Autism Speaks: College Internship Program – (Autism/Aspergers)

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I was so excited to hear about this program (CIP-College Internship Program)! Someone very close to me shared this information from the Autism Speaks website. She has been instrumental in helping me understand about Autism and being on the spectrum.     Anyone with a loved one that has specific learning differences or has been diagnosed with disorders on the Autism spectrum, knows the unique challenges it presents. Parents often wrestle with understanding how to best meet the needs of these children and resources are often very limited.

I’m obviously a big supporter of education. I believe we have to identify the gaps in our educational system in order for all of us to be more successful. Despite the fact that approximately 1 out of 68 children now fall on the autism spectrum, there seems to be so few programs that specialize in helping them become productive independent adults. I would even dare say that in many instances, we in this nation spend more money on non violent criminals than on college prep and occupational programs for law abiding citizens with learning differences. The more help we can provide to these young people the better.

I’m glad that there is now greater awareness on this issue and that this program exists. The cost of the program is extremely high but, in the spirit of true economics, my hope is that once more and more programs like this become more popular perhaps the costs will be driven down. In the meantime I will follow up with FAFSA to see if something like this may be covered. I will report my findings back here on the blog in a couple weeks. Also the Autism Speaks website has some information on grant opportunities and the vocational rehab offices in many areas can provide some assistance as well. Please share any information regarding Educational and Career Opportunities that would help these young people to become productive, independent adults.

College Internship Program

Notable Celebrities with autistic children include: Holly Robinson-Peete, Toni Braxton, and Jenny McCarthy

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The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Repost from :The Atlantic

A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college education, work ethic isn’t the limiting factor. The economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses—a feat that would require superhuman endurance, or maybe a time machine.

To take a close look at the tuition history of almost any institution of higher education in America is to confront an unfair reality: Each year’s crop of college seniors paid a little bit more than the class that graduated before. The tuition crunch never fails to provide new fodder for ongoing analysis of the myths and realities of The American Dream. Last week, a graduate student named Randy Olson listened to his grandfather extol the virtues of putting oneself through college without family support. But paying for college without family support is a totally different proposition these days, Olson thought. It may have been feasible 30 years ago, or even 15 years ago, but it’s much harder now.

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The Hidden Costs of College – Repost

Repost – CollegePlus

It doesn’t take a college genius to know college is expensive! Take the average family’s current college spending of $20,882 per year, multiply that by four years, and a bachelor’s degree is over $80,000.

But there’s actually one more hidden cost, lurking in the shadows that very few parents realize: The hallowed, four year bachelor’s degree is actually taking most students five years to finish. Right now, only 19% of students finish their bachelor’s degree in four years.

So why does college take so long?

Here are the big reasons college takes five years, along with solutions you can use to protect your family from wasting time in college.

1. Excessive Remedial Courses

If students come into college unprepared for college level work, they are assigned non-college courses to get them up to speed. For example, fully half of community college students are assigned remedial courses, slowing down their progress.

Defense: Encourage your student to show their college ability through competency-based testing, and insist on only taking class time for courses that offer college credit.

2. Overloaded College Advisors

Look around a university web site for a couple of minutes and you’ll see how complicated degrees can get. There are General Education requirements, specific course prerequisites, discipline-specific courses…the list goes on. That can all be figured out, if your student gets enough time with their college advisor. Problem is, the average college advising session lasts less than a quarter of an hour because hundreds of students are competing for their time. That could be why the average BA student ends up with 14 credits more than what they need for their degree.

Defense: Find a college advisor who has time to help you. Or hire a degree advisor who can build a plan with you based on your student’s goals.

3. Degree Changes and Credit Transfers

Six of every ten students transfer on to another school before they graduate. Because of complicated transfer policies between schools, many students forfeit some of their hard-earned credits each time they change. Add in degree major changes and American students waste $19 billion every year on credits that won’t transfer.

Defense: Learn how transfer credits work, help your student find purpose in life, and get degree planning help to make sure you know your destination before you start.

4. Classes Not Available Every Semester

With the overloaded college advisors, they may not catch every change in the course catalog that affects your student. The impact? The prerequisite your teen needs for the next term may not be offered when they need it. That forces your teen to either waste their time or risk earning unnecessary credits.

Defense: Change colleges or find the same class that works from a different school and transfer it back.

5. Lighter Course Loads and Part-Time Status

To graduate in four years, students usually need to take 15 credits every semester for eight semesters. Going part-time can be appealing to the busy student, but part-time students rarely finish on time. Making a decision to take one less class in a term suddenly adds time to the end of a degree. This is often overlooked in the confusion of registration day.

Defense: Be committed to finishing what you start. Plan on fifteen credits per semester to finish in four years. Or, find a flexible college option that lets you earn credit when most colleges are not in session.

By researching ways for your child to finish college in less time, you’ll be giving them the best graduation present possible—a year of their life back.

Learn more about strategies to save time in college.

AABE 2015 National Conference, Charlotte, NC

The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) recently hosted it’s national conference right in the Queen City.  On the first day they hosted a phenomenal high school event called the Youth Energy Academy.  It was nothing short of spectacular!  In addition to learning more about the Energy Sector, students learned about career paths, participated in demonstrations, had a great lunch, a motivational speaker, a panel discussion and much more.  To learn more about this organization  and their scholarships visit: American Association for Blacks in Energy – Click Here

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Teen College Explosion

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This year promises to be an exciting year! I have teamed up with a couple of Education Consultants in the area and we will be working on some projects that will be beneficial to students and parents. There will be several college and career events for students and parents to choose from. I hope that you will take advantage of them.

Parents have a lot on their plates. Juggling work, school, and family can be overwhelming to say the least. If you add college and career preparation to that list it can really be too much to handle.

One of the best things you can do as a parent, is utilize affordable resources in the community to help prepare your child. This can save you a ton of money and time in the long and short run.

Have an amazing day. 🙂