Build Your Career HERE: Online Education
May30

Build Your Career HERE: Online Education

Education doesn’t always end after high school or even college. Even though life often takes us by the hand and drags us in directions we don’t expect, we have control over bettering ourselves for the sake of our career and personal development.  One way you can do this is through online education. Online education is great for working parents, seasoned professionals, and anyone that is just looking to keep their mind active. If you are in northeast Indiana, you have a variety of local colleges and universities that can guide you to your career and education goals. Whether you are looking into finally get that diploma or going for an advanced degree, these local institutions offer various programs that can help anyone take the next step in bettering their career. While I don’t have the time or space to cover every local college or university, here are a few that are developing easy to use online programs that will get you started on your higher education journey. Where to get an Online Education in Northeast Indiana? University of St. Francis USF is known for excellence in education and community involvement. It is no surprise that the degree programs available for online students are designed for busy individuals that are making the community a better place. According to the university, their online environment enables personal and professional transformation that prepares graduates for challenges in any functional area anywhere in the world. Business Nursing The purpose of the RN to BSN program is to allow licensed Registered Nurses with a diploma or Associates Degree to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.* Education The Department of Education offers both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to teacher licensure in thirteen areas. At the graduate level, the department offers a totally online Master of Arts in Teaching, Transition to Teaching licensure program in secondary education, and Master of Science in Education degree in Special Education. The fully online master’s degree in Special Education offers licensure in Mild Intervention and Intense Intervention. The Education Department, in conjunction with the Psychology Department, also offers an on campus Master of Science in Education degree in School Counseling.* *Statements from university program descriptions If you are looking to apply, fill out an application today! If you want to talk to an admissions representative, you can contact a team member for more information. Indiana Tech Indiana Tech has one of the most robust online programs in the area. If you are looking for a buffet of options, they are the school to pursue. Programs heavily represented are business, criminal justice and computer science, which are all great choices...

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Your Guide to Surviving the 2018 Vera Bradley Sale
Apr10

Your Guide to Surviving the 2018 Vera Bradley Sale

It is almost that time of year! Starting April 11, the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale will begin its five day run at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. In order to be sure you are ready for this shopping spectacular, we have compiled a cheat sheet so you can have a successful shopping trip! There’s still time left! Join us next week in Fort Wayne, Indiana for our 2018 Annual Outlet Sale: https://t.co/jT2xqtLjuW #vbas18 pic.twitter.com/QEbiz8f3si — Vera Bradley (@verabradley) April 5, 2018 The Event Details Wednesday, April 11, 2018 $5 Per Session Session 1: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Session 3: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Thursday, April 12, 2018 $5 Per Session Session 1: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Session 3: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Friday, April 13, 2018 $5 Per Session Session 1: 7:30 am – 10:00 am Session 2: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Session 3: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 4: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday, April 14, 2018 Free Admission All Day Session 1: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday, April 15, 2018 Free Admission All Day Session 1: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm If you want to attend a weekday session, visit Ticketmaster to get a ticket. All purchasers at the sale must register! Bring Your Employee ID or Bring Canned Food Many fields will have special discount days! If you bring your employee ID, you may be able to get a discount. If you don’t work for one of these public service fields, bring some non-perishable food as a donation to Community Harvest Food Bank! The one thing this sale never strays away from is giving back. Don’t forget to make a donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation and Charis House as well! Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Military/Law Enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Thursday, April 12, 2018 Healthcare professionals receive 10% off their purchase Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation to Charis House Military/law enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Friday, April 13, 2018 School faculty receive 10% off their purchase Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation to Charis House Military/law enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Saturday, April 14, 2018 Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation or non-perishable food donation to Community Harvest Food Bank Military/law enforcement receive 10% off their purchase Sunday, April 15, 2018  Receive $10 off a $100 purchase with a charitable donation or non-perishable food donation to Community...

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Grad School – How do you decide?
Nov08

Grad School – How do you decide?

Do I need a master’s degree? Is it worth the investment? What’s the point? I must have asked myself these questions a hundred times before deciding that graduate school was, indeed, my next move. Here was my rationale: I enjoy learning. Exploring the gaps of knowledge that encourage me to perform my job more effectively is important to my success. I want to advance my career. Maybe it’s pursuing a leadership role, or finding new ways to develop and apply my skills. Graduate school can help me find my direction. Personal growth is important to me. I want to grow as a professional, but I also want personal fulfillment; that’s something graduate school can facilitate. Finding the Right School & Program A notable difference from my undergrad was that this time around I knew exactly what I wanted out of a program. Some of those needs included: Face to face interaction. Well acquainted with my learning style, I recognized that an online program was not ideal for me. Flexibility to explore other disciplines. The opportunity to take classes outside of my program would enable me to gain diverse perspectives that I could apply to my education and professional career. Quality interaction with advisors and professors. The ability to discuss concerns and questions with faculty without chasing them down was vital. Flexibility. I wanted an outline of what I needed to do to complete the program without pressure to finish within a certain time-frame. Ultimately, the Professional Communication program at IPFW met my needs and was an affordable, convenient option. My personal conversations with friends and colleagues really sealed the deal. A college peer earned her MA in Writing from IPFW through the Master of English program and had wonderful things to say about her experience. Ashley Motia, a friend and mentor of mine, earned her MA in Professional Communication. I remember asking Ashley about her experience in the program when I was researching schools. These conversations, with people who were in my shoes not long before me, were helpful and reassuring as I explored my options. Student-faculty interaction was key in my search for the right school, so, I appreciated how willing and eager IPFW faculty were to meet with me and answer my questions. To quote the wise words of my friend and mentor Ashley, “Your graduate school career should start with and be sustained by quality conversations with faculty and advisors. Those personal interactions are what infuse value into your degree.” The significance of these interactions is obvious, even when I talk to other students. Ian Lese, a graduate student in the Master of Public Management program at IPFW shared...

