July 2012

  • Celebrities who Attended Community College

    Barry Lenson

    Cool Slideshow: Celebrities who Attended Community College We just found an online slideshow of famous people who attended community colleges.  Boy, is it neat. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that we have often written about how cost-effective it can be to start college at a community college, then transfer to a regular four-year school. Check it out. Here are the famous people that the slideshow profiles . . . Halle Berry studied broadcast journalism at Cuyahoga Community College.  Gwendolyn Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, went the distance and graduated from Wilson Junior College. Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle mission, started out at Corning Community Coll ...

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  • Get a Career Edge with Online Learning

    Barry Lenson

    Get a Career Edge with Online Learning Some of today’s smartest students are using online learning to jumpstart their professional success. “I took StraighterLine’s Introduction to Business course last year when I was applying for jobs,” says one StraighterLine student. “It helped me get my job as an office manager for a medical practice, because I was able to talk with more confidence in interviews. And interviewers were impressed that I had taken the course to prepare for my first job.” That’s only one way to use online courses to increase your career success. You can apply these strategies too . . .  Take online courses to prepare to work in specific industries. If you are interested in finding a job in one of t ...

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  • Not All Online Degrees Are Equal: How to Make Sure that Yours Counts!

    Barry Lenson

    Not All Online Degrees Are Equal: How to Make Sure that Yours Counts! “Legitimate organizations are increasingly offering innovative ways of assessing the skills and knowledge that prospective students, especially working adults, already have between their ears—the human capital they’ve accumulated though past schooling, work experience, or independent study—and building on this preexisting knowledge base with carefully tailored coursework . . . One such institution is Western Governors University.” -          “The Assets between Your Ears” by Kevin Carey, New America Foundation. With the explosion in online education over the last decade, students have more and more options for earning their degrees online tod ...

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  • How to Complete College

    Barry Lenson

    College: Don't Be a Non-Completer If you want to do some motivational reading this summer, I’d recommend Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, a bestseller by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. It’s a book for business leaders, but its central idea is that getting things done is what separates leaders from everyone else. That’s a pretty powerful lesson for success, and it applies to education as well as to business. After all, there are pretty well-defined finish lines that you have cross in most formal educational processes. You have to complete certain requirements to earn an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree. Only then will someone hand you a diploma. (Of course truly successful people don’t stop studying and lear ...

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  • How Does StraighterLine Work?

    Barry Lenson

    How Does StraighterLine Work? If you'd like to learn more about StraighterLine in just a few quick minutes, here's your chance. And you're going to enjoy the experience too. Just fire up our new video below, kick back, and get ready to learn. Related Posts How Much Does a StraighterLine Course Cost? How Do StraighterLine Online Courses Work? ...

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