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Help take a bite out of crime!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Nothing says to serve and protect like a talking dog in a trench coat. But back in the 1980s, McGruff the crime dog was literally the spokesperson….err, dog behind the anti-crime movement among teens and children. And although McGruff retired from the detective business several years ago, one thing hasn’t changed – the need for criminal justice.

As one of today’s leading career fields, criminal justice majors have several professional opportunities. Whether you’re looking to be a security guard, a police officer or part of homeland security, positions in the criminal justice field are plentiful and in high demand of suitable candidates.

If you’ve got the drive and the will to make your community a safer place to live, then consider getting your degree in criminal justice!

And, as a canine Sherlock Holmes once said, “Help take a bite out of crime!”

Check out McGruff in action in this 1980s throwback clip below:

GED Information

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Don’t let a lack of a high school diploma affect your life in a negative way. All you need for a great future is your GED. A GED will help you qualify for higher-paying jobs and increase your odds of attending the college of your choice. More than 15 million people have a GED, and you can become one of them. What are you waiting for? Find out how to get your GED today.

What is a GED?

A General Educational Development, commonly referred to as a GED, is a certificate that is the equivalent of a high school diploma. Students are not eligible to take the GED test if they already have a high school diploma, and most states require you to be at least 16 years old before you are eligible for a GED.

This test, developed by the American Council on Education (ACE), tests individuals at or below the high school level for five different subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. Most GED questions are multiple choice, but an essay is required for the Language Arts portion of the test. TS-86532936

How can I prepare for the GED?

Many students are intimidated by the GED, and with good reason: studies show that many graduating high school seniors do not pass the test. However, do not let the failure of others deter you from signing up to take the GED. Numerous GED study guides are available for purchase online, as well as in bookstores and libraries. You can also take practice tests free of charge on sites such as ACE, the organization that developed the GED.

Why should I get my GED?

A better question to ask yourself is why shouldn’t you? Your GED will open the door for increased employment opportunities and chances to advance your education. If you are interested in joining the military, it is important to have your GED. Passing the test will also boost your confidence and silence the critics who act like you aren’t doing anything constructive with your life. Achievement always feels good.

How do I get a GED?

Most GED tests are administered at local high schools and technical colleges. Contact an advisor at a college in your city to find out when and where to take your GED. You can also contact Job Corps or your local Department of Workforce Development for information regarding the GED. Many churches also have information about how to further your education and sign up for the GED.

Don’t put off getting your GED any longer. Your future is waiting, and it has some wonderful things in store for you. You deserve to be successful.

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Creative Ways to Find a Job

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Most of us remember the story about the enterprising young man who wore his resume on his T-shirt last summer in the hopes of finding a job. Others took that approach when all else seemed to fail, like Paul Nawrocki, a 59-year-old executive who was laid off from the toy industry, who decided to walk the streets of New York wearing a sandwich board that said “Almost Homeless.” While those tactics may work because they’re novel and they get widespread attention, there are a few less radical methods that can help you find a great job.

3 Creative Ways to Find a Job

  1. Build a website that features your resume, relevant education including advanced education and classes at technical schools or community colleges, or even work-related seminars and workshops. Be sure to highlight your skills and achievements. This will essentially be your paper resume, but online. Then put the link in the signature line of your email correspondence, and direct prospective employers to it when you email them.
  2. Use social media. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn are some of the top social sites today where you can create a profile, highlight your professional qualifications and/or relevant experience and network with people in your field or the field you want to go into.
  3. Consider a career change. If no one’s hiring, look at courses offered at career colleges and learning a few new skills can open up opportunities for you in fields closely related to yours, and help you find that job.

Comment and let us know if you have some crazy creative ways to find a job and we’ll list them here too!

Massage Therapy – Your next job?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Looking for an in-demand career that doesn’t require you to sit behind a desk all day?  Want to do something that allows you to interact with people and help them increase their well-being?  Maybe you should consider training to become a massage therapist!

Massage therapy once was thought of as a luxury only used by the rich and famous, or as a form of alternative medicine not really accepted in mainstream medical care.  However, new research and increased interest in the practice have not only given massage therapy new life, but made it an in-demand career field to go into. TS-78329513

Today, massage therapy is being used for much more than relaxation.  Doctors have found it provides relief to a number of ailments and they are recommending it to more and more of their patients.

Health Problems Massage Therapy Helps

•    Stress relief
•    Anxiety and depression
•    Back pain
•    Osteoarthritis
•    Headaches
•    Blood pressure control

With the increased use of massage therapy, there is an increased need for qualified massage therapists in a wide range of medical, spa and rehabilitation facilities.  The Massage Therapy career field provides a lot of flexibility with hours—some even choose to stay in their current career and work as a massage therapist part-time.

Another benefit of becoming a massage therapist?  The training often includes convenient class times and takes less than a year to complete! Talk about moving into your new job quickly!

So, if you’re looking for a new career path or for an enjoyable part-time job to add to your current career, you should take a look into the massage therapy programs and see when you can start your new career.  With the demand for massage therapy rising in a variety of businesses you could find a career that brings relaxation and well-being to your clients!

Book Smarts vs Street Smarts? Really?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time. When the only people that existed were troglodytes…cave men…cave women…Neanderthal” (Jimmy Castor, Taking Care Of Business Publishing, 1972). Well, okay, maybe not that far back, but now you mention it, the guy didn’t need a degree in psychology or sociology to get the girl, did he? The debate raging between book smarts and street smarts each have their proponents, but in the beginning there were no book smarts. Modern education as we know it only began around three hundred years ago. Before that, doctor wannabes followed doctors on their rounds, lawyer wannabes studied under established attorneys while others studied smithying under those who practiced their trade. Books had nothing to do with it.

Books have been around from the beginning of recorded time, as seen in the Dead Sea scrolls, the archaeological finds in Egypt, modern day Syria and Turkey plus records of the ancient books in the Library of Alexandria. Both book and street proponents may go back in time to the original street smart Man whose name was Jesus. It is a matter of record that He studied the ancient wisdom of many countries, for there are records in China, ancient America, Wales and India that He studied with priests of their wisdom schools and gained their knowledge, or book smarts, in addition to their love and respect. When He returned to His home to teach, it is also a matter of record that He avoided those who would have censored Him, jailed Him for heresy or punished Him for teaching without a license, or street smarts.

So that’s the ancient history. Moving right along, think of the world of warcraft, for example. Did Hannibal, Alexander or many of the Caesars have manuscripts to study with which to divine methods of attack? No, they thought of it themselves, only after which did these means become the history of warcraft soldiers study today. By the way, George Washington kicked the Brits’ butts with no more education than anyone else had at that time. What began as street smarts ended up being book smarts, but both had to begin somewhere.

Today, there are more college dropouts than they can shake a stick at with names as big as Bill Gates, Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame and Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame. Or, to consider one of the most famous fictional characters of all time, Miss Scaahhlett made it to the top on sheer guts and desperation, picking up the knowledge she needed on the way. To even the odds some, do you think Bond. . .James Bond went to college to learn how to capture the interest of Ursula Andress? Nah. Street smarts has a lot to recommend it, including Vivien Leigh and Pierce Brosnan.

Book smarts have famous folk, too, such as George Lucas, and maybe that’s enough said. Both have good points, the main point being any kind of smarts start with the individual.

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