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Accreditation for Online Education

There is no way to express the importance of accreditation for online education. When a school is accredited, that means it has been recognized by an accrediting institution (which itself is recognized by the United States Department of Education) based on a specific set of criteria. With peer reviews and professional qualifications, these accrediting bodies determine the legitimacy of online schools based on factors such as curriculum, admission requirements, faculty, mission, school resources and much more.

Why You Should Care About Accreditation for Your Online Education

Schools are not required to be accredited, and accrediting agencies are typically private organizations. So why should you care about the accreditation of your online education program? Well, there are several reasons, which will be explained further below.

Employers care.

The fact that your education might not qualify you for any good jobs should make you stop and listen. If you get a degree or certificate from an online school that isnt accredited, chances are that most potential employers you apply to work for will not find your education sufficient. Unfortunately, some employers might also question the validity of an online degree, but with accreditation, there is legitimate proof that your learning experience was just as valid as someone who attended classes on a campus.

Schools care.

If you are ever going to continue your education or you think that you could possibly switch schools at some point in the future, you definitely want to make sure the online school youre going to now is accredited. The credits earned from an unaccredited school will more than likely not transfer to any other legitimate educational institution.

The U.S. Department of Education cares.

Like many college students, you probably plan on filling out a FAFSA and applying for federal student aid, ranging from grants and scholarships to subsidized loans and work study programs. You wont be able to qualify for any of these financial aid options, however, if you are attending an unaccredited online school.

Check the Accreditation of Online Schools

So how do you check the accreditation for online education? It shouldnt be too hardjust dont believe every claim you hear. The accrediting agency of the school should be listed on their website in a location that is easy to find. From there, you can go to the U.S. Department of Education website to make sure they recognize that accrediting agency.

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Honda Offers Motorcycle Rider Courses In Atlanta

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers a variety of motorcycle rider courses at the American Honda Complex in Alpharetta, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta. These courses provide state of the art rider education for new riders as well as being refresher courses for more experienced riders. The goal is to make motorcycle riding a safer and more enjoyable experience. The Alpharetta complex is one of the most active training facilities in the country.

Motorcycle riders can enroll in the Basic RiderCourse to earn their license waiver. This 2 day course teaches both physical and mental skills that are important for safely operating a motorcycle. The course includes classroom instruction as well as riding time. In the Basic RiderCourse-2, students will continue to hone the traffic skills they learned in the initial course.

The Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse is the next step in the curriculum. Riders will continue to develop and practice skills beyond those learned in the Basic RiderCourse. There is no classroom component in this course. The Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse was developed for riders who have a solid foundation of basic skills and some recent riding experience. There is no classroom component. Experienced riders may want to take the Advanced RiderCourse or enroll in the soon-to-be-offered Street RiderCourse.

Those who have never ridden a motorcycle may want to try out the new SMARTrainer simulator, which mimics a motorcycle riding experience. A computer screen presents 17 different riding environments and situations for the rider to respond to. The environments include daytime riding, night riding, and different weather conditions. There is no fee to use the SMARTrainer, which is designed to be a bridge to the beginner courses.

The American Honda Complex also offers dirt bike school classes for those who want an exciting off road experience. The motorcycle and all protective gear are provided. There is a Closed Range Exercise Course, a Trail RiderCourse, and even a class geared specifically for females only. The dirt bike summer camps are also popular. Riders six years of age and older may sign up with a parent for dirt bike courses. Many families participate in these classes together.

Also available at the Honda Complex are ATV RiderCourses. These courses are conducted through the ATV Safety Institute. This hands-on training course for riders of all terrain vehicles emphasizes the skills and techniques necessary for responsible riding. The institute will soon offer a 3 Wheel Basic RiderCourse.

The Honda Motorcycle Safety Foundation Campus is located at the American Honda Complex at 1450 Morrison Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia. Participants may register for courses online at www.offroad-training.org.

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Private Student Loan Consolidation

In many cases it is hard to go to school, because paying for college is difficult for most people to do. In many cases, it is almost impossible to go to school without an alternative student loan, to help with government loans. The government guarantees private student loans, which offer low interest rates, and are available to students who cannot afford to go to college without financial assistance. They are also available to students who are unable to go, even with help from the government. A college education normally costs around $10,000 a year. Although one student advance can pay for this, a person may need more than one loan to pay for four years of college. This means there is a large amount of debt that adds up when multiple student loans are calculated. Student loan consolidation can make things easier for students who have just graduated college.

Private Student Loans

Private student loans are perfect for men and women who cannot receive financial aid. It is an easy solution for those who are paying for school. An alternative student loan is different from a government advance; therefore students do not need to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, there is no deadline for an alternative advance application. These loans can be used for more than just paying for college. Private loans can be used for books, transportation, school supplies, and even computers. They are just like every other advance, because they are designed to help students when they need it the most. However, students must pass a credit check before he or she can obtain an alternative college loan.

