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Archive for April, 2009

E-learning Students Breeze Through Health Scares

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Rising cases of the H1N1 virus, which appears to have its origins in Mexico City, are causing academic complications among stricken students and their fellow students.

Students exhibiting swine flu symptoms are being sent home and their schools shut down at a critical time when end of the year exams and projects determine final grades.

But e-learning students have no worries about catching communicable diseases from their classmates.

Nor do they need to skip a beat in their studies.

And why not? Because no matter what the current health scare, online students are not exposed to the same health risks as traditional students who often learn in crowded classrooms filled with others. And since e-learners take classes via computer, there is no need for their studies to be interrupted by school closures.

Homeschooling students, who range in age from preschool through high school, and online degree students are able to avoid daily contact with masses of other students as they complete their assignments individually in the comfort of their homes.

But just as there was a surge in online school enrollment just after Hurricane Katrina, there may also be a similar rush towards online degree programs if the H1N1 cases are not quickly contained. Parents and students may wish to keep this in mind as news reports and bulletins about the epidemic continue to surface.

Hopefully, there is little cause for alarm; but if the best case scenario of containment of the virus does not happen, at least there are viable educational options for all.

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Popularity: 3% [?]

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Online Schools Provide Lifeline for Community College Shut-Outs

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Thousands of students in California are experiencing the disappointment of being shut out of community college classes due to steep budget cuts and record enrollments.

High school grads and unemployed workers are flocking to inexpensive 2-year colleges at a time when California state schools are struggling to meet higher demand with skimpier resources.

For example, according to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury, “Community college enrollment growth outpaces resources, shutting out students”, by Lisa M. Krieger, one-third of DeAnza College’s 24,000 students were unable to register for the classes they needed in order to graduate or transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

But there is another option for those students to consider: online schools.

Students may be surprised to learn that thousands of accredited online schools offer tens of thousands of online degrees and classes — including the foundational courses needed to transfer to traditional institutions of higher learning.

So rather than suffer the stresses of junior college budget woes, community college shut-outs may want to do themselves a favor and invest in online schools that offer what they need.

In addition, tuition bargains do exist among e-learning schools; and students will likely find a price tag that meets their budget requirements, especially if the cost is absorbed by generous financial aid. It is important that potential e-learning students contact several online schools and gather the information that is necessary to make an informed decision about enrollment.

Potential students should also contact any university or college to which they may transfer, confirming that the online school’s classes are transferable to that specific school.

Frustrated students do not have to live with the ups and downs of public college cutbacks — including limited class choices and extended graduation timelines.

They can choose to be proactive and use reputable online schools to fill their educational needs.

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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The Joie de Vivre of Online Education

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

One of the most notable inconveniences for many of us occurred in college.

We were told what time to be where; and we obliged — just as we had done in the previous twelve years of elementary and secondary education.

Having it all escaped us; because we were limited to specific class time slots in order to advance our education. And we routinely missed out on once-in-a-lifetime internships or travel opportunities, simply because we could not afford to miss class.

The saying, “The world is your classroom”, applied only during the summer and only if we opted out of summer school programs.

But that was all before the cavalry of the Internet, WiFi, personal computers and multimedia players rode to our rescue — before technology information taught us the joie de vivre, or joy of living, associated with completing college through distance learning.

Students today glide effortlessly through increased options for learning, much like they once snaked through mile-long lines to register for classes. They can learn online, choosing from thousands of online schools, online degree programs and online classes to become one of the 3.9 million students who, according to the Sloan Consortium, took advantage of this flexible and high-tech e-learning experience in 2008.

According to the Sloan Consortium’s report, “Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States”, e-learning grew 12.9 percent from 2007 to 2008, compared to a mere 1.2 percent growth rate for overall higher education.

College students no longer choose to be limited in their college life experience. They have spoken through the rise in e-learning enrollment.

And they are saying, ‘No more inconvenience and missed opportunities’. They are embracing the joie de vivre of online education.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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Get Ready for Summer Fun, Travel and Online School

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

As you peruse the travel websites, the decisions begin.

Will it be a trip to the seaside, or perhaps the mountains this summer? Maybe the ads for rock-bottom tours to Europe and better money exchange rates are enticing. Or for budget-conscious fun-seekers, local trips and camping may fit the bill for a cheap summer trip once the kids are out of school.

