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2016, October Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
CEO Corner

The Knowledge Economy Demands Continual Education

Today’s economy, with its strengths and weaknesses, is a topic for continual news and discussion. It impacts Americans in many ways beyond financial. One of these ways is in the amount and type of education that Americans need in order to have job success. As the United States and the rest of the world transition to a “knowledge economy,” American workers are very aware that they will need to continually upgrade their training, skills and education to be successful at their jobs.

A Pew Research Center analysis of job data shows that from 1980 to 2015 the number of people in jobs requiring more education, training and experience has more than doubled over employment in jobs requiring less education:

• The number of workers in jobs requiring above-average education increased by 68 percent
• The number of workers in jobs requiring below-average education and training increased by only 31 percent

Americans recognize the impacts this kind of job growth will have on their career and lives. They see the need to seek additional education during their job tenures.

• 54 percent of adult workers say it will be essential for them to get training and develop new skills to keep up with changes in their workplace.
• 33 percent of adult workers say it will be important, but not essential, to get additional education and training
• 35 percent of adult workers say they don’t have the education and training they need to get ahead at work.
• 27 percent of adult workers with bachelor’s degree say they need to have more education to get ahead at work
• 45 percent of adult workers say they improved their skills with extra training during the past 12 months

Americans have become very aware of the kinds of skills they need to develop as the knowledge economy has increased the numbers of service-based jobs. Workers in STEM-related occupations need on-going technical education. About 67 percent of workers in IT and 60 percent of workers in the health field say additional education will be essential for them. Many workers also believe it is important to develop soft skills such as interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, critical thinking and good writing and spoken communication skills.

In the knowledge economy, for many workers the need to enhance and upgrade their skills is not sometime in the future. It is now, and formal education is the best way to accomplish that. The Pew report states, “35% of working adults say they need more education and training now in order to get ahead in their job or career. A plurality of those who say they need more training say the best way for them to get that training would be through additional formal education. This is true across levels of educational attainment: Four-year college graduates say they would pursue a graduate degree, two-year college graduates say they would try to get a four-year degree, and high school graduates say they would go to college.

These high numbers of Americans who recognized the need for continual training and education is directly related to the increasing number of non-traditional higher education students. Most Americans (72 percent) think that it is their responsibility to prepare to be successful in their career, but 49 percent also believe employers should have a lot of responsibility in seeing that American workers have the right skills. Education will remain an important factor in satisfying business and worker need for skill development.

When employers engage in the education process through tuition assistance programs for their employees, it creates a positive force that ensures qualified employees in the knowledge economy. Employees who recognized the need for continual upgrading of their skills are a benefit to their employers. By providing assistance for their education, business will continually develop their educated, qualified and engaged workforce.

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



Five Reasons to Earn a Master’s of Engineering Online

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Case Western Reserve University

Provided by Case Western Reserve University Considering pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Engineering? If so, it’s likely you’ve discovered that there are many benefits to holding an advanced degree. Not only will you be able to gain new skills and acquire new knowledge, but you’ll have the opportunity to boost your career and increase Read more

GISc Used to Highlight Racial Segregation in America

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Kent State University

Provided by Kent State University Racial segregation in America can be a sensitive or controversial subject that many people prefer not to discuss. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted to prevent discrimination based on race, skin color or national origin; and since that time, it might be taken for granted that segregation based Read more

National Terrorism Advisory System Alerts: A platform to prepare for the worst

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by George Washington University

Provided by The George Washington University The National Terror Advisory System is the Department of Homeland Security’s system for informing the public about trends in national security issues, as well as information about specific imminent threats to national security. In 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did away with the confusing—and often alarming—color-coded Homeland Read more

Global Networking and the MBA

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by University of Kansas School of Education

University of Kansas School of Business When it comes to choosing the best MBA program for your career goals, one of the biggest factors to consider is the networking opportunity that each program offers. While many students focus on the professional network they can develop within the U.S., there are often extensive global networking opportunities Read more

MS in Healthcare Administration Builds Foundation for Success

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Valparaiso University

Provided by Valparaiso University Advances in technology and medicine are causing rapid changes in the healthcare industry, meaning the demand for highly skilled leaders is likely to grow. Federal projections call for employment of healthcare administrators and executives to increase by 22 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2020, much higher than the 14 percent average Read more



