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Top Five Blog Posts of 2015

As we’re winding down the year, we wanted to take a look back at our blog and share some of our favorite posts. We hope you have had a great 2015 and that you’re excited to start 2016! From all of us at Colorado Technical University, Happy New Year!

Top Ten CTU Mobile Features

CTU Mobile is an important tool in your academic arsenal. Read on to understand the ten features that students love most about the university’s mobile app – available now for iOS and Android handset and tablet users.

Your Guide to Great New Year’s Resolutions

Well, another year is almost in the books: That means it’s time to whip up some 2016 New Year’s Resolutions! New Year’s resolutions are a tradition that can lead to real, tangible improvement, but only when they’re reasonable and well thought-out. Here, we’ll help you create your success benchmarks for 2016 while also highlighting some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

CTU Student Puts Work Experience to the Test and Earns Course Credit

Tammy started online classes with CTU in 2010 and earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration, which she obtained in 2014. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Human Resource Management.

“Getting credit through Fast Track™ saved me money, but it also saved me time,” Tammy said. “I’m in a position to earn my bachelor’s degree in 2016, which would not have been possible without using Fast Track™.” By earning her degree quicker, Tammy will be able to apply for new management opportunities at her company sooner and meet some of her professional goals faster than she anticipated.   

Tips For Being In School During The Holiday Season

The winter holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing and enjoying the company of loved ones, but some responsibilities, like school work, can be hard to take a break from. As a CTU student, you may not only have presents to buy, meals to prepare and a home to decorate. You also have assignments to complete and discussions board posts to respond to. How do you balance the holidays with the demands of academic life? It’s not always easy, but with a little planning you can work to reduce the stress of studying without intruding on valuable family time. Here are five tips for being in school during the busy holiday season.

How to Keep Your Job Search Alive During the Holidays

While the holidays are generally a time to give cheer and spend time with your family and friends, it may also be a great time to get ahead of other candidates in your job search. Try not to use the same approach as many other job seekers who are taking this time off.  Instead, here are some things you can do to keep your search alive and breathing when others are letting the time go by.

How to Write a Nursing Resume

You want to convince a hiring manager that you’re the best candidate for the job. To do so, you must communicate your value through your resume. But sometimes writing a resume can seem like a daunting task. Here are 10 tips that may help make your resume stand out.

How to Survive the Holiday Season

Tis the season to be … overwhelmed! If you’re tapped out from classes, work, and the day-to-day needs of your family, the hustle and bustle of the holidays might be too much to handle. If that’s the case, then follow these tips to take control of holiday stress before it takes control of you.  

Adaptive Learning and Faculty Best Practices: CTU Vice Provost Dr. Emma Zone Co-Hosts #WCETAdaptive Learning Twitter Chat

CTU Vice Provost Dr. Emma Zone (@DrEmmaZone) co-hosted the #WCETAdaptive Learning Twitter Chat with Niki Bray (@adaptivechat) on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. CST. The hosts answered questions from other higher education leaders and educators, discussing faculty best practices with adaptive learning. “Serving as a guest expert for the #WCETAdaptive Chat was a fast-paced and fun way to share a lot about faculty engagement with adaptive learning in only an hour’s time,” said Zone, “Participants were interested in how CTU provides faculty training and ongoing support of adaptive learning to make it successful for students and faculty alike.”

Finally Realizing a Dream to Earn a College Degree

When Cathy Emerick graduated from high school she was a single parent. While many of her friends went on to pursue their college degrees, she chose to focus on raising her daughter.

Naturally, life happened. She met her husband, who adopted her daughter, and both focused on developing their full-time careers. Attending college, while still an important priority for Cathy, felt like a distant dream.

Harness Your Attention Span: 8 Ways to Improve Your Focus

As the world becomes more digitally connected, more and more things are vying for our precious attention. When you're working, studying, eating, driving, even trying to fall asleep at night — the question of how to improve your focus is an important one, and effectively channeling your energies can be the difference between knocking items off your to-do list and letting it grow out of control.

Driven Veteran Pursues Degree at CTU

For Andrew R. Chavez, a recently-retired US Army Staff sergeant, joining the military was just the “right thing to do.” Enlisting immediately after he completed high school, Chavez served his country for nine years before critical injuries caused him to be medically retired from active duty. Chavez reflects positively on his time in the military, but knew that he had to push himself further.

CTU Chief Academic Officer Dr. Connie Johnson Co-Hosts #WCETAdaptive Learning Twitter Chat

CTU Chief Academic Officer and Provost Dr. Connie Johnson (@Dr.ConnieJohnson) joined WCET fellow Niki Bray (@adaptivechat) to answer these questions and more during WCET's first Adaptive Learning Twitter Chat, which focuses on topics related to adaptive learning technology implementation, faculty engagement and student results. Dr. Johnson shared CTU’s adaptive learning experiences with participants, which included fellow educators and technology leaders, and highlighted how CTU is using innovative technology to help students pursue their personal and professional goals.

Mobile Professional Proves Road Warriors Can Go to College

As the Operational Excellence manager for his company, first-time college student Ricky Banks spends more than 50 percent of his job on the road. “At this juncture in my career, it is very hectic,” says Ricky. Over the last 27 years, Ricky has built his career from the ground up. Ricky started on the production floor and worked his way to middle management. He managed production, quality and environmental departments before settling into his current specialty in Lean Six Sigma and process improvement.  

Faculty Showcase: CTU Assistant Professor Trevor Rasmusson

As a CTU graduate, it’s no surprise that CTU Assistant Professor Trevor Rasmusson draws inspiration from students attending his courses on academic and career success, and management fundamentals. “As an assistant professor at CTU, I’m constantly inspired by the stories that I hear within my courses,” says Rasmusson, “This inspiration moves me and generates the ability to find creative approaches to a variety of other ventures.”