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home : greenwood living : education August 1, 2014


Promoting peer engagement through afterschool programs
(BPT) - As summer winds down, inevitably kids’ nerves begin to show with the thought of the upcoming school year. The changes that lie ahead, be it a new school, teacher or a grade level, can create anxiety in many children.Interacting with their peers in an afterschool classroom setting can ... (click to continue...)


What employers want: the 3 'Cs'
(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.Only 11 percent of employers believe recent graduates have the skills needed to succeed within their work forces, according to a recent Lumina Foundation report. Two-third... (click to continue...)


Intersection of technology and health care improves patient care
(BPT) - The health care industry is shifting its focus from volume to value, rewarding health care providers who offer higher quality, more efficient care. The goal is a transition from an outdated model focused on symptoms to one focused on the patient, improving overall population health through ... (click to continue...)


Going back to school? Tips to choose the right degree
(BPT) - For many, earning a college degree opened the door to the working world; it may have even been instrumental in landing your current job. But are you applying what you learned in college to your current career field? A recent survey suggests this might not be the case.Only 35 percent of coll... (click to continue...)


Ideas for awesome classroom enhancements
(BPT) - The approach of the school year has parents seeking out the best deals on back-to-school supplies, and teachers everywhere are preparing their classrooms to give students the best educational experience possible. From decorations designed to create engaging learning environments to having e... (click to continue...)


College personal safety: essential tips for students heading back to campus
  (BPT) - When more than 20 million students return to campus this fall fixated on their dream dorm decor or finding the perfect major, one of the most crucial aspects of their college experience will likely be overlooked - personal safety.One in five women will become a victim of sexual ... (click to continue...)


When freedom rings: top tips to help launch your own business
(BPT) - With summer bringing the celebration of our country’s freedom and a bit more flexibility in our hectic schedules, it’s also a time to reflect on the American dream: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For many Americans, that means seeking success and prosperity by build... (click to continue...)


Providing national defense from the air and the sea: An exciting opportunity from America's Navy
(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft a... (click to continue...)


How to say goodbye to work worries while on vacation
(BPT) - Summer has just begun and that long-awaited vacation is on the horizon. Unfortunately, it can quickly pass you by and before you know it, that precious vacation time has been wasted due to inadequate trip planning or a basic inability to relax.Twenty-three percent of Americans take no vacat... (click to continue...)


Preparing for cyber warfare
(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers h... (click to continue...)


Increasing numbers of moms are hitting the books [Infographic]
(BPT) - The number of moms returning to college to complete their degrees is higher than ever. With flexible, high-caliber programs now available online, more moms are choosing to earn their degrees online in order to balance family time and work commitments with school. Arizona State University On... (click to continue...)


Religious guidance, moral support and more roles filled by Navy Chaplain Corps
(BPT) - When serving domestically and overseas, Sailors are away from home, family, familiar settings and traditions. Many use their beliefs and faith to help them understand and manage the unfamiliar surroundings they’re experiencing. Guidance, moral support and worship opportunities are cri... (click to continue...)


Overlooking insurance during your job search could cost you
(BPT) - An improving economy has many people entering the job market and looking for new employment opportunities. But if job seekers are not insurance-smart in their search, they may end up in worse financial shape than they were in their previous role.Earning a higher salary is the primary goal f... (click to continue...)


What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
(BPT) - Children learn by doing, and every child has a unique learning style all his or her own, child development experts tell us. The same can be said of adults if a recent survey is any indication. A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn som... (click to continue...)


Growing your business: Tips for applying for small business loans
(BPT) - The outlook for small business is up with many business owners feeling good about the future of the economy, their financial positions and their plans for growth, according to Capital One’s Spark Business Barometer. But for many business owners looking to secure capital to either star... (click to continue...)


How can an internship benefit you? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Internships can serve as a rewarding and valuable part of your career journey. Ideally, both you and your employer will benefit from an internship. While you gain valuable knowledge and experience, your employer gains an additional resource and an opportunity to assess your skills and your ... (click to continue...)


Have you thought of everything before you switch jobs? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Changing jobs is about much more than just salary. In fact, 25 percent of voluntary job switchers saw their financial situation worsen after they made the switch. Learn why in this infographic. ... (click to continue...)


Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
(BPT) - When it comes to education, Americans may hotly debate testing, grading and teacher accountability, but one topic that finds wide-spread support among educators, parents, legislators and students is the value of technology in the classroom. With a majority of teachers reporting in a PBS Lea... (click to continue...)


5 ways to jump-start your credit score
(BPT) - It’s a common financial predicament for most 20-something-year-olds: You need credit to get credit. But even if you’re older and have been through some credit-wrecking havoc in your life, you could face the same issue.“The only way to build a credit history is to use credi... (click to continue...)


Give high school grads the right start for college with these technology gifts
(BPT) - Technology is one of the most practical - and most appreciated - gifts a high school graduate can receive. Different technology tools can give the class of 2014 a jump start on their college journey and all post-high-school adventures. A new survey conducted by Impulse Research revealed tha... (click to continue...)


