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Archive for March, 2011

Radiation Fallout Danger Emphasizes Crucial Role of Engineers

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Less than a week ago, the picturesque city of Sendai was an area known for its quiet coastal life. The nickname, City of Trees, described its reputation as, perhaps, the greenest city in Japan.

Tourists enjoyed Sendai’s modern buildings and conveniences, along with its rural feel and fresh ocean delicacies.

This capital city of Miyagi Prefecture provided the relaxation of hot springs, the beauty of cherry blossoms, and magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

But oh, what a difference just a few days has made in this seeming paradise.

The triple punch of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, a catastrophic tsunami, and potential radioactive fallout from the not-too-distant Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor has rained devastation upon this once-peaceful sanctuary.

The main earthquake and tsunami have passed, but the delayed danger from a damaged nuclear power plant hangs over Japan. Still, hope prevails as nuclear engineers tackle the ongoing problems of the non-working cooling systems of four of six nuclear reactors.

An entire country, and world, depends upon the expertise of Japanese engineers to help avert further loss of life. The threatening meltdown could happen as the result of overheated fuel rods exposed to the air by previous explosions that compromised several of the containment vessels. Without adequate cooling of the rods, radiation may be spewed uncontrollably into the air, affecting an unknown number of surrounding populations.

Engineers often arrive at the scene of catastrophes that involve major damage to vital infrastructure — including power plants, buildings, communication structures, highways, train systems, bridges, and airports. Nuclear engineers focus their studies upon radiation and nuclear energy, as well as the design and operation of nuclear power plants. In Japan, the best engineers work with physicists and other professionals to insure that nuclear energy does not become a destructive force.

The rise of the Internet and online degrees allow working individuals to study engineering through e-learning. New generations of engineering professionals, armed with the latest technological skills, may lend well-trained hands to unexpected disasters of the future.

Undoubtedly, Sendai will rebuild, as will other devastated cities along Japan’s coastline.

And hopefully, the fear and destruction of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami will make way for peace and tranquility in the hearts and minds of the courageous, determined survivors.

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Popularity: 1% [?]

Posted by vida

For-Profit College Tuition is Half of Private On-Campus Schools

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Contrary to what is being bantered about on the web, for-profit online colleges offer bargain tuition rates, compared to other private higher education institutions.

Students save an average of half on tuition costs by enrolling in online schools, rather than attending traditional private on-campus colleges and universities.

According to the Trends in College Pricing Report by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, tuition and fees at private for-profit institutions averaged $13,935 for the 2010-2011 school year. Since students study online, there are no additional on-campus living costs.

Tuition and fees at private non-profit 4-year colleges and universities averaged $27,293 without room and board. After adding on-campus living costs, the total average costs of one year of college are elevated to $36,993 for the 2010-2011 school year.

Since tuition historically increases each year at most private schools, students are earnestly seeking low-cost solutions for earning a college diploma. Most desire the benefits of an accredited 4-year college degree, without paying hefty tuition fees or taking on a burdensome level of student loan debt.

For-profit online schools offer e-learning students the flexibility to gain invaluable work experience during the college years. While traditional students spend their days in on-campus classes, online students may choose to work a full or part-time job during the day and study in the evenings. This way, they are able to get a head start on paying off tuition debt before graduation.

The College Board report also states that 4-year public colleges and universities are generally less expensive than private higher education institutions, ranging from an average annual tuition of $6,428 in the South to $9,857 in New England.

However, in numerous states, students are increasingly turning to private online and on-campus schools, due to hefty state budget cuts that have severely slashed enrollment and course offerings.

Students are discovering that paying half of what they expected to pay is a budget-friendly, economical way to gain higher education credentials for career advancement and increased income.

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Thousands of Jobs Continue to Pour into U.S. Economy

Monday, March 7th, 2011

New jobs sometimes arrive as slow as molasses; but a gushing stream brought an increase of 192,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in February.

The unemployment rate is now 8.9%, a drop of .9% since November 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in their Employment Situation Summary released this past Friday.

Vocational training or a college education, plus relevant experience, are helpful for job seekers in the still-competitive employment climate; but the sun is shining on the job market.

The largest gains in employment were in the following areas:

  • 47,000 in private professional and business services,
  • 34,000 in health care,
  • 33,000 in manufacturing,
  • 33,000 in construction, and
  • 22,000 in transportation and warehousing.

Job seekers may gain an advantage by enrolling in online degree or professional certificate programs that upgrade marketable skills and exhibit initiative to employers.

Of course, potential students should research their chosen online school and insure that proper accreditation is in place. In addition, the college or university should offer coursework that meets the uniform standards required by the particular industry or profession for certification, if necessary, as in nursing or public accounting.

As jobs flow more quickly into the economy, those who have ‘done their homework’ and taken the time to improve their marketability will undoubtedly be rewarded with a flow of income from a great new job.

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Online Students Save as Mideast Turmoil Sends Gas Prices Up

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The upheaval in the Mideast, particularly in Libya, continues to raise prices at gas pumps throughout the United States.

In California, one gallon of gas already sets customers back $4 in some areas, as rebels seek to remove General Gaddafi from power.

But high gas prices are of less concern to online students.

They save at the pump by not driving to a college campus. Instead, they are free to study and complete e-learning assignments without ever leaving home.

High-tech online degree programs enable students to earn a college diploma by using a computer with an Internet connection. Students communicate with their instructors via e-mail, telephone, online bulletin boards, and live video lectures. They may work on projects with other students and participate in class discussions — all online.

Also, with the cooperation of their employers, online students may skip the gas-guzzling commute times and show up on the job extra early or stay late. If there is no flexibility in changing work hours, e-learners may use the extra time on the job to complete online degree assignments.

No one knows when the unrest in the Mideast will end; and gas pump prices could remain high for some time.

But e-learners will always enjoy a gas-saving advantage that is wallet-friendly and gushing with convenience.

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Popularity: 2% [?]

Posted by vida