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November 28, 2012
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  • 'Tis the season for college applications
    While it can be easy for students to lose focus over the winter holidays, they still will face looming college admissions deadlines and finals. In this blog post, experts offer advice for keeping students on track through New Year's Day. They include mapping out important dates, such as application deadlines and exams, and using the holidays to engage in service-learning activities, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen. Experts also suggest that parents keep students looking ahead to their goals for the upcoming year. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The truth about college costs
    While it has been widely reported that the price of a college education has risen sharply over the years, the net price of college, when adjusted for inflation, has risen modestly in two decades, according to the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges. However, students from wealthy families are more likely to pay more for college, while middle-income rates have remained about the same and students from low-income families have greater access to aid, data show. Bloomberg (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 social media trends in higher education
    Social media is becoming more commonplace among higher-education faculty and in the classroom, according to this analysis of three emerging social media trends in higher education. They include use of social media for personal reasons, blogs and wikis in a more professional setting, and educational videos from YouTube and elsewhere. EdTech magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • How college students can get an earlier start on job search
    A recent study finds that college students are not doing enough while in school to prepare themselves to land a job after graduation. Some ways that students can get ahead are to start early, visit the college career center, attend job fairs, and land internships or gain related job experience. Experts also say it is important to begin forming a professional network while still in school. Fox Business (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Manufacturing, energy, tech fields seeing job growth
    The need for individuals skilled in technical fields, such as production and manufacturing, and other science, technology, engineering and math areas is growing, according to a new report from and Economic Modeling Specialists. "While growth has been slower or stagnant in certain areas, there is a wide range of industries where the production of new jobs has accelerated," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "Markets tied to energy, production, technology, [health care], transportation and consulting have increased employment 10 to 30 percent over the last few years." (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Failure teaches real-world lessons in STEM education
    Students and educators in science, technology, engineering and math too often shy away from situations or challenges in which they stand a good chance of failing, writes Elizabeth Gerber, the Breed junior chair of design in the McCormick School of Engineering and School of Communication at Northwestern University. Gerber calls for more risk-taking, so students learn how to handle failure and develop perseverance. "As STEM professors, let's get back into the game and learn to fall again. Let's start class with stories of the epic failures that led to great successes in our field," she writes. U.S. News & World Report (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Dr. Brian Johnson offers advice concerning community college strategy
    Dr. Brian Johnson, NSCS Vice President, Community College Division, offers his view on community colleges and how we can reach the goals outlined by President Obama to deliver the results America needs. Read Dr. Johnson's opinion piece here and share your thoughts on the federal government's strategy for community colleges. Do you think community colleges need more government funding? LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NSCS announces new partnership
    Energy Plus® is now the preferred energy supplier of NSCS. Energy Plus can help members earn cash back on their home or business energy bills. To be eligible, you need a service address that is within the Energy Plus service area. Learn more about the program -- or enroll -- here.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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