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iCollege? Governor Pawlenty, We’re Already There

July 20, 2010 By: Category: Best College Tips, Get into College, The Nontraditional Student No Comments →

Today we have a guest post from Josef Katz from Straighterline, a company that offers a new way to complete your required college courses online with convenient and affordable online college courses that you can take on your own schedule.

“Do you really think that in 20 years, somebody is going to put on their backpack, drive a half hour to the University of Minnesota from the suburbs, haul their Keister across campus, and listen to some boring person drone on about Econ 101 or . . . is there another way to deliver the service other than a one-size-fits-all monopoly provider that says, `show up at 9:00 o’clock on Wednesday morning for Econ 101?’ Can’t I just pull that down on my iPhone of iPad whenever the heck I feel like it, from wherever I feel like? And instead of instead of paying thousands of dollars, can I pay $199 for iCollege instead of $.99 cents for iTunes?”

- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty interviewed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, June 10, 2010. CLICK HERE to see the interview.



Going Back to College? Overcoming the Roadblocks to Get Your Degree

February 09, 2009 By: Category: The Nontraditional Student 5 Comments →

In today’s competitive job market, going back to school to get a degree is not only a good way to sit out the recession, but it will also make you more competitive when the recession finally comes to an end. Have you been thinking about going back to school? If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking about it, but something just keeps holding you back. There are a few roadblocks most students hit before going back to school, read this to find out how to overcome them.

photo by Richard


Boomers Go Back to School

June 13, 2008 By: Category: Nontraditional programs, The Nontraditional Student 1 Comment →

A master’s degree at 52? Taking art history classes at 65? These ages don’t sound like the traditional college student, but then again, baby boomers are never the type to stick to tradition. Baby boomers are conventionally defined as anyone born between 1946 and 1964, and the U.S. Census estimates more than 75 million people fall into this generation. Yet as their age increases, more and more boomers are bucking retirement and hitting the books. 



Going Back to School in a Recession?

April 17, 2008 By: Category: Aid for College, The Nontraditional Student 5 Comments →

It’s easy to get a little freaked out by all of the news of recession. Just like any other bad news, “if it bleeds, it leads” and news organizations are going to try to capture your attention by making any economic downturn sound as bad as possible.

If you’re hesitating going back to school because you feel the future is too uncertain, or you don’t want to take on debt in a recession, remember that recessions are temporary; education is permanent.


Skills for the 21st Century Economy

April 01, 2008 By: Category: Advancing your career, Employment trends, The Nontraditional Student No Comments →

With a looming recession in the news, you might be wondering:  Will I be able to get a job after college?  Or, if you are already working, will I loose my job in this economy?  Well, you probably better start thinking about what skills you’ll need for the 21st Century. (more…)

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