Students Learn Innovation and Creativity Through Science

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could show off your idea for some innovative technology that will exist 20 years from now?

Well, that chance is here for students in grades K-12. Even as U.S. leaders worry that we’ve fallen behind other countries in producing graduates in the critical STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – the 21st annual Toshiba ExploraVision science competition is back to inspire young people to use their creativity and critical-thinking skills to help change the world.

WGU Washington Declares, ‘No Parent Left Behind’

(NewsUSA) – As parents send their kids back to school, it’s likely that the last thing they have time to consider is heading back to school themselves. But, they should ?.Nearly half a million Washington residents, many of them parents, have started but not finished a degree; yet by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs in the state will require at least some college. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can bring career advancement, increase job security, and enhance earning potential, so how can busy parents finish their degrees and avoid being left behind?For busy parents with tight budgets, the prospect of heading back to college can be daunting. While there are a number of college options, few are affordable and flexible enough to meet the needs of working adults.But Washington’s new online university, WGU Washington, washington.wgu.edu, is designed to meet their needs — affordably. Nonprofit and endorsed by the state, WGU Washington offers 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing.WGU Washington’s programs allow students to move quickly through what they already know and to focus on what they still need to learn. Students advance by demonstrating what they know, not by logging time in class. This learning model, which includes the support of a dedicated mentor, is called competency-based education, and it represents a true innovation in higher education.At less than $3,000 per six-month term (and unlimited courses per term), WGU Washington is about half the cost of other online universities and considerably less than most of Washington’s public universities. And, because WGU Washington allows students to work at their own pace, the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is just two-and-a-half years — an average cost of about $15,000.It’s likely that you are already encouraging your kids to plan for college. And, as all good parents know, kids learn best by example. Finishing a degree means more than career advancement and better earning potential — it is a priceless accomplishment that demonstrates the value of education to your children. This back-to-school season, don’t be left behind.       Note to editors: Great for regional use in Washington state.

WGU Washington Declares, "No Parent Left Behind"

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As parents send their kids back to school, it’s likely that the last thing they have time to consider is heading back to school themselves. But, they should ?.
Nearly half a million Washington residents, many of them parents, have started but not finished a degree; yet by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs in the state will require at least some college. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can bring career advancement, increase job security, and enhance earning potential, so how can busy parents finish their degrees and avoid being left behind?
For busy parents with tight budgets, the prospect of heading back to college can be daunting. While there are a number of college options, few are affordable and flexible enough to meet the needs of working adults.
But Washington’s new online university, WGU Washington, washington.wgu.edu, is designed to meet their needs — affordably. Nonprofit and endorsed by the state, WGU Washington offers 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing.
WGU Washington’s programs allow students to move quickly through what they already know and to focus on what they still need to learn. Students advance by demonstrating what they know, not by logging time in class. This learning model, which includes the support of a dedicated mentor, is called competency-based education, and it represents a true innovation in higher education.
At less than $3,000 per six-month term (and unlimited courses per term), WGU Washington is about half the cost of other online universities and considerably less than most of Washington’s public universities. And, because WGU Washington allows students to work at their own pace, the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is just two-and-a-half years — an average cost of about $15,000.
It’s likely that you are already encouraging your kids to plan for college. And, as all good parents know, kids learn best by example. Finishing a degree means more than career advancement and better earning potential — it is a priceless accomplishment that demonstrates the value of education to your children. This back-to-school season, don’t be left behind.

