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HBCU Online Education Offers Perfect Balance

September 2, 2020 7:44 pm Published by

The U.S. Department of Education (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011) reported that Blacks are more likely to enroll and complete their entire academic undergraduate coursework online (Moore, 2014). This was more than any other demographic group. However, others are jumping on the online education movement as well. A recent Forbes article stated that “Even before the pandemic, Research and Markets forecasted the online education market as $350 Billion by 2025.” Although Blacks are increasingly accessing online education programs, many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) still don’t have programs.... View Article

Women Leave Science Careers

August 31, 2020 12:00 pm Published by

The MIT Technology Review reported that even though equal amounts of men and women pursue graduate degrees in science a significant number of women leave science careers both in the private sector and academia. Why women leave science careers? Apparently the reasons are many. Nature.com says that nearly half of US women leave science careers after the birth of their first child. One study of 841 scientists revealed that more than 40 percent of women leave their full time science jobs after having a first child versus only 23 percent... View Article

Delaware State University Buys Wesley College

August 5, 2020 3:24 pm Published by

This is unusual.  This is good! Spend a few minutes online googling “HBCU” and you will find articles that are quick to address the financial woes faced by many of these colleges and universities. So to see the news that Delaware State University, affectionately known as Del State, is financially sound enough to be purchasing Wesley College, is really exciting news. Don’t let the well publicized financial challenges fool you though because HBCUs have consistently produced successful college graduates for almost 200 years. About Delaware State University Del State is the... View Article

Black Teen Unemployment High During Coronavirus

August 1, 2020 12:47 pm Published by

The US Department of Labor released the employment numbers for July 2020.  The July jobs report showed non farm payroll went up by 1.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2%. This reflects people returning to work as companies slowly reopened. The numbers are not good overall, but it is concerning that the unemployment rate among African American teens stands at 22.5%, down from the peak of shutdown in May of 34.9%. The Black teen unemployment rate typically lags other demographic groups and this time is no different... View Article

You Still Have to Excel in Your Virtual Internship

July 22, 2020 9:45 am Published by

Kudos to you for landing a summer internship during this pandemic. In all fairness, we wouldn’t have held it against you if you had not. It has been a trying year and having to abruptly leave campus, many HBCU students did not even get the chance to work with career services on campus on internship applications. Many companies also pulled back their internship offers or scrapped plans for internships all together. Others, like Bank of America, quickly envisioned and deployed virtual internships. As you jump into your virtual internships you... View Article

Career, Work, Jobs and Social Justice in the Coronavirus Era

July 5, 2020 8:18 am Published by

Career, work and jobs have always been at the crux of social justice movements in the United States. The examples are many. The very founding of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 1837, as the Institute for Colored Youth, had career, work, jobs and social justice at its core. When a former slave owner, Richard Humphreys, bequeath a sum of ten thousand dollars to start the institution, the goal was “the benevolent design of instructing descendants of the African race in school learning, in the various branches of mechanic arts and trades and... View Article

Retail is Booming. Retail is Dying. Which is it and What Does it Mean for Careers?

June 28, 2020 10:18 am Published by

On one hand some will say that retail is booming. Amazon, the online retail giant sought to hire 175,000 additional workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the latest 2020 jobs report showed that a total of 740,000 new retail jobs were added in June.  Some of those jobs were really retail workers returning to work after the initial layoffs due to the Coronavirus shutdowns. However, despite those upticks, it appears that retail as we know it, is in for some serious changes. The Retail Federation cautions that... View Article

Using AI But You Just Don’t Know It

February 14, 2020 3:40 pm Published by

It’s pretty simple to see Artificial Intelligence (AI) at work when you read a New York Times article about driverless car collisions or displaced factory workers. But, what’s harder is clocking the real ways that you are using AI in your day to day lives and just don’t know it. Here are four everyday functions of AI technology that you may not notice until you take a closer look. Advertising Machine learning has revolutionized the advertising industry. According to a piece in Variety, Lexus teamed up with the AI powerhouse... View Article

Rail Careers are Worth Exploring

September 30, 2017 3:48 pm Published by

Did you know that median wages for rail careers last year was $57,160? I would guess that most people don’t know that. In fact, I have found that most people don’t know much about careers in transportation at all. As a former Air Traffic Controller myself, I have participated in the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) sponsored by the Department of Transportation, many times. The goal of the NSTI is to expand the awareness of secondary  school students, about careers across transportation, including rail careers.  Those NSTI sessions, often had panels or presentations with rail professionals and sometimes students... View Article

It’s Official! Paul Quinn Is The First HBCU Work College

March 22, 2017 2:08 pm Published by

After a two-year application process, Paul Quinn College has become the first HBCU to meet the Department of Education’s standards for the “work college” designation. As of Monday morning, Paul Quinn now joins seven other institutions trailblazing this new method for potentially reducing student debt. Unlike traditional work study programs, whose distribution is based solely on the student’s financial needs —since 2015—every student at Paul Quinn, has either a job on campus or with a local business in Dallas, Texas. According to college president Michael Sorrell, due to 80 percent... View Article

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