’40-Year-Old Interns’ Are Helping STEM Companies Achieve Gender Parity

Posted on August 12, 2019

“What have you done lately?”

“Those were the words that weighted on Priti Shah when she went in for interviews after taking time off to raise her children. Despite previously earning her master’s degree and working in tech for most of her career, after over a decade out of the workforce, many tech companies weren’t taking her seriously when she decided she wanted to return to work. Fortunately for Shah, it wasn’t too long before she started the job search that IBM had signed onto a new kind of program designed for people just like her—high caliber candidates who have taken some time away from the workforce. ” Continue reading

What Matters More: Skills or Degrees?

Posted on August 9, 2019

“Historically, employers made the baccalaureate, and in some cases advanced degrees, the gateway to an interview. If you did not hold the sheepskin, you would not get in the door. But times have changed. Rapidly advancing technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, robotics and the advent of quantum computing have created an environment in which much of what is learned in college becomes outdated in a few short years. Certainly, the soft skills of creative thinking, critical thinking, communication and leadership do not go out of date and remain in demand by employers. But the hard facts and skills of most of the disciplines are changing as technology ripples through the economy and society.” Continue reading

Not sure about university? Remember there’s no rush

Posted on August 8, 2019

“University isn’t for everyone. This simple fact is all too often lost amid the frenzy of open days, application deadlines, and being told that uni will be the time of your life. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, the chances are you don’t really know what you want to do with your life after school. I certainly didn’t. When I applied for university six years ago, I did it because it was the expected thing for me to do after A-levels, because all my friends were doing it, because it seemed like the best path to a good job.” Continue reading

5 tips to maintain balance for working adults going back to school

Posted on August 6, 2019

“You have goals and dreams. You have ideas for transforming your career through higher education. You also have a life. Going back to school when you have other major responsibilities is certainly courageous and worthwhile, but it also may be one of the most difficult things you ever do. Here are five tips to help maintain your balance (and your sanity) while juggling school and the rest of life’s responsibilities.” Continue reading

‘I’m drowning’: Those hit hardest by student loan debt never finished college

Posted on August 5, 2019

“Most days, 25-year-old Chavonne can push her student loan debt to the back of her mind. Between short-term office jobs in the Washington, D.C., area, she drives for Uber. But once in awhile, a debt collector will get hold of her cellphone number — the one she keeps changing to avoid them — and it all comes back fresh. “I’ll be like, ‘Oh no!’ ” she says. “It’s a sad reminder that I owe somebody money!”” Continue reading

Online Courses Could Widen Inequalities, Not Narrow Them

Posted on August 2, 2019

“A greater use of online courses in higher education could end up widening inequalities, rather than narrowing them, according to a new report. And far more support for students may need to be put in place to make sure online education delivers on its promise. Online courses have been seen as one way of reducing inequalities, by providing low-cost opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education. But a new study finds that they may be having the opposite effect, with higher drop-out rates and diminished performance particularly pronounced among groups who already have poorer outcomes, further widening the existing achievement gap.” Continue reading

Mansfield campus student success support helps mother finish 2 degrees

Posted on August 1, 2019

“The phrase “her smile lights up the room” doesn’t quite do Becca Lamp justice. The 25-year old from Ontario is the kind of woman whose vibrancy and positivity shines a bright light on even the darkest of places. Yet even she had doubts back in 2016 when the then-college sophomore found herself pregnant and unsure whether she could finish her college degree.” Continue reading

5 Seriously Stunning Facts About Higher Education in America

Posted on July 29, 2019

“Recently, some rich people and well-known celebrities got caught cheating to get their kids into elite universities. They bribed sports coaches, cheated the SAT, and fabricated phony credentials. Beyond the scams of the rich and famous, though, there are other surprising facts about college in America. Facts closer to our everyday experiences. Here are five.” Continue reading

Returning to School as an Adult? How to Fund Tuition

Posted on July 26, 2019

“Millions of Americans in the workforce are heading back to school to further their education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 3.5 million students enrolled in college for fall 2016 were age 35 and older. These adult learners are enrolling for a variety of reasons: earning MBA or master’s degrees to improve their growth in their current jobs, training for new careers, or satisfying an urge to expand their knowledge base. If you decide additional education is the right option for you, be aware that college costs are on the rise. How will you pay for it?”

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