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Money Talk: Nov. 6, 2018

November 7, 2018

Today’s college students are just as likely to be moms and dads themselves, full-time and part-time employees or members of the U.S. armed forces.

Many students juggle work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which found that 62 percent of students work full- or part-time, and 29 percent have at least one dependent.

Needing flexibility and variety in course offerings, more students are turning to online learning to design a path that fits their lifestyle. As a result, online learning is seeing significant growth. A recent study found more than 6 million students take online courses across the U.S., and that number continues to rise.

Career success

Access to higher education remains the best pathway to career success, directly impacting employment opportunities and wages. The Center on Education and the Workforce found that bachelor’s degree holders earn 31 percent more than workers with an associate’s degree and 74 percent more than those with a high school diploma.

Further, emerging technologies and the changing nature of industries have created a demand for new types of skilled workers.

Higher ed programs need to be flexible and adaptable, allowing students to study during the hours — or minutes — that fit their schedules. With online programs, students can gain practical knowledge throughout their program that can be immediately applied on the job, making them even more valuable in their current roles. As online programs continue to expand, students are more closely able to map coursework to their desired field of work.

Support structure is key to success

Adoption of online learning is fueled by the fact that universities are discovering that it can be just as effective as face-to-face learning. However, support and guidance are essential to success. From strong faculty support to success coaches and career advisors, universities providing high-touch student services throughout a student’s journey see the best outcomes.

Online learning allows universities to meet students where they are, academically and personally. Today’s student is approaching education from a new standpoint, with different requirements and needs. The power of innovation in online learning means that each student can complete a degree in a way that simply was not possible before.

THE LIST

According to Forbes, the highest-paid TV actors and actresses for 2018 are:

1. Sofia Vergara ($42.5 million)

2. Jim Parsons ($26.5 million)

3. Johnny Galecki ($25 million)

4. Kaley Cuoco ($24.5 million)

5. Ellen Pompeo ($23.5 million)

5. Simon Helberg ($23.5 million)

5. Kunal Nayyar ($23.5 million)

8. Mark Harmon ($19 million)

9. Ed O’Neill ($14 million)

10. Eric Stonestreet ($13.5 million)

NUMBER TO KNOW

$725 million: Rockstar Games’ newest release, “Red Dead Redemption 2” was released on Oct. 26 and had $725 million in sales worldwide in its first three days.

TECH TALK

Waze adds 7 streaming services to app. Was, the popular community-based traffic and navigation app, recently announced the addition of seven streaming apps users can use while cruising through traffic.

Waze initially supported Spotify, and with the addition of Pandora, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Stitcher and Scribd, now offers eight different apps to stream audio content while using the navigation app.

According to Waze, not every service is available across both iOS and Android as of yet, but the company will be rolling them out across both platforms through the end of the year.

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