How Does Your Education Add Up? – InfoGraphic

November 3rd, 2009 by admin

Working harder towards higher degrees means you won’t have a hard time staying out of the unemployment lines later.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that people who finish degree programs in college earn much more over the course of their lifetimes than those who only earn high school diplomas or drop out of college. Sometimes the difference can be over a million dollars before retirement.

But even more interesting, it was noted that people with undergraduate and graduate degrees manage to stay employed for longer periods, but also find jobs they qualify for more quickly.

They spend less time searching and more time working.

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Find a Beauty Career While Lounging

July 29th, 2009 by admin

It’s all about social networking these days – and it seems that most people have at least one if not two different accounts on social websites. But how do you turn those networking chances into career opportunities?

I have seen articles that say that Twitter or LinkedIn are the way to go for career networking options but there’s a new kid on the social networking block: The Lounge.
This new site, properly named the Beauty School Lounge, is a niche social networking tool dedicated to the beauty industry. Beauty professionals and students can sign up to learn, converse and socialize about all things related to the beauty industry. There’s even a job board to view when looking for your next career move.

In addition to chatting with other beauty professionals in the biz, students can find helpful tools on the site, like tutorials, post their portfolio and gain valuable tips from seasoned pros.

Thinking about a beauty career? Search for cosmetology schools in your area on U.S. College Search today!

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LEED Standards Changing the World and CAD / Architecture Education

June 18th, 2009 by admin

What it is

The LEED Certification is the new gold standard for construction and architecture in the new century. This is good news for those considering or currently attending architecture colleges. It means that the designers on new construction are aiming for a higher set of energy and efficiency requirements that are optional, but are also built to impact long-term costs to the communities that will use the facilities.

Why it’s a good idea

Beginning in the mid-2000′s in many urban cores, the LEED standards began impacting communities and their new construction projects in positive ways. It’s positive because the LEED list of certifications is based on saving energy, using renewable resources and materials, and engineering creative solutions. Now in 2009, technical schools, colleges and universities and architecture schools are incorporating the LEED standards into the curriculum.

What the technology is called

The technology that is leading the way for CAD Drafters, Architects and Construction Manager graduates alike is something called BIM (Building Information Modeling). BIM training software has been formulated as a sort of shorthand for the complex merging of computer-aided-design and construction databases.

BIM helps architects, engineers, and construction planners design more efficient, cost-saving and greener facilities for roughly the same cost as normal buildings. By stressing cooperation across multiple occupations early in design, BIM also provides a new way to learn engineering, civic planning and architecture skills at technical colleges across the country.

How you can take advantage

One interesting aspect of the focus on LEED certifications is that now construction companies and civic engineering boards are on the hunt for certified LEEDS Compliance Specialists. This job certification is becoming somewhat of an elite class of consulting for drafting, engineering and civic planning businesses around the country. So if you begin your drafting, engineering or architectural training now, you can specialize in LEEDS certification standards as a way to enhance your marketability. can help you find a school near you that covers the new LEEDS standards in their curriculum. Get started on a useful specialization for your college degree today!

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Back to Basics: The Trucking and Transportation Industry in a Tough Economy

June 12th, 2009 by admin

Ask anyone in the nation about the current job market and what kind of opportunities lay within it, and you’ll likely be pointed in thousand different directions about what sectors to explore.  True, while many industries have been seeing upturn within the last 3 months, and with layoffs receding for the fourth month in a row – a lot of companies are finally opening their doors to the myriad of job seekers who’ve been pelting resumes and cover letters at them since last November.
However, the nation’s overall job market is still quite a challenging environment – even for a qualified job seeker.  So we had to ask here at USCS – what kind of blue-chip industries should one consider when deciding what to go to school for?
The answer might surprise you, but truck driving and transportation is one of the most fundamental industries that our nation has been built upon.

Although CDL requirements different on a state-by-state basis, getting trained and employed as a truck driver may be one of the quickest and simplest answers to landing a great paying job in a tough economy.  For instance, in most California truck driving schools you can get enrolled and graduate with CDL training in a little as 2 months.  Texas truck driving schools even allow 18 years old to take the exam, provided they do not cross out of Texas state lines.  Either way, this a great career to begin training in as the salary expectations are well above the national averages – and the work is often both exciting and new.
There’s an old saying in the trucking industry – If you bought it, a truck brought it – and these few words hold great importance for those considering going to school to start a new & rewarding career – you’re always very likely to have a job.

