A Different Kind of Draft: Will your team take you all the way?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 22, 2014 4:04:00 PM

military-friendly-college-student-supportWith the NFL Draft just two weeks away, general managers and special team coaches are making last pushes to secure bids for their top picks. Football fans around the country wait to see if their favorites make the “right choice” and whether their team has a shot at making it to the Super Bowl.

For many, the success of the season hinges on what kind of team the inner-circle builds, even before the preseason. What about you? As you pursue your online degree program, what kind of support team have you built?

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Topics: Academic Advice

Want to teach your kids to be smart with money? Try these 5 tips.

Posted by Kendra Eason

Apr 22, 2014 9:32:29 AM

pigKidsParentsApril is both Month of the Military Child and Financial Literacy Month. Teaching any child how to manage money is always important – after all, saving now can help with things like college tuition later.  When it comes to making sure your child is financially literate, here are some tips:

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Topics: online degree programs

What are the benefits of online education?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 21, 2014 9:17:53 AM

online-education-degree-benefitsOne of the main reasons people give for pursuing an online degree program is to increase their future earning potential after graduation. As the stigmas surrounding online education continue to fade, Devon Haynie reports in an article for the New York Daily News, there is every reason to approach an accredited online degree program with confidence if you want to further your career.

But getting your online degree at a military-friendly college has a variety of other benefit, as well.

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Topics: online degree programs

"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting."

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 18, 2014 10:51:22 AM

online-education-degree-quotes"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." -- Plutarch, "On Listening"

Plutarch (c. 46 - 120) is probably not the first figure who comes to mind when you think of online education. Ancient Greek philosophers feel like weighty and abstract figures with no relevance to our practical and busy lives today. Yet the life of Plutarch is surprisingly modern.

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Topics: online degree programs, quotable quotes

3 Information System Career that are Booming with Growth

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 17, 2014 10:35:08 AM

online-computer-science-degreeWith computers touching so many aspects of business today, the demand for people who know how to manage and facilitate their use has never been higher. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), management positions in this field are expected to increase by 15% in the next eight years.  If you remember this blog, we looked at the value of an online information systems degree program and why it is now, and will continue to be, a competitive commodity on the job market.  

Check out the following information systems (IS) career paths you could pursue with this type of accredited online degree.

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Topics: online degree programs

3 Ways to Tell if You’re in the Wrong Job

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 16, 2014 3:43:35 PM

military-friendly-college-job-woesIt’s not rocket science to know whether or not you’re fulfilled in your job. In fact, there are many reasons why a job may not be the best fit for you.

From personal relationships, financial well-being to your physical health, it’s no secret that going to work at a job you dislike takes a toll on your entire being. Even if your online college classes prepared you for your career, a change in jobs might just what you need.

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Topics: Career Tips

The 5-minute Way to get Ahead of your Career Competition

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 16, 2014 10:13:00 AM

online-college-courses-career-adviceSorry to break it to you but beating level 657 on Candy Crush Saga, that’s not the kind of skill future employers are interested in when considering you as a potential candidate. Whether you're interested in an accredited online degree or an online certificate program, it's important that you keep abreast of your particular industry trends on social media that can help develop your brand.

Think of yourself as being lost on an island sending out a SOS call. Would you sit on the island and hope that a rescue team comes? No! You build smoke signals, trounce letters into the sand to spell H-E-L-P, and you run to the highest point of the terrain! You can do the same thing for your career by engaging companies and industry-related discussion on social media.

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Topics: Career Tips

A Video Testimonial: The Conclusion to a Cliffhanger

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 15, 2014 3:15:00 PM

online-degree-program-testimonialChief Master Sergeant, Clarke Guy, United States Air Force, was a member of Grantham’s graduating class of 2012. After earning his associate degree at a traditional brick-and-mortar institution, life took him in a different direction. He had a young family, the ambition to be a career Airman and a desire to be the best. Then, he found Grantham.

Check out his 2012 video chat with us as he recalls his journey and what, at the time, he planned to do next.

(While you're there, don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!)

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Topics: military

Online Certificates Trump the Top 4 Excuses for not Going Back to School

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 15, 2014 9:44:18 AM

diploma1It’s the middle of April. How many of you are still tracking with your New Year’s resolutions? If you answered yes, studies show that you are an anomaly. If you fell off the wagon when January turned into February, let us give you a hand back up. Often, I hear from students and alumni many of the reasons why they either didn’t or almost didn’t enroll in online college courses.

If you’re at a crossroads in your career or aren’t quite ready to pursue an online bachelors degree, you might consider an online certificate program.

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Topics: online degree programs

3 Reasons You Should be Active on Google Plus

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Apr 14, 2014 9:44:00 AM

MetroUI-Google-plus-iconIf you are one of the 17,000 students worldwide taking online college courses at Grantham University, you already have a Google + account. But like many people, you may have questioned the value of this platform when there are so many other social media avenues to choose from.

Here's what you need to realize. Next to Facebook, Google + is the second biggest social networking site.  But unlike Facebook, according to Carolyn Capern, "Google+ is not about the friends you already have. It’s about the new friends that you never imagined you’d meet."

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Topics: Career Tips, social media

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