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School is NOT for everyone
Sunday. 1.14.07 9:32 pm

School is NOT for everyone

In today's society, there are two truisms: You absolutely need some type of post-high school education to survive in today's work force, and not everybody is cut out for a traditional four-year college.
To get a feeling for the importance of any type of education beyond high school, look around. Many workers did well with a high school diploma for many years. Now, factories are closing down and businesses are cutting back on their work forces. The displaced workers are discovering that higher education means the difference between staying unemployed or snagging new jobs.

The Two-year Option
"A four-year school is not for everyone," says Erin Finn, dean of enrollment management at Harcum College. "A two-year school offers alternative opportunities."

Two-year colleges, technical schools and business schools will fit the needs of many students, yet these students often shy away from these alternatives. Some parents may make it clear that they have bigger goals and dreams for their children. Unfortunately, many parents see a bachelor's degree as the only appropriate start to a career.

Finn disagrees with this train of thought. "Certain careers simply do not need a bachelor's degree," she says. For example, a dental hygienist is a two-year degree.

Advances in technology have changed the scope of many traditional "vo-tech" classes, as well. Twenty years ago, a high school student wishing to be an auto mechanic went to vo-tech, graduated from high school with his skill and took a job at the local garage. Today, that high school student is getting an education at school, going off to work in a co-op program, and after graduation, he attends a technical college that provides a degree in auto mechanics. Today's cars are more sophisticated. Mechanics no longer tear an engine apart and put it back together. They must know about computer systems. The technological advancements of the automobile require the auto mechanic to further his education.

"Plus, an associate's degree is a great way to test the waters for a career, like the veterinary tech program," says Finn. "The student can get a good feel for a veterinary career and decide whether or not becoming a vet is the right career choice."

Other Options
What are the options available to young people who either aren't ready for traditional college or have no desire to get a bachelor's degree?

For students who eventually want a bachelor's degree but want a more low-key atmosphere, junior college may be the place to look. The campuses are usually small, and classes are geared toward general education credits, which can often be transferred to a four-year college. Many junior colleges have the amenities of four-year colleges, such as sports, Greek life and an active student life.

Two-year, post-secondary educational institutions offer certificate programs (less than two years of work), professional technical programs (terminal associate degrees) and transfer programs (associate of arts and associate of sciences degrees), as described by the University of Toledo.

Vocational or trade schools provide the most career-intensive training, such as to become automotive mechanics, cosmetologists or electricians. Art school may be the most logical choice for a young person who desires a career in animation or graphic design. For an in-depth look at the types of schools and certifications offered, do your research online at www.searchforschools.net.

Finn is quick to remind her potential students that for some careers, certification is necessary. When looking at trade, vocational or two-year schools, students need to ask if their program requires certification in addition to a diploma to begin working in the field.

Online colleges are becoming more popular and might look like an ideal choice to a new high school graduate who wants to work full time while earning a degree. However, online classes take a lot of discipline – most of the work is without face-to-face contact with professors or classmates. Some online colleges have age and employment requirements, as they are looking for adult learners as opposed to the traditionally-aged college student.

In the current job market, a job that requires a two-year degree may be easier to find. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in health and technology fields are in the top 10 careers in demand. These are also lucrative jobs. An associate's degree in a technical field can command starting salaries of $35,000 or more. With hundreds, if not thousands, of options out there, high school students can pursue their dreams with the post-secondary education best fitted for their individual needs.

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Handheld Porn
Monday. 11.27.06 6:39 pm
According to Jupiter Research,in the next 5 years mobile media will start using mobile phones to promote porn. Porn has used every other type of media such as cable, satelite, and the web so why not handhelds?

Of course there are techniques and market forces that have not yet been thought of for this type of media however, don't think that this will lock out the industry.

