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After he graduated from high school, Peter D'Andrea enrolled in a community college in his native New Jersey with the hope of eventually transferring to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). But, like so many others across the country, it didn’t work out and during the first semester, he dropped out. One recent study shows that over 90 percent of community college students stop at some point, and the longer those students pause their education, the less likely they are to earn a degree.

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Education Helps Kitsap County Volunteer Impact Her Community

When a previous boss told Audrey Wolf she should ‘go to college,’ she listened. Wolf first received her associate’s degree at Olympic College in Bremerton, and then completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandman University in 2010. In the four years since graduating with a BA in Organizational Leadership, Wolf is having an impact on her community. “I first became interested in non-profit and volunteer work when I worked in a financial planning office,” says Wolf. “I could see the good that could be done.”

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University Degrees Play Larger Role for Law Enforcement Officers and Recruits

Competition is fierce in the job market, and nowhere is that more true than in the field of law enforcement. As agencies look to hire top candidates, the new Police Chief in Milton, Washington, Tony Hernandez, says obtaining a university degree is of growing importance for job candidates. “The role of education is so important to contemporary policing,” says Hernandez. “What we’re starting to see is that for sergeants and above, people need to have that bachelor’s degree and beyond. For upper tier management, you need at least a master’s degree.”

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Veteran Couple Turn to Education for Next Career Launch

Take two full careers in the U.S. Army, a stint in the National Guard, a return to the Army, 22 years of marriage, three children raised to adults, and add in a return to college for university degrees. It’s a recipe Terry Bradshaw and Cheryl Montgomery are using to successfully advance their post-military careers before they finally retire. “The good thing about school is that I went later in life,” said Bradshaw. “Once you get started with classes, you start putting goals together and I think to myself, ‘I can go for this, I can go for that.’ You start being more innovative and creative for yourself, more doors open up and you have more choices.”

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How to Brand Yourself for the Perfect Job

By Autumn McClenaghan on Oct 22, 2014

What does your personal brand say about you? Do you have or even need one? And what exactly is it?

When you brand yourself you are aiming to portray who you authentically are and what you want to be known for. As you embark on your job search, it is helpful to have a well rounded understanding of yourself, the ideal employer, industry and job opportunities to show the company you choose to interview that you are the best candidate for the position. Always remember, the person who knows you best is you!

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Topics: Career

From the Pros: LinkedIn Best Practices

By Jina Smith on Oct 21, 2014

LinkedIn is dominating the digital world for professionals and job seekers who use it as an online resume, a portfolio and a networking tool. Leverage some of these LinkedIn best practices and build a stellar online presence so employers can discover you and your talents.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

Fall Fashion: Dress For Success

By Lindsay Amanda on Sep 25, 2014

Fall has officially arrived and just as the leaves turn our wardrobes must shift along with them. Whether you are in a state of mourning the annual passing of summer or praising coat season, we're here to remind you that it’s important to look your best in the workplace. Here are some different looks for professionals to help them dress for success this fall season.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

The Essential Career Survival Kit

By Autumn McClenaghan on Sep 17, 2014

No matter what point you are on your professional path, it's important to make sure your career survival kit is always ready when you need it. Whether you are job searching, looking to advance, changing careers, entering the workforce or staying the course, it's best to be prepared for the future.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

Going Back To College As A Single Mom

By Lindsay Amanda on Sep 3, 2014

Mothers who dedicate themselves to achieving their professional goals while they set positive examples for their kids are some of the most inspiring people. Working and raising a family on your own is challenging enough, but adding college to the mix pretty much bedazzles the cape of the supermom outfit. To help out the best way we know how, here are some tips for those going back to school as single parents.

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Topics: Career, Front Page

Career Choices For Early Childhood Teachers

By Autumn McClenaghan on Aug 20, 2014

Among the shopping sprees and excitement of advancing to the next levels in life, we take a moment to recognize the hard work that our teachers contribute to molding the minds of future generations. As the demand for early childhood educators grows Brandman’s Career Services office explores professional pathways these dedicated individuals may follow.

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Topics: Career

How To Get Your Employer To Pay For College

By Vicki Brannock on Aug 13, 2014

For most working adults it is not just the time it takes to go back to school it is the money too. The good news is that you may be able to get your employer to pay for college or at the very least some of your educational expenses.

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Topics: Career, Front Page, School of Extended Education

5 Easy Questions: Should I Go Back To School?

By Lindsay Amanda on Aug 5, 2014

The decision to pursue a higher education is one that will likely change your life, which of course means it involves evaluating many different factors. Will your investment of time and funds provide a considerable return? What is your motivation to do so and what are your goals? Here are five simple questions to help you answer that daunting question: “Should I go back to school?”

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Topics: Career, Front Page

How A Caring Leader Can Create A Culture Of Support

By Scott Pickard on Jul 24, 2014

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT.
OPEN DOOR POLICY.
EMPOWERMENT.

We've all heard these "buzz words" and phrases for years - popular ideas that we hope are panaceas to make our work environment more pleasant and productive. Employee turnover, discontent and squandered talent are issues all organizations face

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Topics: Career, Schools, Front Page, School of Extended Education

How To Build Your Professional Network

By Autumn McClenaghan on Jul 16, 2014

One of the common questions I get from students about is, "How do I meet people to network with?" My answer is always the same, "Begin with people you already know!" Networking involves creating a supportive system that allows individuals and groups with common interests to share information and services. Here are a few channels you can use to build, create and strengthen professional contacts and relationships.

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Topics: Career, Schools

Social Media: A Valuable Networking Tool

By Jina Smith on Jul 15, 2014

The concept of social media may bring up a mixed bag of opinions but however you feel about it, it is an effective tool for professional development. Don't overlook this important digital support system. It can help you find jobs, meet potential mentors and grow your personal network. Here are some ways to utilize social media as a support system:

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Topics: Career, Student Life