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Archive for October, 2008

Unique Online School Woos Military & Law Enforcement Personnel to Intelligence Careers

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

If he were a real person, James Bond would approve.

And even for those who enjoy James Bond movies, it doesn’t get much better than this: an accredited online school that specializes in preparing graduates for careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Imagine learning from top security specialists, with training input and teleconferencing lectures from current and former members of the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, NCIS, and DEA.  

This extraordinary distance-learning opportunity is available at Henley-Putnam University, in partnership with American Sentinel University. Henley-Putnam specializes in e-learning degrees in Terrorism/Counterterrorism, Protection Management, Intelligence and Strategic Security.   

Due to the high level of security information that is imparted to Henley-Putnam students, as well as the probability that graduates will be employed in sensitive areas of government and private industry, applicants must pass a background check before being accepted into the school.

Students may earn online bachelor’s and master’s degrees, or the new online doctorate degree in Strategic Security. 

Henry-Putnam University, a military-friendly school, particularly encourages applications from active-duty service members and honorably-discharged veterans who are interested in advancing their careers in the Intelligence/Security industry. The school also covets applications from law enforcement personnel and those in private industry who would benefit from specialized training focusing on these security fields.

Depending upon the major focus, courses may include: Terrorist Techniques; the Psychology of Terrorism; Introduction to Threat Assessment; Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Weapons; Essentials of Executive Protection; History of Executive/Dignitary Protection; Protective Security Law; Covert Action; Propaganda and Disinformation and other classes.

James Bond may not be a real-life character; but the flesh-and-blood men and women of the intelligence community are the true heroes who are responsible for the safety of our nation.

And Henley-Putnam is ready to train new additions to this elite team of highly-regarded professionals.

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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Election Day: Where Civics and Politics Dare to Meet

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Civics class is millions of memories away for some; but after learning about government, the Electoral College and citizenship in high school, most of us remember the droning pleas of our civics teacher urging us to vote, Vote, and VOTE.

And now, after months of listening to presidential debates, analyzing news reports of each candidate’s position on the issues and engaging in heated ‘discussions’ with just about anyone, the far-away voice of our civics teacher is blaring.

It is time to vote, it says. It is time to pick a new president, it says. It is time to pick the candidate — either John McCain or Barack Obama — who will become the most powerful leader in the world.

But hey, no worries and no pressure — right? Wrong.

In a campaign season interspersed with the free fall of the U.S. stock market, the historical plunge of home property values, the quaking reverberations of banking industry failures, the crippling rise of gas prices and monumental job losses, most Americans are feeling both hopeful and stressful as they prepare to head to the voting polls.

But head to the polls, we must. Because the politics of this presidential campaign awakened in us not only the desire to make a difference in the leadership and future of our country; but it has stirred in us the truths of our past civics lessons and an interest in putting into practice what we learned.

And we know that our civics teacher was right. None of our high-minded opinions and discussions is worth a hill of beans if we do not cast our vote.

What really matters is each of us making our way to the polling place on Election Day, closing the curtain behind us in the voting booth, and marking our choice for president. Only then do we honestly make a difference in our government and earn the right to consider ourselves true citizens.

And only then do we quiet that far-away voice, the one we thought was our civics teacher.

As it turns out, that voice is the voice of our own conscience.

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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Sasha Fierce’s Non-Traditional Education Contributed to Fame

Friday, October 24th, 2008

When one young lady decided to pursue a career in the music business, traditional school just wouldn’t cut it.

So along the way, her parents chose a combination of homeschooling and tutors to enable her to focus on developing the musical gifts that were obvious to all. The family sacrificed in unusual ways to help nurture these gifts and to provide guidance, wisdom and protection to this young woman as the seeds of fame began to blossom.

Like other talented and hard-working young musicians, artists, and actors before and after her; she studied at times that fit her busy schedule. And as a result, she earned a high school diploma while embracing her dream career.

