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Dress for success: tips for building a professional wardrobe
(BPT) - Whether you are a recent grad or someone re-entering a professional work environment, building a work wardrobe that strikes a balance between professionalism and personal style is key.“Dress for the job you want, not the job you’re being hired for,” says Stephanie Thomas, ... More >>


Learn how to help college students take control of their health
(BPT) - College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. In its Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition highlights a number of important topics for improving the health... More >>


Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
(BPT) - With back-to-school shopping, changing schedules and preparing kids for the upcoming school year, your family’s environmental impact may be the last thing on your mindIt is possible to have a greener back-to-school season. Here are seven simple things parents and children can do to ca... More >>


Overlooking insurance during your job search could cost you
(BPT) - An improving economy has many people entering the job market and looking for new employment opportunities. But if job seekers are not insurance-smart in their search, they may end up in worse financial shape than they were in their previous role.Earning a higher salary is the primary goal f... More >>


Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age
(BPT) - There has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age.Recent data on college attendance show th... More >>


5 college entrance exam tips to achieve success
(BPT) - If you’re a high school junior or senior, or you’re the parent of one, you know the college rush crush can be bewildering and stressful. To get into the college of your choice means a whirlwind of applications, university visits, admission interviews and exams. However, there ar... More >>


Providing national defense from the air and the sea: An exciting opportunity from America's Navy
(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft a... More >>


Help your kids make the grade with healthy back-to-school snacks
(BPT) - School means big adjustments and big demands for everyone involved: shopping for supplies, shuttling here and there, studying – or overseeing the studying – special projects, and more. It’s easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle.Make a pact to embrace health... More >>


Allergy and asthma preparation: an important item on the back-to-school checklist
(BPT) - Sending children back to school comes with a long checklist of items to remember. For example, you need to know what school supplies to buy. You will want to visit the school to find the classroom and meet the teacher. You will also plan after-school activities full of fun enrichment opport... More >>


Health care teams demand nurses with doctorate degrees
(BPT) - When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the c... More >>


Intersection of technology and health care improves patient care
(BPT) - The health care industry is shifting its focus from volume to value, rewarding health care providers who offer higher quality, more efficient care. The goal is a transition from an outdated model focused on symptoms to one focused on the patient, improving overall population health through ... More >>


The self-employment surge and how professionals can best prepare
(BPT) - One in two American workers are projected to be self-employed by 2020, according to MBO Partners. While the shifting economy has surely pushed some people into independent work, many have chosen it. Career goals for contemporary professionals are changing and given how quickly this trend is... More >>


College personal safety: essential tips for students heading back to campus
  (BPT) - When more than 20 million students return to campus this fall fixated on their dream dorm decor or finding the perfect major, one of the most crucial aspects of their college experience will likely be overlooked - personal safety.One in five women will become a victim of sexual ... More >>


Must-have supplies for a successful year at college
(BPT) - Packing up the bedroom and leaving for college comes with the promise of a semester of learning, meeting new friends and future peers, and good college fun.In addition to the clothes and household goods that will be packed into the car, there are some other items every college-bound student... More >>


Parents: How to pick the right cost-effective technology device for your child's learning
(BPT) - When it comes to education, Americans may hotly debate testing, grading and teacher accountability, but one topic that finds wide-spread support among educators, parents, legislators and students is the value of technology in the classroom. With a majority of teachers reporting in a PBS Lea... More >>


5 secrets to keeping your sanity this school year
(BPT) - The summer months are over and the school year is in full swing. As a parent, this means you’ve traded those lazy summer days for school sports and activities, colder temperatures and the morning rush to the bus stop. If you feel like your home’s organization is hanging on by a ... More >>


Going home again: A great office is a key to success for new home-based workers
(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers... More >>


How to change careers in 5 simple steps
(BPT) - A teacher transitioning to a job in the corporate world. A stay-at-home mom rejoining the workforce. A baby boomer choosing a new career over retirement. There are countless individuals every day that carefully weigh the pros and cons of making a major career change. Are you one of them?Dri... More >>


Promoting peer engagement through afterschool programs
(BPT) - As summer winds down, inevitably kids’ nerves begin to show with the thought of the upcoming school year. The changes that lie ahead, be it a new school, teacher or a grade level, can create anxiety in many children.Interacting with their peers in an afterschool classroom setting can ... More >>


Doors opening wide for women to serve in the Navy
(BPT) - What’s it like being a woman in today’s Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it’s incredibly empowering. That’s because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits pers... More >>


Don't go back to college broke
(BPT) - Roughly half of all college students find summer employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While there are no statistics for how much money those in the lucky half were able to successfully save, it’s safe to say that for a good portion of millennials, spending and summ... More >>


Balancing active duty and pursuing an online degree
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn&rsquo... More >>


How can an internship benefit you? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Internships can serve as a rewarding and valuable part of your career journey. Ideally, both you and your employer will benefit from an internship. While you gain valuable knowledge and experience, your employer gains an additional resource and an opportunity to assess your skills and your ... More >>