Student Loan Consolidation

After a person completes his or her college education, they have a six-month grace period before a payment needs to be made. This means that the first advance payment will not be due until 6 months after that person has graduated from college. However, if a person has more than one advance, each payment will need to be made separately. They may all have unmanageable monthly payments, and the person may not be able to keep up with all of them each month. When something like this happens, it is possible to obtain a college advance consolidation for help.

An advance consolidation is different from private loans, because instead of making separate payments, the consolidation combines all of the loans. The person can make one low monthly payment throughout the life of this large loan. $150,000 is available for undergraduates, and $250,000 is available for graduates. College loan consolidation is a helpful way to keep debt under control.

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Development, Relief And Education For Alien Minors Act Election Offers Citizenship For Service Or Schooling

With an election that came down almost entirely on party lines, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. The Development, Relief and Education Act, creates a way for young adults who came into the country as kids a way to become citizens. The DREAM Act, isn’t assured yet, however. The Senate has promised a filibuster. Payday cash advances might even be within the future for those invovled with the DREAM Act. Article resource – DREAM Act vote offers citizenship for service or schooling by Money Blog Newz.
The DREAM Act may be the best ‘path to citizenship’ there is
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act is a bill intended specifically to target children that are brought to the United States as illegal immigrants before they’re 16 years old. A six year “temporary” status would be given to young adults who go through the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act to apply for citizenship. During that time, they would be required to go to college on their own dime or serve within the United States military.
The impact of the DREAM Act
There’s a lot of debate over the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. Some are calling this an “amnesty” bill that would give 2 million illegal immigrants a right to be within the country legally. Others take issue with the belief that these immigrants would be able to pay in-state tuition for school. Proponents of the bill, however, point out that the bill targets only young adults who were not given an option in coming to the country. The six-year “trial period” would provide them nothing other than a lawful right to be within the country; no PELL grants, no welfare, just a chance to “prove themselves.”.
Vote status of Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act
A 216-198 vote got the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act passed within the House of Representatives. This doesn’t mean it will ever become a law though. The Senate might filibuster the passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, preventing it from passing. The Homeland Security Secretary and Education Secretary have both come out in support of the DREAM Act. The federal deficit may reduce by $1.4 billion if the DREAM Act does pass due to the increased economic activity and reduced enforcement costs, claims the Congressional Budget office. The DREAM Act will go into law if it’s able to pass the U.S. Senate. Obama said he would sign it too.

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Distance Learning Correspondence Courses Versus Online Courses

For over two hundred years, distance learning has been a means of gaining education for those who, for whatever reason, elect to study from their home. Beginning with the first correspondence courses that were offered through advertisements in newspapers and magazines, and later also marketed on the backs of matchbook covers, through to the vast amount of distance learning opportunities currently offered by both universities and by independent schools, the chance to broaden ones knowledge without having to attend a physical school has offered academic independence to millions of students of all ages, across all areas of study.

Regardless of what the program is, and what sort of education it provides, whether it is a home school for children in middle school, a specialized upgrade class for someone in a trade or a masters program, distance learning can be broken into two mostly separate, but sometimes overlapping categories: online courses and correspondence classes.

Correspondence courses, which are the traditional method of providing distance education, make use of the postal system to distribute learning materials to the student. While there is usually a firm final date by which all activities and assignments must be completed and handed in, the actual course scheduling is left open, for the student to design according tot their needs. Correspondence courses may make use of materials that use technology, such as learning videos, and students nowadays typically use a computer for word processing and more often than not, for submitting their work via email as well, traditional correspondence courses do not rely upon technology for distribution or actual work completion or submission. Student study and work independently, even though there are likely to be many other students studying the same program. Group assignments and classes are not part of this type of distance learning, as a rule.

Conversely, online courses have a tendency to be presented to a group of students at one time, in a virtual classroom model. Through the use of computer technology, online live real-time virtual classrooms present the material and lessons to students in a group, and forums and programs are in place to all discourse and discussion between students, who can and are encouraged to work together. As classes are not independent, the schedule is far tighter than that found in correspondence classes, which keeps the group learning and advancing together.

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Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, non-denominational Protestant educational institution located in Greenville, South Carolina. The institution was founded in 1927 by evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. The current president of the university, Stephen Jones, is the great-grandson of the founder and the fourth member of the Jones family to serve as president.

