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Is Education and Success Linked?

There is no doubt that a good, quality early education forms one of the basis of becoming successful in society. However beyond a school education, this has been questioned by many successful people, who have either dropped out of College or built up successful businesses at an early age.

Some of our most successful people, do not have a University degree, notably Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs. Others like the founder of Virgin, Richard Branson, dropped out of College, and became one of the UK’s most successful businessmen. Facebook users may be aware that the business founder, Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out of Harvard and focused on creating one of today’s most successful global on-line social networking sites.

A higher education in today’s World is linked to getting a good job, but at a cost as in most Countries, we need to pay for that education, and borrow to continue it. In some cases students leave college with huge debts, which need to be repaid. And the cost of studying is rising, even in a recession.

Some critics citing the link between education and success, cite the fact that not everyone is suited to a college education. And with the fact that in the future, a high percentage of new graduates may never work in the field they studied in. They may end up in debt, and actually face a more uncertain future, then before they entered university.

In Asia, where education is seen as a sign of success, some wealthy entrepreneurs, study for a degree after they become a financial success. But they want their children to become college graduates, and are willing to pay for a traditional university education overseas- When the cost could provide a business for their children, and a home.

This reverse thinking on Education, were at first you become successful then study could become a new trend in education outside Asia. Whilst some college graduates may look down on people like Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg- known as “the kid who made 60 million in 18 months.” But someone like Kevin Rose, could now easily afford to sit back and study for a degree, and hire hundreds of these graduates as his employees.

Some experts also cite the need for innovative, skilled workers especially in new Green tech industries. Industries that should always provide well paid, and stable employment opportunities for many people now returning back to college- an option that could be much better than an actual traditional university education.

We will always need innovative, skilled technicians, inventors and designers who “think out the box.” and can earn much more than a degree holder. These skills cannot always be learnt at a traditional university, but are as equally valuable to society.

Before you decide on whether a traditional college education is for you, there are options. Success and education may not always be linked- as a university degree may not even guarantee you a job in the area you studied in the future.

Other options do include online degrees, and training courses linked to the careers of the future. Where you can continue earning, and still study without incurring the growing debts many college graduates face. Debts that may compromise future career decisions- once a traditional university education has been completed.

Taking the step of entering a traditional college could be the right step for you, but first look at your options and your own personal skills. Perhaps you could discover other pathways to success, or compromise through developing your skills through work, whilst studying for an on-line degree.

The Benefit of Education and Job Training For At-Risk Youth

There are several advantages in educating and training at-risk youth for jobs in today’s environments. The benefits will not only improve and change the status of many troubled youth, but will pave the way for the next generation of entrepreneurs, environmental developers, maintenance workers and construction builders that will aid in making the future world a better place to live. This article will explain a company’s personal agenda regarding their own business endeavors in an attempt to circulate social skills and techniques that are necessary for troubled youth, as well as, reveal the accomplishments and the many creative ideas developed by a friend.

This article will offer some discussions and ideas as to how a particular company intends to improve and change the status of many disadvantaged youth through concepts of social skills that are sometimes elusive and difficult to assess. There will be an unveiling of ideas of special apprenticeship programs and a sharing of other organizational information designed to stop the critical plight of ignorance and devastation engaging many young people.

The CEO/President of an industrial, environmental cleaning and pro-construction company has developed a somewhat unoriginal but interesting take in assuring success of many at-risk youth. The awareness that many behaviors occur within a scope of environmental events proves to be evident. The company in question has inducted a small segment of its company to the training, education and awareness, advocating social skills groups geared towards many of the troubled youth in today’s society; this segment is geared towards troubled and disadvantaged youth, in a non-profit capacity, that offers an affiliate core-training piece to the company in question. They pride themselves on the many activities, as well as, great ideas under girded by a commitment to workforce training and entrepreneurial opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, written in 2003, youths in the U.S. represent 26 % of the population and account for 50% of the victims of violent acts. Research shows that regular exposure to violence is associated with psychological difficulties, language and development skills associated with poor education and juvenile justice problems. According to (The U.S. Department of Education, 1997) and (Dodge, Pettit, Bates, 1997; Kendall-Tackett, Williams & Finkelhor, 1993) “exposure to community violence is twice more likely amongst African Americans than any other race.” Because of these statistics and known facts, the non-profit seeks funding and many other avenues in order to train and educate youth.

