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Proctored Exams - Don't Panic!

By Kris Powers | February 1st 2022

Female student at home doing online coursework

While registering for remote classes, have you noticed that certain class selections list “online/proctored exams”?  When taking online courses or certification exams there are instances when you will need to take proctored tests. A proctored exam is monitored to ensure you have no outside help while trying to pass your test. A proctored exam can be intimidating if you have never taken one before. Read on to learn more about proctored exams and push the worry aside.


Best Apps for Remote Learning

By Kris Powers | January 19th 2022

Zoom, Canva, Grammarly, Evernote, Google and EasyBib

When taking online courses, there are meetings to keep up with, lectures, group projects as well as short and long-term tasks to remember. Luckily, there are apps for remote learning that can make scheduling so much easier on you! Browse through some of the following options to become familiar with the different options available for use. You might find some of them will be useful for your upcoming semester.  And, if you have a favorite app that isn’t listed below, we’d love to hear about it!

Zoom: A free app that is extremely easy to use and compatible with all phones, iPad, laptop or desktops. This is a great tool for easily communicating with classmates, instructors or mentors.


Life Hacks While Studying Remotely

By Kris Powers | January 6th 2022

The ability to take courses online and study from home now-a-days is a huge benefit when you’re trying to better your future. This is a time in your life when you’re growing as an individual – both for yourself and for your family! While taking personal enrichment courses, career training or working on a degree, your time is precious.

Let’s delve into some life hacks that will help you while you’re juggling both schoolwork and your personal life.


Study Hacks While Learning Remotely

By Kris Powers | December 28th 2021

If you’re jumping back into a program for school or personal development you may recognize that there are a vast majority of degrees, classes, and certification programs available remotely, now more than ever before.  These study hacks for remote learning are going to change your study life dramatically in the best way possible (maybe your everyday life too). 

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Organize Your Workspace for Optimal Focus

By Kris Powers | December 18th 2021

Optimal focus comes with no distractions, right? While we might imagine that it is the key for focus, we don’t live in a perfect world. We have co-workers, family, kids and animals that are usually around us while we try to get things done. For example, my cat is currently walking across my keyboard. Our phones are constantly lighting up, someone is talking too loudly, or the television is playing in the background.

While we can’t control outside factors, we can control the workspace around us and what it looks like! A disorganized workspace can cause negative energy and stress. Knowing where your things are (notes, calendars, your green highlighter, the hole punch, etc.) can save time, help you get more work done and relieve anxiety. Let’s get into some organization tips/ideas for our workspace that can help us attain as much optimal focus as we can.


Earn College Credit with Prior-Learning Assessments

By Kris Powers | August 23rd 2021

Young Man pointing up to the phrase "PLA's"

What are prior-learning assessments? Prior-learning assessments (PLAs) are methods that colleges, universities and other education and training providers use to evaluate a student's non-academic experiences and training. PLAs award college credit, certification or advanced standing for learning that has occurred outside of the more traditional learning environment. Students that participate in PLA testing can use these credits as a shortcut to graduation. Other common terms for these types of assessments include Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Recognition of Learning.


In-Demand Jobs of 2021

By Kris Powers | August 6th 2021

Female professional standing in front of the word "job"

As the economy continues to shift during the pandemic, some careers are becoming obsolete, while others are seeing a rise in demand. Essential industries, such as healthcare, need more workers than ever. Careers in online sales, shipping and delivery are also seeing substantial growth because of consumer habit change.

This shift is enabling a career change for many – from sales to social media, research to medical writing, and entrepreneur to life coach.


You Know What’s Missing? Watercooler Talk

By Kris Powers | July 23rd 2021

The pandemic forever altered the world of work. Companies who successfully made the transition to remote work are re-evaluating the need to bring employees back into the workplace. Whether for health concerns, to meet the demands of employees, or to reduce costs, remote work is here to stay.

A survey of 278 executives by McKinsey & Company in August 2020 found that on average, companies planned to reduce office space by 30 percent. Shifting to flexible workspaces and bringing fewer workers into the offices each day will allow companies to reduce overhead costs. But at what expense?


Enrollment on the Rise for Career Training Programs

By Kris Powers | June 30th 2021

Female professional at laptop

Providers of career training programs across the country are seeing a jump in enrollment during the pandemic. According to a recent survey conducted among 1,500 Americans, as many as 43% of individuals under age 40 are thinking about returning to school and furthering their education. Those laid off or furloughed are especially likely to think about continuing their education. Their motivation? 57% of those surveyed expect that furthering their education would result in a significant salary increase and almost half (49%) want to start a new career.


8 Tips for the Post-Pandemic Job Search

By Kris Powers | June 16th 2021

Job search

It’s no secret that the pandemic wreaked havoc on employment. As the economy seeks recovery, TopResume, a resume-writing service, surveyed human resource professionals and hiring managers to learn how the pandemic affected the job search and hiring process.

The findings? Human resource professionals may be focused on different factors when considering job applicants than they were pre-pandemic. Job seekers should be aware of the latest trends in order to improve their chances of snagging their desired job. Here are 8 things to keep in mind:

1. Remote work may be here to stay