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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia, PA)
Germantown Friends School is a co-educational, private day school located in Philly’s historic Germantown neighborhood. The school maintains has its roots in, and maintains strong connections with, the Society of Friends.
Germantown Friends is known for its strong academic preparation: 10–20% of graduates enroll at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania.
The school keeps it values close in mind both inside and outside of the classroom, making for a rich education in the development of the individual students.
In keeping with its spiritual values, Germantown Friends does not calculate GPA for class rank and does not have a Valedictorian or Salutatorian. Instead, graduating classes elect a faculty member and a classmate to deliver ceremonial speeches.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:
Alumni include Nobel Prize-winning physicists Owen Chamberlain and Saul Perlmutter, television producer Kara Vallow, and music producer and author Sandra Boynton
Tuition: $
Buckingham Browne & Nichols (Cambridge, MA)
The Buckingham School (1889) and Browne & Nichols School (1883) merged in 1974, creating a dynamic co-educational institution (BB&N). The three separate campuses are located within a few miles of each other in the western part of Cambridge, between the Charles River and historic Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
BB&N’s excellent academics prepares students for acceptance and success at the nation’s top colleges. Participation in sports is mandatory for all students.
BB&N students produce several publications, which have received national recognition.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:
27 Presidential Scholars from Massachusetts
Ranked #5 top private school in the Boston area by Boston Magazine in 2009
Ranked among the top 50 schools in the world for university preparation by the Wall Street Journal in 2007
Alumni include actor Anthony Perkins, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, NPR radio broadcaster Sylvia Poggioli, U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III, billionaire businesswoman Abigail Johnson, and Netflix founder Reed Hastings
Tuition: $38,030

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The 25 Best Entry-Level Jobs provides information on a wide variety of well-paid careers that allow entry into the profession with a bachelor’s degree or less. Each article describes the duties of someone holding that job title, together with educational requirements and average annual salary figures. This article will be of interest to anyone for whom immediate job prospects are a major consideration in deciding on a college major
Profiles 20 jobs that involve helping people meet their weight-loss goals. About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and approximately one-half of those are obese. That puts one-third of all Americans at dangerously overweight. According to market data, America has 72 million dieters. However, many of them never come close to reaching their weight-loss goals or, after meeting their goals revert back to their old lifestyle and put the weight back on. Not surprisingly, therefore, the struggle to lose weight creates plenty of job opportunities for compassionate, enthusiastic people with a deep desire to help others feel healthy and live well—and, in most cases, make an excellent living at the same time!
Situated near Rainsville, Alabama between DeKalb and Jackson counties, Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) serves the Northeast Alabama region.
Through the academic divisions at Northeast Alabama Community College – Business & Computer Science, English & Fine Arts, Mathematics, Health Sciences, Social Science/Speech/Foreign Language and Natural Sciences — students may earn an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in more than 130 majors.
Career/Technical programs, which lead to a certificate or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, include such programs as Drafting & Design Technology, Salon & Spa Management, Industrial Electronics, and Emergency Medical Services.
STARS (for state colleges and universities in Alabama) and 2TO4 (for independent colleges and universities in Alabama) are articulation agreements guaranteeing NACC credits transfer to four-year institutions and two years at NACC counts as two years towards a bachelor degree.
Graduates of its Technical/Career programs have ranked first within the Alabama Community College System in job retention and NACC students have placed first among prospective teachers taking the Basic Skills test.
Northeast Alabama Community College also has Distance Education, Continuing Education (including ESL and GED) and Workplace Education (classes offered by a company or industry specifically for its employees) programs available. Additionally, NACC chosen as one of 36 colleges to participate in the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services.
The community college ranked #15 in the CNN Money listing of top community colleges in 2012. The Aspen Institute listed Northeast Alabama Community College among the top 10% of all U.S. community colleges in 2013.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

