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  • 3 Ways to Test Out for College Credit

     

    What if you could save your time and money earning 3-6 college credit hours by passing one exam? Most would likely be interested in skipping a semester of sitting in a classroom, and the good news is that there is a way. The bad news is you might not have heard of it. This is the idea behind “testing out” of classes, or credit by examination. Simply put, it’s a faster, more affordable way to earn college credit by passing one standardized exam per course. This is the solution for many who want to earn their college degree but face obstacles such as time to attend class, the cost of typical college expenses such as tuition, transportation to and from school, or other restraints such as family and work responsibilities. By earning college credit by examination, suddenly it’s possible to earn a degree faster and more affordably than traditional options. You can use testing out to complete 2 years’ worth of college classes, or use it as a supplement for your other traditional classes. One of the best parts of testing out is anyone can earn college credit this way. High school students can earn college credit in their free time while still in high school. Adult learners, including veterans, can earn college credit on their own schedules that works for their lives. How can you start testing out?

    Three types of exams you can take to earn college credit by exam are CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests), and ECE (Excelsior College Exam). iStudySmart.com offers exam preparation in over 60 CLEP, DSST, and ECE college-level exams in subjects such as business, nursing, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. In order to earn full credit per course, you only need to pass one standardized exam per course. You can prepare for these exams until you’re comfortable with the material and then take the standardized exam at testing locations throughout the country.

    iStudySmart.com is an official partner of DSST, recognized for their exceptional preparation materials. You can browse iStudySmart.com’s DSST and other recognized standardized exam prep courses by clicking here. Good luck studying and earning college credit by testing out of CLEP, DSST, & ECE exams with iStudySmart.com!

     

    If you’re ready to take a DSST exam, you can save $10 on your exam fee by signing up for a free membership at www.NationalEducationAlliace.com and use coupon code iSSsave when signing up!

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  • It's Not Just for the Military Anymore, It’s For Everyone!

    It's TESTING OUT!

    For decades military personnel have had the opportunity to study independently and test out of college courses.  Today, there are tens of thousands of people from all walks of life who have earned college degrees using only independent learning to test out of courses.  Passing standardized exam grades are transferred into an accepting college for credit.pass you exam

     

    10 Reasons to Skip Class and Test Out

     

    1. Earn 3 to 6 credits after passing a standardized exam

    2. Over 3,800 colleges and universities allow testing out credit to be transferred into a degree program

    3. You can test out even if you have never attended college

    4. Convenient programs available that fit into your schedule 

    5. Save money over traditional programs 

    6. No classes to attend 

    7. No waiting lists

    8. Go as fast or as slow as you want – you are in control – you set the pace 

    9. Education opens up job opportunities, promotions, and more money

    10. Today is the day to take charge of your future!

     

    Learn How You Can Prepare for and Pass DSST, CLEP & ECE Exams

     

    Testing out is not something that most people can do without studying and test preparation.  That’s where iStudySmart.com comes in.  iStudySmart.com offers three product types. 

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  • SERVING THE HEROES WHO HAVE SERVED FOR US

    Since its inception in 2007, Military Warriors Support Foundation has been able to touch the lives of thousands of wounded heroes and their families. Four life changing programs are making a difference in the lives of our wounded heroes.

     

    The programs are built to assist our wounded soldier’s transition back into civilian culture a little more smoothly and achieve success along the way. The four programs are

     

     

    Homes4WoundedHeroes
    Education4Heroes

    CEOs4Heroes
    Skills4Life*

     

    The Homes 4 Wounded Heroes program awards mortgage-free homes to wounded heroes injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The homes are for families who have severe and/or unique circumstances due to injuries received while serving our country. In addition to the home, the families will receive 3 years of family and financial mentoring.

     

    The Military Warriors Support Foundation is proud to announce that they are now accepting Open Applications for our Homes4WoundedHeroes program!  If you are a combat wounded hero, injured during the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, you are eligible to apply!!   

     

    Recipients must meet the eligibility requirements and will undergo the review process.

     

    In addition to receiving the home, the approved family will receive 3 years of home and financial mentoring to set them on a path of success for the future!! 

     

    The Military Warriors Support Foundation plans to award 100 homes by early next year, so apply as soon as possible. Homes will be awarded to the first and most qualified applicants!  

     

    For questions, you may contact their office at 210.615.8973, or send an email to

    Support4WW@MilitaryWarriors.org.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Visit MilitaryWarriors.org/programs for more information on each of the programs

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  • The National Education Alliance Counseling Center: Advocates for the Students Served

    Have you considered going back to college and earning a degree to help you compete for promotion in this tough economic climate?  You’re not alone.  In fact, more than 18 million students are pursuing degrees across the nation today!

    The majority of adult learners, because of busy schedules and commitments, cannot take time off to attend classes on campus.

    More Than 5 Million Of These Adult Learners Are Pursuing Degrees At A Distance.

    Hundreds of colleges and universities offer thousands of degrees at a distance. How can anyone know which college or university is right for them?  The National Education Alliance Counseling Center empowers students to compare where they stand toward thousands of degrees at a distance from hundreds of accredited colleges and universities nationwide – that’s how you can know!

    Far too many students discover that much of the credit they have earned in the past will not apply toward the degree and/or college they are interested in.  The problem is that they presume losing credit in transfer is simply the price one has to pay when transferring to a different college or university.  That doesn’t have to be the case. 

