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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.”

Should You Use A Recruiter?

Whether you have been working for years, or you are just starting to job hunt, using a recruiter may help you find some prospects you didn’t think were out there. That said it's important to have the right expectations when deciding to work with a recruiter. With that in mind, here are some of the pros and cons of using a recruiter to help you on the journey to a job.

“MRE—Eat Like a Soldier” Fundraiser

On November 10, 2015, CTU teamed up with the El Paso County Commissioners to support the “MRE—Eat Like a Soldier” fundraiser for The Home Front Cares. The project raises funds for Colorado military veterans and their families.

Catching Up with CTU Alum Tapatha Knupke

Self-motivated and passionate about the future, Tapatha Knupke saw earning a degree as an opportunity to expand her horizons and find the job she’s always dreamed of having. For sixteen years Tapatha worked as a title insurance underwriter in the real estate industry. It was a job she just fell into but one that she happened to love, and it afforded her the opportunity to start a family. "Underwriting did not require a degree, so I didn't pursue one at the time," says Knupke. "My goal at the time was to raise my family while working in a career that I loved."

CTU Colorado Springs Career Services Hosts LinkedIn Workshop for Students & Alumni

CTU Colorado Springs' Career Services is hosting a LinkedIn Workshop to teach students and alumni how to create and optimize a professional profile on the social network.