Ed4Career Blog

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial Spirit?

By Kris Powers | May 28th 2013

Opportunity Sign

Have you ever looked at an existing product or service and thought to yourself, “I can do this better?”  Do you have a skill or talent that can fill a need in the marketplace?  In today’s ever-changing economy; the idea of being your own boss may be very appealing.  You can follow your passion while building something that you can call your own. But before you take the plunge, think about why you want to start a business and what you want the business to provide for you.  The truth is, owning your own business is hard work.  You’ll probably work harder than ever – but the benefit is that you will challenge yourself to grow in ways you might never have thought possible.

Payscale.com asked members of The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC),”What is the biggest perk of owing your own business?”  Below are a few of my favorite responses:

Added Regulations Strengthen HIPAA

By Allison Kibler M.Ed. | May 28th 2013

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996 to make healthcare providers have safeguards in place to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patients’ private health information (PHI). In 2013 after much technical and digital growth, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has introduced additional compliance requirements that providers and their business associates will need to implement by the September 23rd, 2013 deadline. The new rules move HIPAA enforcement away from the voluntary compliance framework and toward a penalty-based system with a maximum fine of $1.5 million per violation.

Intern being trained

Ed4Career is proud to announce the second posting our series of "In Your Opinion" polls; where your opinion counts and your voice can be heard.

We will be posting an occassional poll on our social media sites and would love to gather feedback from everyone who is interested. This week's question is, "In your opinion, how helpful are internships / externships to students in getting a job?". Please follow the link below to cast your vote and share your opinions:


We look forward to hearing your comments!

Thank you!

Students in a Computer Lab

Classroom training and studies are often the easy part of finding and obtaining a job in your chosen profession today.  To stand out in the job market, a comprehensive education, coupled with hands-on experience and training can play an essential role in getting the ideal job upon completion of your program. The opportunity to take formal training and put it to practice in an internship, externship, apprenticeship, or even through volunteering can have a huge impact on career and employment opportunities.

Internships and externships are both types of work experience that offer participants the opportunity to learn and gain experience in a chosen field. The differences between the two types of hands-on training are subtle; the main differences are often the duration of the training and payment for the positions.

Green Careers

By Allison Kibler M.Ed. | May 7th 2013

"The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. You cannot sustain the economy if you don’t take care of the environment" -Wangari Maathai

Are you an advocate for the health of our planet and the future of mankind? Do you want to practice sustainable thinking? Are you ready to dive into one of the fastest growing and innovative industries in the market?

People around a table

Ed4Career is proud to announce our series of "In Your Opinion" polls; where your opinion counts and your voice can be heard.

We will be posting an occassional poll on our social media sites and would love to gather feedback from everyone who is interested.  This week's question is, "In your opinion, can online learning be as effective as classroom learning?".  Please follow the link below to cast your vote and share your opinions:


Thank you!


What Makes Ed4Career Different?

By Kris Powers | April 30th 2013

Student with books

Ed4Career understands the way adults want to learn and how they learn the best. We currently offer one of the largest proprietary career certification catalogs available on the market today and in our ongoing desire to offer the best we are constantly updating and improving our courses and our course selection to offer Best of Breed.

Time Management Tips for the Online Student

By Kris Powers | April 16th 2013

Time Management

I’ve always thought of myself as fairly competent in the time management department. 

However, ever since entering the social media forum, I’ve realized more and more how easily too many tasks can distract me. For example, while writing this post I’ve a) checked the company's Facebook account b) Re-tweeted two relevant articles c) straightened my desk…well, you get the picture. There are distractions everywhere!

We’ve already discussed how online courses can give students the flexibility to take their class anytime, anywhere. While it’s great that an online course can be worked around a full time job, kids and their activities, and so forth - without a set schedule or face time with instructors, the trick is staying on top of those courses.  An online student is left to set their own schedule.

What Is Your Learning Style?

By Kris Powers | April 10th 2013

hand with pen

As students, we all have our own type of learning style.  Our learning style defines how we take in, understand and process information as well as impacts our ability to problem-solve.  Most of us have more than one learning style, but there is often one dominant method that we relate to more than the others – a personal combination that is uniquely ours.  It’s important to note that no one learning style is superior to the others.  In fact, we should always work at developing our less dominant styles to help us adapt to all types of instruction.  Understanding your own personal learning style will help you determine the most optimal way for you to study and take in new information.

There are three primary learning styles:

Ed4Career's Journey Into Social Media

By Kris Powers | April 10th 2013

Spider Web

“The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes.” Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy