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Succeeding on a New Front

Succeeding on a New Front – Going back to college is yet another brave act for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans who are finding challenges unique to them on college campuses.
September 2014 Edition

Career College Central Magazine, September 2014

Our service members are the true 1 percent who have raised their right hand to protect us. We have an obligation to protect them as well.

Summer has come and gone, and many highly motivated veterans are looking to
spend their earned veteran education benefits, and with good reason. The unemployment statistics for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans show that
education provides significant advantages. Officers with college degrees show a
lower unemployment rate than most enlisted personnel, whose unemployment rate is in the double digits. If education increases the odds of employment, then going back to college becomes the logical choice. However, many variables can
complicate the student-veteran’s enrollment and assimilation into higher
education. For example, student veterans are arriving at university and college
campuses where counselors may not be adequately prepared for them. Even with so many veterans ready and willing to spend their education money, some schools are not yet ready to support these veterans’ educational needs. This is a shame, as there is a huge benefit to enrolling veterans, who often come academically prepared and have high educational goals – a winning combination for institutions of higher education.

Student veterans are arriving at university and college campuses where counselors may not be adequately prepared for them.

For many veterans, social class plays a large role in their interest in enrolling in
college. A 2007 Associated Press report showed that the majority of veterans
killed in Iraq came from towns having a per capita income well below the
national average, and more than half came from towns where the percentage of
people living in poverty topped the national average. This points to a lower
socioeconomic status in general for men and women entering the military. And a
major key to rising from a lower socioeconomic class is higher education.


Which higher education programs have the greatest employment opportunities for veterans and their families? My research has identified the health service
industry as a top employer, second only to the federal government. From 2004 to 2014, three agencies – the Department of Defense (DOD) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – accounted for about 94 percent of hiring increases. The DOD
reported that military-to-civilian transitions have greatly contributed to this
overall increase. In keeping with these facts, many veterans are currently enrolling in education programs designed to staff these particular industries.
I recently decided to research institutions possessing qualities especially suited to the student-veteran. I chose to search for regionally accredited colleges that boast lower tuition, have both on-campus and online degree programs, offer personalized instruction, are military-friendly, and provide access to student internships or co-ops (which can turn the educational experience
into a great-paying job). Thanks to the unlimited power of the Internet, I
quickly found several institutions that fit this description, including Daniel
Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire; Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky; and National University in Bakersfield, California. I’ll close with a heads up to America’s 4,599 Title IV degree granting institutions.
The veterans and their families are coming, armed with the sheer power of
curiosity and the information-gathering muscle of the Internet, and when they
ask a question, they probably already know the answer. Veterans understand that
the best strategy to ensure that their higher education results in a good career is to self-advocate. Veterans come military-educated, leadership-ready, mature and eager to learn – and they will succeed.

Suggestions for institutions:

• Familiarize yourself with VA education benefit programs and become a real help to student veterans.

• Don’t spend huge marketing dollars; instead, use this money to reduce tuition costs.

• Don’t enroll or sell your seats; simply provide counsel.

• Try to provide student-veterans with what they are looking for. If you
don’t have it, direct them to one of the other 4,598 Title IV degree-granting
institutions in the United States that may.

• Take the time to learn what drives a student’s passion. This will improve retention and graduation rates.

• Place quality of education before revenue and profit.

Our service members are the true 1 percent who have raised their right hand to protect us. We have an obligation to protect them as well.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2014

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Common Education in a Complex World

Pietro Savo American Writer
Originally Published March 6, 2010

Real world education lags behind today because teaching and research activities nominally directed towards complex, real-world problems that are inherently interdisciplinary from the past. In today’s modern world of speed of light communication, problems that are 1 year old are too old, and not reflective of real-time. Business schools must step up the urgency, today teaching students to ask questions is not enough; students need to derive the solutions in the same breath. Urgency is dependent of focusing on the interests of business disciplinary academic journals, and walking into a business and teaching class in the real combat zone, a true academic zone where the business decisions are real-time.

Today much of the academic work of business school professors are inclined to create a focal point on the interests of disciplinary academic journals from past studies that do not apply to the real world today. With the pressures from an academic business focus to educate students as a means to generate revenue, this results in unprepared business school graduates developing devastating business unproven unrealistic business strategies. Resulting in isolated points of view, unable to develop and capture opportunities for exchange of ideas and joint study with those from other political parties across the aisle.

Slow to move regardless of alarm from both business and academic leaders (Bennis, 2005) and a strong recommendation to remove boundaries between real-world and educational disciplines’ from the a leading international business school accrediting organization (AACSB, 2002).

These challenges of changing fundamental structural barriers remains intact and appears like the World War 1 trench warfare that stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss Frontier with France.

Today because of the amazing speed of the social networking model, it becomes extremely convenient to venture cross-disciplinary collaborations and what is clear is that academic programming and research need to capitalize on this perspective as a means to transfer significant real-time knowledge (Marginson, 2000) resulting in more adaptable political leaders of the future.