But whatever your plans, the summer is a perfect time to upgrade job skills, learn skills for a new job, and move your career up a notch by enrolling in online classes.

With wireless Internet (WiFi) available all over the globe, there is no need to squash summer fun or family outings by remaining at home to attend classes. You can take your classes "to go" with accredited online schools , online degrees and online certificate programs .

Imagine sitting in the RV park under the awning with the family after a day of hiking, fishing and boating. The kids are playing with new-found buddies, or riding bikes within sight, while you complete homework assignments on your computer using the RV’s wireless network.

Or maybe your plans involve one of the heavily discounted bargain cruises that are so prevalent nowadays. Picture yourself sitting in a lounge chair on the promenade deck, breathing in the sea air as sunset approaches, and jotting down thoughts for a paper you will complete later for at the on-board Internet cafe.

A long flight overseas, perhaps on a cheap package deal or through discount airfares to Dublin or Barcelona, might also double as study time for those who are on Delta Airlines. Each day, Delta adds in-flight WiFi to more of its fleet so that passengers may now use the Internet above 10,000 feet. And the fees are reasonable, similar to those charged by hotels.

But whatever fun you choose for your summer trip, e-learning could be a part of it. If you have lost a job and are contemplating a new career, taking time out to get away — whether by auto, boat or plane — can be therapeutic and help prepare you for new employment.

Online schools and your local community college offer a variety of online classes from which to choose.

So take a deep, long breath and peruse the exciting ways to spend your summer vacation. And don’t forget that distance learning can take place almost anywhere you travel.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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Five Important Things to Know About a Nursing Career

Monday, April 13th, 2009

No one wants to lose their job; and everyone who chooses a career wants one that will stick like crazy glue and never let them down.

So of course, people are flocking to the health care field, especially the jackpot career — nursing.

As unemployment ballooned to 8.5% in March 2009 , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lure of a nursing career continues to draw a diverse group of people who are looking for a stable job with a decent salary and great benefits. For many, that is all they need to know; and becoming a registered nurse (RN) seems to fit the bill.

Still, there are important considerations to mull over before investing in a nursing career.

  1. Entrance into nursing school is highly competitive. Those who apply should expect to meet high standards for admission; so good grades are important. Later, RN’s can earn online nursing degrees to advance their qualifications through e-learning while working in hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics.
  2. Nursing students must study diligently to keep up with their required classes and to remain in school. If a student’s grades drop, they may be asked to leave the nursing program.
  3. Many nursing classes are in the science and math areas; since nurses must understand biology, anatomy & physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and more to understand how to care for sick patients and give proper medication. If you hate math and science, this may not be your cup of tea. But some prerequisite classes may be completed at home via online classes.
  4. Nurses deal with a tremendous amount of stress in caring for cranky patients, making on-the-spot decisions about patient care, and working with doctors and hospital administrators who may be demanding and demeaning.
  5. Nurses must learn to calmly withstand the sight of blood, traumatic injuries, and death. A nurse’s presence and expertise should bring healing, hope and life to those patients who depend upon them.

So in choosing a career, nursing is one that should not be chosen lightly.

But aspiring nurses who are diligent, well-trained and caring should experience satisfaction and fulfillment in this burgeoning health care field.

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Popularity: 6% [?]

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Education Prevents Crime, Says New Study

Friday, April 10th, 2009

An article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle confirmed what we suspected: that education prevents crime.

The piece by Jill Tucker, entitled "Fewer dropouts could cut crime, save tax dollars ", is based upon research findings released last week by the California Dropout Research Project.

The bottom line is that as tough as times may be for people during this economic downturn, things may be even tougher for dropouts. Dropouts generally earn less money than graduates, they have fewer job options, and they are commonly overlooked with regard to promotions.

These factors could easily lead to frustration and dissatisfaction with life in general. And some may turn to crime.

There are many reasons that compel students to leave school - work, marriage, joining the military, boredom, learning problems, peer difficulties, apathy.

But there is hope for those in this situation. Many finish school by studying and passing the GED test, which is usually treated by employers and higher education institutions as the equivalent of a high school diploma. So those holding a GED certificate are eligible to apply for jobs that require a high school diploma; and they may also enroll in college.

