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Remembering Those Who Have Served

By Kris Powers | May 26th 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, and military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations are often proud participants. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.


Career Planning

By Kris Powers | May 23rd 2017

Woman in business clothes

Developing a career plan will help you assess your skills and interests, explore what careers might be a good match for you, as well as determine what additional skills or training you may need to reach optimal career success.

Career planning is helpful for anyone at any age or stage – whether you are still in school or not, seeking to improve your skills to advance in your current field or interested in changing your job or career entirely.

Developing a career plan involves taking the time to think about your interests, values, skills and preferences. It pushes you to explore the life, work and learning options available to you and ensures that your career choice fits with your personal circumstances.

By developing a career plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. It is an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning opportunities and development.


In-Demand IT Jobs 2017

By Kris Powers | May 16th 2017

Internet Technology

The 2017 Modis Salary Guide for Tech Professionals contains industry insights, salary ranges and detailed job descriptions for the IT field. Based on the latest research, Modis is forecasting some fantastic growth in the tech industry in the very near future - 488,500 new tech jobs by 2024; and a 12% growth in technology employment by 2024!

In today’s ever-changing world of Internet Technology, the importance of high quality career training has never been greater. Whether you're just starting out or looking to make a switch, consider a career in IT. The IT industry offers a diverse range of careers and credentials that are key for individuals either new to the field or in transition. 


Happy Mother's Day!

By Kris Powers | May 12th 2017

Happy Mother's Day

In the United States, the celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century when, following her mother’s death in 1905, a woman named Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families.

By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.


Online Students: What to Expect in 2017

By Kris Powers | May 9th 2017

Laptop

According to the 2015 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group, the number of students enrolled in online courses has grown to 5.8 million nationally, reflective of a consistent 13 year upward growth trend. The survey also found that more than a quarter of higher education students (28 percent) are enrolled in at least one online course.

“The trend of increasing distance education enrollments in the face of declining overall higher ed enrollments suggests an important shift in the American higher education landscape, with contemporary learners leaning in to online options,” said Kathleen S. Ives, chief executive officer and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium.


National Military Appreciation Month

By Kris Powers | May 1st 2017

Flag with soldiers in foreground

In 1999 Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May, National Military Appreciation Month. NMAM honors the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom. The month of May is characterized by six national observances which highlights the contributions of those who have served.

The 6 National Observances during National Military Appreciation Month

Loyalty Day
Date: Monday, May 1st, 2017
About: Kicks off our Nation’s month-long celebration of military appreciation. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and to reflect on the proud heritage of our American freedom.


Meeting the Needs of Nontraditional Students

By Kris Powers | April 25th 2017

Man with laptop

A nontraditional student is defined as having one or more of the following characteristics:

- Attending school part-time 

- Working full-time

- Identifying as a single caregiver

- Having one or more dependents

- Not having a traditional high school diploma

- Being financially independent for financial aid purposes

- Having delayed postsecondary education

However, according to data from a recent National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, 74% of all undergraduate students enrolled during the 2011-2012 academic year possessed at least one of the above characteristics.


Earth Day 2017 - Environmental & Climate Literacy

By Kris Powers | April 18th 2017

Woman in Recycle T-shirt

Earth Day Network’s mission is to “broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.”

According to the website, http://www.earthday.org/earth-day, the first Earth Day occurred in 1970. The movement gave an organized voice to an emerging consciousness, and began the work of channeling our attention toward environmental issues. Earth Day is entering its 47th year and continues to inspire and motivate people to action.

Earth Day is to be celebrated on April 22, 2017 and this year’s campaign is “Environmental and Climate Literacy”.


Counseling Awareness Month

By Kris Powers | April 11th 2017

Counseling Session

The American Counseling Association (ACA) has named April Counseling Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Train Your Brain with Counseling”. Getting your worries out in the open, particularly with someone trained to help you manage them, is a good thing for your well-being.


Project Semicolon

By Kris Powers | April 4th 2017

Semicolon

I just learned that Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, lost her battle with depression on Thursday, March 23rd. She was 31 years old.

Project Semicolon is a faith-based non-profit that encourages and supports people with depression, addiction, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.


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