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Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire

Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire Northwood University unveils new graduate certificate program - Midland Daily News Mesa Community College veterinary technology students training in CPR - Your Valley University of Tennessee: All you need to know about Engineering Management - Study International News Spalding University stands out in Louisville by offering on-campus and online bachelor's in financial planning, master's in business communication - GlobeNewswire Posted: 21 Jan 2021 11:38 AM PST LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, Jan. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During a time of uncertainty

College of Marin offers new online career programs - Marin Independent Journal

College of Marin offers new online career programs - Marin Independent Journal

College of Marin offers new online career programs - Marin Independent Journal

Posted: 01 Jan 2021 06:28 PM PST

College of Marin students aiming for careers in business, multimedia or hospitality now have online courses available that meet standards for certificates or possible transfer to four-year colleges, the school said.

The courses, developed over the past year and a half, will be available in January, said Nicole Cruz, a spokeswoman for the college.

"These three entirely online career pathway programs will give students more options in how they can complete degrees and certificates in these fields," Cruz said.

Cruz said the college, in creating the peer-reviewed courses, joins a network of about 30 community colleges called the "California Virtual Campus — Online Education Initiative."

The network has a shared website so that students who need certain classes that are not offered at their home college may enroll at a different school in the group.

"All courses in this platform are offered asynchronously," Cruz said. "That means that while students have deadlines to meet, there are no set class times they must attend to complete the course."

Cari Torres-Benavides, an assistant vice president at College of Marin, said the school has been working on upgrading its online programs since April 2019, when it received a state grant for career technical education development. Torres-Benavides co-authored the grant with Stacey Lince, an instructional designer.

"Career and technical education happened to be one of the areas where we had the most developed online courses that lead to complete degree and certificate pathways, and faculty who completed online training in online learning," Lince said.

Earlier this year, after the pandemic hit, the school intensified its faculty training in how to teach online and how to create online curricula. Lince and Kathleen Smyth, the college's distance education coordinator, worked with faculty to bring missing courses online that students would need in order to complete a certificate or degree.

That included bringing general education courses online that also meet University of California and California State University requirements for transfer.

"It's a process, it's an evolution," Smyth said.

"It's not like face-to-face when you could give the same lectures each semester with few tweaks," she said. "You can't do that online. You must be more creative, and you must keep adjusting what you're doing to ensure your course is well designed, engaging and accessible."

Torres-Benavides added that the three courses are seen as the first step in College of Marin being able to offer "an expanded cross-section of online course offerings that meet general education and major preparation requirements."

High-paying jobs without the college degree | Business -

Posted: 02 Jan 2021 10:30 PM PST

You don't need a four-year college degree to land a high-paying job and jumpstart a career. A host of desirable occupations are open to people certified to have the skills needed to do the job, a credential they can earn in a fraction of the time and cost required for a bachelor's degree.

These jobs come with median salaries of $70,000, $80,000, $90,000 or more. This might explain why the number of certifications earned between 2000-2001 and 2017-2018 climbed by 73%, to 955,000 from 553,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Some certificate holders earn as much as or even more than workers with college degrees," concluded Georgetown University researchers in a study of the phenomenon. Among men, they found that 39% of certificate holders earned more than the median associate's degree holder and 24% earned more than the median bachelor's degree holder. The numbers were comparable for women.

If you are undecided about a career or overcome by the number of options, a Department of Labor website,, might help. It describes many jobs that do not require a college degree and has a "certification finder" tool that lets you learn which certificates are required for specific jobs and which schools or government agencies are authorized to certify job seekers.

To find online databases of legitimate schools that meet industry standards and whose certifications are accepted widely, visit the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

It is important to make sure that any program you choose will result in a certification, not just a certificate, said Thomas Johnson, an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. To a hiring manager, a certificate might only mean that you completed a course, not that you did well in it; a certification tells a potential employer that you have mastered the skills required.

"You can take a class at the local community college and bumble through and at the end get a certificate you can put on your wall," he said. "But employers may not give much weight to that if another person has a certification from a school accredited by an industry group." Checking with a desired employer that the certification you're seeking is what's wanted is also a wise move.

Following are degree-optional jobs that pay substantially above the median personal income in the U.S., which was $35,977 in 2019.

That figure and the following median wages and job openings were gathered from the BLS in May 2019.

Information security analyst

The relentless threat posed by hackers has spurred demand for network security experts clever enough to keep bad guys at bay. While not all employers require potential employees to have a college degree, they do want credible credentials affirming applicants' bona fides. Certification training is available widely, from local community colleges to extension programs at prestigious institutions.

Annual median wage: $99,730.

Job outlook: Companies fill about 13,900 openings annually, and the BLS forecasts job openings will grow 31.2% between 2019 and 2029.

Electric system operator

System operators manage the network of power plants and power lines in electricity grids and make sure generators produce enough electricity to meet demand minute-by-minute. To land a position, you need to be certified by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.; you can prepare for the NARC test by taking courses from the Electric Power Research Institute.

Annual median wage: $82,780.

Job outlook: The industry hires about 1,500 grid operators annually, but the BLS says that is not enough to offset attrition, and the number of workers will decline 3.2% by 2029.

Web developer

Web developers design and develop websites as independent contractors, workers at boutique firms, or employees of tech or marketing departments within large corporations. Programs to certify your web-development savvy are available online and in person, at institutions ranging from Cornell and Harvard universities to for-profit trade schools. Being trained in the right coding language is essential, so check with potential employers on that and other requirements before choosing a training institution.

Annual median wage: $73,760.

Job outlook: The BLS forecasts above-average job growth of 8% annually from 2019 to 2029, which translates into about 13,000 new jobs each year.

Building inspector

Some construction and building inspectors pursue a two-year associate's degree to learn about building codes and how to enforce them, but a certification from a community college will suffice to secure a position in most jurisdictions.

Annual median wage: $60,710.

Job outlook: Governments hire about 13,500 construction and building inspectors each year, and the BLS anticipates job growth of 3.2% between 2019 and 2029.

Community colleges whose graduates earn the most money - Daily Journal Online

Posted: 02 Jan 2021 04:30 PM PST


Stacker used information from Payscale to produce the following list which ranks potential earnings from community college graduates at varying points in their careers.


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