Popular online GED preparation programs are a godsend for those who do not have the luxury of cutting job hours to attend on-campus classes. And after receiving the GED certificate, online degree programs are a great way to continue to move forward andĀ  earn a college diploma as well.

Crime may be prevalent in a higher percentage of high school dropouts; but the remedy for that is simple: Students should stay in school at least through high school graduation.

And if it is too late for that, passing the GED test is the next best thing.

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Popularity: 7% [?]

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Careers in Homeland Security Offer More than Money

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Although most employment trains stopped chugging long ago, one is still barreling down the rails at full speed, snapping up scores of passengers — or employees — along the way.

It is the federal jobs train, the new gravy train that serves up a full menu of competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

One top hiring agency with a feast of opportunities falls under the Department of Homeland Security, offering diverse job openings in a number of different career environments.

When most people think about homeland security, they picture law enforcement officers, security screeners and air marshals.

But the Department of Homeland Security represents far more than that. It contains a conglomerate of professionals from a wide array of educational disciplines who work together for one purpose — to keep America safe.

Many careers in homeland security are built upon accredited traditional and online degrees in criminal justice, accounting, engineering, business administration, information technology, computer science, law & paralegal, social sciences (psychology and sociology), physical sciences and more.

In addition to competitive salaries, federal employees enjoy excellent benefits no longer available in most other jobs. These benefits may include:

  • comprehensive health insurance,
  • flexible work schedules,
  • retirement benefits,
  • paid holidays,
  • paid training,
  • personal leave,
  • long-term care insurance,
  • tuition reimbursement, and
  • transportation subsidies.

Although military veterans and current federal workers may have priority, government job openings are generally a great opportunity for those who meet educational and experience eligibility requirements. Potential employees must pass a background check; but the U.S. government welcomes a diversity of people, including those with physical handicaps.

Online schools are a great way to prepare for many of these jobs, with online degree and certificate programs providing the ability to work while earning a college diploma. Or perhaps just a few online classes would meet hiring requirements, in which case, tuition reimbursement may fund the remaining college classes.

The Department of Homeland Security is just one of several federal agencies that offers an excellent opportunity to those with both traditional and online degrees and certificates.

So don’t delay, catch the federal gravy train before it is filled to capacity.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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State Budget Cuts Mean Fewer College Slots For High School Grads

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

All over the nation, graduating high school seniors anxiously await decision letters announcing whether they did, or did not, make it into the college or university of their choice this fall.

But they may not know that fewer freshman slots are available for popular state schools; resulting in greater competition for those slots.

With state budgets being tossed to and fro by the ripples of a tempestuous economy, less money is flowing into these schools. Employee layoffs, class cancellations and program cuts have followed, leading to fewer freshmen seats for the fall of 2009.

According to the Los Angeles Times, University of California schools — including UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Diego and UC RiversideĀ  — will accept 2,600 fewer students for the fall 2009 term due to budget cuts. The New York Times reported that Arizona State has shed 500 jobs, including teachers and department heads, and dropped 48 programs. Similar stories are prevalent at the University of Vermont, University of Nevada, University of Florida and others.

But for students who decide to let go of the traditional path to a college diploma, the road may be quite a bit smoother. High school graduates may choose to enroll in online schools in order to graduate on time, avoid the mad rush and save money on transportation.

The availability of thousands of accredited online degree and certificate programs offers an option that is feasible for graduating seniors, especially if students must work to help pay for school. E-learners enjoy the flexibility of being able to study around job and family schedules.

High school grads may also opt to complete only the first two years of college in an accredited online degree program or traditional junior college, then transfer those credits to a private or public 4-year university. Students who choose this option should research the accreditation of the schools and the transferability of the courses they plan to take.

Waiting for decision letters to arrive in the mail may be heart-wrenching; but it also provides time to review other options. Studying for 2 years at a junior college or online school may be the best strategy for saving tens of thousands of tuition dollars. And it is much easier to transfer into competitive schools as a junior, rather than as a freshman.

So the outcome of college decision letters, though important, is not necessarily the best or the last word.

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Popularity: 4% [?]

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