Best Colleges for B Students

One of the biggest myths about college is you have to have straight A’s to get into a good one. True, straight A’s can be come in handy when competing for the most competitive academic scholarships, but many college admission boards understand that some of the best students don’t always perform to their full potential in high school. In fact, they feel that less than perfect grades don’t represent who you are as a person or how well you will do in college. This means, if you’re a B student, don’t worry. All you have to do is create a list of colleges you might be interested in—many are probably on our list of best colleges for b students, and create an excellent application package to get your foot in the door. If you follow the advice below, you will be well on your way to being accepted into one of America’s best colleges for B students.

Getting In: Moving Past the Application Form

Once you have filled in all of the basic information on your application form, its time to begin adding test scores, essays, awards, and other credentials to your application packet. While it is important to include copies of your ACT and SAT scores as well as your high school transcripts, it is even more important to highlight your accomplishments and write an excellent essay. Many of the colleges on our list welcome (and encourage) resumes, which is a great place to organize and convey your biggest accomplishments. On your resume you should include:

  • -Your full name
  • -Current address
  • -Telephone number
  • -Email address
  • -All awards and honors you have earned
  • -All forms of community service
  • -All part or full-time jobs
  • -References
  • -Sports and extracurricular involvement, whether inside or outside of school
  • -Volunteer service

When it comes to writing essays, the most heartfelt and honest essays usually score big points over essays that “whine” and “place blame.” So here are some common dos and don’t’s to keep in mind when writing your essay and/or attending an entrance interview. You should explain any circumstances that could have affected your academic performance and/or test scores. Admissions staff members do understand that frequent moves, learning disabilities, part-time jobs, test anxiety or health issues, and extenuating personal or family circumstances can distract from learning. It’s best not to complain or whine, or blame teachers, parents, and others for your performance. Avoid being too emotional and try not adopt a “poor me” attitude. Admissions boards are much more receptive to those who take responsibility than those that seem to have one too many excuses.

Once you have all of your application materials in order, proofread the materials at least three times. Grammatical errors and careless mistakes won’t help matters at all. Once you feel that your application packet is in order, make a copy for your records and mail the original. That’s it!

Before we move onto the list of best schools for B students, keep in mind that that the colleges on our list are not looking for slackers. The entry requirements a bit more open-minded than some institutions, but they are not as relaxed as you think they are. These colleges still hold students to the highest standards from the time your application is submitted to graduation day.

Best Colleges for B Students

The following list represents just a small number of some of the best colleges for B students. Visit Petersons.com for a full directory of college and university websites.

  • Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • Ana Maria College, Paxton, MA
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Augusta State University, Augusta, GA
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA
  • Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Cornell College, Mount Vernon IA
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  • Elmira College, Elmira, NY
  • Fisk University, Nashville, TN
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
  • Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Hampton University, Hampton, VA
  • High Point University, High Point NC
  • University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
  • University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Howard University, Washington, DC
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA
  • University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
  • College of Notre Dame, Baltimore MD
  • Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • University of Portland, Portland OR
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
  • Washington State University, Pullman WA
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

National Guard launches ‘Adventures’ app

You just received a call, there’s massive flooding in your region and a state of emergency has been declared. The destruction of the flood is spreading and people are scrambling to safety. The President has made the decision to send units to the scene. Your commanding officer has just informed you that you will lead your unit to the front line to help make critical decisions needed to bring structure to a chaotic situation. Are you ready to serve your country when needed?

This is one example of a relief mission that can be found in the newly created application from the Army National Guard. The brand new application has an interactive game environment that was designed to highlight the many decision making and leadership tasks that lie within the service. The program, titled Adventures, integrates with Facebook Connect and puts the user in a personal decision based mission like the one in the story above. Men who play action style war video games will have their mental sharpness tested as they make important decisions which will directly impact the mission.

Adventures is based on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure style of books and will allow users to make real-time decisions that control the outcome of various missions. This interactive experience exposes users to the many different jobs and roles available. It also showcases the pride developed as a Soldier in the National Guard.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Succession Planning

When building and maintaining a business, not many owners have the time (or feel like they have the time) to think about what will happen to their business once they have retired or sold it.

However, business succession planning is crucial to where your business is headed. Putting a proper succession plan in place ahead of time will not only help of your company’s health now, but down the line too.

