Workplace Technology Requires Education

No one can deny that workplace technology has impacted the workforce. Technology workers are in high demand, and employees in other fields must acquire skills and knowledge to be able to work with new technology as it changes their jobs. Among the demands on American workers one of the most important may be to continually acquire new skills as the workplace continues to change. Consider the need for technology workers as an example. The United States led the first stage of internet development from 1995-2007 and the second stage of growth and ...


Edcor Earns Awards for Tuition Assistance Benefits

Edcor is very pleased to announce that we have received two awards that reflect the service we give our clients and the importance of the tuition assistance programs we develop and administer for them. Edcor has received the Silver Award for Excellence in Partnership, part of Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards. These awards recognize learning leaders and provider companies who demonstrate excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs. As a tuition benefits provider, Edcor develops and administers tuition assistance programs that help our clients develop their ...


Career and Academic Counseling Address Workforce Needs

Career and academic counseling are becoming an increasingly important components of a tuition assistance program. Businesses need to hire workers with the right education and talents to close the skills gap. Workers need to prepare themselves for a workplace that is continually evolving and demanding new knowledge. Neither of these is an easy task. There has been rapid change in both education and occupations. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce report Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers shows how both education and occupation opportunities have ...


Assessing the Progress Towards Education Goals

At the end of the Great Recession both the US government and Lumina Foundation set education goals for the country that could help create a stronger workforce, assist the economic recovery efforts, and ultimately create a stronger economy. The US Government’s Postsecondary Degree Completion Goal is that by 2020, 60 percent of the US population age 25-34 would have an associate’s degree or higher. Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 is broader. It is that by 2025, 60 percent of the US population age 25-64 would have a high quality post-secondary ...


Tuition Assistance for Part-time Students is a Good Investment

Nontraditional, part-time students are a large part of the higher education student population today. National Center for Education statistics show that part-time students are different from full-time students in several ways that can create financial difficulties. • 62 percent of part-time students go to two-year schools compared to 25 percent of full-time students • 64 percent of part-time students are age 24 or over compared to 34 percent of full-time students • 71 percent of part-time students are on their own financially compared to 41 percent of full-time students • 42 percent of part-time students work 40 or ...


Goal Setting Leads to Success

The start of the new school year brings time management and achievement challenges for busy adults. Effective goal setting can make the difference between successful progress and being overwhelmed by all the responsibility. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments says that goal setting can act as an effective “internal commitment device for students.” A self-set goal allows students to control how and when they complete it. The report distinguished between performance goals and task-based ...


Higher Education Student Demographics Show Wide Variety

Welcome to the new school year. Whether you are a student just starting out, or an employer whose employees are heading back to school, you are in good company. Higher education student demographics show that many nontraditional students share similar, lifestyles, obstacles and opportunities. Today’s higher education student demographics are wide, varied and very inclusive. It’s clear that in higher education today, everybody belongs. Kim Cook, the executive director of the National College Access Network, an organization that works to improve college access, says that a few decades ago ...


Higher Education Brings Career Satisfaction

Career satisfaction for many American workers is clearly linked to plans to pursue higher education. Whether American workers are considering their current position, future options in their career path, or personal fulfillment, it’s clear that job satisfaction and higher education are two sides of the same coin for many Americans. A recent Harris Poll of more than a thousand American Workers, conducted for University of Phoenix, clearly illustrates the connection between career satisfaction and plans to pursue higher education. The survey showed that only: • 38 percent of American workers are very satisfied ...


Varied Options Offer Access to Higher Education

It is a generally accepted fact that the more education a person has the greater their chance of economic well-being. There also is a reality that not everyone has broad or easy access to higher education. Multiple proposals and solutions to improve access to higher education are proof that this issue affects many people and demands solutions. Whether the idea of free college is practical or not, it’s clear that there is urgency behind the need for more people to access and attain higher education. The July U.S. Congress Joint ...


Forever GI Bill and Year-round Pell Increase Opportunities

In spite of political differences, Congress recently passed two education-related bills that benefit everyone in one way or another. The “Forever GI Bill” and Year-round Pell Grants mean that many students will have resources available for their higher education on a timely basis. The opportunities these programs create show clearly that higher education is a national priority. The Forever GI Bill removes the 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits after leaving service. The bill originally applied to service members who were discharged after January 1, 2018, but ...