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Trade School vs College

Mar 17, 2016

Boris Gjerovski
University Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

The time we live in has changed measurably and the old models of education lack some ingenuity to fit the new market rules. The fact is that whenever we want to invest in our lives while being a part of the educational system, our enrollment in it for the purpose grabbing the best diploma/degree which will ‘guarantee’ better future is a rule we must follow. But the market has changed and the opportunities for learning have twisted significantly. Now college is still a great way to help a person acquire the right skills for being a good professional in certain fields, but is it really necessary in order to succeed in life? Is it really the best and only way to become good at something, or better alternatives which save a lot of time and money are equally good, or even better? Let’s analyze the average costs of education, length of studies and possible benefits between trade schools (starting trend in the 90’s) and average colleges in order to see things as they really are.

College
Students decide to go to college because of the increase of possible income, which is around $17,000 bigger with a college diploma, rather than working with a high school diploma on a yearly basis. Most of the colleges have a four year program for getting bachelor degree in which the person looses approximately $ 30,000, which is considered the average opportunity costs for being a college student instead of a worker. Trade Schools last only two years, so the initial pros of such in money based value is $60,000 plus. The comparison of length looks something like this, but only theoretically. The Institute of Education of USA published a survey saying that from all of the attendants at college, only 60% get their diploma. According to US News, 64% of graduates need more than 4 years to finish college, which adds an astonishing average of $70,000 of student expenses yearly, possible $100,000 considering the opportunity costs. Great deals of expenses follow later in life because of the student loans, and graduates end up being stuck with $50,000-$100,000 of debt after the studies are completed. Well at least the graduates will have a brighter future in their profession right? – Supposedly, but it is not so certain anymore. The unemployment and underemployment rates for college graduates have doubled since 2007, leaving a lot of students work-less and unable to pay their student loans.

Trade School
Trade schools come as a great alternative and opportunity for merely secure future. First of the benefits, as I mentioned before, are the spared two years (at least) of student expenses. Since the average yearly expenses of college students come up to $70,000, trade school students save $140,000 because of the shorter course of studies. And what you get with the diploma? A college graduate is expected to have $47,000 annual income, $11,200 more than students coming from trade schools, says the National Center for Educational Statistics. Since the college graduates spend $140,000 more, the students from trade schools have a 12 year advantage until balancing earnings vs. expenses with college graduates. The average student debt load for trade school graduates is 70% less than college graduates, summing up to $10,000 per student. Another factor of benefit for students who decide to go study in trade schools are the opened job possibilities. Since most of the population working ‘specific’ jobs like mechanics or dentists hygienists is older, the labor market narrows and needs to be filled with more young enthusiasts that are sure to get the job they were taught for. And as long as the competition is low, the incomes of the services of technicians will continue to rise. Sure, four year college degree offers bigger possibilities on longer terms, but nowadays nothing is certain and the conditions and costs of studying change drastically. Whatever a student chooses should go for it until the goal is reached, and be satisfied with nothing less.

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Finding a job is challenging enough with a clean record, so having a record can make it that much difficult. The companies listed below are known to offer jobs to individuals that have gone to jail/prison and paid their debt to society. There is no guarantee that you will be hired, but they are trying to give you a second chance. Go through the normal process of applying for a position, and keep a positive attitude.

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25 Year Old Solving A Problem with Local Job Fair

Jun 6, 2015

By Connie Alsobrook
Thomas Chastain Jr. is helping to solve a major problem in Rockdale County.  For the 2nd year in a row he has held a job fair to put people back to work. The Job Fair took place on June 3rd at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5290 in Rockdale, Georgia.  Rockdale  is the second smallest county in the state of Georgia, with a unemployment rate of 6.4% as of April 2015 and a population of 85,215. (Source)

Thomas Chastain

When Chastain was asked why he felt the need to hold such an event he stated, “The county Chairman & CEO Richard Oden said it was not in the county’s budget”. The bright young man did not let lack of finances stop him from helping his community. He started asking companies and individuals for any type of donation they could offer. Chastain had a budget of zero dollars when he hosted the first Annual Job Fair and a budget of $100.00 dollars this go around. Both Job Fairs drew over 300 hundred individuals, this is the number the poll collected, many applicants slipped past the poll and did not log in.

In 2 months his Facebook group, Rockdale Jobs Group, has put 88 Unemployed Rockdale Citizens back to work. (per Facebook page)

Chastain said he had few donors for this event, but the one that is a continuous supporter made a huge impact for both job fairs. Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW Post 5290) in Rockdale has been the biggest supporter and sponsor. VFW donated their building and equipment to host the event.

The Job Fair brought some big companies out, like Pratt Industries, Future Staffing, Rockdale 911, Rockdale Fire Department, Rockdale Sheriff  Department, Southeast Sealing, and Banner Security to name a few. Pratt Industries and Southeast Sealing had a private area set up due to them hiring applicants of the spot. Former Rockdale Post 2 County Commission JaNice VanNess and current Post 1 county Commission Oz Nesbitt was also in attendance to show support for the event.