By providing life skills training before placing youths in jobs that are both contracted and affiliated with the proposed company in question., they are able to provide the tools needed for future success. The company aspires to help young people achieve self-esteem and confidence, while developing a sense of civic responsibility. Because many of the contracts require security background checks, most of the jobs geared for at-risk youth, are through small private owned businesses such as beauty salons, barbershops, carpet cleaning companies, auto shops, and small construction sites that are guided by apprenticeship programs.

One might ask what an apprentice is. In chapter 4 of the summary by T.H. Hawkins, under the caption, What apprentices are not, an apprentice is “a trade or occupation where formal training over a specified period is given and is allied to the provision of facilities for study leading to a City and Guilds, or qualification.”

According to Mr. Hawkins his summary entitled, What is an apprentice? ‘The term “apprenticeship” has lost the weight it had when it was originally conceived in the sixteenth century, and has now (…) become a blanket term. It covers: temporary and transient -assembly line work (…) and “genuine apprentices” – including craft/trade.’

The company’s goal in developing the company in question and its core-training piece,the non-profit, is to create and develop more of the exact jobs that Hawkins mentions, for at-risk youth that will offer the necessary, blue-collar jobs derived from yesterday’s hands-on skill set; these blue -collar jobs have vanished from vocational schools and many other learning environments.

There have been and are currently in place, organizations and programs with ideas and information designed to stop the devastation surrounding many youth. Through numerous out-reach programs, The company is able to reach many of the young people who would normally have fallen through the cracks and crevices that are often prevalent when faced with neediness and neglect. In the summary referencing the 21st Century Youth article, The Department of Labor introduced a program through the Employment and Training Administration’s office of Workforce Investment Division of Youth Services, and began a YouthBuild program in September of 2006. The program provided job training and education opportunities for at-risk youth. Much like what they do in Starr Touch Enterprises and Starr Youth, YouthBuild split their time between the construction sites and the classroom, where they encourage youth to achieve GED and high school diplomas.

Many organizations provide programs and funding for disadvantaged youth all over the country. Some of these organizations are in our back yards. A very good friend, Binx Watts, heads charity golf tournaments every year for inner-city youths; these tournaments have since become very popular. In an article written by Thomas-Lester, The Washington Post (2007) Binx embarks on his journey in creating and developing the TeeMac Golf Inner City Park Heights Junior Golf Clinic. Park Heights, an urban area in Baltimore where I personally grew up, has longed been plagued with poverty and violence. Through the game of Golf, Binx and his non-profit organization, TeeMac, is able to provide troubled youth with the exposure necessary for future success, by taking youth off the streets and into structural learning and achieving environments.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph of the 21st Century Youth article, The (ETA) Employment and Training Administration is one of many organizations that offer continuous and relevant studies and job preparation, while connecting youth to many educational opportunities. The abstract summary entitled, Programs Put Teens on a Path to Success, talked to Clayton Muhammad, an advocate for troubled youth primarily in and around his own community. Muhammad talked about one youngster who was born addicted to crack and how this same youth is a senior class president today because of a program that he created for youths. Muhammad talks about another organization for girls called Diamonds, which is a service fraternity. The fraternity brings together the sharing of opportunities that aspire to develop, grow and further achieve greatness and success for the Latino and the African-American teen. It is a program that links the two cultures in an attempt to find growth and development while achieving the many goals that often excel through a common bond.

