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Helmet safety: 7 tips for parents and coaches this football season
(BPT) - As coaches and athletes gear up for games underneath the Friday night lights, training camps are in full swing, complete with tackling techniques, agility drills and conditioning. Now is the time to get your head in the game when it comes to your athlete’s helmet.The National Operating ...
Accounting is more than a straight numbers game
(BPT) - An accounting degree can take you far from your desk and into an amazing career. From the traditional route to jobs such as investigating white collar crime - accounting is an exciting and growing field with numerous specializations. See more at: http://bit.ly/1KAen72.
Five ways to make your home office efficient and productive
(BPT) - Working from home is a growing trend, with 3.3 million people telecommuting at least half the time, according to the 2012 American Community Survey conducted by Global Workplace Analytics. The cost savings for not having to commute, being able to work in the comfort of your own home and havi ...
Want to work with a diverse company? Tips to tell the factual from the fake
(BPT) - Americans are becoming more committed to diversity and inclusion than ever before. They look to do business with companies that are truly diverse, too. Not only does this align with their values, it offers a distinct advantage: companies with more diverse teams are also top financial perform ...
4 top technology degrees for today's career seekers
(BPT) - The career outlook for technology professionals remains highly promising. With so many emerging employment opportunities, The White House announced the TechHire initiative in March to encourage American cities to offer training to prepare the workforce for careers in growing tech fields.The ...
The demands of tomorrow are facing today's accountants
(BPT) - Technology is rapidly changing all industries, including the accounting profession. An accountant from 30 years ago would barely recognize the field as it exists today, as mobile devices and cloud computing have begun to automate many of the day-to-day responsibilities of accountants. The in ...
Six ways to help your little one fall (gracefully) into a new autumn routine
(BPT) - Back-to-school time isn’t just for the backpack-and-pencil-box crowd. With the season’s new routines, it can also be a challenge for babies, toddlers and even parents.Whether your child is graduating from the infant room to the toddler room, starting a new tumbling class or stepp ...
How to nail your job interview
(BPT) - They say you should dress for the job you want. The style experts at Faultless Starch Company couldn’t agree more.If you’re preparing for your next interview, consider the following tips to help nail your next job interview:1. Research the company cultureWhat does this company do ...
Keeping teens on track: National high school graduation rate still shows room for improvement
(BPT) - It’s graduation season, and across the country many families will revel in their graduate’s accomplishments. Nationally, there’s reason to celebrate, too; 81 percent of American high school seniors are expected to graduate this year, the highest rate ever, according to the ...
Simple ways to ease kids into back-to-school season
(BPT) - Excitement and dread are common feelings for both children and parents when back-to-school season arrives. No matter how much they look forward to seeing friends and buying a new school wardrobe, children can be afraid of the changes a new school year can bring. Fortunately, parents can do a ...
Aviators to divers, more adventurous job opportunities opening up to women
(BPT) - Women now represent nearly half of the American workforce, and more than half of all American women work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only are more women working, more are earning college educations, and more are entering fields once considered male-dominated. Young wome ...
Career college or community college? Deciding which is right for you
(BPT) - What’s the difference between a career college and community college? While both types of learning institutions share the goal of enriching students’ lives through education, the experience they provide to students can vary greatly.Community college, educational and social enrich ...
Career-switchers find an opportunity to make a difference in education professions
(BPT) - An ex-law enforcement officer, a legacy teacher who grew up in a family of educators, and a professor who recalls being the student no teacher wanted in a class – though they come from very different places, today’s educators cite a common influence for choosing education careers ...
Top tips for getting your child ready for college
(BPT) - Heading back to school can be stressful for a number of reasons, from new routines and lengthy shopping lists to preparing your students for the year ahead. It becomes even more stressful when you’re faced with the tough task of outfitting a college-bound teen for dorm life. But there& ...
4 tips for taming back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls aroun ...
4 ways to bring order to another school year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again; time for class projects and quizzes, field trips and friends, recesses and recitals. Yes it’s time for another school year and for parents, that can mean a little bit more stress as well. If the last school year left you feeling more like a survivor ...
What is an education worth to me? [infographic]
(BPT) - Are you wondering whether heading to college is the right path for you? There's no doubt that the cost of college is substantial and you're probably wondering if it's really worth it. What kind of payback can you expect from your investment in a college education? Here are some statisti ...
Take a walk on the wild side with these popular zoo animals [Infographic]
5 tips to help your child have a great school year
(BPT) - They grow up fast, don’t they? One minute they’re in a car seat and the next you’re picking out a school backpack. The transition to preschool and kindergarten is a big leap for most families and sometimes it can feel like a roller coaster ride. There are some obvious ways ...
Savings is a top priority for parents during back-to-school season [Infographic]
(BPT) - Price is the top consideration for 86 percent of parents when buying school supplies, according to a new online survey of parents of children ages 8-18, commissioned by Staples and conducted by Harris Poll. But shoppers are also looking for a mix of both fun and function and would purchase p ...
Two-year degree programs and one-year certificates can open doors to in-demand careers in health care technology
(BPT) - Tiffany Fair initially ruled out a career in health care. She assumed most available positions were for nurses, and she knew she could never get past her fear of seeing blood. Fair’s outlook on the industry changed quickly when she learned about the growing field of health information ...
