October 2013

  • Career Focused Degrees

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Danielle Koons In his column in the New York Times, As More Attend College, Majors Become More Career-Focused, Nate Silver talks about the value of certain degrees over others. Namely, the worth of an English degree. I understand where he is coming from. I, myself, am a previous English Major. I have since switched to getting my BS and am much happier for it. However, I do not regret all the time and energy spent in those writing and reading classes. Judging by the article, that’s pretty much the gist of it. No matter what degree you pursue, English is important. But, instead of making it your major, try to make it your minor.  (Unless you are honestly going to be a writer or an editor, of course.) These days, many people ...

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  • 5 Strategies to Afford College if You’re Not Rich

    Barry Lenson

    You want to go to college. But how can you come up with $50,000+ to attend a four-year state school, or with $200,000+ to attend a four-year private college? (That’s about what you’ll pay when you add up tuition, housing, student fees, and other costs.) That question isn’t only bothering students. It’s troubling colleges too. To fill their classrooms, they need to attract smart students who mistakenly believe that they lack the funds to attend. As you’ll read in “A Nudge to Poorer Students to Aim High on Colleges,” an article by David Leonhardt in The New York Times on September 25, the College Board is launching a program that will encourage 28,000 high school seniors from lower-income families to apply to high-quality col ...

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  • Using Online Courses to Complete Nursing Prerequisites: A StraighterLine Success Story

    Barry Lenson

    A few years ago, Ife Muyiwa-Ojo’s career seemed steady and secure. He was working as a network/database engineer for an Internet company in Atlanta, GA. But then during the economic downturn, his company started downsizing and “moving people around,” as Ife puts it. “I lost my position and was offered another but I declined,” Ife explains. “I took an unpaid position with another company to keep my skills fresh. But I also started to think about starting a new career in a more secure field.” Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Finding His Path to a Career Change “I had always been interested in health care and I started doing some research online,” Ife recalls. “Nursing appealed to me, ...

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