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Weighing the Costs of College: University vs. Career College

June 12th, 2009 by admin

The costs of college are on the rise – increasing at a rate faster than inflation. Yet education is still very important, especially in this day and age – seems that everyone is preaching the worth of college and how it can affect your future.  But the rising cost of  college tuition can make it harder for some people to afford the education they’re looking for.Not all colleges cost the same but some state-sponsored schools have tuition rates that are close to $18,000 a year. With 4 years at that state school, students can see their tuition bills reach over $80,000.The New York Times  has a handy-dandy tuition calculator and I have crunched the numbers for tuition costs at university in my home state and career college. Here are my findings:

•    Cost of earning your Bachelor’s degree as a full-time, in-state student at a state public university with housing fees for 4 years with a 4% tuition increase each year totals over $56,000.
•    Cost of earning your Associate degree as a full-time, in-state student at career college for 2 years without housing fees totals a little over $13,000.Those values will differ depending on where you’re from and type of college you want to attend.

But, one has to think that in this economy, you want to get the most for your dollar. And in some cases, that career colleges can offer you a degree for less money and similar outcomes.  So when choosing where to go to school, why not look at a career college in your area?  You might be surprised!

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SAT Prep Courses … Worth the Money?

June 1st, 2009 by admin

Did you take an SAT or ACT prep course in high school? Do you think it helped? A new report says probably not … at least not as much as you’d like to think.

Tamara Keith from American Public Media reports that preparing for the SAT is a good idea, but you’d probably get the same benefit from a $30 at-home study guide as a multi-thousand dollar test-prep course.

David Hawkins from The National Association of College Admissions Counseling says “There needs to be a buyer-beware notice for students and families who are thinking about commercial test preparation.” The group pulled together a report that says the average score increase as a result of prep courses is only 30 points. Out of 2,400.

Hmm … while that might be enough to make or break an Ivy League acceptance for a few people, it’s probably not worth it to the rest of us.

Whether you took an SAT prep course or not, what if your score didn’t turn out quite as high as you’d like? Don’t worry! Standardized tests aren’t for everyone – we know that.

Not all schools require an ACT/SAT score for admission. Schools that don’t often offer a more targeted education, building practical skills rather than general knowledge. Career colleges and technical schools around the country realize that your priorities are different – that test scores don’t matter to you as much as starting a stable career.

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Transferring Colleges: Always a Smart Idea?

May 14th, 2009 by admin

First of all, what is a reverse-transfer? Many school administrators define reverse-transfers as students who transfer from four-year institutions to community colleges to complete part or all of their educations. Today, education professionals are seeking to better understand these students and their motivations for transferring.

A recent issue of Sociology of Education – an American Sociological Association journal – features a report that explores the socioeconomic differences among college transfer students. The sample of students followed in this report began their postsecondary education at a four-year institution. From this group, 33 percent transferred at least once within eight years of graduating from high school. Another 20 percent transferred “laterally,” from one four-year institution to another, and 15 percent transferred in “reverse” to a community college.

Among all these different transfer students, lateral transfers were much more likely than reverse transfers to complete their bachelor’s degree – 69 percent compared to 22 percent. However, both of these figures are lower than the graduation rate of students who don’t transfer at all. They completed their bachelor’s degrees at a rate of 79 percent.

So, if graduation rates are lower for reverse-transfer students, why do some students choose this route? Many education experts assumed that a student’s income, or the income of his or her family would be the deciding factor, but this was actually not the strongest indicator of a transfer decision. According to this study, the strongest indicator of a student’s transfer status is his or her parents’ education level.

Most often, students whose parents had more than a bachelor’s degree were some of the least likely to reverse-transfer. But on the other end of this spectrum, students whose parents had not completed high school were most likely to transfer to a community college.