Game on: Kid tested, parent approved?
(BPT) - It is no secret that kids love video games - they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. As a parent, you worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, many video games are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development - skills in problem solving, reason... More >>


Money-saving tips so you can earn your degree without going into debt
(BPT) - If you’ve just finished high school and you’re headed to college, or if you’re an adult student looking to go back to school, chances are you’ve thought about student debt. You’re not alone.The epidemic of student debt is taking higher education by storm. In 20... More >>


When freedom rings: top tips to help launch your own business
(BPT) - With summer bringing the celebration of our country’s freedom and a bit more flexibility in our hectic schedules, it’s also a time to reflect on the American dream: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For many Americans, that means seeking success and prosperity by build... More >>


Preparing for cyber warfare
(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers h... More >>


Sports concussions generate attention with start of school year
(BPT) - You’re spending your nights standing on the sidelines, cheering your daughter as she dribbles a soccer ball across the field. Or maybe you’re cheering on your quarterback son as he yells “hut” at a football scrimmage. The school year - and its associated sports - is ... More >>


Healthy lunch and snack ideas for back to school
(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, art... More >>


Ideas for awesome classroom enhancements
(BPT) - The approach of the school year has parents seeking out the best deals on back-to-school supplies, and teachers everywhere are preparing their classrooms to give students the best educational experience possible. From decorations designed to create engaging learning environments to having e... More >>


Young adults are getting serious about money sooner than you think
(BPT) - More evidence has emerged that parents are doing a better job teaching kids about money, and young adults are getting better at managing it.For instance, the majority of millennials are investing for retirement by the age of 24, according to the Spring 2014 Merrill Edge Report. This is in s... More >>


Expert tips for making peer learning part of your child's academic success
(BPT) - As students young and old head back to school, attention turns to getting good grades. Smart parents know that positive study habits boost success in the classroom, but finding ways to encourage kids academically can be difficult. A growing body of evidence proves peer learning and study gr... More >>


Growing your business: Tips for applying for small business loans
(BPT) - The outlook for small business is up with many business owners feeling good about the future of the economy, their financial positions and their plans for growth, according to Capital One’s Spark Business Barometer. But for many business owners looking to secure capital to either star... More >>


Expert help - not low prices - key to higher sales, more satisfied customers
(BPT) - Online comparison shopping has left you overwhelmed by options and contradictory reviews, and all you need is a little in-person guidance to choose the right product for your needs. At the store, you find a sales floor so deserted, you almost expect to see tumbleweeds rolling by. When you f... More >>


What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
(BPT) - Children learn by doing, and every child has a unique learning style all his or her own, child development experts tell us. The same can be said of adults if a recent survey is any indication. A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn som... More >>


Smart tips to keep your student and their possessions safe this school year
(BPT) - If you’re on the way to the cabin or in the middle of an amazing family summer vacation, the upcoming school year is probably quite far from your mind. However, school will be here before you know it, and it’s important to make sure your child or teen has all the tips and tools ... More >>


What employers want: the 3 'Cs'
(BPT) - Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or the person looking to get hired, it’s all about competency.Only 11 percent of employers believe recent graduates have the skills needed to succeed within their work forces, according to a recent Lumina Foundation report. Two-third... More >>


Take two: Going back to school to find a successful new career path
(BPT) - Thinking about returning to school as a way to restart your career, enter a new field or complete the degree you never finished? Now may be the time. Adults are flocking back to school, with nearly 4 million people ages 35 and older enrolled in a degree-granting institution, according to th... More >>


Keeping kids stimulated all summer can help prevent the summer learning slide
(BPT) - For most kids, the final school bell signals a break from learning and a focus on summer fun, but for parents it often means an uphill battle to beat the “summer slide” in their child’s learning. Significant knowledge and skills gained during the previous school year can b... More >>


Religious guidance, moral support and more roles filled by Navy Chaplain Corps
(BPT) - When serving domestically and overseas, Sailors are away from home, family, familiar settings and traditions. Many use their beliefs and faith to help them understand and manage the unfamiliar surroundings they’re experiencing. Guidance, moral support and worship opportunities are cri... More >>


5 tips to improve reading skills over the summer
  Each summer, three-quarters (some 43 million) of America’s kids miss out on expanded learning programs, leaving them at risk of falling behind before the next school year begins. Even more alarming: summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing many children to fa... More >>


Serve your country and explore the world simultaneously
(BPT) - It’s no secret that world travel is one of the most exciting perks enjoyed by men and women in America’s Navy. With more than 100 ports of call around the globe and bases in multiple time zones, there’s a great chance you’ll see the world over the course of your Navy... More >>


Life after the Olympics: Luger offers insight on balancing work, school and life
(BPT) - A natural-born athlete, Erin Hamlin grew up playing a variety of sports, although it wasn’t until the age of 12 that she was introduced to luging. Her prior athletic experience instilled a great deal of concentration, dedication and strength of mind and body, and it wasn’t long ... More >>