Here is the full list of businesses that participated:
Pratt Industries
Banner Security
Southeast Sealing
Carter-young
Primerica
Truss Components
GA Driving Academy
Medic Inc.
Rockdale Sheriff Department
Rockdale Fire Rescue
Rockdale 911 Call Center
Randstad Staffing
Future Staff
Surge Staffing
Wagner Solutions

Rockdale, Georgia companies and individuals get ready for the next Job Fair because he has already started to prepare for his 3rd Annual Job Fair.

Contact Thomas Chastain Jr. at:
Rockdale Jobs Group

 

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MARCH 4TH: Hug A Veteran Day

Mar 4, 2015 0

Today is March 4, 2015.  It’s HUG A VETERAN DAY.  We, at GNN, would like our fans, and family to take time to give the men and women who serve our great Nation a big bear hug!  Moreover, let’s take a moment to be aware of the issues that face our Warriors of the USA as they come back from Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  One of the issues that verterans face is unemployment.  So, in their honor, we would like to share this good news with our veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.  Thank you for your service.


Nationally recognized Marine Corps veteran Jesse Canella, in conjunction with KANDILIT, one of the fastest growing integrated IT service providers, today announced the launch of HonorVet Services (www.honorvet.com), a service-connected disabled veteran-owned staffing and technology service provider that will connect skilled and screened veterans and military spouses with employers across diverse industries for permanent, contract, contract-to-hire, and project-based placements.

In addition to his service in the Marine Corps, Canella brings to HonorVet expertise in military and veterans affairs, corporate recruitment and the acclimatization of veterans for meaningful roles within the civilian workplace. Co-Founder KANDILIT (www.kandilit.com), whose leadership team has over 100 years combined experience, is committed to support HonorVet through its well-established sales, delivery and technology infrastructure.

“We are proud and excited to be a part of HonorVet’s mission and look forward to making a significant impact in increasing veterans’ opportunities in the workforce with Fortune 500 companies,” said KANDILIT CEO, Fahad (Fred) Syed. “Our veterans are an essential and integral part of our society, and they deserve focused and structured services that meet their needs and diverse backgrounds.”

Each year, more than 300,000 U.S. troops complete their military service, providing a highly trained workforce eager to transition to professional civilian careers. Yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-9/11 veteran unemployment stands at 24.3%, and this is expected to increase in 2015 due to the planned troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“There are more than 4,100 different types of jobs in the Armed Forces, and 88% of those have a direct civilian job counterpart,” said Canella, President and Co-Founder of HonorVet Services. “HonorVet hopes to reduce the rising and staggering veteran unemployment figures by working with small, medium and large enterprises across the country to help them attract, select and retain a quality workforce by hiring our nation’s heroes.”

For more information about HonorVet Services, please visit www.HonorVet.com

Contact:
HonorVet Services, LLC
Jesse Canella, 973-559-6520
jesse@honorvet.com

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“Rappers” Did You Know?

Oct 10, 2014 0

By Connie Alsobrook

Skarr Akabr
Baltimore rapper Skarr Akbar gave away 46 pairs of his personal sneakers plus a bag of shirts, sweatshirt, and sweaters, in 2013 to the homeless.


Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones “Nas”
Multi-platinum rapper Nas help raise $30,000 for D.C.family left homeless after a fire. He also raised $60,000 dollars to an unemployed construction worker and single father of 8 children that lost his home in a fire.
Nas recently started investing money to help Grads find jobs.


Aubrey Drake Graham “Drake”
When Grammy Award winning Canadian Rapper Drake performed in Portland, Oregon last winter he witnessed a
serious epidemic of homelessness. Drake gave a huge cash donation to the
Union Gospel Mission to buy more blankets for the city’s homeless


Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. “T.I.”
Three time Grammy winner Rapper T.I. saved the life of two men, one in Miami, Florida and another in Atlanta, Georgia.


Jayceon Terrell Taylor “The Game”
Grammy Nominated Rapper The Game helped with the funeral cost of two families. He donated 10,000 dollars to with funeral cost for a mother of five that lost her children and boyfriend in a house fire. He also donated several thousand dollars to help out with another funeral after a 6-year-old girl was shot and killed in front of her home.

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The Top 10 Happiest Jobs

Oct 1, 2014 0

By Connie Alsobrook


If you are unhappy at your current job and are looking to switch
careers, here a few choices. That is unless you are already in these
fields.

These are the top 10 happiest jobs in 2014 according to Career Bliss.
1. Database administrator
2. Quality-assurance engineer
3. Executive recruiter
4. Underwriter
5. Executive assistant
6. Software developer
7. Designer
8. Program manager
9. Engineer
10. Administrative assistant

Here are some great companies to work for, they offer employees unlimited vacation days:

Virgin Group
Netflix
Zynga
Groupon
Glassdoor
Evernote
VMware
Hubspot
Ask.com
Motley Fool
Eventbrite
ZocDoc
SurveyMonkey


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