But before making a succession plan, let’s start with the first step. You need to reflect on your ultimate goals, personally and professionally.

Here is a list of 10 important questions to ask yourself before and during the succession planning process:

1. What would make you leave the business?

With the retirement age rising, many people are choosing careers that they enjoy and can see themselves doing for a long time. So what would make you leave your business?

Retirement, family, travel, new business opportunities? List out some of the main reasons you can see yourself leaving the company. Perhaps, you were interested in making a quick buck by building up the business over a few years then selling it, like so many of today’s e-based businesses are doing. Even at that, you want to go out with a “Bang” and ensure you get the right buyers. For this, you need a good succession plan in order.

2. Is this business your life’s goal or accomplishment?

Starting your own business demands constant hard work and effort. Think back to when you first decided to take this giant leap. Did you expect to see your company where it is now? Are you proud of where you are today? How much is this business a part of you?
These are again some deep and important questions to ask yourself as your response to them will help you determine which potential successor could really share your vision and fill your dedicated shoes.

3. What is your business worth? 

Your company has a dollar value, but is this enough for you? If your company has intrinsic value than you may need a higher price tag to make the sale worth it for you. It’s key to start by speaking to finance advisors who have experience in your industry to help you determine a price that would be suitable to you and the buyer.

4. Who can handle your business?

Assuming you want your business to prosper after you have handed it off, who has the skills and knowledge that you have to run it like you do? Is there anyone internally who could fill your shoes?

Then again, you have to be prepared for the fact that a successor may not run the show your way. But this doesn’t mean they don’t have something else to offer. One of the prime keys to success in business is the ability to adapt, evolve and handle change.
Don’t just look for another you, think about important qualities you want in a successor. Vision, imagination, loyalty, dedication… Look at the big picture.

5. Will you have regrets?

It’s hard to know what our future selves will be like, but when it comes to questions of regret, you need to think really hard and examine all the possibilities. The last thing you want to do is regret a decision as important as leaving the business. Again, assess your professional and personal goals and ensure they are being met when you make this big decision in your career.

6. How long will you stay involved with the company after the sale? Will you stay involved?

Maybe you can’t completely detach from your business and that is more than okay. But planning your involvement post-sale is an important factor that needs to be discussed throughout the proceedings and carried out accordingly to prevent any issues in the future.

7. What kind of training will you offer?

There are many ways to train your successor, but the way to get the best results from the person is to train them over a longer period of time rather than throw them into it last minute. This is a major aspect of succession planning. Being prepared.

Keeping documentation of processes and anything involving how your company works will help your successor understand how you operate the business. But reading about policies and procedures is only one part of it. Perhaps consider them training in many positions at different levels at the company so they really understand the inner workings of the business.

8. Will you be comfortable with radical changes?

As mentioned, your successor may attempt to make some significant reformations to your business model. Can you stomach this, even if it differs from your original view of the business? If not, your hunt for the right successor will have to continue.

9. Will you want to retain minority ownership as an investment?

If so how much control will you attempt to exert? Remember that it can be hard to control yourself if you have run this business for years.

10. Will you start another business like this or are you looking for another path?
After the sale of your business, you might feel at a loss after such an important and consuming part of your life is gone. However, a new business or career may give you stronger direction and purpose.

Ask yourself these important questions. They will not only help you in planning your succession, but with your career aspirations overall.

Career Spotlight: Healthcare Practitioners

 

Jobs in the healthcare industry are on the rise thanks to increased interest in preventative care, advances in medicine and technology, and the nation’s rapidly growing elderly population. Despite reports that hospitals and clinics have cut budgets, the healthcare industry is still expected to increase its workforce by 22 percent through 2018. This means, individuals searching for healthcare positions will find roughly 4,000-5,000 new job openings each year. Healthcare jobs are expected to be plentiful in the following industries:

  • -Utilities
  • -Federal, State, and Local Government (this includes hospitals)
  • -Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • -Chemical Manufacturing
  • -Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
  • -Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
  • -Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • -Social Assistance
  • -Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • -Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Healthcare practitioners have a wide range of specific titles. Each title requires special training and most require a college education. “Healthcare practitioners” is a major healthcare group consisting of more than 14 million professionals. These include chiropractors, dentists, physicians, emergency medical technicians, medical assistants, dental service providers, dietitian/nutritionist, nurses and advanced practice nurses, nurses aides and home health aides, podiatric service provider, psychologist (clinical), eye and vision service provider, pharmacy service provider, physician assistants, physical therapists, physical therapists assistants, social workers, speech, language, and hearing service provider, and technologist.

