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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Using Online Courses to Fast Track Career Goals

Preparation and Opportunity Meet for Mackenzie In high school, Mackenzie had the grades and determination to get into her top-choice four-year college. She looked forward to having a dorm room, campus life, and engaging classes that would prepare her for a career as a special education teacher. But like many students, the high price of tuition at a traditional college campus just wasn’t in Mackenzie’s budget and she had to shift her focus. With hard work and motivation, what initially seemed...
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Faculty Profile: Kelly Clark - Business, Management, and Leadership

By day, Kelly Clark serves as the Regional Vice President of AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization. AARP is a champion of social change for nearly 38 million members and helps people navigate constantly changing realities that impact today’s 50-plus populations and the generations that follow with the issues that matter most to families—such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse. In this role, Kelly provides oversight of the...
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Business Degree: Top 7 Reasons to Major in Business

Pursuing a business degree is a popular choice among college students. In fact, it's the most popular type of degree in the U.S., with 19 percent of graduating students earning business degrees in 2017. But with so many people pursuing these degrees, you might start to wonder whether business is still the right choice for you. Has the degree lost its value? Is it still capable of giving you the skills and credentials you need to jumpstart a successful career? The short answer? Absolutely....
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Success Tips for 6-Week Courses

If you’re aiming to finish your degree quickly, six-week courses present a great opportunity. There are two main advantages to this format. It’s just six weeks: they’re short and sweet! When you pair two six-week courses together during the same term (one during the first session, another that runs during the second session), you achieve a full-time course load. The more credits you earn each term; the bigger boost you get towards your finish line! Never taken a six-week course? It may require...
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Master's in Project Management: Meet Your Program Director

Karen RJ White M.S., PMP, PMI Fellow With more than twenty years of experience that spans the information technology, health care, and insurance industries, Karen RJ White joins Granite State College as the new director of the M.S. in Project Management. In this role, Karen will advise project management students, support faculty, develop courses, and serve as a senior lecturer. Meet Your Instructor How did you first get involved in project management? My career started in computer programming....
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Healthcare Degrees: 5 Career Paths for Pursuing Your Future

Health care is the fastest growing occupational group in the U.S. with a projected growth rate of 18 percent between 2016 and 2026. The reason? Because there’s a real, rising need in this sector for specially trained individuals as baby boomers, America’s largest generation, age and face more medical issues. But there are a lot of different roles that need to be filled. Below, we've compiled a list of five such career paths in the healthcare industry, along with the types of healthcare degrees...
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Gaining the Confidence to Pursue Your Dreams with a College Degree

From a Personal Mission to a National Initiative: How Tami’s Degree Helped her  Make a Difference When you meet Tami, you’re welcomed by a warm, confident woman who thrives off of encouraging people to meet their potential. Today, these qualities are core to Tami’s personality and internal values—you would never guess that these traits were built and nurtured as a result of overcoming personal barriers. Throughout most of her adult life, Tami has battled with her weight. This struggle wasn’t a...
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Aspiring Social Worker & Human Services Major's Inspiration to Make an Impact in Manchester

Alicia MacDonald’s optimism and strong desire to help others instantly shines through. Chatting with her, you would never know that she struggled during her first two years of high school, after she fell in with the wrong crowd. Alicia’s attention to schoolwork and her grades plummeted as she watched a close friend battle addiction. Instead of losing hope, she found meaning in a new vision for her future. With new motivation, the help of a social worker, and a supportive family, Alicia excelled...
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Students Gain Real World Business Experience in the Classroom

There’s no substitute for real world experience and our Career Services team routinely encourages students to gain experience while earning their degree. Our business students have a unique opportunity to do just that during their capstone courses. Students must complete a culminating assignment where they’ll apply their learned knowledge, skills, and abilities to a real world problem. Their task? Together they must manage and run a business using an online business strategy simulation called...
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Beyond Grades: Making the Most of Faculty Feedback

When you approach a new course or degree program, it’s important to try to get the most out of the experience. After all, your education offers not only personal enrichment, but career benefits too! Getting the most from your coursework can include learning to interact with your faculty, accepting and learning how to use constructive feedback, not worrying too much about perfect grades, and knowing what’s expected of you. Using Feedback to Increase Your Skills Every student receives feedback...
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