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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

The MVPs of the Workforce: Administrative Assistant Careers

  Essential Skills and Qualities You Gain in an Entry-level Administrative Position When you have big dreams for your career—and a solid plan to help you reach them—working in an administrative or secretarial position can make you feel like you’re tethered to work that doesn’t fully reflect your potential or drive. We’ve come a long way since the days when a “secretary” would just answer the phone, make copies, put away files, and run errands. These are no longer one-dimensional roles, so it’s...
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How College Became an Attainable Dream for One Online Student

Breaking through Barriers: Denee's Story Denee '19 is a leader both at work and in her community. She’s in the home stretch of her online associate degree and is a member of the College’s honor society. You would never imagine that she’s also a high school dropout who earned her GED as a teen, entered the workforce right away, and didn’t believe college was attainable. She’s broken through barriers to find her potential and today, she’s a fully realized woman who asks to take on new challenges...
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Essential Communication Skills You May Be Missing: Business Careers

At work, have you ever felt the energy get sucked out of the room after a communication mishap? This happens to everyone, even to the most productive and engaged teams. More often than not, what makes these situations so tense is that they don’t stem from large issues; rather, it develops as a result of smaller communication lapses that build up over time. Communication is fundamentally related to all aspects of organizational performance, leadership, project management, and group interaction....
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Non-traditional Students: How Different Types of Students Thrive Online

Imagining yourself as a student in an online classroom isn’t always easy to do—especially if you’re new to the learning environment and don’t know what to expect. But just because it's hard to imagine, doesn’t mean you won't find success there! The online classroom hosts students from diverse backgrounds with a variety of goals, and each offers different qualities to add to your online student community. Here’s an overview of some of the classmates you’ll likely encounter in your online...
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How to Develop New Leadership Skills and Practices

If you want to get ahead in your career, strong leadership skills are essential, but how do you build and nurture these qualities? With something as broad and far reaching as “leadership,” it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where to start. For more hands-on skills, like learning a new software or public speaking, there are free online tutorials and local meet-up groups to help you brush up or practice. But leadership is multifaceted. In the workplace, leadership exists in any field and at any level....
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Growing Leadership with an Online Public Service Degree

The Changing Needs of Public Service Leaders and How a College Degree Can Help From the opioid epidemic to cybercrime and mass shootings, these high profile national public safety threats are changing how our public service leaders approach emergency preparedness situations. Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services units are challenged to manage increasingly complex incidents in a world that’s highly connected and always looking for answers. Responsibilities that wouldn’t have been...
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Building a Health Care Career: Rob Pursues a Healthcare Masters Online

An Emerging 21st Century Health Care Leader As society’s health care needs grow, pressure is put on the workforce to keep pace. Today, there are one million more openings for health care positions than there are qualified employees. This gap challenges managers and practitioners across health care organizations to be more resourceful and innovative. It’s changing how the health care field approaches operations and patient care and in turn, it’s calling for a new brand of 21st century leaders to...
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Online Nursing Degrees for Working Nurses

For nurses already in the workforce, pursuing further education online has become a great way to advance their careers affordably and with the flexible scheduling they need. While there are many different types of online degrees, there are three options in particular for working nurses: 1. Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2. Master of Science in Nursing 3. Doctor of Nursing Practice Below, we’ll walk you through these three degrees, explain how they differ, and show how they can lead into each...
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How to Pay for an Advanced Nursing Degree

Pursuing an advanced degree as a working nurse is a great way to not only improve your career prospects, but also to boost your earning potential. According to Payscale.com, nurses with an associate degree earn on average $67,000 per year—but those who go on to receive a BSN or MSN degree can expect to earn on average $78,000 and $91,000 per year, respectively. Still, from tuition to textbooks and student fees, continuing your education can be expensive. So how do you go about making your...
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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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