These days, she may call herself ‘Sasha Fierce’; but her fans simply call her ‘Beyonce’. This superstar diva and former member of the R&B group, Destiny’s Child, has succeeded, with the support of a loving Christian family, in reaching a goal that few ever attain.

Interestingly, in discussions regarding non-traditional education, it is seldom mentioned that gifted children are among those whose parents often choose homeschooling. But even at the postsecondary level, these ‘talents’ crave the advantage of being free from the rigid class schedules of traditional colleges and universities.

After all, when a musical prodigy is offered a ‘gig’ that involves travel during the school year, or a young actor lands the lead role in a movie that is being filmed ‘on location’ hundreds of mile away from school, or a young Olympic-track skier must seek a snow-laden training environment during fall and spring, choosing the flexibility of homeschooling, online high school or online degree programs may make all the difference.

Of course, these are unique individuals; because they are passionate about working diligently and consistently. And they are visionaries – willing to make difficult sacrifices and yield to the counsel of supportive parents or guardians for future success.

Yet higher education is even more flexible today for this niche of students, with computers dominating any discussion regarding flexibility and convenience. This new generation is joined at the hip to anything related to technology — whether it be cell phones, video games, personal computers, iPods, Educational Tools sites or Skype.  So for them, online degrees require little or no acclimation.

Future stargazing prodigies will make sacrifices, just as Beyonce ‘Sasha Fierce’ Knowles did. And they may feel like square pegs in round holes around their peers.

But it appears that online schools are destined to be, for them, a perfect fit.

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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As Battleground Poll Rages, E-learning Continues to Grow

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Just two weeks before Election Day, as battleground polls (like Gallup) keep us abreast of each candidate’s standing, e-learning continues its meteoric rise in colleges and universities across the nation.

And as Barack Obama and John McCain duke it out in the trenches, the education world continues to rotate on its technology-driven axis, raining down a outpouring of interest and involvement in online schools and online degree programs.

Yet the primary bumper crop in this higher education harvest is the proliferation of young e-learners who have remained true to their high-tech upbringing and have chosen to study online, rather than in the traditional classrooms of their parents and grandparents.

At last count, over 3.5 million students have taken at least one online class, according to statistics gathered by the Sloan Consortium in fall 2006. This was a 10% increase over the previous year. Forecasters anticipate that number to be much higher today.

Since the Sloan distance-learning report, which chronicled information from 2,500 colleges and universities, education publications have been abuzz with information listing the addition of numerous online degrees and online classes in schools across the nation.

The astounding and increasing success of e-learning has encouraged and enabled adult learners to return to school, even while they continue to work full-time jobs and spend quality time with loved ones.

A few reasons for the historic rise in e-learning popularity include:

  • E-learning is extremely flexible, allowing students to choose their own study hours and location.
  • Computers, the most important tool for e-learning, have dropped significantly in price. And Internet access is available for free in public libraries and other locations.
  • The passing of a recent higher education bill raised Pell Grant limits and promises to insure a smoother application process for financial aid.
  • Huge, reputable online databases of e-learning programs and schools, like Directory of Schools, make it easier for potential students to find the information they need to begin their education journey.

Although battleground election polls will soon end with a victor gaining the lions share of electoral votes, e-learning is destined to continue its record growth year after year.

And its champions are the men and women, young and old, who have chosen to diligently pursue a course of study that enhances their own lives and encourages others to follow their example.

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Popularity: 7% [?]

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Diploma Mill Purchase is Wrong Turn for Any Career

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The recent turmoil in a New Jersey school district over the purchase of bogus doctoral degrees by three top administrators has angered taxpayers and embarrassed those at the center of the conflict.

But buying fake college degrees is a wrong turn for any career.

In other words, a diploma mill degree may appear to be a career maker in the beginning — by opening doors to a job, a promotion or a raise. However, it often later transforms into a career breaker when the revelation of the fake degree causes the career to unravel.

The three administrators of the Freehold Regional School District purchased their fake degrees using taxpayer money, which has led New Jersey lawmakers to propose a ban on such practices.