References:

AACSB. (2002). Management education at risk. AACSB International, Management Education Task Force. Tampa, FL.

Bennis, W. G., O’Toole, J. (2005). How business schools lost their way. Harvard Business Review, 83(5), 96–104.

Marginson, S. (2000). Re-thinking academic work in the global era. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 22(1), 23–35.

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Find the most business cultural savvy person to manage your corporate training!

American Writer by Pietro Savo

Original Published February 13, 2011

Corporate training requires someone skilled in adapting to unexpected change. Historically, companies do not spend a great deal of money on internal education processes. Funding for such internal educational processes is dependent on a business’s revenue and the overall profit margin. When you are not making money, a company does not spend money on training. A new mindset must emerge that for a company to be competitive in today’s volatile business markets, a very high-end dedicated sense of urgency must be reflected in corporate training. What is important to understand is that corporation’s number one resource is its people, and that people all learn in different ways, but they all share a common need for success that comes about from training.

In retrospect, a true training leader must be focused on the value of the training to the people under his or her educational care. Training must be used to adapt the company to the market. For that reason corporate training commitments must be focused, funded, and have the ability to be adaptive to the never-ending adjustments in business markets. Corporate training must be adaptable to the market’s priorities and reality for conducting business. The commitment to corporate training is even more important once you realize that training in today’s busy work environment of having to do more with fewer resources; it becomes even more important to train people quickly to meet the market needs the first time.

Therefore, the corporate trainer’s role must be to ensure that every moment of training has a very high ROI ratio for the employee as well as for the corporation. To ensure this happens. It becomes very important that corporation seeks out and hires the most business cultural savvy people to develop and deploy training throughout the corporation, and this becomes the best recipe for corporate training successes.

by AMERICAN WRITER Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011

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Music The Universal Language

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“THE INGREDIENTS OF INSPIRATION – Is the time and wisdom of people who desire to build bridges across all language boundaries.”   Dr. Pietro Savo

While attending my youngest daughter’s High School Christmas Concert. The quality of the choir and concert band performances, amazing talent from people so young. In addition, the concert bell section playing was much like an angel’s movie sound track. Truly, an inspirational holiday spirited event. I do not remember my high school musical experiences in the same light. Perhaps this is a proud parent’s moment in the present, more than a memory from the past. The quality of the concert a tribute to the public school system.  During this concert, a stage filled with high school young people from all nationalities, religions, and cultural beliefs. With one common language between them, the language of music.

A simple Google search can uncover the comparative studies of music, and the increasing amount of research interests. Like language, music is a human universal involving perceptually isolated elements organized into hierarchically arranged sequences to produce feelings and emotions that are interpretable and transferable to others around you (Patel, 2003). What makes music different from language is it remains interpretable by any musician in equal means regardless what their natural language and culture.

We have often heard that “music has the charms to soothe the savage beast”; yet rarely understand how true that may be. Tragedies seem to follow the human community around the world, is as if we are still struggling to evolve from the cave mentality. Perhaps the solution is not improved weapon systems, design to destroy instead of build humanities greatness. Perhaps the solution is to understand the true power of the planets only Universal Language; Music? In our research journey, we have uncovered integrative medicine solutions embrace many healing arts remedies, including music. The universal language of music is simple. Music has the power to place the entire human community on the same page. This power is often forgotten, and communicates unspoken messages that heal not.

The healing power of music in the health care setting creates a healing environment, shields us from pain, allows us to relax and de-stress (Briggs, 2011). It appears, we have lost the notion that pain and stress can be reduced or eliminated altogether by the true Universal Language that the Creator intended us to share. Such a language that encompasses beauty is not by chance. People who have never even listened to the radio before can, nonetheless, notice happy, sad, and fearful emotions in country western music (Universal Truths, 2011). Then why can humanity design music that ensures that positive emotion associated with Music becomes the ultimate driving force?

Music then has the potential to “accelerate-to-accelerate” inspirational forces that bring the entire planet to one universe. Music then can become the Spontaneous process of collaborative creativity affected through non-verbal social interaction, is a unique psychological phenomenon and universal capacity for goodness. Pope Benedict XVI  said “Music is the harmony of differences”  …

Perhaps our differences by the sheer power of Music can unite our similarities to empower a positive, and  productive human community.

Reference

Briggs, T. (2011). Music’s Unspoken Messages. Creative Nursing, 17(4), 184-186.

Fritz, T.,  Jentschke, S.,  Gosselin, N.,  Sammler, D.,  Peretz, I., Turner, R.,  Angela D., Koelsch, F. (2009) Universal Recognition of Three Basic Emotions in Music. Current Biology

Patel, A. (2003). Language, music, syntax and the brain. Nature Neuroscience, 6(7), 674.

Universal truths: rejection of broad commonality in structure of languages has implications for all sciences. (2011). Nature, 472(7342), 136.

Wilson, G.; MacDonald, R. (2012) A. R.Psychology of Music, v40 n5 p558-573 Sep 2012

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

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