Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means mouthwatering feasts of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, bread, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are just days away. As you prepare to indulge in all the deliciousness, take a few minutes to consider what other areas of your life might benefit from a... Continue +
Working adults today are busier than ever. With responsibilities at work, home, and in their communities, many adults find it challenging to advance their education and their career through a traditional educational approach. If you're a busy working adult looking to earn your degree or certificate and move ahead on your career... Continue +
If you are looking to advance your career, you may already be aware of the skills needed to get you to the next level. You may already possess those skills and be ready to go after your dream job, but you may be like millions of Americans and realize there might be a gap in your skills. Perhaps you’ve found a job opening that... Continue +
What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? –James Madison As we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence today, my thoughts turn to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” On July 4, 1776, our... Continue +
"Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true."  – Ralph Waldo Emerson When you were younger, what life did you dream for yourself? Did you dream of becoming a famous basketball player or an astronaut? Maybe a movie star or a superhero? The dreams we have for ourselves... Continue +
Since June is Men's Health Month across the nation (Men's Health Week took place June 10–16), it is the perfect time for nurses to pay special attention to the health issues that affect their male patients. According to the Men's Health Month web site, "The purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness... Continue +
  Have you been thinking about furthering your education? If so, is it for personal reasons, or does your desired position require you to have a bachelor’s degree?  I am here to tell you that whatever your motivation might be, I am certain that the experience may have opened your eyes to a broader range of career possibilities... Continue +
June is “Rebuild Your Life Month”! What better time than now to start making some positive changes that could impact your life and your career for the better? According to an article by Dr. Elizabeth Scott, there are a few quick and easy steps you can take to reassess your life and plan for positive change. First, think about... Continue +
A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that nurses believe cost, family/children, and lack of time are the three most significant barriers to their pursuit of advanced education. The study is part of the RN Work Project, which is a 10-year research project that began in 2006 and seeks to uncover information... Continue +
“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D. Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller certainly knew something about success—he was the founder of an oil company that dominated and revolutionized the industry and he became a very wealthy and influential... Continue +
…seek learning conditions that enable each individual to reach the highest level of learning possible for her or him. —Benjamin Bloom, Hastings, & Madaus Ascend Over 50 years ago, between 1949 and 1953, a group of more than 30 university-level educators began meeting to discuss the development of a framework to outline... Continue +
Although the unemployment rate increased slightly in October-going from 7.8% to 7.9%-the United States still added 171,000 new jobs. Amongst the top industries contributing to these new jobs was health care with 31,000 new positions added. If you are unemployed or just looking for a more stable career, health care is... Continue +
If you're thinking of going back to school to earn an advanced degree, you are probably weighing the costs as part of your decision process. In addition to the expensive tuition fees associated with many universities, are also a lot of miscellaneous fees that people often forget to factor in their budget. The good news is, with... Continue +
Write Your Own Story
"In America, the stories we tell ourselves and we tell each other in fiction have to do with individualism. Every person here is the center of his or her own story. And our job as people and as characters is to find our own motivations and desires, to overcome conflicts and obstacles toward defining ourselves so that we grow and... Continue +
                                     There are people just like you who have some of the same questions about The College Network®.  We thought we would give you the top five questions to help you learn more about us. 1.  Is The College Network a school?  No, we are not a school.  We are an eLearning company that has... Continue +
If you've read my blog before, you'll know that I have a passion for history and quotes, and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations satisfies both of these interests. In book ten of his compilation, the emperor wrote, "What is the very best that can be said or done with the materials at your disposal? Be it what it may, you have the power... Continue +
I recently read an old Aesop fable that reminded me of eLearning. A crow, dying of thirst, suddenly saw a flask under a tree. He hoped to find water, and happily flew down. However, there was only a little water in the bottom of the flask. The crow tried very hard to reach the water, but he could not. At last he had an idea. The... Continue +
Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books once said, "Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more... Continue +
The Gordian Knot
In 333 B.C. Alexander the Great, at the age of 23, had invaded Asia Minor and arrived in the central mountains at the town of Gordium. In the town there was an ox cart, which had been put there by the King of Phrygia over 100 years before. The staves of the cart were tied together in a complex, rumored untieable, knot with... Continue +
In this sluggish economy many people are looking for ways to be more competitive in today's job market. This is often easier said than done but in a new study released recently, we find that many people are finding an advantage with certificate programs. According to an article found on, "Post-secondary certificates... Continue +
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