February 2013

  • Community College Crisis

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Guest Blogger: Marcela De Vivo Community colleges have always been a place where students could go to further their education and or career, without the high-tuition fees and strict entrance requirements of four-year universities and colleges. Unfortunately, many community colleges are experiencing a crisis that doesn’t look like it’s going to get resolved any time soon. While most community colleges are still open to students, funding has been cut and new students as well as returning students are feeling the brunt. Many students don’t know what to do or how to further their education in the wake of this crisis. Community College Student Body About four-million people attended community colleges all over the United S ...

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  • Why More Firefighters Earn College Degrees Today

    Barry Lenson

    Everyone knows that firefighters are brave. Fewer people seem to know that firefighters also need to possess a lot of knowledge, and wide range of critical safety skills. Could you stand outside a burning building and understand what has happening inside it, just by making a visual determination? Could you formulate an immediate strategy for fighting the fire? Could you assess the risks to yourself and your colleagues? And then there’s the technical side of firefighting. Today’s firefighters need to use modern equipment that uses thermal sensors to analyze fires that are in progress. They need to be trained to use other equipment too, such as new systems that track the locations of all firefighters who are inside burning build ...

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  • Why Online Classes Is the “Escape Hatch” for Students in Fast-Growing Regions

    Barry Lenson

    If you are a student at a community college in an area where the population is growing fast, you have already noticed a troubling reality . . . Your community college is having a difficult time accommodating the growing number of students would like to enroll. Where are America’s fastest growing areas? Here are some recent statistics from a post on KSL.com: Metro Areas with the Greatest Projected Population Growth over the Next Five Years Note: This list includes metro areas with more than 100,000 households Provo-Orem, UT 7.4% Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 7.4% Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 7.2% Raleigh-Cary, NC 7.2% San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 7.1% Ocala, FL 6.9% Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6.7% Jackso ...

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  • What To Do If You Get Rejected from the College You Really Wanted to Attend

    Barry Lenson

    If you got accepted to the college of your choice via early admission in December, congratulations! You are probably kicking back and smiling while your friends are waiting anxiously for their acceptance letters to arrive in April. If you’re in that second category – sitting and waiting and waiting for your letters to arrive – I’d like to say congratulations too. Why congratulations? Simply because you have already done all the hard work. The standardized tests, tutoring sessions, essay-writing, asking for letters of recommendation – all that stuff is now in the past, and you are simply waiting for the good news to arrive. But let’s suppose, just suppose, that you’re feeling a little anxiety now. (I’ve been a college s ...

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  • ICD-10 and Training to Become a Medical Biller or Coder

    Barry Lenson

    As we’ve noted before on this blog, the demand for medical billers and coders is increasing steadily. There are many reasons why. Perhaps the most important reason is that the number of healthcare providers is growing fast in America. There are now urgent care centers, diagnostic centers, short-term surgical centers, and other care providers that simply didn’t exist only a few decades ago. The demand for medical billers and coders has also increased because we have an aging population, and older people need more medical care. There’s also the growing complexity of America’s health insurance industry, which has caused more physicians and other care providers to hire medical billers and coders to file insurance claims. And make no mis ...

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