The school, originally known as Bob Jones College, was established in 1927 near Panama City, on the Florida panhandle. In 1933, the institution moved to Cleveland, Tennessee. In 1947, the school relocated to its current 210 acre campus in Greenville, South Carolina, where it became Bob Jones University. Bob Jones, Sr. was the president of the school from its inception in 1927 through 1947, followed by Bob Jones, Jr. from 1947 – 1971, Bob Jones III from 1971 – 2005, and Stephen Jones from 2005 to the present.
Bob Jones University enrolls approximately 4,000 students representing every U.S. state and fifty foreign countries. From its inception, BJU has been located in the South, but it does not have a predominantly southern student body. The state with the largest number of students enrolled at Bob Jones University is South Carolina, but many of these are married students who have moved from other states to attend the school. Other states with large representations in the BJU student body include Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio.

The university consists of seven colleges and schools that offer more than 125 undergraduate majors, including fourteen associate degree programs. The school also conducts precollege education from pre-kindergarten through high school. The Division of Fine Arts has the largest faculty of Bob Jones University’s six undergraduate schools. BJU presents an opera each year in the spring semester and Shakespearean plays in both the fall and spring semesters. A service called Vespers, presented periodically throughout each school year, combines music, speech, and drama. Over a hundred concerts, recitals, and theater productions are also presented annually.

Bob Jones University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. BJU is also a founding member of the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries. Within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts education, Bob Jones University exists to grow Christ-like character that is scripturally disciplined, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming, and focused above.

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Student Loan Crises

We have a student loan crisis here in the United States. Student loan debt in aggregate, an unsustainable bubble of government inspired debt mania, has sky rocketed over the last 10 years nearly 400 percent. The total student loan debt is now nearing 1 trillion dollars with over 10% of that in default or delinquency and much of the rest teetering on collapse.

The government makes these loans available to all manner of students attending a wide variety of schools. Many of these loans are extended to students paying exorbitant tuition rates to traditional non-profit schools rewired and then transformed into “paper mills” or to a whole new category of for profit schools many with even more exorbitant tuition rates and seemingly in indirect proportion to the value received.

Students pay excessively high tuition rates for watered down curricula at a plethora of institutions offering degrees that don’t meet the smell test when compared to the value associated historically with the attainment of a 4-year degree. Many students even after graduation struggle to properly read, write, or do arithmetic as would be expected of a fully educated graduate of a traditional university.

Many profit and non-profit educational institutions are drinking at the government loan spout while at the same time “dummying down” the path to a degree. Government money is fueling the demand and the corresponding tuition inflation is creating a student loan bubble of catastrophic proportions. Many employers no longer value these degrees unless they are from certain very high-level schools; the kind of schools that even student loans from the government can’t cover.

Indentured servitude is a good metaphor for what is happening with the student loan fiasco; this is a truly abusive system that takes advantage of those with high hopes and trying to improve their lives. At least an indentured servant, historically, could learn a craft or a trade that was with them for life; what are these folks getting but membership in a new class of debtor?

With the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 student loan debt public or private is no longer dischargeable in bankruptcy court. Many of our younger citizens now carry their student loan debt around with them like the proverbial, “ball and chain” looking for a job from employers many of whom no longer value the degree. What is next? Will they bring back a “debtors prison”?

Our once very fine university system has been severely damaged by this phenomenon. Not all loans are bad and not all schools are “paper mills” but the trend is clear and this will end badly unless this system is rehabilitated.

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Study Later School Start Time Lowers Teen Crash Rate

The logic of it makes perfect sense: teens don’t function at high levels early in the morning. So the results of a study from the Eastern Virginia Medical school aren’t too shocking: when high schools start too early, teens are more likely to crash their cars on the way there.

The study compared teen accident rates between Virginia Beach and Chesapeake counties, two adjacent Virginia counties with differing school start times.

Robert Vorona, a sleep doctor at the school, compiled data on drivers between 16 and 18 in the two counties. In Virginia Beach, the high schools start at 7:20 a.m., and in Chesapeake, 8:40 a.m.

While the time difference was seemingly minimal, the crash data was drastically different.

Among students who started school very early in Virginia Beach, there were 65.4 car crashes for every 1,000 teen drivers. In Chesapeake County, there were just 46.2 crashes per 1,000 teen drivers.

That is a 40% crash rate increase for schools starting a little over an hour earlier.

While this particular study didn’t account for the time of day of the crashes, this is not the first time school start times have been linked to the crash rate.

A 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine showed a 16% decrease in accidents when a Kentucky school pushed start times back.

Falling asleep at the wheel is obviously dangerous, but for a new driver, merely being tired can have just as poor an effect on their driving.

To anyone who has ever lived with a teenager, this need for sleep isnt news. The average teen needs 9.25 hours of sleep and typically cant fall asleep until 11, so its no wonder that later start times help.

