Looking for a Way to Boost College Persistence

It’s great to get low-income students to college, but what if they drop out during their first year? What is the difference between those students who persist in college and those who do not? A new study revealed that the persistence rate in college from participants of a program that engages them to work in meaningful internships during high school is greater than it is for their peers.

“Once students experience professional success while in high school, continuing on a path to a lifetime of low-wage occupations is no longer an option, so when the going gets tough in college, they stay determined to succeed,” said Rafael Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Genesys Works www.genesysworks.org (www.genesysworks.org).

5 Ways to Help Victims of Crime Cope With Trauma

About 50 million crimes are committed each year in the U.S., with only 14 million arrests made. Most attention is placed on the criminals, but programs exist to help victims.

“There are far more victims of crime than criminals,” stated Dr. Greg Little, a psychologist who specializes in criminal justice. “Crime victims face serious issues that touch nearly every area of their lives. These include feelings of safety and security, financial loss and potential health issues.”

In 2011, Little and psychologist Dr. Ken Robinson coauthored a book for crime victims titled “Self Preservation.”

Using the Art of Enchantment for Career Success

Many of us have career dreams we aspire to achieve, but often we are left feeling daunted by how to turn those dreams into reality.

Whether your goal is to land your ideal job upon graduating from college or earn that promotion you have been eyeing in your current job, it’s vital to have the support of those around you for your cause.

Garnering the support of others is possible but takes effort, according to Guy Kawasaki, best-selling author and former chief evangelist for Apple Computer. He calls this process “enchantment.”

Why Are Your Water Bills Increasing?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s a common question. If consumption of water remains constant, or even goes down because of conservation, why does your rate go up? Unfortunately for consumers, there is no simple answer.
A number of factors contribute to fluctuating water bills. The primary reasons include the need to repair and/or replace aging water system infrastructure (the tens of thousands of miles of pipes buried underground) and stricter environmental regulations. These factors are coupled with decreases in federal and state funding.
While substantial federal support had been available for water and wastewater infrastructure in the past, this support has dropped significantly. This leaves the costs associated with maintaining and expanding drinking water systems to the utilities and their ratepayers.
Water utilities, and their
customers, face an enormous price to replace old pipes, many of which are 50 years old or older. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the cost to replace old water distribution systems nationwide to be $400 billion over the next 20 years.
At present, the U.S. loses nearly two trillion gallons of clean water annually, at a cost of $2.6 billion, to broken and leaky pipes. Pipes in this poor condition also increase the risk of exposure to water-borne diseases.
Providing safe and affordable drinking water is at the heart of every water utility’s mission. This commitment, along with increasingly stringent federal and state water-quality standards, has improved drinking water but also increased the cost of providing that water.
Water utilities understand the need to keep rates as low as possible. That’s why hundreds of utilities across the country are members of organizations such as the Water Research Foundation (www.waterrf.org). The Foundation provides the opportunity for utilities to pool their resources to conduct drinking water research.
By keeping abreast of emerging treatment and delivery methods and sharing best practices, utilities can continue to provide the highest-quality water.

Breaking the Addiction: Wave Goodbye to Smoking

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The harmful effects of smoking are well known. But knowing the risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping doesn’t make it any easier to quit.
Quitting smoking is a serious commitment that requires devotion and support from friends and family. The process must be centered around your lifestyle and daily routines to ensure the addiction is kicked for good.
Don’t be ashamed to acknowledge the difficulty of this task or ask for help. Before you begin the journey to stop smoking, educate yourself on what to expect and strategies for getting through challenges. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Smoking is an addiction. Don’t underestimate the power of cigarettes. Each stick is a highly efficient nicotine-delivery mechanism. Smoking alters the structure and function of your brain so it constantly craves the alertness and calm produced by nicotine.
Your addiction takes many forms. Cigarettes generate two types of addiction, physical and psychological. Your body is physically dependent on nicotine, but smoking has also become a comforting habit. Cigarettes are associated with specific people, places, activities, even emotions. Physical cravings are magnified by these mental urges.
Ease your reliance by using products like Nicorette gum. Nicorette gradually weans you by providing a controlled amount of nicotine to your system without the harmful toxins, tar, carcinogens or carbon monoxide found in cigarettes. Discount retailer Dollar General makes Nicorette available at an attractive price.
Address your psychological dependence. The brain has already linked certain routines with smoking. You must realize these daily triggers and change your response. Instead of reaching for a cigarette on a morning break, take a nice walk around the building. Replace after-meal cigarettes with a glass of water or favorite dessert.
Smoking cigarettes damages your body, but it is reversible. Before giving in to a craving, remember that your heart and lungs are already healthier.

Why Do Water Bills Go Up?

If consumption of water remains constant, or even goes down because of conservation, why does your rate go up? Unfortunately for consumers, there is no simple answer.

A number of factors contribute to water bill increases. The primary reasons include the need to repair and/or replace aging water system infrastructure (the tens of thousands of miles of pipes buried underground) and stricter environmental regulations. These factors are combined with decreases in federal and state funding.

While substantial federal support had been available for water and wastewater infrastructure in the past, this support has dropped significantly in recent years. This leaves the costs associated with maintaining and expanding drinking water systems to the utilities and their ratepayers.

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.

What Is Your Cat’s Bad Breath Telling You?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In my practice, I’ve always used probiotics in general -; as animals need probiotics just like humans. Adding beneficial bacteria to a pet’s diet helps the digestive system combat intestinal parasites and improves digestive function.
The gastrointestinal tract is such an important foundation to pets’ immune systems because the gut is an entry point for pathogens. If you’re using probiotics, the immune system is supported and strengthened to fight infection quickly and aggressively. Probiotics also help stop the immune system from over-reacting and creating inflammation.
One common issue for pets is ear infection. I’ve observed that whether we used conventional or alternative treatments, adding a probiotic product for immune system support shortens the length and reduces the severity of the infection. I usually see a better outcome by adding Del-Immune V (www.delimmune.com) to treatment, and generally don’t need to do additional treatments, as is common with ear infections.
Another common issue with pets is skin problems, including mange. I have found that skin problems improve quickly with a probiotic product, like Del-Immune V. I use it for immune system support with all types of mange, including the problematic demodectic mange. Some animals have genetically inherited immune weaknesses that allow mange-inducing mites to overgrow. Dogs can inherit the mites from their parents. You will know the mites are out of control if mange becomes a problem.
Probiotics help immensely by supporting the immune system in mounting an appropriate response to the mange mites. Traditional treatments for mange can include strong antibiotics and dips in toxic medicines. But many dogs, if provided a good diet and Del-Immune V, can get over it on their own — unless the infection is too severe. Most dogs survive with veterinary intervention, but if severe enough, mange can be fatal.
See your local veterinarian if your pet begins to display any symptoms.

Balancing Act: Tips for Adult Learners Juggling the Responsibilities of Work and

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – 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 during the day or evening, based on convenience.

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

(NewsUSA) – 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 during the day or evening, based on convenience. 2. Make a schedule and stay organized. A calendar that outlines upcoming work and school projects, meetings and deadlines takes little time to create and can make a busy schedule feel under control. "Time management is an essential quality and core competency for most professionals, and this will be a good test of one’s mettle," explained Jeffrey Greenberg, director of career services for DeVry University. "This skill gets easier over time and will ensure that your work does not pile up, preventing you from meeting deadlines." 3. Address your stress. The weight of multiple obligations can be overwhelming. It’s important to take breaks to obtain a fresh perspective. Exercise and social interaction provide the perfect opportunity to relieve stress and refocus your thoughts, allowing you to return to coursework with a clear mind and renewed sense of energy. 4. Take advantage of your school’s resources. The network of classmates and professors your school offers can provide support and advice for balancing work and school. The economic recession has led many schools to launch career services departments or strengthen existing ones. 5. Create a support network. Harness the support of friends and family, and see if they can help you accomplish your goals. This support could be something as simple as meeting with a roommate to plan household chores or meals for the month.It is important to remember that the hard work and sacrifice required to balance work and school often lead to career success.