ACE: Setting You up for Success without Student Loan Debt

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by American College of Education

Provided by American College of Education Average student loan debt at graduation has been growing steadily over the last two decades. In 1993-94, about half of bachelor’s degree recipients graduated with debt, averaging a little more than $10,000. In 2015, more than two-thirds of college graduates graduated with debt, and their average debt at graduation Read more

Small Businesses Using Big Data to Make Sound Business Decisions

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by American Public University System

Small Businesses Using Big Data to Make Sound Business Decisions

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5 Reasons to Earn Your DNP at Grand Canyon University

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Grand Canyon University

5 Reasons to Earn Your DNP at Grand Canyon University

Provided by Grand Canyon University Earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) can take a nursing professional’s career to the next level. Wondering if enrolling in this program is right for you? Below are five reasons why to earn your DNP and continue your education to advance your career. Improve Patient Care Throughout your DNP Read more

5 Tips on How to Balance Work, Life and School

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Indiana Wesleyan University

By Hailey Beard, Marketing and Communications Manger at IWU Trying to navigate work and life can be stressful. The thought of adding school may be a daunting task to many. However, maintaining a sense of balance is possible. Here are five tips to help you balance work, life and school. 5). Reward yourself It is Read more

Why Getting an MBA is Still Important

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by Kaplan University

Provided by Kaplan University As you look at the credentials of those around you, it may be that a majority of your colleagues have earned their Master of Business Administration (MBA). You may be wondering if this has lessened the value of obtaining the advanced business degree. Many experts in the business world don’t believe Read more



ACE Holds Open House October, 20th

Attend a free virtual information session Thursday, October 20th at 8p.m. EST to learn more about American College of Education and the tuition discounts you qualify for as one of our educational partners. Join College staff in this interactive session to learn more about our programs, renowned for:

◦ Providing innovative and accredited curriculum designed for a digital world - including Educational Leadership as well as Digital Learning and Teaching

◦ Engaging, distinguished faculty who have directed community schools, led universities, consulted with global youth agencies, and pioneered some of the first online programs

◦ Harnessing technology to deliver affordable, flexible degree programs that accommodate the busy lives of practicing professionals

To register for the October 20th online information session, please click here. If you are unable to attend the session, but would like more information, please call one of our enrollment counselors at 1-800-280-0307. We hope to see you there!

Ocean County College ranked #1 “top online college in New Jersey” for 2016 ranks Ocean County College #1 “top online college in New Jersey” for 2016. This ranking is among all 2-year, 4-year, and non-profit and for-profit entities.

Ocean County College received an overall score of 97.76, with tuition costs averaging $3,192, and an overall 26.41% of students enrolled in distance education. Additional school features listed: Accredited, Digital Library, Title IV, AP Credit, Placement Services, and Open Admission Policy.

1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2016,
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For more information, please visit us on the web

Penn State launches redesigned online MBA led by Smeal College of Business

Penn State has redesigned its highly ranked online MBA into a new program that is more flexible for adult learners. The new Penn State online MBA is being led by the internationally ranked Smeal College of Business and is offered online through Penn State World Campus. Applications are being accepted now through June 1, 2017, and the first courses will be offered in Penn State’s fall 2017 semester.

The degree consists of 48 credits and can be completed at a pace that is convenient for the student. For the first time, the online MBA will offer concentrations in accounting foundations, advanced accounting, business analytics, finance, general management, project management, and supply chain management to help students sharpen their skillsets specific to their career goals. The first 39 credits focus on a general management curriculum, after which students choose from among the seven concentration areas to complete their degree.

Students in the new online MBA will be required to attend a five-day residency at Penn State's University Park campus at the beginning of their first semester. The residency will include an orientation to the program, training sessions, and networking opportunities with fellow students and faculty.

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for Edcor client employees to learn more about the Penn State online MBA.

University of Phoenix is opening its first-of-its kind experience center in Las Vegas. The RedFlint™

Experience Center will provide visitors with an experiential, hands-on learning environment to help them be more innovative in their companies and in their careers. The center will provide individuals, startups and established businesses access to the latest technology and business ideas to help them perform at a high caliber today, and learn how to be nimble and relevant for tomorrow. The University is sponsoring Iron Yard Ventures who provides startup businesses access to a premier business accelerator at RedFlint.

