• Online School

    15 Misconceptions About Online College Courses

    You want to get your degree but just can’t see yourself maintaining a rigid schedule where you have to be on campus at specific times each week. Taking college courses online may seem like a good alternative path, but you’re not sure. You don’t know how online classes work, and you don’t want to feel like you’re on your own as you learn.  Here are 15 misconceptions about earning a college degree online that may be on your mind and why you shouldn’t let them deter you from advancing your education.  Misconception #1: I’ll be learning by myself Even though you’re not sitting in a lecture hall, or sitting face-to-face…

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  • Jobs

    Johnston Community College programs create pipeline for biopharmaceutical jobs

    Editor’s note: Each Wednesday, WRAL TechWire features a story highlighting the NC Bio Jobs Hub initiative. Go to the Bio Jobs Hub for more stories and info on life sciences job opportunities made possible by NC’s workforce training initiatives. RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – After his son underwent open heart surgery, Edward McGill decided to make a career change to prioritize his son’s care. He also needed to ensure his family’s financial stability. These priorities led him to Johnston Community College’s (JCC) BioWork Certificate program. The 136-hour program provides students with the required foundational skills for a career as a process technician in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals or chemical manufacturing. Courses focus on topics including the biotechnology industry, work safety, current…

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  • Education

    Parent PLUS borrowers stealing from their retirement to fund kids’ college education, survey says

    One in four American parents who borrowed from the federal government to help pay for a child’s college education doesn’t expect to retire as planned because of the debt, a survey released Tuesday says. And one in five parent borrowers regret taking out the loans, the NerdWallet survey shows. “Parents take on whatever it takes to get their kids at college, including taking on unaffordable debt,” said Anna Helhoski, student loan expert at NerdWallet, a personal finance website based in San Francisco. Of the total $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, Americans borrowed roughly $103 billion in PLUS loans as of the second quarter of 2021. There are 3.6 million…

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  • Education

    ‘I have a future’: how Biden’s free community college plan could transform education | US education

    Abdi Yusuf’s first day of middle school was tough. He was 13 years old, and he and his family had recently fled to Texas from South Africa as refugees. Yusuf had just finished the equivalent of third grade in Cape Town but found himself in eighth grade in the US, and remembers trying to decipher a math worksheet and to find a friend amid a sea of unfamiliar faces. “That was really hard because in my school in Africa, I always had friends,” said Yusuf, now 19. In high school, his family moved to Seattle and he started to find his footing, even taking a college-level English class in his…

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  • Education

    Latinos who supported Trump were more likely to lack a college education

    Donald Trump had a higher share of support in the 2020 election among Latino voters without a college degree than those with one, Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. Although President Joe Biden won a majority of votes from Hispanics, 59 percent in the 2020 race, there was a significant difference in preference based on education, Pew reported. Biden won 69 percent of college-degreed Latino voters, compared to 30 percent for Trump, a 39 percentage-point advantage. But Biden’s advantage over Trump narrowed with Hispanics with some college or less, 55 percent to 41 percent, a 14-point advantage. Overall, Trump made gains with Hispanic voters. In 2016, 14 percent of Latinos voted…

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  • Education

    Free College Education, Paid by Wall Street Tax

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal have introduced a bill to make college education free. The bill proposes taxing Wall Street to raise $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years to fund education. It would erase tuition for families earning less than $125,000 annually. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Wednesday introduced legislation that would tax Wall Street to pay for free college education for students.  The “College for All Plan” would scrap tuition for families making less than $125,000 a year, per CNBC. It would apply to public four-year colleges and universities as well as historically Black institutions, both public…

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  • Science

    Next Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science

    Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Senate and Professor of Demography and Sociology, has been named the next executive dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Letters & Science (L&S).  This appointment marks the exciting inauguration of a re-envisioned role for executive dean. In addition to advancing the mission and vision of the College, Johnson-Hanks will also assume leadership for the Undergraduate Studies division, where she will bolster Berkeley’s commitment to elevating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the undergraduate experience.  “I am thrilled to be able to serve the College of Letters & Science and to work on behalf of its students, faculty, and staff,” said Johnson-Hanks.…

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