Adopt a Service Member this Holiday with these Great Organizations!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Dec 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

adopt_a_soldierThe holiday season has a way of getting into your heart in unexpected ways.

A brightly lit and decorated storefront might prompt you to throw some extra cash into the Salvation Army bucket, or it may be the one time of year you gather with extended family.

As you work toward your online degree to improve your personal future, take some time to think about how you could impact another's future by adopting a service member.

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Topics: military

Meet Grantham’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year: Ryan Douglas

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Nov 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM

20150602_RDouglas_0002In the midst of all the clamor and excitement of our annual commencement ceremony, there is a brief shift in focus from celebrating our graduates to honoring Grantham’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year.

It’s an award that recognizes the significant contributions of one of our full-time faculty members to both students and the institution throughout the year. This year’s recipient was Ryan Douglas.

An intricate part of the Mark Skousen School of Business, Douglas joined Grantham in May 2014 as a full-time faculty member teaching a variety of accounting courses.

“Ryan demonstrates a level of care for his students that all faculty should aspire to emulate,” said Chase Cookson, Grantham’s Dean of Faculty.”

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Topics: online degree programs

Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marines!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Nov 10, 2015 8:45:00 AM

marines_birthdayToday is the U.S. Marine Corps’ 240th birthday. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Parris Island and the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

I’ve been lucky enough to learn over the years - especially in my time working at a military friendly college - there is no such thing as a “former or ex-Marine.”

As General Robert Neller said in his recent celebratory remarks, the legacy of being a Marine isn’t given, it’s earned.

The Corps has seen many changes over the century, Green said, “but one thing that hasn’t changed is each Marine’s commitment to contributing to our great legacy.”

We salute and honor that legacy in our celebratory birthday video! Take a look:

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How One General Education Course Changed This Student’s Life

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Nov 3, 2015 2:45:00 PM

LisaMarie_Garden“When I signed up for Intro to Environmental Science with Sarah Powell, I had no knowledge of what the course entailed and was pretty much in the dark (albeit by choice) as to what is happening in the world today,” said Lisamarie Rykowski.

You may remember Rykowski from a blog last summer.

She’s a mom, full-time government employee and pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Management thanks to a full scholarship from Federally Employed Women (FEW).

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Topics: Academic Advice

Happy 240th Birthday, U.S. Navy!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 13, 2015 9:30:00 AM

 military friendly college, college after military, navy 240 birthdayToday is the Navy’s 240th birthday!

From inception, their mission has been the same: to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

That’s why this year’s theme is particularly fitting: “Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always.”

While their commitment has never wavered, their challenges have changed over the decades.

Consider their “battlefield.” When you really think about it, it’s huge! Two-thirds (70%) of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, most of the world’s population lives near a coast (80%) and almost all (90%) global trade travels by sea.

We take a moment to put that in perspective and honor the men and women of the Navy in our celebratory video:

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Top 5 Reported Cyber Scams: Which One Might Compromise Your Future?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

iStock_000059144354_Small_1October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Like any month set aside for intentional observation, there are themes, initiatives and resources that help keep important issues top of mind

Since the advent of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 12 years ago, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has kept the theme the same: Our Shared Responsibility. 

"We live in a global, digital age where people, networks and devices are increasingly interconnected, and everyone needs to be taking steps to use the Internet safely and more securely," said Michael Kaiser, NCSA's executive director.

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Topics: Academic Advice

4 Answers to 401(k) Questions You were too Embarrassed to Ask

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 1, 2015 4:15:00 PM

401k advice, college after military, college worth itBetween navigating new health mandates, the U.S. tax code and today’s unpredictable global market, it’s not uncommon for some people to throw their hands up in defeat.

You shouldn’t be one of them! At Grantham, our passion for changing lives extends far past helping you pursue an accredited online degree.

We want to help you be successful in every area of life.

Our connection with you starts with the very first phone call. When our admissions representatives chat with prospective students, earning more money is an overwhelming key motivator for enrolling in online college classes.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetime than high school graduates. But we've found it’s more than just chasing the almighty dollar.

It comes down to

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Topics: online degree programs

5 Secrets Hiring Managers Wish You Knew

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 30, 2015 3:30:00 PM

interview tips, hiring secrets, college after militaryI may have mentioned before that my parents are executive recruiters. Some people call them “Headhunters.” 

Either way, I’ve gained a great deal of insight from them over the years as I’ve launched my career and interviewed for different positions, committees and task forces.

I recently came across this article, and it validated the information I learned from my parents, other hiring professionals and my personal experience in those interviews.

Here's a combination of best tricks of the trade from the aforementioned article and a few golden nuggets I've been able to extract. Together they will, no doubt, help you leverage your accredited online degree and put your best foot forward.

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Topics: Career Tips

Does hand writing versus typing notes make a difference?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 29, 2015 2:45:00 PM

note taking, information retention, online college coursesI don’t have children, but one thing that always cracks me up is when kids these days discover something from generations past and call it “retro” or “vintage."

As digital natives, they’ve never known a world without technology.

Just last week, a friend of mine had to explain to his daughter why we say “hang up the phone.” (No one she interacted with has a landline anymore.)

But there are some things that, no matter how much technology enables our lives to be more streamlined, will always stand the test of time. Cue note taking.

When you’re completing assignments in your online college classes or in a business meeting, it may be tempting to skip note taking, but here’s a free piece of advice: Don’t.

Research, time and time again, proves the linkage between jotting down notes and retention. So, we’ve established that you should take notes but does it matter whether your handwrite them or type them?

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4 Things You can Learn from the Introverts of the World

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 28, 2015 4:45:00 PM

introverted leaders, military friendly collegeWhen you're working toward an accredited online degree at a military friendly university like Grantham, the online format sometimes makes it challenging to distinguish the personality differences of your peers.

But in the work world – the one that forces you into a group of people to get a job done, for better or for worse – the extroverts and leaders are pretty easy to spot. Or are they?

Research suggests that many of our assumptions about introverts (and leadership) are at least a little off base.

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Topics: Career Tips

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