September 4th, 2016
Kris Powers

Those of us in Florida and all the way up the east coast recently felt the effects of Hurricane Hermine. In Florida, now that the storm has moved on, we are left with concerns about the spread of the Zika virus from the standing water left behind.

Any area with standing water creates a prime habitat for mosquitoes to lay their eggs - raising the risk of spreading the Zika outbreak, which has hit small pockets of Miami-Dade County in the southern part of the state.

August 30th, 2016
Kris Powers

The demand for alternative credentials is on the rise. To increase their chances of succeeding in today’s ever evolving job market, students of all ages are expressing the desire to quickly close any personal skills gaps and show aptitude in a variety of subject matters. Online MOOC’s, Bootcamps, Certificate Programs and Digital Badge Programs are becoming popular options as they provide students with real-world, relevant skills in a convenient online format.

August 23rd, 2016
Kris Powers

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." Chinese Proverb

Professional Development is an ongoing process that should continue throughout one's career. It’s necessary to stay up to date on the latest trends and information in your field and in the professional world in general in order to remain capable and competent in your position.

August 18th, 2016
Kris Powers

Every fall, students around the country go back to school, and before that, many go back-to-school shopping. If you plan on buying new clothing and/or shoes for the upcoming school year, please take the time to dispose of your old items in a responsible, eco-friendly way. Clothing and textiles are nearly 100 percent recyclable and your old clothing can be recycled through donation or simple curbside recycling. Many local governments have information on agencies that collect used clothing to assist disadvantaged families in your specific area.

August 9th, 2016
Kris Powers

As careers become more specialized and the business world grows more complex, the demand for individuals with industry approved credentials will continue to grow.

In fact, career training courses that offer certification can provide learners with a less expensive alternative to traditional degree programs as well as provide a faster pathway to job opportunities.

August 2nd, 2016
Kris Powers

I recently came across a listing of holidays and observances for the month of August. Hidden between National Catfish Month and Rye Bread Month, I spied Annual Happiness Happens Month. Now this is an observance I can celebrate! In light of all of the recent events that have been sapping my happiness levels, I find myself in search of anything that will bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

July 31st, 2016

Veterans excel in almost everything they do, including their post-military careers and entrepreneurial endeavors. The results of an entrepreneurial survey conducted by the UPS Store showed that, “54% of service members feel confident that the skills they gained while in the military will help them to be successful in the civilian world.”

July 26th, 2016
Kris Powers

National Night Out (NNO) is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community relationships and strives to build neighborhood fellowship. National Night Out might be needed more than ever this year in light of recent events.

July 19th, 2016
Kris Powers

What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you still searching for the answer? Are you where you want to be in your professional life or does it feel like something is missing?

July 12th, 2016
Kris Powers

Online education, also known as distance learning, consists of taking classes via the internet. More and more students are taking online classes because of the flexibility and convenience they provide. Students can login to their classes and complete assignments anywhere, any time of the day.

Online education, when done right, is no easier than education provided in a brick and mortar building. However, to be a successful online learner requires a certain skill set. For some, these skills are innate. For others, they may need to be learned and practiced.