Health care teams demand nurses with doctorate degrees
(BPT) - When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the c... (click to continue...)


Strategic tips to save money on back-to-school deals
(BPT) - The cost to send children back to school increased 5.3 percent for elementary and middle school students and 9.5 percent for high-schoolers last year, according to Huntington National Bank's annual Backpack Index. When prices increase that much from year to year, it’s a good idea to p... (click to continue...)


Beyond games: Tips for tapping tech for education
(BPT) - We know kids love technology for fun - video games, movies, keeping in touch with friends - it’s easy to spend hours glued to the screen, wasting time. But there’s also plenty technology can do to enrich learning and help kids develop new skills in this digital age.The key is fi... (click to continue...)


Smart tips to keep your student and their possessions safe this school year
(BPT) - If you’re on the way to the cabin or in the middle of an amazing family summer vacation, the upcoming school year is probably quite far from your mind. However, school will be here before you know it, and it’s important to make sure your child or teen has all the tips and tools ... (click to continue...)


Serve your country and explore the world simultaneously
(BPT) - It’s no secret that world travel is one of the most exciting perks enjoyed by men and women in America’s Navy. With more than 100 ports of call around the globe and bases in multiple time zones, there’s a great chance you’ll see the world over the course of your Navy... (click to continue...)


Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America’s youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults – a movement that is being dr... (click to continue...)


Keeping kids stimulated all summer can help prevent the summer learning slide
(BPT) - For most kids, the final school bell signals a break from learning and a focus on summer fun, but for parents it often means an uphill battle to beat the “summer slide” in their child’s learning. Significant knowledge and skills gained during the previous school year can b... (click to continue...)


Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
(BPT) - With back-to-school shopping, changing schedules and preparing kids for the upcoming school year, your family’s environmental impact may be the last thing on your mindIt is possible to have a greener back-to-school season. Here are seven simple things parents and children can do to ca... (click to continue...)


Creating connections with children who have Autism
(BPT) - It’s the single most-common developmental disability in America, affects more than 2 million Americans, has grown 10-fold in the past four decades, and is a highly complex disorder, yet at its heart Autism is a disorder that affects human interactions.Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) an... (click to continue...)


5 packing tips to make the back-to-college move easier
(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausti... (click to continue...)


Help your kids make the grade with healthy back-to-school snacks
(BPT) - School means big adjustments and big demands for everyone involved: shopping for supplies, shuttling here and there, studying – or overseeing the studying – special projects, and more. It’s easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle.Make a pact to embrace health... (click to continue...)


Student loan aftermath: educating graduates on the importance of credit scores
(BPT) - This is a special time of year. Across the nation, graduates are on the horizon of new careers and building their own lives.While this is an exciting stage in life, it is a concerning time as well. Many students are graduating with student loan debt, and research shows that Millennials (age... (click to continue...)


Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life
(BPT) - Today’s college students are breaking the stereotypical mold. Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life, and many colleges see students in their 20s studying alongside students in their 30s, 40s - even 60s! If it’s been a long time since you&rsquo... (click to continue...)


Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy
(BPT) - What’s it like being a woman in today’s Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it’s incredibly empowering. That’s because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits pers... (click to continue...)


Don't go back to college broke
(BPT) - Roughly half of all college students find summer employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there are no statistics for how much money those in the lucky half were able to successfully save, it’s safe to say that for a good portion of millennials, spending and summ... (click to continue...)


Healthy lunch and snack ideas for back to school
(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, art... (click to continue...)


Fun kids' activities reverse summer learning loss
(BPT) - School-aged kids count down the days to summer vacation when they can play outside and take a break from homework duties. However, being out of the classroom isn’t all fun and games – summer learning loss is a real issue that parents worry about every year.Research shows student... (click to continue...)


Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
(BPT) - It is no secret that kids love video games - they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development - skills in problem solving, reason... (click to continue...)


5 tips to improve reading skills over the summer
  Each summer, three-quarters (some 43 million) of America’s kids miss out on expanded learning programs, leaving them at risk of falling behind before the next school year begins. Even more alarming: summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing many children to fa... (click to continue...)


New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa
(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories sur... (click to continue...)


Dress for success: tips for building a professional wardrobe
(BPT) - Whether you are a recent grad or someone re-entering a professional work environment, building a work wardrobe that strikes a balance between professionalism and personal style is key.“Dress for the job you want, not the job you’re being hired for,” says Stephanie Thomas, ... (click to continue...)


Don't let college debt drag you down
(BPT) - With each passing year, student loan debt is digging a deeper hole for more young Americans. Over a nine-year period, the average student loan balance among 25-year-olds has grown 91 percent, from $10,649 in 2003 to $20,326 in 2012. More than 38 million Americans have outstanding debt amoun... (click to continue...)


The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career.Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.O... (click to continue...)


Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age
(BPT) - There has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age.Recent data on college attendance show th... (click to continue...)


Going home again: A great office is a key to success for new home-based workers
(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers... (click to continue...)


