Collaboration Yields Individual and Business Success

In recent years collaboration or the ability to work in teams is one of the skills that employers have listed among the top skills they need for their businesses. In a world where high-demand technical skills change as technology changes, the ability of employees to work together remains constant. Fostering collaboration among employees may be one of best things a company can do to create a positive business culture, develop employee satisfaction and strengthen its bottom line. Collaboration is generally defined as a “soft skill” but there is hard data ...


Degree Completion is a Worthwhile Investment

There are many layers to the impacts of degree completion: personal benefits, societal rewards, and personal and economic costs, investments and gains. The Future of Undergraduate Education, released last week by The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, discusses the many positive impacts and challenges of achieving bachelor’s degree completion. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the percentage of high school graduates attending college, but not in those graduating. The message of the report is that it is important for this to change. Getting ...


Digital Credentials Can Close Communication and Skills Gaps

Workers qualify for their jobs because they have the necessary skills and knowledge. Digital credentials are becoming increasingly valuable as “proof” of worker qualifications, along with licenses, certificates and degrees. Digital credentials, because they can be very descriptive, can work as a bridge between the skills gap employers face and workers seeking employment. Reports continue to show the urgency of the skills gap. In May seven states recorded all-time lows in unemployment, but according to PWC’s 20th CEO Survey 77 percent of global CEOs say that skills gaps limit their company’s growth. ...


Gender Parity Benefits Employees, Employers and the Economy

Gender parity is not a new issue. Achieving a balance between the number of women and men in the workplace, in leadership roles, and receiving living wages has wide-reaching impacts. The World Economic Forum has been measuring gender parity in education attainment, economic opportunity, health and survival and political empowerment since 2006. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 states that for the first time since 2006, progress towards achieving gender parity has lessened. In the economic opportunity and education attainment realms, businesses have the opportunity to create forward momentum and reap ...


Student Veterans are a National Asset

United States veterans, transitioning from an active military role to civilian life, may find that as student veterans they are in a position to lead our country on another front: the charge to educate more citizens, to increase the number of citizens with post-secondary education, and fill workforce skill gaps. Student veterans have characteristics that can make them successful as they pursue higher education and civilian careers. “In addition to their unique experiences, veterans have a specific set of skills, learned through military service. When these skills and experiences are coupled with formal ...


Education Offers Upward Mobility for Many

A college education is often talked about as the key to upward mobility in the United States. And, indeed, it is almost impossible to achieve upward mobility without higher education. However, it seems that some students are more successful at attaining higher education than others, and a lot of that success can depend on a family’s economic status. A student whose family is in the top 20 percent income level is five times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 24 than a student whose family ...


Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals Grows

National Cybersecurity Month is winding down, but the need for cybersecurity is continually ramping up. The recent Equifax security breach affected millions of Americans and made it clear that cybersecurity is important to our daily lives, not just to banks, businesses and government agencies. This need for security has created a demand for security analysts and career opportunity for higher education students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for Information Security Analysts will continue to grow by 36.5 percent from 2012 to 2022. And beyond that, from ...


TAP: A Valuable Resource for Nontraditional Students

Expenses for nontraditional students often represent a lot more than tuition and books. Their expenses are as varied as their life circumstances, and many of them use multiple resources to meet their financial obligations. Recent changes in available financial aid could affect how nontraditional students pay higher education expenses. The Perkin Loan program expired at the end of September, eliminating one source of financial aid available to students. With this change, employer tuition assistance programs (TAP) become more valuable than ever for nontraditional higher education students. Students who already have loans ...


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 ...