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Career Education: Does Not Mean the 6 Year College Plan
Researching career education uncovered the following shocking statistic: The average college student takes 5.3 years to earn a 4-year Bachelor's degree. Other data included that college retention is mediocre at best with a national average around 50%. In Indiana, research reveals that for every 100 ninth grade students, only 21 will graduate with a bachelor's degree within 6 years. Read more about this disturbing trend and a viable solution at www.processspecialist.com/youth.htm
How Much More for the 6-Year Plan?
Depending upon the state and the type of post-secondary institution such as private or state, the 6 year plan can increase college costs anywhere from $5,000 to $70,000 using data from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2002-03 academic year. Avoiding the 6-year plan really makes sense, as these costs do not include books, additional fees, and any other supplemental expenses.
Why Has This Happened?
There are several key reasons for this national and state trend. First, many young people do not know what their desired major is. With a curriculum that is a mile wide and an inch deep, young people may not have the school time to adequately explore their interests.
Second, many young people do not plan for the challenges that they will be experiencing. In a survey revealed that both college freshman and sophomores did not realize that their coursework was remedial and did not count towards their degrees. Another recent survey from the National Governors Association (NGA) confirms that young people believe that they are unprepared for the demands of college and work in the 21st Century. Ignorance is very expensive.
Third, these same young people lack self-control, self-leadership, self-discipline, self-responsibility and time management. These young adults have been conditioned to have someone else assume all responsibilities. Unfortunately, another recent report revealed that high school counselors were not candid in their discussions with students about the students' college preparation or lack thereof. An interesting side note is that these interpersonal skills or what some call job-readiness skills are the same desirable skills that employers are seeking and cannot find in college graduates.
What Can You as a Parent Do?
Recognize that the current solutions will not work as most of these are externally driven. Common sense tells us that we can't change anyone. Seek an inside-out solution where your daughter or son internalizes the necessary positive attitudes and inter-personal skills through a proven goal achievement action plan. By working with the necessary positive attitudes, integrating new skills and knowledge such as goal achievement, time management and effective communication, your son or daughter will begin to plan their 4-year college future because you have set the expectations and provided the tool to turn their potential into performance.
If you choose not to take action, then consider these two questions:
Do you really wish to spend an additional $5,000 to $70,000?
And more importantly,
What other needs do you have for that money?
Leanne Hoagland-Smith, M.S. President of ADVANCED SYSTEMS, is the Process Specialist. With over 25 years of business and education experience, she builds peace and abundance by connecting the 3P's of Passion, Purpose and Performance through process improvement. She is one of the first national certified facilitators for America's Rising Stars and includes this tool to create positive ROI driven results for youth in grades 6th-14th, parents, teachers and schools both private and public. Leanne believes we need to stop setting our young people up for failure. As co-author of M.A.G.I.C.A.L. Potential:Living an Amazing Life Beyond Purpose to Achievement (June 2005 release), she speaks nationally to a variety of audiences. Contact Leanne at 219.759.5601 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are seeking amazing results.
Copyright 2005 Leanne Hoagland-Smith, http://www.processspecialist.com
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Help My Preteen/Teenager is Driving Me Nuts!
Do you feel like someone has abducted your sweet, innocent child and replaced them with a monster? Are you confused that somehow you have gone from knowing everything as a parent, to knowing absolutely nothing? Welcome to being a parent of a preteen/teenager. It is a brave new world.
Homeschooling - Can I Do It?
Many parents would like to homeschool their children but are afraid they don't have the training or ability to be their children's teacher. This is certainly understandable, because most parents never had any formal training to be a teacher.
Shopping with Children
Is your weekly shopping trip with the kids an absolute chore ! or are you happy to take them along?Lots of moms don't have any choice in the matter, if they don't own a car it can be sheer agony waiting at bus stops then struggling on and off buses with kids and a pushchair.Gone are the days when a helping hand was offered, and if the bus is full, no gallant young man will jump up and offer his seat to the harassed mom.
The Ten Most Common Poisons Among Kids
For parents, keeping our kids safe is a constant top priority. But even with the best intentions it's possible to overlook some potentially harmful household poisons.
Moms - Get More Energy Now
Let's be honest! When it comes to parenting, men expect their wives or partners to do the lion's share.There are signs that we're moving toward a more enlightened age in which ALL parents play their part.
Trip, Trip, Trip... Here Is Your Night Visitor Again!
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Marriage, Divorce, and Kids
Are men to blame for the divorce problem in this country?It's been said that one of the reasons for the high rate of divorce in this country is the manner in which men choose their wives. Specifically, they choose their wives in a fashion similar to how they choose their next car.
The Secret, Unconscious Game Children and Parents Play Where No One Wins!
Did you know there's a game children and parents play all the time and yet, neither of them knows about it? This article discusses this unconscious, no-win game children play with their unknowing parents; how points get scored; why the game isn't a good thing to play, and how parents can stop the game.I wish I could tell you the name of the game.
Build Character Now! Practical Tools for Busy Parents
"To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." -Theodore Roosevelt, U.
Educational Toys And Childrens Books - A Must For Optimal Childhood Development
The brightly colored plastic mobile dangles lazily overhead in the infant's crib. The baby coos as its tiny arms swing a rattle back and forth.
Children are People, Not Machines
When growing up, my father frequently reminded me to "pay attention to the details." That saying became very real to me in the area of parenting.
Adolescence - Clues and Advice
Be sure to respect the intellectual changes that mark adolescence. Adolescent thinking can and should reflect: abstract notions, the relationships of things to each other and people to each other, multiple responses to the same condition or question and the idea of thinking itself.
Ready, Aim, Achieve! - Become An On-purpose Family Through Goal Setting
Successful families don't just happen. They take time, talent and planning.
Saving Money on Preschool: Readiness Skills Needed for Kindergarten
As a mom of 4 who's youngest child is about to start Kindergarten this Fall, I'd like to share with you some things I've learned about Preschool over the last ten years, along with a list of readiness skills every child can be learning at home - whether attending Preschool or not.Preschools, especially those taught in a church environment, are a wonderful resource that help prepare children for regular school.
Ten Tips to Stimulate Your Newborns Senses
A number of scientific studies have shown the way a baby uses her senses in the early months of life is crucial to future development. A baby, whose senses are stimulated develop a sharper memory, inquisitiveness and a better concentration.
Parenting Your Teenager: The Bottom Line Issues
Q. When you consult with a family with teens, what are the typical bottom-line issues?A.
Maximizing Your ADHD Childs Performance in School.
As a parent there are lots of things that you can do to help your child with ADHD succeed in school, with friends, and in life. Here are some tips for you that just may help you in your ongoing efforts to help your child.
Parenting Your Teenager: Self-Decorating or Self-Harm - How to Tell the Difference
Q. I need your help with a question about my teen-age daughter.
Now, Theyre Bullying My Daughter In Our Home: Welcome To Cyber-Bullying
Last night Tom's daughter, Sue, came out of her room to see her dad and said, "I got another one of those instant messages. It says, 'tomorrow you had better not show up at school or else'.
Choosing a Daycare or Pre-School - Top Ten Safety Tips
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