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29Aug2013

Two-year colleges

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The decision to go to college or to go straight into a job out of high school weighs heavily on many students’ minds. There are very strong arguments on both sides. College is increasingly expensive, verging on unaffordable, loan interest rates continue to rise, and there are thousands of college graduates who are either unemployed or not working in their field of study. On the other hand, going into the world with only a high school degree does not qualify anyone for a lifelong and rewarding career, just low-paying jobs that have no future, offer little or no job stability, and can quickly become unsatisfying.

So what is the solution? Maybe something in between. Two-year colleges (also known as vocational or trade schools in some cases) are the best parts of both sides: they offer training that qualifies students to be employed immediately upon graduation, and the cost is a fraction of four-year college tuition, sometimes even free if an applicant qualifies for financial aid. Best of all, students can complete these programs in as little as two months.

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8Jul2013

How to get the job you want

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Getting a job in today’s market is understandably a challenge.  Jobs are scarce, so there are dozens, maybe hundreds of people applying for the job you want and they may be as qualified or more qualified than you are.  With this type of competition, you need to be on top of your game.  You need to shine.

How can you stand out from the rest?  Focus on your strengths.  Take the time to impress the hiring manager.  Take the time to prepare an impeccable resume, a compelling cover letter, and most importantly, prepare yourself for greatness.

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23May2012

More People Working Past Retirement

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As highlighted on a recent podcast from the bestselling authors of Freakonomics, more people are remaining at work past traditional retirement age. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the trend of increasing older workers is expected to continue throughout the decade. The recent recession and an overall aging of the population are likely causes of this trend. As workers stay at their jobs, the necessity of professioanls who provide wellness skills, such as Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistance, should likewise continue to increase. SOLEX College continues to develop its excellent programs in these careers!

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22May2012

Medical Assistant Outlook Bright

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As health care providers scramble to cut costs and the future of health care remains murky, one fact has become clear: Medical Assistant jobs continue to grow, even in this stagnant economy.

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22May2012

Massage Therapy

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For thousands of years, cultures around the world have realized the health benefits of Massage Therapy. Massage techniques (often referred to as “modalities”) have evolved to promote well-being, reduce stress and assist in rehabilitation after injury. From elder care to prenatal massage and from luxurious resorts to professional sports, massage therapy has continued to grow as an essential component of healthy living.

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21May2012

Chicago Hosts NATO

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Chicago will finish hosting the 2012 NATO Summit today. As an institution that values international dialogue and takes pride in serving as a leader in reaching out to students across the globe, SOLEX congratulates Chicago on a job well done! The 2012 NATO Summit marked the first occasion that the summit took place outside Washington D.C. when being held in the United States. Over three dozen nations sent representatives to McCormick Place for the 2 day event which runs from May 20-21, 2012.

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29Mar2012

Lollapalooza Line Up Around The Corner

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The official line up for Lollapalooza, Chicago’s premier music festival, will be revealed in early April. Three day early bird passes are currently available for the discounted price of $200.00 direct from lollapalooza.com. The festival will take place August 3-5, 2012 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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2Sep2011

Labor Day

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Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882 by the Central Labor Union in New York. 12 years later, President Grover Cleveland made it a federal holiday. In America, Labor Day is a day set aside the first Monday in September to celebrate and honor all the men and women who work. It is designated a day to relax... and to party.

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23Aug2011

Books to be Replaced with Facebooks

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Technology has taken the driver seat in terms of furthering education. No longer are books revered as the treasure chest of information. Children are exposed at a very early age to the benefits and pitfalls of digital content. A recent study conducted by a British literacy charity has found the influence of technology on children's reading habits to be startling. "Schoolchildren are significantly more likely to be exposed to mobile phones and computers in the home than novels, according to researchers. They also found that reading frequency declined sharply with age, with 14 to 16 year–olds being more than 10 times as likely to avoid books altogether as those in primary education."

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17Aug2011

Health Care Options

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In the world of health care, the career possibilities are endless. The beauty of the medical world, with all its career options, is that you can make your career your own. The difficulty is trying to narrow it down and determine which health care career path is the best one for you. Becoming either a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or a medical assistant are both great places to start.

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