In closing, one can only envision the advantages in educating and training at-risk youths for jobs in today’s environments. In a collective effort through the many past and present businesses, organizations and programs, there are possibilities of unlimited greatness that can become normalcy for the many aspiring entrepreneurs, environmental developers, maintenance workers and construction workers destined to become the future for the many youths in today’s environments. A curriculum for child-care providers called Teaching Social Skills To Youth by Tom Dowd and Jeff Tierney, it is said that, “Ideally, lessons learned at each stage in a child’s development become the tools that are used to successfully meet the demands of subsequent stages of life.”

It is the concept of the company in question and its core non-profit piece, to acknowledge the complexities of the human social behavior and to remedy those complexities with techniques in life skills training and development. It is time that we allow the rapid development of businesses like this particular small business organization to expose young and troubled youth dwelling in many environments, to the avenues of learning from technologies near and far. Whether it is computers or cell phones, the idea is to reach beyond their emotional IQ’s so that they may engage themselves in the vigilance of achievement.

Through creative job experience transpired in environments such as barbershops and beauty shops, a non-profit can provide hands-on training and work experience for both males and females; it is those elements that will develop the level of integration youth will be able to intervene, from the teaching and training by responsible role models. The company is aware of the important and vital fact that many of the young people will have to be motivated and in doing so, has created such alternative sports activities such as basketball, golf, baseball and football amongst other things. Our youths are able to choose their level of comfort and participation while acquiring the necessary life and development skills that are detrimental to the learning and achieving process.

The company in question, through its non-profit hopes to off- set the many negative aspects that dwell in the environments that drive, feed and add to the critical plight of ignorance and devastation engaging many of today’s youth.

Home Inspection Schools – Courses and Training Options

Houses, new and old are required to adhere to certain regulation standards; the stipulations are in place to determine the safety and condition of a house. Students can work through training programs to become home inspectors. The different courses and training options available are usually offered through vocational home inspection schools.

Students can complete courses to learn the different procedures needed to inspect the components and structures of a home. The reporting process establishes the safety of a house’s systems and tells potential homebuyers if everything is in compliance with codes. If anything is in violation it has to be fixed prior to anyone selling or moving into a house. The systems and features that are inspected and learned through courses and training options include:

  • Structural Quality
  • Roofing
  • Foundation
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Wiring

Professional work conducted is based on all of these factors. In order to be ready to take on the work needed many students work through a certificate program.

Vocational schools also offer associate degree programs. The same basic information is covered in both programs but students will have more job opportunities after completing an associate degree. Some associate degrees provide information that certificate program students learn later while on-the-job. Swimming pools and landscaping are topics that are often included in an associate degree program. Students can gain a better understanding of what education entails by researching the different courses and training options that schools offer.

The basic courses that cover the nuts and bolts of the industry prepare future home inspectors by familiarizing them with the career essentials. Inside a certificate program students will find courses that can include studies in plumbing, electrical systems and structure and roofing. The structures and roofs of houses are explored by first understanding the industry’s guidelines. Weight and movement are the two main factors that students observe when comparing houses to regulation standards. Foundation guidelines, roofing materials, and weather damages are topics covered inside this type of course.

Training in electrical inspection includes the elements involved in electrical equipment. The terminology needed to understand how to inspect the electrical aspects of a home is also covered. The second half of a course like this has students examining the wiring and electrical outlets used. This information gives students the ability to know if any electrical equipment poses as a hazard or goes against code. Home insulation and ventilation guidelines are explored by teaching students to inspect crawl spaces. Radon gas and water deterioration are areas of concern that are reviewed inside the classroom.

After completing courses like this students are able to enter the field and recognize any areas of a house that need attention. Accredited programs give students the skill to determine what aspects of a home need to be fixed immediately. Students can start their education and become a home inspector by picking a program that covers all career related skills and is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education ( http://www.acce-hq.org/ ).

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