What could be some reasons behind these trends? Sara Goldrick-Rob, a professor of education policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, believes first-generation college students face unique challenges and struggle academically during their first year of college. But Professor Goldrick-Rob does have ideas for how to better support these students. In her opinion, four-year colleges have the responsibility to offer these students extra resources to help them succeed. Opportunities for extra advising and information could make the difference in these students’ lives and educations.

So, depending on your situation, leaving your four-year college for community colleges or online colleges might be a better choice. But if you’re thinking about it, explore some of the resources available at your current school. Sticking it out might be the better choice in the long run.

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What Kinds of Skill Sets Are Most Job Postings Looking For These Days?

May 8th, 2009 by admin

While it’s not surprising that being tech savvy is a great asset for any job seeker, it does come as a bit of a surprise to find that the demand for technology workers has officially surpassed the demand for trade workers and vocational careers.

The latest report from Dice reveals that tech skills are becoming increasingly in demand, as evidenced by this new report of various job postings around the nation.  The numbers reveal the quantity of times various skills were desired from the employer.  The sample is supposedly representative of job postings in America, and shows us that various technological skill sets are now what most companies are looking for most often:

Operating Systems
1. Windows — 8,445
2. Unix — 6,997

1. Oracle — 9,119
2. SQL — 7,389

Programming Languages
1. C, C++, C# — 9,354
2. J2EE/Java — 8,676

Colleges who specialize in technological training, such as Potomac College and the surrounding cluster of tech schools of Virginia are likely to see increased enrollment over the next few years as an effect of this industry shift.  With many first time college students getting enrolled in this fields, there is also a significant amount of professionals returning to school to obtain more up-to-date credentials for their résumé.

Still, the largest single factor used in deciding out what one should do with their working life comes from passion – and this is still, by and large – the most determinant factor students employ when enrolling for their college programs.

It’s like Confucius says – “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

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Mysterious Educational Superhero Donates Over $45M to College Campuses

May 1st, 2009 by admin

A mysterious superhero has descended upon several Universities throughout the United States.

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Recently, at least nine college institutions have received gifts totaling over $45 million from a mystery donor. What’s unusual is no one, not even the universities, knows where the money came from.

Typically when an educational institution receives an anonymous donation – they are allowed to know the identity of the donor.  In the recent donation sweep, however – lawyers and middlemen have cornered academic institutions into signed agreements not only disallowing them to know the identity of the donor, but promising not to try and find out.

Some of the schools that received the donations are the University of Iowa colleges receiving 7 million, the University of Southern Mississippi college receiving 6 million, and Purdue’s Indiana college receiving 8 million. It’s not clear whether the gifts come from an individual, organization or group of people with similar interests.

All donations were given on March 1st. Each came with the stipulation that most of the money must go to student scholarships.
Donations have dwindled at several colleges, and many schools have been trying to make ends meet during this economic downturn. These gifts show that someone recognizes the importance of higher education and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of students.  Historically speaking, and only exempting some of the Ivy League institutions – a larger endowment is a typical prelude to enrollment increase.

I would certainly be on the lookout at these specific universities enrollment metrics over the next academic year – as opportunity might arise for those looking to attend one of their programs.

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20 Paying Hourly Jobs and Careers That Require Minimum Training

April 24th, 2009 by admin

If you’re earning minimum wage or just above it, I bet you’ve considered how much better your life could be if you earned more per hour. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that minimum wage will be $7.25 per hour starting on July 24, 2009, and is even less for the next few months.

Did you know that many of U.S. College Search’s most popular training programs lead to careers that earn almost double that amount? Imagine what you could do with double your salary – what a difference that could make to your future, your family, and your lifestyle. The good news is, these jobs are well within your reach!

CNN and have compiled a  list of 20 jobs that pay a median hourly wage of $20, which means an average of $41,600 a year based on a 40-hour workweek. And guess what? Many of these 20 careers are in fields that you can train for at a USCS school! You can train to become a massage therapist, paralegal, truck mechanic, electrician or one of hundreds of other careers, and build yourself a better life.

Want to find out what the rest of the 20 jobs that pay $20.00 an hour are? Find out in the Career Builder article at Want to actually make that kind of money? Search for a program that interests you right now!

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