But why does anyone risk using a diploma mill diploma to acquire a job or promotion? And why are diploma mills thriving to the tune of over $200 million a year?

There are several reasons why people purchase fake online degrees (also known as life experience degrees); but none of those reasons are honest or honorable. A few reasons include:

  • “It takes too long to earn a real college degree.”
  • “I don’t have what it takes to make it through an accredited online degree program.”
  • “My long years of experience add up to a college degree; so I’ll buy a diploma to prove it.”
  • “I didn’t know that paying a fee to receive my college degree without taking any classes was wrong.”
  • “I bought this “novelty degree” as a joke; but people thought it was real. So I tried it out on a job application.”

There is a perception that being dishonest about one’s educational qualifications carries a low risk. However, the opposite is true. Getting caught is becoming the rule more than the exception. For example:

  • Over 9,000 names of fake degree buyers were publicly released following the Steve and Dixie Randock diploma mill case in Seattle. The list led to a number of investigations into employees across the U.S.; and some were fired or demoted over falsified credentials.
  • The Internet now makes it easier for employers to discover fake degrees. Websites for the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation are simple to access and maintain databases of the accredited colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • Even though employers may not check up on employees entering low-level jobs, they are likely to check into the backgrounds of current employees or applicants who may be given access to sensitive company information.
  • Reputable colleges and universities are eager to help employers verify the college degrees of their workers; since counterfeit degrees bearing the names of these schools have become big business as well.
  • A questionable credential is often discovered by inquisitive, jealous or suspicious co-workers.

Wise career climbers won’t make this kind of wrong turn into the world of diploma mills. Instead, they will earn an accredited college degree.

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Popularity: 9% [?]

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Nursing, Accounting Jobs to Increase in California’s Wine Country

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

According to the Press Democrat, opportunities in the service-oriented careers of Sonoma County, California, will soar in the next 6 years, following a national trend.

Employment demand for nurses, accountants, medical assistants, paralegals, computer software engineers, construction specialists, veterinary assistants and others will mark a change in the direction of the job market.

As some popular jobs of the past are outsourced to countries where wages are cheaper, many others will become obsolete due to advances in automation and technology. In spite of current economic conditions, the service sector is expected to expand and flourish .

Disappearing jobs include file clerks, computer programmers, word processors and manufacturing workers.

But jobs in health care are forecast to increase rapidly as older adults live longer and require additional medical intervention. Registered nurseses, surgical technicians, licensed vocational nurses, home health care aides and others pursuing health care careers should easily fill these additional open positions after completing any required education and practical training.

Online degree programs are a wonderful way to prepare for a future career as an accountant, paralegal, software engineer and more. Distance-learning provides the flexibility to be able to study at convenient times while earning a living.

The beautiful Sonoma County wine country is not the only area where there is a changing tide of jobs. So job seekers who begin to prepare for the new slots that will open up across the nation should be ahead of the crowd in making their career dreams come true.

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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American Sentinel University is a Military-Friendly, Low Tuition Surprise

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Military students are treated like gold at American Sentinel University.

This military-friendly online school is definitely a ‘find’ for potential college students, with its low tuition and high-quality academics.

American Sentinel University is particularly committed to helping the men and women in uniform achieve their educational goals. And thankfully, they do not just talk the talk, they walk the walk.

At American Sentinel, eligible active duty military students, their spouses and honorably-discharged veterans are privy to special scholarships and discounted tuition and fees.

American Sentinel is especially sensitive to the needs of its military students who have been deployed to Iraq, are stationed at other military bases far from home or are disabled. And its participation in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and acceptance of transfer credit for military job experience draw students from all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

The online degree programs at American Sentinel cover a variety of career paths. Online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered in computer science, information technology, web design and development, criminal justice, healthcare and business. Industry certification programs are also available for Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management Professional (PMP) and CompTIA.

Over 1,300 employers — including Fortune 500 companies and government agencies — have participated in tuition-reimbursement programs to help their workers receive a college education at American Sentinel.