College Prep of Oakland, a co-educational, private school, is one of the most selective private day schools in the country, with a population of only 320 students.
The highly-selective admissions process guarantees a high-caliber student upon entrance, which typically results in these students’ becoming freshmen at the nation’s top colleges—22 students from College Prep have become Stanford students upon graduation during the last five years alone.
Students participate in Intraterm each year, a specialized program for enrichment the week before spring break.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:
  • 59% of the class of 2013 were recognized as either National Merit Semi-Finalists or Commended
  • Ranked #17 private school in the country by Forbes Magazine in 2010
  • Alumni include filmmaker Miranda July, Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Marchick, and Cher Wang, co-founder of smartphone manufacturer HTC
Tuition: 
The Winsor School, founded in 1886, is one of the top all-women’s prep schools in the country. Its academic excellence is evidenced by its high average combined SAT score of 2100 and its Ivy League/MIT/Stanford matriculation rate of 35%.
Winsor enrolls approximately 430 students from diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. For further enrichment, the school offers off-campus programs, exchanges to China and France, and semesters at the Mountain School in Vermont.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:

  • Ranked #10 on Forbes Magazine best prep list
  • Alumnae include figure skater Tenley Albright and Harvard Law School Professor Martha Field
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

In the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one will discover the 18-acre campus of the Horace Mann School, which is recognized as one of the top feeder schools to the Ivies.
Horace Mann seeks to educate the whole person inside and outside of the classroom: In addition to offering an assortment of co-curricular activities, students are required to pass a swim test, learn CPR, and complete community service hours as part of their graduation requirements.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:

  • Ranked #2 school in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine in 2010
  • Ranked #4 by the Wall Street Journal
  • Most of its 21 student publications have earned recognition from the CSPA (Columbia Scholastic Press Association) and ASPA (Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors)
  • Alumni include composer Elliott Carter, poet William Carlos Williams, novelist James Salter, philosopher John Searle, economist Robert Heilbroner, Pultizer Prize–winning author Robert Caro, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and jazz pianist Peter Cincotti
  • Tuition: 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Brearley School, an all-women’s, non-denominational school located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side,  is a champion of diversity.  Forty-four percent of the student body is comprised of students of color.
Brearley’s emphasis on academics is witnessed by its high Ivy League/MIT/Stanford placement rate of 37%.
The school encourages its students to take advantage of its many study abroad and exchange programs, which include countries like India, China, and Vietnam, as well as the more traditional European study abroad destinations.
The school also has a thriving arts program.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:

  • Ranked #1 all-women’s school by Forbes Magazine
  • Alumnae include anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, novelists Anne and Katie Roiphe, actresses Jill Clayburgh, Sigourney Weaver, and Kyra Sedgwick, and philanthropist Caroline Kennedy
  • Tuition:
Located in southwest Boston, the all-men Roxbury Latin School is known for turning out National Merit Scholars, as well as Ivy-bound students.
Founded in 1645, Roxbury Latin is one the oldest, operating private schools in the country. Its rankings speak to its rigorous academic preparation and excellent faculty.
For a small school, the musical groups on campus are impressive: a glee club, an a capella group, a junior chorus, a jazz band, and various chamber ensembles are available for student participation.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:
  • Ranked #5 prep school by Forbes Magazine
  • The top SAT average of any school in the country, according to Peterson’s Private Secondary Schools
  • The highest matriculation rate to all 8 Ivies plus Stanford and MIT, according to a study by PrepReview.com
  • Alumni include landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, experimental psychologist E.L. Thorndike, educator James B. Conant, and anthropologist Jared Diamond
  • Tuition:
Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI), a technical school located in Watertown, South Dakota, is the first technical school established in South Dakota. The campus serves an 18,000 square mile area.
Lake Area Tech has 29 study programs and 11 E-degrees. The junior college serves more than 1,700 full-time, part-time and online students. The school boasts low tuition cost and a 99% graduate placement rate.
A sampling of the school’s programs: Agri-Business, Custom Paint & Fabrication Cosmetology, Robotics, Aviation Maintenance, and Nursing.
Lake Area Technical Institute leads the nation in graduation rates and t helps its graduates secure jobs at strong salaries.
76 percent of first-time, full-time LATI students graduate or transfer to a four-year college within three years; the national average is 40 percent.
LATI graduates recently averaged 40 percent in earnings than other new hires in the area.
Through program-to-program articulation agreements, LATI graduates from a specific program may transfer LATI technical credits to a specific degree plan at South Dakota State University. Selected general education classes and technical credits may be used.