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Get Real: The Real Group in Concert
Mar14

Get Real: The Real Group in Concert

  “A ca-what-a?” Several years ago, you might have been met with this question when talking about a cappella music. But with the recent mainstream phenomena like Pentatonix and Pitch Perfect, a cappella has surged in popularity. While the art of a cappella is nothing new, it’s exciting for me to see others begin their love affair with it. If you haven’t, you need to get real. Well, with The Real Group that is.   Based in Sweden, the five member group has been touring the world and transforming a cappella for over 30 years. Their combination of vocal perfection, personality, and wide repertoire from jazz, pop, and folk has made them a mainstay in the vocal music world. They’ve produced over 20 albums, opened for the FIFA World Cup, and sang for state officials all over the world – including the Emperor of Japan. The Real Group is kicking off another North American tour. Their next stop? Right here in Fort Wayne! A ca-scuse me? Well, a ca-believe it!     On Friday, March 24th at 7:30pm, The Real Group performs at the IPFW Auer Performance Hall. The concert will feature their original arrangements, plus special musical guest features with Heartland Sings, a nonprofit company of Vocal Artists and ensembles based in Fort Wayne.     This isn’t your typical concert. There’s something to be said about the human connection with vocal music. With the voice as the sole instrument, a cappella music creates an entirely different experience from other types of music. The Real Group steps it up another level. Heartland Sings’ Director of Development Stephanie Carlson and General Manager Eric Miller are both vocalists themselves and self-proclaimed The Real Group superfans. They’ve both followed their music for years. Carlson said, “The thing that is incredible about The Real Group is that they have the ability to tell stories and paint pictures with just their voices.” How they do this is through their unique style of a cappella. The Real Group sound. “I’ve been a fan for over 20 years. The Real Group is able to take any song, no matter the genre, and still make it sound like their own.” Both Carlson and Miller have seen them in concert before and agree that it’s a must-see and must-hear musical experience that’s sure to leave an impact on audiences as it has on them.     So, what brings The Real Group to Fort Wayne? It started with Heartland Sings. President & Executive Director, Maestro Robert Nance and Eric Miller had the opportunity to have dinner with The Real Group after a performance last year. In that conversation, Miller said that it was a chance...

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The Crossing, Redeeming Struggling Students
Nov23

The Crossing, Redeeming Struggling Students

written for Living Fort Wayne by Hillary Knipstein of The Crossing For some struggling local high school students, a traditional high school career is not a viable option.  These students struggle with behavioral issues and school discipline, addiction, poor attendance, teen pregnancy, challenging family situations, mental illness, bullying, or other challenges.  Enter, The Crossing. The Crossing is a nonprofit organization operating alternative high schools throughout Indiana.  Our mission is to empower struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job-training, and faith-based character education. Fulfilling this mission requires, first and foremost, staff and volunteers who feel called to form consistent and positive relationships with struggling students.  These authentic relationships are essential to providing meaningful and effective encouragement and discipline to our students.  We create an inclusive family environment where students feel a genuine sense of belonging, meet them where they are, speak openly with them about Christ, empower them to set goals and make consistent daily choices that align with those goals, and hold them accountable for their behavior.  Every day, our students meet for a thirty-minute “family time,” which involves a group discussion or devotion aimed at developing character and helping our students bond as a group. Although they are extremely diverse, our students laugh, cry, and pray together daily. Our students work at their own pace through the courses required to obtain an accredited high school diploma, with additional academic support as required.  Beyond a high school diploma, we strive to prepare our students for post-secondary employment, education or entrepreneurship through our unique job training program, which allows them to gain valuable skills and experience by participating in our student-run microbusinesses, participating as part of a work team, or completing an internship. Supporting these struggling students requires contribution from both individuals and businesses in the Fort Wayne community. Volunteer opportunities at the Crossing can coincide with any skill set and availability. You can volunteer as either a life mentor or a spiritual mentor for one of our students, help to maintain one of our campuses, or serve on our Community Action Team or one of its committees. We welcome Fort Wayne area businesses to participate in our JTP by hosting an intern or a work team.  To learn more about the Crossing’s mission, learn about volunteer opportunities, and to hear our students’ stories, please attend our annual banquet on December 3, 2015 at the Imperial Room in Fort Wayne Indiana (tickets available here), or visit our...

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