Author: Barry Lenson

  • StraighterLine Student of the Month: Latoya S. Deon Saves $2,550 on One StraighterLine Course and Graduates on Time

    Barry Lenson

    Latoya Deon lives in California with her husband Marvin and three-year-old son M.J. She works for the California Justice Department, where she updates criminal background checks. Latoya’s story is even more interesting. Here’s how StraighterLine helped her graduate from college on time on August 9th. Latoya’s StraighterLine Story Begins Just a few months ago, Latoya was doing her best to complete work for her Bachelor’s degree at the University of San Francisco. But she needed to complete one more elective – an introduction to philosophy course - before she could graduate. “I was searching and searching,” she says. “My advisor sent me a list of options that I could use. I went home with that list and I went throu ...

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  • Which College Courses Work Hardest to Help You Land a Job?

    Barry Lenson

    I recently met a young woman who graduated from a top university back in 2012, but who was still having a hard time landing a job she wanted at a bank or investment company. The problem? She majored in philosophy. The companies where she was interviewing found that interesting, but they were wondering why she hadn’t taken any courses that demonstrated her ability to analyze data. If she had taken even one course in business statistics or calculus while she was in college, chances are that she would be working by now. That leads me to conclude that certain courses are critical to finding a first job in business today.  And apparently that belief is pretty well founded.  For example, I recently found an article entitled “Six college ...

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  • Improve Your Writing Skills, Improve Your Chances for Success

    Barry Lenson

    Are You a Confident Writer? When you have to write something, how do you feel? Do you dread writing, as many people do? Do you procrastinate and stall? Do you experience writer’s block and stare at a blank computer screen, unable to put down your first words? And when you are done, do you worry that what you have written is just not good enough, or that it contains errors that you cannot identify? If so, chances are that your lack of confidence as a writer could affect your ability to succeed in your career. Because people who do write well – who can quickly produce clear and correct copy – possess a skill that’s unusual today, and valuable. It gets noticed, and it helps people get ahead on the job. Quickly Learn Top-Notch Wr ...

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  • Start a Career in Engineering

    Barry Lenson

    “Therefore, students, study mathematics and do not build without foundations.”  - Leonardo Da Vinci If you’re eager to pick a college major that promises you the greatest chance of getting hired after you graduate engineering is among the first you should consider. Here is some proof that jobs in engineering are booming . . . The authoritative Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, states that Civil Engineering Technicians are in demand today. They command a median starting salary of $46,290 per year, the demand for them is projected to increase by 9,400 jobs before year 2020. And you can start in this profession with only a two-year Associate’s degree. “How Are New College Grads Far ...

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  • How to Use a Degree Completion Program to Finish College

    Barry Lenson

    If you started college but didn’t finish, you’ll be glad to learn that a growing number of American colleges and universities are now offering Degree Completion Programs (DCPs) designed for people like you. If you enroll in one of them, you can apply the credits you’ve already earned toward your diploma. Some DCPs also let you earn credit for your life experiences, which can make it even faster to finish college. Why StraighterLine Saves You Money and Time in DCP Programs Below, you’ll find a list of StraighterLine Partner Colleges that offer you Degree Completion Programs. Be sure to check them all out – if you’re seeking an economical and efficient way to finish college, they offer you some of the best options anywhere. B ...

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