RedFlint opened to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The open-concept center is located in the Bank of America Building at 300 South 4th Street, Suite 180, Las Vegas. The center is open to the public with a specific focus on the Las Vegas business, education and government communities.

For more information about the RedFlint™ Experience Center, visit:

Purdue Offers Lean Six Sigma Certification

Purdue University’s online Lean Six Sigma certification program provides professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective Lean Six Sigma leaders. Professionals at any stage of their career benefit from mastering Lean Six Sigma methodology, and Green Belt and Black Belt certifications are recognized worldwide by employers in many industries. Four Purdue-developed training options enable learners to align their Lean Six Sigma education with their career goals.

New course sessions begin often, so in little or no time you can start building skills employers value and take the next step in your career. Edcor clients registering in a group of three or more are eligible for a tuition discount between 5% and 10%.* To learn more, visit our website.
*Offer subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.

SNHU is now the Worldwide Education Partner of the USO

As part of its ongoing commitment to support the educational needs of our nation's military, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has partnered with the United Service Organization (USO), a nonprofit organization recognized for providing morale-boosting programs, services and entertainment to service members and their families. As an education provider of the USO, SNHU will provide educational and financial literacy opportunities onsite at USO locations throughout the country.

A key component of the partnership is SNHU's role in the USO's Transition 360 Alliance, an initiative to help U.S. military personnel and their families successfully transition back into civilian life after their service ends.

"This partnership is about more than raising scholarship dollars, it is about helping people achieve their educational and professional goals through affordable and accessible programs that meet the unique needs of students returning home from military service," said Colonel Wil Zemp, U.S. Army (Ret.), Chief of Staff at Southern New Hampshire University. "We are thrilled to be working with the USO to help service members take the next steps to transition to civilian life and look forward to collaborating with the USO on how best to help the men and women who have done so much for us."

Prepare Yourself for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
at Saint Louis University’s Workforce Center

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and SLU’s Workforce Center is paving the way for your success by offering top industry certification and training courses! Join the effort to ensure your safety and security by enrolling in one of our certification courses: CISSP, CompTIA Security+, CISA or CISM.

SLU’s Workforce Center also offers over 400 courses in IT, Project Management and Leadership, including 50+ certification prep classes and 20+ certificate programs. Our mission is to provide the highest quality training, consulting and customer service to business professionals in the Midwest and beyond.

And don’t forget, all EDCOR clients receive a 15% discount on certifications and courses at SLU’s Workforce Center!

Additional Information
For more information on certifications, certificate programs, private group training or training courses, please visit or contact us at 314-977-3226 or

Trident University has been Named one of Forbes “10 Great Colleges for Adults Returning to School”

Forbes recently chose Trident University International as one of their “10 Great Colleges for Adults Returning to School.” The list, which also featured MIT and Harvard, saw Trident rank at #10. Offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs Trident allows adult learners to continue their education 100% online, while balancing work and family commitments. Trident is also pleased to offer Edcor members up to a 26% tuition savings, waived application fees (bachelors & masters), and no-cost online books.

To learn more about these and other programs, visit or contact James Shiver at

Webster University Offers New Opportunities

The Webster University campus in Athens, Greece has recently been accredited/licensed by the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic, Republic. Before now, the Athens campus was only for study-abroad students from other Webster campuses. For more detailed information see:

Also, the Webster University Online Learning Center is now offering a new undergraduate program; a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. This program can be completed entirely online, and is an interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the individual needs of students and prepare them to be active contributors to a critically reflective, culturally diverse, and democratic global society.

Western Governor’s University Presents Cybersecurity Sage Talk

Announcing WGU’s latest talk in the Sage Talks lecture series. Because October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ve invited Mischel Kwon, cybersecurity expert and former U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) director, to speak about the surprising ways that cybersecurity issues affect all of us. She’ll also share first-hand insights into how a successful career is shaped by learning to take risks, Wednesday October 26, 6:30 p.m. at The Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City.

You are invited to attend remotely via live streaming.

Follow this link to learn more about Mischel Kwon, her impressive IT career, and her topic for the lecture. I encourage all of you to attend this exciting event to discover how your career can benefit from calculated risk-taking and learn the surprising ways cybersecurity affects everyone. Register to attend Sage Talks today.

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