    The experts at the National Education Alliance Counseling Center build electronic education records for students which include every potential source of college credit earned in the past.  Then, this electronic education record is systematically merged into the curricula of numerous degrees matching the student’s desired area of study and level of degree (Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate).  The best options for the student to consider (based on his or her unique academic accomplishments and stated needs, goals, and desires) are then presented in detailed degree plans for review. 

    Dare to compare – that’s what the National Education Counseling Center empowers students to do so they can make an informed decision before investing their money, time, and effort into pursuing the degree.  Every student receives several degree plans to consider from the professional team at the National Education Alliance Counseling Center.  When the student is ready to apply for admission, we even transmit the chosen degree plan to the participating college or university and request a courtesy pre-admission review to make sure the student has a clear understanding of what the future holds. 

    And the counseling center’s job is still not complete, they provide a continuum of counseling support from exploration to admission and onward to graduation. 

    You see, every semester, when the student is preparing to enroll in the next course or two at the college, the counseling center’s staff is available to guide them in the use of iStudySmart.com courses and the hundreds of resources that are available on the student support website, to help them make maximum use of nationally recognized college level examinations.  These examinations are accepted by more than 2,800 accredited colleges and universities across the nation.

    However, with the National Education Alliance Counseling Center at your side as your advocate, they will guide you in the use of iStudySmart.com courses in concert with courses taken from the participating college. This accelerates your progress to degree completion, while saving a considerable amount of time and money along the way. 

    The National Education Alliance Counseling Center is your advocate, providing you with a lifetime of support! Make loss of credit in transfer a thing of the past.  Get the credit you deserve with our support!

    Visit www.nationaleducationalliancecc.com

     

    Are You Ready to Find Out Which College Will Accept the Most of Your Credits?

    iStudySmart.com is giving you free membership into the National Education Alliance which includes a $100 savings toward the Counseling Center.  Use Coupon Code iSSSAVE and start saving today!

     

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  • Has Your Career Outgrown Your Resume?

    When you consider the factors which make people successful in their careers, the capacity to represent your value is nearly as important as the creation of that value in the first place. This is particularly true if you are building your career in the healthcare, academia or other technical profession where your competency indicators are quite often valued as much by their weight in pounds as their weight in importance.

    The term “portfolio” typically refers to an assembly of your best stuff.

    Your financial portfolio is collection of carefully selected investment vehicles which are designed to best define your financial value. When it comes to your career, a portfolio can be used to represent a selection of elements which best define your professional value, your overall competency. An artist, designer or photographer creates a binder they show to new clients or hiring managers as a representation of their craft. This is pretty straight forward for professions where the aesthetic value of your work is what defines you. When it comes to a field such as nursing however, the competency picture is a little more difficult to capture and express.

    Here, you are dealing with a lot of continuing education courses which need to be completed for compliance or for advancement. You have your professional license and healthcare certifications which must be kept up to date and presented to those who ask. You also have the checklists which were completed by your preceptors, or evaluations written by your managers which can both weigh heavily when illustrating how well you demonstrate your skills in practice. All this, even before you consider your experience, degrees and other items found in a traditional resume. Before long, the static resume you keep in Microsoft Word is no match for all of the competency indicators you have worked so hard to acquire. Why sell yourself short?

    The good news is that with the development of cloud computing, along with the ever increasing number of devices available to connect you, there is no better time to leave your Word file behind. Decision Critical has been a software as a service (SaaS) provider since 1999 and has become a leader in the healthcare space for competency management tools, including the online portfolio. The full suite of tools help institutions to pull together course transcripts, evaluations, completed checklists, resumes, reflections and more on their people. This can all be used to gain a complete competency picture of their staff and to deliver compliance reporting.

    Individual nurses have access to a powerful online application which lets them capture and store their entire life’s body of work, much of which can even be auto-populated. When it comes time to show their wares, they can easily select the key indicators they want to include in a custom view and send it to the audience of their choosing. The nurse owns all of their information which can be taken when they graduate from school or move up the ladder over the span of their career. It has never been easier to show the world what you have to offer.

    Learn more about how portfolios can help you your career at the Decision Critical web site.

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  • Better Job Market for Recent College Grads

    According to a recent article by USA Today, 2011 college graduates are entering a better job market than 2010’s graduates. Additionally, employers have an increase in open positions and plan to hire 19.3% more recent graduates than last year.

     

    Because of the recession and the need for employers to “tighten up their belts” in 2010, employers had 40.5 applicants per job but didn’t have enough jobs to fill for all the applicants. However, with the recent hiring increase, employers have only half as many applicants per job as last year.

     

    This job market increase is important for current college students as well. College students who chose to complete college credit through standardized exams can help them complete their degree faster, allowing them to get a head start on their careers. Credit by exam is accepted at over 3,800 colleges and helps adult learners complete college credit while saving money.

     

    iStudySmart.com provides over 60 effective study courses to assist college students in testing out. The study courses are available in Traditional, Advanced and Premier formats. The courses are structured so adult learners can study at their own pace, where they are most comfortable and test out when they’re ready.

     

    For a full list of iStudySmart.com’s courses, click here.

     

    Source: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2011-04-21-college-grad-job-market.htm

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  • Coming to the CCME?

     

    At the 2011 CCME symposium, the National Education Alliance will be representing iStudySmart.com. The National Education Alliance will be informing you about iStudySmart.com's quality, in-depth studeny materials that map to over 70 CLEP, DSST and ECE exams. These exams help adult learners to complete college credit by examination without attending a traditional college class. Stop by Booth #414 for more information!

     

    Can't make the conference?

    Contact Shara Wright, National Education Alliance President

    1-800-230-7565 ext 1400

    SWright@neateam.com

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