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College graduates in caps and gowns

I’ve read a great number of articles lately on whether or not students and employees today need to have a college degree.

What do you think?  Should everyone get a college degree?  Cast your vote using the link below.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9VXRX3B 

Thank you - I look forward to hearing your opinion!

 



Man at desk with computer

Last month, Ed4Career posed the question, “Have you ever taken an online course for your own Professional Development?”  

Expecting to receive more of the standard “yes/no” type of answers, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who took the time to share their personal experiences with online learning.

Of those who responded, a whopping 92% had taken an online course for their own professional development, many having taken more than one and a few selecting it as their learning method of choice for professional development needs.  Most respondents, if not all, indicated that it was an excellent way to keep up to date on skills and trends.


Ed4Career – “Green is our Color of Choice”

By Kris Powers | September 17th 2013

Green globe

At Ed4Career we hope to set a standard for sustainable education practices. In addition to maintaining environmentally responsible business practices, we promote balanced and healthy living for our staff.

We partner with others who care 

By partnering with companies dedicated to maintaining carbon neutral operations, we help reduce our impact on the environment as well as preserve natural resources.

For example, our server company Pair.com has measured, reduced, and offset its company-wide carbon footprint. As of August 1, 2007, all of Pair Networks' operations, including datacenters, support operations, administrative facilities, and employee commutes & business travel are 100% Carbon Neutral.  


Occupations with the Largest Job Growth 2010-2020

By Kris Powers | September 10th 2013

Climbing a Ladder in the Sky

Occupations with the largest job growth

According to an article published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the January 2012 Monthly Labor Review entitled “Occupational Employment Projections to 2020”; the BLS projects overall employment to increase about 14 percent during the 2010–2020 decade.   Occupations that typically need postsecondary education for entry are projected to grow faster than average, but occupations that typically need a high school diploma or less will continue to represent more than half of all jobs. 


Happy Labor Day!

By Kris Powers | September 2nd 2013

American Flag

Labor Day means many things to many different people.  For some of us, it’s a day off of work, a time to relax with family and friends.  The holiday might be celebrated as one of the last days to take a trip, have an outdoor picnic, or hold neighborhood barbeques and firework displays.  For others, Labor Day represents the end of the summer and the start of back-to-school.  And for a few hold-outs, it’s the last time to wear white shoes until next season! 

According to The United States Department of Labor, Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is an annual national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 


Excellent Customer Service

By Kris Powers | August 27th 2013

Customer Service

We’ve all experienced it one time or another. Whether on the phone or in person – we’ve all most surely encountered customer service agents who are not effective at their jobs.  It can be something as simple as their not understanding their own product well enough to walk or talk you through a problem.  Or it could be that they are completely ineffective at diffusing a situation and offering an acceptable solution.  Whether offering a product or service, companies and industries that provide excellent customer service have a clear competitive advantage over those who do not.



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As expected, there are many factors students take into consideration when selecting an online course.  Students weigh the potential rewards against how much work is involved, how expensive the course is as well as how much time it will take to complete.

The history of graduate success and outcomes were important as well as course content, design, methodology, and the offering of up to date courses.  A preview of course content and example of how the material is presented would allow some students to weigh the course content and cost together to ensure it would lend value to the learner.  Flexibility of online learning remains important.  A few respondents mentioned that the reputation of the provider and the company’s professional respect in the industry lent necessary credibility to the program.

To see the complete results, please visit:



Dr. Tricia Seymour, Cofounder and COO of Ed4Career, was recently published in Career College Central’s July 2013 Magazine.  In the article entitled “Can Online Learning be as Effective as Classroom Learning?” Dr. Seymour highlights the results of a recent poll conducted by Ed4Career among educators and professionals and explores the ongoing debate taking place in academic circles.

To read the complete article, please download Career College Central’s July edition:

http://www.careercollegecentral.com/pdf/ccc-july-2013.pdf

 



Business man in front of a computer

From time to time, Ed4Career polls our connections to get their viewpoint on a variety of topics.

This month, we'd like to know:  Have you ever taken an online course for your own Professional Development? Please click on this link to answer our survey and to tell us a little more about your experience: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNHFJCP.

As always, we thank you for sharing your professional opinion with us!

 


Corporate Training

By Kris Powers | August 8th 2013

Business people around a computer

A few months ago, CertifyMe.net released eLearning industry information for 2013.  Shift eLearning had reported the same statistics and more back in the winter of 2012.  After reviewing both the reports and the infographic; here are some highlights with regard to Corporations and online learning:

1.    77% of American Corporations use online learning for training on the job.

2.    Corporations now use eLearning as their second most important training method. Why? It cuts operational costs and is cost efficient.

3.    Corporations save 50-70% when they replace instructor-based training with eLearning.

4.    Online classes tend to be approximately 25-60 percent shorter than traditional, instructor-led classes.

5.    According to the National Research Business Institute, nearly one quarter of employees leave their jobs because of the lack of opportunity for training and development.