Aspen Institute named Lake Area CC a 2013 Finalist with Distinction in its prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute also recognized the college as a 2011 Finalist with Distinction for the same prize. The college ranked #11 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012.
Snow College, a two-year state college, is located in rural Ephraim, Utah, about 120 miles south of Salt Lake City. Snow College is a part of the Utah System of Higher Education. Two campuses—the main campus in Ephraim and another campus in Richfield, Utah—serve a six-county area in Utah.
Snow College boasts of having some of the lowest tuition rates of any accredited institution of higher education in Utah. Undergraduate enrollment averages 3000 yearly.
The college offers certificates and associate degrees in a number of areas. The major study divisions include:
  • Business & Applied Technologies
  • Humanities
  • Fine Arts, Communication and New Media
  • Natural science & Mathematics
  • Social & Behavioral Science
The junior college also offers continuing education, online and honors classes.
Snow College is widely regarded for its athletics, music and arts programs. The Horne School of Music, an all-Steinway School, is one of only 23 2-year colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music in the U.S. Snow College music graduates have played in some of the finest colleges and musical groups in the world.
Snow College hosts some of the finest U.S. music camps, such as the Juilliard Jazz Summer Workshop and the Manhattan to the Mountains Chamber Workshop.
The National Association of Schools of Theatre has awarded Snow’s theatre arts department full accreditation and membership, an honor only bestowed to three other 2-year colleges.
Snow College’s athletic teams, known as Badgers, are consistently highly ranked regionally and nationally.
The college’s art program is highly recommended and is known to other colleges throughout the US.
Some of its students have gone on to colleges including Cornwall, University of Utah, New York Art Academy and other institutions.
The Ephraim campus is home to the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (concert hall and theatre), Activity Center and art gallery; the Richfield campus houses the Sevier Valley Center, an indoor arena and theater. The surrounding community uses the facilities on both campuses.
Snow College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).
Snow College ranked #6 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012 and listed among the top 10% U.S. community colleges by the Aspen Institute in 2013
Valencia College covers a broad region of mid-Florida, with campuses in east and west Orlando, Winter Park, Kissimmee, and Lake Nona.
The college offers 30 Transfer Plans, 12 pre-major options and an Associate degree that guarantees admission to any Florida state university.
The school offers more than 60 non-degree technical certificate programs. Valencia’s continuing education program includes courses in career development, criminal justice, healthcare professions, language programs and professional development.
The school had an enrollment of more than 70,000 students in 2012. Valencia College has a very diverse student population.
Valencia ranks first among the U.S.’s two-year colleges for the total associate’s degrees awarded. The school’s graduation rate is triple the average of comparable two-year institutions in the U.S. Valencia ranks second in the number of degrees awarded to Hispanics and it’s designated a “Hispanic Serving” institution with 27+ percent Hispanic students. The college ranks third in the number of associate degrees awarded to African Americans.
Valencia graduates boast a job placement rate of 93%–95%.
Director Steven Spielberg has called Valencia College’s film program one of the best anywhere. The college’s “Filmmaker in Residence” program invites talented producers, directors, writers and cinematographers to work with students on film projects.
Valencia was the winner of the 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and ranked as the No. 1 community college in the United States, according to Community College Week’s 2011 listing of the top 100 schools.

The college has an honors program and is a member of The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).
North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech), a school of higher learning, offers degree, certificate and professional development education. NCK Tech’s main campus is located in Beloit, Kansas; the branch campus is located in Hays, Kansas.
North Central has an outstanding reputation for graduate placement, averaging over 90% annually. NCK Tech graduate salaries are consistently comparable to graduates of 2- and 4-year institutions.
The college offers 24 programs of study, including these major areas:


  • Automotive Collision Technology
  • Agricultural Equipment Technology
  • Nursing
  • Residential Electricity
  • Diesel Technology
NCK Tech offers statewide articulation agreements in the following pathways:
  • AV Communications
  • Information Support/Services
  • Network Systems
  • Production – Welding
  • Programming and Software Development
  • Web/Digital Communications
The junior college has also developed The Kansas Institute of Underground Technology, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and local businesses.

