U.S. Department of Education releases Adult College Completion Tool Kit

U.S. Department of Education has released an Adult College Completion Tool Kit, designed to connect state administrators and local practitioners to the strategies, resources, and technical assistance tools resulting from the Department’s work in this crucial area.

States can use this information to identify and implement state adult education leadership priorities, supported by federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funds, which encourage and support adult learners transitioning to college.

Click here to view, download or print the guide.  To order a copy email: edpubs@edpubs.ed.gov

Add social media to your back-to-school plans

Article about mastering social media skills from www.backtolearn.com

If you’re thinking of going back to college as an adult, you’ve already got an advantage over many of the students in your class. However, the job market is pretty tough, and you’ll need to leverage every advantage you can in order to set yourself apart from the competition. That’s where a solid social media presence, like a LinkedIn profile, can help.

Keep it professional Maybe you’ve already been using Facebook for a few years. LinkedIn can’t be that different, right? Wrong. LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so make sure whatever you post is relevant to your academic and career objectives. This means no pictures of your pets, significant other or images from your best friend’s wedding. Save those for Facebook.

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Talent Dividend website features Tulsa

When it comes to getting a college education, citizens of metro Tulsa have myriad resources at their disposal, whether they need help financially, aren’t sure how to get back to school after some time away, or want to learn more about fast-track programs and in-demand certificates.

Tulsa is also well-equipped to support employers that want to help employees finish their degrees, but aren’t sure where to start. From sample tuition reimbursement programs to free promotional materials, Tulsa can make it easier for employers to make education a priority.

But how to help employers, students and community organizations connect to all of the resources available to them? That’s one question Tulsa’s Talent Dividend Initiative hopes to address.

“No one really knows about all of the resources available in our community,” says Denise Reid, Director of Talent Strategies and Recruitment at Tulsa Metro Chamber. “We’re linking up with a number of community programs to help employers and individuals take advantage of these existing resources.”

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Higher college graduates improve economic outlook

A recent article from the New York Times highlights the impact an educated population can have on a metro areas economy. As explained in the article, cities where more than 40 percent of the adult residents have college degrees are experiencing the most economic growth.

Conversely, metro areas where less than a fifth of the adult residents have college degrees, are being left behind. The divide shows signs of widening as college graduates gravitate to places with many other college graduates and the atmosphere that creates. Tulsa county fairs somewhat well in the national scheme, but with room for improvement, with slightly less than 40% of working adults having a professional certification or degree.

The recession amplified the trend. Metro areas where more than one in three adults were college-educated had an average unemployment rate of 7.5 percent earlier this year, compared with 10.5 percent for cities where less than one in six adults had a college degree, according to Edward Glaeser, an economist at Harvard

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Degrees Most in Demand

A recent report from Forbes magazine offers insight into which college degrees are most in demand among employers, naming the following five areas:

1. Engineering

2. Business

3. Accounting

4. Computer Science

5. Economics

The report cited a new survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a non-profit that connects college placement offices with employers. The agency surveys its employer members twice a year to gage their hiring plans.

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