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I shared an article the other day that seems to have struck a nerve with many. The article was entitled “Why We Desperately Need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools.”

In this article, author Nicholas Wyman recalls that throughout much of US history, classes such as woodworking and metal working were taught right alongside reading, writing and arithmetic. This began to change around the 1950’s however, as students were divided into “college bound” and “non-college bound” categories. Those who appeared to be college bound were offered little to no vocational training and those not headed to college took basic academic courses along with “shop” courses.


Feed Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Kris Powers | March 21st 2017

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Have you ever looked at an existing product or service and thought to yourself, “I can do this better?”  Do you have a skill or talent that can fill a need in the marketplace?  In today’s ever-changing economy; the idea of being your own boss may be very appealing. You can follow your passion while building something that you can call your own. But before you take the plunge, think about why you want to start a business and what you want the business to provide for you. The truth is, owning your own business is hard work. You’ll probably work harder than ever – but the benefit is that you will challenge yourself to grow in ways you might never have thought possible.

Below are some wonderful quotes on success and entrepreneurship - read through them and find the inspiration to pursue your passion as an entrepreneur today!

1.    “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying."  Michael Jordan


The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

By Kris Powers | March 14th 2017

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“Make the most of yourself...for that is all there is of you.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lifelong learning involves seeking or creating learning opportunities for both personal and professional reasons. This type of learning applies to everything that we learn throughout our life, not just what is learned in a classroom. Continuous learning allows us to make better, informed decisions. It enhances our understanding of the world around us, betters our social skills and helps us to grow and develop. Lifelong learning also assists us in becoming more successful in our careers. For example, some of us may find that advances in technology make it necessary to stay current on the latest programs and training in order to keep our skills current in the workplace.


Soft Skills Can Get You the Job

By Kris Powers | March 7th 2017

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According to Monster.com, in many job postings, you are likely to see “soft skills” next to the technical requirements for a position. Furthermore, Moster.com reports that “employment experts agree that tech skills may get you an interview, but…soft skills will get you the job—and help you keep it.”

Soft skills include things such as communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, problem solving, empathy and compassion. Many companies are seeking employees that have a good mix of “hard” technical skills and “soft” interpersonal skills. Are you wondering how to best set yourself apart from the competition? Improve your soft skills!

Soft skills can be developed. And the good news is that improving your soft skills will not only help you with a new job or a promotion; it will benefit you personally as well!


Motivation, Self-Control and Productivity

By Kris Powers | February 28th 2017

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Motivation is the desire to do things. Psychology Today describes motivation as “the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day.” Motivation is a critical element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of self-control and motivation.

Get the worm or catch the firefly

It turns out that circadian rhythms really do affect how we work; we all have peaks and valleys in our physical and mental capacity to get work done.


Support is Critical to Online Learning Success

By Kris Powers | February 21st 2017

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Ed4Online believes that support is critical to the success of online learning. That’s why we’ve developed our Online Student Center (OSC) – available to our Career course and For-College Credit students.

Our Student Center is stocked with useful tips, resources and tools for students, all designed to support the online learning experience. The following is a sampling of what the OSC offers:

  • Interactive discussion boards that allow students to:

The Value of Certifications

By Kris Powers | February 14th 2017

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As careers become more specialized and the business world grows more complex, the demand for individuals with industry approved credentials will continue to grow.

In fact, career training courses that offer certification can provide learners with a less expensive alternative to traditional degree programs as well as provide a faster pathway to job opportunities.

Certifications appeal to those currently working in their field as well as those individuals just beginning their career training. A study conducted by UPCEA, Penn State and Pearson found that millennial students are more likely to favor a reward based educational system built around badging and certifications, compared to a more traditional bachelor’s degree.


Poverty Awareness Month

By Kris Powers | February 7th 2017

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The American Psychological Association reports that the nation’s economic crisis has deeply affected the lives of millions of Americans. Skyrocketing foreclosures and job layoffs have devastated many families, particularly those living in low-income communities.

The Census Bureau defines poverty on a sliding scale according to the size of a family unit. For a family of four, the poverty threshold in 2015 was $24,000. For an individual, it was $12,000.

Below are a few facts about poverty in the United States. According to the Census Bureau, in 2015 there were:


The 9 Mentors You Need

By Kris Powers | January 31st 2017

Mentoring

Whether you’re looking for career advice or need insight on some other big change in your life, mentors are there to help you navigate the journey.

Below are definitions of nine different types of mentors. Make it your goal to have these different types of people as part of your mentoring team to help you succeed. In addition, strive to fill one or more of these roles in someone else’s life. The rewards are tremendous!

The Challenger

If you want to grow, you will want some challengers in your life who will tell you when they think you're doing something wrong or if you need to spend more time thinking something through. Challengers ask the tough questions that help you analyze your situation realistically.

The Cheerleader


Going Back to College has Never Been Easier

By Kris Powers | January 24th 2017

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Have you taken some college courses but have not earned a degree yet? Have you thought about going back to school, but feel overwhelmed by the cost and complexity of the process? You are not alone. An estimated 32 million nontraditional students across the nation have some college experience but no degree to show for it, according to the American Council on Education. Many of these students may want to pick back up and start again but aren’t sure how to go about it.

Ed4Online created Ed4Credit to assist people in obtaining their dream of a college degree. The company was founded on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to have an education and Ed4Credit offers a completely affordable opportunity for students.


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