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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

What is a Liberal Arts Degree and Will it Lead to a Career?

A liberal arts degree can be a great stepping stone for future professional success—providing you with useful skills and, believe it or not, a marketable pedigree. But what is a liberal arts education exactly, and why do some people think it won’t pay off? Below, we’ll walk you through what a liberal arts program entails, why there are so many misconceptions about the degree, and how it can be a great investment for your future career! What are Liberal Arts Degrees? Liberal arts education is...
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Top 5 Advantages of Online Nursing Programs

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career, and now more than ever, there’s pressure on nurses to continue their education beyond just an RN or associate’s degree to unlock greater career potential. But is pursuing an advanced degree while working as a full-time nurse feasible? And is it worth it? Absolutely! There are a lot of great benefits to continuing your nursing education as you work, such as through a bachelor’s (BSN) or master’s (MSN) in nursing, and even more when you pursue your...
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How to Ask for a Professional Reference

For adult students, starting a search for a new job or a master's degree program can feel like adding another job to your already busy life. But, taking the time to do it right is critical. One huge part of your search process is ensuring you have people who can speak to your qualifications, skills, and abilities: these people are your professional references. You’ll want to start pulling together your references as soon as you’ve decided to initiate your search, as having this information up...
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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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