Community College to Broaden your Goals

Driving across town with the heater of her new car insulating her from the fierce Oklahoma winter in 2016, Amy Radford-Nelson spied a man walking along the railroad tracks.

Radford-Nelson, a Redlands Community College student in El Reno, Okla., recalled her own bout of homelessness seven years before when she was pregnant with her second child and a move to Santa Fe hadn’t worked out. Recalling that rocky stretch made her decide to do something to help.

Radford-Nelson spent the next nine months doing research, filing paperwork, negotiating a lease and gathering community support, and last September the Rock Island Community Kitchen opened its doors.

“The way I thought about it, if I wait to do this until I get into graduate school, it’s not going to happen. I’m going to be too busy,” says Radford-Nelson, 35. The non-profit soup kitchen, staffed with college honor society volunteers, now serves 700 meals a month.

A mother of three, a premedical student and Goldwater Scholar, Radford-Nelson has been named to the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic First Team, USA TODAY’s recognition program for outstanding two-year college students.

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Your senior year in high school – a timeline

Senior year in high school can be a bit hectic. Even though you’re trying to enjoy your final year in high school, you also need to keep an eye on all kinds of deadlines to make sure you don’t fall behind and miss out!

I’ve come up with this timeline, going by what events happened during my senior year in high school. Hopefully, this list will help you out a bit. Please let me know if there’s anything important I’ve forgotten.

Senior year is a big year, and it flies by, believe me. If you want to make sure you leave high school with every loose end taken care of, it helps to have an excellent guideline of what to do as your year goes.
While individual parts will come with their specific dates, some senior events will remain consistent year to year.

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How To Predict Your Child’s Career Potential

Taking on an examination of your career potential might seem difficult especially when if your education path was not straightforward, coming back to school for your GED might be the alternative path but it doesn’t mean that your career potential is smaller.

In the late 1970’s, while studying executives impacted by the breakup of AT&T, Dr. Suzanne Kobasa developed the concept of “Stress Hardiness”. Predicting potential for future success is based on past performance and demonstrated skills.

I’ve adapted the three C’s of Kobasa [and added a fourth] to the specific issue of career examination as follows:

1. Commitment: People with a strong sense of commitment to their own selves, their families, their work or a personal cause. They believe in their self-worth. They want either to feel better about their current field of professional engagement or find other outlets that will suit them better.

2. Challenge: People who see life as a challenge welcome new situations and opportunities to grow and develop, rather than feeling fearful. They see opportunities, not obstacles.

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Teach Your Teen About Driving Safety

Our daughter and her friends are to the age where getting their drivers license, and then getting the keys to the car, are all they think or talk about. I can tell you first hand that watching your child drive away by themselves for the first time is not an experience you will ever forget as a parent. It’s not that you’re worried about them–you are but that’s not all of it–you’re also worried about every other person on the road.

It’s a weekly occurrence that my teen driver comes home telling me that because she was driving the speed limit someone behind her was having a road rage experience. She’s had drivers honking at her, flashing their lights, and driving erratically behind her frequently. All because she is driving exactly the speed limit, which as a brand new driver is the responsible thing to do.

Guiding your teen through the process of learning how to drive is a stressful time, but it can also leave parents feeling a lot of pride as they watch their child take on this new responsibility. However, with this new stage of life, there is also a lot you should teach your teen to help her stay as safe as possible.

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Become a CNA – Make a Difference in People’s Lives

Becoming a certified nursing assistant – commonly referred to as a CNA – will put you squarely onto the front line of basic patient care. Increasingly all kinds of medical facilities are taking on more CNAs to provide their patients with routine daily care.

Tasks like feeding, bathing, grooming and basically helping a patient feel as well as possible are crucial to well being for patients of all ages and increasingly these tasks are falling to CNAs, to leave the nurses and doctors under whose supervision they work available for more complex medical tasks.

How to Become a CNA – Getting Started – These days if you were to take a survey of younger RNs in medical facilities all over the country you would find that a surprisingly large number of them began their nursing careers as a CNA and then gradually made their way through the educational process until they reached their current level of seniority.