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Japanese birth control
Thursday. 11.16.06 12:47 pm
In japan the birth rates are low because they use some birth control methods that others dont. Married couples rely heavily on induced abortions. Another remarkable featrue of Japanese birth control is their use of post World War II method of contraceptive and that is to rely upon condoms and the calculation of the female reproductive cycles. (rythym method)

A country that is so technologically advanced still depends on ancient historical methods for preventing birth. Hmm... interesting...

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Final Chapter in "WORRY FOR HER SAFETY"
Tuesday. 12.19.06 11:40 am
My sister had not called me in awhile and it was two days before she was to leave for Oahu. She finally called me and this was the conversation:

Me: "So, are you ready to go home and start your new job?"

Her: "Oh yeah, I haven't talk to you in a while huh?"

Me: (furious inside because this statement means that she has changed her mind)

Her: I decided not to go.

Me: Huh? What did you do about the job?

Her: I told them that I would not be taking it and that I am going to stay here instead.

Me: After all of that, I cant believe that you are choosing to stay. (I was furious and angry. I have put so much energy, time and worry into this and she chooses to stay with him?? This is your CLASSIC battered wife syndrome!!) Aside from being upset for my own convienience, she is insisting on staying in an abusive relationship. She is so blind to see what is going on. I cant do anything else to help her. I told her, "if things go bad, dont call me because I am going to tell you I TOLD YOU SO!!"

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I would pay a homeless guy to wait in line for my PS3
Thursday. 11.16.06 8:38 pm
That is what some people have done. They have decided to pay homeless people to camp out in front of a target store to purchase a ticket to buy their ps3.

"A truck rolls up, one of those U-Haul type trucks, and seriously, 50 people rolled out, and he says they got them from the homeless shelter," Rosatti said.

Later the truck that dropped them off comes back to drop off food for the homeless men. They plan to pay the men $100 a day to stand in line for a ticket to purchase a PS3 unit that costs around $600.

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Dog on the Catwalk?
Thursday. 11.30.06 11:20 am

I have lived to see it all. They are coming out with designer clothes for dogs. This is so ridiculous! Word on the street is that the key to success is "humanization". That is to make the pets more like humans. To do this, entrepanurals are designing clothes to humanize dogs. How much will this cost you? Lets take a look.

Sweaters like those modeled by doggie mannequins in the window average about $50, or $129 for an upgrade to cashmere. Christmas shoppers can find a leash ($69), a monogrammed collar ($54), a leather pet carrier ($170 to $850), booties ($35 for the two pair), "hound hiking boots" ($79), or a "Furrari" bed designed like a sports car (why chase one if you can sleep in one? -- $249).


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Blood for diamonds
Tuesday. 12.12.06 1:21 pm

Conflict Diamonds Today

The wars in Angola and Sierra Leone have ended. The political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is fragile, and diamonds may be fuelling some of the instability, but there are no major pockets of conflict diamonds.
Liberia’s long and terrible war has also ended, but the country remains under a UN diamond embargo. With assistance from international agencies and companies, Liberia is currently developing a diamond monitoring system in accordance with Kimberley Process standards. It is expected that the UN sanctions will be lifted in 2007 and that Liberia will join the Kimberley Process once a review team has inspected its new controls.

The only major source of conflict diamonds at present is in the rebel-held areas of northern Côte d’Ivoire. An October 2006 UN report stated that as much as $23 million worth of conflict diamonds has been entering the legitimate diamond pipeline from Côte d’Ivoire, some of it smuggled through Ghana. The November 2006 Kimberley Process Plenary meeting agreed on several courses of action with the government of Ghana:

* For a three month period, all Ghanaian diamond exports will be inspected by an independent diamond expert provided by the World Diamond Council, to ascertain origin;
* Ghana will revise all of its internal control procedures, including the licensing of diggers, dealers and exporters;
* A data base of Ghana’s known diamond resources will be drawn up for comparison against exports from Ghana;
* A Kimberley Process Review Team will visit Ghana in February 2007 to review the findings and the new control systems, with a view to endorsing them or taking further action.

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