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A Salute to Non-traditional Student Veterans

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Next time you meet a veteran, thank them for what they have done.

More of us need to be open to listening to their experiences, showing appreciation for their sacrifices, and helping them adjust to returning to mainstream America. Not only did they face the horrors of war and separation from friends and family, but oftentimes they left previous positions in order to serve and are returning to an economy where jobs are tough to find and competition is fierce. If they had a home when they left for the war, it is probably worth 30-50% less than what they still owe on it. They are coping with life outside a war zone and dealing with the problems associated with earning a degree or a license to make it possible to get a decent job and bring order and stability to life. They are the definition of a non-traditional student. Many have families already and are trying to be a father or mother after a long absence, balance a budget at home, and pay for classes. united-states-flag

Fortunately, by serving in the military, they are entitled to educational benefits which help pay for the books and tuition and take some of the financial burden away. Schools and colleges are responding better to returning veterans than they had in past wars. Many have full-fledged veterans programs that tackle all the issues facing non-traditional students returning from war, including programs to help with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other schools have at least a veteran’s representative to address their needs or point them in the right direction.

Many students know already what they want to study. Others need counseling to figure out what their experiences in the military will translate to in an occupation that is secure and growing in the civilian world. There are many papers written by vets for vets on returning to school. Vets and veteran representatives need to be aware of today’s “hot” career fields. The largest majority of these are in the healthcare field. Some programs take as little as nine months to complete and are projected to grow up to 36% between now and 2018.

Current educational trends show the most valuable careers for veterans are:

Healthcare allied professionals, such as nurses, lab techs, med techs, x-ray techs, surgical techs, etc.
Security personal such as counter terrorism, Homeland security, criminal justice positions, and police work
Engineering positions
Skilled labor positions such as plumbing, electrical, computing, HVAC
Firefighting and rescue

“Some gave all. All gave some.”

Do the same and welcome back our troops with a helping hand in their newest challenge: the college campus.

What Does Being a Nontraditional Student Mean These Days

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

While many people go to college right after high school, this is not the only educational path that’s available, and whether by choice – because university life quite frankly doesn’t fit everyone – or just because life can get complicated by unexpected events and costs, more and more people are becoming “nontraditional students.” But what does that mean? In part two of our blog series celebrating National Nontraditional Student Recognition Week, we seek to answer that question.

Nontraditional is a classification that covers a wide variety of areas. You are classified as a nontraditional student if you did not start college right after high school or if you work full-time while in school. If you have kids, are a single parent, went to college after getting your GED or are only attending school part-time, you also qualify under the term of nontraditional. stk162448rke

According to a study by the National Center of Education, only 30 percent of all graduates in the United States were traditional college students. This means that a whopping 70 percent of students in the United States had some level of nontraditional status.

As Internet-based classes and night classes become more prevalent, the number of non-traditional students continues to rise, and students in two-year colleges or technical schools are often more likely to report themselves as nontraditional.

Another interesting conclusion about nontraditional students was how they viewed their studies. While most traditional students viewed college as their primary occupation, most nontraditional students found that they felt more like employees who studied on the side.

If you are a nontraditional student these days, you are almost the norm when it comes to going to college. Most students now need jobs in order to fend for themselves and to cover day-to-day costs. It also isn’t uncommon to see parents back in school looking to brush up on their skills or learn a new trade in order to better provide for their family in a tough economy.

The point is that, while right now we use the term “nontraditional,” it’s actually not outside of the norm at all anymore to see students who are over 25 or even 35 or 45 in the classroom, to see parents balancing their homework with their kids’, to have people of any age ditching the ho-hum university lifestyle to choose a program and training path that actually fits who they are.

Postsecondary education isn’t just one way, one form anymore. It’s as unique as we are.

Did You Know That It’s National Nontraditional Student Recognition Week?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

If you’re interested in technical schools or trade programs, you probably don’t need anyone to tell you that you’re not a traditional student. You already know that the typical, fresh-out-of-high-school, run-around-campus-going-to-Greek-Week-festivities experience isn’t really for you. What you might not know is that our nation has a whole week set aside for celebrating students like you.

Sponsored by the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education, the first full week in November is the annual National Nontraditional Student Recognition Week, and schools all over are taking time to recognize the growing number of students who are coming back to school after a long break, who are choosing programs outside of the university 4-year norm, or who are balancing other jobs or families with their schooling.

We at Technical Schools Guide are all about supporting nontraditional students, especially those who are training for jobs that keep our country running, so we’re dedicating a series of blog posts to the nontraditionals out there.

TUESDAY: What Does Nontraditional Mean These Days

WEDNESDAY: A Salute to Nontraditional Student Veterans

THURSDAY: 10 Trade and Technical Jobs Our Society Couldn’t Live Without

FRIDAY: Q & A with a Nontraditional Trade School Student

SATURDAY: Where Have All the Real Workers Gone?

Tune in all week – or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates – and let us know what you think or whether you know about any celebrations for National Nontraditional Student Recognition Week.

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High five! It’s National Nontraditional Student Recognition Week!

Facts about Online Education

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

If you are considering going back to school to earn your degree but are working full time, have children to care for or have difficulty with transportation, the flexibility of an online education could be the solution. Before you register for classes, there are some things you should know about online education, such as which degrees are suitable for this method of study, the pros and cons, and the future of online education.

1. Some degrees are more suitable for online learning than others. For example, if you want to be an auto mechanic you will obviously need to spend some time on campus working on actual cars. However, there are plenty of programs that work out well for online study. Not only four year universities, but many technical schools and trade schools offer excellent online classes. online-education-TS-83114793

2. There are some great advantages of online degrees. With an online education, you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. You can also save time and money by not having to drive back and forth to school every day. If has been reported that students who receive their education online perform better than those who sit in a traditional classroom. Best of all, you can go to school in your pajamas!

3. Online learning also has some disadvantages. Online learning is definitely not a good idea for those who do not have a lot of self-discipline. You should only consider taking online classes if you are very serious about your education. Another disadvantage is that there may not be quite as many schools to choose from that offer online degrees.

4. The outlook of online education is looking very good. It is very likely that since an online education is the wave of the future, steady growth can be expected. Online education is becoming more engaging every year with web based video, live chat rooms, instant messaging and more innovative tools to come.

If you are looking for a good education that will work with your present busy schedule and if you have the determination to study hard and stay focused, an online school is worth considering and may be the perfect beginning to a successful career!

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