CPA Candidates Prepare to Join Growing Industry

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – While many industries have shed jobs in the face of a shrinking economy, the historically stable accounting profession is expanding as regulatory scrutiny increases and baby boomers in the field retire.
Bachelor’s degree holders are flooding back to school to advance their careers and secure high-level positions now available in accounting. If you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with an accounting focus, you can move ahead in your career by acquiring your CPA designation. The first step toward achieving this professional goal is passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
The CPA exam is extremely challenging, and according to a study conducted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), approximately 28 percent of candidates who took all four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam passed all sections on their first try. To bolster their skill set and increase their chances of success, many CPA candidates enroll in CPA preparation.
But what about CPA candidates who also want to pursue their Master of Business Administration (MBA), or may decide to in the future?
Some higher education providers offer CPA prep coursework that may count toward the 150 hours required to satisfy CPA exam and/or licensing requirements in most states.
Eligible students save time and money by simultaneously preparing for the CPA exam and earning credit toward graduate-level academic degrees, such as an MBA.
For instance, DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management recently began offering an innovative new graduate certificate in CPA Preparation with two tracks: Professional Leadership and Advanced Accounting. This new graduate certificate prepares candidates for the CPA exam while earning academic credits.
“Graduate certificates are a cost-effective way to earn academic credentials and address current industry demand in a short time frame,” explained Jesus Fernandez, associate provost for curriculum at DeVry University.
The 30 credit hour program builds on previous undergraduate accounting studies, educating students through the real world experience of highly knowledgeable faculty. The advanced accounting coursework can stand alone as a relevant academic credential or become a stepping stone to an MBA.
The Keller Graduate School of Management Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation integrates Becker Professional Education’s CPA Review Methodology. Best of all, it is available on campus, online, or both, an ideal offering for working professionals looking to gain a professional edge with an additional credential.

Balancing the Responsibilities of Work and School

Balancing work and the commitment of earning an advanced degree can be daunting. But it is a reality many adult learners face as they continue their education while juggling personal, family and financial responsibilities.

The good news is that there are many tips and resources available to help ease stress and make balancing work and school manageable.

1.    Capitalize on flexible class scheduling. An increasing number of colleges and universities are tailoring education to suit working students’ schedules. DeVry University, for example, offers flexible scheduling in a “mix and match” format that allows students to enroll in a combination of onsite or ◊online courses [http://www.devry.edu/tools/online-learning-experience/online-college-course-demo.htm]◊ during the day or evening, based on convenience.

Accounting Candidates Prepare to Join Growing Industry

While many industries have shed jobs in the face of a shrinking economy, the historically stable accounting profession is expanding as regulatory scrutiny increases and baby boomers in the field retire.

Bachelor’s degree holders are flooding back to school to advance their careers and secure high-level positions now available in accounting. If you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with an accounting focus, you can move ahead in your career by acquiring your CPA designation. The first step toward achieving this professional goal is passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Balancing Act: Tips for Juggling the Responsibilities of Work and School

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – While many industries have shed jobs in the face of a shrinking economy, the historically stable accounting profession is expanding as regulatory scrutiny increases and baby boomers in the field retire.
Bachelor’s degree holders are flooding back to school to advance their careers and secure high-level positions now available in accounting. If you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration with an accounting focus, you can move ahead in your career by acquiring your CPA designation. The first step toward achieving this professional goal is passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
The CPA exam is extremely challenging, and according to a study conducted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), approximately 28 percent of candidates who took all four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam passed all sections on their first try. To bolster their skill set and increase their chances of success, many CPA candidates enroll in CPA preparation.
But what about CPA candidates who also want to pursue their Master of Business Administration (MBA), or may decide to in the future?
Some higher education providers offer CPA prep coursework that may count toward the 150 hours required to satisfy CPA exam and/or licensing requirements in most states.
Eligible students save time and money by simultaneously preparing for the CPA exam and earning credit toward graduate-level academic degrees, such as an MBA.
For instance, DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management recently began offering an innovative new graduate certificate in CPA Preparation with two tracks: Professional Leadership and Advanced Accounting. This new graduate certificate prepares candidates for the CPA exam while earning academic credits.
“Graduate certificates are a cost-effective way to earn academic credentials and address current industry demand in a short time frame,” explained Jesus Fernandez, associate provost for curriculum at DeVry University.
The 30 credit hour program builds on previous undergraduate accounting studies, educating students through the real world experience of highly knowledgeable faculty. The advanced accounting coursework can stand alone as a relevant academic credential or become a stepping stone to an MBA.
The Keller Graduate School of Management Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation integrates Becker Professional Education’s CPA Review Methodology. Best of all, it is available on campus, online, or both, an ideal offering for working professionals looking to gain a professional edge with an additional credential.