Several lobbyist groups are already pressuring schools to adopt earlier start times. If you don’t have time to get involved, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your teens are getting enough sleep.

Try turning off cell phones, computers, etc an hour or two before your teen needs to go to sleep so they can start winding down.

Avoid too many caffeinated beveragesand avoid caffeine entirely after 4 p.m.

Consider going over your teens daily schedule with them. When alarms start to go off at 6 a.m., and extracurricular activities last until 6 or 7 p.m., it can be hard to find time to juggle homework and a social life. Learning time management strategies from a young age ensures they can make time for sleep well into their adult life as well.

If your teen still didnt get the necessary amount of sleep, dont let them bike or drive to school. They may hate you for it, but at least they wont be a hazard to themselves or others on the road.

Copyright (c) 2010 James Parrish

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Easy Scholarships That Anyone Can Get

We all want to end up with a great job and a college education is your ticket in achieving this dream but some people fail to go back to college because of financial instability. The economy is not in its perfect shape right now which is why the number of college enrollees has dramatically decreased. If you’re one of those that’s struggling to go back to school, don’t fret because it’s not the end of the road for you, there are some alternative ways on how you can pay for school. Easy scholarship grants are widely available these days.
We always think that the word “Scholarship” is always tantamount to intellectual and gifted kids being given a chance to study in the prime schools of the country for free. Did you know that most of the people enrolling in college aren’t fresh from high school? Most of them currently have jobs and are wanting to go back to school and pursue their degree to get into the right career path, or promotion for some.
Looking for the right scholarship requires a lot of time and I must say patience but the good news is, after being granted a scholarship, the hardest part should be over. Here are the Top 5 easy scholarships that you may want to consider:
1.) Wells Fargo- All you have to do is sign up for the program and you’ll be automatically entered into the CollegeSTEPS Scholarship Sweepstakes. You don’t have to purchase anything or make a payment of any kind to enter or win the sweepstakes. High school seniors get a chance to win one of twenty $1,000 tuition prizes.
2.) Create-a-Greeting-Card- This contest is sponsored by Prudent Publishing Company, Inc./The Gallery Collection and is held annually. You must be at least 14 years of age to join the contest. Make your own Christmas card, birthday card, holiday card or an all-occasion greeting card and you can possibly win $10,000.
3.) Military Scholarships- No you don’t have to join the military for you to win $10,000. Simply fill out the form and submit it.
4.) Scholarships for Dads- The Federal Government is kind enough to offer a great deal for fathers all across the country. The program offers up to 18 semesters for you to finish the degree of your choice and you can have assistance of up to $10,000. Another great news is that you can get as much as $4,000 tax exemption when you apply for the program.
5.) Scholarships for Moms- If dads can go back to school, moms can too! Register and get a chance to win $10,000 college scholarship.
Now that you have plenty of options, there’s no reason for you not to pursue your degree. 2010 may be the greatest year for you to get an easy scholarship grant!

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Tips for Youth Bible Study

Too many young people think that Bible study is boring and that they have plenty of time to learn and follow the word of God once they are an adult. This is not true, and a lie that Satan uses to stop young people from knowing and loving God. Bible study is exciting because learning and following the word of God. A person is never too young to understand the word of the Lord and apply its message to their life.

Young people can find many rewards from the Bible. God has promised many rewards to those who find him through His words and prayer. He has promised Strength (Isaiah 40:29-31), Peace (Psalm 119:165), Joy (Psalm 16:11), Success (Joshua 1:8), Stability (Psalm 16:8-9), Answered prayer (John 15:7), Personal testimony (Acts 4:13).

Youth Bible study does not have to be complicated. There are three important steps that a youth Bible study group should follow to understand the Lords word. They should observe Gods word and see the message in the passage. Then they should then interpret the meaning of the text as it applies to their life and finally apply the message to themselves by asking what the passage wants them to do.

When you observe the passage ask who is in the story, who is writing and who is being written to. Look for what is being communicated, the cause, affects and meaning in the words. Put yourself in the passage and think about your reactions to what is being said and what the words mean to you.

In order to interpret the Bibles message ask why the writer said the words, why they are significant, and what is important about the words. Finding the importance of the words as they are written will help you to find the importance of the words in your own life.

To figure out how a passage can be applied a student Bible study group should focus on taking the message and working it in to their actions at home, at school, and everywhere else. They should think about the changes they should make or actions they should take to embrace the message.

The goal of teen and youth group Bible study should be to develop a love and understanding of Gods word. He messages of His word will help young people to navigate the confusing world of today with lessons that will teach them how to love and revere God. Young people can show their love of God by following John 5:3 and joyfully obeying his commands.