The community college ranked #5 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012 and listed among the top 10% of all U.S. community colleges by the Aspen Institute in 2013.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), located in Roswell, New Mexico, is the only state-supported, co-educational, military boarding school in the United States. NMMI offers a college preparatory, four-year high school and a two-year junior college.
One of only six military junior colleges in the U.S., New Mexico Military Institute’s organization and architecture is based on Virginia Military Institute. The campus encompasses 40 acres of land, including an 18-hole golf course.
Students at NMMI are referred to as “cadets” and the school averages 975 cadets, 95 percent of whom go on to four-year universities. At any time, cadets represent almost every state in the U.S. and a dozen foreign countries.
The Corps of Cadets at New Mexico Military Institute has its own chain of command, responsible to the Commandant of Cadets and his staff. All cadets live under an honor system and are expected to meet the highest values of personal integrity. The honor code states that no cadet will “Lie, Cheat or Steal or Tolerate Those Who Do.” Cadets are required to defend and enforce the honor system.
More than one-third of the college students are seeking an Army Commission. Annually, via a two-year Early Commissioning Program (ECP), the school commissions about 35 cadets as US Army 2nd Lieutenants.
New Mexico Military Institute offers an all-inclusive liberal arts curriculum. An Associate in Arts degree requires sixty-eight hours of coursework. A cadet may choose to concentrate in a particular area while pursuing an Associate of Arts degree.
Areas of concentration include:
  • Humanities
  • Math and science
  • Social sciences/business
  • Physical education/recreationThese agreements allow students, who successfully completed selected courses, to enroll in training programs at the community college, without having to repeat previously covered materials.
    The community college ranked #1 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012


East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC, located in West Covina, California, is one of 72 regional occupational programs (ROPs) in the state of California.
An ROP focuses on practical, hands-on career preparation and career guidance and is designed to provide high school and adult students with the technical skills required for specific jobs. Most of the classes offer community-based internships, in local business and industry sites.
East San Gabriel Valley ROP/TC provides core majors of study such as: Business Management, Child development, Criminal Justice, Green Facilities Management, Health Science and Visual Communication. The Center partners with over 250 businesses and over 40 support service agencies to provide these unified educational experiences.
The center has articulation agreements with the following community colleges and private post-secondary institutions:
  • Citrus College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Mt. Sierra College
  • Pacific Oaks
  • Westwood College
  • DeVry
  • ITT Tech
These agreements allow students, who successfully completed selected courses, to enroll in training programs at the community college, without having to repeat previously covered materials.
The community college ranked #1 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012


The 104-year-old Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is located in Santa Barbara, California, on a campus surrounded by stunning ocean views. The junior college serves the south coast of Santa Barbara County.
The community college offers more than 50 certificate programs and 80 degrees, with an average class size of 28. SBCC has an enrollment of 20,000 students, of which 7,500+ are full-time.
57% of full-time students at SBCC transfer to four-year colleges; more than half of those ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree. Agreements with 76 colleges (in and out of California) guarantee that SBCC credits are accepted for transfer; several schools ensure admission if a student meets academic requirements. The college’s Transfer Achievement Program (TAP) helps students make informed decisions in their planning for the transition from SBCC to a four-year university.
SBCC’s Express-to-Success program uses small learning communities to assist students through first-year remedial courses to yield a significant rise in students’ course completion.
The college has a diverse student population and serves many traditionally underserved students, including an ever-increasing population of Hispanics. Hispanic students, who consist of 30+% of the student population, have achieved a notable three year-graduation/transfer rate of 48%.

Aspen Institute named Santa Barbara City College the 2013 co-winner of its prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute also recognized the college as a 2011 Finalist for the same prize. Santa Barbara City College ranked #23 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012.