10 Online Learning Tips: Going Back to Basics


by Pedro J. Cordova Jr.

Online college students begin the first day of classes with many different levels of preparation. Some have a little college experience. Others begin right after high school, and still others pursue a college degree after many years in the workforce. Whatever your age or number of credits under your belt, follow these tips to get the most out of your online learning experience.

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Summer Academic Enrichment Stipends Available for Low-income Students


by Lisa Thompson

Low-income Minnesota students completing grades three to 11 in spring 2011 may be eligible to participate in a summer academic enrichment program at no or low cost thanks to a new program offered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  The program will fund up to $1,000 to attend an approved program offered by Minnesota colleges and nonprofits. These programs give students the opportunity to experience a college environment and improve their academic skills to better prepare for college.

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The Power of an Informational Interview


by Rachel Vilsack

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail request for an informational interview from an individual who found my name, website, and Twitter account online. This person was interested in the field of workforce and economic development and asked to set up a meeting with me to discuss my career. Now, as someone who really likes what I do, I was happy to oblige!

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Why Me, Why Now? (A Career in Energy)


by Kathy Kirchoff

More college students are becoming interested in clean energy careers largely due to concerns over the environment. Science and engineering are becoming hot topics on campuses. Many students have grown up hearing about our dependency on foreign oil, the war in Iraq, and rising gas prices, and want to be part of changing these issues.

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STEM-ing the Tide


by Lisa Thompson

In past several years, you might have hard the buzz around encouraging students to pursue STEM disciplines in college. “STEM” simply stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Within these four broad categories are a diverse range of fields in agricultural, biological science, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physical science, and technology.

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Who’s Got Your Resume?


by Rachel Vilsack

A friend of mine recently received a telephone call from an employer, who wondered if my friend would be interested in interviewing for a job they had open. Ordinarily this would be a welcomed call. But in this case, my friend already has a job. After some discussion with the employer, my friend realized that he had applied for a job with the organization over a year ago, when he was unemployed. The employer kept his resume on file, and when they had a job they thought he would be interested in, they gave him a call. A week later, the same thing happened to my friend again.

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