May 2013

  • 14 Secure Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

    Barry Lenson

    “Top 14 Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree,” a recent article on the ABC News site, lists 14 jobs that promise security, a decent living wage . . . but which don’t require a college degree. The list was developed by CareerCast using data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Here are the jobs that made the list . . . Web developer. Median salary: $75,660. Projected employment growth through 2020: 22%. Communications equipment mechanic. Median salary: $54,710. Projected employment growth through 2020: 15%. Electrician. Median salary: $48,250. Projected employment growth through 2020: 23%. Paralegal assistant. Median salary: $46,680. Projected employment growth through 2020: 18%. Plumber. Median salary: $46,660. Pr ...

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  • StraighterLine Partners Rank High in USNews Online College Rankings

    Barry Lenson

    You already knew that USNews compiles rankings every year of America’s best colleges and universities. But did you know that USNews now issues ranking for America’s best online bachelor's programs too? If you didn’t know, you can check out all the online college rankings HERE. While you are reading those ratings, you will notice that many StraighterLine Partner Colleges have achieved top online college rankings. Fourteen StraighterLine Partner Colleges are ranked on the overall list of best online bachelor's programs! Seven StraighterLine Partner Colleges are ranked in the Top 50! Five StraighterLine Partner Colleges are ranked in the Top 30! Here are the StraighterLine Partner Colleges that made it into the top 1 ...

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  • What can we learn about U.S. History from Assassin’s Creed III?

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons True story: I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about how easy and convenient it is to take college courses online with StraighterLine, and that for some courses that have lots of reading from textbooks, like U.S. History, it might even be better online. And my friend, who is a big gamer, said, “Yeah, I get all my history online. I’m learning about the Revolutionary War right now.” I said I didn’t know he was taking online history classes, and he said, “No, stupid, Assassins Creed 3. I learned about WWII from Call of Duty. And the Civil War from Gettysburg.” And then he laughed and drank another sip of his Sam Adams. (And no, I did not ask him if he was learning anything about the American ...

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  • What Your Commencement Speaker Will Say at Graduation

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re graduating high school or college in the next few weeks, you’ll be expected to sit in your folding chair while you listen to the philosophical outpourings of your commencement speaker. Of course, the inspiring speaker that your high school or college recruited is going to have some wisdom to impart to you. But just in case the hot sun that is beating down on your mortarboard distracts you from listening too closely, here’s a summary of what you’ll probably be hearing . . . It’s good to fail. This is a pretty standard theme in commencement speeches these days. The idea is that in the future, you are only going to learn through repeated failure. The important thing is to pick yourself up, learn, and keep moving forw ...

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  • Paul Smith’s College a Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    Paul Smith’s College – also known as The College of the Adirondacks – is different from any other college in America. Can you name another degree-granting college that is located in a beautiful, immense park, for example? Well, Paul Smith’s is. It’s located in the Adirondack Park of New York State. Can you name another college that has created a unique approach to learning that is based on its location? Well, Paul Smith’s has. The structure of every course and major program of studies – from forestry to culinary arts - has evolved from the college’s natural setting. To quote from the college’s website . . . “Studying here at Paul Smith's College is unique in that the campus becomes your laboratory. Whether your ...

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