Gripping the Realities of Graduate School

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – According to a 2009 study by the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 5 percent of the U.S. population has a graduate degree. The post-recession economy has placed increased pressure on job-seekers and working professionals to join this minority and gain a leg up on the competition. However, many prospective graduate students still need assistance in deciding whether they should attend graduate school.
“In today’s competitive job market, candidates need to add value to their prospective employer’s business and tell them exactly how they intend to do it,” said Nelly C. Leon, M.S., senior career advisor at DeVry University. “Many would argue that master’s degree holders are more proficient at delivering that value.”
Nevertheless, before prospective grad students begin forecasting the potential salary and prestige an advanced degree may bring, it is important that they consider why they want the degree and how they will utilize it to get ahead.
“Some students want a graduate degree to help them launch their own business, while others are more concerned with accelerating their career trajectory or becoming a better manager,” said Eddie R. Wachter, Ph.D., dean of academic affairs at DeVry University. “Potential graduate students need to decide how their desired degree will help them become a more competent and respected leader.”
It is imperative that professionals consider the following:
How will a graduate degree help me? Many job-seekers aspire to earn a graduate degree without analyzing the most-needed skills in their industry. A graduate degree, in itself, does not bring opportunity. It is important to gauge where a graduate degree will be beneficial and how it should be utilized.
What type of graduate program do I need? Program offerings are a vital component of this decision. Prospective students should ask themselves the following: Do I need to work full-time while enrolled? Do I need a school with year-round evening and weekend classes as well as flexible online degree options so I can finish quickly? Schools such as DeVry University give students the chance to earn a master’s degree on a personalized schedule without affecting their lifestyle.
Will my graduate education pay off? Many job-seekers neglect researching how long it will take them to pay for their education. While some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs, many graduate students pay for their own education. Earning a graduate degree must benefit the student both professionally and financially.
How will I balance my schedule? Balancing responsibilities is challenging without the added pressure of pursuing a master’s degree. Prospective students should establish a support system to help them balance the demands of higher education.
Prospective graduate students need to honestly weigh all of their options and motivations while deciding whether to pursue a graduate degree. However, with proper planning, a graduate degree can catapult professionals to new career heights, reveal exciting growth opportunities and give young professionals and their business a clear competitive advantage.

Is Going Back to School an Option?

School is never easy, but responsibilities like bills or a family can make the prospect of adding to the mix seem overwhelming. Despite these challenges, people from all different backgrounds are choosing to go back to school, seeing continued education as a way to improve their current job prospects or create future job security.

Many choose to go back to school to complete degree programs they never finished or to enter a new career. Some find that an advanced degree is needed in order to get to that “next” position. However, in a lot of cases, these individuals worry it may be too late to go back to school.

Should I Go Back to School?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – School is never easy, but responsibilities like bills or a family can make the prospect of adding to the mix seem overwhelming. Despite these challenges, people from all different backgrounds are choosing to go back to school, seeing continued education as a way to improve their current job prospects or create future job security.
Many choose to go back to school to complete degree programs they never finished or to enter a new career. Some find that an advanced degree is needed in order to get to that “next” position. However, in a lot of cases, these individuals worry it may be too late to go back to school.
Annette R. Uncangco, MS, and regional director of career services at DeVry University, disagrees. “It is never too late to go back to school!”
“Many of our students are adult learners, who have come back to continue their education. Our Career Services department partners with our graduates in their career search and provides them with lifetime assistance throughout their career.”
Whatever your situation, going back to school is a big decision. Consider the following when making such a choice: