Federal Grant will Assist a Naugatuck Valley Community College Job Training Program


The federal government and state of Connecticut choose the Naugatuck Valley Community College, also referred to as the NVCC, along with 270 other schools to be primary recipients of a massive grant program. The support from this grant amounts to no less than $15 million to be spread out among the schools. Lawmakers passed this bill in order to assist Connecticut schools in building a better manufacturing job training programming for their students. With help from the new grant, the Naugatuck Valley Community College job training program should benefit both students and employers alike. The grant program focuses on several industries by attempting to better prepare students with necessary job skills for the future. The $1,706,025 grant that NVCC will receive specifically targets vocational and technical high school students in conjunction to the manufacturing industry. NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis stated that the school will team up with Abbott Tech to provide an Advanced Manufacturing Technology certificate at the school’s Danbury location. Other plans for spending the money at NVCC include creating a ‘third semester’ course at Waterbury-based Kaynor Tech. This course allows for both daytime and evening worker training directly on campus. Read more ›

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The Top 10 US Schools for a Degree in Veterinary Technician

The Top 10 US Schools for a Degree in Veterinary TechnicianAre you interested in helping animals? Then, you consider a career as a Veterinary Technician. Not only will you get that opportunity to save the lives of animals, but you’ll also be part of one of the  most popular career tracks this year. Veterinary Technicians earn a good living in 2014, and the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s job outlook for this profession remains highly positive. Over the coming ten years, they expect that the field will increase by 30 percent. That rise essentially means that plenty of Vet Techs will work in the market in the future. If you’re currently researching profitable associate’s degrees to enroll in, or if you’re thinking of going back to school to find a better career, you may want to consider signing up for a Vet Tech degree at one of the schools in our list. Only a handful of major colleges and universities in the U.S. offer programs for a Veterinary Technician degree. We’ve selected what we feel comprise the top 10 US schools for a degree in Veterinary Technician. Read more ›

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State Government Passed Grants for Local Community College Career Training


Breaking news for higher education in the state of Nevada: the State Government passed grants for local community college career training. The Nevada State government just passed a bill just this past September 29th 2014 for a grant program worth $9.9 million. The grant is designed to help fund four community colleges throughout Nevada. These colleges will use this funding to work with various local employers to expand and improve their educational career training programs (or internships). If everything goes according to plans, this grant should improve the job scene in the area by making both the employers and local graduates better equipped to adhere to the high professional standards in the respective lines of work. The project aims to help people who are currently excluded from the job market (such as displaced workers or veterans). With any luck, this displaced demographic should fit back in with the job market. Read more ›

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The New Partnership Between TurboVote and Ohio Universities Simplifies Student Voting


Two universities from Ohio recently partnered with the manufacturer of an electronic voting system to make voting easier for their students. The University of Akron and the Case Western Reserve University announced on Monday, September 22nd 2014, that they opened up the possibility for students to cast political votes without leaving their dorm rooms. The brand new system enabling this kind of tele-voting is called TurboVote. TurboVote is an electronic platform which university students will first need to register with before casting a vote. For students, the registration on TurboVote is free. The application was developed by Democracy Works, a not for profit, non-partisan organization committed to helping potential voters exercise their democratic right easier. The NGO currently has a partnership with about 180 universities. Read more ›

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Companies Garnish American Wages Due to Massive Credit Debt


Some of you may be unfamiliar with this practice where companies garnish American wages due to massive credit debt. A report published by NPR and ProPublica earlier this month (September), shows that the effects of American debt accrued during the economic recession continues to impact borrowers into the present. According to the piece, credit companies are garnishing the wages of ten percent of Americans between the ages of 35 to 44. For those unfamiliar with the term ‘wage garnishment,’ it means that the lender takes a fraction of your salary regardless of your say and pays off some of the debt with it. More often than not, this happens due to a huge pile up of debt accumulated in the past. This debt may stem from either from credit card usage, medical bills, or college loans. The report provides the first countrywide data set on wage garnishment in America. Read on to find out what effects this practice is causing on the U.S. population. Read more ›

