Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Online College Classes

I came across this article today that talks about high school students not having access to summer classes. These "cash-strapped" school districts are cutting off classes to students, which in the long run will set many students back. I know a lot of people who like to get a stay ahead so summer classes are a great way to keep going in school.

This summer a lot of my friends were unable to find jobs - including me! The economy is still down and most of the jobs college students seek out are already taken by others living in the area . When I realized I wasn't going to have a summer job I took a different route. I looked through my transcript and realized that I could take summer classes to get ahead of the game. I could choose the more expensive solution but a company called StraighterLine offers college online courses that are inexpensive and easy for a student to start and finish on their time. I think that summer online college courses are a great way for a high school student to get ready for freshmen year or a college student to get one or two of those general education courses out of the way. Either way college online courses are a huge time saver and much more inexpensive than paying through a university.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Protecting convoys and studying for exams

Marine Corporal Aaron Taylor managed to fit in studying between protecting convoys in Afghanistan, keeping in touch with his family and staying in shape. His is a great story of being a true patriot but not losing site of what is important in life.

Online degree completion gets him to his goal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Military Financial Literacy

FREE Financial Literacy Boot Camp

This online, self-paced training course is designed to give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Financial Literacy. Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion!

Learning process:
· Online reading material
· Online lectures
· Financial activities
· Scenario-based Assessments
· Final module – a financial plan for your life

Course Outcomes:
· Explain how financial literacy can reshape your financial future
· Understand the value of education on your income potential
· Apply budgeting and investment knowledge/skills to increase net worth
· Interpret and user risk management tools to protect assets
· Develop actionable plans to improve your financial condition for life

Course Modules:
· Make it! Your earnings
· Manage it! Spending, saving, budgeting
· Multiply it! Saving, investing and risk
· Protect it! Insurance, fraud, identity theft
· Pay for it! Paying for college, weddings, home, estate planning

Today’s financial climate is difficult for everyone and making the most of your military pay is critical. This course is designed to help and it is being made available for FREE to military members as a way of saying thank you for your service.

Enroll today at: www.necb.edu/MilitaryFinance

Monday, June 14, 2010

Financial Literacy course for military

Great new FREE resource for military members and their families. An online financial literacy course from the New England College of Business that will help them understand their current financial state, create a plan and a budget!

Pretty amazing - please help spread the word on this great military financial resource.

Friday, June 11, 2010

EduMilitary

Some great work going on over at the EduMilitary blog on helping military members move forward with their careers. Attending 9 different Military Education Fairs

Thursday, June 10, 2010

VA GI Bill

Two great posts on VA GI Bill:

Great resource for either GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New York Times at it again

I am really getting fed up with the New York Times. In this Ron Lieber article "Placing the Blame as Students are Buried in Debt" they lament the awful plight of a women's studies major at NYU who now can't earn enough to pay off her student loans.

DUH?!?!?

They blame the banks and school for not counseling her on financial planning. How about a little academic counseling - as in, don't pile up debt for a major that prepares you for nothing!!

Parents get sucked into this so-called American dream of going to the best school and then studying what interests you. We scream about Wall Street taking our investment dollars - but where is the outrage of losing your total investment of $100,000 on a worthless degree?!?!

Obama wants for-profit universities to prove their degrees could provide enough earnings power to cover the loans - how about NYU prove the same thing!! Would definitely not happen in this case.