Hollywood to sports stadiums, modern accountants go exciting places
(BPT) - Pop culture tends to portray accountants as number-obsessed managers tethered to their desks. But this picture doesn’t reflect the reality of the profession today. Accounting work environments aren’t limited to the desks of public accounting firms, and accounting job responsibili ...
What's the Makers Movement about? Reinventing the world one child at a time
(BPT) - Can kids playing with Legos make the world a better place? Will children who build their own rocket ships or dollhouses go on to be the adult innovators of tomorrow, who take on the world’s challenges with technology and creativity? If 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee is an example of youn ...
7 fun ideas to prevent summer learning loss
(BPT) - Students of all ages look forward to the carefree days of summer, yet parents and teachers nationwide worry about the summer slide – the learning loss that happens to all children when they are out of school. Fortunately, preventing learning loss isn’t difficult if you plan some ...
How you can give back to those who gave everything
(BPT) - When a dog named Smuckers started digging in her Colorado backyard, her owners had no idea what she would find. The object was shiny and metal, and it could have been a coin, a bottle cap or a washer. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be none of these things. It was something much mor ...
Want to earn more money? Ways a degree will help you get ahead
(BPT) - College is an investment that will more than pay for itself and then some. The earnings gap between millennials with bachelor’s degrees and those with just a high school diploma is wider than it was for prior generations, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center. People ...
5 of the hottest trends for back to school this year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again – time to trade summer break for lunch break, road trips for recess and home in bed for homework instead. Yes, back to school is in full swing and if your kids are going to start another year, they need the latest gear. Here are the five hottest trend ...
The top food trends to focus on in 2015
(BPT) - No two days are ever the same in the restaurant industry. Every hour new restaurants open, expand or franchise to meet the needs of their customers. Meanwhile, visionary restauranteurs are constantly creating new processes or taste sensations that create and respond to demand. To keep up in ...
Cultural diversity of healthcare workforce key to improving nation's health
(BPT) - By 2060, the American population will be older and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any other time in our history, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of people older than 65 will double, and the need will grow for healthcare and registered nurses to p ...
Want to make a difference? Be inspired to work in public service
(BPT) - What jobs come to mind when you think of public service professions? Police officers, firefighters and community service advocates are likely responses. And you are correct; those are all admirable public service careers, but there’s so much more than that. There are many facets within ...
See the country while getting paid as a truck driver
(BPT) - One of the best ways to explore the country is by driving America's highways. You get to meet new people, learn fun and interesting stories, see the sights and wonder at how unique and beautiful the country is.Want to see America's quirky sights like the largest ball of twine or some of its ...
Truck maintenance is a growing career opportunity
(BPT) - One career field that requires great hands-on training, provides on-the-job instruction and is growing steadily is that of a diesel truck mechanic. It's a specialty job, and it’s a career that a person can easily advance with for many years.With the transportation industry seeing incre ...
Changing healthcare requirements prompt registered nurses to earn bachelor's degrees
(BPT) - Laura Gilmore earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 2012, more than five years after she got her first job as a nurse. Today, as the Magnet Coordinator for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois, Gilmore reflects on the decision to pursue her BSN.&ld ...
Back to school: Get a smart start to the school year
(BPT) - The start of the new school year is fast approaching. It’s a time when kids will rush back to the classroom, ready to see their friends, enter a new grade and jump back into sports. While the last month of summer can be eaten up by never ending to-do lists, there are plenty of ways to ...
Dorm dwelling? Tips to make the move go smoothly
(BPT) - There’s no traveling light when you’re moving into a dorm room; college calls for a lot of stuff. Smart storage options can help you find a place for everything once you’re there, but transporting your belongings from home to a far-off campus – or even one close to ho ...
Hands-on learning better prepares students for cyber security careers
(BPT) - Cyberattacks like the hacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and Target have put serious cybercrime on the radar of the American public and government alike, so it’s no surprise that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the cyber security industry will grow 37 percent by 20 ...
Children and summer learning: 5 building blocks for their brains
(BPT) - "No more pencils and no more books" is a chant heard on playgrounds across the country when the final bell releases students for the summer months. And while Alice Cooper's lyrics go on to showcase how excited the children are about their freedom from homework, they also highlight one of the ...
Financial management tips for adult learners going back to college
(BPT) - The ever-rising price tag of college education has been in the news for years, with the average cost hovering just less than $20,000 a year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That number, however, speaks to first-timers enrolled full-time in a four-year or two-year c ...
Serving up careers for returning veterans
(BPT) - May marks Military Appreciation Month, a time to reflect on the more than 21 million military veterans living in the U.S., many who are faced with the decision of ‘what’s next for my career?’ after returning to civilian life.Unfortunately, more than 70 percent of service me ...
Filling the gap: Community programs feed low-income children over the summer
(BPT) - When summer comes along, kids and teens have plenty to look forward to: pool time, sports camp, three months of freedom and no homework. But some low-income kids might actually be looking forward to their next meal.During the school year, more than 20 million low-income children receive free ...
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