The self-employment surge and how professionals can best prepare
(BPT) - One in two American workers are projected to be self-employed by 2020, according to MBO Partners. While the shifting economy has surely pushed some people into independent work, many have chosen it. Career goals for contemporary professionals are changing and given how quickly this trend is... (click to continue...)


Learn how to help college students take control of their health
(BPT) - College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. In its Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition highlights a number of important topics for improving the health... (click to continue...)


Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
(BPT) - A lot has changed since you were in school. Your children don’t listen to the same types of music you enjoyed, and they certainly dress differently despite your protests.They learn differently as well.Today’s classrooms are no longer focused on chalkboards and lectures. Digital ... (click to continue...)


Expert help - not low prices - key to higher sales, more satisfied customers
(BPT) - Online comparison shopping has left you overwhelmed by options and contradictory reviews, and all you need is a little in-person guidance to choose the right product for your needs. At the store, you find a sales floor so deserted, you almost expect to see tumbleweeds rolling by. When you f... (click to continue...)


See a unique view of the next generation's family farm
(BPT) - Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch, or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food they eat. Many people have mixed perceptions about what it means to be a farmer and rancher today. They might not even stop to think about the process of how their prepared me... (click to continue...)


How to change careers in 5 simple steps
(BPT) - A teacher transitioning to a job in the corporate world. A stay-at-home mom rejoining the workforce. A baby boomer choosing a new career over retirement. There are countless individuals every day that carefully weigh the pros and cons of making a major career change. Are you one of them?Dri... (click to continue...)


From battlefield to boardroom ... jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans
(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in... (click to continue...)


The real cost of delaying retirement savings will shock you
(BPT) - Recent graduates have a lot on their minds: moving, finding a job and the looming repayment of school loans. Retirement is typically low on the list of priorities, but ignoring the issue entirely can literally cost young professionals hundreds of thousands of dollars.“It’s diffi... (click to continue...)


Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident duri... (click to continue...)


Career and technical training give students a competitive edge
(BPT) - In a few weeks, high school students around the U.S. will close one chapter of their lives and enter another as they graduate and move on to continue their education or enter the workforce.Approximately 90 percent of students who spent their high school years participating in career and tec... (click to continue...)


Money-saving tips so you can earn your degree without going into debt
(BPT) - If you’ve just finished high school and you’re headed to college, or if you’re an adult student looking to go back to school, chances are you’ve thought about student debt. You’re not alone.The epidemic of student debt is taking higher education by storm. In 20... (click to continue...)


Balancing active duty and pursuing an online degree
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn&rsquo... (click to continue...)


Your next profession: Are you meant to be a teacher?
(BPT) - Teaching is an admirable profession, whether you’re helping kindergarteners learn to read or preparing high school students for life after graduation. If you’re looking for a fulfilling career, teaching could be a great option no matter how old or young you are. Are you meant to... (click to continue...)


These tech-related gifts will help college graduates start their careers in style
(BPT) - Graduation is right around the corner. If someone in your life is graduating from college and about to embark on their first career, you’re probably searching for the perfect gift to celebrate their educational accomplishments and to get them started on the right foot in the working w... (click to continue...)


Important guidelines for landing that perfect job
(BPT) - Graduating students are out in droves trying to find jobs that will enhance their careers. But before beginning the resume and interviewing process, there are certain do’s and don’ts that students should be aware of so they will be competitive in today’s limited job m... (click to continue...)


Tips to successfully transform from graduate to employee
(BPT) - With the start of summer comes warm weather, vacation planning and an influx of recent graduates on the job hunt. In fact, during the 2013–14 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award nearly 5.3 million degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statist... (click to continue...)


Expert tips for making peer learning part of your child's academic success
(BPT) - As students young and old head back to school, attention turns to getting good grades. Smart parents know that positive study habits boost success in the classroom, but finding ways to encourage kids academically can be difficult. A growing body of evidence proves peer learning and study gr... (click to continue...)


Wholesome snacks for back to school
(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will... (click to continue...)


5 college entrance exam tips to achieve success
(BPT) - If you’re a high school junior or senior, or you’re the parent of one, you know the college rush crush can be bewildering and stressful. To get into the college of your choice means a whirlwind of applications, university visits, admission interviews and exams. However, there ar... (click to continue...)


Life after the Olympics: Luger offers insight on balancing work, school and life
(BPT) - A natural-born athlete, Erin Hamlin grew up playing a variety of sports, although it wasn’t until the age of 12 that she was introduced to luging. Her prior athletic experience instilled a great deal of concentration, dedication and strength of mind and body, and it wasn’t long ... (click to continue...)


Health care industry experiencing new demands for nurses
(BPT) - Nursing continues to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, as nurses make up the majority of the health care industry workforce. In fact, recent projections from a January 2014 report published in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook estimate... (click to continue...)


Parents: Put the brakes on kids' summer 'brain drain'
(BPT) - Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer “brain drain” is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn’t always where they are when they begin ... (click to continue...)



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