those who join their ranks using false credentials. And now, Congress is on the team.

Diploma mills are a threat; and George Gollin wants to make sure you know it.

Thanks, Professor.

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Popularity: 5% [?]

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Are Online Degrees the Same as Traditional Degrees

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Many people consider earning an online degree, but worry that they will have a difficult time getting hired after graduation.

Not to worry! Online degrees are increasingly popular and are more valuable than ever before.

An Online Degree vs. a Traditional Degree
Many different colleges, universities and vocational schools offer students the opportunity to get the same education online that they would inside a traditional classroom. Often, the degrees that are awarded are not even noted as online or on-campus; because they are the exact same degree.

For example, at Harvard University you may complete many of your graduate courses online. The degrees are exactly the same as the ones awarded to campus students.

The big question is: what type of value is placed on an online degree?

According to a recent survey by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), more than 70 percent of corporate supervisors rated the value of an online degree as “just as valuable” or “more valuable” than a traditional degree within the same field.

Remember, when getting an online degree, the most important thing to consider is that the degree is only as good as the school that it came from. Make sure that you choose a school that is accredited.

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Popularity: 5% [?]

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Homeschool to Online Schools: A Smooth Transition

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Homeschooled high school students are perfect candidates for online degree programs.

The skills honed during the homeschool years are the same skills needed for success in distance learning. For example: 

  • Homeschool graduates understand independent study, self-discipline and following detailed instructions.

  • Homeschool students experience one-on-one instruction when young; but by high school, they generally transition to independent supervised study.

  • Many homeschool students have acquired college credits via online classes by the time they graduate from high school.

  • Homeschool students are generally computer literate and have used computers as learning tools from a young age.

  • Homeschool high school students often work a part-time job and are accustomed to scheduling their studies around extracurricular activities. 

Online schools are tailor-made for these students and allow them the flexibility to which they are accustomed.

Like e-learning, homeschooling was once considered to be a passing fad. Yet, over a million children are homeschooled in the U.S. each year.  

Parents consider homeschooling as a viable education option for their children. It allows them to :  

  • exert primary control over their child’s education,
  • choose a study schedule that works for the family, and
  • choose a safe, education environment for their child.

The transition from homeschooling to online schools is a smooth transition; and it may become the best option for some students. So check it out — it may be a perfect fit.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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Keys to Online School Success

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Once you have enrolled in an online school or class, the questions may begin to formulate in your mind about how you can optimize your chances for success.

Of course, the usual common sense advice applies with online schools, just as it does with traditional school, like:

  • Study hard.
  • Manage your time.
  • Turn in assignments in a timely manner.

However, there are a few additional hints that may insure that your online classes will flow smoothly.

These include:

  1. Make sure your tools — computer, modem and Internet — are working at optimum efficiency. In other words, check the technical requirements for the class. Certain courses may require an upgraded computer, high-speed wireless, or specific software. So be sure to check things out before the class begins.
  2. Read homework instructions carefully. Online classes depend primarily on written instructions; so be sure to go step by step, then meticulously read the same instructions again. If you are confused about something, contact your instructor for clarification. The school and the teachers want you to succeed; and they welcome your questions before you run into trouble.
  3. Use the message boards to find out the specific challenges your fellow students are facing. Often, you can avert these same problems by reading comments that solve the dilemmas others have overcome. That way, you do not have to reinvent the wheel.
  4. Let the teacher know immediatey when there is a problem. Whether it is a family crisis, a misunderstanding of the material being covered, or an illness — let the teacher know right away so that possible arrangements can be made. Sometimes, you can drop the class without penalty, or the teacher may extend a deadline. But if you wait until the last minute, it may be difficult to accommodate you.
  5. Realize that you may go through an adjustment period; and do not give up. Taking an online class requires more motivation, better time management, and a greater ability to follow instructions. However, with each asssignment that is successfully completed, you will learn how to become more efficient. So give yourself a break and allow yourself the time to adjust.

These are just a few ways to insure distance learning success. But take these hints to heart and remember: you are already ahead of the game because you can complete your classes almost anywhere in the world. That flexibility is the reason you chose to study online.

So give your self time and see it through to the finish. You will not regret it.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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Distance Learning Grows Up

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

When the main mode of transportation was the horse and buggy, distance learning was already an alternative form of education. Radio and television were years away; and computers were not even on the radar for the average person.

Yet even back then, working adults wanted the opportunity to take classes that could be completed at home while working full-time. They saw the value of higher education and its importance in securing a better future –a future that included the potential for job promotion, a higher salary and a better standard of living.

In the beginning, flexible college, vocational and enrichment classes took place through the mail via correspondence courses. But now, computers have transformed distance learning into a hot, hip way of education known as e-learning. Even traditional college students line up to enroll in online classes utilizing tools that the average student already has available either on campus or at home – a computer, a modem and access to the Internet.  Distance learning, however, continues to accomplish what it did when it began back in the 1800’s – but on a grander scale: 

  • Distance learning offers a flexible study schedule.

  • Distance learning offers college classes to those who would otherwise not be able to attend college.

  • Distance learning saves the time usually spent traveling to and attending on-campus courses.

  • Distance learning saves money on gas and transportation costs.

  • Distance learning classes are available in most college career fields.

  • Distance learning is growing at a rate faster than that of traditional colleges. 

Any student who is considering a return to school to obtain a college degree should explore the options offered by an accredited online degree program. Online schools are neither a fad nor a passing craze, but an advancement in education that has already impacted the way traditional colleges deliver instruction to their students. 

Yes, distance learning certainly has grown up. 

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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