The first day of school is quickly approaching and it’s time to pull out the class syllabus, when suddenly you see it: a mile-long list of books you have to buy, books with specified editions, books written by the professor, books that you know are going to be very expensive. One look at the price in the school bookstore and your wallet hops out of your pocket and starts … [Read more...] about That Textbook Costs WHAT? How to Find Textbooks for Less
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Whether you’re keeping your skills up to date or just getting started, pursuing education beyond your high school diploma or GED is a great way to acquire new skills and to get an edge on the competition. When it comes to choosing a degree program, you have many options that can help you get where you want to be faster. Four-Year Colleges/Universities Four-year programs … [Read more...] about Continuing Education: What Are Your Choices?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career sectors with high levels of trade or vocational training are projected to have the most growth between now and 2026. With this in mind, it’s clear that there is no time like the present to consider the next step to achieving your career goals: a trade certificate. What is a trade certificate? A trade certificate is a … [Read more...] about What Is a Trade Certificate?
Starting a job search can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t have experience in the field you are applying for. Thankfully, the United States Labor Department funds some very helpful tools for people looking to acquire skills through Training and Employment programs. For most people seeking training for employment, the best place to start is Career One-Stop. This … [Read more...] about 5 Tools to Find Job Training Opportunities
Taking classes at community college in preparation for a transition into university is an increasingly popular option for students who hope to earn a bachelor’s degree. A study by the U.S. Department of Education found that completing an associate degree before transferring — as opposed to transferring credits after one year — did not positively or negatively affect the … [Read more...] about Reimagine Your Associate Degree: A Step Toward a Bachelor’s Degree
Building a course schedule is often stressful for students, so when it comes to choosing courses as a pregnant or parenting student, course selection can feel like a daunting task. It’s wise to choose classes carefully because the workload and schedule of assignments, exams, and lectures would ideally mesh with other duties, work, child care, health care, and self-care. Finding … [Read more...] about Class Selection: 5 Tips for Finding Balance
A degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is indispensable for a wide variety of careers, from psychology to computer science to biostatistics. Attempting to find work in these historically male-dominated fields can be intimidating for women in STEM, but following in the footsteps of these inspirational heroes and with the abundance of resources that are out … [Read more...] about WANTED: Women in STEM
When someone recommended a school to me that was billed as “catering to working adults,” I thought, “Why not?” So I requested information and began a journey of discovery about schools and how it all meshed with single parenting. Simultaneously, I was in transition and needed to find a school for my rising kindergartner. How it all came together is still a mystery, but with … [Read more...] about Finding the Right School for You and Your Family
For adults who did not complete high school, attaining a GED is a good first step to reaching one’s career and education goals. The General Education Development, or Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED), is a test that evaluates whether or not one has a high school-level education. High school diplomas do not have any more weight than a GED. According to GED.com, 97 percent of … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Getting Your GED
The Khan Academy is a free online lecture series that explains a variety of subjects through YouTube videos of drawings on an electronic blackboard as the instructor narrates the lesson. The video series includes extensive lessons on mathematics and science, as well as history, economics, and preparation for standardized tests and entering the workforce. These videos cover … [Read more...] about Khan Academy Can Help Mom and Dad As Well As Kids (for Free!)
No matter what your circumstances may be, supporting yourself and your baby is a major consideration in any plans you make. If you do not already have a job with good earning potential, preparing for one may become a priority. If time seems to be your enemy in advancing your job plans, you could consider some goals that allow for relatively quick attainment. Not all good career … [Read more...] about 7 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in Community College
While pregnant, you have a higher need for vitamins and minerals, so eating nutritious food is more important than ever. Choose foods high in nutrients, avoid added sugars and saturated fats, and consider taking prenatal vitamins and supplements. For prenatal care options, talk to your general practitioner or visit a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) for more … [Read more...] about Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnant in College
Studying always takes time. Whether someone is trying to pass a high school equivalency exam or attempting to finish a thesis, the key element is time. The trick is finding it when you have a child, or multiple children, and you are probably working while going to school. Here are a few tips from a woman who completed two degrees while rearing four children and who also has … [Read more...] about 13 Study Tips for Parents
Going to school as a parent or while pregnant can seem daunting at first, but there are many options available to make school affordable, convenient, and flexible in both time and location. School may also seem pointless or overwhelming, but the long-term benefits will reward you for your work. Online school is an option with endless opportunities, not only for college … [Read more...] about Online School As an Option
College is part of life for most Americans, including mothers. Unfortunately, it can sometimes seem as if higher education just isn’t a place for mothers to be. But is that really true? Actually, no. There are a lot of options out there for mothers who want to attend school. In addition to traditional classes, you could attend night classes, or go to an online school. But … [Read more...] about Is Transferring Schools Better for You?
Parents carry a lot of stress. Students carry a lot of stress. It makes sense that you, as a student-parent, would also carry a lot of stress. Whether you are pregnant unexpectedly or intentionally, married or single, an undergrad or grad student, close to home or far away, building a support system to help you through your pregnancy and as a student-parent will be beneficial … [Read more...] about Building a Support System at School
Although there is no law requiring you to disclose your pregnancy to your professors, you will need to do so in order to make use of the protections established by Title IX. Make sure you know what your rights are, so that you can both prevent and recognize academic discrimination stemming from your pregnancy. Remember that your professors may not have experience with having … [Read more...] about How to Talk to Professors about Your Pregnancy