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Why do you want to be in Leadership Class

Just before the 2:40 p.m. bell signals the start of Karen Dawson’s leadership class, a handful of students brainstorm a seating plan. Father’s middle name? No, there’s one student whose dad doesn’t have one. How about father’s first name? But why do you want to be in Leadership Class?

And so, when the 30 juniors and seniors file in, they line up and sit down in alphabetical order of their father’s middle or first name. Every so often the seating changes, one of the thousands of ways Dawson keeps cliques from forming and gets the students to know and accept each other. This system is similar to what BestGEDclasses uses in their online GED prep classes, no cliques! It could well be that Mrs. Dawson’s idea was inspired by how this online learning platform is structured.

“True learning goes on in an atmosphere where there’s true understanding,” says Dawson, 57, who teaches art and leadership and advises the student council at Washington High, a small-town, working-class high school about 50 miles west of St. Louis. “Students learn best in an environment where they’re accepted and not judged. There are no masks in here. It’s a very accepting group.”

It’s also a very active group. Last year’s leadership students averaged 100 community service hours each. The class is where Dawson trains leaders of the 104-member student council, which is so well-known in Washington for its service projects that organizations call when they need help. Among the council’s biggest projects is an annual senior citizens prom that drew 250 seniors and won a national service award last year.

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Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

“You don’t understand!”
“I don’t want to talk about it!”
“Leave me alone!”

If these declarations sound familiar, you are not alone. Most parents experience the brick wall that suddenly appears without warning. You can learn what triggers this and ways to keep the conversation flowing.

Get inside your preteen’s mind to see life from their point of view. This is the road to changing the adult-preteen interaction. Let’s look at a common homework problem, which is the preteen’s to solve, to see how this works. If they are struggling with homework you may hear them say, “I just can’t do this. It’s too much, and I’m not going to do it!” This is the crucial poinatin which your choice of response can either create a supportive connection or enrage your preteen.

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The High School Confusion

download-16If you think it’s easy to get into even a public high school for some kids, think again. Yesterday I met a girl and heard her story, her parents formally disowned her when she was 15, and she spent six months living in a car before trying to enroll herself in school miles away with no parents.

It’s not the lack of parents that was the problem — it seems her former school district was so far ahead of the new one that, even at 16, she only had three classes left to graduate.

She had two options: continue high school, or sign up for GED classes to earn her GED and believe me there are plenty of great online courses, like the BestGEDClasses course. Three classes simply weren’t worth the trouble for the school.

she was denied entry back into high school and told to finish her high school equivalency at the nearby community college. Obviously, this came with a fee that fortunately she could pay for working two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps it was survival instincts kicking in, but even then she knew she was the exception.

High School isn’t a Guarantee

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Education into Uneducated Thought

The Presidents of some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges and universities have signed a petition put out by the Amethyst Initiative, which is sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Drinking Choices, which is run by far-left liberals out of Middlebury College, in Vermont, who, no doubt, would like to see us back to the Greco-Roman days where we can all frolic through the streets naked singing poems back and forth (am I done? I think so, but to remind you of where we started… a petition) that calls for a national debate on lowering the drinking age to 18.

No, the Presidents of some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges didn’t sign a petition that calls for a national debate on lowering marijuana use, so Mexican drug lords can stop kidnapping, beheading, and assassinating random and sometimes not so random Mexican citizens.

People think it’s all fine and dandy, “smoking pot doesn’t harm anybody,” well sure if your pot just happens to be grown by the Rednecks or adventurous illegal immigrants out back, but whether the pot is grown out back or in Mexico the money still travels to the same murderous drug lords. But the College presidents couldn’t be bothered to sign that petition. Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Home Schooling

People new to the concept of homeschooling often have a thousand and one questions.  This post will show you some pros and cons that may be helpful in guiding you as you consider whether to homeschool or not.

Some homeschooling advantages:

There are several advantages to homeschooling.  Let’s take a look at five:

1.     Allows for quality vs. quantity time. Homeschooling can provide individualized attention and instruction lacking in public schools today.  Parents are better equipped at understanding what their children’s interests are and, as such within the homeschool environment, have more time to observe how their children are progressing, as well as what areas they may find difficult and can be there to help them out. One thing is certain, you must at all times keep the lines of communication with your children open!

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