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Recent Economic Changes Caused a Decline in the Movie Industry Employment


On September 4, 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its Employment Report for August. While this report has been met with mixed reactions, the report indicates that most industries are still adding jobs. However, some notable and persistent exceptions exist in the movie industry. The BLS report shows that recent economic changes caused a decline in the movie industry employment. Overall, the report indicates that there were 142,000 new non-farm payroll jobs added in August; unemployment stagnated at a rate of 6.1 percent. These changes show an overall slowdown in increasing employment which is still encouraging in the wake of the global economic downturn. However, most analysts agree that this is not yet cause for major concern. On the other hand, the movies continue to be one of the biggest job losers across all job industries. This job loss prompted some alarmed reactions from Hollywood. Read more ›

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State Funding Levels for Higher Education Financial Aid

Acquiring higher education was never a cheap endeavor for anyone involved. This reality is especially true now more than ever. Without financial aid, obtaining a college degree proves to be extremely expensive. More and more graduates question whether the degree itself is actually worth the many years of paying off the student debt. Because of this debt, the topic of state funding levels for higher education financial aid is particularly important for anyone involved with college education. In a nutshell, the government does provide limited funds to help relieve some of the financial strain of higher education. However, this financial aid is pretty limited due to the still ongoing economic recovery. In order to be able to receive this funding, you must educate yourself and become very well-informed in the topic.  Today we examine this topic and attempt to answer the question: How do State Funding Levels Rank for Higher Education? Read more ›

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Does a Racial Disparity Exist Between Education and US Employment?


Does a Racial Disparity Exist Between Education and US Employment? A recent survey conducted by non-partisan NGO Young Invincibles revealed that a racial disparity exists between one’s level of education and the person’s ability to be hired. There exists a disparity between African American people and Caucasian people at each educational level. African American high-school dropouts are less likely than their white counterparts to find a job: the difference in odds stands at 15 percent for males and 12 percent for females. In order to have similar chances of employment as a young, white male adult with only a high school education, an African American man will need at least some college educational experience. However, on a more positive note, a young African American adult with a degree is far more likely than a young Caucasian adult to benefit from an increase in pay following the completion of his or her education. Although this may serve as less comforting, the disparity statistics at the bachelor degree level is far smaller: male African Americans with bachelor’s degree are only 5 percent less likely to find a job than their white peers; this rate stands at a 3 percent difference for females. Read more ›

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Market Survey Finds Employers Value Integrity and Experience over Education


A recent survey conducted by Canadian staffing agency and published in late July bears good news for job hopefuls. This survey essentially downgrades the value of an expensive education in the hiring process. According to the survey, which was conducted by the North American staffing agency, Today Express Employment Professionals, employers don’t care as much about a job candidates’ educational background as they do with other factors. Do you wonder to yourself “What do employers look for in a job candidate”? The short answer is that they look for certain, specific qualities. If you’re here to increase your chances of finding that great new job, you can read on to discover the most employable work traits. Check out how this market survey finds employers value integrity and experience over education.

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How to Use Military Scholarships to Afford Post Secondary Education

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Late 2013 ushered in  what first seemed like good news on college expenses. It seems that the costs of post secondary education were slower to increase in 2013 than over the past few years. These costs only rose by 2.9 percent at public four-year colleges. However, this report alone fails to mention that families continue paying more for the cost of a post-secondary education than any other factor in the US. That’s because the growth of financial aid has not matched that of the rise in tuition costs. In fact, once you subtract grants, scholarships, tax credits and everything else, you’ll discover that families still pay far more than they used to. Another interesting fact is that, at the height of the recession, between 2008 and 2011, federal grants nearly doubled in volume. This growth reduced the net cost of college to far lower rates at the time: $1,940 in 2009-2010, compared to $3,120 in 2013-2014.
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