Wholesome snacks for back to school
(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will... More >>


Going back to school? Tips to choose the right degree
(BPT) - For many, earning a college degree opened the door to the working world; it may have even been instrumental in landing your current job. But are you applying what you learned in college to your current career field? A recent survey suggests this might not be the case.Only 35 percent of coll... More >>


New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa
(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories sur... More >>


Preparing for back-to-school: backpacks, new jeans and vaccines
(BPT) - Summer is a time when kids and parents get to take a break from the school year routine and have a moment to enjoy some ice cream, the outdoors and family time. But parents know that just as everyone begins focusing on fun, it’s already time to begin planning back-to-school to-do list... More >>


Exciting STEM careers and opportunities aplenty in the Navy
(BPT) - There’s a big push for students to excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and for good reason. The careers available to students pursuing degrees in these areas present students with plenty of exciting and challenging opportunities. What you might n... More >>


Important guidelines for landing that perfect job
(BPT) - Graduating students are out in droves trying to find jobs that will enhance their careers. But before beginning the resume and interviewing process, there are certain do’s and don’ts that students should be aware of so they will be competitive in today’s limited job m... More >>


Tips to successfully transform from graduate to employee
(BPT) - With the start of summer comes warm weather, vacation planning and an influx of recent graduates on the job hunt. In fact, during the 2013–14 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award nearly 5.3 million degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statist... More >>


Teenager danger: Five rules for young drivers
(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident duri... More >>


Career colleges play key role in demand for skilled workers
(BPT) - Education is not a one-size-fits-all system. Much like each public university has its own unique culture, so does each type of higher education institution. In addition, the goals of each student are not the same. Some students are fresh out of high school and looking forward to the social ... More >>


Don't let college debt drag you down
(BPT) - With each passing year, student loan debt is digging a deeper hole for more young Americans. Over a nine-year period, the average student loan balance among 25-year-olds has grown 91 percent, from $10,649 in 2003 to $20,326 in 2012. More than 38 million Americans have outstanding debt amoun... More >>


The real cost of delaying retirement savings will shock you
(BPT) - Recent graduates have a lot on their minds: moving, finding a job and the looming repayment of school loans. Retirement is typically low on the list of priorities, but ignoring the issue entirely can literally cost young professionals hundreds of thousands of dollars.“It’s diffi... More >>


From battlefield to boardroom ... jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans
(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in... More >>


5 packing tips to make the back-to-college move easier
(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausti... More >>


Student loan aftermath: educating graduates on the importance of credit scores
(BPT) - This is a special time of year. Across the nation, graduates are on the horizon of new careers and building their own lives.While this is an exciting stage in life, it is a concerning time as well. Many students are graduating with student loan debt, and research shows that Millennials (age... More >>


Have you thought of everything before you switch jobs? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Changing jobs is about much more than just salary. In fact, 25 percent of voluntary job switchers saw their financial situation worsen after they made the switch. Learn why in this infographic. ... More >>


Fun kids' activities reverse summer learning loss
(BPT) - School-aged kids count down the days to summer vacation when they can play outside and take a break from homework duties. However, being out of the classroom isn’t all fun and games – summer learning loss is a real issue that parents worry about every year.Research shows student... More >>


Strategic tips to save money on back-to-school deals
(BPT) - The cost to send children back to school increased 5.3 percent for elementary and middle school students and 9.5 percent for high-schoolers last year, according to Huntington National Bank's annual Backpack Index. When prices increase that much from year to year, it’s a good idea to p... More >>


How to say goodbye to work worries while on vacation
(BPT) - Summer has just begun and that long-awaited vacation is on the horizon. Unfortunately, it can quickly pass you by and before you know it, that precious vacation time has been wasted due to inadequate trip planning or a basic inability to relax.Twenty-three percent of Americans take no vacat... More >>


Give high school grads the right start for college with these technology gifts
(BPT) - Technology is one of the most practical - and most appreciated - gifts a high school graduate can receive. Different technology tools can give the class of 2014 a jump start on their college journey and all post-high-school adventures. A new survey conducted by Impulse Research revealed tha... More >>


Make sportsmanship part of your child's (and your) game plan
(BPT) - You’ve probably been to a youth sporting event when an argument broke out between coaches and parents. Or maybe you’ve watched youth athletes refuse to help one another up or congratulate an opponent on a great play.  And you wonder where has sportsmanship gone?A new effort... More >>


Increasing numbers of moms are hitting the books [Infographic]
(BPT) - The number of moms returning to college to complete their degrees is higher than ever. With flexible, high-caliber programs now available online, more moms are choosing to earn their degrees online in order to balance family time and work commitments with school. Arizona State University On... More >>


Take these steps to keep your kid's information secure on school computers
(BPT) - A lot has changed since you were in school. Your children don’t listen to the same types of music you enjoyed, and they certainly dress differently despite your protests.They learn differently as well.Today’s classrooms are no longer focused on chalkboards and lectures. Digital ... More >>



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