Depending on the job title, healthcare practitioners will have to enroll in a postsecondary vocational training program, associate degree program, bachelor’s degree, or advanced degree program. The educational attainment for professionals in this field is as follows:

  • -Master’s Degree: 23.8 percent
  • -Bachelor’s Degree: 33.8 percent
  • -Certificate: 15 percent

Although a certificate or a bachelor’s degree are acceptable for entry into many positions in this field, positions such as physician and psychologist require a doctoral or first professional degree. In addition to a variety of education levels, healthcare practitioners and technical workers will find themselves in a number of different salary ranges. Entry level workers with less than a bachelor’s degree will likely start at $21,720 annually, while 25th percentile workers will average $27,040 annually. Median wages are $37,200 annually, and mean wages are $45,090. Positions that require a master’s degree or higher, experience, and/or more responsibility typically average $56,890-$81,910 per year. If a position as a healthcare practitioner sounds like it’s for you, training always begins with education.

When you’re ready to begin your search for a degree program in a health science or related area, visit the Princeton Review website. Here, you will find listings for the nation’s top schools, enrollment figures, tuition costs, and even reviews.

Tip: The alternative healthcare industry is growing fast. If you prefer to work with non-traditional prevention and treatment methods, there are several growing fields that may appeal to you such as acupuncture, athletic training, homeopathic, naturopath, orthotic/prosthetic fitting, perfusionist, and psychiatric technician. Once you have located a college that interests you, inquire within.

Early Childhood Education Career Guide

Teaching is one of the most well respected careers in the world. It’s also one of most stable—even in a recession. The education industry has grown between three and six percent during past recession years and America’s latest recession seems to have had little impact on employment growth as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13 to 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, depending on the specialization. Salary growth is promising as well. In 2004, the average yearly salary for teachers ranged from $41,400 to $45,920. By 2008, this range increased to $47,100 to $51,180. Educators may make more or less depending on the specialization.

Career Specializations in Early Childhood Education

Career specializations in early  include childcare workers, preschool teachers, kindergarten and elementary school teachers, education administrators, and postsecondary teachers.

Childcare Workers
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, childcare workers held around 1.4 million jobs in 2006. Childcare workers help children learn basic concepts through play. Jobs are usually full or part-time and unlike teachers who typically have summers off, childcare workers will work year around as most childcare centers are open throughout the year. Although requirements vary from state to state, in general, childcare workers must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Preschool Teachers
Preschool teachers must have an associate’s degree at the minimum in order to secure a position. If advancement is a priority, a bachelor’s degree will help you to advance much faster than an associate’s degree alone. Preschool teachers introduce basic skills and concepts through play. Preschool teachers typically work ten months out of the year with two months off in the summer.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Kindergarten teachers and elementary school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree and a state teacher’s license. Teaching assistants may secure a position with an associate’s degree. Kindergarten and elementary school teachers teach language, math, science, and social studies through a wide variety of instructional methods. Teaching assistants may secure a position with an associate’s degree.

Education Administrators
Education Administrators typically have an advanced degree – a master’s or PhD. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of child care centers, preschools, and schools. Education administrators manage budgets, oversee staff and curriculum, and they also make sure that the school meets state standards. Staff members in these positions typically work year around (sometimes in the evenings as well), without summer breaks. This is one of the most high profile positions in the early childhood education sector as the position requires appearances at fundraisers and other similar events.

Salaries for Early Childhood Education Careers

Childcare Workers
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, childcare workers average $17,630-$20,770 per year.

Preschool Teachers
Preschool teachers earn an average annual salary of around $22,680 per year.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers average around $43,580-$48,690 per year with the lowest 10 percent earning $28,590-$33,070 and the top 10 percent earning $67,490-$76,100.

Education Administrators
Median annual earnings for education administrators range from $67,735-$87,866.

Early Childhood Education License and Certification

To teach in the public school system, you must earn a bachelor’s degree from a teacher education training program. Although the program does not have to be accredited, an accredited program will make fulfilling licensure requirements easier. Many teacher training programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

For information about any additional state specific education and licensing requirements, visit the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov.

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