Originally founded as a Vanderbilt University Technology Company, American Sentinel University is accredited by the U.S. Secretary of Education — the recognized Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council

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Popularity: 8% [?]

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Snag A Job for the Holidays and the New Year

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Earning a few extra bucks during the holidays is the main motivator for those who apply for seasonal jobs that usually end before dried-out Christmas trees are hauled away to recycling bins.

But what most job-seekers may not know is that they have a 50-50 chance of being offered a permanent position that keeps them working long after the strains of Auld Lang Syne have faded.

According to SnagAJob.com, employers expect that 46% of seasonal employees will continue to work for them into the new year.

Workers who ultimately need a secure, full-time job may find the seasonal approach to be an effective way to tap into eager employers who are scouting new talent for their companies. It is a win-win situation for all; and the short-term aspect of the job allows both parties to take advantage of a trial run without any further commitment.

So what do you need to know to snag a seasonal job?

  1. Present yourself in the best possible light. There may be fewer seasonal jobs this year due to the current economic crisis, with more applicants vying for limited job opportunities. Also, half of the employers expect to rehire the same seasonal employees from last year. So show initiative; and learn about the company and the job for which you are applying. And of course, make sure your resume and job application are neat and accurate.
  2. Apply now for holiday jobs. Most employers begin their seasonal hiring in October and have filled all available slots by November. Although some jobs may be up for grabs in December, pickings may be slim.
  3. Employers are looking for a positive, eager-to-work attitude. Apathetic dispositions and “I need this job” sentiments rarely work unless education and skills far surpass other contenders. Employers may also require previous experience in the same industry or availability for specific work hours. So again, do your homework to avoid wasting time targeting a job that does not fit your needs.
  4. Employers love hard-working employees who go the extra mile. If you are hired as a salesperson, but you have computer skills, let your employer know you are willing to help out on the computer if needed. And demonstrate a willingness to be a team player in helping the business to thrive.
  5. Continue to improve your skills, even while you are working. Enroll in an online certificate or online degree program to boost current abilities or develop new skills, which will increase your value as an employee. Even if you are not hired permanently after the seasonal job ends, you will be better prepared to snag a satisfying position when the job search resumes. And you will have an additional positive recommendation to add to your resume. 

Seasonal jobs are often the doorway to unexpected opportunities. And in an uncertain economy with heavy job losses, having a foot in the door places job-seekers that much closer to meeting their financial and career goals.

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Popularity: 10% [?]

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Florida Students Leave Bullies Behind with New E-learning Law

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Beginning in the fall of 2009, a significant percentage of Florida’s K-12 students may never have to be concerned about rain, snow, sleet or hail on their way to school.

They may never again have to worry about the school bully or how to make it into the ‘in crowd’.

And their parents may save the big bucks usually spent on back-to-school clothes, as well as the hefty costs of gasoline used for carting children to and from the local public school.

The reason for this is, however, both historical and heavily-laden with ‘next generation’ implications. Why? Because Florida is the first state in the nation to require every public school district to offer a virtual school option for students in grades K-12, beginning in fall 2009.

Theoretically, a Florida child entering kindergarten next year may be able to study at home via computer all the way through high school graduation.

School districts, currently scrambling to comply, are free to implement the new state law by choosing one of the 3 C’s: create their own online school program, collaborate with another school district or contract with an approved distance learning provider.

The implications for the future of higher education are jarring. After all, if a student spends 13 years enjoying the flexibility of being able to fit study time in with family, travel, work and extracurricular activities, why would that student then choose to be tied down to the rigid schedule of a brick and mortar college or university?

Most likely, if distance learning has worked for 13 years, then online degree programs will appeal to these e-learners after high school. And since the success of the Florida law will spur additional states to follow suit, it is possible that in the future, traditional college degree programs will dwindle in demand as online degrees continue to increase in popularity.

But for now, Florida parents and students have some tough decisions to make regarding the fall 2009 school year, like whether to buy new school clothes . . . or not.

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Popularity: 9% [?]

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